Apparently the way that you come back from a concussion this season is by posting an absolutely amazing game. First it was Crosby, now Claude Giroux? Crosby may be on pace for 79 points – in his next game.
1) Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers – Concussion? What concussion? Giroux returned to action on Wednesday night and immediately reminded people why he might just be the best player not named Sidney in the NHL right now, tallying a goal and three assists in Philly’s 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars. Wayne Simmonds, Jaromir Jagr and Andrei Meszaros also scored for the Flyers, while Sergei Bobrovsky got the win, stopping 30 of 31 shots.
2) Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks – Couture tallied just his second multi-goal game of the year against the floundering Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring twice in San Jose’s five-goal first period in an eventual 7-2 Sharks win. Benn Ferriero, Joe Pavelski, Andre Desjardins, Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, while Antti Niemi stopped 22 shots to get the win.
3) Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks – Bobby Lu was at his best on Wednesday, and he had to be, stopping 38 of 40 shots, including 15 in the second and 16 in the third, to get the win over the Detroit Red Wings. Chris Higgins, Cody Hodgson, Alexandre Burrows and Alexander Edler all scored for the Canucks.
Play of the Night
Can you say, “Snipe?” Cal O’Reilly can.
Save of the Night
Did Pavel Datsyuk get everything on this shot? Probably not. But it’s still Pavel Datsyuk, so Luongo gets credit for a really nice save.
Bryz of the Night
It’s not as “humongous big” as his last appearance, but Bryz made the best of the time he was given on 24/7 this week. (Note: One not nice word is said)
Fight of the Night
The best scuffle of the night didn’t take place on the ice, but in the tunnel on the way to the locker room, with Peter Laviolette getting a bit antsy with Steve Ott. I’m excited for next Wednesday already.