-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. "He's not a flashy player. He's not a guy who goes end to end or tries to beat guys one on one. He's a straight-line [player], real simple in how he plays. He goes to the front of the net. Right now, he's finding the back of the net over and over again." - Dan Bylsma on Chris Kunitz (above).
-Newsday's recap. "We did a lot of watching out there tonight." - Islanders forward John Tavares.
-The Associated Press' recap. ''I get to play with the best player in the world every night.'' - Chris Kunitz connecting Sidney Crosby to his recent success.
-Kunitz's hat trick:
-A good look at Kunitz's second goal:
-Kris Letang > New York's Frans Nielsen:
-It was a rough night for New York's Evgeni Nabokov:
-Bylsma not impressed:
-Happy times for Letang and Kunitz:
-Popular times for the Penguins:
-Sock monkey times:
-Skinny Jack Capuano explains his diet:
-Sidney Crosby speaks:
-Tomas Vokoun speaks:
-Chris Kunitz speaks:
-Evgeni Malkin will be sidelined one to two weeks due to an "upper-body" injury.
-"I don't think there's any question Sidney Crosby is the best all-around player in the game. His hockey sense is so strong and so solid, combined with his God-gifted talent of being able to see the ice, see the entire picture in front of him. And, most importantly, I don't care how good you are, if you don't have a work ethic, it doesn't matter. There's no question that each and every game, he's one of the hardest-working guys on the ice. In my mind, he's the best player in the game today." - Wayne Gretzky.
-Shootout goals by Riley Holzapfel and Trevor Smith gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 5-4 shootout win against the Manchester Monarchs. Zach Sill had a regulation goal and an assist for the Penguins while teammate Brian Dumoulin recorded two assists. Jeff Zatkoff made 24 saves in the victory.
-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Nils Ekman. Acquired in the 2006 offseason in a deal which sent a draft pick to the Sharks, Ekman, appeared in 34 games for the 2006-07 Penguins and recorded 15 points. In an 4-3 home loss to the Lightning, Nov. 8, 2006, he did set the franchise record for fastest hat trick when he scored three goals in a span of 4:10 (below). He played in one postseason game that spring and failed to record a point. The following offseason, he signed with Khimik Mytischi in Russia.
-Happy 28th birthday to former Penguins forward Paul Bissonnette. A fourth-round pick in 2003, Bissonnette's only season with the Penguins saw him play in 15 games while recording one assist and 22 penalty minutes in 2008-09. During the 2009 offseason, he was claimed off waivers from the Coyotes. He is still a member of the Coyotes.
-Happy 73rd birthday to former Penguins forward Bill LeCaine. A free agent signing in the 1967 offseason, Lecaine's NHL career amounted to four games with the 1968-69 Penguins. The following season, he joined the Port Huron Flags of the IHL.
-After the Jump: Mike Yeo and the Wild take over first place in the Northwest Division.
-Martin Biron made 28 saves for the Rangers in a 4-1 win against the Capitals. Carl Hagelin, Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash each recorded two assists for New York.
-New York's Brian Boyle broke into an interpretive dance to celebrate a goal:
-Happy times for the Rangers:
-A shootout goal by Patrik Elias gave the Devils a 3-2 win against the Jets. Former Penguin Johan Hedberg made 23 saves in the victory. Fire Craig Patrick. Mark Stuart led Winnipeg with a goal and an assist.
-Happy times in New Jersey:
-Happy times for New Jersey's Stephen Gionta:
-Attentive times for the Jets' bench:
-Ilya Bryzgalov made 18 saves and led the Flyers to a 3-2 win against the Sabres. Philadelphia snapped a three-game losing streak.
-Former Penguins teammates Ruslan Fedotenko and Maxime Talbot hooked up on a short-handed goal for the Flyers:
-Fire Ray Shero.
-Defensive Play of the Day: Check out this "save" by Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn:
-Michael Ryder had two goals and an assist for the Canadiens in a 5-2 win against the Panthers. Captain Brian Gionta added a goal and an assist for Montreal while teammate P.K. Subban recorded three assists. Peter Budaj made all of 14 saves in the victory.
-Check out this re-direction by Ryder on his first goal:
-Ugly Goal of the Night: Budaj had his bid for a shutout killed by an own-goal by teammate Francis Bouillon:
-Cool Photo of the Night: Florida's Peter Mueller being denied in tight on a shot:
-Canadiens forward Brandon Prust will be sidelined at least 10 days due to a shoulder injury.
-The Sabres assigned defenseman Adam Pardy to Rochester of the AHL.
-The Panthers assigned forward Jon Rheault to San Antonio of the AHL.
-The Jets acquired minor league forward Tomas Kubalik from the Blue Jackets in exchange for minor league forward Spencer Machacek.
-The Capitals assigned goaltender Philipp Grubauer to Hershey of the AHL.
-Shootout goals by Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 win against the Red Wings. Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves in the victory.
-Check out his rocket of a goal by Columbus' Derick Brassard:
-Shootout Goal of the Day: Calvert jammed up Detroit's Jimmy Howard something fierce here:
-Happy times for Calvert:
-"We have so much confidence in our play right now. A lot of it comes from our goaltender. Sergei is playing awesome right now, and we're all building off of that. We know what each other is going to do and we believe in each other. You can see it out there." - Brassard on his team's five-game winning streak.
-Two goals by Sam Gagner led the Oilers to a 6-5 win against the Blackhawks. Taylor Hall and former Penguin Ryan Whitney added a goal and an assist for Edmonton while teammates Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz each recorded two assists. Fire Ray Shero. Yann Danis made 21 saves in the victory. Patrick Kane led Chicago with two goals and an assist.
-Oilers starting goaltender Devan Dunbyk left the game in the first period after colliding with Chicago's Marian Hossa:
-Happy times in Chicago:
-Not so happy times in Chicago:
-Two goals and an assist by Zach Parise helped the Wild beat the Canucks, 4-2. Jared Spurgeon added a goal and an assist for Minnesota while teammate Ryan Suter recorded two assists. Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves in the victory.
-Check out this pass from Minnesota's Matt Cullen to set up Jason Zucker for a goal:
-Happy times for Zucker:
-Wild forward and former Penguin Mike Rupp had a solid tilt with Vancouver's Tom Sestito:
-A good look at the fight:
-Vancouver's Alex Burrows and Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu had issues:
-Happy times in Minnesota:
-"They’re not handing out first prize in our division tonight.” - Wild coach and former penguins assistant Mike Yeo downplaying his team taking over first place in the division.
-Two goals, including one in overtime, by Matt Duchene gave the Avalanche a 3-2 win against the Sharks. P.A. Parenteau recorded two assists for Colorado while teammate Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves in the victory.
-Check out this pass from Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog to set up Duchene for his first goal on the power play:
-San Jose's Patrick Marleau scored his 400th career goal on this re-direction:
-Duchene's overtime goal came with 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock:
-High times in Colorado:
-Corey Perry scored two goals for the Ducks in a 4-2 win against the Blues. Francois Beauchemin recorded three assists for Anaheim while teammate Ryan Getzlaf had two assists. Jonas Hiller made 29 saves in the victory.
-St. Louis' Kevin Shattenkirk put a little too much torque on this shot:
-The Stars assigned forward Francis Wathier to Texas of the AHL.
(Photos: Islanders/Penguins-Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press; Rangers/Capitals-Rob Carr/Getty Images; Jets/Devils-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Mel Evans/Associated Press; Canadiens/Panthers-Joel Auerbach/Getty Images; Blue Jackets/Red Wings-Paul Sancya/Associated Press; Oilers/Blackhawks-Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press; Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Canucks/Wild-Hannah Foslien/Getty Images and Genevieve Ross/Associated Press; Sharks/Avalanche-Chris Schneider/Associated Press; Blues/Ducks-Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)