No Mighty needed: Ducks over Devils, 2-1. Scott Niedermayer returned to the Jerz and promptly made a mockery of his old team. Devils fans welcomed back one of their own with a chorus of boos. Niedermayer, unfazed: "In some ways you take that as a bit of a compliment.Obviously they didn't want you to leave, so in that respect it was good."
The Carolina Monologues: The Hurricanes swooshed back into first place in the chippy Southeast conference, defeating the Capitals 2-1. 'Canes goaltender Cam Ward had 33 saves even though he was wearing these giant leather pads on his legs and a giant plastic mask on his face. Talented!
Shootout the lights: The Boston Bruins did their best impersonation of a Boston team by beating the Sabres 3-2 in a shootout. Phil Kessel did the honors and showed off his admirable grasp of humility in describing the gamewinner:
"I came down and I tried to deke and I lost it," Kessel said, describing how he watched the puck slip in through Ryan Miller's legs. "You can't get any luckier." Aw, hug him.
No Blue Jacket required: The San Jose Sharks won in overtime over the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. Sharks goalie Evegeni Nabokov was supposedly "brilliant" and took some time to praise himself in broken English. "That's why I'm there, to basically do my job and keep the zeros on the board. I was feeling well. I don't know if I was in the zone. I don't like to use that word. You try to play every game like this, every period."