It was a wild one in Montreal. Brandon Duhaime and Connor Dewar opened the scoring with back-to-back shorthanded goals (on the very same penalty kill with just 25 seconds of each other), and then Joel Eriksson Ek took control of the rest of the game. The Wild's center scored two goals and beyond that, had his fingerprints all over closing out the game.
A ref accidentally hit him in the face, him being dragged around and penalized in weird situations -- Eriksson Ek was the guy for the majority of Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Canadiens.
- For more details about the electrifyingly weird game that happened: [StarTribune]
- Marco Rossi looks like a completely different player than what we saw during his first stint in the NHL. Stronger on the puck, skating with more purpose; Rossi really took Guerin's plea for more physicality seriously. [Hockey Wilderness]
- That could have been Marc-Andre Fleury's final game in Montreal. [The Hockey News]
Off the trail...
- How the Buffalo Sabres changed their culture to change their results. [ESPN]
- The Canadiens announced that center Kirby Dach will be missing the entire 2023-24 season with a torn ACL and MCL. [Sportsnet]
- We had a little trade earlier in the week. Once-heralded defenseman prospect Jack Rathbone has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins and in return, the Vancouver Canucks are getting older, but NHL-ready defenseman Mark Friedman. [DailyFaceoff]
- Pierre-Luc Dubois returned to Winnipeg since the first time of forcing his way out to the Los Angeles Kings via trade. Well, he got booed but he did end up scoring his first goal of the season, as well. [Yahoo Sports]
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