Wednesday night was a very busy day in the NHL. 30 of 31 teams were in action with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching.
And in those 15 games there were some very entertaining moments.
Everyone’s favorite screaming referee, Wes McCauley, had some untimely microphone problems while announcing the ruling of a goal review. After trying to announce the decision twice with no sound, McCauley yells “MIC’S NOT WORKING” the exact moment his microphone begins working again.
McCauley laughs and says “Oh, there it is!” It turns out the goal wasn’t actually goal. McCauley delivered another instant classic annoucement.
Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser is on fire. In two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins this year, Boeser has scored five goals, two of which came last night as the Canucks took down the Pens 5-2.
Boeser’s two-goal game last night marked his fourth-consecutive game with a goal and his fifth-consecutive game with a point. He is now the fourth rookie in Canucks history to record multiple goals in consecutive games.
San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns has 0 goals this season after scoring 29 last year. But that hasn’t stopped Burns from setting him his teammates. Immediately after the Arizona Coyotes made a goalie switch, Burns fired a rocket at Scott Wedgewood. Joe Thornton sealed the deal by popping in the rebound.
A classic beard-on-beard goal.
Roberto Luongo has been in the league forever, but he’s still one of the best in the NHL. After a 43-save performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which included an incredible series of saves against Zach Hyman, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock had some great words for the goalie.
“You’re still good,” Babcock said to Luongo according to The Athletic Toronto’s Maple Leaf reporter Jonas Siegel.
Mike Babcock bumped into Roberto Luongo after tonight's 43-save performance. Babcock's reaction: "You're still good!"
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) November 23, 2017
Scott Darling started his turkey coma a little early, giving up one of the worst goals of the year. Rangers Mike Zibanejad flipped the puck innocently towards the net from center ice to start a line change. Darling went to catch the puck. And well, he did not catch the puck.
Darling looked shocked.
The goal would be Zibanejad’s 11th tally of the season.
But he's a defenseman… pic.twitter.com/6FSxYpxw5S
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 23, 2017
Like a heaping helping of seconds, the Bruins and Devils decided to go long last night and give their fans some extra hockey. The two teams had to have their game decided in a shootout that lasted ELEVEN rounds.
With more misses than saves or goals, rookie Charlie McAvoy ended it in the Bruins favor with a sweet goal.
John Tavares is still ridiculously good, tallying 25 points in only 21 games. Last night, Tavares displayed why he’s having such success on the ice during an overtime shift. Tavares was unstoppable during a puck battle on the wall with Philadelphia Flyers’ Sean Couturier.
After finally getting the puck free, Tavares set up Josh Bailey for the OTGWG.
And a very gentle warning to everyone, referees included, to watch out for falling sticks.