A quiet night on Wednesday, with only one Southeast club in play, but oh what consequences it would have on the conference.
Evgeny Malkin's three points (2g, 1a) led the host Penguins over Tampa Bay 4-3 in overtime. What does this mean to the Cats? Pittsburgh gains a colossally valuable two points to pull even with Carolina, both one point behind eighth-place Florida in the East. Thanks a bundle, Geno.
Alas, there's more chilling news from within the conference.
- Thomas Vanek's natural hat trick led Buffalo in a pasting of the visiting Maple Leafs 5-0. Ryan Miller had the shutout for the Sabres. Buffalo regains their three-point lead over the Panthers.
And a glimmer of hope?
- Host Philadelphia gave the Broons all the room they needed, handing Boston a 3-1 win. The Flyers hold tenuously to the sixth spot with 61 points, five ahead of the Cats.
Aside from Florida, two other division rivals take to the ice this evening.
- Los Angeles @ Washington, 7p. Blah, blah, blah.
- Carolina @ San Jose, 10:30p. Only 22-points separate these teams. Should be a nail-biter. Go Sharks.