Bruins left wing Milan Lucic hits Sabres center Paul Gaustad with a right hook during the start of the first period of Boston's 4-3 win. Kevin Hoffman/US PRESSWIRE
Spotlight's on you
With the NBA lockout still in effect and no football on the schedule, the Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore and the rest of the NHL had only college hoops to compete with in the US sports scene on Wednesday. So the league took full advantage with 13 games. See how the day unfolded.
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And most eyes centered on Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby as he played his second game since his return from a near-yearlong absence. After scoring four points in his return on Monday, The Kid had a more humbling follow-up, going scoreless as the Penguins fell to St. Louis at home, 3-2 in overtime.
Wrong side of the stat sheet
The stat that Crosby piled up the most was penalty minutes. Here he skates off to the penalty box, one of his three penalties on the night.
Just a crush
Bruins left wing Milan Lucic hits Sabres center Paul Gaustad with a right hook during the start of the first period of Boston's 4-3 win.
Need a redo?
Kings right wing Dustin Brown re-enacts his water-bottle mishap a night earlier during LA's 3-2 loss to the Stars. Brown had an assist in the loss.
From the hip
Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler is hip checked into the boards by Colorado left wing Daniel Winnik in the first period at Denver. Edler did his best to get on the scoreboard, though, putting four pucks on the net. But while he failed to get one by the goalie, Vancouver did win, 3-0.
Putting in work
Nashville's Nick Spaling skates with the puck while Matt Cullen of the Minnesota Wild defends during Wednesday's game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Spaling assisted on the game's first goal, but three straight Wild goals led to a 3-2 Minnesota victory.
NHLI via Getty ImagesBruce Kluckhohn
San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (No. 12) clears the puck during a first-period scramble against the Chicago Blackhawks. While Marleau was held off of the score sheet, defensive plays like this were key as the Sharks outlasted the 2010 Stanley Cup champs, 1-0, behind Antti Niemi's 34 saves.
Have a blast
Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan checks Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison into the boards during the second period of Florida's 2-1 win.
Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta beats Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward during the shootout for the deciding goal in Montreal's 4-3 win.
Got your attention?
Kings center Jarret Stoll checks Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas into the boards during the first period of Dallas' 3-2 win.
No room to operate
Chris Stewart looks for an opening as he skates around the net, but Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury takes away any scoring angle during the Blues' 3-2 win in overtime Wednesday night.
Red Wings defenseman Ian White, left, battles for position with Flames center Mikael Backlund. White tallied a goal in the second period and added two assists in the third period of Detroit's 5-3 win.
Let it fly
Red Wings center Darren Helm takes a shot while Scott Hannan tries to deflect the puck during Detroit's 5-3 win Wednesday night.
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Islanders left winger David Ullstrom collides into Marc-Andre Bourdon during the Flyers' 4-3 win.
Lose your feet
Jets right winger Blake Wheeler gets knocked down by Capitals defensemen Karl Alzner (27) and Dmitry Orlov during Washington's 4-3 win in overtime.
Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov is taken down by Blue Jackets center Antoine Vermette during the first period of New Jersey's 2-1 shootout win.
Getting one by
Anaheim forward Corey Perry (No. 10) scores a goal against Phoenix goalie Mike Smith during the third period at Jobing.com Arena. But it was of little use as the Coyotes defeated the Ducks 4-2.