For the American puckhead, Sunday afternoon and evening was the Fourth of July in February. The NHL’s joint television abode of NBC and the NBC Sports Network delivered nine periods of action over nine continuous hours of game coverage for Hockey Day in America.
All three contests would be decided by a single goal with the three victors logging a cumulative nine lit lamps. The Pittsburgh Penguins led off with a 4-3 triumph at Buffalo, the Chicago Blackhawks warded off the Los Angeles Kings in a 3-2 decision and the New York Rangers nipped Washington, 2-1.
In keeping with the numerical motif, here are nine noteworthy highlights from Sunday’s nationally televised action, evenly split to include three from each game.