The NHL returns from a Christmas break that seemed longer than a Gustav Nyquist overtime cycle goal.
The NHL's three day Christmas break came to an end on Saturday night, with a busy slate of games. 26 teams were in action and there were a handful of strange results. That's par for the course on the first day back from Christmas vacation - a night of NHL hockey that's often filled with blowouts, surprises, and upsets for completely intuitive and understandable reasons.
Perhaps the oddest result of the night was the Buffalo Sabres erasing a 3-0 deficit against the New York Islanders and winning (again) in a shootout.
It's kind of amazing that the Sabres continue to rack up points despite being brutally outmanned, outgunned and outshot in every game they play. Mostly it's a credit to the hockey god