NHL Recap: Jets spoil Yotes home opener, Josh Bailey stars in 1000th game, and more

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Oct 28, 2022; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes players leave the ice after being defeated by the Winnipeg Jets at Mullett Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Recap:  October 28, 2022

Six games were on the schedule around the league on Friday night.

Josh Bailey was the star of the New York Islanders big win over the Carolina Hurricanes playing in his 1000th career game. In Vancouver, the Canucks made it two wins in a row as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Half the contests saw goalies pitch shutouts, but we start with the Arizona Coyotes playing in their temporary new home, the Mullett Arena.

NHL Recap: Jets spoil Coyotes opener

Jets 3 vs Coyotes 2 (OT)

Blake Wheeler scored 32 seconds into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets spoiled the Arizona Coyotes’ debut at Mullett Arena with a 3-2 decision Friday night in Tempe, Ariz.

“We stuck with it,” Wheeler said. “We played last night in L.A. and we knew those first periods [of a back to back] are always tough. `Ritter’ made some big saves back there for us to keep us in it, and if those games on a back to back are close or [you’re] down a goal, you have a chance to win. That was mission accomplished.”

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Cole Perfetti and Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets, who rallied from an early two-goal deficit. Goaltender David Rittich made 19 saves in the victory.

Christian Fischer scored both goals for the Coyotes, and goalie Karel Vejmelka kept them in the game with 32 saves at Arizona State University’s new 5,000-seat venue.

The winner came after Coyotes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere turned the puck over at the offensive blue line, giving Winnipeg’s Pierre-Luc Dubois a breakaway down the left wing. Dubois got to the faceoff circle before sending a pass across the slot to Wheeler for a one-timer as Vejmelka tried to scramble across the crease.

Bruins 4 vs Blue Jackets 0

Boston scored three goals in the second period and Linus Ullmark made 30 saves en route to a win over host Columbus.

Matt Grzelcyk, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak all scored for the Bruins, who have won five consecutive games and improved to 8-1-0.

Elvis Merzlikins made 25 saves over the first two periods before Daniil Tarasov entered the Blue Jackets net in relief. Tarasov stopped all six shots he saw in the third.

Devils 1 vs Avalanche 0

Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves and Jack Hughes scored a third-period goal to give New Jersey a shutout win over visiting Colorado in Newark, N.J. The Devils are 5-1-0 in their past six games.

After a scoreless 40 minutes, Hughes broke the deadlock 2:59 into the third period. On a New Jersey power play, Hughes collected his third goal of the season, firing a quick shot from the circle that beat a screened Pavel Francouz (22 saves).

Colorado saw its two-game winning streak end, and the Avalanche took just their second shutout loss since the start of the 2021-22 season.

NHL Recap: Josh Bailey 1000th game

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Oct 28, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders 6 vs Hurricanes 2

Josh Bailey scored a go-ahead goal in his 1,000th NHL game as the New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-2 on Friday night in Raleigh, N.C.

“There was countless texts from friends and former teammates, family and everyone,” Bailey said. “Just overwhelming with the support and all the kind words.”

Brock Nelson posted two third-period goals, while Oliver Wahlstrom and Matt Martin scored earlier for the Islanders, who have won back-to-back games. Zach Parise had a short-handed goal into an empty net.

New York’s Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier each posted two assists and goalie Ilya Sorokin made 33 saves just two nights after shutting out the New York Rangers.

Martin Necas and Brent Burns scored for the Hurricanes, who hadn’t played a home game in more than two weeks. Carolina’s Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots.

Golden Knights 4 vs Ducks 0

Logan Thompson made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season to help lead Vegas past Anaheim in Las Vegas for its third straight victory.

It was the third career shutout for Thompson, who improved to 4-2-0 on the season while also becoming the first goaltender in the NHL with two shutouts this season.

Reilly Smith and William Karlsson each had a goal and an assist, and Chandler Stephenson and Nicolas Roy also scored goals for Vegas. John Gibson stopped 14 of 18 shots for the Ducks, who dropped their seventh straight game. He was pulled after the second period.

Canucks 5 vs Penguins 1

Andrei Kuzmenko and Bo Horvat each had a goal and an assist, and Spencer Martin made 34 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-1 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

After going 0-5-2 in their first seven games, the Canucks have picked up victories on consecutive days. Vancouver got its first win Friday by editing the Seattle Kraken 5-4.

The Penguins began the season 4-0-1, but have lost three straight. They have been outscored 15-5 in those three games.

Ilya Mikheyev had two assists for Vancouver. Tanner Pearson, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and J.T. Miller scored the Canucks’ other goals.

–Field Level Media