Sunday’s NHL action consisted of four games with two undefeated teams taking their first losses of the season. Both the Sharks and Wild were looking to keep a goose egg in the L column but were finally beaten.
As far as individual performances go, rookie Lucas Raymond was the star of the night. He became the first Red Wings teenager to score a hat trick since Steve Yzerman. The Isles Ilya Sorokin picked up his second consecutive shutout as well.
Red Wings 6, Blackhawks 3
Lucas Raymond had a hat trick in his sixth NHL game and visiting Detroit topped winless Chicago.
“It was fun for sure, first of all to get the bounce-back win after a tough night last night (6-1 loss at the Montreal Canadiens),” said Raymond, a 19-year-old forward who was selected by the Red Wings with the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. “Of course, to score my first career hat trick, it’s for sure a special night.”NHL.com
Tyler Bertuzzi had a goal and two assists and Dylan Larkin supplied three assists. Carter Rowney, signed as a free agent during the offseason after playing three seasons with Anaheim, scored his first Red Wings goal. Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for Detroit, while Alex Nedeljkovic made 32 saves.
Tyler Johnson, Dominik Kubalik and Henrik Borgstrom scored for Chicago and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots.
Islanders 2, Golden Knights 0 (Sorokin pitches back-to-back shutouts)
Josh Bailey scored once and added an assist, while goaltender Ilya Sorokin collected his second consecutive shutout as visiting New York claimed a victory over slumping Vegas.
Mathew Barzal also scored for the Islanders, who have won two straight. Sorokin made 42 saves to earn his fifth career shutout. He is the first goalie in franchise history to record shutouts on back-to-back nights, with both coming on the road.
“He’s just a workhorse,” Barzal said of Sorokin. “He’s always doing something, stretching or skipping rope or cardio. For him to have the nights he has the last three, four games he did standing in for us was huge for us and our team, obviously.”
Goalie Robin Lehner stopped 24 shots for the Golden Knights, who have lost four straight — all in regulation — after a season-opening victory.
Bailey’s points, which give him 515 for his career, moves him past Bobby Nystrom into 10th place on the Islanders’ all-time list.
Bruins 4, Sharks 3 (San Jose finally loses)
Brad Marchand scored 28 seconds into the game and later added his 399th career assist as Boston started strong, then held on to hand visiting San Jose its first defeat of the season.
David Pastrnak and Derek Forbort each also had a goal with an assist, while Jake DeBrusk scored and Patrice Bergeron recorded two assists as the Bruins won for the third time in four games on the young season. Linus Ullmark made 23 saves for his second victory in as many starts as the Bruins extended their winning streak against the Sharks to eight games.
San Jose’s Tomas Hertl scored to make it 4-2 with 6:41 left in regulation. Teammate Timo Meier’s tally less than two minutes later cut the Bruins’ edge to one. San Jose, which also got a goal from rookie Jasper Weatherby, would get no closer. The Sharks were trying to start 5-0-0 for the first time since 2013.
“It was a tough game, probably the toughest so far this season,” Hertl said. “Next time we just have to get on them. We gave up too many freebies.”
Predators 5, Wild 2 (Minnesota takes first loss)
Roman Josi had a goal and three assists, Ryan Johansen tallied twice and goaltender Connor Ingram won his NHL debut as Nashville defeated Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minn.
Filip Forsberg added a goal and an assist, Tanner Jeannot also scored and Matt Duchene had three assists for the Predators. Ingram, a 24-year-old who split last season between the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves and Sweden, made 33 saves.
Nick Bjugstad and Nico Sturm scored for the Wild, who saw their season-opening four-game winning streak come to an end. Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, making his first start of the season, stopped 24 of 29 shots.
“It was like the harder we tried the less it seemed like it was going to go our way,” Sturm said. “We just didn’t keep it simple enough, and just overall did a poor job playing in front of Kaapo.”
–Field Level Media