NHL Recaps: Connor McDavid heats up, Brad Marchand returns, Canucks finally win, and more

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Oct 26, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) waits for a face off against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Recaps:  October 27, 2022

There were 10 games on the NHL calendar for Thursday night with Connor McDavid notching his second hat trick of the season.

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand made a triumphant return with two goals after recovering from surgery, and the Vancouver Canucks finally hit pay dirt picking up their first win of the season.

NHL Recaps: Connor McDavid heating up

Oilers 6 vs Blackhawks 5

Leon Draisaitl scored the go-ahead goal with 38 seconds left and captain Connor McDavid recorded his second hat trick of the season to fuel the visiting Edmonton Oilers to a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

“It’s good to get a win,” McDavid said. “Some nights you have your stuff, and that was one of those nights. I felt pretty good all night and made some things happen. It was a big win. A lot of guys stepped up.”

Chicago’s Patrick Kane cleaned up a rebound to forge a 5-5 tie with 3:11 remaining in the third period before Edmonton answered in the final minute. Evander Kane’s cross-slot feed sailed past Blackhawks defensemen Caleb Jones and Seth Jones to an unmarked Draisaitl, who celebrated his 27th birthday with his fourth goal of the season.

McDavid scored twice during an eight-minute stretch in the second period before deking Chicago defenseman Jake McCabe and beating goalie Alex Stalock between the pads to give Edmonton a 5-4 lead midway into the third. McDavid has a team-leading eight goals on the season.

The Oilers went 3-for-7 on the power play to earn their third straight win while Chicago was 2-for-10 on the advantage as its four-game winning streak ended.

Flyers 4 vs Panthers 3

Joel Farabee had one goal and one assist, goaltender Carter Hart tied his career high with 48 saves and host Philadelphia defeated Florida.

Tony DeAngelo, Scott Laughton and Zack MacEwen each added a goal for the Flyers. Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes contributed two assists apiece.

Gustav Forsling, Josh Mahura and Brandon Montour scored one goal apiece for the Panthers, who dropped their second in a row. Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 18 shots.

Predators 6 vs Blues 2

Roman Josi had a goal and two assists as Nashville Predators defeated visiting St. Louis to end its five-game winless streak.

Tanner Jeannot, Michael McCarron, Zach Sanford, Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund also scored for the Predators, who were 0-4-1 since returning from the NHL’s Global Series in Prague. Matt Duchene and Filip Forsberg had three assists for Nashville and goaltender Juuse Saros made 33 saves.

Robert Thomas and Brayden Schenn scored for the Blues, who have lost three consecutive games. Justin Faulk had two assists and Thomas Greiss stopped 36 of 41 shots.

Canadiens 3 vs Sabres 2

Josh Anderson’s tiebreaking second goal late in the third period led Montreal past host Buffalo in the Habs’ first game of a four-game trip.

With the game knotted at 2 and less than four minutes remaining in regulation, Anderson ripped a long shot into traffic in front of Buffalo’s net. Brendan Gallagher was initially credited with his second goal of the night on a deflection but the goal was ultimately credited to Anderson, his third of the season.

Outstanding all night, goalie Sam Montembeault made a final stop of Rasmus Dahlin’s one-timer from in close as time expired. Kaiden Guhle found the net for the first time in his NHL career for Montreal’s other goal.

Bruins 5 vs Red Wings 1

Brad Marchand scored two goals and added an assist in his first game of the season after returning from double hip surgery approximately a month ahead of schedule as host Boston downed Detroit.

Marchand assisted on Charlie Coyle’s goal in the first period, scored himself in the second, then started Boston’s three-goal spurt over just 1:39 early in the third. David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists, while defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Derek Forbort contributed two assists apiece as Boston improved to 7-1-0.

“It’s great to get back into a game like this where the team has success, and it’s just so nice to be part of it again,” Marchand said. “Long road, but very excited to be part of the team again and be part of a victory.”

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Craig Smith added his first goal of the season and Jeremy Swayman stopped 28 shots for the Bruins, who have won four straight and improved to 6-0-0 on home ice. Adam Erne scored the lone goal and Ville Husso made 28 saves for Detroit.

NHL Recaps: Canucks finally win

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Oct 27, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Vancouver Canucks center J.T. Miller (9) celebrates after right wing Conor Garland (8) (not pictured) scored an empty-net goal against the Seattle Kraken during the third period at Climate Pledge Arena. Vancouver defeated Seattle 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks 5 vs Kraken 4

Elias Pettersson scored the tiebreaking goal 1:16 into the third period and the Vancouver Canucks held on for their first victory of the season, defeating the host Seattle Kraken 5-4 on Thursday night.

Ilya Mikheyev scored twice and Andrei Kuzmenko, Conor Garland and Pettersson each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who entered the game 0-5-2. Luke Schenn had two assists.

Goaltender Thatcher Demko made 32 saves as Vancouver gave coach Bruce Boudreau his 600th career NHL victory.

“I haven’t been thinking about that since about the third game,” Boudreau said. “I just wanted to get the win for the guys and let them feel better. And hopefully, this sort of little streak doesn’t happen again on the negative side.”

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Jamie Oleksiak, Jared McCann, Matty Beniers and Jaden Schwartz scored for Seattle, which dropped to 1-3-1 at home. Goalie Martin Jones, filling in for the injured Philipp Grubauer, stopped 14 of 18 shots.

Wild 4 vs Senators 2

Kirill Kaprizov and Frederick Gaudreau each had a goal and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves as Minnesota collected a win over host Ottawa.

Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Hartman also scored for the Wild, who are on a four-game point streak (3-0-1).

The loss ended the Senators’ four-game winning streak, all on home ice. A win would’ve given Ottawa a new franchise record for most consecutive home victories to begin a season. Alex DeBrincat had a goal and an assist for the Senators, while Thomas Chabot had Ottawa’s other goal.

Stars 2 vs Capitals 0

Jake Oettinger made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season and Dallas defeated visiting Washington.

Jason Robertson and Joel Kiviranta each scored his third goal of the season for the Stars, who had lost two straight. Oettinger recorded his third career shutout.

Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves for the Capitals, who had won four of their past five while averaging more than four goals per game. Dallas has allowed just two goals overall in three home games this season, all wins.

Sharks 4 vs Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

Erik Karlsson scored on a breakaway 57 seconds into overtime and the San Jose Sharks defeated the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 Thursday night.

Timo Meier earned the assist on Karlsson’s fourth goal of the season and his second in overtime this season. Logan Couture had two goals to reach 300 for his career and added an assist for the Sharks. Meier also scored for San Jose.

Karlsson and Alexander Barabanov added two assists each for the Sharks, who won for the first time at home this season. Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 22 shots for San Jose.

Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two straight. David Kampf and Auston Matthews each scored a goal. Alexander Kerfoot had two assists. Erik Kallgren made 27 saves for Toronto.

Jets 6 vs Kings 4

Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and Blake Wheeler scored in the final six minutes to lift the visiting Winnipeg Jets to a 6-4 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Adam Lowry had a goal and an assist, Mark Scheifele, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Nate Schmidt also scored and Morgan Barron had two assists for the Jets, who have won two in a row for the first time this season. Connor Hellebuyck made 40 saves for the victory.

Trevor Moore had a goal and an assist, Arthur Kaliyev, Blake Lizotte and Gabriel Vilardi also scored and Jonathan Quick made 13 saves for the Kings. Los Angeles was unable to build on its 4-2 win against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

–Field Level Media