NHL Recaps: Kevin Fiala beats old team, Nazem Kadri and Claude Giroux score with new teams, plus more

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Oct 15, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Kevin Fiala (22) celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Recaps:  October 15, 2022

What a WILD day (pun intended) in the NHL on Saturday with 14 games on the docket.

There were goals galore including the first for many players on new teams like Nazem Kadri with the Calgary Flames and Claude Giroux with the Ottawa Senators. However, the biggest first came off the stick of the Los Angeles Kings forward Kevin Fiala as he haunted his former squad the Minnesota Wild.

NHL Recaps: Kevin Fiala haunts old team

Kings 7 vs Wild 6

Los Angeles blew a two-goal, third-period lead, but Adrian Kempe’s second goal of the night with 11:57 left in regulation broke a tie, and the visiting Kings held on for a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

After trailing 3-0 in the first and 6-4 after two, Minnesota got a third power-play goal courtesy of Mats Zuccarello (who also had two assists) just 5:56 into the third and a goal from Sam Steel less than two minutes later. However, Kempe’s third goal in three games came 31 seconds later to put the Kings back on top.

Kempe also had an assist, while former Wild forward Kevin Fiala recorded a goal with two assists and Anze Kopitar added three assists for the Kings, who managed a total of four goals in losing their first two games.

“Sometimes you feel better than other days, and today I felt pretty good from the start,” Fiala said. “Obviously a little more motivated playing against them, my old team, but it was good. A good first step in our direction and myself as well, and now we just have to build from it.”

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After allowing every goal in Minnesota’s opening 7-3 home loss to the New York Rangers, Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled for giving up four of the 14 shots he faced in the first period. Filip Gustavsson then stopped 17 of 20 shots in his Wild debut.

Blues 5 vs Blue Jackets 2

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice as St. Louis opened its season with a victory over visiting Columbus.

Pavel Buchnevich, Ivan Barbashev and Jake Neighbours also scored for the Blues and goaltender Jordan Binnington made 23 saves.

Gustav Nyquist and Sean Kuraly scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three consecutive games to start their season. Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins made 20 saves in his first start of the season after recovering from illness.

Islanders 7 vs Ducks 1

Defensemen Scott Mayfield and Robin Salo scored two goals each for New York in a win against visiting Anaheim in Elmont, N.Y.

Anthony Beauvillier and Oliver Wahlstrom each had a goal and an assist, Anders Lee contributed three assists, and Ilya Sorokin made 22 saves for New York, which was coming off a 3-1 loss to the visiting Florida Panthers in its season opener on Thursday.

Troy Terry scored his third goal in two games for the Ducks in the opener of their five-game road trip. Anaheim goalie John Gibson allowed five goals on 27 shots through two periods before he was replaced by Anthony Stolarz, who finished with nine saves.

Bruins 6 vs Coyotes 3

A.J. Greer logged two goals and an assist while Derek Forbort scored the go-ahead goal to lift Boston over visiting Arizona.

The Bruins scored twice in the first period and three times in the third en route to their second straight win under new head coach Jim Montgomery. Charlie Coyle, Nick Foligno and Pavel Zacha each had a goal and an assist for Boston. Jeremy Swayman made 21 saves to win his first start of the season.

Clayton Keller, Josh Brown and Shayne Gostisbehere scored, and Karel Vejmelka made 37 stops for the Coyotes, who have lost their first two games.

Flyers 3 vs Canucks 2

Travis Konecny’s late third-period goal propelled Philadelphia past visiting Vancouver.

Konecny picked up a tight rebound and made no mistake with just over six minutes to go in the final frame, completing a Flyers comeback after they entered the second period in a 2-0 hole. Tony DeAngelo and Scott Laughton also scored for Philadelphia. The win gives the Flyers a 2-0 start under new head coach John Tortorella

The Canucks got the scoring started early on a Kyle Burroughs tally just 1:34 into the contest. Later in the first, Canucks winger Conor Garland slipped a wrister past the blocker of Flyers netminder Carter Hart (28 saves) for a two-goal lead. Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko had 28 saves in a losing effort.

Capitals 3 vs Canadiens 1

T.J. Oshie collected a goal and an assist as host Washington scored three times in the second period en route to a victory over Montreal.

Fourth-liner Conor Sheary and Anthony Mantha also scored a goal apiece and Darcy Kuemper finished with 21 saves for the Capitals, who improved to 11-4-1 in their last 16 encounters with Montreal. Washington also avoided losing its first three games of a season for the first time since 2012-13.

Captain Nick Suzuki scored early in the second period and Sam Montembeault turned aside 26 shots for the Canadiens, who have lost two in a row following a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the season opener. Montreal also failed to convert all three power-play opportunities to drop to 0-for-10 with the man advantage this season.

Panthers 4 vs Sabres 3

Aaron Ekblad scored the go-ahead goal on a second-period power play as Florida defeated host Buffalo.

Florida also got goals from Colin White, Matthew Tkachuk and Brandon Montour as the game ended with a skirmish as several Sabres went after Tkachuk. In a battle of backup goalies making their first starts of the season, Spencer Knight made 24 saves to earn the win.

Buffalo got goals from Alex Tuch, Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Dahlin. Sabres goalie Eric Comrie took the loss, making 33 saves.

Penguins 6 vs Lightning 2

Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to lead Pittsburgh past visiting Tampa Bay.

It was Crosby’s second three-point night in as many games. Jake Guentzel and Jeff Carter each had a goal and assist, and Danton Heinen, Bryan Rust and Rickard Rakell also scored for the Penguins. Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry made 34 saves.

Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point scored for the Lightning. Tampa Bay goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 39 shots.

NHL Recaps: Nazem Kadri and Claude Giroux score with new teams

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Oct 15, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; The Calgary Flames celebrate a goal scored by forward Nazem Kadri (91) during the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Flames 4 vs Oilers 3

Michael Stone had a goal and two assists and Nazem Kadri added a goal and an assist as visiting Calgary jumped out to a 4-1 first-period lead and then held on for a Battle of Alberta victory over Edmonton.

“I just tried to skate faster [when Kulak fell down],” Kadri said. “That’s kind of what happened. I saw he was going down and I just tried to put on the jets, and luckily came out with a chance and was able to finish.”

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It marked the first time since Oct. 4, 1991, that the Flames scored four first-period goals in the Battle of Alberta. It was the first career three-point game of Stone’s career. Mikael Backlund and Andrew Mangiapane also scored for the Flames while Dan Vladar finished with 26 saves in his first career start against the Oilers.

Connor McDavid, Cody Ceci and Ryan McLeod scored goals and Leon Draisaitl had two assists for Edmonton. Stuart Skinner stopped all 31 shots he faced after replacing starter Jack Campbell, who allowed four goals on 11 shots, midway through the first period.

Maple Leafs 3 vs Senators 2

Justin Holl scored the go-ahead goal at 18:05 of the third period as Toronto defeated visiting Ottawa.

David Kampf and William Nylander also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won two straight after losing their season opener. Shane Pinto and Claude Giroux scored for the Senators, who have lost their first two games.

Toronto goaltender Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves. Ottawa goaltender Anton Forsberg stopped 29 shots.

Stars 5 vs Predators 1

Roope Hintz had two goals and an assist, and Jason Robertson added a goal and two assists to lead host Dallas to a victory over Nashville.

Miro Heiskanen added a goal and an assist, and Mason Marchment also scored for Dallas, which improved to 25-4 in its last 29 home openers. Joe Pavelski added two assists. Jake Oettinger, who made 32 saves in a season-opening 4-1 win at Nashville on Thursday, stopped 29 of 30 shots for the Stars.

Nino Niederreiter continued his hot start with his fourth goal in four games for Nashville. Juuse Saros finished with 17 saves.

Red Wings 5 vs Devils 2

Ben Chiarot, David Perron and Dominik Kubalik scored their first goals since joining Detroit as the visitors defeated New Jersey.

The trio all joined the Wings as free agents during the offseason. Dylan Larkin had a goal and two assists for Detroit, which blanked Montreal in its opener on Friday. Jakub Vrana supplied a goal and an assist, while Alex Nedeljkovic made 37 saves. Lucas Raymond added a pair of assists and Chiarot also had a two-point game.

Dougie Hamilton led the Devils with a goal and an assist. Miles Wood had the other goal for New Jersey, while Vitek Vanecek stopped only 17 of 22 shots. Hamilton scored 4:45 into the first period with a shot from the point that fluttered past Nedeljkovic. Jesper Bratt and Jonas Siegenthaler collected the assists. Detroit emerged from the second period with a 4-2 lead.

Golden Knights 5 vs Kraken 2

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and goaltender Adin Hill made 31 saves as Vegas defeated Seattle, spoiling its home opener.

Shea Theodore added a goal and an assist, and Keegan Kolesar and Reilly Smith also scored for the Golden Knights, who earned their third win in as many games under new coach Bruce Cassidy. Jack Eichel had two assists.

Justin Schultz and Jaden Schwartz scored in the final 6:41, with Andre Burakovsky assisting on both goals, as the Kraken avoided the shutout in suffering their first regulation loss in three games this season. Goalie Martin Jones stopped 19 of 24 shots before being relieved by Philipp Grubauer at the start of the third period. Grubauer stopped all six shots he faced.

Blackhawks 5 vs Sharks 2

Sam Lafferty scored two short-handed goals 2:08 apart and added an assist as visiting Chicago rallied to earn its first victory of the season, beating winless San Jose.

Down 2-0 in the second, the Blackhawks potted three goals in a span of 3:14 to complete the comeback and move ahead. Their first triumph featured five unanswered tallies.

In his Chicago debut, Jason Dickinson fired in a goal and handed out two assists. Petr Mrazek stopped 24 of 26 shots.San Jose’s Erik Karlsson notched a goal and an assist, and Nico Sturm netted his first marker for his new team.

–Field Level Media