NHL Recaps: Panthers, Oilers, Sharks, Canes still undefeated and all final scores

The NHL docket was loaded with 10 games and 20 teams in action on Thursday, October 21st. Several teams have yet to take a loss this season and that continued for the Panthers, Oilers, Sharks, and Hurricanes.

Let’s recap all the great contests from last night.

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NHL Recaps: Panthers 4, Avalanche 1

Anton Lundell had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves and Florida beat visiting Colorado in Sunrise, Fla. It was the goaltenders 300th career win.

“Yeah, it definitely means something,” Bobrovsky said. “I’ve been fortunate to play with great players, with great defensemen and forwards and teams. I appreciate them for this milestone. I had fun to play the game, and we were able to get two points tonight.”

Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart and Carter Verhaeghe also scored goals and Mason Marchment had two assists for Florida, which has started the season with four straight wins for the first time in franchise history.

Mikko Rantanen had a goal and Jonas Johansson stopped 34 shots in his first start of the season for the Avalanche, who have dropped three straight after winning their opener.

Hurricanes 4, Canadiens 1 (Kotkaniemi returns rude welcome)

Sebastian Aho recorded two goals and an assist as visiting Carolina earned a victory over Montreal.

“It felt really good,” Kotkaniemi said. “It was a big relief after those first two games. But it was a great feeling to get it over here too.”

Andrei Svechnikov and Jesperi Kotkaniemi also scored for the Hurricanes, who improved their record to a perfect 3-0-0. Vincent Trocheck and Teuvo Teravainen each notched two assists. Aho collected a power-play goal early in the second period, then clinched the Hurricanes’ win on an empty-net score with 39 seconds remaining in the game. Aho has five points (two goals, three assists) over Carolina’s first three games.

The Canadiens are now 0-5-0, losing their first five games of a season for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign. Tyler Toffoli scored Montreal’s lone goal, a power-play marker at 17:57 of the second period. Toffoli’s score ended Montreal’s season-opening 0-for-17 drought on the power play.

Blue Jackets 3, Islanders 2 (OT – Laine wins it)

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Oct 21, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin (30) reacts after Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Patrik Laine (29) scores the game winning goal in overtime at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gaelen Morse-USA TODAY Sports

Patrik Laine scored 1:49 into overtime Thursday night as the host Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Islanders 3-2.

“I was thinking about keeping it and going to the neutral zone, but then I just realized they had a long shift so I might as well try something, and I got past the guy and just tried to shoot it,” Laine said. “Our goalie coach (Manny Legace) told me to go low blocker, so that’s where I went, and it went in.”

With Islanders captain Anders Lee trying to poke the puck free from behind, Laine fell as he fired a shot under the arm of Ilya Sorokin and into the far corner of the net. It was the second overtime goal of the season for Laine, who also scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Saturday.

Boone Jenner and Cole Sillinger scored 33 seconds apart late in the second for the Blue Jackets, who are 3-1-0 for the first time since the 2018-19 season. Goalie Elvis Merzlikins made 34 saves.

Scott Mayfield scored in the first and Mathew Barzal collected the tying goal early in the third for the Islanders, who have opened the season by losing three of four (1-2-1). Sorokin recorded 29 saves.

Canucks 4, Blackhawks 1

Brock Boeser scored his first goal of the season as visiting Vancouver defeated winless Chicago.

Jason Dickinson, Tanner Pearson and Conor Garland also scored for the Canucks, who improved to 2-2-1 on their season-opening six-game trip that concludes Saturday in Seattle. Goaltender Thatcher Demko made 29 saves.

Alex DeBrincat scored a power-play goal for the Blackhawks, who dropped to 0-4-1. Goalie Kevin Lankinen stopped 21 of 24 shots.

Rangers 3, Predators 1

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Oct 21, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New York Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant talks with New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafreniere (13) during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Alexei Lafreniere scored the tiebreaking goal with 9:07 remaining in the third period and visiting New York earned a spirited victory over Nashville.

The Rangers won their third straight game and are 3-0-1 since opening the season with a 5-1 loss at Washington on Oct. 13.

Filip Chytil scored, Barclay Goodrow tallied into an empty net in the final seconds and Sammy Blais set up both goals for the Rangers, who survived going 0-for-4 on the power play and hitting three posts in the opening 40 minutes.

“Gritty, gritty effort tonight,” New York coach Gerard Gallant said. “Tonight, for me, was the toughest game we’ve played so far this season. Everybody battled for ice, both teams. I thought Nashville was real good. I thought we competed hard. I thought it was a gritty, gritty game and we came out on top.”

Jets 5, Ducks 1

Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist to help Winnipeg win its home opener against Anaheim.

Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and an assist, Andrew Copp and Josh Morrissey also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves to help the Jets post their first victory in four games this season.

Troy Terry scored, and John Gibson made 22 saves for the Ducks, who have lost two in a row after winning the opener of the four-game road trip on Monday against the Calgary Flames.

Flames 3, Red Wings 0

Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves and visiting Calgary scored two first-period goals against Detroit and collected its first victory of the season as it kicked off a five-game road trip.

Markstrom recorded his ninth career shutout and fourth in a Flames uniform. Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Tkachuk scored for Calgary. Erik Gudbranson supplied two assists.

Alex Nedeljkovic made 26 stops for the Red Wings, who lost for the first time in regulation. They were playing the finale of a season-opening four-game homestand and will now play seven of their next eight games on the road.

Sharks 2, Senators 1

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Oct 21, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) gets knocked to the ice in the third period against the San Jose Sharks at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

James Reimer made 30 saves to help visiting San Jose beat Ottawa.

Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc scored for the Sharks, who won their third straight game to open the season.

Batherson connected on Ottawa’s second shot on goal to open the scoring at 10:06 of the first period. Batherson drove down the left wing and fired from the left dot on a 2-on-1 to give the Senators a 1-0 lead. Brady Tkachuk, making his season debut, earned the primary assist on the goal.

“It was definitely high pace. It was an emotional game,” Tkachuk said. “Had to be on it right from the start. Thought I got better throughout the game, but definitely an adjustment tonight.”

Labanc made up for his overturned goal at 14:36, wiring a one-timer off a feed from Erik Karlsson to make it 2-1 San Jose. It was Karlsson’s first point against his former club in three games against them.

Capitals 4, Devils 1

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Daniel Sprong each had a goal and an assist as Washington defeated New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

Kuznetsov has eight points (three goals, five assists) through four games. Anthony Mantha and Dmitry Orlov also scored for Washington, which has collected seven of a possible eight points. Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves for the win.

Janne Kuokkanen scored and Scott Wedgewood made 23 saves for the Devils, who took their first loss of the season after two wins.

“Offensively, we’ve put up some numbers, defensively, we’re not allowing too many shots, and our goalies are stopping the ones they need to stop,” Washington coach Peter Laviolette said.

–Field Level Media