NHL Recaps: Rangers; Ducks win OT thrillers, while Blues and Flyers light up the scoreboard

Recapping the NHL action from October 18, 2021.

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Oct 18, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin (10) celebrates his overtime winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL had four games on the docket last night. Artemi Panarin scored an OT winner in Toronto after one of the best goaltending performances of the early season by Igor Shesterkin.

Meanwhile, both the Flyers and Blues had a goal scoring feast. The Ducks also got an OT win as their young kids continue to lift them up in the early going of the season.

NHL Recaps: Rangers 2, Maple Leafs 1 (OT)

Artemi Panarin scored at 3:48 of overtime and visiting New York defeated Toronto. After the Rangers won a faceoff, Panarin scored from the right circle for his first goal of the season. It was New York’s second win in a row.

Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers in the first period and assisted on the winning goal. Michael Bunting scored for the Maple Leafs, who have alternated wins and losses through four games this season.

“I don’t think we played good enough for long enough today and Igor, if it’s not for him, I don’t even want to imagine what would have happened,” Zibanejad said. “But at the end of the day, we got the two points and we’re moving on. It was a good lesson for us.”

Toronto had a 38-19 advantage in shots on goal after three periods.

Igor Shesterkin made 40 saves in a superb effort for the Rangers, and Jack Campbell stopped 21 shots for Toronto.

Ryan Strome (COVID-19 protocols) and Kaapo Kakko (upper-body injury) did not play for the Rangers.

Flyers 6, Kraken 1: Goal bonanza in Philly

Derick Brassard scored one goal and had two assists, and 11 Philadelphia players recorded points in the rout of visiting Seattle in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

“We’re just trying to help the team, we’re working, we’re trying to be on the same page,” Brassard said. “Joel is all over the puck every time, same thing for Cam. They’re both really hungry to get to the net and they’re really talented. For me, it makes my job a lot easier. They’re two special talents.”

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Oct 18, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing Joel Farabee (86) scores past Seattle Kraken goaltender Chris Driedger (60) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Konecny, Joel Farabee and Justin Braun each added one goal and one assist for the Flyers. Claude Giroux and Ryan Ellis also had one goal apiece, and goalie Carter Hart bounced back from a subpar performance in the opener Friday to make 23 saves.

Carson Soucy scored the lone goal for the Kraken. Philipp Grubauer allowed five goals and was pulled for Chris Driedger after the fifth goal. Driedger stopped six shots in relief.

Ducks 3, Flames 2 (OT): Dysdale wins it

Jamie Drysdale scored 3:26 into overtime as Anaheim rallied to edge host Calgary and win for the second time in three games to open the season.

On a two-on-one, the Ducks’ Troy Terry slid a pass past Flames star Johnny Gaudreau, and Drysdale buried the winner. Rickard Rakell and Cam Fowler scored in regulation, and John Gibson made 41 saves.

“I just tried to work my way up the ice as fast as I could, get into a shooting position,” Drysdale said via NHL.com. “From there, Troy kind of did all the work, made a great fake, a great curl and drag and slipped it through the guy right on my tape backdoor. It was a heck of a play by him. He deserves a lot of credit for that.”

Blake Coleman and Elias Lindholm each had a goal while Gaudreau recorded two assists for the Flames, who have dropped their first two games of the season. Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves.

Blues 7, Coyotes 4: Buchnevich scores then delivers headbutt

Jordan Kyrou scored twice in a career-high, four-point game and Klim Kostin netted a pair of goals 47 seconds apart in a five-goal outburst in the second period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 7-4 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday in Glendale, Ariz.

“It was a momentum game,” Kyrou said. “We had a lot of momentum in those five to 10 minutes. We got a lot of goals in there, which is huge for us.”

Pavel Buchnevich, Justin Faulk and Ivan Barbashev also scored for the Blues, who erased a 2-1 deficit early in the second period with five goals in a 5:07 span, the third-fastest five-goal outburst in franchise history. St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington made 22 saves.

Clayton Keller, Lawson Crouse, Christian Fischer and Travis Boyd replied for the Coyotes, who have dropped three games to start the season. Starting goalie Carter Hutton was victimized for six goals on 21 shots before being pulled in favor of Karel Vejmelka, who stopped 11 shots in relief.

Shayne Gostisbehere collected three assists and Phil Kessel added two for Arizona. Robert Thomas had two helps for St. Louis.

The game was marred by an ugly incident that will likely see a suspension for Buchnevich, who head butted Lawson Crouse during an altercation.

–Field Level Media