NHL Recaps: Rangers rock Stars, Isles stun Avs, Leafs and Pens struggle

NHL Recaps:  October 29, 2022

Saturday night was jam-packed for hockey fans across the United States and Canada with 12 games on the schedule.

There were a number of comeback wins but the most stunning was the New York Islanders, who were down 3-1 entering the third period. They then proceeded to dominate the Colorado Avalanche in the final frame for an eventual 5-4 victory.

The Toronto Maple Leafs struggles continue on the season as a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings keeps them towards the bottom of the Atlantic Division. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins suffered their fourth straight loss after starting the season 4-0-1 and unbeaten in regulation.

We start the recaps in Dallas where the sputtering New York Rangers came alive to hand the Stars their first loss at home.

NHL Recaps: Rangers rock Stars

Rangers 6 vs Stars 3

Zac Jones scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to help New York notch a victory over host Dallas. For the young defenseman it was also his first career goal in the NHL.

“I saw Vinny had some space, I rushed to the net and luckily it went in,” Jones said. “It was great to get that first one and to help the team get a win, it meant more than the first goal for sure.”

Vincent Trocheck scored twice and added an assist for the Rangers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad (two assists) and Julien Gauthier also had goals for New York. Igor Shesterkin made 30 saves for the Rangers.

Mason Marchment, Roope Hintz and Jason Robertson lit the lamp for the Stars, who have dropped three of their last four games. Jake Oettinger gave up two goals on 10 shots before exiting with a lower-body injury. Scott Wedgewood allowed four goals on 17 shots.

Canadiens 7 vs Blues 4

Christian Dvorak scored a third-period hat trick as the visiting Montreal Canadiens rallied past the St. Louis Blues 7-4 on Saturday night.

Cole Caufield scored twice, Nick Suzuki added a goal and two assists and Juraj Slafkovsky also scored for the Canadiens, who erased a 3-1 deficit while winning for the fourth time in six games.

Winning goaltender Jake Allen made 26 saves and earned an assist.

Jordan Kyrou scored twice for the Blues, who lost their fourth straight game. Noel Acciari and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored, and Brayden Schenn and Justin Faulk had two assists each.

Lightning 4 vs Sharks 3

Nikita Kucherov chipped in the tiebreaking goal just inside the final minute as Tampa Bay wrapped up its three-game California road trip with a win over host San Jose.

Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist, and Victor Hedman and Ross Colton scored. Brayden Point and Hagel had two assists apiece. Andrei Vasilevskiy moved to 3-3-0 with 24 saves as the Lightning went 2-1-0 on their trip.

San Jose’s Erik Karlsson tallied at even strength and on the power play, and Nico Sturm scored. Tomas Hertl had two assists, while James Reimer made 22 saves.

Panthers 5 vs Senators 3

Brandon Montour, Aleksander Barkov and Matthew Tkachuk each had a goal and two assists in Florida’s win over visiting Ottawa.

Carter Verhaeghe scored the other two goals, and Spencer Knight made 23 saves for the Panthers, who ended a two-game losing streak.

Nick Holden had a goal and an assist, and Shane Pinto and Brady Tkachuk also scored for the Senators, who have lost two in a row following a four-game win streak. Anton Forsberg made a career-high 53 saves.

Kings 4 vs Maple Leafs 2

Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles in a win against visiting Toronto.

Adrian Kempe, Viktor Arvidsson and Gabriel Vilardi also scored, Anze Kopitar had two assists, and Cal Petersen made 26 saves for the Kings.

John Tavares and Pierre Engvall scored, and Ilya Samsonov made 25 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have lost three in a row.

“We didn’t get off to a great start last year,” said Tavares. “It’s not what we were looking for this year. Have we played to our capabilities yet? I don’t believe so, so we’re going to stay with it, keep working.”

Islanders 5 vs Avalanche 4

Scott Mayfield and Anthony Beauvillier scored the tying and go-ahead goals in a 17-second span just beyond the midway point of the third period for host New York, which overcame a three-goal deficit to stun Colorado in Elmont, N.Y.

“Everyone kept pushing,” Beauvillier said. “Everyone believed we could come back, and (it was) just one of those games where you get momentum after a goal and then keep pushing, pushing, pushing.”


The Islanders peppered Alexandar Georgiev before Mathew Barzal’s shot into the crease glanced off Mayfield’s stick for the tying goal with 9:21 left. Anders Lee forced a turnover in the neutral zone and dished to Beauvillier, who beat Georgiev on a semi-breakaway.

Noah Dobson scored in the second, Zach Parise scored early in the third and Brock Nelson added an empty-netter that proved to be the game-winner with 1:21 left for the Islanders, who have won three straight, all against teams that qualified for the postseason in 2021-22.

NHL Recap: Penguins lose 4th straight

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Oct 29, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Kraken center Morgan Geekie (67) scores a goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith (1) during the second period at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Kraken 3 vs Penguins 1

Jordan Eberle and Martin Jones delivered as the Seattle Kraken defeated the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Saturday night.

Eberle scored his first goal of the season and Jones made 32 saves — one day after their wives gave birth to baby boys.

Morgan Geekie scored what proved to be the winner and Jaden Schwartz added an empty-netter with 59.9 seconds left for Seattle, which went 2-1-0 on a three-game homestand. Vince Dunn had two assists.

Jake Guentzel tallied and goaltender Casey DeSmith stopped 27 of 29 shots for the Penguins, who suffered their fourth consecutive defeat — all by multiple goals.

“Our guys are discouraged. As you know, they’re proud guys,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “They care about winning, and when you go through times like this, everybody feels it because they care.”

Red Wings 2 vs Wild 1

Lucas Raymond scored his first two goals of the season and host Detroit downed the Wild.

Raymond was one of the league’s top rookies last season, when he collected 23 goals and 57 points. He was mired in a scoring slump in the early going this season but broke through with the aid of Dylan Larkin, who assisted on both goals.

Minnesota was limited to Kirill Kaprizov’s sixth goal this season. The Wild were playing their fourth game during a five-game road trip and had notched five of a possible six points prior to Saturday’s outing.

Hurricanes 4 vs Flyers 3 (OT)

Brent Burns scored with 53.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Carolina past host Philadelphia.

Jordan Staal and Martin Necas each added one goal and one assist for the Hurricanes. Jordan Martinook also scored.

Carolina goaltender Antti Raanta made 26 saves. Wade Allison and Nic Deslauriers each had one goal and one assist for the Flyers.Owen Tippett contributed one goal, and Lukas Sedlak chipped in with two assists.

Sabres 4 vs Blackhawks 3 (OT)

Victor Olofsson capped a two-goal performance by scoring 36 seconds into overtime to propel host Buffalo to a victory over Chicago.

Tage Thompson scored twice in the third period before picking up an assist on Olofsson’s winner. Olofsson converted a pass from defenseman Rasmus Dahlin past Arvid Soderblom (41 saves) as Buffalo snapped a modest two-game losing streak.

Chicago’s Jason Dickinson scored a power-play goal in the first period and Sam Lafferty and Taylor Raddysh tallied in the second for the Blackhawks. Buffalo native Patrick Kane played in his 1,115th career game to move into third place all-time in franchise history.

Capitals 3 vs Predators 0

Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season and visiting Washington defeated Nashville.

Beck Malenstyn and Aliaksei Protas scored for Washington, which was coming off a 2-0 shutout loss at Dallas on Thursday. Alex Ovechkin added his 49th career empty-net tally, and Kuemper earned his 26th career shutout.

Juuse Saros made 32 saves for the Predators, who were blanked for the first time this season after scoring six goals in a Thursday win against the St. Louis Blues.

Oilers 3 vs Flames 2

Zach Hyman scored two goals, including the game-winner with 7:36 to go, and Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists as the visiting Edmonton Oilers rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta on Saturday night.

Stuart Skinner finished with 40 saves for the Oilers, who extended their winning streak to four games.

McDavid scored his league-leading ninth goal of the season in the third period to tie it, 2-2, while Hyman extended his goal-scoring streak to four games with his 15th career multi-goal performance.

Mikael Backlund scored a short-handed goal, and Brett Ritchie also scored for Calgary, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. Jacob Markstrom made 23 saves for the Flames.

–Field Level Media