NHL Recaps: Sharks blank Flyers, Blue Jackets roll Rangers, and more
NHL Recaps: October 23, 2022
There were only five games on the NHL docket to close out week two of the 2022-23 season.
On Sunday night, the Florida Panthers picked up their fourth win of the year thanks to Spencer Knight’s goaltending in a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. In Chicago, the Blackhawks two quick strikes in the third period lifted them to victory over the Seattle Kraken.
Meanwhile in New York, the Rangers had a rough go of it against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 5-1 loss. But we start the recaps with the San Jose Sharks heading into hostile territory and getting a big win over the hard-working Philadelphia Flyers.
NHL Recaps: Sharks blanks Flyers
Sharks 3 (2-6-0) vs Flyers 0 (4-2-0)
James Reimer made 30 saves for his 26th career shutout, while Erik Karlsson and Steven Lorentz scored second-period goals, as the visiting San Jose Sharks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 Sunday night.
Reimer was strong when needed — stopping a Philadelphia push within the first minute of the game, then halting all 17 shots he faced in the third period to record his first shutout since Nov. 28, 2001, at Chicago.
“Obviously, we haven’t had the greatest start to our year,” Reimer said. “We wanted to finish this road trip off and be .500 on the trip (2-2-0), and we completed that. I thought we played maybe our best game of the year here tonight.”NHL.com
Meanwhile, the Sharks — who won for just the second time in eight games this season and split a four-game East Coast trip — broke through while owning a 12-5 shot advantage during the second period. Coming into the contest, San Jose, which also got an empty-netter from Nico Sturm, had been outscored 16-4 in the second this season.
In his seventh NHL start, Felix Sandstrom made 22 saves for the Flyers, who won four of their first five contests. Philadelphia, which totaled 17 goals entering the contest, suffered its first defeat in three home games.
The Flyers gave Oskar Lindblom a heartwarming tribute as he made his first return to Philly as a member of the Sharks.
Panthers 3 (4-1-1) vs Islanders 2 (2-4-0)
Backup goalie Spencer Knight made 23 saves for his second win in as many tries this season, leading host Florida to a win over New York at Sunrise, Fla.
“We’ve played a lot of close games,” Knight said. “It’s a testament to our character and the guys in the room. We stick to the game plan.”
The Panthers, who also beat the Islanders on opening night, got goals from Anton Lundell, Eetu Luostarinen and Ryan Lomberg.
Anders Lee scored two power-play goals for the Islanders, and both of them came on rebounds. Mathew Barzal picked up two assists for New York, which also got 29 saves from backup goalie Semyon Varlamov.
NHL Recaps: Blue Jackets roll over Rangers
Blue Jackets 5 (3-4-0) vs Rangers 1 (3-2-1)
Daniil Tarasov made 30 saves for his first NHL victory as visiting Columbus defeated New York.
“It was amazing,” Tarasov said. “For me, special. Guys helped me a lot.”
Zach Werenski, Andrew Peeke, Yegor Chinakhov, Eric Robinson and Kent Johnson scored for Columbus. Liam Foudy, Jack Roslovic and Jakub Voracek each added two assists.
Artemi Panarin scored for the Rangers on a 5 on 3 man advantage. They have now lost two in a row. Jaroslav Halak stopped 16 of 21 shots for New York.
“I’m just going to talk about myself,” said Halak. “I got outplayed by their goalie and I need to be better next game. Hopefully down the road I can help the guys. I wasn’t my best tonight.”
Rangers center Filip Chytil took an elbow to the head from Cole Sillinger and was knocked out of the contest just two minutes in.
“He’s day-to-day and we’ll assess him tomorrow to see how he is,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “I don’t think it was vicious play. I don’t think he meant to hurt him, but he still got him with a shoulder to the head.”
Blackhawks 5 (3-2-0) vs Kraken 4 (2-3-2)
Chicago scored twice in 13 seconds in the third period to rally for its third straight win against visiting Seattle.
Tyler Johnson scored the tying goal with 7:03 remaining with Jason Dickinson following with the decisive tally. Johnson scored two goals, and Seth Jones and Patrick Kane each had two assists for the Blackhawks, who have trailed by two goals in each of their past three games. Alex Stalock made 30 saves.
Jared McCann had a goal and an assist and Martin Jones made 22 saves for the Kraken.
Red Wings 5 (3-0-2) vs Ducks 1 (1-4-1)
Dominik Kubalik had a goal and two assists to lead Detroit to a home win over Anaheim.
Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist and Ville Husso made 32 saves in goal for Detroit, which scored three power-play goals on five attempts with the man advantage. For the first time since 2011, the Red Wings have opened the season without a regulation loss in their first five games.
“The power play is clicking, and that’s huge,” Kubalik explained. “We’re not doing anything spectacular, we’re just giving the puck to someone who is in a better position.”
Trevor Zegras scored the lone goal of the game and John Gibson made 36 saves for Anaheim, which went winless on a five-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents.
–Field Level Media contributed to this article