NHL Recaps: Tage Thompson six point night, Canes and Kings win

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Oct 31, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Hats are thrown on the ice to celebrate Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) third goal of the game during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Recaps:  October 31, 2022

There were only three games to watch on Halloween night, but if you missed the Buffalo Sabres versus the Detroit Red Wings, then the trick’s on you.

Buffalo’s Tage Thompson had a career game for the ages registering six point on three goals and three assists crushing division rival Detroit.

In another divisional matchup, the Carolina Hurricanes edged the Washington Capitals. Meanwhile, the Blues are in a big slump falling to the Los Angeles Kings in St. Louis.

NHL Recaps: Tage Thompson’s big night

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Oct 31, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Tage Thompson (72) celebrates his third goal of the game with teammates during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Sabres 8 vs Red Wings 3

Tage Thompson recorded his second career hat trick and had three assists while Jeff Skinner scored the 300th goal of his career as the Buffalo Sabres beat the visiting Detroit Red Wings 8-3 on Monday night.

Thompson is one of six players in franchise history to tally six points in a game, becoming the first to accomplish the feat since Pat LaFontaine did so on Feb. 10, 1993. The franchise record is seven points, set by Gilbert Perreault on Feb. 1, 1976. Skinner also had two assists while Rasmus Dahlin added a goal and an assist for Buffalo during its highest-scoring game since a 9-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 3, 2018. Jack Quinn also found the net, and Kyle Okposo notched two assists.

“I think obviously getting the win’s always a good feeling, especially 8-3,” Thompson said. “I thought we played a really good game all the way around, but obviously it’s a nice feeling when you’re scoring, you’re contributing on the score sheet. It’s nice.”

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Detroit trailed 4-2 after two periods but made things interesting when Dylan Larkin beat Eric Comrie (15 saves) for a short-handed goal 4:19 into the third. However, the Sabres’ defense clamped down and Dahlin, Dylan Cozens, Thompson and Rasmus Asplund each followed with goals.

Olli Maatta and David Perron also scored for Detroit, which is 2-3-2 since winning its first two games of the season. The Red Wings won all four games against the Sabres during the 2021-22 season.

Hurricanes 3 vs Capitals 2 (SO)

Andrei Svechnikov scored the decisive goal in a shootout as host Carolina beat Washington.

Stefan Noesen and Svechnikov scored in regulation for the Hurricanes, and Martin Necas had two assists. Carolina goalie Frederik Andersen made 18 saves before stopping the last two Washington attempts in the shootout.

Dylan Strome and Alex Ovechkin had goals for the Capitals. Goalie Darcy Kuemper collected 33 saves through regulation and overtime but just one in the shootout.

“I thought it was a really hard-fought game,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “I’m really happy with it. I like that we stuck with what we were trying to do and didn’t really get away from it.”

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Kings 5 vs Blues 1

Carl Grundstrom scored twice and Kevin Fiala had three assists as visiting Los Angeles rolled over slumping St. Louis.

Gabriel Vilardi, Anze Kopitar and Arthur Kaliyev also scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves and Todd McLellan earned his 100th victory as Kings coach.

Alexey Toropchenko scored for the Blues. Jordan Binnington allowed five goals on 19 shots before departing midway through the game. Thomas Greiss entered and stopped all 11 shots he faced.

“I can say it and [the fans] can see it, it’s kind of a [pathetic] effort from us the last couple games,” St. Louis defenseman Justin Faulk said. “We have leads, we’re down one today going into the second period and just kind of lay an egg. There’s no reason for it.

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–Field Level Media