NHL Roundup: Landeskog nets 4 points; Bruins end Panthers streak; COVID depleted Sharks win; and more
The NHL Saturday slate was full with 10 games and finally saw the Florida Panthers not pick up a win.
In addition, Gabriel Landeskog factored in every Avs goal to beat the Wild, and the Sharks delayed the start of their tilt after 7 players were placed on COVID protocol. They won in OT despite that.
Let’s get into all the action.
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Flames 4, Flyers 0 (Scorching hot Flames win again)
Sean Monahan scored his first goal of the season and goaltender Jacob Markstrom collected his second consecutive shutout to lead host Calgary to a victory over Philadelphia.
“We haven’t done much yet,” Markstrom said. “It’s a lot of games left. Come springtime, we need to be our best team and play our best hockey. It’s a good start. We put ourselves in a good position so far, but I don’t think no one is happy and everybody that was here last year remembers the sour taste of that season. It was no fun at all, especially not winning hockey games. I think everybody is hungry and wants to play good.”
Matthew Tkachuk, Mikael Backlund and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for the Flames, who have won six straight games. Markstrom made 20 saves to earn his third shutout of the season and 11th of his career. Monahan, Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Andersson had two-point outings.
Flyers goalie Carter Hart gave his team every chance to win with a 32-save performance, but it wasn’t enough.
Bruins 3, Panthers 2 (SO ends Panthers hot start)
Charlie Coyle scored the lone goal in the shootout against goalie Spencer Knight as the Boston Bruins beat the visiting Florida Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night to end Florida’s unbeaten start.
Coyle deked and tucked the puck in on the Bruins’ second shootout attempt against Knight in his first NHL shootout. Owen Tippett tried to score five-hole on the other end but was stopped by Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark.
Coyle also scored his third goal of the season in regulation and Charlie McAvoy netted his first for the Bruins. Ullmark recorded 33 saves for the Bruins, who snapped their two-game losing streak.
“We needed that [win],” Coyle said via NHL.com. “Good on us to fight back and grab the two points. … We battled it out, and sometimes you win in that fashion like we did, gutting it out that way, which kind of helps even more to give your team confidence.”
Anthony Duclair scored for a team-leading sixth time, Aleksander Barkov scored his fifth of the season and Knight made 31 saves for the Panthers, who fell short of becoming the fourth team in NHL history to start a season with nine straight victories.
Kings 5, Canadiens 2 (L.A. wins battle of last place teams)
Alex Iafallo had two goals and an assist, all in the third period, to help Los Angeles end a six-game winless streak with a victory against visiting Montreal.
Rasmus Kupari had a goal and an assist, Viktor Arvidsson and Arthur Kaliyev also scored, and Calvin Petersen made 26 saves for the Kings, who had not won since a 6-2 victory in their season-opener against the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 14.
Josh Anderson had a goal and an assist, Ben Chiarot also scored, and Jake Allen made 33 saves for the Canadiens, who had won two of three following a five-game losing streak to start their season.
Predators 3, Islanders 2 (SO gives Nashville the win)
Tanner Jeannot scored twice, including the game-tying goal late in the third period, and Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi each scored in the shootout as host Nashville came back to beat New York.
Goalie Juuse Saros made 34 saves in regulation and overtime before stopping both Islanders attempts in the shootout for the Predators, who have won three straight.
The Predators trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before Matt Benning, parallel to the net, fired into the crease, where the puck glanced off Jeannot as he battled for position with Ryan Pulock with 8:12 left in regulation.
Maple Leafs 5, Red Wings 4 (Leafs win a wild one)
John Tavares had a goal and two assists and host Toronto held on to defeat Detroit.
Jake Muzzin and Alexander Kerfoot each added a goal and an assist, and Michael Bunting and Mitchell Marner also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won two in a row. Petr Mrazek made 27 saves.
Joe Veleno and Filip Zadina each had a goal and an assist while Vladislav Namestnikov and Filip Hronek also scored for the Red Wings. Veleno was in the lineup to replace Tyler Bertuzzi, who cannot play in Canada because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Sharks 2, Jets 1 (OT win for COVID riddled San Jose)
Timo Meier scored a power-play goal at 1:07 of overtime and undermanned San Jose defeated visiting Winnipeg.
With a 4-on-3 advantage after Nikolaj Ehlers was called for interference, Meier scored from the right circle on a one-timer off a pass from Kevin Labanc. Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor forced overtime with a goal at 16:48 of the third period.
Tomas Hertl scored San Jose’s first goal and James Reimer made 34 saves for the Sharks, who had lost three straight. Meier also had an assist. The Sharks were without seven players and coach Bob Boughner, all of whom were placed in the COVID-19 protocol on Saturday.
“It was a tremendous effort,” Sharks assistant coach John MacLean said in place of Boughner. “They had great energy and they all knew they had to play.”
Devils 4, Penguins 2 (NJ spoils Crosby’s return)
Jesper Bratt scored a tiebreaking goal on a penalty shot with 3:00 left in regulation as visiting New Jersey topped Pittsburgh.
Andreas Johnsson’s second goal of the game, an empty-netter with 1:43 left, closed the scoring. Jimmy Vesey also scored for the Devils, who were playing their first road game.
Danton Heinen and Brock McGinn scored, and Zach Aston-Reese added two assists for the Penguins, who lost their third straight.
Avalanche 4, Wild 1 (Captain Colorado dominates)
Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and two assists to lead Colorado to a victory over Minnesota in Denver.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Landeskog said. “They check hard and they don’t give up a whole lot, so we had to work for everything we got. I think we did a good job of that. We played well defensively for the most part of the game and we ended up getting the W.”
Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist, and Nazem Kadri also scored a goal for Colorado, which won back-to-back games for the first time this season while getting back to the .500 mark (4-4-0). Nathan MacKinnon and J.T. Compher each added two assists, and Darcy Kuemper finished with 29 saves.
Ryan Hartman scored for Minnesota, which lost the final two games of its three-game western road trip. Cam Talbot stopped 27 of 30 shots.
Blues 1, Blackhawks 0 (Binnington keeps Hawks winless)
Jordan Binnington made 25 saves for his ninth career shutout — and his first since 2019-20 — as St. Louis blanked visiting Chicago.
Torey Krug scored a power-play goal for the Central Division-leading Blues, who have won six of seven games to open the season. Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves for the reeling Blackhawks, who fell to 0-7-2.
Both teams were missing key players due to injuries and COVID-19 protocols. Patrick Kane headlined the Blackhawks absentees, while team captain Ryan O’Reilly topped the list of sidelined Blues.
Oilers 2, Canucks 1 (Edmonton edges Vancouver)
Warren Foegele and Leon Draisaitl scored power-play goals as Edmonton went 2-for-2 with the man advantage and rebounded from its first loss of the season with a victory against host Vancouver.
Mikko Koskinen, making his fourth straight start in place of the injured Mike Smith, made 29 saves. Koskinen’s shutout bid ended with Brock Boeser’s goal with seven seconds remaining. That came shortly after Koskinen made four saves on a Vancouver man advantage, including three in a 15-second span with about 1:30 remaining.
Thatcher Demko stopped 32 of 34 shots for the Canucks, who lost for the third time in as many home games this season.
–Field Level Media