NHL Roundup: Panthers throttle Hurricanes; Isles heating up; Flames rout Rangers; and all of Saturday’s scores
Hockey fans got their NHL fill yesterday with 12 games on the schedule.
The Florida Panthers finally handed the Carolina Hurricanes their first loss of the season and stayed unbeaten in regulation themselves. In other action, the Islanders are heating up despite playing all their games on the road as their new home nears completion.
Let’s dive in to all the action.
Panthers 5, Hurricanes 2
In a clash of top early-season performers, the Florida Panthers scored four first-period goals, ending the Carolina Hurricanes’ perfect season with a 5-2 victory on Saturday night in Sunrise, Fla.
Anthony Duclair scored twice for the Panthers, who improved to 10-0-1. Carolina is now 9-1-0.
The Panthers prevailed without their best player, center and team captain Aleksander Barkov, who sat due to a previously undisclosed lower-body injury. Also due to injuries, the Panthers were without their top goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky, and top-six forward Sam Bennett.
Florida got those first-period goals from Duclair, Frank Vatrano, Anton Lundell and Patric Hornqvist. The Panthers went 3-for-4 on the power play in the opening period, producing a 15-6 shots-on-goal advantage.
“I don’t really think it’s a statement game,” Panthers coach Andrew Brunette said. “There is [no such thing] in November. They don’t present trophies in November. It was a good test for our group and they responded to the challenge. We brought our A-game.”via NHL.com
Red Wings 4, Sabres 3 (OT)
Moritz Seider scored his first NHL goal at 2:45 of overtime to give visiting Detroit a win over Buffalo, to end a four-game losing streak.
Seider, a rookie defenseman, skated in from the left side after collecting a Tyler Bertuzzi pass and ripped a shot inside the post. Bertuzzi had two third-period goals, Pius Suter contributed a goal and an assist and Lucas Raymond added three assists. Alex Nedeljkovic made 29 saves.
Tage Thompson, Rasmus Dahlin and Arttu Ruotsalainen scored for Buffalo, while Dustin Tokarski stopped 29 shots. Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin missed his third consecutive game for undisclosed personal reasons.
Lightning 5, Senators 3
Steven Stamkos finished a two-point outing by notching the go-ahead goal in the third period as Tampa Bay defeated host Ottawa in a matinee match.
With the score 2-2, Stamkos found a rebound off Alex Killorn’s shot and lifted it into the net for his sixth tally of the season and a 3-2 lead at 7:32.
Ondrej Palat, who had two assists, scored on a breakaway at 18:19 to seal the victory for the Lightning, who split their two-game trip into Canada. After a slow start, Tampa Bay is 4-0-1 in its past five games and collected three points north of the border.
Islanders 2, Jets 0
Ilya Sorokin made 24 saves to post his third shutout of the season, and Brock Nelson remained red hot by scoring an insurance goal in the third period as visiting New York beat Winnipeg.
Anders Lee scored early in the first period for the Islanders, who extended their point streak to eight games (5-0-2) and improved to 5-2-2 on a 13-game road trip.
Goalie Eric Comrie recorded 29 saves for the Jets, whose eight-game point streak was snapped.
“We know our goaltending is very strong and very capable,” Isles coach Barry Trotz said. “You look at the certain stats, you can really tell your team is playing as a team and connected to each other. I like that we had 19 blocked shots. Winnipeg puts a lot of pressure on your net … and we had 19 or 20 blocked shots.”
Maple Leafs 5, Bruins 2
Auston Matthews and John Tavares each scored two goals, and Toronto defeated visiting Boston for its fifth straight victory.
“Just sticking with it honestly,” Matthews said. “The highs can get real high here and the lows can get real low, and I think sometimes you just have to take a step back and take a breath.”
Mitchell Marner added a goal and three assists for Toronto, and Morgan Rielly had two assists. Jack Campbell made 42 saves for Toronto.
Taylor Hall and David Pastrnak scored for Boston, and Brad Marchand added two assists. Linus Ullmark stopped 31 shots for Boston.
Wild 5, Penguins 4 (SO)
Ryan Hartman scored with 2.2 seconds left in regulation and Nick Bjugstad tallied the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout as visiting Minnesota erased a late two-goal deficit and beat Pittsburgh.
Jared Spurgeon, Kirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored one goal apiece, and Freddie Gaudreau had two assists for the Wild.
Kasperi Kapanen notched his first career hat trick, Jake Guentzel also scored and Evan Rodrigues, Jason Zucker and Bryan Rust had two assists each for the Penguins.
Flyers 2, Capitals 1
Derick Brassard and Sean Couturier each had second-period goals and Martin Jones made 31 saves as Philadelphia handed Washington its first regulation home loss.
Brassard scored with 8:42 left in the middle period, and Couturier followed 4 1/2 minutes later with his fifth goal of the season for the Flyers. Jones, who has won each of his first three starts with Philadelphia, stopped 14 of 15 shots in the third.
With the hosts down 2-0, Washington rookie Brett Leason snuck a shot underneath Jones 6:02 into the third. Vitek Vanecek stopped 30 shots for the Capitals.
Blue Jackets 4, Avalanche 2
Cole Sillinger scored a tiebreaking goal with 1:02 remaining, and host Columbus beat Colorado.
Alexandre Texier, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Gabriel Carlsson also had goals and Elvis Merzlikins had 34 saves and an assist for Columbus, which swept the home-and-home series with Colorado.
Andre Burakovsky scored two goals and Darcy Kuemper stopped 38 shots for the Avalanche.
Golden Knights 5, Canadiens 2
Robin Lehner made 36 saves and had an assist and visiting Vegas, despite being outshot 22-1 to start the game, rallied to score five unanswered goals and cruise to victory over Montreal.
Alex Pietrangelo and Chandler Stephenson each had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Marchessault, Dylan Coghlan and Brayden McNabb also scored for Vegas. The Golden Knights were outshot 20-1 in the first period, a franchise record for fewest shots in a period.
Nick Suzuki had a goal and an assist and Tyler Toffoli also scored for Montreal. Jake Allen stopped 13 of 16 shots.
Flames 6, Rangers 0
Johnny Gaudreau scored twice and Matthew Tkachuk collected a goal and three assists as the Calgary Flames earned at least one point for the 10th straight game in a 6-0 rout of the visiting New York Rangers Saturday night.
Gaudreau recorded his 27th career multi-goal game to help the Flames improve to 7-0-3 since a season-opening 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The Flames also beat the Rangers for the second time this season, outscored New York 11-1 in the two meetings and scored their most goals against them since Feb. 22, 1999.
Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves for his league-leading fourth shutout and the 12th of his career.
The Rangers dropped their third straight after enduring overtime losses in Vancouver and Edmonton. They nearly scored late in the first period but a goal by defenseman Adam Fox was overturned when the Flames challenged for an offsides call.
Coyotes 5, Kraken 4
Lawson Crouse scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 1:05 remaining, as the Arizona Coyotes rallied from a two-goal deficit to win their first game of the season, defeating the expansion Seattle Kraken 5-4 Saturday night in Glendale, Ariz.
The Coyotes had tied a franchise record, set in 2017-18, with an 0-10-1 start, which equaled the second-worst in NHL history behind the 1943-44 New York Rangers, who opened 0-14-1.
Jordan Eberle, Yanni Gourde, Nathan Bastian and Mark Giordano scored for the Kraken. Philipp Grubauer made 17 saves.
Devils 3, Sharks 2 (SO)
Damon Severson scored the shootout winner to give the visiting New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
Ryan Graves and Janne Kuokkanen scored in regulation for the Devils, who ended a three-game California road trip on a positive and snapped a three-game losing skid. Goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 25 saves through overtime and two of three opponents in the shootout.
Rudolfs Balcers and Jonathan Dahlen replied for the Sharks, who were battling through a plethora of players out of action due to a COVID-19 outbreak that raced through the dressing room and also left them without coach Bob Boughner.
Goalie James Reimer stopped 26 shots through overtime, but only one of three players he faced in the shootout. Brent Burns collected two assists.
–Field Level Media