There were 4 games on the NHL schedule Wednesday night, with a few standout performances. Hat Tricks, much needed wins along with a significant injury highlight the action:
- It was a good night to be a Toronto Maple Leafs player named James, a bad night to be named Joffrey. James Reimer made 28 saves while James van Riemsdyk scored his first two goals as a Maple Leaf in Toronto’s surprising 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, it was good news, bad news as all-star winger Joffrey Lupul was hit by a shot from Dion Phaneuf and left the game with a fractured forearm that could cost the winger a couple of months on the IR. Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the season as the Pens lost their home opener.
- The New York Rangers used a hat trick from sniper Marian Gaborik to get their first win of the season. Gaborik’s third of the game was the overtime winner in a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins. Dougie Hamilton got an assist, which was his first NHL point in the losing cause.
- Zach Kassian was the hero as the Vancouver Canucks posted their first win of the season, a 3-2 shootout win over the Calgary Flames. Kassian scored the first goal of the game and then the winner in the 5th round of the shootout. Corey Schneider bounced back from a shaky first start to make 34 saves and also stopped 4 of the 5 Calgary shooters in the shootout.
- Steve Sullivan had the hat trick and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had the other two as the Phoenix Coyotes overpowered the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1. The bad news for the Coyotes was that Vezina trophy finalist left the game after 9 minutes with a lower body injury apparently suffered in the pre-game warmup.
There are 10 games on tap for Thursday night, highlighted by the Ottawa Senators visting the Florida Panthers. Other games of interest include the Rangers taking on the Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings looking for their first win of the season against the Edmonton Oilers.
Check back tomorrow for a complete recap of all the action.