It was an eventful night around the NHL. In addition to the Ottawa Senators’ 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers there were 9 other NHL games, with a couple of former Senators making some headlines. Here is a quick tour around the league:
- The Toronto Maple Leafs led 3-1 after 20 minutes, but the New York Islanders scored 5 unanswered goals in the second and third to beat the Leafs 7-4. Michael Grabner and Brad Boyes each had 3 points while Matt Moulson had a pair in the win. Ben Scrivens got pulled after the 5th Islanders goal, making way for James Reimer. And somewhere, Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis suddenly got a smile on his face.
- The Philadelphia Flyers finally got in the win column as Ilya Bryzgalov was forced to make only 18 saves to defeat the New York Rangers 2-1. A day after the New York media was proclaiming Rick Nash – Brad Richards – Marian Gaborik the best line in the history of hockey, the trio were a combined -2 with 1 assist between the three of them in over 65 combined minutes of ice time.
- The Washington Capitals‘ misery continued as the Montreal Canadiens walked into Landover and pounded the Caps 4-1. Andrei Markov‘s power play goal was the winner and was also his third of the season as he makes up for lost time and P. K. Subban’s leverage slowly diminishes.
- Eric Staal‘s hat trick goal into an empty net was the nail in the coffin for the Buffalo Sabres as they fell 6-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes. Jordan Staal had two assists to complement his brother’s performance. Jeff Skinner had a pair for the winners, and Jason Pominville had two in the losing cause for the Sabres.
- Jaroslav Halak had a relatively easy 13 save shutout as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Nashville Predators 3-0. Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko had his 4th goal of the season for St. Louis as Wade Redden made his much anticipated return to the NHL.
- It wasn’t easy, but Marian Hossa‘s OT goal kept the Chicago Blackhawks perfect (4-0) so far this season as they overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Dallas Stars 3-2. It was Hossa’s league leading 5th goal of the season.
- Matt Duchene had 2 goals and an assist while Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves for the shutout as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 in Denver.
- The Edmonton Oilers overcame first period penalty trouble and used last second heroics from Nail Yakupov to send the game to overtime where they defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. The crazy finish saw an Oilers goal waved off with 65 seconds left because Sam Gagner got tied up with Jonathan Quick, preventing Quick from being able to make a save. That set up Yakupov’s tying goal with just 4.6 seconds left. Perhaps it was poetic justice, but Gagner ended up getting the winner in overtime. The teams combined to go 1 for 17 on the power play in the game. That 1 PPG – the OT winner.
- The San Jose Sharks scored 4 goals in the final 10:45 to overcome a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3. Joe Thornton had a goal and three assists, while Patrick Marleau (2G, 1A) and Joe Pavelski (3 assists) also had big nights. A night after his hat trick against the Blue Jackets, Steve Sullivan had a goal and an assist against the Sharks in the losing cause.
That wraps up a busy night in the NHL. There are 7 games on Friday night, including the Senators looking to stay perfect against Tampa while Washington will try to get their first win in New Jersey.