In addition to the Senators loss to the Lightning, there were 6 other games around the NHL Friday night. Here is a quick tour of the action and the stories:
- Waiver wire pickup Keith Aucoin scored twice for the New York Islanders but it wasn’t enough as the Boston Bruins rolled to a 4-2 win. Dougie Hamilton had a pair of assists for the Bruins, and Tuukka Rask improved his record to 3-0-1. The game featured a scrap where Milan Lucic KO’d former Sens defenseman Matt Carkner.
- For the second straight night, the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Buffalo Sabres, this time by a score of 3-1. Canes defenseman Jay Harrison scored the winner with under 5 minutes remaining and then assisted on Jeff Skinner‘s empty net insurance goal to give Dan Ellis his first win as a Cane. Ellis made 40 saves to get the win, as only Thomas Vanek was able to beat him.
- The Washington Capitals are still winless this season, but they did manage to earn a single point in their 3-2 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils. The Caps scored twice in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit to get the point, but Ilya Kovalchuk ended it with just 21 seconds left in the extra frame.
- Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula each had 3 point games in the Detroit Red Wings’ 5-3 home ice victory over the Minnesota Wild. Todd Bertuzzi had a pair of goals in his first action of the season after recovering from an illness. Zach Parise had a pair of goals for the Wild, both were set up by Mikko Koivu
- Sidney Crosby scored twice in the first period to give the Pittsburgh Penguins the lead, but the Winnipeg Jets scored four unanswered goals to stun the Penguins and hand them their second consecutive loss. Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and an assist in the come from behind win.
- Cory Schneider posted a 30 save shutout as the Vancouver Canucks won their 2nd straight game, 5-0 over the Anaheim Ducks. Mason Raymond had a pair, while rookie Jordan Schroeder scored his first NHL point (an assist) in his second career game for the Canucks.
There are 8 games on Saturday, featuring the battle of Alberta between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. The Chicago Blackhawks will try to remain unbeaten in Columbus, while the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings will go Phoenix looking for their first win of the season.