Here is SenShot’s Daily NHL recap from Tuesday night. It was a busy night with lots of scoring, so lets get to it:
- P.A. Parenteau‘s goal 150 seconds into the third period proved to be the winner as the Colorado Avalanche remained undefeated while handing the Toronto Maple Leafs their first loss of the season, by a score of 2-1. Cory Sarich tied the game just over 3 minutes after Joffrey Lupul had put the Leafs up 1-0 in the second period. Semyon Varlamov kicked aside 27 shots for the win, while Jonathan Bernier made 31 saves in the loss.
- John Tavares scored twice, including the game winner late in the first as the New York Islanders dismantled the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1. Peter Regin, Matt Donovan, Colin McDonald and Josh Bailey did the rest of the Islanders’ scoring while Michael Grabner chipped in 3 assists. Evgeni Nabokov turned away 33 shots to earn the win, while Mike Smith was chased from the Coyotes net after allowing 5 goals on just 20 shots through 40 minutes.
- Craig Berube won his debut behind the Philadelphia Flyers’ bench, and for the first time this season Philly scored more than once in their 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers. Brayden Schenn and Braydon Coburn scored less than 3 minutes apart in the first period and Steve Mason made it hold up. He allowed just a Brad Boyes wrister late in the second period to get by him, stopping the other 32 shots he faced. Tim Thomas was yanked after allowing both Flyers goals on just 5 shots, lasting only 7:31.
- Jussi Jokinen‘s hat trick paced the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Paul Martin and Tanner Glass scored the other Penguins goals while Olli Maatta recorded his first 2 career assists. Sidney Crosby also chipped in a pair of helpers while the much maligned Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 of 34 shots to move to 3-0 on the season. Eric Staal and Nathan Gerbe replied for the Canes, with Andrej Sekera assisting on both markers.
- Alex Killorn‘s overtime marker under two minutes into overtime was the difference as the Tampa Bay Lighting kept the Buffalo Sabres winless with a 3-2 win. Tyler Johnson and Teddy Purcell had the other Lighting goals, while Ben Bishop made 21 saves for the win. Jamie McBain had a goal and an assist for the losing Sabres, with Cody Hodgson scoring the other. Jonas Enroth took the loss, but his 31 save effort earned the Sabres a point.
- Niklas Backstrom was injured after allowing 2 goals on 5 shots in the first period as Nashville erased a 1-0 lead given to the Wild on an early Zach Parise power play marker. Filip Forsberg scored his first NHL goal on a 5-on-3, while Seth Jones also earned his first NHL point on that play. That was followed quickly by Colin Wilson giving the Predators the lead 40 seconds later, also on the power play. Eric Nystrom scored on a penalty shot at 11:14 after a play that sent Backstrom off with a lower body injury after Nystrom was brough down from behind and crashed into the Wild goalie. Josh Harding made his entrance the hard way, facing an immediate penalty shot, but that was the only one to beat him. The Predators held on despite a Jared Spurgeon power play goal in the second period. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for the win.
- Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks won the much anticipated showdown with Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils, but it took overtime as Jason Garrison‘s wrist shot through traffic found its way past the former Canucks goalie in the extra frame. Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias each had a goal and an assist to put the Devils up 2-0, but Daniel Sedin and Alex Edler evened it up.
- Brad Richards scored his 3rd of the season to give the New York Rangers a 1-0 lead 3:27 into the first, but it was all San Jose Sharks after that, as they scored 9 of the next 10 goals en route to a 9-2 pounding of the Rangers. Tomas Hertl scored 4 times for the Sharks, while Matthew Nieto added a goal and two assists, his first NHL points. Logan Couture, Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun had the other Sharks goals, while Jason Demers and Joe Pavelski each had 3 assists. Henrik Lundqvist was chased after the 4th Sharks goal, just before the midway point of the game, and Martin Biron allowed 5 goals on 21 shots in relief. To add insult to injury, Hertl’s 4th goal (and the Sharks’ 8th) was a between-the-legs play on a breakaway, that probably didn’t sit to well with the Rangers and Hertl is probably lucky John Tortorella wasn’t still behind the Rangers bench.
Check back tomorrow for a recap of the 3 games taking place Wednesday night.