There were a half dozen NHL games on the slate for Friday night. Here is SenShot’s daily NHL recap:
- The coaching change in Philadelphia hasn’t immediately paid dividends offensively, as the Flyers couldn’t score more than once yet again in dropping a 2-1 decision to the Phoenix Coyotes. Thomas Greiss made 37 saves in his first start as a Coyotes, stopping all but Max Talbot’s deflection late in the second period. Rob Klinkhammer had opened the scoring early in the first, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the winner on the power play with 13 seconds left in the second. Steve Mason made 29 saves for the Flyers, but as the trend has gone this season, he was a victim of lack of goal support.
- Two goals on the same power play within a minute of each other was all the regulation scoring done in the Los Angeles Kings‘ 2-1 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes. First Dwight King took advantage of a sloppy turnover at the Canes’ blueline and went in alone to beat Cam Ward for the shorthanded goal. Jeff Skinner pounced on a rebound and put it past Jonathan Quick to tie the score just 40 seconds later. Jeff Carter scored the lone goal in the shootout, going backhand-shelf on Ward, who made 37 saves including the shootout. Quick made 27 plus all three stops in the shootout for the win.
- Jeff Zatkoff‘s NHL debut is one he will never forget, but probably wishes he could. Stepping in for Marc-Andre Fleury, the rookie goalie was touched for 6 goals in the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 loss to the Florida Panthers. Tomas Fleischmann had a goal and 3 assists, while Brad Boyes added 2 goals and an assist and Aleksander Barkov a goal and two assists to pace the Panthers’ attack. Kris Versteeg and Jonathan Huberdeau added the other goals. Evgeni Malkin, Craig Adams and Pascal Dupuis answered for the Penguins.
- The Chicago Blackhawks held the New York Islanders to under 20 shots, and Michal Handzus scored the winner less than 7 minutes into the second period and then Chicago hung on to win 3-2. Joakim Nordstrom‘s 1st NHL goal opened the scoring and then Jonathan Toews doubled the lead for the Hawks, but 2 goals in the last minute courtesy of Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo tied the game heading into the second. Nikolai Khabibulin made 17 saves for the win while Kevin Poulin took the loss in the battle of the backups.
- Tyler Seguin had 2 goals and 2 assists while Jamie Benn added a goal and an assist as the Dallas Stars‘ top line showed some chemistry in their 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Alex Chiasson had the other Dallas goal, while Blake Wheeler scored the lone Jets goal over 5 minutes into the third, but the deal was done at that point.
- Sean Monahan scored for the 4th consecutive game, this time his marker was the game winner with under 3 minutes left to lift the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Dennis Wideman and Mark Giordano scored power play goals earlier on, as the Flames have earned at least a point in each of their 5 games played. Adam Henrique and Dainius Zubrus lit the lamp for the Devils.
Check back tomorrow for a recap of all 11 games on the NHL schedule.