It was a very busy 2nd night of the NHL season, with 12 games on the docket. Here is your NHL roundup for games played on Oct. 9th. For a detailed recap of Ottawa’s loss to Nashville, check out Eldrinson’s recap here. Here is what went on elsewhere in the league.
Brendan Gallagher had the shootout winner as the Montreal Canadiens won for the second straight night, 2-1 over the Washington Capitals. Dustin Tokarski got the win a night after Carey Price beat the Maple Leafs. Tokarski made 29 saves and stopped Alex Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky in the sudden death portion of the shootout to allow Gallagher to be the hero. Tomas Plekanec tied the game for Montreal midway through the third period after Burakovsky had scored his first career goal in his NHL debut 6:43 into the first, a period that Montreal didn’t get a shot on goal and was dominated by the Caps.
With the 1984 Stanley Cup Champion team in the house, the Edmonton Oilers dropped their season opener 5-2 to the provincial rival Calgary Flames. Calgary scored twice in the first period courtesy Mason Raymond and Jiri Hudler goals a minute apart to take a 2-0 lead. Teddy Purcell later in the first and Taylor Hall midway through the second scored power play goals to make the game even after 40 minutes. However, the third was all Flames as Raymond scored two more for the hat trick and T.J. Brodie capped it off with a last minute power play goal. Joe Colborne had assists on all 3 Raymond goals. Karri Ramo made 38 saves for the win in the Flames net.
It was an old-school shootout in Pittsburgh as the Penguins outlasted the Anaheim Ducks 6-4. Corey Perry had a hat trick for the Ducks with Ryan Kesler adding a goal and 2 assists in his Ducks debut, but it wasn’t enough. Pascal Dupuis had a goal and 3 assists for the Pens, with Sidney Crosby adding a pair and an assists and Olli Maatta chipping in 3 assists.
Rick Nash had 2 goals and an assists for the New York Rangers as they upended the St. Louis Blues 3-2. Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny scored for the Blues. It was a scary night for the Blues as star free agent signee Stastny went knee to knee with a Rangers’ defender. He left the game but did return. The news wasn’t so good for Rangers prize free agent acquisition Dan Boyle, who broke his hand blocking a shot and left the game.
In another high scoring affair, the New Jersey Devils outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers 6-4, led by 2 goals from new Devil Mike Cammalleri. Michael Ryder added a goal and 2 assists, while Wayne Simmonds had a two goals and an assist in a losing cause for the Flyers.