After a dozen games on Thursday night, the NHL was pretty quiet on Friday night, with a single game that wouldn’t be considered an ideal must-see matchup for the average hockey fan, but more of a friends and family only affair.
Here is your NHL round up for Friday, October 10:
It was a nice debut for a few new New York Islanders, asJaroslav Halak
won his first start in an Islanders uniform, making 21 saves and getting some solid goal support from his new teammates.Johnny Boychuk
, acquired from Boston on the weekend, opened the scoring with a power play goal and added 2 assists to help the Islanders to a 3-0 lead and free agent signeeMikhail Grabovski
had the winner in the game where they ended up winning 5-3. The sophomore wingerBrock Nelson
added 2 goals and 2 assists whileJohn Tavares
had 3 helpers andRyan Strome
added 2 assists as well.Nathan Gerbe
replied for Carolina in the third period, but it was too little, too late.Cam Ward
, who got the opening day start ahead ofAnton Khudobin
, allowed all 5 goals and didn’t get off to the type of start the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner wanted to.
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That wraps up the light night in the NHL. It won’t be so light on Saturday, as all 30 teams take to the ice. Some of the marquee matchups include Ottawa visiting Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh at Toronto, Boston hosting Washington, Edmonton visiting Vancouver and a pair of early season rematches as the Hurricanes visit the Islanders and Colorado hosts Minnesota.