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Friday, October 6, 2017


We’re just two days into the season and we’ve already seen four hat tricks.  Last night Alex Ovechkin and Brandon Saad each pulled off that feat to match the efforts of Connor McDavid and Wayne Simmonds a day prior.

 

They aren’t the only ones that have gotten off to great starts though.  Chicago alone is full of players who have started hot thanks to the Blackhawks’ 10-1 slaughter of Pittsburgh last night.  We’ll be diving into that, but there are plenty of great performances to highlight as we go through Thursday’s action:

 

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BOSTON 4 NASHVILLE 3

 

Scott Hartnell found the back of the net in his first game back with the Nashville Predators.  He also logged 17:52 minutes of ice time after averaging just 12:04 minutes with Columbus last season.

 

Brad Marchand netted a shorthanded, empty-net goal at 17:07 of the third period.  At the time it gave Boston a 4-1 lead, but the Predators came close to pulling off a comeback, so Marchand’s goal ended up being the game winner.

 

Jake DeBrusk had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut.  The 18-year-old (he’ll turn 19 on Oct. 17) got 14:05 minutes of ice time, including 2:22 minutes with the man advantage.

 

Charlie McAvoy also scored a goal and registered an assist for the Bruins.  It was his first career regular season game, but he previously had three assists in six playoff contests with Boston.

 

Tuukka Rask stopped 26 of 29 shots last night.  It was the Bruins goaltender’s 205th career win.

 

Pekka Rinne allowed three goals on 31 shots.  That translates to a 3.16 GAA and .903 save percentage to start the campaign.

 

MONTREAL 3 BUFFALO 2 (SO)

 

Jonathan Drouin registered an assist in his first game with Montreal and later added the shootout winner.  After averaging 17:42 minutes per game with Tampa Bay last season, he was on the ice for 20:05 minutes on Thursday.

 

Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal in the first period.  It was his 210th career goal.

 

Carey Price kicked out 43 of 45 shots last night.  That translates to a .956 save percentage to kickoff the season.

 

Robin Lehner was almost as busy, saving 38 of 40 Montreal shots.  He fell short of the win by surrendering the Drouin goal in one of two shootout rounds.

 

Jason Pominville, making his return to Buffalo after spending parts of five seasons with Minnesota, accounted for both of Buffalo’s goals.  Jack Eichel, who recently inked an eight-year, $80 million extension, assisted on one of his markers.

 

COLORADO 4 NY RANGERS 2

 

Pushing aside the trade rumors, Matt Duchene led the charge for the Avalanche with a goal and an assist.  He’s coming off a disappointing campaign where he was limited to 18 goals and 41 points in 77 contests.

 

Tyson Barrie netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  The 26-year-old defenseman is seven points away from the 200-career milestone.

 

Semyon Varlamov turned aside 37 of 39 shots for Colorado.  It was his first regular season start since Jan. 17 due to hip problems.

 

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 of 25 Avalanche shots.  Two of those markers were surrendered in the first period when Colorado only managed seven shots on goal.

 

Mika Zibanejad netted both of the Rangers’ markers.  With that he has 190 points in 338 career games.

 

WASHINGTON 5 OTTAWA 4 (SO)

 

As mentioned at the start, Ovechkin earned a hat trick last night.  On top of that though, he also found the back of the net during the shootout.

 

Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on all three of Ovechkin’s goals.  Kuznetsov is a nice bounce back candidate this season after dropping from 77 points in 2015-16 to 59 points in 2016-17.  His odds are especially good if he stays on the Ovechkin line.

 

On Ottawa’s side, Derick Brassard was a major contributor with a goal and two assists.  He’s just eight goals away from reaching the 150-mark in his career.

 

Craig Anderson surrendered four goals on 28 shots.  He was also beaten twice in three shootout rounds.

 

Braden Holtby also saved 28 of 32 shots in regulation time.  When it came to the shootout he edged out Anderson by holding the Senators to a single marker.

 

DETROIT 4 MINNESOTA 2

 

Chris Stewart scored a goal and registered an assist for Minnesota.  He was limited to 21 points last season, but had four multi-point contests over that span.

 

Devan Dubnyk stopped 27 of 31 shots Thursday night.  He surrendered two goals in each of the second and third periods.

 

Jimmy Howard saved 37 of 39 shots for Detroit.  It was his 200th career win and on a quieter night that might have been the lead, but it was a crazy night for hockey.

 

Mike Green assisted on all four of Detroit’s goals.  He shot up to 301 career assists as a result.

 

Anthony Mantha scored a goal and registered two assists for the Red Wings.  He had 17 goals and 36 points in 60 contests as a rookie in 2016-17.

 

CHICAGO 10 PITTSBURGH 1

 

What a slaughter this one ended up being.  Antti Niemi made his first start for the Penguins and it was a disaster.  He allowed four goals on 13 shots over just 9:16 minutes of playing time.  Matt Murray was put into the contest, but he played between the pipes in Wednesday’s overtime loss so he was operating on no rest.  Murray ended up stopping just 25 of 31 shots and now has a 5.89 GAA and .831 save percentage in two contests.

 

Phil Kessel scored the Penguins’ only goal.  He was also charged with 10 penalty minutes due to a misconduct at 17:33 of the third period.

 

As previously mentioned, Brandon Saad had a hat trick.  His first marker was the game winner and this was his first contest with Chicago since 2015.  He had 24 goals and 53 points in 82 games with Columbus last season.

 

Ryan Hartman came up big too with a goal and four assists.  He recorded 19 goals and 31 points in 76 contests in 2016-17.

 

Patrick Kane scored a goal and assisted on three other markers.  He’s just 30 assists away from the 500-mark.

 

Nick Schmaltz scored twice and registered an assist.  The sophomore scored six goals and 28 points in 61 contests last season.

 

In terms of blueliners, Brent Seabrook was the biggest offensive contributor with a goal and two assists.  He had three goals and 36 assists in 2016-17.

 

Not that he needed to be good Thursday night, but Corey Crawford still stopped 28 of 29 shots.  It was his 215th career victory.

 

ANAHEIM 5 ARIZONA 4

 

Arizona had a 4-1 lead midway through the second period, but couldn’t hold on.  Corey Perry got the comeback started with the Ducks’ first two markers and he later added an assist.

 

Rickard Rakell netted Anaheim’s game-winning goal.  It was scored at 16:30 of the third period.

 

Louis Domingue stopped 36 of 41 Ducks shots.  He was bombarded by 18 shots in the second frame and Anaheim outshot Arizona 14-5 in the third period.

 

John Gibson turned aside 26 of 30 shots last night.  With that his career record stands at 63-37-13.

 

Alex Goligoski assisted on three of Arizona’s four goals.  The only exception was Max Domi’s marker.  Domi also contributed an assist, giving him two points in the opener.

 

LOS ANGELES 2 PHILADELPHIA 0

 

Nolan Patrick, playing in his second career NHL game, got 14:20 minutes of ice time, which is only a mild increase from his debut.  On the plus side 4:52 of those minutes were with the man advantage, so it seems like Philadelphia is going to give him a sizeable opportunity in that regard.

 

Trevor Lewis scored the first and therefore game-winning goal.  It was his 48th career marker in 507 games.

 

Tyler Toffoli accounted for the Kings’ other marker.  He had 16 goals and 34 points in 63 contests last season.

 

Michal Neuvirth kicked out 25 of 27 shots last night.  It was his first start of the season after Brian Elliott got the nod in the Flyers’ opener on Wednesday.

 

Jonathan Quick earned a 35-save shutout.  With all the offense we’ve seen to begin the campaign, that’s actually just the second shutout of 2017-18 so far.  Cam Talbot got the first on Wednesday.



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