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Lindgren Opens Career 5-0

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


The Montreal Canadiens have been hurting for some good news in the early portion of this season.  They got it in Charlie Lindgren.

 

He stopped 29 of 31 shots on Tuesday to help the Canadiens win a 3-2 victory against Vegas just a couple days after he led them past Chicago with a 38-save shutout.  Last night’s contest was Lindgren’s fifth career start and he’s won all five of those contests.  The last Canadiens goaltender to start their career with five wins was Wayne Thomas in 1972-73.

 

Lindgren might get a chance to go to 6-0 when Montreal plays Minnesota on Thursday.  It’s likely that Carey Price (lower body) won’t be ready in time for that contest as he hasn’t resumed skating yet.  The good news on the Price front is that he should start skating this week.

 

Of course, once Price returns, Montreal will go back to leaning on him.  Price did struggle out of the gate with a 3-7-1 record, 3.77 GAA, and .877 save percentage in 11 contests, but the silver lining with his current injury is it gives him a chance to hit the reset button and come in fresh once he’s healthy.

 

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BUFFALO 3 WASHINGTON 1

 

Alex Ovechkin found the back of the net for the third consecutive game.  That brings the Capitals’ superstar up to 13 goals and 18 points in 16 contests.

 

Philipp Grubauer turned aside 29 of 31 Buffalo shots.  This is the second straight start that he’s lost despite allowing just two goals.  He has a 0-4-1 record in six games.

 

Evander Kane led the charge for Buffalo with a pair of goals.  That gives him nine markers and 15 points in 15 games this season.

 

Benoit Pouliot scored the game-winning goal.  It was his fifth goal and seventh point in 15 contests.

 

Robin Lehner saved 24 of 25 shots last night.  That ended a run of three straight starts where he had allowed three or more goals.

 

ST. LOUIS 3 NEW JERSEY 1

 

One game after Brayden Schenn had a four-assist night, the Blues forward scored a goal and registered another two assists.  He’s shot up to four goals and 18 points in 16 games thanks to his recent burst of offense.

 

Schenn’s linemate, Vladimir Tarasenko, matched him with a goal and two assists of his own on Tuesday.  That gives him eight goals and 19 points in 16 contests in 2017-18.

 

Jake Allen kicked out 21 of 22 Devils shots.  He has a 9-3-1 record, 2.36 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 13 starts.

 

At the other end of the ice, Cory Schneider turned aside 37 of 39 shots.  He may have gotten the loss, but at least he bounced back nicely after allowing five goals in his previous start (albeit while facing 41 shots).

 

Blake Coleman netted New Jersey’s lone goal.  It was his second marker and point in 14 games.

 

EDMONTON 2 NY ISLANDERS 1 (OT)

 

This is a nice start to an important four-game road trip for the Oilers.  They entered the trip with a 4-8-1 record, so they really need to start digging themselves out of that hole.

 

Connor McDavid netted the overtime winner.  It was his sixth goal and 17th point in 14 games this season.

 

Leon Draisaitl found the back of the net and registered an assist.  That gives him four goals and 11 points in 10 contests.

 

Thomas Greiss stopped 23 of 25 shots in the overtime loss.  He has a 3-2-2 record, 3.48 GAA, and .898 save percentage in seven starts.

 

Meanwhile, Cam Talbot saved 36 of 37 shots for the Oilers.  A showing like this is particularly encouraging given the rough start Talbot has had to the 2017-18 campaign.  He now has a 2.99 GAA and .909 save percentage in 13 starts.

 

Former Oilers forward Jordan Eberle netted the Islanders’ lone goal.  He has five goals and 12 points in 15 games this season.

 

PITTSBURGH 3 ARIZONA 1

 

Tobias Rieder was the only player to find the back of the net for Arizona.  It was his third marker and fifth point in 17 contests in 2017-18.

 

Antti Raanta kicked out 34 of 37 Penguins shots.  He has a 1-3-1 record, 3.11 GAA, and .913 save percentage in six starts.

 

Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and registered two assists for the Penguins.  That gives him seven goals and 18 points in 17 games.

 

Phil Kessel also had a goal and two assists.  He’s up to five goals and 19 points in 17 games.

 

Matt Murray saved 24 of 25 shots last night.  He has a 9-3-1 record, 2.90 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 14 contests.

 

CAROLINA 3 FLORIDA 1

 

Justin Williams scored a goal and registered an assist.  The 36-year-old forward is off to a strong start with two goals and 11 points in 13 games.

 

Roland McKeown assisted on two of Carolina’s three goals.  Those were his first two NHL points in his second career game.

 

Scott Darling turned aside 30 of 31 shots on Tuesday.  He’s 4-3-3 with a 2.35 GAA and .910 save percentage in 10 starts.

 

At the other end of the ice, Roberto Luongo kicked out 45 of a staggering 47 shots.  He faced 20 shots in the first period and another 18 in the second frame.

 

Vincent Trocheck found the back of the net for Florida.  He has seven goals and 16 points in 14 contests.

 

NASHVILLE 3 COLUMBUS 1

 

Miikka Salomaki assisted on two of the Predators’ three goals.  Those were his first two assists of the 2017-18 campaign, giving him three points in 11 games.

 

Viktor Arvidsson scored a goal and registered an assist.  He has six goals and nine points in 15 contests.

 

Pierre-Luc Dubois accounted for Columbus’ only goal.  It was his second marker and fourth point in 16 games.

 

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 26 of 28 Predators shots.  He has a 3.28 GAA and .896 save percentage in four starts.

 

Pekka Rinne saved 35 of 36 shots for Nashville.  He improved to 7-2-2 with a 2.08 GAA and .934 save percentage in 11 starts.

 

MONTREAL 3 VEGAS 2

 

Erik Haula netted the game-winning goal for Montreal.  He has five goals and eight points in 11 contests this season.

 

Jordie Benn scored a goal and registered an assist.  The Canadiens defenseman is up to a goal and five points in 15 games.

 

Charlie Lindgren turned aside 29 of 31 shots last night.  With Carey Price still sidelined, Lindgren was given a second straight start as a reward for his 38-save shutout.

 

Maxime Lagace stopped 25 of 28 Montreal shots.  He has a 1-4-1 record, 3.87 GAA, and .866 save percentage in six games.

 

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare found the back of the net for Vegas.  It was his second goal and third point in 15 contests.

 

VANCOUVER 5 CALGARY 3

 

Daniel Sedin assisted on two of Vancouver’s five goals.  While that’s obviously good, it’s worth noting that he also logged just 11:29 minutes as the Sedin twins continue to see their playing time limited this season.

 

Thomas Vanek scored a goal and registered an assist.  The Canucks forward has five goals and nine points in 15 contests in 2017-18.

 

Mike Smith surrendered five goals on just 21 shots.  He has an 8-6-0 record, 2.52 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 14 starts.

 

Dougie Hamilton found the back of the net for the Flames.  He has two goals and seven points in 15 games.

 

Jacob Markstrom stopped 29 of 32 Calgary shots.  That gives him a 5-4-2 record, 2.36 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 12 contests.

 

LOS ANGELES 4 ANAHEIM 3 (OT)

 

John Gibson stopped 30 of 33 shots before he left the contest late in the third period due to an injury.  Ryan Miller replaced him and turned aside nine of 10 shots.  Gibson’s injury might be a concussion as he took a stick to the head, but we don’t know anything yet.

 

Alex Iafallo assisted on two of the Kings’ four goals.  He has a goal and six points in 15 contests in his rookie campaign.

 

Anze Kopitar scored a goal and registered an assist last night.  That continued his hot start as he has eight goals and 19 points in 15 contests.

 

Rickard Rakell scored a goal and registered an assist.  That gives the Ducks forward six goals and 11 points in 15 contests.

 

Jonathan Quick stopped 33 of 36 shots last night.  He’s been superb this season, but this is the third straight start where he’s surrendered three goals.



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