It was a light night in the NHL as there were only two games but there was plenty of news from around the league.
The three stars of the week were announced and there was little suspense as Mika Zibanejad was the first star based on his four goals and eight points in only two games. The second star went to Anthony Mantha who had five goals in two games including all four goals Sunday in a 4-3 win over Dallas. The third star was Toronto’s Auston Matthews who also had five goals this week, but it took him three games to do so.
There was a trade in the NHL Monday as the New York Rangers dealt Vladislav Namestnikov to Ottawa for Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in 2021. Namestnikov will get a chance to shine in Ottawa as the Senators need some scoring up front. Namestnikov started the season on the third line but was seeing fourth line minutes by the end of the second game of the season.
Evgeni Malkin could be out for a while as he suffered a lower-body injury that coach Mike Sullivan said would not be season-ending, rather long-term. Nick Bjugstad also suffered a lower -body injury but Sullivan said that Malkin would be out longer.
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COLUMBUS 4 BUFFALO 3 (Overtime)
Alexandre Texier’s overtime winner at 2:08 gave the Columbus Blue Jackets their first win of the season, as they defeated Buffalo 4-3. Nick Foligno easily knocked Jack Eichel off the puck and centered it to Texier who scored his first of the season.
The Blue Jackets got off to a 1-0 lead as Oliver Bjorkstrand took Seth Jones pass off the end boards and put it past Linus Ullmark. Cam Atkinson made it 2-0 in the first on the power play as he rifled a shot past Ullmark after receiving the puck from behind the net on a nice pass from Alexander Wennberg.
Nick Foligno gave the Blue Jackets the lead in the third on the power play as he knocked home a rebound to make it 3-2 Columbus.
But the Sabres were not done yet and they pulled the goalie with the man-advantage to give them a 6-on-4 play. Victor Olofsson scored his third of the season as he is seeing top line minutes, smacking it home from the top of the circle after getting a nice feed from Rasmus Dahlin. The goal sent the game into overtime where Texier won it.
The Sabres were outshot 44-18 and save for the heroics of Ullmark, they would not have picked up an overtime point. Joonas Korpisalo picked up his first win of the season, stopping 15 shots.
Foligno and Texier each had a goal and an assist.
ST. LOUIS 3 TORONTO 2
Alex Pietrangelo’s second goal of the season was the winner as the St. Louis Blues continued their mastery over the Toronto Maple Leafs, defeating them 3-2. Pietrangelo’s marker in the third period went into the wide-open net after David Perron’s perfect pass found a streaking Pietrangelo.
It was Pietrangelo’s 400th point in the NHL and the Blues seventh straight win over the Maple Leafs, all in the Mike Babcock-era.
After a scoreless first period, the Blues got things started in the second as Oskar Sundqvist’s shot from 35 feet out, somehow eluded Frederik Andersen and went into the net off his glove. It was a weak goal but the Maple Leafs stormed back with a pair as Frederik Gauthier and William Nylander each picked up their second of the season just 24 seconds apart in the second stanza to give Toronto the lead.
Andersen made 27 saves and saw his record fall to 2-1. He has given up seven goals on 85 shots thus far and has a .918 save percentage to go with his 2.36 GAA.
Jordan Binnington played in his first game in Toronto. He was born in the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill and made sure this would be a night to remember as he made 32 saves. He is 2-0-1 with a 2.31 GAA and a .928 save percentage.
Held by many - 1
Held by many -1
Shots on Goal
Boone Jenner - 6
Alex Pietrangelo – 5
Seth Jones – 5
Cam Atkinson - 5
Jay Bouwmeester – 4
Nick Foligno - 4
Carl Gunnarsson – 4
Rasmus Dahlin - 4