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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Coyotes love Canada

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The NHL awarded their three stars of the week on Monday and Teuvo Teravainen was the number one star with the Maple Leafs Frederik Andersen number two and Nathan MacKinnon the third star.

 

Jay Bouwmeester was activated off injured reserve and will play his first game of the season this week.

 

The Senators recalled defenseman Thomas Chabot from the minors.

 

Carey Price skated with his teammates on Monday but his return to the lineup is still unknown.

 

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COLUMBUS 3 BUFFALO 2

 

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots to lead the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the hometown Buffalo Sabres. It was his 12th win of the season as he continues to show his Vezina form of last season.

 

The Blue Jackets got off to a 3-0 lead with goals from Pierre-Luc Dubois, Artemi Panarin and Boone Jenner and then held on to beat the Sabres as Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane scored in the third period.

 

I still like Sam Reinhart although he is not having a great season. The goal gives him four points in his last four games but he had a three point night on Tuesday and still has only nine points in 21 games.

 

Robin Lehner made 26 saves in taking the loss.

 

Jack Eichel had an assist to give him 17 points in 21 games. The bad side of that is he is a minus-nine and has only one point on the power play after picking up 24 of his 57 points in 61 games last season with the man-advantage.

 

ARIZONA 4 TORONTO 1

 

The Arizona Coyotes love Eastern Canada. That must be it as they were 2-15-3 before playing Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto on the road this past week and now are on a three game winning streak after defeating Toronto 4-1.

 

The Coyotes looked to be much the better team at the ACC and as usual got off to a 1-0 lead when Brendan Perlini scored the lone goal of the first period on the power play. The goal halted Frederik Andersen’s shutout streak at 140:25.

 

The Leafs entered the game on a six-game winning streak and evened the count at 1 when James van Riemsdyk scored on the power play early in the second but Oliver Ekman-Larsson put the Coyotes ahead to stay with yet another power play goal at the 18:17 mark of the second stanza.

 

The Leafs thought they had tied it up late in the third when Auston Matthews scored but a review of the goal deemed that there was goaltender interference on Antti Raanta from Zach Hyman and the goal was disallowed.

 

The Coyotes scored twice into the empty net to seal the win as Max Domi with his second and Tobias Rieder completed the scoring.

 

Raanta stopped 27 shots and improved his record to 4-5-2 with a 2.90 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

 

Andersen took the loss and is 12-7-0 with a 2.83 GAA and a .914 save percentage.

 

It was Matthew’s 100th NHL game and for the 100th time he had a shot on goal. Two as a matter of fact.

 

CALGARY 4 WASHINGTON 1

 

The Calgary Flames waltzed into Washington and came away with a 4-1 win as Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each had a goal and an assist to lead the way.

 

Mike Smith was solid in the Calgary cage as he turned aside 29 shots to improve to 11-6 with a 2.61 GAA and a .922 save percentage. He has given the Flames excellent netminding this season and it has been reflective in the Flames third place standing in the Pacific Division.

 

Gaudreau is third in the NHL in points with 31, trailing only Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning. Gaudreau is on a 10-game points streak.

 

Lars Eller opened the scoring in the first at the 1:02 mark but that was all that Smith would allow.

 

Mikael Backlund on the power play and Mark Giordano scored in the third to salt the game away.

 

Braden Holtby was busy in the Washington net as he made 35 saves but is 11-5-0 this season with a 2.66 GAA and a .919 save percentage, well below last season’s numbers when his GAA was 2.07 with a .925 save percentage.

 

Nicklas Backstrom continues to baffle me as he has only four assists in his last 15 games. He did put four shots on net but something must be wrong because he is a lot better than that.

 

Alex Ovechkin did not find the back of the net and has now gone six games without a goal.

 

NASHVILLE 5 WINNIPEG 3

 

Kevin Fiala, Ryan Johansen and Kyle Turris all had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-3.

 

Mattias Ekholm and Nick Bonino also scored for Nashville who sit third in the Central Division after winning their seventh in the last eight games.

 

As usual, Pekka Rinne was between the pipes for the Predators and made 32 saves for his 11th win of the season against three defeats. He has a 2.48 GAA and a .921 save percentage.

 

The Jets picked up goals from Mathieu Perreault in the first as he scored on the power play to tie the game at 1, as well as late goals from Tyler Myers and a second from Perreault to make the game closer than it really was.

 

Connor Hellebuyck made only 24 saves on 29 shots as his record dropped to 11-2-2 with a 2.45 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He had won his previous three starts in the last week.

 

Viktor Arvidsson, Roman Josi and P.K. Subban each had two assists in the win.

 

NEW JERSEY 4 MINNESOTA 3 (Overtime)

 

John Moore’s second overtime winner of the season gave the Devils a 4-3 win over the Wild.

 

The Devils scored the only goal of the first as Adam Henrique had his first in 11 games. Henrique also had a pair of assists in the contest.

 

Nino Niederreiter tied it up early in the second with Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu drawing the assists Steve Santini with his first of the season restored the New Jersey lead.

 

Offensive dynamo Will Butcher scored his second of the season in the third but Granlund responded with a couple of goals to give him three on the season, to tie the game and send it into overtime.

 

Cory Schneider was the busier of the two goalies and stopped 33 shots for the win.

 

Devan Dubnyk faced only 25 shots and took the loss.

 

ANAHEIM 3 SAN JOSE 2 (Shootout)

 

Antoine Vermette scored in the ninth round of the shootout to give the Ducks a 3-2 win over San Jose. 

 

Reto Berra was terrific as he stopped 40 shots in the win including 19 saves in the third and all three in overtime.

 

Corey Perry had a goal and an assist to give him four points in his last two games. Rickard Rakell also had a goal and a helper while Brandon Montour assisted on both goals.

 

Joonas Donskoi had both goals for the Sharks to give him seven this season. Donskoi had a nice rookie campaign in which he had 11 goals and 36 points but he slumped badly last season garnering only six goals and 17 points in 61 games. He looks to be back to his rookie form and the Sharks need it.

 

Martin Jones stopped 28 shots.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 15th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.