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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Gibson is King

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

There were a couple of suspensions announced on Sunday as Radko Gudas was given 10 games for his slash to the head of Mathieu Perreault. It was pretty bad and he may have gotten off lucky despite his past record.

 

Austin Watson of the Predators received two games for boarding Dominic Toninato of the Colorado Avalanche Saturday.

 

Both suspensions are without pay.

 

Toby Enstrom will miss the next eight weeks after suffering a lower body injury Saturday.

 

And finally, the 2019 Winter Classic was announced Sunday and the Chicago Blackhawks will host the Boston Bruins at historic Notre Dame Stadium.

 

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CAROLINA 4 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2

 

The Carolina Hurricanes are getting super production of late from their top line of Teuvo Teravainen, Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal and Sunday was no exception as they defeated the Islanders 4-2.

 

Teravainen had a couple of goals and an assist with Aho getting a goal and two helpers. Staal was held pointless Sunday.

 

For Aho, he now has four goals and 17 points in 19 games and is on a four game goal scoring streak. Teravainen is up to eight goals and 19 points in 19 games and is showing the offensive prowess predicted when the Blackhawks selected him 18th overall in the 2012 Draft.

 

The Hurricanes also picked up a goal from the stick of Elias Lindholm. Lindholm is a notorious slow starter so his five goals and 10 points in 19 games is considered a great start for him. He had only two goals in the Hurricanes first 20 games in 2015 and followed that up last season with three assists in his first 16 games. For him, this is like a Gretzky start to the season.

 

Cam Ward turned aside 27 shots for his third win of the season. He has a 2.63 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

 

Nick Leddy led the way with a goal and an assist for the Islanders and is up to five goals and 16 points. John Tavares scored on the power play for his 15th goal of the season.

 

Jaroslav Halak stopped 28-of-32 shots in taking the loss. He evened his record at 5-5 but his peripherals this season are mediocre with a 3.14 GAA and a .896 save percentage.

 

Justin Faulk had two power play assists for the Hurricanes.

 

COLORADO 4 DETROIT 3 (Overtime)

 

The Colorado Avalanche fought back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period to upend the hometown Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in overtime.

 

Nathan MacKinnon had another big game as the set up the tying goal by Carl Soderberg with 46 seconds left in the game and then scored the winner 2:55 into the overtime to send the fans in Detroit home in a miserable mood.

 

Justin Abdelkader opened the scoring but Erik Johnson with his first of the season tied it for the Avs with only 16 seconds left in the first period to send both teams to the dressing room tied at 1.

 

Andreas Athanasiou scored the only goal of the second with his fifth of the season.

 

The third period saw the Red Wings take a 3-1 lead at the 11:07 mark when Niklas Kronwall scored his first of the season. I’m being sarcastic but who knew he was still in the NHL.

 

Nevertheless, Nail Yakupov brought the Avs closer with a power play goal just 2:38 later and that set up the heroics for MacKinnon.

 

After a couple of bad seasons, MacKinnon is back on track with seven goals and 22 points in only 19 games.

 

Jonathan Bernier turned aside 21 shots for his third win of the season.

 

Jimmy Howard was the hard luck overtime loser as he made 33 saves but it was not enough. Howard has a 2.34 GAA and a .928 save percentage with an 8-5-2 record.

 

 

NEW YORK RANGERS 3 OTTAWA 0

 

The Ottawa Senators are falling. They lost their third straight game as Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 20 shots to give the Rangers a 3-0 win.

 

Kevin Hayes opened the scoring in the second period and the goal held up as the winner.

 

The Rangers scored twice in the third as Michael Grabner with his ninth and Mika Zibanejad with his 10th of the season into the empty net, salted the game away for the Rangers.

 

Craig Anderson stopped 24-of-26 shots in taking the loss.

 

Brendan Smith had 17 minutes in penalties including a five minute major for interference and a game misconduct for a hit on the Senators Mark Borowiecki.

 

Mats Zuccarello had a pair of assists in the contest.

 

VEGAS 4 LOS ANGELES 2

 

These Golden Knights are unbelievable!

 

Vegas scored three times in the first period and chased netminder Jonathan Quick who made only six saves in the first  11:22 of the contest and then held on to beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 Sunday.

 

William Karlsson scored twice in the first while Cody Eakin potted his third of the season to stake the Golden Knights to a 3-0 lead. Darcy Kuemper replaced Quick at that point but the damage was done.

 

Kuemper was perfect on the night as the Golden Knights continued their onslaught but he turned aside all 30 shots to give the Kings some hope.

 

Trevor Lewis got the Kings on the board in the second with his sixth of the season and Tanner Pearson put the Kings to within one with 8:15 left in the third but Alex Tuch’s empty net goal ended the Kings hopes.

 

It was thought that Malcolm Subban could get the start in goal for Vegas but Manny Lagace actually did. He made 27 saves for his fourth win of the season. Look for Subban to get the start on Wednesday in Anaheim.

 

ANAHEIM 3 FLORIDA 2

 

John Gibson was out of this world great on Sunday as he stopped 50 shots enabling his Anaheim Ducks to squeak out a 3-2 win over Florida.

 

Not too many times can you face 52 shots and still come out a winner, especially in regulation time but Gibson managed it.

 

Josh Manson gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead after one as he scored unassisted with only 1:03 left in the first.

 

Rickard Rakell made it 2-0 on the power play but Vincent Trocheck cut the lead in half before the end of the second, also on the power play.

 

Brandon Montour scored the third straight power play goal of the game 1:30 into the third period for the eventual winner.

 

Keith Yandle made it 3-2 with a second less than three minutes to go in the third but that was as close as it got.

 

Corey Perry had a couple of power play assists to give him 11 helpers this season.

 

Trocheck and Yandle each assisted on the other’s goal while Aleksander Barkov assisted on both.

 

Roberto Luongo stopped 25 in the loss as he is 4-4-1.

 

Gibson is 7-6-1 this season and while his 2.78 GAA is not great, his .924 save percentage is.

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.