Some news and notes from around the NHL.
Dustin Byfuglien is week-to-week with a lower body injury. He has been a surprise in that he has yet to score a goal from the blueline this season. Most drafted him figuring he would get 15-20 goals this season. Jacob Trouba will get his spot to start on the first power play.
Sven Baertschi is out four-six weeks with a fractured jaw.
The Montreal Canadiens loaned defenseman Victor Mete to the Canadian Under-20 team.
Matt Murray is getting close to a return as he practiced on Monday. The Pittsburgh netminder has been out a couple of weeks with a lower body injury.
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NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 WASHINGTON 1
The Islanders scored early and often on Monday as they chased Braden Holtby from the net, defeating Washington 3-1.
Philipp Grubauer finished up for Washington and stopped all 17 shots sent his way.
Ladd and Alex Ovechkin led their respective teams with six shots on goal apiece.
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DALLAS 2 NEW YORK RANGERS 1 (Shootout)
Jason Spezza scored the shootout winner as the Dallas Stars came into Madison Square Garden and knocked off the Rangers 2-1.
Mats Zuccarello and Alexander Radulov traded goals in the first round of the shootout with Kari Lehtonen then stopping David Desharnais and Kevin Shattenkirk to set up Spezza’s goal in the third round.
It stayed that way until the third when Rick Nash halted a ten-game goalless drought with his eighth of the season to send the game into extra time and eventually the shootout.
Pavelec was the hard-luck loser as he was sensational in turning aside 44-of-45 shots in the Rangers cage as Dallas dominated New York. Pavelec is 2-4-1 this season with a 3.04 GAA and a .914 save percentage but has been great the last two games, kicking out 85 of 89 shots.
Lehtonen stopped 24 shots for the win. He is 4-4-1 with a 2.49 GAA and a .909 save percentage, much better than last season when his GAA was 2.85 with a .902 save percentage.
Tyler Seguin had seven shots on net and failed to score in the second round of the shootout.
COLORADO 2 PITTSBURGH 1
Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 shots and Blake Comeau scored the winner, his seventh of the season, into the empty net with 1:29 left in the third to give the Colorado Avalanche a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.
The Avalanche made it 2-0 on Comeau’s empty netter and then Phil Kessel broke the shutout bid of Bernier with only 11.8 seconds remaining to cut the lead in half but the Penguins did not have enough time to mount the comeback.
Tristan Jarry made 26 saves in taking the loss. He was outstanding, especially in the second period when he was forced to make plenty of saves from point-blank range. As mentioned earlier, Matt Murray is close to returning and that will shove Jarry back to the bench. He is 5-2-2 with a 2.49 GAA and a solid .919 save percentage.
Bernier is 5-6-1 this season with a 3.05 GAA and a .900 save percentage.
Kessel, whose goal was his 15th of the season, had seven shots on goal.
Alexander Kerfoot suffered an undisclosed injury in the second period and did not return. There was no update after the contest.
FLORIDA 2 DETROIT 1 (Overtime)
Michael Matheson’s first goal of the season was the overtime winner as the Florida Panthers defeated the hometown Detroit Red Wings 2-1.
Henrik Zetterberg, who is off to a tough start this season, opened the scoring at the 18:27 mark of the first period. He corralled the puck at his own blueline, took it into the Florida zone and backhanded the puck off Matheson. He then took it on his forehand and beat James Reimer in the Florida net.
That was all the scoring in the first two periods but Vincent Trocheck tied it at 1 at the 10:09 mark of the third as he scored on the power play with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau picking up the assists. Trocheck leads the Panthers in points with 31.
Reimer picked up the win and is 6-7-3 with a terrible 3.61 GAA and a bad .894 save percentage. He made 34 saves.
Jimmy Howard made 27 saves as he is 9-9-5 with a 2.90 GAA and a .906 save percentage. That’s a far cry from last season when he was 10-11-1 with a 2.10 GAA and a .927 save percentage.
Trevor Daley picked up the lone assist for the Red Wings and doubled his point total to two this season.
Luke Witkowski and Micheal Haley had a couple of fights in this one. If you need penalty minutes, grab Witkowski in your pool. It was his first game back after serving a ten game suspension for returning to the ice during a fight in a game against Calgary.
WINNIPEG 5 VANCOUVER 1
Mathieu Perreault scored twice and added an assist to lead Winnipeg to a 5-1 win over Vancouver.
Connor Hellebuyck continues to shine in the Winnipeg net as he stopped 25 shots to move his record to 16-3-4 with a 2.44 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He was backed up by Steve Mason on Monday, as the veteran was taken off injured reserve after missing a couple of weeks with a concussion.
Dmitry Kulikov scored just 1:28 into the first period to give the Jets a quick lead but Brock Boeser replied for Vancouver with his 16th of the season to knot the game at 1 heading into the second period. The Sedin twins drew the assists.
Perreault with his first of the game made it 2-1 and Nikolaj Ehlers with his 14th of the season, on the power play, gave the Jets a two goal cushion heading into the third.
Josh Morrissey with his fourth of the season and Perreault again, finished the scoring.
Jacob Markstrom was not sharp in the Vancouver cage as he made 19 saves on only 24 shots. He is 8-10-3 this season with a 2.56 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
Michael Del Zotto had five hits.
Blake Wheeler managed to play on Monday despite being ill.
ANAHEIM 3 CAROLINA 2
John Gibson stopped 28 shots as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.
Gibson won his ninth of the season and first in almost two weeks as he gave up an early goal as well as a late won but was perfect in between.
Justin Williams opened the scoring early as he potted his sixth of the season at the 1:37 mark of the first to give the Hurricanes the lead.
Derek Grant with his sixth of the season, tied it at 1. Grant had been seeing action as a top-six forward but Ryan Getzlaf returned to action Monday after missing over six weeks of action with a fractured zygomatic bone. He was held off the scoresheet but played 19:55.
Jakob Silfverberg returned to action as well on Monday and he scored his seventh of the season late in the second period to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead heading into the third.
Logan Shaw with his second, made it 3-1 as it was also his second point of the night.
Darling stopped 20 shots in taking the loss.
The Ducks lost the services of Corey Perry in the first period with a lower body injury. He did not return.
Hayden Fleury was a minus-three for the Hurricanes.