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NEW JERSEY 7 CHICAGO 5
It was a wild one in Chicago as 12 goals were scored, headlined by Miles Wood’s hat trick as the Devils defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 7-5.
The game started off hot as the Blackhawks took a 4-2 lead into the first intermission on goals by Artem Anisimov, Alex DeBrincat, Jan Rutta and Tanner Kero with his first of the season as Woods picked up both for New Jersey.
It was the Devils' turn to score four in the second period (boy it must have been nice to be sitting at that end of the ice) as Andy Greene, Nico Hischier, Taylor Hall and Brian Gibbons scored for New Jersey with only Patrick Kane being able to reply for Chicago.
Woods completed his hat trick with the only goal of the third.
Hischier had a pair of assists and the first overall pick in the 2017 Draft is now in contention for the Calder Trophy as he has three goals and 14 points this season.
Woods also chipped in with an assist and has six goals and nine points. He is known more for his ability to sit in the sin bin so this is a nice offensive production from the winger. He led both clubs with seven shots on goal.
Keith Kinkaid picked up the win despite allowing five goals. It was not as bad as it looked as he still managed to make 39 saves to boost the Devils record to 11-4-2.
Taylor Hall had a two point night and blocked four shots.
Mirco Mueller suffered an upper body injury on his opening shift and did not return.
Ruuta moved up to the top defense pairing alongside Duncan Keith and rewarded the coaching staff with the move by adding a pair of assists in addition to his goal.
WASHINGTON 2 EDMONTON 1 (Shootout)
T.J. Oshie scored the only goal of the shootout to give Washington a 2-1 win over the Oilers.
Braden Holtby was solid in the Washington cage as he stopped 29 shots to push his record to 10-3-0 with a 2.35 GAA and a .927 as he once again in among the best goalies in the NHL.
Laurent Brossoit gave up one goal on 19 shots in addition to the shootout goal.
There was no scoring in the first two periods but Jujhar Khaira opened the scoring early in the third with his first of the season 1:32 in.
It was a night for firsts in Washington as Dmitry Orlov scored his first for the Capitals this season and that sent the game into overtime.
Tom Wilson had seven minutes in penalties and got an assist on Orlov’s goal.
Alex Ovechkin did not have a shot on goal, a rare occurrence for him.
TAMPA BAY 2 ANAHEIM 1
J.T. Brown’s first of the season was the winner as the Lightning won yet again with a 2-1 victory over Anaheim.
The win gives the Lightning a league-best 14-2-2 mark. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has been the undisputed number one goaltender in Tampa Bay and the win Sunday gave him his 13th win of the season against a loss and an overtime defeat.
Vladislav Namestnikov opened the scoring in the second period with his ninth of the season on the power play. His linemates, Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov picked up the assists and now lead the NHL in points with 31 and 30 respectively.
Jakob Silfverberg tied the game up for the Ducks in the third with his fifth of the season and third in his last two games.
John Gibson faced a barrage of shots from the Lightning and turned aside 35 shots but took the loss.
Kucherov had six shots on goal, one ahead of Ondrej Palat.
SAN JOSE 2 LOS ANGELES 1
Joel Ward’s third goal of the season at the 12:50 mark of the third was the winner as the San Jose Sharks continued their stinginess in giving up goals with a 2-1 win over Los Angeles. Barclay Goodrow and Joakim Ryan had the helpers.
Martin Jones made 26 saves to pick up the win and is 8-4-0 this season with a 2.13 GAA and a .925 save percentage.
Jonathan Quick faced only four shots in the first period but was quite busy in the last two frames as he made another 27 saves with only a couple getting by him. He is 9-4-1 this season.