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Tuesday, October 9, 2018


It was Thanksgiving Day in Canada as well as Columbus Day in the United States. There was four games in the NHL on Monday with three coming in the afternoon.

 

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NEW YORK ISLANDERS 4 SAN JOSE 0

 

Robin Lehner picked up his first start in an Islanders uniform and became the first Islanders goaltender to ever get a shutout in his debut for the team. Lehner turned aside 35 shots to give the Islanders the win. He was especially strong in the third period where the Islanders were outshot 16-5 but outscored the Sharks 3-0.

 

Anders Lee opened the scoring at the 14:34 mark of the second when he scored on the power play, knocking home a rebound from a Josh Bailey shot.

 

I am so impressed with the play of Mathew Barzal, last season’s Calder Trophy winner. I thought he would be in line for a big drop in points with John Tavares no longer a teammate but he has been speedy and good in the early going.

 

Scott Mayfield made it 2-0 to start the third period. A healthy scratch in the first week, Mayfield replaced Luca Sbisa in the lineup on Monday and it paid off for New York.

 

Matt Martin, always a fan favorite in New York, scored his first of the season as he took a Casey Cizikas pass from behind the net and put it high past Martin Jones t make it 3-0.

 

Cizikas then scored into the empty net while the Islanders were shorthanded to complete the scoring.

 

Martin Jones stopped 26 shots in taking the loss.

 

Erik Karlsson was a minus-three while Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl each had five shots on goal.

 

Lee led the Islanders with six shots on goal.

 

BOSTON 6 OTTAWA 3

 

 Maybe the best thing to do is miss all of the pre-season. That’s what Patrice Bergeron did as he was out of action with a back injury and his hat trick on Monday led the Bruins to a 6-3 win over Ottawa. (There have been quite a few hat tricks of late).

 

Bergeron has six points in three games thus far, including four goals. Linemate David Pastrnak had a couple of goals and four points while Brad Marchand chipped in with three assists to give the line 11 points as Bergeron also had an assist.

 

As the top line goes, so do the Bruins and they easily went on to a win over the Senators. Charlie McAvoy had a career high three helpers for the Bruin while Chris Wagner scored his first of the season.

 

Ryan Dzingel was questionable for the game as he had left practice twice on Sunday with an undisclosed ailment. He scored twice for the Senators who also got a goal from Bobby Ryan.

 

Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for his first win of the season. Mike Condon made his first start of the season for Ottawa and was able to stop only 24-of-29 shots.

 

Dzingel had seven shots on goal while Pastrnak had six for Boston. Pastrnak was a plus-four while Mark Stone was a minus-three.

 

Marchand has seven assists thus far this season.

 

BUFFALO 4 VEGAS 2

 

Is this the year that Jack Eichel finally breaks loose? If it is, things got started on a Monday afternoon in Buffalo as he scored twice to lead the Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

 

Eichel has three goals this season and his second goal was on a beautiful backhander as he beat Marc-Andre Fleury in the Vegas cage.

 

Carter Hutton was great in the Buffalo net as he stopped 35-of-37 shots while his counterpart Fleury made only 13 saves.

 

Fleury is off to a horrible start as he has a win in three starts. The win was great as he stopped 29-of-30 shots in a win over Minnesota but otherwise he has been a disaster as he gave up five goals on 16 shots in the opener to Philadelphia and was pulled at the halfway mark of the second. Fleury has a 3.92 GAA and a .841 save percentage. That’s bad.

 

Jason Pominville and Marco Scandella also scored for the Sabres while Jonathan Marchessault scored once and added an assist while Erik Haula also scored.

 

William Karlsson and Kyle Okposo each had two assists.

 

The Vegas defensemen had 15 shots on goal. William Carrier had nine hits in 9:34 against his former Sabre teammates.

 

Max Pacioretty had five hits. He has a goal in three games this season, his first in Vegas after a lengthy career in Montreal.           

 

ANAHEIM 3 DETROIT 2 (Shootout)

 

Troy Terry scored the only goal in the shootout and led the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win over Detroit.

 

The Red Wings got off to a good start as Tyler Bertuzzi, on a nice move, beat John Gibson to give Detroit a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.

 

The Ducks tied the game at 1, as Hampus Lindholm banked a shot in off the post from the left face off circle to tie the game at 1 apiece.

 

Darren Helm gave the Red Wings the lead once again with just over five minutes to go in the middle frame with assists from Danny DeKeyser and goaltender Jimmy Howard.

 

The Ducks tied it in the third as Jakub Silfverberg scored at the 8:29 mark of the third.

 

I’ve watched Dennis Cholowski play a couple of games now and I have been quite impressed with the defenseman’s offensive game. He is only 19.

 

The Ducks out-chanced Detroit 7-1 in the third. Detroit dominated early but playing the back-to-back games took its toll later in the game as the Red Wings were just hanging on.

 

Jimmy Howard made 25 saves including a great one in overtime while John Gibson stopped 19-of-21 shots in regulation and the overtime for the shootout win.

 

Ryan Getzlaf was not in the Anaheim lineup as he suffered a lower body injury Saturday and missing practice the last two days.

 

NOTES: Auston Matthews was named the first star of the week as he had five goals and eight points in the Maple Leafs three games to start the season. Jonathan Toews was the second star as he also scored five goals and added an assist for the Blackhawks. Ben Bishop was the third star as he won both games for the Dallas Stars, turning aside 62-of-63 shots…David Perron is expected to play on the first line with Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn when the Blues next play on Thursday…Ondrej Palat was on the first line in practice for the Lightning as he was playing alongside Steven Stamkos and Nikita KucherovValeri Nichushkin is likely to play Tuesday but could start the season on the fourth line…Roberto Luongo will miss the next two-four weeks with a strained MCL…There is no structural damage to the knee of Joe Thornton and apparently it is just an infection so Thornton is on antibiotics and should be okay pretty quickly.



Michael Finewax is entering his 14th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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