There were five games in the NHL on Monday so let's get to the action!
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BOSTON 2 DALLAS 1 (Overtime)
Brad Marchand scored the overtime winner with just 31 seconds left to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars.
The Stars were two men short as the rarely seen five-on-three in overtime gave Boston a huge advantage on which they, well, took advantage of. The Stars were nailed with a too many men on the ice penalty with 1:44 left in overtime and then Esa Lindell took a cross-checking penalty just 11 seconds later.
Roman Polak took an interference penalty in the first period and it was the reason for all the scoring in regulation as Richard Faksa scored shorthanded for the Stars at the 3:51 mark of the first while David Pastrnak potted his 12th of the season, with a power play goal at the 5:11 mark. It was the only penalty Dallas took until the two in overtime and the Bruins made them pay both times.
Tuukka Rask picked up his fourth win of the season in seven decisions as he stopped 24 shots. He has given up only four goals in his last three games on 86 shots.
Former Boston goaltender Anton Khudobin, who left the Bruins in the off-season via free agency, was great in the Dallas net as he made 33 saves, giving up only the two power play goals.
Matthew Grzelcyk led the Bruins in power play time on ice for the month of October but that was before Torey Krug returned to the lineup. Krug played all 2:59 on Monday while Grzelcyk did not see the ice during the man-advantage.
MONTREAL 4 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 (Shootout)
The Montreal Canadiens fought back from a 3-1 deficit and defeated the New York Islanders 4-3 in a shootout. It halted the Islanders five game winning streak but they are 5-0-2 in their last seven contests.
Joel Armia scored the only goal in the shootout and it was in the fifth round as Antti Niemi was perfect in five attempts to pick up the win. Niemi, who played in place of usual starter Carey Price, made 21 saves for the win, his third this season against one loss.
As he has for most of this season, Max Domi led the way with a goal and an assist and has eight goals and 15 points this season in 14 games. He had only nine goals in a full 82 games last season with Arizona and has a career best of 18 in his rookie year of 2015-16.
Thomas Greiss stopped 32 shots in picking up the shootout loss.
Noah Juulsen had a pair of assists.
NEW JERSEY 5 PITTSBURGH 1
Brian Boyle had the natural hat trick on Hockey Fights Cancer night as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1.
It was quite the evening for Boyle who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last year and has beaten it back, so Monday night was so important for the forward. It was the first career hat trick for the 33-year-old and he is up to seven points this season in 12 games.
Will Butcher with his first of the season opened the scoring but defenseman Jamie Oleksiak tied the game at 1 before the halfway mark of the first with his fourth of the season. He is worth picking up in plenty of fantasy leagues at this time, especially if you are looking for some penalty minutes as well.
That set the stage for Boyle’s heroics which included a couple of power play goals as he now has found the back of the net on six occasions this season.
The Devils took a 4-1 lead into the third and if the Penguins had any ideas of a comeback, they were dashed when Travis Zajac scored 19 seconds into the final stanza.
Keith Kinkaid broke a two-game winless streak as he stopped 35 shots for the win. He had given up nine goals in his previous two games including seven against the Lightning last Tuesday.
Boyle had eight hits to lead both teams.
Jean-Sebastian Dea had a pair of assists as did Butcher in addition to his first period goal.
WASHINGTON 4 EDMONTON 2
With backup goaltender Pheonix Copley between the pipes, the Washington Capitals played a strong game against the red-hot Edmonton Oilers as they defeated them 4-2. Copley turned aside 31 shots for his second win of the season as he is 2-1-1 with a 3.14 GAA and a .898 save percentage.
Devante Smith-Pelly had a goal and an assist while Alex Ovechkin, Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Capitals. For Ovechkin, it was a power play goal, his 11th goal of the season and 234th power play goal of his career as he is even with Marcel Dionne for eighth all-time in the NHL.\
Travis Boyd and John Carlson each had a pair of assists for Washington. It was Boyd’s first NHL game of the season as he was injured in training camp after blocking a shot in a game against St. Louis.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins assisted on both goals.
Cam Talbot made only 19 saves in the net for the Oilers.
PHILADELPHIA 5 ARIZONA 2
Claude Giroux scored twice and assisted on another as the Flyers halted the Coyotes four game winning streak at home and beat them 5-2.
Giroux was also a plus-three.
Darcy Kuemper gave up four goals on 33 shots.
Kevin Connauton was a minus-four in the loss.
NOTES: The three stars of the week were announced and Sean Monahan of the Flames was the first star as he had four two-point games and had four goals and eight points for the week. Rookie Elias Pettersson was the second star with four goals and seven points in three contests while Brayden Point was the third star as he had a pair of goals and eight points in four games this week…The New York Rangers recalled their seventh overall pick from 2017, Lias Andersson, from Hartford of the AHL where he had four goals and 12 points in 14 games…Tomas Hertl is questionable for Tuesday’s game and the Sharks shuffled their lines in anticipation as Joe Pavelski centered Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi while Logan Couture was between Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc…Auston Matthews skated and took some shots before practice on Monday but remains at least three weeks away from game action with an injured shoulder…Brendan Lemieux was suspended for a couple of games for his illegal check on Vincent Trocheck in Finland…Brock Boeser is day-to-day with a strained groin.