We had a rare day in the National Hockey League on Sunday night. Sunday marked just the seventh time in NHL history in which every game featured at least one team scoring five goals (min. 7 GP), according to NHL Public Relations. The last time it happened was Oct. 21, 1987. The Boston Bruins certainly did their part, as there were huge totals flying out of their game on the road against the New York Rangers. There were seven total games, and the average amount of goals in each contest was 8.0. That made for a giant conclusion to the fantasy week for leagues running Monday through Sunday. Let's get started!
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Florida Panthers 6, Edmonton Oilers 2
The Panthers were able to extend their point streak to eight games with a four-game road win against the previously red-hot Oilers.
Florida spent big bucks for Sergei Bobrovsky and that investment is starting to bear fruit. He allowed just two goals on 26 shots as he improved to 4-2-3 with a 3.65 goals-against average and .874 save percentage. Yes, he still has work to do before he is fantasy elite, but he hasn't lost in regulation since Oct. 8 against Carolina.
Bob didn't necessarily need to bring his 'A' game, as the offense had his back. Noel Acciari, newcomer Brian Boyle, Evgenii Dadonov, Aaron Ekblad, Jayce Hawryluk and Frank Vatrano each etched their names onto the stat sheet with goals.Boyle just signed this week, but he is showing no rust. He posted the goal with an assist and a plus-2 rating with a pair of blocked shots and three hits to endear himself to his new teammates.
For the home side, Leon Draisaitl was the best of the lot, posting a goal with an assist, while James Neal continues to exceed expectations with another goal. Neal had just seven goals in 63 games with the Calgary Flames last season, but his power-play goal gives him 10 through 12 games for the Oilers, which probably angers Flames fans even more.
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St. Louis Blues 5, Detroit Red Wings 4 (OT)
The defending champs won in overtime, keeping the Red Wings down.
Jordan Binnington let in four goals on 33 shots in Sunday's overtime win, improving to 5-2-3 with a 2.67 GAA and .912 save percentage. He was easily better than backup Jonathan Bernier who let in five goals on just 20 shots.
It was a big night for Ryan O'Reilly, as he scored a power-play goal and an even-strength goal while also posting a helper on the man advantage and another during 5-on-5. He was busy with a team-high six shots on goals while winning 15 of his 25 faceoff chances to star for fantasy owners.
While he didn't etch his name onto the scoresheet, Justin Faulk made his presence felt with four hits and a blocked shot.
Ottawa Senators 5, San Jose Sharks 2
It was a rude homecoming for Erik Karlsson, who made just his second trip back to Canada's capital city after his blockbuster trade from the Senators 14 months ago. Like his last visit to Ottawa, it was a rough night. He was blanked with a minus-4 rating, and he is now scoreless with a minus-6 in two games in Ottawa since the trade, and he has been blanked in three games against the Sens overall since leaving.
Hey, Dylan DeMelo was also fired up for the Sens. He was originally drafted by the Sharks, and in that big deal. He posted two assists for his first points in 11 games this season. Chris Tierney, also in that big trade, added an assist.
Nick Paul entered the day with just one assist and an even rating in his first five games this season, but he scored twice with an assist and a plus-4 rating. Still, he is a ways off from being a viable fantasy option.
Brady Tkachuk entered the day with three points in his first 10 games, but he equaled that production with a goal and two assists on Sunday.
New York Islanders 5, Philadelphia Flyers 3
Carter Hart was chased early by the Isles, as he didn't have it after letting in five goals on just 14 shots. Brian Elliott came on and stopped all 19 shots he faced, likely buying himself a start next time out at Hart's expense.
Mathew Barzal, Johnny Boychuk, Derick Brassard, Ross Johnston and Anders Lee all got onto the board. The captain Lee posted his first multi-point game of the season by adding an assist. Perhaps a hot streak is just around the corner.
Boston Bruins 7, New York Rangers 4
The Big Three for the B's were flying high in Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Patrice Bergeron posted his fifth-career hat trick, while linemates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each posted five-point games. Marchand had two goals and three assists, including a helper on Bergeron's third goal, passing up the shot on a gaping net to give his teammate the hat trick chance instead. Pastrnak saw his four-game goal streak end, but he more than made up for it with five assists and a plus-4 rating.
Brandon Carlo managed two assists with three shots on goal and two blocked shots, doubling his offensive output from the first 10 games. Charlie Coyle also had two points, a goal and an assist. He was blanked with two helpers in his first 10 games, and his last NHL with two or more points came Feb. 5 when he was a member of the Minnesota Wild.
Zdeno Chara entered the day with just one goal and no assists in his first 10 games, but he had a goal, an assist and a healthy plus-6 rating in a throwback game.
Jaroslav Halak wasn't razor sharp, but he didn't have to be with all of that support. He allowed four goals on 29 shots. The Bruins are back in action Tuesday against the Sharks, and then not again until next Saturday against the Senators. Fantasy owners of Halak need to beware, as Rask could make both of those starts in the upcoming week, leaving Halak with a zero.
For the Rangers, Tony DeAngelo posted two helpers to give him three straight games with two or more points. He is owned in just four percent of Yahoo! Fantasy leagues, so the buy-low window is wide open. Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and an assist, while Artemi Panarin had two assists to join the multi-point club.
Los Angeles Kings 5, Chicago Blackhawks 1
Robin Lehner stopped 38 of the 39 shots he faced, as he had it on cruise control most of the evening. Dylan Strome was the big offensive support, scoring two goals with an assist, his first three-point game since last April 1.
Alex DeBrincat managed a goal and three points with a plus-3 rating to snap his four-game scoreless skid. Slater Koekkoek, making a bid for regular work with Connor Murphy on the shelf with an injury, had two assists with a plus-4 rating and four hits, showing what he brings to the table.
Vegas Golden Knights 5, Anaheim Ducks 2
John Gibson was tested early and often by the Golden Knights. He allowed five goals on 49 shots in the loss, as his defense and offense both let him down.
The Ducks managed a total of just 15 shots on Marc-Andre Fleury, who made just 13 saves in the win. Anaheim also allowed several breakaways, and Gibson gave up a pair of power-play goals, which makes his line look even better.
For Vegas, William Karlsson, Ryan Reaves, Nicolas Roy (his first NHL goal), Paul Stastny and Mark Stone all lit the lamp. Roy was involved in the Erik Haula deal with the Carolina Hurricanes back in late June.