It’s a usual light night in the NHL on Friday with just three games.
I went to see Burton Cummings play tonight and he was amazing. Apparently he refuses to play “American Woman” solo any more but the rest of the night was reliving my younger days. From “Share the Land” to “No Time” it was an amazing concert.
So where’s the hockey angle? Well, Jonathan Roy opened for him. The son of the great Patrick Roy, played a couple of seasons with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL before deciding that music was his life. He was very good as well with a great rendition of his top song “Daniella Denmark”.
Anyway, let’s get back to the NHL!
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NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 ARIZONA 2
Johnny Boychuk’s shorthanded goal in the third period was the winner as the hometown Islanders defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2.
It was a great evening for the Strome family who saw their boys Ryan and Dylan play against each other for the first time in the NHL.
Rookie defenseman Jakob Chychrun picked up his third point in three games with an assist on Vrbata’s marker. He was selected 16th overall in this year’s draft and is giving the Coyotes no reason to send him back to Sarnia of the OHL.
Jaroslav Halak turned aside 23 shots to go to 2-2 this season and lowered his GAA to 2.77 with a .905 save percentage.
John Tavares had five shots on goal to lead both teams but was a minus-two on the night as his lackluster season continues. The star center has a goal and an assist in five games with a minus-three rating.
COLUMBUS 3 CHICAGO 2
Rookie Zach Werenski led the way with a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets won their first of the season, 3-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks.
It was only the third game of the season for Columbus who were on a five day break after playing in San Jose Saturday.
Tyler Motte with his first career NHL goal tied things up in the second but Nick Foligno with his first, and William Karlsson with the eventual game winner, gave the Blue Jackets a 3-1 lead heading into the third stanza.
Richard Panik is off to an outstanding start and he scored his fifth of the season to put the Blackhawks to within one, but that was the end of the scoring.
Brandon Saad has only one assist in three games but he is shooting as his seven shots on goal would indicate.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 32 shots for his first victory of the season and he lowered his GAA to 3.05 while raising his save percentage to .916.
Corey Crawford made 25 saves but gave up two goals on the power play to go to 1-3 on the season. He has a 3.35 GAA with a .886 save percentage and poolies will need him to be a lot better if they hope to contend.
DETROIT 5 NASHVILLE 3
There was lots of power play action in this one as the Predators scored all three of their goals with the man-advantage while Detroit was 2-7 in a 5-3 Red Wings win.
Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller scored in the first for Detroit and it sandwiched two goals by the Predators as P.K. Subban and Mike Ribeiro found the back of the net after a scoreless first stanza.
The third period was just as exciting as Tomas Tatar with his first and Gustav Nyquist, also with his first, gave Detroit a 4-2 lead before Mike Fisher’s third goal of the season (all on the power play) closed the gap to one.
But Darren Helm ended it all with 22 seconds to go as he potted his fourth goal in five games this season to seal the win into the empty net.
Petr Mrazek was stellar in stopping all 26 shots in even strength situations but did give up the three with the man-advantage. Nevertheless he got his second win of the season and is now 2-2 with a .912 save percentage.
Pekka Rinne made 38 saves for the Predators and is 1-2 with a 2.71 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
The Predators have found the back of the net 10 times this season with eight coming on the power play.
Dylan Larkin is off to a slow start this season with one assist in five games and his frustration could be growing as he fought defenseman Yannick Weber. He did have five shots on goal and had only a combined four in the three previous games.