If we could just start this on a serious note: Craig Anderson isn’t with the Senators right now so that he can be with his wife Nicholle, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. It’s not known when Anderson will come back but like everyone else, I just want to wish him and his wife the best. I think cancer is a disease where many of us know someone who has been impacted by it – many of us unfortunately have known multiple people who have had to battle it – and the desire to stand with or offer feelings of support to those who are going through it is that much stronger because of it.
In the midst of an uncertain time for the Senators and Anderson, Ottawa acquired Mike Condon from Pittsburgh on Tuesday in exchange for a 2017 fifth-round pick. Condon had only been with Pittsburgh for less than a month as the Penguins had claimed him off waivers from Montreal. As we’ll mention below, he earned a shutout in his Senators debut last night.
PHILADELPHIA 3 NY ISLANDERS 2 (Shootout)
Claude Giroux saw his point streak come to an end at 10 games, but he did score the deciding goal in the shootout last night. Obviously that marker doesn’t count totals his regular season totals though and he still has two goals and 13 points in 12 contests.
Flyers forward Matt Read found the back of the net with just 58 seconds left in the third period to tie the game. It was his sixth goal and seventh point in 12 games this season.
Philadelphia’s Michal Neuvirth stopped 25 of 27 shots in regulation time. During the shootout he made an additional three saves in as many rounds.
That made Jaroslav Halak fall short of the win tonight, but he certainly did his part for the Islanders by saving 40 of 42 shots. When it came to the shootout though, he did allow a goal in two Flyers attempts.
Dennis Seidenberg scored a goal for the Islanders. He’s on a three-game point streak.
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TORONTO 2 BUFFALO 1
Frederik Andersen kicked out 42 of 43 shots last night, giving him a total of 86 saves in his last two games alone. His terrible start is still dragging down his numbers as his GAA sits at 3.19 and his save percentage is at .903, but he’s been much better over his last four contests.
Rookie Mitchell Marner also played a huge role Thursday night by scoring both of the Leafs’ goals. He has three markers and eight points in 11 games.
Beyond Marner’s efforts, Sabres goalie Robin Lehner held firm last night. Lehner kicked out 27 of 29 shots, making it the fourth straight start where he’s allowed two or fewer goals. Unfortunately for the Sabres, they’ve only been 2-2-0 during that span.
Marcus Foligno netted Buffalo’s lone goal. He has two markers and four points in 10 contests.
James van Riemsdyk assisted on one of Marner’s markers. That gives him four goals and seven points in 11 games in 2016-17.
NY RANGERS 5 EDMONTON 3
This was an opportunity for Oilers goalie Cam Talbot to face his former team, but obviously it didn’t go the way he would have wanted. Talbot ended up allowing four goals on 30 shots.
Not that Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist came out of this one with a particularly appealing stats line either. He saved 21 of 24 Oilers shots.
Kevin Hayes had a goal and two assists in this one. The Rangers forward is on a three-game point streak, giving him four goals and 10 points in 11 contests this season.
Blueliner Brady Skjei assisted on two of the Rangers’ five goals. That gives him six assists in 11 games in 2016-17.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ended his season-opening goal scoring slump with a power-play marker 6:36 minutes into the game. Unfortunately, he also finished with a minus-two rating, bringing him to minus-one this season.
WASHINGTON 4 WINNIPEG 3 (Overtime)
The silver lining for the Jets tonight is that they were down 3-0 going into the third period, so while they fell short of the comeback, their efforts in the third frame did provide them with a point. Toby Enstrom, Adam Lowry, and Marko Dano each contributed a goal in the Jets’ third period run.
Alex Ovechkin had an assist and scored two goals on Thursday, including the overtime winner. Those were the 530th and 531st goals of his career, putting him two away from 32nd place and Frank Mahovlich on the all-time list.
Nicklas Backstrom had a big night too for Washington with a goal and two assists. That was his first marker of 2016-17 and he now has eight points in 10 games.
Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson kicked out 28 of 32 shots. He’s now allowed three or more goals in five of his six starts this season.
Braden Holtby saved 24 of 27 shots last night. He has a 5-2-1 record, 2.22 GAA, and .921 save percentage in eight starts.
FLORIDA 4 NEW JERSEY 3 (Overtime)
Vincent Trocheck scored two goals last night, including the overtime winner. That was his first overtime goal in 157 career regular season games.
Denis Malgin also found the back of the net for the Panthers. The 19-year-old rookie is on a three-game point streak.
Speaking of rookies, the Devils’ Pavel Zacha netted his first career goal in 10 NHL games. It was also his fourth point of the season.
Cory Schneider was charged with the loss after allowing four goals on 31 points. That’s the most goals he’s surrendered in a single game in 2016-17.
James Reimer turned aside 31 of 34 shots last night. The Panthers backup has a 2-2-0 record, 2.66 GAA, and .908 save percentage in four starts.
BOSTON 4 TAMPA BAY 3 (Shootout)
Thursday night’s shootout lasted 10 rounds and was ultimately decided by a goal from Jimmy Hayes. In terms of regulation time play, Hayes still has no points in 10 games this season.
Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 30 shots prior to the shootout. After holding on in the skills competition, he improved to 6-0-0 this season with a 1.48 GAA and .951 save percentage in six starts.
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 28 of 31 shots before the shootout. That Hayes goal reduced Vasilevskiy’s record to 2-1-1 in 2016-17.
Lightning forward Tyler Johnson netted two goals last night. He has four markers and six points in 11 games.
Patrice Bergeron assisted on two of the Bruins’ three regulation time goals. He has a goal and three points in seven contests this season.
OTTAWA 1 VANCOUVER 0
Mike Condon saved 27 shots to earn a shutout in his Senators debut. As we noted above, Ottawa acquired Condon on Tuesday from Pittsburgh in exchange for a fifth round pick. Condon spent the 2015-16 campaign with Montreal, posting a 21-25-6 record, 2.71 GAA, and .903 save percentage in 55 games as the Canadiens were largely without Carey Price last season.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 of 24 shots, but because of Condon’s efforts, this ended up being his third straight loss (though admittedly, one of those was a shootout defeat). He has a 3-2-1 record, 2.14 GAA, and .920 save percentage in six starts.
Mike Hoffman scored the game’s lone goal and it was unassisted. He has two goals and six points in 10 contests this season.
This is the fourth time in five games that Vancouver has been shutout. They got off to an impressive 4-0-0 start, but the Canucks haven’t won in their last seven contests.
On the flip side, Ottawa has now earned three shutouts in their last five games. The Senators have climbed to 7-3-0 so far, which is well above what people expected from them going into the campaign.
DALLAS 6 ST. LOUIS 2
Jake Allen kicked out just 21 of 26 shots last night. He’s now allowed nine goals in his previous two games, which has brought his GAA up to 2.55 and his save percentage down to .898.
Tyler Seguin was a big factor in Allen’s latest woes as Seguin assisted on four of Dallas’ markers. Seguin has five goals and 12 points in 10 games in 2016-17.
Antti Niemi stopped 28 of 30 Blues shots. He has a 3-1-1 record, 3.34 GAA, and .899 save percentage in six starts this season.
Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for the Blues. He has four markers and nine points in 11 contests.
CHICAGO 4 COLORADO 0
Corey Crawford made 38 saves to earn the shutout. He got off to a rough start this season, but he’s allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last five games and just one goal over his last three contests. At this point he has a 2.01 GAA and .936 save percentage in nine starts.
Things haven’t looked nearly as good for Semyon Varlamov. He turned aside just 17 of 21 shots to suffer his fourth straight loss. He’s surrendered 15 goals over that span.
Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie managed to get four shots on goal against Crawford last night. Unfortunately in addition to failing to get a point, Barrie finished with a minus-three rating, dropping him to minus-six this season.
Marian Hossa found the back of the net twice for Chicago. He’s scored at least a goal in three of his last four contests.
However, if you want to talk about a hot Blackhawks player then you need look no further than Artem Anisimov. He’s gotten at least a point in nine straight contests after registering an assist on Thursday. So far this season he has seven goals and 14 points in 11 games.
ARIZONA 3 NASHVILLE 2 (Shootout)
After a solid rookie season where he scored 20 goals and 44 points in 81 games, Anthony Duclair has been sluggish out of the gate in 2016-17. He didn’t score his first goal of the season until last night, though it was an important one as it came in the third period to send this game to overtime. He then scored again in the shootout.
Christian Dvorak accounted for the Coyotes’ other goal prior to the shootout. Like Duclair, this was Dvorak’s first goal of 2016-17.
Blueliner Matt Irwin found the back of the net for Nashville. In four games this season, Irwin already has two markers.
Pekka Rinne turned aside 26 of 28 shots in regulation time. However, he was 0-for-2 in the shootout.
Louis Domingue stopped 35 of 37 shots and then made another two saves in the shootout. He has a 3-5-0 record, 3.61 GAA, and .896 save percentage in eight games this season.
LOS ANGELES 3 PITTSBURGH 2 (Overtime)
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 24 of 27 shots in the losing effort. He’s still 6-2-2 this season, but that’s despite an unappealing 3.06 GAA.
Peter Budaj saved 21 of 23 shots Thursday night. The Kings are now 5-3-0 with him between the pipes.
Nic Dowd scored the overtime winner. It was his first game-winning and overtime goal in 14 career contests.
Sidney Crosby netted both of Pittsburgh’s goals. After missing the start of the 2016-17 campaign, he’s kicked off his run with a five-game point streak.
CALGARY 3 SAN JOSE 2
This was Matthew Tkachuk’s 10th game of 2016-17, so this will count as the first season of his entry-level contract. Tkachuk rewarded Calgary for its decision to keep him by scoring two goals Thursday night, including the game winner.
Troy Brouwer netted the Flames’ other goal. He now has four markers and seven points in 12 games this season.
Due to their efforts, Martin Jones ended up stopping just 19 of 22 shots. He has a 5-5-0 record, 2.34 GAA, and .909 save percentage in 10 starts this season.
Chad Johnson turned aside 26 of 28 shots last night. That gives him a 2-1-1 record, 2.67 GAA, and .908 save percentage in four games.
Melker Karlsson found the back of the net for the Sharks. It was his second goal and third point in 11 games this season.