If the Arizona Coyotes get charged with a penalty against you…maybe you should just see if you can decline. Going on the power-play against the Coyotes this season hasn’t exactly been a good thing. Philadelphia was 0-for-4 against Arizona on the power play last night and if that was the extent of what happened then I wouldn’t be writing about this subject now. However, not only did the Flyers fail to score a power-play goal, they were scored on. Twice. Within 24 seconds. On the same power play.
Derek Stepan and Michael Grabner scored the two shorthanded goals for the Coyotes and though Philadelphia still managed to earn a 5-4 overtime win, the Flyers’ special teams certainly didn’t do them any favors in this one. This wasn’t an isolated incident though. Arizona already has nine shorthanded goals this season while no other team in the league has more than four. Brad Richardson and Grabner each have three shorthanded goals, which puts them individually ahead of 25 teams in the league.
Arizona has also allowed just four power-play goals against and its penalty kill success rate stands at a league-best 91.1%. In other words, they’ve scored more than twice as many goals while killing penalties than their opponents have during those power plays. That’s insane. In 2017-18, the best team in the league in terms of shorthanded goals was New Jersey with 12 and the Devils also surrendered 47 power-play goals. At this rate, the Coyotes would crush the Devils’ mark from 2017-18, though it’s hard to see any team keeping up this pace.
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VANCOUVER 8 BOSTON 5
This is the second time in the span of three games that the Canucks have scored at least seven goals. To make things better for Vancouver, it was different players that stepped up this time around.
Bo Horvat was the hero with two goals and two assists. He’s up to nine goals and 15 points in 17 games.
Loui Eriksson also came up big with two goals and an a helper. That gives him three goals and nine points in 17 contests.
Jaroslav Halak, who has been outstanding this season up to this point, allowed five goals on 19 shots. He was pulled towards the end of the second period in favor of Tuukka Rask. The bleeding didn’t stop there as Rask stopped 11 of 14 shots.
At least 22-year-old Jake DeBrusk performed well. The Bruins sophomore forward had two goals and an assists, giving him seven points in 15 games.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 of 28 Boston shots. He has a 7-3-1 record, 3.28 GAA, and .896 save percentage in 11 starts.
FLORIDA 4 EDMONTON 1
Nick Bjugstad scored the game-winning goal. It was his third goal and seventh point in 12 contests this season.
Vincent Trocheck assisted on two of the Panthers’ four markers. He has three goals and 11 points in 12 games.
Leon Draisaitl netted the Oilers’ lone goal. He extended his goal scoring streak to three games.
Roberto Luongo stopped 26 of 27 Oilers shots. He has a 2-0-0 record, 1.18 GAA, and .959 save percentage in three starts.
Cam Talbot surrendered three goals on 32 shots. He is 5-6-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .899 save percentage in 12 contests. This was Talbot’s third straight loss with his last victory coming on Oct. 28.
PHILADELPHIA 5 ARIZONA 4 (OT)
Calvin Pickard got the start, but he allowed four goals on 18 shots by 6:38 of the second period. With Philadelphia down 4-2 at that point, Pickard was replaced by Brian Elliott, who made 16 saves to facilitate the comeback.
Scott Laughton scored a pair of goals for the Flyers. He’s up to six goals and seven points in 16 contests.
Shayne Gostisbehere netted the overtime winner and registered an assist. He has three goals and nine points in 16 games.
Michael Grabner scored a shorthanded goal and registered an assist. The Coyotes forward has four goals and nine points in 14 contests in 2018-19.
Darcy Kuemper turned aside 26 of 31 shots Thursday night. He’s 2-2-1 with a 2.61 GAA and .917 save percentage in five starts this season.
BUFFALO 6 MONTREAL 5 (OT)
Linus Ullmark got the start for Buffalo, but he was pulled after surrendering five goals on 32 shots over two periods. Carter Hutton only needed to face five shots the rest of the way, but he did deal with them to aide in the Sabres’ victory.
At the other end of the ice, Carey Price stopped 25 of 31 shots. He has allowed at least three goals in five consecutive games.
Jonathan Drouin scored a goal and registered an assist for Montreal. That gives him five goals and 12 points in 16 games.
Vladimir Sobotka netted a pair of goals for the Sabres. He has three goals and four points in 13 contests in 2018-19.
Jeff Skinner also accounted for two of Buffalo’s goals. He already has 11 goals and 18 points in 16 games.
VEGAS 5 OTTAWA 3
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored a goal and registered an assist for Vegas. That gives him three goals and five points in 16 contests in 2018-19.
William Carrier netted the game-winning goal. It was his second marker and third point in 18 games.
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 27 of 30 Senators shots. He has a 7-6-1 record, 2.51 GAA, and .901 save percentage in 14 starts.
Thomas Chabot had a goal and an assist. The Senators defenseman is up to five goals and 22 points in 16 games.
Craig Anderson allowed five goals on 42 shots. He has a 6-5-3 record, 3.67 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 15 contests.
TAMPA BAY 4 NY ISLANDERS 2
Josh Bailey accounted for both of the Islanders’ goals. That gives him five goals and 17 points in 15 games.
Steven Stamkos found the back of the net and registered an assist. That was his third multi-point game in his last four contests.
J.T. Miller also had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. He’s up to five goals and 14 points in 16 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 35 of 37 shots to earn his third straight win. He improved to 9-2-1 with a 1.98 GAA and .937 save percentage in 12 starts.
Robin Lehner stopped 23 of 26 Lightning shots. He’s 4-3-1 with a 2.53 GAA and .924 save percentage in eight games.
CAROLINA 4 CHICAGO 3
Calvin de Haan scored the game-winning goal. It was his first goal and second point in 16 games.
Jaccob Slavin also found the back of the net for the Hurricanes. The defenseman has two goals and seven points in 16 contests.
Scott Darling stopped 35 of 38 shots on Thursday. He has a 1-2-0 record, 3.09 GAA, and .904 save percentage in three starts.
Patrick Kane scored a goal and recorded an assist for Chicago. He’s up to 12 goals and 21 points in 15 games.
Corey Crawford kicked out 30 of 34 Hurricanes shots. He’s allowed at least four goals in each of his last four games and they have all been losses.
DALLAS 4 SAN JOSE 3
Evander Kane scored a goal for the Sharks. It was his fifth marker and 11th point in 16 games.
Devin Shore scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner. He has five goals and 11 points in 16 contests.
Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist for Dallas. That gives him four goals and 16 points in 16 games.
Anton Khudobin saved 33 of 36 Sharks shots. He has a 3-1-1 record, 2.37 GAA, and .926 save percentage in five starts.
Martin Jones turned aside 18 of just 22 shots last night. He’s allowed at least three goals in six straight starts.
MINNESOTA 3 LOS ANGELES 1
Jake Muzzin scored the Kings’ only goal. He has a goal and four points in 15 games in 2018-19.
Mikko Koivu assisted on all three Wild goals. He has two goals and 11 points in 14 contests.
Zach Parise scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has six goals and 15 points in 15 contests in 2018-19.
Devan Dubnyk turned aside 27 of 28 Kings shots. He’s been inconsistent recently, bouncing between four-goals and one-goal games in each of his last four starts.
Jack Campbell stopped 21 of 23 shots on Thursday. While he didn’t win the game, he has now allowed a mere four goals over his last three starts.