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Hockey Daily Dose

Daily Dose: Mighty Pens

by Dan Dobish
Updated On: October 24, 2018, 6:16 am ET

It was a pretty busy evening on the National Hockey League ice on Tuesday, with three games decided by one goal, including the showcase game of the evening between Sidney Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid's Edmonton Oilers. While it wasn't a banner night for goaltenders and their fantasy numbers, as there were no shutouts and three of the 16 teams scored at least two goals, there were many offensive showings to make DFS players and those in seasonal pools smile from ear to ear. Let's get started!

 

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Pittsburgh Penguins 6, Edmonton Oilers 5 (OT)

 

The last game of the evening was the best, and a total fantasy fiesta. Well, at least if you didn't start the goaltenders, or you're likely whistling a different tune. Matt Murray faced a lot of rubber, yielding five goals on 46 shots, quite a different picture than his return from concussion on Thursday when he pitched a shutout against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cam Talbot was slightly worse, yielding six goals on the 31 shots he faced to take the loss in overtime in a game which certainly lived up to the build-up.

 

Sidney Crosby entered Wednesday's game with a goose egg in the goal column, but you knew it was only a matter of time before that came to an end. He opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period, the only goal in the first 20 minutes. He didn't score for the remainder of regulation, but struck again in overtime for the game-winning tally, making a tremendous move in 3-on-3 OT to beat Talbot and electrify the crowd. While the Edmonton fans certainly don't want to see their team lose, if it is Nova Scotia native and Mr. Canada Sidney Crosby administering the beating, it stings slightly less.

 

After his two-goal game, Jamie Oleksiak actually has a total of three goals on the season, one more than Sid the Kid. Even if it is just seven games, not many would have taken that action of Oleksiak outscoring Crosby to this point. Like Crosby, Patric Hornqvist entered this game without a goal, and he had just one assist over the first six outings. That all changed when he struck midway through the second period with an even-strength marker on a pass from Dominik Simon, and he added another to close the second-period scoring while chipping in with an assist on Oleksiak's second. And just like that, Hornqvist now has a more respectable two goals and four points through seven contests. Phil Kessel continues to thrill his fantasy owners, picking up two more assists in this game to give him four multi-point contests through seven games.

 

On the Edmonton side of the ledger, Connor McDavid was doing Connor McDavid-y things. He actually managed to factor into just two of the team's five goals in this one, which is actually a good thing. McDavid had a hand in 11 of his team's first 13 goals, and they need to diversify a little bit. He cannot do it all if they want to win on a regular basis. His partner in crime, Leon Draisaitl, lit the lamp twice. While you would think someone who has piled up the points like Draisaitl might have a bevy of multi-goal games, you might be surprised. It has been 118 regular-season games since he last lit the lamp twice in a single outing dating back to Jan. 25, 2017 in Anaheim. The last time the German sniper accomplished the feat in front of the home folks was Nov. 21, 2016.

 

It wasn't all the dynamic duo, though. Alex Chiasson was playing in just his second game of the season, spending a majority of his time as a healthy scratch this season. He bagged a pair of goals with a plus-1 rating while tossing his weight around with three hits in 10:00 of ice time. That might buy him a ticket out of the press box and into the lineup on a more regular basis. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a pair of helpers, too, while Kris Russell did the same and he added two blocked shots and a hit in his 22:57 of ice time. Milan Lucic also made his presence felt with an assist and a team-best six hits.

 

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New York Rangers 5, Florida Panthers 2

 

Mika Zibanejad was doing it all for the Blueshirts, as he managed a shorthanded goal, a power-play goal and a pair of assist. He was the first Rangers player since Brandon Dubinsky in April 2009 to net a shorty and a power-play goal in the same game. Mats Zuccarello also netted a pair of goals, while Neal Pionk picked up two more helpers. The right-handed shooting defenseman was blanked with a minus-3 rating over his first four games, but he has six assisted across the past three outings, tallying five helpers on the man advantage. If you need blue line help in your fantasy league, Pionk might be what you need.

 

Keith Yandle didn't score in this one, and he was a minus-1 with two blocked shots and a hit, but he was skating in his 722nd consecutive game. That's impressive regardless of his fantasy stat line.

 

The news wasn't all great for the Rangers on Tuesday, as they learned Frederik Claesson will be sidelined at least two to three weeks due to an upper-body injury.

 

Arizona Coyotes 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

 

Christian Fischer registered his first-career hat trick to lead the Coyotes to a rare road win. After going scoreless over his first six games, Fischer has caught the scoring bug. He has four goals over the past two games on just seven shots, and Derek Stepan assisted on each of his three markers in the hatty. The outstanding offensive performance overshadowed the solid goaltending of Darcy Kuemper, who allowed just one goal on 36 shots.

 

Pierre-Luc Dubois accounted for the lone marker for the home side. The Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, QC native snapped a three-game scoreless skid, but he has a respectable two goals and four points through eight outings. Sergei Bobrovsky could not solve Fischer, and ended up yielding four goals on 26 shots to take another loss, slipping to 2-4-0 with a 3.87 goals-against average and dismal .872 save percentage. Despite the struggles he is not someone to consider dropping. The 30-year-old and two-time Vezina winner will right the ship sooner rather than later.

 

Montreal Canadiens 3, Calgary Flames 2

 

Jeff Petry is looking good as a top pairing defenseman, and he finished Tuesday's win with a goal and an assist. His power-play goal in the second period gave him 100 points in a Montreal uniform, and he chipped in with an assist on Brendan Gallagher's goal on the man advantage just 99 seconds after his goal. Jonathan Drouin is also showing why he was a former first-round pick, posting a goal and a power-play assist to extend his point streak to five games.

 

Carey Price held on for the win, edging David Rittich and the visiting Flames. In picking up the win, he tied Hall of Famer Patrick Roy for second-place on the franchise's all-time wins list with 289.

 

Johnny Gaudreau was blanked in this one, snapping a four-game point streak. T.J. Brodie celebrated his 500th NHL game with a scoreless night, but he was plus-1 with a blocked shot and a trip to the penalty box.

 

Boston Bruins 4, Ottawa Senators 1

 

David Pastrnak went for two goals and two assists, factoring in on every one of his team's goals in the road win. It helped make for a successful Boston sports night, as the Red Sox also won in Game 1 of the World Series. Patrice Bergeron got into the act with a goal and two assists, while Tuukka Rask had it on lockdown with 38 saves and just one goal allowed.

 

Both sides were a bit shorthanded in this one, as David Backes (undisclosed), Torey Krug (ankle), Charlie McAvoy (upper body) and Kevan Miller (hand) were sidelined for the B's, while Cody Ceci (upper body), Ben Harpur (undisclosed) and Brady Tkachuk (leg) were missing in action. At least Alex Formenton (concussion) was able to return to action.

 

San Jose Sharks 5, Nashville Predators 4

 

Normally this would have been the fantasy game of the night if not for Crosby's heroics for the Pens and that fire wagon game in Edmonton. Brent Burns erupted for a goal and three points in the Music City, and Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Evander Kane and Timo Meier joined him in the multi-point club. Kane has three multi-point games over his past six outings, and he has registered four goals and five assists through nine games overall to emerge as a fantasy mainstay.

 

Martin Jones allowed four goals on just 29 shots, but the offensive support provided him with the run win when he wasn't at his best. Juuse Saros wasn't as fortunate, as he was clipped for five goals on 32 shots.

 

Viktor Arvidsson was the stud for the Smashville offense, potting two goals with an assist, a plus-3 rating and a minor penalty in his 20:16 of ice time, while Ryan Johansen kept it rolling with a pair of assists. He has two goals and eight points with a stellar plus-10 rating over the past six contests.

 

Chicago Blackhawks 3, Anaheim Ducks 1

 

Brandon Saad finally ended his goal drought with not one, but two goals. He snapped a goal skid dating all the way back to March 29 of last season. Saad was joined in the goal column by Patrick Kane, who lit the lamp for a team-best eighth time this season, and that was all Corey Crawford needed. He yielded just one goal on 25 shots in his third game back from a major concussion.

 

Nick Ritchie, who was a restricted free agent and holdout, made his season debut. He went scoreless with three shots on goal while blocking a shot and administering two hits in 14:49 of ice time.

 

John Gibson allowed two goals on 37 shots, but he was the hard-luck loser with the Ducks failing to put much offense together. In fact, they have managed a total of just four goals during their three-game losing streak.

 

Dallas Stars 4, Los Angeles Kings 2

 

Ben Bishop allowed just two goals on 33 shots to pick up a victory against the visitors, and he was backed up by plenty of offense. Blake Comeau, John Klingberg, Jason Spezza and Tyler Pitlick were each able to light the lamp to assist their backstop with all the offense he needed.

 

If you liked what you saw from Pitlick, you haven't seen it before. It was his first point this season and the first power-play goal in his 146 career NHL games. He was slotted onto the top scoring like with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, taking the place of the injured Alexander Radulov (lower body). Meanwhile, Klingberg's goal was his team-leading fifth, and he has eight points overall.

 

Sean Walker made his NHL debut for the Kings and he registered an assist on the lone goal for Los Angeles. Tyler Toffoli lit the lamp, while Anze Kopitar also got on the board for L.A. He has 16 career goals in 59 games all-time against Dallas.

 

Valeri Nichushkin missed his third consecutive game due to a lower-body injury.