There were nine games in the NHL on Halloween eve so let’s get down to the scary action.
BUFFALO 3 PHILADELPHIA 1
It was a penalty filled game as the Sabres defeated the Flyers in front of their home crowd 3-1.
Jack Eichel scored his fourth of his young career and still has yet to garner an assist.
Ryan O'Reilly continued his hot play with a goal and two assists and now has 13 points with 10 coming in his last five games. So far the deal from Colorado in the off-season looks to be a good one.
Michal Neuvirth returned from injury to get the loss for the Flyers as he managed to give up three goals on 36 shots. The Sabres managed 14 shots on the power play.
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NEW YORK RANGERS 3 TORONTO 1
Mats Zuccarello had the hat trick in leading the Rangers to a 3-1 win over the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs.
It was a big night for the Rangers top line as Rick Nash and Derick Brassard each assisted on all three goals. It was the first time in six games that the troika played together and the move by Alain Vigneault to reunite them paid off handsomely.
Joffrey Lupul scored the lone Maple Leafs goal.
Henrik Lundqvist was sensational between the pipes for the Rangers as he kicked aside 24 shots for his fifth win of the season while Jonathan Bernier stopped 23-of-25 shots to lower his record to 0-5-1.
WASHINGTON 2 COLUMBUS 1
T.J. Oshie’s fourth goal of the season in the third period turned out to be the winner as the Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1.
Justin Williams with his second opened the scoring for Washington.
Matt Calvert picked up his first of the season with 5:15 left in the game but the Blue Jackets could get no closer.
CAROLINA 3 COLORADO 2
Cam Ward stopped 30 shots for his fourth win of the season as he lowered his GAA to 2.25 while raising his save percentage to .912.
Semyon Varlamov took the loss as he is now 2-4-1 with a 3.37 GAA and a .889 save percentage. He is off to a tough start in the Colorado cage.
Elias Lindholm went into the boards in the first period and returned for a few shifts in the second before calling it a night. He was favoring his left leg.
OTTAWA 3 DETROIT 1
Andrew Hammond returned to his form of last season as he stopped 29 shots in a 3-1 Ottawa win over Detroit.
It was Hammond’s first win of the season as he is now 1-0-1.
Henrik Zetterberg scored on the power play for the lone Detroit goal.
BOSTON 3 FLORIDA 1
Zdeno Chara scored on the power play and added an assist.
Nick Bjugstad was the lone Florida scorer as he found the back of the net on the power play.
Tuukka Rask turned aside 31 shots for his third win of the season. His peripherals are not good this season as he has a 3.29 GAA and a .889 save percentage. Considering he likely went in the first two rounds of most pools, that’s pretty horrid.
Roberto Luongo made 27 saves and saw his record drop to 3-4-1. His peripherals are quite good as he has a 2.15 GAA and a .934 save percentage.
MINNESOTA 5 CHICAGO 4
Devan Dubnyk continues to pick up wins but his peripherals are weak as he has a 2.56 GAA and a .900 save percentage. It was however, his seventh win of the season against two defeats.
The Blackhawks gave the start to Scott Darling and he gave up all five goals on only 30 shots to give him a 1-2 mark with a 3.37 GAA and a .880 save percentage.
Mikko Koivu picked up three helpers.
Marian Hossa suffered a lower body injury in the second period and did not return.
MONTREAL 6 CALGARY 2
Dale Weise picked up the second hat trick of the night as he led the Montreal Canadiens to a 6-2 win in Calgary.
VANCOUVER 4 ARIZONA 3
Richard Bachman got his first start of the season and made 29 saves as the Canucks defeated Arizona 4-3.
Josh Gorges 15
Rick Nash +3
Dale Weise +3
Tomas Tatar -3
Kris Russell -3