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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: A couple of tricks

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

There were nine games in the NHL on Halloween eve so let’s get down to the scary action.

 

Dale Weise and Mats Zuccarello had big nights as each picked up hat tricks.

 

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BUFFALO 3 PHILADELPHIA 1

It was a penalty filled game as the Sabres defeated the Flyers in front of their home crowd 3-1.

 

There were 61 penalty minutes in the game, led by Josh Gorges with 15 and Wayne Simmonds with 10.

 

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.

 

Linus Ullmark picked up his first NHL win in his career as he stopped 27 shots with only Mark Streit beating him with 3:26 left in the third to break up the shutout.

 

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.

 

Braden Holtby turned aside 29 shots for his sixth win this season while Sergei Bobrovsky gave up both on 28 shots to fall to 2-7.

 

Veteran Fedor Tyutin was a healthy scratch for Columbus while Brandon Saad missed the game with an illness.

 

CAROLINA 3 COLORADO 2

Justin Faulk, Victor Rask and Jeff Skinner with the winner scored for the Carolina Hurricanes as they upended the Colorado Avalanche 3-2.

 

Alex Tanguay with his second in two games and Carl Soderberg with his first as an Av replied for Colorado.

 

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.

 

Matt Puempel, Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan into the empty net scored for Ottawa as Erik Karlsson was on the ice for all three goals.

 

Henrik Zetterberg scored on the power play for the lone Detroit goal.

 

Jimmy Howard made 32 saves as he faced 34 Ottawa shots in taking the loss. He is now 2-2-1 and is battling Petr Mrazek for the number one job in net for the Red Wings.

 

BOSTON 3 FLORIDA 1

It was a huge fantasy night for Brad Marchand owners as he had two goals and 15 penalty minutes (he was sent off with a major and a game misconduct for boarding Dmitry Kulikov).

 

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

Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist while Charlie Coyle, Ryan Carter, Jared Spurgeon and Nino Niederreiter also scored to lead the Wild to a 5-4 win over Chicago.

 

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.

 

Jonathan Toews scored twice with Brent Seabrook and Artem Anisimov also scoring.

 

Mikko Koivu picked up three helpers.

 

Marian Hossa suffered a lower body injury in the second period and did not return.

 

Justin Fontaine suffered a knee injury 1:17 into the second period and did not return. Coach Mike Yeo said that he is ‘week-to-week’ rather than day-to-day.

 

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.

 

The Habs put Mike Condon back in between the pipes after Carey Price had lost the last two games. He shone as he made 30 saves to improve his record to a perfect 3-0.

 

Paul Byron had a shorthanded goal and an assist while Nathan Beaulieu scored on the power play. Devante Smith-Pelly also scored.

 

Jiri Hudler and Josh Jooris replied for the Flames. Joni Ortio got the start in net with Jonas Hiller on the sidelines and he had a tough night giving up six on 31 shots.

 

Montreal’s top line of Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher managed only one assist (Plekanec) but it was about time the other three lines picked them up.

 

VANCOUVER 4 ARIZONA 3

Richard Bachman got his first start of the season and made 29 saves as the Canucks defeated Arizona 4-3.

 

Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows, Brendan Gaunce and Jared McCann scored for the Canucks. It was McCann’s fifth goal of the season and he has yet to pick up an assist.

 

Max Domi, Steve Downie and Tobias Rieder found the back of the net for Arizona.

 

Mike Smith got the start but was pulled at the 4:26 mark of the first after giving up two goals on three shots. Anders Lindback made 17 saves but was saddled with the loss.

 

NIGHTLY LEADERS

 

GOALS

Dale Weise 3

Mats Zuccarello 3

Brad Marchand 2

Jonathan Toews 2

 

ASSISTS

Rick Nash 3

Derick Brassard 3

Mikko Koivu 3

 

SHOTS

Dale Weise 7

Ryan McDonagh 7

Radim Vrbata 7

Jack Eichel 6

Jimmy Hayes 6

 

HITS

Adam Cracknell 7

Mark Borowiecki 6

Shane Doan 6

Kevan Miller 5

 

PENALTY MINUTES

Josh Gorges 15

Brad Marchand 15

Wayne Simmonds 10

 

PLUS /MINUS

Rick Nash +3

Derick Brassard +3

Mats Zuccarello +3

Erik Karlsson +3

Dale Weise +3

 

BLOCKS

Josh Gorges 7

Nick Holden 5

 

PLUS/MINUS

Tomas Tatar -3

Kris Russell -3

Dennis Wideman -3

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.