The Washington Capitals have been impressive for the most part this season, but their performance in Saturday’s game against Philadelphia left a lot to be desired.
Let’s give credit to the Flyers, who played their first home game of the season on Saturday. Their top line of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier combined to score three goals and seven assists in the blowout victory.
One game doesn’t make a season, but teams will have to start taking the Flyers seriously. They have a lot of good, young pieces mixed in with some capable veterans that can cause headaches for the opposition.
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PHILADELPHIA 8 WASHINGTON 2
Claude Giroux put up an impressive two goals and two assists in the victory. The Flyers captain has registered at least one point in each of his last three games. He has seven points in five contests.
Sean Couturier has two goals and an assist in the blowout win. The three-point effort double his point total for the entire season.
Scott Laughton added a pair of goals for the Flyers, the first of which was shorthanded. He has three points in five games this season.
Alex Ovechkin has been awesome this season, but he finished Saturday’s game with no points and a minus-4 rating.
Philipp Grubauer gave up all eight goals to the Flyers. Grubauer is one of the better backup goalies in the NHL, but he has an 0-1-1 record this season.
WINNIPEG 2 CAROLINA 1
Nikolaj Ehlers scored a goal and an assist in the victory. He now has seven points in five games this season. All seven of those points have come in the last three contests.
Bryan Little scored the other goal for the Jets. It was the first tally of the season for Little, who now has three points in his last two games.
Jeff Skinner’s power play goal was the only offense Carolina could muster on Saturday night. After being held off the scoresheet in the Hurricanes’ first game, he’s now scored in back-to-back contests.
Connor Hellebuyck has made three consecutive starts for Winnipeg. Not only has he won all three, he’s held the opposition to two goals or less in each of those contests. He has a 2.11 goals-against-average and a .937 save percentage.
Despite giving up two goals in each of his last two games, Scott Darling has dropped two straight games. He made 19 saves in the defeat.
TORONTO 4 MONTREAL 3 (overtime)
You can’t stop Auston Matthews, you can only hope to contain him. Montreal didn’t do a very good job of that on Saturday, as the Leafs forward had two goals, including the overtime winner. Matthews has now scored in three consecutive games and in four of five this season.
Speaking of first goals, Alex Galchenyuk got the monkey off his back with a power play goal late in the first period. It was Montreal’s first marker on the man-advantage all season.
Carey Price had an off night. There’s at least two Maple Leafs goals that he’ll want to have back. He has a 1-3-1 record with a 3.45 goals-against-average and a .885 save percentage this season. Those aren’t Price-like numbers we’re used to seeing.
Frederik Andersen has now won four of five games this season, but he’s given up at least three goals in four straight games.
TAMPA BAY 2 ST. LOUIS 1
Tyler Johnson opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 8:20 mark of the second period. He now has two goals and one assist in five games.
Nikita Kucherov gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead in the third period and they never looked back. Kucherov has scored one goal in each of Tampa Bay’s first five games. He’s been nothing short of incredible since last season.
Vladimir Tarasenko finally got the Blues on the board with under four minutes remaining in regulation. He has four goals and two assists in six games in 2017-18.
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 28 of 29 shots in the victory. Don’t let his 3.20 goals-against-average fool you, he’s come up big for the Lightning this season.
Jake Allen stopped 25 shots in the loss. He opened the season with three consecutive victories, but he’s now dropped back-to-back decisions.
NEW JERSEY 3 NEW YORK RANGERS 2
Rookie defenseman Will Butcher continues to impress. He helped set up goals by Miles Wood and Drew Stafford. He finished the game with two assists, a plus-1 rating and one hit in 14:49 of ice time. Butcher is already up to eight assists in five games.
Rick Nash scored his first goal (and point) of the season on Saturday night. He finished the game with four penalty minutes, four shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 14:43 of ice time.
Kevin Shattenkirk also found the back of the net for the Rangers. He now has two goals, three assists and an ugly minus-6 rating in six games this season.
Ondrej Pavelec picked up his second loss as a member of the Rangers. He allowed three goals on just 19 shots in this one. He’ll enter his next appearance with a 3.76 goals-against-average and a .861 save percentage.
PITTSBURGH 4 FLORIDA 3
Just another day at the office for Sidney Crosby, as he scored two goals against the Panthers. His first goal gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead, while his second marker proved to be the game-winning goal. Crosby has three goals and five assists in six games.
Kris Letang picked up a pair of assists from the blue line. Both helpers came on goals by Crosby. Letang has four points in six games this season.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored a pair of goals for the Panthers. He finished the contest with a minus-1 rating and five shots on goal in 20:13. He’s picked up at least one point in each of Florida’s first four games.
James Reimer gave up four goals on 33 shots in the loss. Reimer has now given up four goals in each of his first two games of the season. He has a 1-1-0 record with a 4.07 goals-against-average and a .873 save percentage.
Matt Murray was the busier of the two goalies, as he stopped 43 of 46 shots. Murray is 3-0-1 this season.
DALLAS 3 COLORADO 1
Matt Duchene scored his third goal of the season for the Avs. The disgruntled winger is off to a surprisingly good start, as he has three goals and three assists in six games.
Jamie Benn did some damage in the second period. He opened the scoring just 24 seconds into the frame and he helped set up Tyler Seguin’s goal with one second left in the period. Benn had no points in the first two games of the season, but he has four points in his last three outings.
Seguin’s power play goal was his third tally of the season. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating, seven shots on goal and five penalty minutes tonight. He dropped the gloves with Avs defenseman Patrik Nemeth, who was a former teammate of his.
Ben Bishop turned aside 22 of 23 shots for Dallas. Bishop has a 2-1-0 record with a sparkling 1.62 goals-against-average and a .938 save percentage. He’s given up more than two goals just once in four outings.
The loss was the first of the season for Semyon Varlamov. He gave up two goals on 35 shots tonight. It’s the third time in four outings that he holds the opposition to two goals or less in a game (the third goal was an empty-netter).
COLUMBUS 5 MINNESOTA 4 (overtime)
Alexander Wennberg notched a goal and an assist in the victory. He found the back of the net just 47 seconds into overtime to give his team the win. He also helped set up Zach Werenski’s goal in the first period.
After scoring his first goal with the Blue Jackets on Friday, Artemi Panarin registered three assists in Saturday. He has one goal and six assists in his first five games with Columbus.
Tyler Ennis scored two power play goals for the Wild in this one. He finished the night with a minus-1 rating and three shots on goal in 17:14 of ice time. The goals were his first two of the season.
Devan Dubnyk gave up five goals on 35 shots in the loss. The Wild were up 4-2 in the third period, but they allowed Columbus to score three straight goals. Dubnyk has given up four goals or more in two of his three starts.
It wasn’t Sergei Bobrovsky’s best game, but he still did enough to win. The defending Vezina Trophy winner allowed four goals on just 21 shots, but he improved to 4-0-0 in the process.
CHICAGO 2 NASHVILLE 1 (overtime)
Brandon Saad scored the winning goal in overtime for Chicago. The Blackhawks forward is already up to four-game winning goals in just six games this season.
Patrick Sharp tied the game at one with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. The veteran has two goals and two assists in six games.
Filip Forsberg was the only Predator to find the back of the net tonight, and he did so on the man-advantage. Forsberg has five goals this season and four of them have come on the power play.
Corey Crawford stopped 37 of 38 shots, including all 31 the Predators fired his way at even-strength. He has a 4-1-0 record with a 1.39 goals-against-average and an insane .960 save percentage.
Pekka Rinne made 33 saves in the loss. He’s given up just three goals in his last two outings. Rinne will enter his next start with a 2.77 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage.
BOSTON 6 ARIZONA 2
Zdeno Chara led the way with a goal and two assists in the victory. He made some history in the process, as he became only the fourth defenseman in franchise history to reach the 300-assist mark (Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Brad Park were the others).
Oliver Ekman-Larsson netted one of the goals for Arizona. He finished the game with a minus-2 rating, two penalty minutes, two shots on goal and four hits in 24:27 of ice time.
CALGARY 5 VANCOUVER 2
Dougie Hamilton scored twice in the win. His first goal made it 3-1 for Calgary in the second period and his second made it 5-2 in the third. He now has four points in six games this season.
Canucks rookie Brock Boeser notched his first goal of the season on Saturday. He has two points in his first two games of 2017-18.
Mike Smith made 27 saves on 29 shots. Since dropping his first game of the season, Smith has won four of his last five contests.
Jacob Markstrom allowed five goals on 27 shots against the Flames. He’s now dropped three straight decisions since beating Edmonton on opening night.
OTTAWA 6 EDMONTON 1
Kyle Turris was productive on Saturday night, as he had two goals and one assist. The Senators forward really enjoyed the trip through Alberta has he combined to score six points in two games against Calgary and Edmonton.
Mike Hoffman produced the same stat line as Turris (two goals, one assist). He finished the game with a plus-2 rating and four shots on goal.
Adam Larsson was the only Oiler to score a goal against Ottawa. His goal didn’t really mean anything in the grand scheme of things because it cut the deficit to 6-1 with under nine minutes remaining in regulation.
Cam Talbot was pulled after allowing four goals on 23 shots in the loss. Laurent Brossoit entered the game in relief of Talbot and he gave up two goals on eight shots. Not a good night for Edmonton goalies.
Mike Condon made his first appearance of the season count. He stopped 35 of 36 shots directed his way on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES 4 BUFFALO 2
Drew Doughty scored the go-ahead goal on the power play with exactly two minutes remaining in regulation. He also assisted on Dustin Brown’s power play goal in the second period. Doughty has three points in four games this season.
Jack Eichel had a hand in both of Buffalo’s goals. He got the primary assist on Zemgus Girgenson’s first-period goal and he also added one of his to tie the game at two in the third period. He has seven points in five games this season.
Robin Lehner stopped all 22 shots he faced at even-strength, but he allowed three goals while the Kings were on the power play. He has an 0-3-1 record with a 3.14 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage.
Jonathan Quick gave up two goals on 25 shots in the win. Quick still hasn’t lost a game in regulation this season (he’s 3-0-1).
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 SAN JOSE 1
Thomas Greiss turned in a huge effort in Saturday’s win. He made 40 saves on 41 shots, and the only goal he allowed was scored while his team was shorthanded. The win was the first of the season for him.
Brock Nelson scored the game-winning goal at the 6:27 mark of the second period to give New York a 2-1 lead at the time. Nelson has three goals this season, and they’ve all come in the last two games.
Anders Lee scored his second goal of the season in the second period. He found the back of the net on his only shot on goal of the game.
Kevin Labanc was the only Shark to beat Greiss. Labanc has been a great story, as he’s already scored three goals in four games this season.
Aaron Dell allowed two goals on 22 shots in his second appearance of the season. He has a 1.49 goals-against-average and a .935 save percentage so far this season.