I find it a lot easier to do the Dose when I'm in the West rather than back home in Toronto, especially when it's 1 AM at home rather than a more manageable 10 PM in Las Vegas.
Watched the Bruins game last night before going to see The Beatles "Love" at the Mirage. My hotel room (not at the Mirage) is overlooking the T-Mobile Arena where the Las Vegas franchise will begin play next season. The franchise name will be announced on November 22, and by the way, if you ever get out to Vegas, you have to see "Love". It was amazing!!!
One other note. Jacob Trouba inked a two-year deal with Winnipeg, figuring that it was better to sign and play rather than wait out a trade that may never come.
BOSTON 4 BUFFALO 0
Tuukka Rask turned aside 32 shots as the Bruins defeated Buffalo 4-0.
Rask has been great when used this season as he bounced back from his only poor showing of the season in a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers Saturday to deny the Sabres at every opportunity. He is now 7-1 with a 1.74 GAA and a .941 save percentage as he continues to be the goaltender he was back in 2012-13 and the following year when he was the best in the league, or at least in the top-two.
David Pastrnak led the way as he assisted on the first goal by Brad Marchand and scored the only goal of the third to finish the scoring. He now has eight goals and 12 points this season despite missing a couple of Boston's 12 games through suspension.
Both David Krejci and Riley Nash scored their first of the season for the Bruins, While it wasn't a surprise for Nash, it was for Krejci who usually can be counted upon to score around 20 in a healthy season.
Robin Lehner took the loss as he gave up all four on 42 shots as the Bruins peppered him.
Ryan O'Reilly took a couple of minor penalties Monday. He took only one in 80 games for Colorado in 2013-14.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 4 VANCOUVER 2
Congratulations are in order for Andrew Ladd who finally potted his first goal as a member of the New York Islanders after he was their big off-season acquisition via free agency. The former Jet and Blackhawk started the season on the first line but found himself demoted to the fourth
Jason Chimera and Nikolay Kulemin also scored their first of the season for the Islanders while Cal Clutterbuck scored his second as the Islanders finally got some secondary scoring to break a three game losing streak.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots in picking up his third win of the season as he is now 3-3-2. His 2.82 GAA and .908 save percentage are well below average in the NHL at this time and the Islanders will need better goalkeeping than that to make a run at the playoffs, never mind getting in them.
Ryan Miller managed to make only 28 saves in the loss as the Canucks continue to plunge down the NHL standings. They are on an eight game losing streak and haven't won in nine (0-8-1).
Brock Nelson suffered an injury in the third period and while he came back for one shift that was it for the game. Consider him day-to-day for now.
FLORIDA 3 TAMPA BAY 1
Roberto Luongo made 34 saves to lead Florida to a 3-1 win over their cross state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Luongo had lost his previous four games and is now 4-5 with a 2.36 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
Jonathan Marchessault continued his outstanding start to the season as he scored his seventh of the season to open the scoring on the power play.
The Lightning's Ondrej Palat scored just his second of the season to tie the game at the 1:15 mark of the third. Palat is having a poor offensive season after being a fantasy gem in two of the last three seasons.
Keith Yandle picked up a pair of helpers and has seven this season.
Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 31 shots and took the loss. He is 5-4-0 with a 2.91 GAA and a .908 save percentage.
Jaromir Jagr returned from a groin injury and suffered another injury, this time to his other groin. He is day-to-day.