There were a couple of players sent back to their junior team on Monday as the Florida Panthers sent Owen Tippett back to the OHL while the Edmonton Oilers decided that nine games were enough and returned Kailer Yamamoto to the WHL.
Both players are going to be heard from in the future but it was the right move on both counts.
Six games on the NHL docket so let’s get to it.
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TORONTO 4 VEGAS 3 (Shootout)
The Maple Leafs started strong with three first period goals as Nazem Kadri had a pair while James van Riemsdyk also scored. James Neal with his eighth countered for Vegas as they trailed 3-1 after one.
They scored the only goal in each of the second and third period as Reilly Smith scored a power play goal with 1:10 left in the second and Deryk Engelland scored on a shot that somehow eluded Andersen who likely was giving the Vegas blueliner too much of the net.
It was an exciting overtime as both teams were flying. Andersen made five of his 25 saves in the extra frame while Lagace stopped two of his 20 shots.
Auston Matthews had an assist as well as three shots on goal and has now registered a shot in all 16 games this season after going the entire 2016-17 season with a shot on goal in each game, giving him a 98 game streak thus far.
NEW YORK RANGERS 5 COLUMBUS 3
Michael Grabner scored twice as the New York Rangers overcame a two goal deficit to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3.
The Rangers power play was in full force as they scored three times on five chances while the Jackets were scoreless on their only attempt.
Mika Zibanejad had three assists.
BOSTON 5 MINNESOTA 3
Torey Krug scored the winner as the Bruins knocked off the Minnesota Wild 5-3.
Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund with his first of the season and Eric Staal replied for the Wild. Granlund is off to a tough start with only four points in eight games but has three points in his last three contests.
Marcus Foligno had seven hits in the game.
WASHINGTON 3 ARIZONA 2 (Overtime)
The Arizona Coyotes blew a 2-0 first period lead and fell to the Washington Capitals 3-2 in overtime.
Ovechkin’s goal was on the power play and it was their first with the man-advantage in 17 days as they were 0-15 in that stretch,
I don’t know what is going on with Nicklas Backstrom but after a red-hot start in which he had 11 points in his first six games, he has only one assist in his last eight contests. He should snap out of it soon but it sure is frustrating if you are a Backstrom owner.
WINNIPEG 4 DALLAS 1
Connor, who was taken 17th overall in the 2015 Draft, continues to shine on the top line since his recall and he has three goals and seven points in nine games thus far. He is a keeper.
Hellebuyck was a stud again in the crease as he turned aside 33 shots to move his record to 8-0-2. Right now he has to get Vezina consideration as he has been one of the best goalies in the league. And to think, he was the backup to Steve Mason to start the season just one month ago.
Ben Bishop stopped 22-of-25 in the loss.
DETROIT 3 VANCOUVER 2
Tomas Tatar’s goal with 1:14 left in the third was the winner as the Red Wings completed their Western Canada swing with a 3-2 win in Vancouver.
Daniel Sedin played 17:04 and twin brother Henrik saw 16:07 of ice time, a big jump from Saturday as both played less than nine minutes due to a benching.