There were seven games in the NHL on Friday so let’s get right to it.
SAN JOSE 2 NEW JERSEY 1 (Shootout)
Martin Jones is hot! He went to 4-0 for his new team the Sharks and set a record for the longest consecutive shutout streak in San Jose history Friday as he surpassed the record by 55 minutes 49 seconds, giving him a 234 minute 33 second streak. He missed his third straight shutout by only 3:38.
Marleau scored for the Sharks on Cory Schneider who turned aside 33 shots in his first game back since the birth of his first child with Henrique breaking up the shutout opportunity of Jones.
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TORONTO 6 COLUMBUS 3
The Maple Leafs won for the first time this season and there were very few people watching as most were tuned in to the first game of the ALCS to watch the Blue Jays lose to Kansas City.
But those who did watch saw Mike Babcock win his first game as coach of the Leafs.
James Reimer was stellar in the net as he beat the Blue Jackets (it hasn’t been a good night for any team with the name Blue).
Columbus is reeling as this was their fifth straight loss. It does not bode well for coach Todd Richards who could be the first coach fired this season, especially if his squad doesn’t turn things around quickly.
Sergei Bobrovsky gave up five goals on only 30 shots and now has a 5.07 GAA with a .835 save percentage to go with five losses.
CAROLINA 5 DETROIT 3
The Hurricanes had a goal and two assists from each of Eric Staal and Kris Versteeg to beat the Red Wings 5-3. It was the first time that Eric Staal ever scored in a regular season game against Detroit.
Carolina picked up their first win of the season (just like the Maple Leafs) with Cam Ward stopping only 17 shots as the Hurricanes outshot Detroit 36-20.
Brock McGinn scored on his first NHL shift and added an assist.
WINNIPEG 3 CALGARY 1
Wheeler and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist.
ST. LOUIS 4 VANCOUVER 3
It was an exciting finish as the Canucks scored twice with less than 3:20 to go and had a chance to tie it up in the dying seconds but St. Louis (who were the first team that had Blue in their team name to win on Friday) beat Vancouver 4-3.
Jake Allen picked up his first win of the season as he turned aside 31 of 34 shots while Ryan Miller in the Vancouver net made 28 saves as his record fell to 3-1-1 this season. He still has been terrific as he has a .938 save percentage and a 1.77 GAA.
Brandon Sutter was in on all three Vancouver goals with a goal and two helpers while Alexander Steen had a goal and an assist for St. Louis. Carl Gunnarsson and Vladimir Tarasenko each had a pair of assists.
COLORADO 3 ANAHEIM 0
Reto Berra was the star of the game as he stopped all 35 shots to lead the Avs to a 3-0 win over Anaheim.
Poor Frederik Andersen, who has stopped 108 of 114 shots and has yet to win because the Ducks have scored only once in four games this season.
LOS ANGELES 2 MINNESOTA 1 (Overtime)
There is nothing more exciting than three-on-three overtime hockey and Friday was no exception in Los Angeles as Anze Kopitar scored the winner (and survived a coaches challenge by Mike Yeo who thought there was an offside) to give the Kings their first win of the season.
Nino Neiderreiter 6
Dion Phaneuf +3
Leo Komarov +3
Nick Holden +3
Braydon McNabb 5
Jack Johnson -4
David Savard -4