There were 10 games in the NHL on Halloween day and night. Let’s get right to it.
NEW JERSEY 3 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2 (Shootout)
Mike Cammalleri scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lead the Devils to a 3-2 win over the Islanders Saturday afternoon.
The Islanders were missing their best player as John Tavares sat out with an illness.
John Moore with his first of the season and Bobby Farnham with his first in his debut with the Devils scored in the first period to give the Devils an early lead but Anders Lee with the man-advantage and Frans Nielsen shorthanded tied the game in the second to give Cammalleri his chance at heroics.
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DALLAS 5 SAN JOSE 3
Niemi stopped 26 shots for his sixth win against only one loss while Stalock lost his second of the season in as many decisions.
LOS ANGELES 4 NASHVILLE 3 (Overtime)
Jeff Carter’s overtime marker with 18 seconds remaining was the winner as the Kings knocked off the Predators 4-3.
Toffoli’s second of the game tied the score at two in the third and then Kings resident tough guy Andy Andreoff gave them a 3-2 lead before Ryan Ellis sent the game into overtime for Carter’s eventual winner.
PITTSBURGH 4 TORONTO 0
I was actually at this game and the best costume outside of a couple dressing up as the Hansen brothers were the many players on the Maple Leafs masquerading as hockey players.
Coach Mike Babcock has a tough road ahead of him. His system is terrific and you can see Toronto is definitely putting in the effort but the talent is just not there.
Predictably, Phil Kessel heard some boos whenever he touched the puck and that wasn’t fair to the former Maple Leaf.
It’s going to be a long season in Toronto.
DETROIT 5 OTTAWA 3
The Red Wings won the return match against Ottawa as the two teams played a home-and-home series.
It was a big night for Gustav Nyquist as he had a goal and an assist as well as a penalty minute. Nyquist was even better in the afternoon as the horse by the same name won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at odds of 9-2.
Mark Stone had a goal and an assist for Ottawa who had beaten the Red Wings 3-1 the night before.
BOSTON 3 TAMPA BAY 1
The Bruins completed the sweep of the state of Florida by knocking off the Lightning 3-1 Saturday, the same score they defeated the Florida Panthers on Friday.
Jonas Gustavsson got the start and won his third straight in as many decisions, as he stopped 21 shots.
Only Nikita Kucherov beat him while Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist to give him four goals and eight points in his last five games. Matt Beleskey and Brett Connolly (who had the winner against his former club) also scored for Boston who are now 6-3-1.
WASHINGTON 2 FLORIDA 1 (Overtime)
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the winner in overtime as the Capitals got by the Panthers 2-1.
Jaromir Jagr sat out his second consecutive game with a lower body injury.
WINNIPEG 3 COLUMBUS 2
Andrew Copp scored his first NHL goal Saturday in the Jets 3-2 win over Columbus.
Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled after the first period in which he allowed all three Winnipeg goals on just 11 shots. Curtis McElhinney started the second and finished the game, stopping all 16 shots.
Ondrej Pavelec made 19 saves for his third win of the season. He is in a battle with Michael Hutchinson for the top job with the Jets but is trailing right now as Hutchinson has been sensational in the early going.
ST. LOUIS 3 MINNESOTA 2 (Overtime)
David Backes scored his first two goals of the season including the overtime winner to lead the Blues to a 3-2 win over Minnesota.
There were a flurry of goals in the first (well, actually four) and then it took until the 4:26 mark of overtime for another marker.
Jake Allen made 29 saves for his fourth win of the season as he seems to be pulling ahead of Brian Elliot in the race for the number one goalie in St. Louis.
Devan Dubnyk saw his record drop to 7-2-1 with 23 saves on 26 shots. While his record is great, his peripherals leave a lot to be desired as he is 28th in the NHL with a 2.58 GAA and a .898 save percentage which is 37th overall in the league.
CALGARY 5 EDMONTON 4
Michael Frolik scored the hat trick (the first of his career) including the winner with nine seconds left on the clock to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-4 win over their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Oilers.
Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and two helpers for the Oilers. The three point effort gives Draisaitl three goals and five points in the two games since he was recalled by Edmonton earlier in the week. It’s going to be tough to send the third overall pick in the 2014 Draft back to Bakersfield after another great offensive performance.
Done by many 2
Chris Neil 24
Robert Scuderi +3
Matt Stajan +3
Josh Jooris +3
Brent Burns -3