I’m still in Las Vegas at New York New York and still overlooking the T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas franchise next season. They are supposed to announce their team nickname on the 22nd of this month and finally we will be able to add them to our list of NHL teams.
It is not a busy night in the NHL as there are only three games including NBC’s rivalry game which pitted the Chicago Blackhawks in St. Louis to face the Blues. All three contests went into extra time with the visitors being victorious in two.
Let’s get to the action!
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COLUMBUS 3 ANAHEIM 2 (Overtime)
Rookie Zach Werenski scored 1:21 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over Anaheim.
The Blue Jackets got off to an early 2-0 lead but the Ducks tied it with one in the second and one in the third to send the game into extra time.
Boone Jenner finally scored his first of the season in the Blue Jackets 11th game of the season after scoring 30 last year. He was set up by Scott Hartnell and Cam Atkinson at the 1:23 mark of the first as each picked up their fourth assist of the season.
But Rickard Rakell cut the lead in half as he scored his fourth of the season. Rakell started the season not on the ice as he inked a deal as a restricted free agent but he is showing that he deserved his contract as he now has seven points in only five games.
Former first round pick Nick Ritchie knocked home his third of the season to tie things up and the Ducks a point in the process as he sent the game into extra time.
OTTAWA 2 BUFFALO 1 (Shootout)
Mike Condon made 32 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 shootout win over Buffalo.
Chris Neil also missed Wednesday’s action as he is out with an undisclosed injury.
Nick Baptiste got the Sabres off to an early lead as he potted his second of the campaign in the opening stanza. He was set up by Cole Schneider who picked up his first point in his NHL career.
Buffalo was all over Ottawa in the overtime as they outshot the Senators 8-0 in the five minute frame.
But there were no goals and after Sam Reinhart scored in the shootout to give the Sabres a quick 1-0 lead, but Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris found the back of the net as Condon stopped the last two Buffalo shots to pick up the win. He is 2-0-0 for the Senators and has given up only the one goal in 59 shots since he was acquired from Pittsburgh last month.
CHICAGO 2 ST. LOUIS 1 (Overtime)
Artemi Panarin scored in overtime to lead the Blackhawks to a 2-1 road win over the St. Louis Blues.
Marian Hossa got the Blackhawks off to a 1-0 lead in the second period as he scored his seventh of the season. The veteran had only 13 goals in 64 games last season and already has more than half of that this year in only 13 games. Panarin also picked up his ninth assist on the Hossa goal.
It looked like Corey Crawford was going to get yet another shutout until Alex Pietrangelo scored his third of the season with only 2:11 left in the third. Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz drew the assists.
Crawford is now 7-3-1 with a 1.91 GAA and .939 save percentage as he has been one of the best, if not the best, goalies in the NHL this season.
Jake Allen made 28 saves in taking the overtime loss. He is 5-3-3 with a 2.35 GAA and a .907 save percentage. His save percentage could use some work as it is below average for poolies thus far.
Artem Anisimov had a tough night as his 11-game points streak ended and he suffered an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return. Coach Joel Quenneville stated that he was day-to-day after the contest.