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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: The Price is Right

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Switching sports for a moment, congratulations to the Chicago Cubs on winning the World Series for the first time since 1908.

 

It’s been so long that Teddy Roosevelt was the President at the time. There have been 18 Presidents since that time and the 19th one will welcome the team to the White House.

 

There were three games in the NHL tonight and Carey Price continues his dominance.

 

Let’s get to the action!

 

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MONTREAL 3 VANCOUVER 0

Carey Price stopped all 42 shots as he led the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-0 whitewashing of the Vancouver Canucks who outplayed the Habs on this evening.

 

Boy is Price showing the hockey world just how good he is this season and just how much the Canadiens missed him last year when injuries kept him out of the lineup from November 25 to the end of the season. He is a perfect 6-0 this year with a 1.17 GAA and a .964 save percentage.

 

Once again it was the Canadiens lesser lights who found the back of the net.

 

Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu gave Montreal a 1-0 lead in the second period with his first of the season as he tipped as he knocked a rebound past Ryan Miller past the halfway mark of the game.

 

Montreal made it 2-0 when fourth liner Torrey Mitchell scored his fifth of the season in just 10 games (and just his ninth shot of the year) and with Price between the pipes, it was game over.

 

Alexander Radulov scored the lone goal of the third as Ryan Miller made 18 saves in the Vancouver net.

 

The Habs are off to the best start in their illustrious history as they are 9-0-1 while the Canucks have dropped six straight after winning their first four.

 

Alex Galchenyuk had a pair of assists in the win.

 

 

PHILADELPHIA 4 DETROIT 3 (Overtime)

 

The Flyers won 4-3 for the second game in a row but they needed overtime on Wednesday to complete the feat.

 

Detroit got off to a fast start with Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou scoring in the first period. It was Larkin’s fourth of the campaign with Athanasiou potting his third.

 

The Flyers cut the lead in half in the second when Chris VandeVelde scored his first of the season with Brayden Schenn and Mark Streit picking up the assists.

 

The Flyers tied it up 3:51 into the third with Russian Roman Lyubimov scoring his first NHL career goal but Henrik Zetterberg restored the Detroit lead less than five minutes later with his first of the season. It’s been a tough year for the veteran Zetterberg who now has five points in 11 games.

 

Mark Streit sent the game into overtime with his third of the season and eighth point of the year with 1:04 remaining.

 

It was Jakub Voracek who was the hero of the night as he took a gorgeous feed from Claude Giroux and one-timed it past Petr Mrazek.

 

Michal Neuvirth picked up his second straight win by stopping 22 shots. He is now 3-1 this season with a 3.64 GAA and a .865 save percentage. Not exactly great peripherals.

 

Mrazek took the overtime loss despite making 36 saves. He is 4-3-1 with a 3.07 GAA and a .908 save percentage and could be facing a battle with Jimmy Howard who has sparkled this season.

 

 

PITTSBURGH 5 ANAHEIM 1

The return to action of Kris Letang was a successful one as the defenseman scored his first of the season and added an assist in a 5-1 road win over Anaheim.

 

Letang was also a plus-three on the night and chipped in with six shots on net as the Penguins had Sidney Crosby and Letang in the lineup together for the first time this season.

 

Matt Murray stopped 32 of 33 shots in his first game of the season for the win. He suffered a broken thumb at the World Cup in September and was out of action for over a month.

 

Evgeni Malkin got things started with his sixth of the season and Matt Cullen scored the eventual winner to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead in the first before Cam Fowler scored the lone Anaheim goal (on the power play) to end the first period.

 

Bryan Rust scored his first of the season in the second stanza while Letang and Patric Hornqvist with his fourth, finished the scoring in the third.

 

John Gibson, Murray’s netminding teammate on the North American team, gave up all five goals and left the game with 8:15 to go as he was bowled over by the Penguins Scott Wilson. There is no word yet as to the extent of his injury. Jonathan Bernier mopped up in relief.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.