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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Roberto Luongo Dazzles

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

Six games tonight in the NHL so let's get right to the action! 

 

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BOSTON 6 PITTSBURGH 2  

Frank Vatrano picked up his first career hat trick to lead the Boston Bruins to a 6-2 win over the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.  

The three goal effort gives the rookie five goals this season as he saw only 10:13 of action. Patrice Bergeron found the back of the net twice while Loui Eriksson with his 12th of the season completed the goal scoring for the Bruins. 

 

The Penguins picked up goals from Conor Sheary and Trevor Daley. For Sheary, it was his first goal of his NHL career and he also assisted on Daley's, who scored his first of the season.  

 

Ryan Spooner had a big night with four helpers while Sidney Crosby picked up assists on both Pittsburgh goals. 

 

Tuukka Rask kicked out 30 of 32 shots for the victory while Jeff Zatkoff struggled once again in goal for the Penguins as he gave up all six on 34 shots. 

 

Do not be surprised if the Penguins give Matt Murray a shot between the pipes as Marc-Andre Fleury continues to be out of action. 

 

WASHINGTON 5 TAMPA BAY 3 

Alex Ovechkin and T. J. Oshie each scored twice and added a pair of assists as Washington stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to upend the Lightning 5-3.   

 

Marcus Johansson also scored for Washington. who scored three of the five goals with the man-advantage. 

Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn and Andrej Sustr gave the Lightning a 3-0 lead as they chased starter Braden Holtby at the 9:04 mark of the second. Phillip Grubauer stopped only seven shots but none got by him and he picked up his third win of the season.  

 

Ben Bishop went the whole way for the Lightning and gave up four goals on 22 shots as both teams managed to score eight goals on 42 shots. 

  

FLORIDA CAROLINA 0 

Roberto Luongo stopped all 24 shots to lead the Florida Panthers to a 2-0 win over the Carolina Panthers. 

 

Cam Ward was almost as good as he turned aside 16 of 17 to even his record at 9-9-3. 

 

Willie Mitchell with his first of the season gave the Panthers all the scoring they would need. 

 

Reilly Smith with his 11th, scored into the empty net to give the Panthers the final margin of victory.  

 

OTTAWA 4 SAN JOSE 2 

Craig Anderson made 31 saves to pick up his 15th win of the season as the Ottawa Senators defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-2. 

 

Alex Stalock got a rare start in place of Martin Jones and made 31 saves as well but the Senators put a couple of more shots on goal for the win. Stalock is now  2-5 this season. 

 

Bobby Ryan continued his best season to date as he had a goal and an assist to give him 32 points in 33 games this season. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Chris Wideman and the great Erik Karlsson also scored for the Senators. 

 

Joe Thornton with a rare goal and Brent Burns who also assisted on Thornton' goal, replied for San Jose. 

 

VANCOUVER 4 DETROIT 3 (Shootout) 

Linden Vey scored the shootout winner as the seventh shooter giving the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 win over Detroit. 

 

Ryan Miller made 25 saves and stopped six of seven in the shootout for his 10th win of the season. Jimmy Howard had a big night in the Detroit cage with 37 saves but it was not enough to give Detroit the win, 

 

Radim Vrbata and Sven Baertschi each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver. Jared McCann with his seventh also scored for the Canucks. 

 

Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist to lead the Red Wings. Henrik Zetterberg and Joakim Andersson also scored for Detroit. 

 

WINNIPEG 5 NEW YORK RANGERS 2 

It was a huge night for the Jets top line of Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd as Little scored twice and added an assist, Wheeler had four helpers and Ladd had one of each to lead the Jets to a 5-2 win over the slumping Rangers. 

 

Connor Hellebuyck got back to the win column with 26 saves as he is now 5-2. He has established himself as the Jets top goalie, at least until the return of Ondrej Pavelec 

 

Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers also scored for Winnipeg. 

 

Henrik Lundqvist saw his record drop to 15-8-3 as he gave up four goals on 35 shots. 

 

Dan Boyle and J. T. Miller scored for the Rangers. 

 

The Ladd line were all plus-four along with Tyler Myers while Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello were both minus-four. 

   

NIGHTLY LEADERS 

 

GOALS 

Frank Vatrano 3 

Patrice Bergeron 2 

Alex Ovechkin  2 

T. J. Oshie 2 

Bryan Little 2 

 

ASSISTS 

Ryan Spooner 4 

Blake Wheeler 4 

 

SHOTS 

Alex Ovechkin 9 

Torey Krug 7 

  

PENALTY MINUTES 

Alan Ladd 4 


PLUS/MINUS

PLUS /MINUS 

Derick Brassard -4 

Mats Zuccarello -4 

 

HITS 

Dave Dzuirzynski 6 

 

BLOCKS 

Jake Trouba 6 

Victor Hedman 5 

 

PLUS/MINUS 

Tyler Myers +4 

Alan Ladd +4 

Bryan Little +4 

Blake Wheeler +4 

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.