There were only three games on Sunday in the NHL but two went into overtime. It has been an exciting week as the youth of the NHL was shining brightly.
I have been quite impressed with the talent that has come into the league, starting with Auston Matthews’ historic debut but there has been more than that.
Patrik Laine had a couple of points in his debut and under the radar defenseman Yohann Auvitu of the New Jersey Devils has given the team the power play quarterback that they have been missing of late.
All-in-all it looks like the 100th year of the NHL should be an exciting one if the first week is any indication.
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NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 ANAHEIM 2 (Overtime)
Josh Bailey’s gorgeous overtime winner gave the Islanders two points as he circled the offensive zone, deked both Andrew Cogliano and goaltender John Gibson before depositing the puck into the empty net, 54 seconds into the extra frame.
The win was the first of the year for New York as they snapped a two game losing streak while it was the first point of the season for Anaheim who are now 0-2-1.
Brock Nelson opened the scoring in the first and the lead held up over the first 40 minutes.
It was Fowler’s second goal of the season. His name has been coming up in rumors that the Ducks may have to trade him as they are slightly over the salary cap with Hampus Lindholm still to be signed. The 24-year-old Fowler would make a nice acquisition for any team as he has had six seasons of NHL experience and is heading into his prime years.
Casey Cizikas blocked a shot in the second period and while he played a few more shifts, he left the game in the third for good. There was no update after the game on his status so consider him day-to-day for now.
BUFFALO 6 EDMONTON 2
I certainly thought that the 2-0 and high-flying Oilers would be all over the Sabres in this one but it was the exact opposite s Buffalo trashed them 6-2.
Ryan O'Reilly had a big game with a couple of goals and four points but it was the game winner that turned the game around as he flipped the puck into the Edmonton zone from center ice and much to the chagrin of the Oilers, the puck bounced into the empty cage.
That was the beginning of the end for goaltender Cam Talbot who was pulled less than five-and-a-half minutes later when Sabres captain Brian Gionta scored his first of two goals. Talbot returned with 33 seconds to go in the second and made 17 saves while giving up all six goals. Jonas Gustavsson stopped the only shot he faced in 10:04 minutes of action but had to leave the game with an apparent head injury.
Robin Lehner sparkled in the Sabres net as he made 31 saves for his first win of the season.
Pouliot was benched in the second period and did not return as coach Todd McLellan must have finally tired of Pouliot’s penchant for penalties. He has six minors in the Oilers first three games and played only 4:34 in this one before he saw the pine.
VANCOUVER 4 CAROLINA 3 (Overtime)
The Vancouver Canucks spotted the Hurricanes a three goal advantage in the first half of the game before a furious comeback including the overtime winner off the stick of Brandon Sutter gave them a 4-3 win.
Markus Granlund brought the Canucks to within one at the 1:11 mark of the third before Ben Hutton (who I talked about taking in The Week Ahead) tied the game on a nice feed from Derek Dorsett, to set up Sutter’s heroics.
It was the second time on this road trip that the Hurricanes have blown a three goal lead as they were up 4-1 against the Jets before succumbing in overtime 5-4.