Typically the Daily Dose starts with an introduction meant to highlight a player, event, or trend and from there we go into a breakdown of last night's games. However, there was one game yesterday that clearly trumped everything else so let's not waste any time and instead start talking about that crazy contest:
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COLUMBUS 10 MONTREAL 0
Every year you're going to see some pretty bad blowouts, but this game was historically one sided. It wasn't due to any single player having a game for the ages either. Alexander Wennberg did register four assists, bringing him up to 12 points in nine games this season, but Columbus managed to score 10 goals without anyone having a hat trick and no one other than Wennberg had four or more points.
Instead, almost everyone got in on the action for the Blue Jackets. Four different players (Cam Atkinson, Josh Anderson, Nick Foligno, and Scott Hartnell) each scored two goals. No team has had that many multi-goal scorers in a single game since Feb. 10, 1993, per the Elias Sports Bureau and NHL Public Relations. Additionally, of the Blue Jackets 18 skaters, just two (Lukas Sedlak and Ryan Murray) finished the contest without a point.
It probably won't surprise you to learn that this is the most goals Columbus has ever scored in a single game, but this is also tied for the worst defeat in Montreal's extensive history, according to the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline.
Part of the Blue Jackets' success Friday night was due to Columbus capitalizing on its power-play opportunities as they converted four out of five times. This was also a case of them scoring early and often as Atkinson gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 10:56 of the first period. From there the Blue Jackets added two more goals in the first frame, five in the second period, and two more in the final 20 minutes.
Al Montoya had to stay in the net for every single one of those 10 goals. As you might expect, that has devastated the otherwise good start Montoya was off to. He had a 1.47 GAA and .955 save percentage in four starts and now owns a 3.15 GAA and .908 save percentage this season.
At the other end of the ice, Sergei Bobrovsky recorded a 30-save shutout. He now has a 1.79 GAA and .947 save percentage in nine starts.
For Montreal the only real silver lining is that this can only count as one loss. The Canadiens had a 9-0-1 record going into this game and a 9-1-1 record is still amazing. If they can shake off the horrors of Friday's game, then at the end of this season this will good down as an embarrassing blemish, but not a major setback.
Similarly, Columbus has to put this win behind them as the Blue Jackets have to get right back to work on Saturday against St. Louis. The Blue Jackets have now won three straight games and hold a 5-3-1 record, but they still have a lot to prove despite Friday's amazing showing.
WINNIPEG 5 DETROIT 3
Nikolaj Ehlers came up huge for the Jets, scoring a goal and registering three assists last night. That gives him three markers and eight points in 12 contests.
Jets forward Mark Scheifele had a big night too by recording a goal and two assists. He has six goals and 12 points in 12 games this season.
Their efforts contributed to Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek allowing four goals on 30 shots. He's now allowed four goals in each of his last three starts, which has ballooned his GAA to 3.18.
Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 30 of 33 shots for the Jets. He has a 3-3-0 record, 2.69 GAA, and .913 save percentage in seven games.
Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist on Friday. Those were his second goal and fifth assist in 12 contests.
ANAHEIM 5 ARIZONA 1
John Gibson allowed five goals in his previous start on Wednesday, so this was a bounce back game for him. He turned aside 21 of 22 shots, giving him a 5-4-2 record, 2.43 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 11 contests this season.
Rickard Rakell had two goals and an assist Friday night. The Ducks forward was playing in just his third game of the season because he was a contract holdout, but he already has three goals and six points.
Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue had to face 21 shots in the first period alone and allowed three goals during that span. Justin Peters replaced him for the start of the second frame and went on to turn aside 10 of 12 shots.
Jamie McGinn scored the Coyotes' lone goal on Friday. He has three goals and four points in six contests this season.
Corey Perry assisted on two of the Ducks' five goals. That gives him four markers and 10 points in 12 games.