It was a busy night, but of course one of the main questions going into it was how the Maple Leafs would respond to the firing of head coach Mike Babcock. So far there’s reason for hope. Sheldon Keefe won his first start as Toronto’s bench boss and some of the key complaints for Toronto in 2019-20 weren’t applicable to this game. The Leafs scored first, they were sound defensively, and Tyson Barrie, who has been underwhelming with Toronto, scored his first goal in a Leafs uniform.
Of course it’s just one game and comes after six straight losses. The Maple Leafs will continue to try to dig themselves out of their hole on Saturday in Colorado.
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BOSTON 3 BUFFALO 2
Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first goal of the season. The Sabres defenseman has eight points in 22 contests.
Brad Marchand scored a pair of goals for Boston. He’s up to 15 goals and 37 points in 22 games.
David Pastrnak netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him 20 goals and 36 points in 22 contests.
Tuukka Rask turned aside 36 of 38 shots last night. He’s won three straight games and has allowed only five goals over that span.
Linus Ullmark kicked out 24 of 27 Bruins shots. He has a 4-5-1 record, 3.00 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 10 starts.
FLORIDA 5 ANAHEIM 4 (OT)
John Gibson stopped 23 of 28 shots on Thursday. He’s surrendered at least four goals in four of his last five starts.
Ondrej Kase scored a goal and registered an assist for the Ducks. He has two goals and nine points in 17 games.
Aaron Ekblad scored two goals, including the game-winner, and recorded an assist. He’s up to four goals and 13 points in 21 contests.
Brett Connolly accounted for two of Florida’s other goals. That gives him 10 goals and 17 points in 22 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 28 of 32 Ducks shots. He has a 9-4-4 record, 3.46 GAA, and .886 save percentage in 19 contests.
NY ISLANDERS 4 PITTSBURGH 3 (OT)
Brock Nelson scored two goals, including the overtime winner. That gives him eight goals and 19 points in 20 contests.
Mathew Barzal assisted on three of the Islanders’ four goals. He has nine goals and 20 points in 20 games.
Thomas Greiss stopped 23 of 26 Penguins shots. He extended his personal winning streak to eight games.
At the other end of the ice, Matt Murray turned aside 20 of 24 shots. He has a 9-4-4 record, 2.60 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 18 starts.
PHILADELPHIA 5 CAROLINA 3
Claude Giroux led the charge with two goals and two assists. He’s up to seven goals and 17 points in 22 games.
Travis Konecny assisted on three of the Flyers’ five goals. That gives him eight goals and 23 points in 22 contests.
Brian Elliott saved 33 of 36 Hurricanes shots. He’s 5-2-2 with a 2.75 GAA and a .913 save percentage in 12 games.
Teuvo Teravainen scored a goal and registered an assist for Carolina. He has six goals and 21 points in 22 contests.
Petr Mrazek kicked out 18 of 22 shots last night. That snapped his three-game winning streak.
COLUMBUS 5 DETROIT 4
Oliver Bjorkstrand contributed a goal and an assist. That gives him five goals and 10 points in 21 contests.
Cam Atkinson also had a goal and an assist for Columbus. He’s up four goals and 13 points in 21 games.
Tyler Bertuzzi accounted for two of Detroit’s four goals. He has 10 markers and 22 points in 24 games.
Jimmy Howard saved 32 of 37 shots Thursday night. He’s allowed at least three goals in five consecutive games.
Joonas Korpisalo kicked out 22 of 26 Red Wings shots. He has a 9-7-1 record, 3.04 GAA, and .897 save percentage in 17 starts.
ST. LOUIS 5 CALGARY 0
Jordan Binnington earned a 40-save shutout against Calgary. After a stunning rookie campaign, he’s showing that it wasn’t a fluke by posting an 11-3-4 record, 2.19 GAA, and .926 save percentage in 18 starts this season.
Elias Lindholm fired six shots against Binnington. He has 10 goals on 63 shots, which translates to a 15.9% success rate.
Zach Sanford scored the first and therefore game-winning goal and registered three assists. He has two goals and eight points in 18 contests this season.
Robert Thomas assisted on three of the Blues’ five goals. That gives him three goals and eight points in 16 games.
David Rittich stopped 26 of 31 Blues shots. He’s lost his last five contests and has allowed 13 goals over that span.
VANCOUVER 6 NASHVILLE 3
Jacob Markstrom stopped 45 of a staggering 48 shots. He faced 16 shots in the second frame and 22 in the third period.
Pekka Rinne stopped 12 of 17 shots before being yanked after two periods. Juuse Saros only faced five shots in the third period and turned those aside. Rinne has now been pulled in three of his last four starts.
Calle Jarnkrok scored a goal and registered an assist for Nashville. He has seven goals and 14 points in 21 games.
Elias Pettersson netted a goal and recorded two assists. That gives the Canucks forward nine goals and 28 points in 23 games.
Brock Boeser scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has 10 goals and 23 points in 23 contests.
MINNESOTA 3 COLORADO 2
Cale Makar scored both of Colorado’s goals. That gives him seven markers and 25 points in 22 contests.
Jason Zucker netted the game-winning goal. It was his seventh goal and 15th point in 22 games.
Ryan Suter assisted on two of the Wild’s three goals. He has two markers and 12 points in 22 games.
Alex Stalock turned aside 25 of 27 Avalanche shots. He improved to 5-3-0 with a 2.56 GAA and .913 save percentage in 11 games.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 28 of 31 shots last night. He has a 7-4-2 record, 2.76 GAA, and .916 save percentage in 13 starts.
TAMPA BAY 4 CHICAGO 2
Brayden Point scored the game-winning goal. It was his fifth goal and 13th point in 16 games.
Anthony Cirelli contributed a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. He’s up to four goals and 12 points in 18 contests.
Curtis McElhinney stopped 32 of 34 Blackhawks shots. He’s won his last three starts, though he has allowed 11 goals over that span.
Brent Seabrook found the back of the net for Chicago. He has three goals and four points in 20 contests.
Corey Crawford stopped 31 of 34 shots last night. He has a 4-5-2 record, 3.02 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 11 starts.
DALLAS 5 WINNIPEG 3
Patrik Laine scored a goal for the Jets. It was his sixth goal and 20th point in 21 games.
Jason Dickinson scored a goal and recorded an assist. The Stars forward has three goals and seven points in 19 games.
Jamie Benn netted the game-winning goal. That gives him five goals and 13 points in 23 games.
Ben Bishop stopped 23 of 26 shots Thursday night. He has an 8-5-1 record, 2.25 GAA, and .926 save percentage in 16 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Connor Hellebuyck saved 31 of 35 shots. He’s 10-7-1 with a 2.45 GAA and .928 save percentage in 18 starts.
TORONTO 3 ARIZONA 1
Arizona’s lone goal was scored by Vinnie Hinostroza. He has three goals and seven points in 23 contests.
Pierre Engvall’s shorthanded goal proved to be the game-winner. It was his first career goal in his second contest.
Auston Matthews also scored a goal for the Maple Leafs. He has 15 goals and 28 points in 24 games.
Frederik Andersen stopped 30 of 31 Coyotes shots. That gives him a 10-5-3 record, 2.66 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 18 starts.
Darcy Kuemper turned aside 30 of 33 shots last night. He dropped to 9-6-0 with a 1.93 GAA and .935 save percentage in 15 games.
SAN JOSE 2 VEGAS 1 (OT)
Logan Couture netted the overtime winner. He has four goals and 23 points in 23 games.
The Sharks’ other goal was scored by Timo Meier. That gives him six goals and 14 points in 23 contests.
Brayden McNabb scored the Golden Knights’ lone goal. He has two goals and five points in 24 games.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 of 29 Sharks shots. He’s 11-5-2 with a 2.45 GAA and .922 save percentage in 19 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Aaron Dell saved 37 of 38 shots. He has a 3-3-0 record, 3.32 GAA, and .897 save percentage in seven games.
LOS ANGELES 5 EDMONTON 1
Edmonton’s only goal was scored by Connor McDavid. It was his 16th marker and 44th point in 24 games.
Tyler Toffoli scored two goals and recorded an assist. That gives him six goals and 12 points in 21 contests.
Jeff Carter found the back of the net and registered two assists. He has seven markers and 11 points in 22 games.
Jonathan Quick saved 25 of 26 shots last night. He’s won four straight starts, allowing just seven goals over that span.