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There were only three games on Sunday in the NHL so let’s get to the action.
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TAMPA BAY 6 CHICAGO 3
The Tampa Bay Lightning fired 55 shots on net including an NHL record 33 in the second period as they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 Sunday.
After Nikita Kucherov opened the scoring, Alexandre Fortin scored his first NHL goal in his career. The 21-year-old picked up his first NHL point on Saturday with an assist, so it was quite the weekend for the winger.
The Lightning took over the second period with the 33 shot outburst that culminated in three goals to give Tampa Bay a 4-1 lead heading into the third.
Anthony Cirelli gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead before Yanni Gourde on the power play made it 3-1. Brayden Point made it 4-1 with his fifth of the season, to go with the assists earned on Cirelli’s and Gourde’s goals.
Victor Hedman scored his second of the season in the third to extend the lead to 5-1 before the Blackhawks mounted a small comeback as David Kampf and Nick Schmaltz on the power play each scored their first of the season to make it 5-3. Ryan Callahan scored into the empty net to seal the win.
Cam Ward was terrific in giving up only five goals on 54 shots but he took the loss. He will see a lot less time in goal as Corey Crawford has returned to the lineup. It was his first loss in regulation this season as his record dropped to 3-1-2.
Louis Domingue picked up his second win of the season as he turned aside 33-of-36 shots. He has a 2-0 record with a 2.50 GAA and has stopped 71-of-76 shots this season.
J.T. Miller had a pair of assists in the win.
Cirelli had nine shots on goal for Tampa Bay. Brent Seabrook was a minus-three for Chicago.
CALGARY 4 NEW YORK RANGERS 1
David Rittich stopped 44 shots to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots in taking the loss.
Rittich raised his record to 2-0 with the big win. He has given up only three goals this season on 79 shots and could be giving Mike Smith a run for his money as the veteran has a 3-3 record with a 3.38 GAA and a .886 save percentage.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22-of-26 shots for the loss.
BUFFALO 4 ANAHEIM 2
The Buffalo Sabres spotted the Anaheim Ducks a two-goal lead and then scored four straight to hand the Ducks their third loss of the season in a 4-2 win.
Sam Steel opened the scoring with his first career goal. It was the only goals of the period as the Sabres outshot Anaheim 14-8 but trailed 1-0.
Kiefer Sherwood made it 2-0 for the Ducks and it looked like the hometown team was going to win going away but Kyle Okposo on the power play and Jeff Skinner, scored with less than four minutes to go in the middle stanza to tie the game heading into the third period. It was Skinner’s fourth goal on the weekend after a hat trick against the Kings Saturday. He has five gaols and seven points in his last five games.
Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first of the season to give Buffalo a 3-2 lead at the 3:57 mark of the third and Patrik Berglund with his first in a Buffalo uniform, scored into the empty net for the insurance goal with only 17 seconds remaining.
Sam Reinhart had two assists to give him five helpers in nine games. He has yet to find the back of the net.
Casey Mittelstadt continued to struggle this season as he was a minus-two in the contest. Mittelstadt has one assist in nine games and is a minus-three.
Ryan Miller took the loss despite making 41 saves on 44 shots.
Brandon Montour picked up his first two assists of the season in the win.
NOTES: The Edmonton Oilers put Ty Rattie on the injured reserve list with a middle body injury. He was replaced on the top line by Kailer Yamamoto…Seth Jones should be back in action this week and possibly as early as Tuesday. He has been out since training camp with a knee injury…Cory Schneider gave up three goals in a rehab assignment in the AHL…Elias Pettersson could return from a concussion this week. He skated for 30 minutes on Saturday…Jake Gardiner realizes that there may not be a spot for him on the Toronto blueline next season due to salary cap restraints…Joe Thornton is joining the Sharks on their road trip this week as he attempts to return from a knee infection…William Nylander remains the lone RFA this season and it looks more and more likely that he will sign a bridge contract rather than a long-term deal. Scott Darling was sent to the minors on a conditioning stint as he has yet to play this season due to a lower body injury.