There was a total of seven games across the National Hockey League, kicking off with just a handful of early contests in Toronto and Montreal before spreading west. Five of the games took place in the Great White North, with two other games in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. We had a total of 35 goals across the seven games, or an average of 5.0 goals per contest. There were plenty of fantasy studs doing their thing on Tuesday, but also a few surprise performers. We'll cover them all. Let's get started!
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Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Minnesota Wild 2
Morgan Rielly chipped in with helpers on each of Toronto's goals, matching a career best with four assists. He also accomplished the feat on Oct. 9, 2018 in Dallas and Dec. 20, 2018 against Florida, and he posted a goal with three assists on one other occasion in his career. Rielly has yet to notch a goal, but he has nine assists with four power-play helpers through seven outings.
Mitch Marner was also good for a goal and an assist on the man advantage, while adding a third point on an assist. Six of his nine points have come on the power play. Andreas Johnsson also had a goal and assist on the power play, too. That was way more than Frederik Andersen needed, as he turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced for the victory.
Devan Dubnyk coughed up four goals on 34 shots in the road loss. Luke Kunin and Gerald Mayhew were the goal scorers for the Wild. The even-strength goal in the closing moments of the third period was Mayhew's first in the NHL. He was drawing in with Kevin Fiala, who was reportedly very unhappy with the move.
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Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Montreal Canadiens 1
We had shades of last season at Bell Centre, as the Lightning had timely goals and tremendous goaltending in their road victory against the Canadiens.
Jeff Petry of the Habs opened the scoring with a power-play goal, and he looked 24:04 of ice time in the game, more than four minutes greater than any of his other defensive counterparts. However, Brayden Coburn answered in the final seconds of the first against Carey Price, making it a 1-1 game.
Speaking of Price, he was rarely tested, but allowed three goals on 22 shots. Steven Stamkos struck on the power play in the second period, and his marker stood up as the game-winning tally. It was his fourth goal of the season. Tyler Johnson also registered a goal, his second of the season. Nikita Kucherov had a pair of assists, as he now has three goals and eight points through his first six outings.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed only the one power-play goal on 34 shots, pushing his record to 3-1-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .921 save percentage over his four starts, as he continues to be a fantasy stud.
Arizona Coyotes 4, Winnipeg Jets 2
Darcy Kuemper was sharp in Tuesday's road victory against the Jets, turning back 38 of the 40 shots he faced to improve to 2-2-0. While his overall record isn't impressive, he has a sharp 1.52 GAA and .955 save percentage. If he gets any semblance of offensive support, look out!
Christian Dvorak was good for two goals in the victory, his first time lighting the lamp this season across five games. He hadn't had two goals in a single game since March 9, 2019 against the Los Angeles Kings.
Nick Schmaltz notched a power-play goal while adding a pair of assists, ending up with a plus-2 rating. That's three straight games with a goal, and he has five points during the impressive span. He matched a career best with the three-point night, accomplished seven other times before.
It wasn't all good for the Coyotes, as Jordan Oesterle left in the third period with an undisclosed lower-body injury.
Connor Hellebuyck coughed up the four goals on 35 shots to take a loss, but two were power-play goals, which wasn't entirely his fault. Josh Morrissey did his best to help out the backstop, posting a pair of assists, and he has at least one assist in five of six games. Mark Scheifele had a goal and assist, both on the man advantage, and he has four goals and 12 points through eight outings.
Calgary Flames 3, Philadelphia Flyers 1
The Flames turned back the Flyers in Calgary, as Michael Frolik, Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane each registered goals in the win. Mangiapane's goal stood up as the game-winning tally, his first since last season on Feb. 22 against the Anaheim Ducks.
It was more than enough support for David Rittich, who allowed just one goal on 22 shots to improve to 3-2-1 with a 2.80 GAA and .912 save percentage across six starts. The only Philly player to sneak one by was Matt Niskanen, who registered his first goal of the season. Travis Konecny was good for the helper, too, as he now has a point in four consecutive outings. That's three goals and seven points to date.
Brian Elliott was on the short end of the loss, allowing just two goals on 37 shots. He did a good job keeping the crease warm for Carter Hart, who is likely to be back in there Wednesday night in Edmonton.
Vancouver Canucks 5, Detroit Red Wings 1
The Canucks besieged Jonathan Bernier, who was overwhelmed by the likes of Brock Boeser, Alexander Edler, J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson, among others. Edler's power-play goal in the second period ended up being the game-winning goal, and he ended up with three points while chipping in with four blocked shots and three hits in his 25:00 of ice time.
Pettersson went for a goal and two assists with a plus-1 rating, and he has two goals and five points over the past three. Boeser was good for three helpers with a plus-1, his first multi-point outing of the season. It was his first game with at least three points in a single game since Dec. 16, 2018. Miller also had two power-play goals in the victory, giving him three goals and seven points over five outings.
It was more than enough support for Thatcher Demko, who yielded just one goal on 27 shots as he mans the crease with Jacob Markstrom away from the team due to a personal matter. It was his season debut, and the road should get much more difficult Thursday in St. Louis against the defending champs.
Nashville Predators 5, Vegas Golden Knights 2
Pekka Rinne continues to play at a high level, even at 36 years old. He stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced to improve to 4-0-0 with a 2.76 GAA and .908 save percentage. Rinne looks primed and ready to make another run at the Vezina Trophy.
Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist to back Rinne, giving him two goals and four points over the past five. Nick Bonino also stepped up with a power-play game and a helper, and he has two goals and three points in the past three contests.
Colton Sissons also lit the lamp for the second time this season, giving him a plus-1 rating. He also did work in the faceoff circle, winning nine of his 14 at the dot. He is working on a four-game point streak, posting two goals and four points.
Marc-Andre Fleury didn't have it in this one, allowing five goals on 39 shots, falling to 4-2-0 with a 2.56 GAA and .922 save percentage over six starts. Don't worry about one bad start every now and again. He remains fantasy elite. Speaking of fantasy elite, Reilly Smith notched his fifth goal in a losing effort.
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Los Angeles Kings 0
The lowest scoring game of the night was in L.A., as Petr Mrazek proved to be too much of the homestanding Kings. He posted his 19th career shutout, improving to 15-2 over his past 17 regular-season starts, while avenging a 1-0 loss last season in L.A.
Martin Necas had a goal, which stood up as his first-career game-winning tally, and he is working on a career-best four-game point streak. Meanwhile, Sebastian Aho picked up an empty-netter, just his second of the season. Perhaps the ENG will get him going.
Ryan Dzingel had an assist, and he now has two goals and six points in seven games with his new team, while Erik Haula also has fit in nicely with his new maters. He had an assist, posting five goals and six points in seven outings.
Jack Campbell deserved a better fate, as he allowed just one goal on 22 shots. The loss was bad enough, but the team also lost Drew Doughty to a head injury in the final minute. His status is uncertain at this point.