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Hockey Daily Dose

Number 1 vs. Number 2

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

There were only a couple of games in the NHL on Wednesday but the big news was the matchup between the first overall pick Auston Matthews and the second selection in the 2016 Draft Patrik Laine.


It was Laine’s night to shine as he played his first NHL game in front of his mom and sister and made it a memorable one.


There was plenty of off-ice news as well as Kings goalie Jonathan Quick underwent non-invasive surgery on his groin. He is expected to miss three months while Penguins netminder Matt Murray has been given the go-ahead to participate in full practices although there is no timetable for his return from a broken hand.


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 Laine had his first career hat trick Wednesday and every goal was a beauty as he scored the tying goal with less than a minute to go and won the game in overtime.


It was the second road game in a row that the Maple Leafs dropped a 5-4 overtime game, as they lost last Wednesday to the Senators.


The Jets came out flying and had the first seven shots on goal but it was the Maple Leafs who struck first as defenseman Connor Carrick scored his first of the season. It was a nice trade by the Maple Leafs who acquired Carrick from Washington along with Brooks Laich for Daniel Winnik. Carrick looks like he’ll be a serviceable NHL defenseman.


Nazem Kadri scored his first of two goals later in the first and Toronto led 2-0 after one.


Then Toronto, who had not scored in eight previous power plays, scored two in eight seconds. First it was William Nylander with his first of the season and then Nylander set up Kadri for the second pp goal.


Cue the Jets comeback.


Tyler Myers got the Jets on the board in the second on a nice feed from Mark Scheifele and it was 4-1 heading into the third.


From that point on, it was the Patrik Laine show and he managed to score his first of the game (and second of the season) on a beautiful little turn and shoot as the puck ended up in the top corner, beating Frederik Andersen.


Scheifele, who ended up with a goal and a couple of assists, brought the Jets to within one as he wristed a shot past Andersen on the blocker side at the 6:05 mark of the third.


The Leafs managed to keep things in check until Morgan Rielly took a cross-checking penalty with a minute to go in the third.  Laine scored the Jets first power play goal of the season just five seconds later on a bullet of a shot.


Overtime was outstanding as it was back and forth. Auston Matthews was stoned on a clear cut breakaway and the Jets went the other way with Laine getting his third of the game as well as the game winner.


Matthews managed seven shots on goal while Laine, Toby Enstrom and Blake Wheeler led the Jets with five.


Dustin Byfuglien had seven hits in the game.


Michael Hutchinson picked up his first win of the season stopping 36 of 40 shots. He has allowed four goals in each of his two starts and has a .887 save percentage thus far.


Frederik Andersen is now 1-0-2 but has given up five goals on two occasions. He has a 3.61 GAA and a .876 save percentage. Not exactly Vezina Trophy stats.



Jimmy Howard made his seasonal debut between the pipes for the Red Wings and after giving up a goal to Mika Zibanejad only 1:09 into the first period, he was a stonewall after that and made 32 saves in leading Detroit to a 2-1 road win over the New York Rangers.


Thomas Vanek tied the game in the second period on the power play with his third goal of the campaign and Drew Miller won it at the minute mark less a tick, as Henrik Lundqvist lost the puck behind his net to Luke Glendening who passed it to Miller and Miller flipped the puck into the empty cage.


Lundqvist stopped only 16 shots in taking the loss.


The Red Wings could start going to Howard more often as starter Petr Mrazek has given up nine goals in 104 shots and has a 3.03 GAA, albeit in only three games.


Rick Nash led both sides with seven shots on goal while Zibanejad and Tomas Tatar each had five. Mike Green had four blocked shots and Justin Abdelkader had just as many hits.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.