Even after back-to-back shutout losses, Edmonton still had a 7-2-1 record, so Thursday’s contest against the Capitals wasn’t exactly do-or-die for the Oilers. Still, given Edmonton’s long history of disappointment, any sign of weakness leads to some degree of nervousness.
For a while, it didn’t look like this contest would help ease those Oilers fans’ tensions. The Capitals had a 3-1 lead going into the third period, but the Oilers battled back thanks to the efforts of Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid. McDavid had a goal and two assists, which brings him up to 20 points in 11 games. Capitals defenseman John Carlson registered an assist in the contest, so he still leads the league with 21 points in 12 contests.
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SAN JOSE 4 MONTREAL 2
Evander Kane scored two goals and registered an assist. He’s up to six goals and nine points in seven contests.
Tomas Hertl assisted on three of four to the Sharks’ goals. That gives him three goals and nine points in 10 games.
Aaron Dell stopped 35 of 37 shots Thursday night. He allowed a goal in each of the first and second periods.
Nick Cousins found the back of the net for Montreal. It was his first goal and third point in four contests.
Carey Price kicked out 19 of 23 Sharks shots. He had allowed just two goals over his previous two starts.
NY ISLANDERS 4 ARIZONA 2
Jakob Chychrun assisted on both of Arizona’s goals. He’s up to a goal and four points in nine games.
Anders Lee scored the game-winning goal. It was his third goal and fourth point in nine contests.
Josh Bailey found the back of the net and registered an assist. That gives him four goals and eight points in nine games.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 21 of 23 Coyotes shots. He’s allowed two or fewer goals in four in his five starts.
At the other end of the ice, Darcy Kuemper turned aside 18 of 21 shots. That ended his four-game winning streak.
NY RANGERS 6 BUFFALO 2
Ryan Strome scored two goals, including the game winner. That gives him two goals and six points in eight contests.
Tony DeAngelo found the back of the net and registered an assist. The Rangers forward has four goals and six points in eight games.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 33 Sabres shots. It’s the first time in five starts that he allowed fewer than three goals.
Carter Hutton kicked out just 18 of 24 shots last night. He allowed three goals on 10 shots in the first period.
Vladimir Sobotka scored a goal for Buffalo. He has a goal and two points in 11 games.
COLUMBUS 4 CAROLINA 3 (OT)
The Blue Jackets of course fought their way back though, with Sonny Milano netting the game-tying goal. He has two goals and three points in eight contests.
Cam Atkinson scored the overtime winner. It was his third goal and fifth point in 10 games.
Joonas Korpisalo stopped 21 of 24 Hurricanes shots. He’s won four of his last five starts and Columbus still secured a point in his sole defeat over that span.
At the other end of the ice, Petr Mrazek turned aside 27 of 31 shots. He fell to 4-1-1 with a 2.86 GAA and .888 save percentage in six contests.
ST. LOUIS 5 LOS ANGELES 2
Jonathan Quick turned aside 30 of 34 Blues shots. Three of the four goals he allowed were scored on the power play.
Jeff Carter scored at 14:49 of the first period to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. It was his second goal and fourth point in 10 games this season.
Brayden Schenn led the Blues with a pair of goals. He has eight markers and 11 points in 10 contests.
Robert Thomas accounted for the game-winning goal. It was his first goal and point in five games.
Jordan Binnington stopped 33 of 35 Kings shots. He has a 4-1-3 record, 2.58 GAA, and .9166 save percentage in eight starts.
NASHVILLE 4 MINNESOTA 0
Pekka Rinne stopped all 26 Wild shots to earn the shutout. He’s allowed just five goals over his last four starts.
Mikko Koivu fired a team-high four shots against Rinne. He has no goals in 10 games in 2019-20.
Miikka Salomaki scored the first and therefore game-winning goal. It was his first marker and point in three contests.
Colton Sissons contributed a goal and an assist. He has four goals and seven points in 10 games.
Alex Stalock kicked out 17 of 21 shots Thursday night. He allowed two goals in each of the second and third periods.
PHILADELPHIA 4 CHICAGO 1
James van Riemsdyk scored a goal and registered an assist for the Flyers. He opened the season with a seven-game point drought.
Claude Giroux scored the game-winning goal. It was his first goal and fifth point in eight contests.
Brian Elliott saved 23 of 24 Blackhawks shots. He improved to 2-1-0 with a 2.09 GAA and .933 save percentage in four games.
Brandon Saad accounted for Chicago’s only marker. He has three goals and five points in eight contests.
Robin Lehner turned aside 19 of 23 shots last night. He surrendered at least a goal in every period.
DALLAS 2 ANAHEIM 1
The Ducks’ goal was scored by Max Comtois. It was his first goal and second point in six games.
John Gibson saved 27 of 29 Stars shots. He has held the competition to just two goals in three of his last four starts.
At the other end of the ice, Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 30 shots. He has a 3-4-1 record, 2.38 GAA, and .920 save percentage in eight contests.
Denis Gurianov netted both of the Stars’ goals. That gives him two goals and three points in eight games.
Andrew Cogliano assisted on one of Dallas’ markers. It was his second assist and point in 12 contests.
CALGARY 6 FLORIDA 5 (SO)
While Florida ultimately lost, Aleksander Barkov was the standout player with four assists. He has no goals and 12 points in 10 contests.
Matthew Tkachuk scored twice with the Flames. He also found the back of the net in the shootout.
Mark Giordano netted a goal and registered an assist. He’s up to three goals and nine points in 12 contests.
David Rittich stopped 18 of 23 shots prior to the skills competition. He picked up the extra point by holding off Florida in two shootout rounds.
Sergei Bobrovsky saved 19 of 24 Flames shots. He was beaten in both shootout rounds, which resulted in him getting the loss.
EDMONTON 4 WASHINGTON 3 (OT)
Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals for Washington. He has nine goals and 14 points in 12 contests.
Leon Draisaitl netted two goals, including the overtime winner. That gives him eight goals and 18 points in 11 games.
Connor McDavid found the back of the net and registered two assists. The Oilers forward has six goals and 20 points in 11 contests.
Mikko Koskinen stopped 25 of 28 Capitals shots. All three of his goals were scored in the second period.
Braden Holtby turned aside 36 of 40 shots last night. This is the third straight start where he’s allowed at least three goals, but in his defense, he’s had to face at least 35 shots in each of those contests.