It was a light night in the NHL as there were only three games which seems to be the norm for a Sunday in October. It will start to pick up next week with five games before a big seven game slate on the last Sunday this month.
Monday will be a busy day in the NHL as it is Thanksgiving in Canada and Columbus Day in the United States. There are four 1 PM Eastern time starts with another one at 3. There is also a 5:00 pm start while Chicago hosts the unbeaten and untied Edmonton Oilers at 8:30 pm.
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Lafferty was recalled on Monday when injuries to Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad forced the Penguins to call up Lafferty who had 13 goals and 49 points in 70 AHL games last season. The 24-year-old was a fourth-round pick in 2013 and spent four years at Brown University where he had 13 goals and 22 assists in 31 games as a junior.
He has excelled at the NHL level thus far as he also had a goal and two assists on Saturday against Minnesota and now has three goals and five points in four NHL games to date. Kudos if you picked him up in deep drafts.
Tristan Jarry got his first start of the season as Matt Murray had started the previous five games but with the Penguins having played Saturday in Minnesota, it was the perfect time for Jarry to make his seasonal debut. He stopped 27-of-29 shots for the easy victory and that should make it easier for coach Mike Sullivan to trust him next week when the Penguins go back-to-back Friday and Saturday at home again Dallas and Vegas.
Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Josh Morrissey were all minus-four on the night while Aston-Reese in addition to four defensemen (Letang, Pettersson, Brian Dumoulin and Justin Schultz) were all plus-three.
Aston-Reese had a big game in addition to the two goals as he had five hits and four blocked shots.
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Paul Stastny scored twice and added a pair of assists as the Vegas Golden Knights waltzed into Los Angeles and beat them handily 5-2. Stastny had quite the weekend as he moved up to the second line, centering Max Pacioretty who had a goal and two assists, and Mark Stone who also scored. Stastny has five points in his last two games after going pointless in the Golden Knights first four games.
As had been the case for the last season and a month, it was not a good night (or should it be Knight) for Jonathan Quick who gave up all five goals on 36 shots. Quick is 0-3 and has given up 19 goals in three games on 91 shots.
Marc-Andre Fleury picked up the win as he improves his record to 4-1-0, stopping 36-of-38 shots.
The Golden Knights were a perfect 3-3 with the man advantage while Los Angeles could not score in three attempts.
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It was Hertl’s first two points of the season as the Sharks are now 2-4-0 while they also finally got some production from Timo Meier who opened the scoring with his first of the season. The Sharks were really counting on Hertl and Meier to lead them offensively, and perhaps they are now on their way.
Logan Couture had a pair of assists to give him five this season.
Elias Lindholm was the only Calgary Flame to score. It was his third of the season.
Martin Jones finally picked up his first win of the season after three straight losses. The netminder stopped 32 shots in the victory.
The Flames were 0-4 on the power play and gave up a shorthanded goal as Hertl’s insurance goal was scored with Brent Burns in the penalty box. The Sharks were 0-2 with the man-advantage.
Paul Stastny - 2
Sam Lafferty -2
Zach Aston-Reese – 2
Jake Guentzel - 2
Kris Letang -2
Shea Theodore – 2
Logan Couture – 2
Paul Stastny – 2
Max Pacioretty - 2
Shots on Goal
Mikael Backlund – 6
Jeff Carter - 6
Zach Aston-Reese – 5
Matthew Tkachuk - 5
Ryan Reaves - 6
Gabriel Bourque – 5
Brent Burns - 4