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Paul Stastny breaks loose

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 14, 2019, 12:59 pm ET

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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PITTSBURGH 7 WINNIPEG 2

Sam Lafferty, Zach Aston-Reese and Jake Guentzel each scored twice to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to an easy 7-2 romp over the Winnipeg Jets.

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.

Dominik Simon also scored for the Penguins while Mathieu Perreault who opened the scoring, and Mark Scheifele, who scored on the power play, replied for the Jets.

Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Marcus Pettersson all had a pair of helpers for the winners. For Letang, his first assist of the night was his 500th NHL point.

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.

It was a tough night for Laurent Brossoit who played all sixty minutes and gave up seven goals on only 28 shots. Connor Hellebuyck got the night off and probably is thankful for that.

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.

VEGAS 5 LOS ANGELES 2

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.

Stone and Reilly Smith also scored for Vegas while Shea Theodore had a pair of assists.

Austin Wagner and Dustin Brown replied for Los Angeles.

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.

SAN JOSE 3 CALGARY 1

Tomas Hertl scored his first of the season as well as setting up Kevin Labanc’s game winner to lead the San Jose Sharks to their second straight win, defeating Calgary 3-1.

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.

Cam Talbot saw his first action as a Calgary Flame as David Rittich had started the previous four games. The Sharks only put 20 shots on goal with Talbot being able to turn aside 17.

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.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Paul Stastny - 2

Sam Lafferty -2

Zach Aston-Reese – 2

Jake Guentzel - 2

Assists

Kris Letang -2

Marcus Pettersson – 2

Sidney Crosby- 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

Hits

Ryan Reaves - 6

Gabriel Bourque – 5

Penalty Minutes

Brent Burns - 4

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.