But for eight others, Mackenzie Blackwood, Travis Zajac, Connor Carrick, Kyle Palmieri, Michael McLeod, Andreas Johnsson, Janne Kuokkanen and Pavel Zacha, the story is that they have all tested positive. Blackwood has been on the injured reserve list since January 21 and could come off this week, but the remainder have to stay on from February 12-15.
The Buffalo Sabres have to be concerned as the Devils played them twice on the weekend and McLeod, Johnsson, Kuokkanen and Zacha all played. Let’s hope they are all safe.
MONTREAL 6 VANCOUVER 2
The Montreal Canadiens scored three goals in each of the first two periods and coasted to a 6-2 win over Vancouver, ending the Canucks four game winning streak.
Defenseman Jeff Petry led the charge with two goals and an assist and now has 11 points, tied for the NHL scoring lead among blueliners with John Carlson, Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar. Petry has games in hand over the other three as the Canadiens have played only nine times.
Artturi Lehkonen and Nick Suzuki each had a goal and an assist while Brendan Gallagher and Tyler Toffoli also lit the lamp. Toffoli has seven goals, tied with Mikko Rantanen for third-best in the NHL, one behind Connor McDavid and Brock Boeser.
Carey Price had a strong game in the Canadiens net, stopping 27 shots as he improved his record to 4-0-2. He improved his peripherals as he now has a 2.76 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
It was a tough night for Braden Holtby in the Vancouver cage as he gave up six goals in the first two periods on 25 shots but redeemed himself a bit in the third as he kicked out all 15 shots. He is 3-3-0 with a 3.63 GAA and a .896 save percentage. That is not good.
Joel Edmundson was a plus-four.
Tyler Toffoli had seven shots on goal.
Corey Perry assisted on Petry’s second goal of the game. It was his 800th career point.
NEW YORK RANGERS 3 PITTSBURGH 1
With the Tony DeAngelo saga still fresh in everyone’s mind, the New York Rangers tried to move on from it Monday and did so with success as they knocked off Pittsburgh 3-1.
Artemi Panarin led the charge with a pair of assists as well as the insurance goal with one second left in the game. The three-point effort shot him up the scoring race list and he is now in eighth spot with 12 points.
Jason Zucker opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period. It was his third of the year with Evgeni Malkin drawing the secondary assist. It has been a tough start to the year for Malkin who has only five points in 10 games.
Kevin Rooney tied it up in the second with his second goal in two games and Chris Kreider won it in the third with his fourth of the season. It was a power play effort as the Rangers were 1-4 with the man-advantage while the Penguins were unable to score in six attempts.
Igor Shesterkin made 25 saves in picking up his second straight win of the season. He is 2-2-1 and has given up three goals on 51 shots in the last two contests as he seems to be regaining his form of 2019-20 when he was 10-2-0 in 12 starts.
Brendan Smith suffered an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return.
The Penguins have five days off as they were to play a pair against the Devils. That has now been postponed.
Let’s finish up the DeAngelo story. Apparently, he was not happy at being a healthy scratch earlier in the season and the Rangers told him that one more indiscretion would be it. After Saturday’s game, he got into an altercation with teammate Alexandar Georgiev and that was the final straw. It’s hard to believe that any NHL team would want to take on his personality in the dressing room but you never know.
"It's unfortunate what's happened in the past 48 hours, but we knew we had to come together as a team," Rangers defenseman Adam Fox said. "At the end of the day we have a job here and we had to play a solid game and win a game. The guys did a good job of pulling together."
TAMPA BAY 5 NASHVILLE 2
Yanni Gourde scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning raised their record to 5-1-1 with a convincing 5-2 win over Nashville.
The Predators cut the lead in half early in the third as Eeli Tolvanen with his first and Mikael Granlund with his third made it a game but Gourde’s second of the night into the empty net clinched the contest for Tampa Bay.
Andrei Vasilevskiy picked up the win as he has played every minute for the Lightning to date. He has a 5-1-1 mark to go with a 2.13 GAA and a .925 save percentage as he turned aside 26-of-28 shots.
Juuse Saros was not as fortunate in the Nashville net, stopping 21-of-25 shots. He is 3-3-0 and has dropped three of his last four decisions.
Viktor Arvidsson had eight shots on goal.
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BOSTON 5 WASHINGTON 3
The Boston Bruins spotted the Washington Capitals a 3-0 lead before roaring back with the final five goals of the game in a 5-3 win.
David Pastrnak scored his first two goals of the season to lead the Bruins to their victory. Pastrnak returned to action on the weekend for the first time since off-season surgery on his hip.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 23 shots as he is 3-0-1 with a 1.72 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
Vitek Vanecek made 28 saves for Washington and lost his first game in regulation. He is 5-1-2 with a 2.94 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He has given the Capitals excellent goaltending since starter Ilya Samsonov was sidelined with COVID-19.
Jakub Vrana picked up a pair of assists in his first game since he was relegated to the fourth line, although he did see first power play time.
Conor Sheary suffered an lower-body injury in the third period and did not return.
CALGARY 4 WINNIPEG 3 (Shootout)
Johnny Gaudreau’s goal in the fourth round of the shootout, was the winner as the Calgary Flames upended the hometown Winnipeg Jets 4-3.
It was a big game for Connor who scored a pair of power play goals in the first period. The winger has six goals and 11 points in nine games as he is one of the most underrated players in the NHL.
The Flames came back with three unanswered goals as Chris Tanev scored his first of the season with the only goal of the second period and Gaudreau and Andrew Mangiapane gave Calgary the lead with third period markers. Mark Scheifele, who also had an assist, tied the game with only 1:50 to go in the final stanza.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 25-of-28 shots and three of four in the shootout to garner the win. He is 4-2-1 with a 2.27 GAA and a .924 save percentage. He has been everything the Flames could have hoped for since coming over from Vancouver as a UFA in the off-season.
Connor Hellebuyck was also 25-of-28 but gave up a pair in the shootout. The Winnipeg netminder saw his record drop to 4-2-1 with a 2.69 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
David Pastrnak - 2
Jeff Petry – 2
Kyle Connor – 2
Yanni Gourde - 2
Blake Wheeler – 3
Artemi Panarin – 2
Elias Lindholm - 2
Jakub Vrana - 2
Shots on Goal
Viktor Arvidsson – 8
Tyler Toffoli – 7
David Pastrnak - 7
Quinn Hughes – 6
Kyle Connor - 6
Tyler Motte – 7
Tanner Pearson - 7
Kasperi Kapanen – 5
Brett Howden – 5
Trent Frederic – 5
Tom Wilson - 5
Chad Ruhwedel - 4
Erik Cernak – 4
Dillon Dube - 4