It was a busy Saturday with 12 games of action starting in Sweden with Edmonton playing New Jersey and ending in Calgary with the Flames hosting the Vancouver Canucks.
Let’s get to it!
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NEW JERSEY 5 EDMONTON 2
The opening game of the day was in Gothenburg, Sweden as the NHL once again has gone to Europe to play a regular season game.
Every New Jersey defenseman was a plus-one while Darnell Nurse and Matt Benning were each a minus-three for the Oilers.
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DALLAS 5 WINNIPEG 1
Ben Bishop supplied solid goalkeeping, stopping 32 shots for his second win of the season. He stopped all 30 shots in an opening night shutout over Arizona but Winnipeg is a much tougher opponent and Bishop looked great again.
The Stars were great with the man-advantage as they went 3-5 with Benn getting all his points on the power play.
Alexander Radulov opened the scoring for Dallas with his second of the season. He also added a pair of assists to give the line 10 points on the night.
Connor Carrick, who was acquired from Toronto earlier in the week, picked up one assist to give the defenseman three assists in his first two games with the Stars.
Josh Morrissey had an assist as well as nine blocked shots to lead both teams.
BUFFALO 3 NEW YORK RANGERS 1
Carter Hutton was great in turning aside 43-of-44 shots including all 10 when the Sabres were shorthanded as Buffalo picked up their first win of the season in a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers.
Hutton was the Sabres top off-season acquisition via free agency and he showed the Sabres fans that he was worth his money on Saturday night.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26-of-28 shots in taking the loss.
OTTAWA 5 TORONTO 3
Both blueliners were plus-four as Ottawa was outshot 37-24 by the Maple Leafs. Craig Anderson outdueled Toronto counterpart Frederik Andersen to get the win as he stopped 34 shots while the Leafs netminder was able to make only 19 saves.
Marner led both teams with six shots on net.
TAMPA BAY 2 FLORIDA 1 (Shootout)
The story of this game was the goaltenders as Andrei Vasilevskiy was sensational in stopping 42 shots while his starting adversary, Roberto Luongo left the game in the second period with an apparent leg injury.
Defenseman Jacob MacDonald made his NHL debut for Florida and was the only Panther to beat Vasilevskiy as he gave Florida the early 1-0 lead.
Nikita Kucherov sealed the shootout beating Reimer.
Alex Petrovic had three shots on goal, five hits and three blocked shots.
NASHVILLE 4 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3
Viktor Arvidsson scored twice to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders.
Juuse Saros got the start in net for the Predators as it appears that Nashville wants him to get plenty of action and keep Pekka Rinne fresh when it come time to play in the post-season. He made 26 saves for the victory.
Craig Smith and Mattias Ekholm also score for Nashville while Valtteri Filppula, Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal replied for the Islanders. Barzal also had an assist but was a minus-three on the night, the same as linemate Anthony Beauvillier.
Thomas Greiss gave up four goals on 23 shots.
MONTREAL 5 PITTSBURGH 1
The Montreal Canadiens sure have played well in their first two games as they upset the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 Saturday after playing quite well in an overtime loss on opening night in the NHL to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Paul Byron scored a pair of goals and chipped in with an assist to lead the Canadiens to the victory.
It looks like Carey Price is back! He had a poor season in 2017-18 when he went 16-26-7 with a 3.11 GAA and a .900 save percentage, by far the worst of his career. In his four previous seasons his worst GAA was 2.32 while his worst save percentage was .923. I know it’s only two games but his save percentage is .917 while his GAA is 1.98 and that’s against two of the best teams in the NHL, Toronto and Pittsburgh.
Matt Murray continues to struggle in the Pittsburgh net. After a mediocre 2017-18 regular season, he now has given up 11 goals on 65 shots in two games this season. Look for coach Mike Sullivan to put Casey DeSmith in the cage.
CHICAGO 5 ST. LOUIS 4 (Overtime)
Jonathan Toews had the hat-trick including the game-tying goal in the third and the winner in overtime to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Blues.
The goals give Toews, more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer as he had not hit the 30-goal plateau since the 2010-11 season, four in just two games this season. He is also a plus-five after his plus-two effort on Saturday.
Cam Ward stopped 26 shots for his first win as a Chicago Blackhawk after leaving the Carolina Hurricanes in the off-season.
VEGAS 2 MINNESOTA 1 (Shootout)
Marc-Andre Fleury rebounded from a poor opening night start in which he gave up five goals on only 16 shots and made 29 saves to help the Golden Knights a 2-1 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild who beat them all three times last season.
Devan Dubnyk was just as good, if not better as he stopped 41 shots in regulation and in overtime, giving up a Max Pacioretty goal with just 1:31 remaining in the third period. It was Pacioretty’s first goal as a member of the Golden Knights after a long career in Montreal.
Matt Dumba opened the scoring for Minnesota and the goal held up for most the game before Pacioretty tied it up.
Eric Haula was the only goal scorer in the shootout as he beat his former teammate in Dubnyk.
Ryan Suter had five hits in the contest.
ANAHEIM 1 ARIZONA 0
John Gibson made 41 saves to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 1-0 shutout win over the Arizona Coyotes.
Antti Raanta looked strong in goal for Arizona as he stopped 19 shots in taking the loss.
Richard Panik had seven shots on goal for Vegas.
COLORADO 5 PHILADELPHIA 2
Colin Wilson scored twice to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-2 win over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.
It was a costly loss for the Flyers as James van Riemsdyk suffered a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Erik Johnson and MacKinnon each had seven shots on goal.
Jakub Voracek was a minus-three on the night while Johnson and Samuel Girard were each a plus-three.
CALGARY 7 VANCOUVER 4
Now that was an exciting hockey game! There was plenty of goal-scoring, a shorthanded goal and five goals in the game (all in the final two periods) were scored on the power play.
Elias Lindholm had two goals and an assist including the game-winner to lead the Calgary Flames to a 7-4 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
Elias Pettersson was amazing in the game for the Canucks as the rookie scored twice to give him three goals in two games as well as adding an assist. His pass to Sven Baertschi late in the game (Baertschi was robbed by Mike Smith that was the save of the game) was a thing of beauty.
Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and two assists as did Mark Giordano while Sean Monahan had one of each. It sure looks like the Monahan, Gaudreau and Lindholm line is clicking on all cylinders as they have some nice magic on the ice as a trio.
Smith gave up four goals on 20 shots and did not look great save for the great save on Baertschi.
Alexander Edler had two assists.
Jacob Markstrom took the loss, giving up five goals on 35 shots.
Giordano was a plus-four while Horvat and Edler were each a minus-three.