This wasn’t the return their teams had in mind. Jonathan Quick and Corey Crawford have combined to lead their teams to four Stanley Cup Championships and remain vital parts of their respective clubs. Both of them made their return from injury on Thursday and both of them fell in blowout losses. Quick’s defeat was the more extreme of the two as he was chased in a 7-2 loss to the Islanders.
Crawford, on the other hand, suffered a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. While Quick was making his return after missing five straight games, Crawford had been sidelined for nearly a year. What his availability would be like in 2018-19 was left as something of a mystery during the summer, which makes the fact that he was able to return in October a big win for Chicago.
That’s the big thing here: the return of Crawford and Quick are big wins for their respective clubs. This wasn’t the return that either wanted, but it’s the long run that matters for each of them.
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PITTSBURGH 3 TORONTO 0
Matt Murray, in his first start since returning from a concussion, turned aside all 38 Maple Leafs shots to earn the shutout. It was his first shutout of 2018-19 and the seventh perfect game of his career.
This isn’t just the first time Toronto has been shutout in 2018-19, it’s also the first time the Maple Leafs have been held to under three goals since the season began. Auston Matthews’ seven-game multi-point streak also came to an end.
Evgeni Malkin led the charge for Pittsburgh with two goals and an assist. He has three goals and nine points in six contests this season.
Kris Letang found the back of the net and registered an assist. That gives him three goals and six points in five games.
Frederik Andersen kicked out 36 of 37 Penguins shots. Pittsburgh’s other two goals were empty-netters.
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COLORADO 5 NEW JERSEY 3
Gabriel Landeskog was the hero with a hat trick. His second goal of the game at 8:08 of the third period tied the contest at 3-3 and then he completed the hat trick with the game-winning goal at 16:38.
Mikko Rantanen scored a goal and registered three assists for Colorado. That brings him up to two goals and 13 points in seven games.
Avalanche teammate Nathan MacKinnon also came up big with three assists. He has seven goals and 11 points in seven contests.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 of 30 Devils shots. He’s 1-1-0 with a 3.53 GAA and .891 save percentage in two starts.
At the other end of the ice, Keith Kinkaid allowed four goals on 33 shots. That ended his run of four straight starts where he had surrendered two goals or less.
Taylor Hall scored a goal and registered two assists for the Devils. He has a goal and seven points in five games.
COLUMBUS 6 PHILADELPHIA 3
Cam Atkinson scored a pair of goals for the Blue Jackets. That gives him four goals and six points in six games.
Nick Foligno netted the game-winning goal. It was his third goal and fifth point in six contests this season.
Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist for the Flyers. He’s up to a goal and four points in seven games.
Calvin Pickard surrendered six goals on 28 shots last night. He has a 4.75 GAA and .833 save percentage in three contests.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 32 of 35 Flyers shots. He has a 2-2-0 record, 4.03 GAA, and .875 save percentage in four starts.
TAMPA BAY 3 DETROIT 1
With this loss, the Red Wings are 0-5-2, making this the first time in their franchises history that they have lost seven straight games to start a season. The only other team without a win so far this season is the Florida Panthers, but the Panthers have played in just four contests.
Luke Glendening scored the Red Wings’ lone goal. It was his first marker and third point in seven games this season.
Jimmy Howard turned aside 28 of 30 Lightning shots. On the plus side, he bounced back after surrendering a combined nine goals over his previous two starts.
Steven Stamkos scored the game-winning goal. He’s off to a quiet start with a goal and an assist in five games.
Brayden Point also found the back of the net. That gives him four goals and five points in five games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 of 30 shots Thursday night. He improved to 3-1-0 with a 1.48 GAA and .954 save percentage in four starts.
WINNIPEG 4 VANCOUVER 1
Dustin Byfuglien made his return from an upper-body injury and scored a goal and two assists. He has a goal and four points in five contests in 2018-19.
Bryan Little found the back of the net and registered an assist. He’s up to two goals and three points in seven games.
Connor Hellebuyck saved 26 of 27 Canucks shots. He’s 3-2-1 with a 2.66 GAA and .914 save percentage in six starts.
At the other end of the ice, Anders Nilsson allowed four goals on 32 shots. He has a 3-1-0 record, 2.26 GAA, and .925 save percentage in four games.
Bo Horvat scored Vancouver’s only goal. It was his fourth goal and fifth point in seven contests.
ARIZONA 4 CHICAGO 1
Corey Crawford stopped 27 of 30 shots last night. He was making his first start since Dec. 23, 2017.
Former Blackhawks forward Vinnie Hinostroza scored two goals, including the game-winner. Those were his first two goals of the 2018-19 campaign.
Clayton Keller scored a goal and registered an assist for Arizona. He has a goal and three points in six games.
Antti Raanta turned aside 33 of 34 Blackhawks shots. He has a 2-3-0 record, 1.97 GAA, and .921 save percentage in five starts.
Erik Gustafsson netted Chicago’s lone goal. It was his first marker and fourth point in six games.
EDMONTON 3 BOSTON 2 (OT)
Leon Draisaitl scored the overtime winner last night. It was his second goal and sixth point in five games.
Connor McDavid registered a pair of assists. That gives him four goals and 11 points in five contests.
Cam Talbot stopped 27 of 29 Bruins shots. This was his third straight win after he dropped his first two starts.
At the other end of the ice, Jaroslav Halak turned aside 19 of 22 shots. He was making his first start since Oct. 11 when he stopped 25 of 26 shots against Edmonton.
David Krejci found the back of the net for Boston. It was his first goal and sixth point in seven games.
NY ISLANDERS 7 LOS ANGELES 2
Jonathan Quick made his return from a lower-body injury on Thursday, but it didn’t last. He stopped 23 of 29 shots before being yanked midway through the third period. Jack Campbell stepped in and kicked out two of three shots.
Robin Lehner didn’t complete the game either, but likely for a very different reason. He turned aside 28 of 30 shots before leaving late in the third period. That’s probably related to Lehner taking a shot off his mask. Thomas Greiss entered the game and saved the five shots he faced.
Valtteri Filppula scored two goals and registered an assist. That gives him four goals and six points in six games.
Andrew Ladd had a goal and two assists for the Islanders. He’s up to two goals and four points in three contests.
Scott Mayfield assisted on three of the Islanders’ seven goals. He has a goal and five points in four games.
SAN JOSE 5 BUFFALO 1
Jake McCabe scored the Sabres’ lone goal. It was his first marker and second point in seven games.
Logan Couture led the charge for San Jose with a hat trick. He has four goals and six points in seven contests.
Brent Burns assisted on two of the Sharks’ five goals. He’s up to six assists in seven games this season.
Martin Jones turned aside 24 of 25 Sabres shots. He had surrendered three goals in each of his previous two outings.
Carter Hutton kicked out 34 of 38 shots last night. He’s struggled recently, surrendering a combined 13 goals over his last three starts.