It was a busy night in the NHL with one afternoon game as well as six ending in the evening.
It’s good news for the Dallas Stars on Sunday as Alexander Radulov is expected to play on Monday. He has missed 10 of the Stars last 11 games but still has five goals and 11 points in only seven games this season.
The Montreal Canadiens officially bid adieu to Tomas Plekanec on Sunday as they terminated his contract. He cleared waivers and will retire. Plekanec celebrated playing in his 1,000th NHL game last month and barring any return to the NHL, he will finish with 233 goals and 608 points in 1,001 games, including just three contests.
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MINNESOTA 3 ST. LOUIS 2
The Wild love the road. At least it sure seemed so the past couple of weeks as Minnesota ended a seven-game road trip on Sunday with a 3-2 win over St. Louis.
The Wild went 5-2 away from home and now are 11-4-2 and are one of the top teams in the NHL after the first five weeks of the season.
Mikael Granlund scored the third period winner as he scored his 10th of the season to give the Wild the victory.
Oskar Sundqvist opened the scoring for the Blues as he scored the only goal of the opening period. Zach Parise with his seventh of the season and Joel Eriksson Ek with his first, gave the Wild a 2-1 lead before the two-minute mark of the second period as they scored 25 seconds apart. Alex Pietrangelo tied it at 2 just before the halfway mark of the second.
Ryan O'Reilly picked up an assist on the Pietrangelo goal to run his points streak to 10 games.
Parise has four goals and an assist in his last six games.
ARIZONA 4 WASHINGTON 1
Darcy Kuemper turned aside 38 shots as the Arizona Coyotes picked up a road win with a 4-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
The Coyotes scored the only goal of the first period as Vinnie Hinostroza scored his fourth of the season and only his second power play goal of his career. Dylan Strome and Richard Panik drew the assists.
Panik increased the lead to two with an unassisted goal at the 11:57 mark of the second. The Capitals cut the lead in half just 44 seconds later when Nicklas Backstrom scored his fourth of the season as it was the only shot to beat Kuemper.
But the Coyotes restored their two-goal lead less than two minutes later when Alex Galchenyuk scored his third of the season. It was a power play effort.
The Coyotes finished the scoring at the 18:28 mark of the third when Derek Stepan found the empty net as Galchenyuk picked up an assist. He has eight points in nine games and it appears that the trade that sent Galchenyuk to the desert and Max Domi to Montreal, is working out for both teams.
Matt Niskanen had five shots on net as well as six hits.
Kuemper picked up his fourth win of the season and first since Antti Raanta was injured last week.
FLORIDA 5 OTTAWA 1
The Florida Panthers scored five times in the second period and coasted to a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. After a tough start, the Panthers have won four in a row and are 6-5-3 this season.
The Senators actually led in this one as Ryan Dzingel scored a power play goal in the first period. It was already his ninth of the season in 17 games after he scored 23 last season in 79 games. It was his fourth straight game with a goal. Chris Tierney drew an assist and it was his 14th of the season. Tierney has been a pleasant surprise since he was part of the Erik Karlsson deal and he has 16 points in 18 games.
James Reimer had a rare big game in goal for Florida as turned aside 34 shots for only his second win of the season. He started In place of the injured Roberto Luongo for much of October but Luongo is now healthy and he has relegated Reimer to the bench for the most part.
Mike McKenna got his first start this season as he has come on in relief of Craig Anderson in a couple of games earlier in the month. He stopped 35-of-40 shots to pick up his first loss of the season.
WINNIPEG 5 NEW JERSEY 2
It was a big night for Mark Scheifele as the Jets center scored twice and added an assist to lead the Jets to a 5-2 win over the reeling New Jersey Devils.
New Jersey started the season strong with four straight wins but it has been all downhill from there as they have gone 2-8-1 in their last 11 games to drop to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings as they have more points than only the Western Conference Los Angeles Kings.
As for the Jets, they raise their record to 10-5-1. Next week will be the third straight week that the Jets play only two games as they get their legs back slowly from a trip to Finland.
Connor Hellebuyck was strong in the Winnipeg cage as he stopped 34 shots for his seventh win of the season.
Jack Roslovic opened the scoring with his first of the season at the 3:02 mark of the first and Scheifele made it 2-0 just 29 seconds later. Brett Seney scored his first NHL goal to cut the Jets lead in half and that’s how the first period ended.
Scheifele made it 3-1 at 2:58 of the second but Blake Coleman found the back of the net just 47 seconds later with his fifth of the season. Nikolaj Ehlers with his fourth and Mathieu Perreault with his third of the year completed the scoring in the second and the game as there were no goals in the third.
Cory Schneider stopped only 23 in taking the loss.
Nico Hischier suffered an upper body injury in the second period and was unable to return.
BOSTON 4 VEGAS 1
David Pastrnak scored his 16th goal in 17 games as well as his fourth goal and sixth point of the weekend as the Bruins beat the Golden Knights 4-1 in Boston.
The 22-year-old has been amazing this season and it carried over from the last two seasons as he had 69 goals and 150 points in 157 games. The Bruins stole him when they drafted him 25th overall in the 2014 Draft.
Jaroslav Halak was great in the Boston net as he stopped 37-of-38 shots for his sixth win of the season. He has taken over from Tuukka Rask who is missing from the team as he attends to a family matter. The Bruins are hoping that Rask is back Tuesday but there is no need to rush him back as Halak has been great.
Cody Eakin got the Golden Knights on the scoreboard just past the halfway mark of the second as he was the only one to beat Halak.
Pastrnak’s third period power play goal completed the scoring.
Malcolm Subban, the former Bruin, was in net for Vegas and he did not like the result as he was bombarded with 37 shots, stopping 33 and taking the loss.
SAN JOSE 3 CALGARY 1
Joe Pavelski scored once and added two assists to lead the Sharks to a 3-1 win over visiting Calgary. While it was the eighth goal of the season for the veteran, it was his first two assists of the season in the Sharks 17th game of the campaign.
Kane got things started early as he scored 50 seconds into the contest. It was the only goal of the first and Donskoi made it 2-0 early in the second before Sean Monahan scored his ninth of the season to cut the lead to 2-1.
Pavelski scored into the empty net in the third to close out the scoring.
The Flames did not go on the power play all game as the only penalty San Jose took was an embellishment penalty Timo Meier took in the third after he was tripped by Monahan as coincidental minors were handed out.
Tomas Hertl returned to action after missing three games with a concussion. He had an assist in the game.
COLORADO 4 EDMONTON 1
Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots as he won for the first time in six starts as he started the year at 4-0-2 and has now evened his record at 5-5-2.
Cam Talbot stopped only 12-of-15 shots before he was pulled after Kerfoot’s third of the season at the 5:06 mark of the second.
Barrie scored 5:50 later as it was the only shot to beat Mikko Kostinen as he also made 12 saves.
Nathan MacKinnon had a pair of assists for Colorado.
Connor McDavid was held pointless and was a minus-one in 20:28 of action which included 3:48 on the power play.
Defenseman Matt Benning led both teams with five shots on goal.
Rantanen re-took the scoring lead in the NHL with his two point performance as he has six goals and 26 points, one ahead of Patrice Bergeron.