It was a light night for the first Friday in the NHL with only a couple of games on tap.
If you need an enforcer, Antoine Roussel practiced on Friday as he has been dealing with a concussion and it appears that he is close to returning to action.
The Flyers have placed Anthony Stolarz on waivers and he could clear which would allow the Flyers to send him to the minors. It was thought at one time that Stolarz would be the goalie of the future but that role is now in the hands of Carter Hart.
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CAROLINA 3 COLUMBUS 1
The Hurricanes picked up their first win of the season and it was newly acquired goaltender Curtis McElhinney who picked up the win as he stopped 31-of-32 shots. McElhinney was outstanding as the Maple Leafs backup last season, as he was 11-5-1 with a 2.15 GAA and a .934 save percentage. The Maple Leafs did not want to lose Garrett Sparks via waivers so it was McElhinney and the Hurricanes are so far the beneficiaries. The Canes saw their record go to 1-0-1 after an overtime loss on Thursday to the Islanders.
It was the home opener for the Blue Jackets who waited a night to start Sergei Bobrovsky as Joonas Korpisalo got the opening night start in a 3-2 overtime win over Detroit on Thursday. Bobrovsky turned aside 32 shots in taking the loss.
Jordan Martinook opened the scoring for Carolina at the 1:43 mark of the first as he snapped a shot from the slot to easily beat Bobrovsky. Andrei Svechnikov, the second overall pick in the 2018 Draft and a big reason for a lot of hope in Carolina, drew the only assist. It was his first NHL point of his career and the first of many in what should be a fruitful and lengthy career.
The Blue Jackets tied it up when Brandon Dubinsky won the faceoff, drew it back to David Savard and picked up the rebound off a save from McElhinney. Dubinsky looks like the old Dubinsky from a couple of seasons ago and not the center who slumped last season to only 16 points in 62 games. He had an assist in Game 1 and has two points in two games.
The Hurricanes scored once in each of the second and third periods as Sebastian Aho and Micheal Ferland each scored once and assisted on each other’s goal. Carolina’s big line (Teuvo Teravainen picked up one assist) had a five point night and the Hurricanes will need this kind of production if they have any hope of competing for a playoff spot.
Pierre-Luc Dubois had a nice night in the peripheral categories with four shots on net, four blocked shots and three hits.
Zach Werenski is showing no signs of his off-season surgery on his shoulder as he played a game-high 25:19 including 5:03 on the power play which was 0-3 on the night.
SAN JOSE 3 LOS ANGELES 2 (Overtime)
Kevin Labanc's first goal of the season was the overtime winner as San Jose defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2. Labanc tipped a perfect pass from Logan Couture past Jonathan Quick to give the Sharks their first win of the season.
Martin Jones stopped 19 shots for his first win of the season. He was bad against the Ducks in the opener as he gave up four goals on 14 shots. He has given up six goals on only 35 shots so poolies are disappointed in his play despite getting the win on Friday.
Quick made 30 saves in taking the overtime loss.
Timo Meier opened the scoring in the first as he deflected a Mark-Edouard Vlasic shot from the point. Meier was selected ninth overall in 2015 and had 21 goals last season, his first full one in the NHL. He is a keeper.
Evander Kane wristed a shot high glove side on Jonathan Quick to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead but Anze Kopitar cut the lead in half before the end of the first period as a lucky bounce put the puck on his stick by the side of the net and he put it home for his first of the season.
Tyler Toffoli tied the game at 2 just 37 seconds into the second as he took the puck off the back board and put it past Martin Jones. There was no more scoring in the second but Barclay Goodrow took a bad penalty at the end of the period as he made contact with the head of Jake Muzzin to give the Kings a power play heading into the third. Muzzin came out for the start of the third period and that was good news for his fantasy owners, as well as the Kings.
There was no scoring in the third.
Erik Karlsson picked up an assist on the winning goal for his first point as a member of the Sharks. Karlsson had four shots on goal as well as four blocked shots.
Kopitar and Kane each had five shots on goal No Los Angeles defenseman was credited with a shot on goal.