There were a surprising six NHL games on Sunday. Usually, especially in early going, the NHL seems to defer to the NFL on their busiest day, but not tonight.
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LOS ANGELES 4 NEW YORK RANGERS 3
Alec Martinez scored his first of the season with only 55 seconds left in the third to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a rare win in a battle of bottom dwelling teams as they beat the New York Rangers 4-3. Both teams are now 3-7-1.
Martinez was one of five players in the contest to score his first of the season.
Ilya Kovalchuk scored once and assisted on two others as his play was instrumental in the Kings first three goals. Trevor Lewis with his second and Dustin Brown with his first, as he played in his first game of the season, also scored for the Kings.
Vladislav Namestnikov, Tony DeAngelo and Ryan Spooner all scored their first of the season for the Rangers. DeAngelo also had an assist (as did Namestnikov) and has four points in only three games this season. He has been a healthy scratch for most of the season as the defensive side of his game is lacking, but with the Rangers down to just six healthy defensemen with the injury last game to Adam McQuaid, coach David Quinn was forced to put him back in the lineup. DeAngelo has plenty of holes in his defensive game but so many teams could use his offensive skills.
Jack Campbell, replacing the injured Jonathan Quick, stopped 22-of-25 shots for his third win of the season. He was backed up by Peter Budaj who was recalled from the minors. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36-of-40 shots and took the loss.
DETROIT 4 DALLAS 2
The Detroit Red Wings scored three times in the third period including the winner from defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and defeated the Dallas Stars 4-2. The Red Wings won for only the second time this season (and first in regulation time) and are 2-7-2 while the Stars are now 5-5-0.
Gemel Smith opened the scoring for the Stars as they finally got a little production from their bottom-six forwards. It was his first of the campaign and the Stars came out of the first period leading by one.
It was a busy third period as Tyler Bertuzzi gave Detroit a 2-1 lead and when Mantha scored his first goal since the second game of the season, it was the first time all season that the Red Wings had led a game by more than one goal.
Dylan Larkin had two assists in the win.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2 CAROLINA 1
Thomas Greiss was outstanding in stopping 38-of-39 shots and the New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 Sunday.
Greiss started his fourth game of the season and is now 2-2-0 with a .934 save percentage and a 2.20 save percentage. With Greiss and Robin Lehner tending the net, the Islanders have received very good goaltending this season.
Anders Lee scored once and added an assist in the win as he opened the scoring in the first with his fourth of the season. He has 11 points this season.
Ryan Pulock had the winner with his first of the season in the second as there was no scoring in the third stanza.
The Hurricanes have been poor on special teams this season as they have given up 12 goals shorthanded while scoring only four times with the man-advantage.
Petr Mrazek made 18 saves in taking the loss.
Josh Bailey had a pair of assists and has a five-game scoring streak.
Leo Komarov had seven hits.
EDMONTON 2 CHICAGO 1 (Overtime)
Connor McDavid (who else) scored the overtime winner as the Edmonton Oilers won their third straight game, 2-1 over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Cam Talbot was terrific between the pipes as he made 31 saves for his fifth win of the season. He has a 2.67 GAA and a .909 save percentage this season, better peripherals than last season when he had a 3.02 GAA as well as a .908 save percentage.
The lone goal to beat him came off the stick of Brent Seabrook who scored on the power play in the first period to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. Patrick Kane picked up an assist on the goal to give him a six-game scoring streak.
Zack Kassian with his first of the season, tied the game at 1 before the end of the first and there was not any more scoring until McDavid’s eighth of the year in overtime.
Cam Ward made 24 saves in taking the overtime loss.
Henri Jokiharju led both teams with six shots on goal. The 19-year-old has seven assists in 12 games thus far with 36 shots on goal.
VEGAS 4 OTTAWA 3 (Overtime)
The Golden Knights outplayed the Senators and outshot them 17-7 in the first period, 20-11 in the second and 15-4 in the third before scoring on the only shot in the OT.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped only 19 shots but still picked up the win for the Golden Knights who evened their record once again as they are 5-5-1. The Senators are 4-4-2 this season, a surprising development since many pegged them as possibly the worst team in the league.
It was a wild first period as Mark Borowiecki had a five-minute major for charging Cody Eakin. Borowiecki also had a five-minute major for fighting and a game misconduct. Jon Merrill fought Borowiecki as he was defending his teammate, and got two for instigating, five for fighting and a misconduct. Eakin did not return after the first period injury.
Marchessault and Tuch each had eight shots on goal.
William Carrier had 10 hits.
SAN JOSE 4 ANAHEIM 3 (Overtime)
It was a big night for Meier who had two goals and an assist to give him eight goals and 12 points this season as he scored at the 2:12 mark of the overtime for the win.
Meier’s linemate Logan Couture scored once and added an assist in the win while Rourke Chartier with his first NHL goal in his career, also scored. The 22-year-old was drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 Draft and this is his first season in the NHL.
Martin Jones stopped 27 shots for the win.
Pontus Aberg scored his first two goals in an Anaheim uniform. The Ducks picked him up off waivers from the Oilers just before the start of the season and this was the sixth game he has played for the Ducks.
Defenseman Josh Manson opened the scoring with his first of the season.
Meier was a plus-four while Hertl was a plus-three.
Erik Karlsson had an assist as well as seven shots on goal and a plus-two rating.
NOTES: Alexander Edler is out for three-six weeks with a knee injury…Anders Nilsson was placed on the injured reserve list with a fractured finger and will likely miss two-three weeks…Travis Dermott has recovered from an illness which has kept him out of the lineup for the past two games but will still sit out on Monday…The Kings sent Michael Amadio to the minors…The Flyers sent Mikhail Vorobyev to the minors and recalled Tyrell Goulbourne and Nicolas Aube-Kubel…Patrik Laine has seen time on the fourth line in the last two games. He has three goals this season, all on the power play. If you can steal him from a disgruntled owner, do so…Jordan Greenway has been recalled by the Minnesota Wild…An Auston Matthews update is expected on Monday. He suffered a shoulder injury in the second period Saturday and was unable to return.