It’s so good to have hockey back. A little dinner, the NHL Center Ice package and once again I’m all set for the season.
What a debut for Auston Matthews! He became the first NHLer to score four times in his NHL debut and he looked so good doing so. And what a second goal he scored. It was a thing of beauty and you can watch it here.
How much did he improve his draft rating or auction values in pools that have yet to draft? It will be plenty as I’m sure many want the great start of the Arizona native.
A quick note. Matthews failed to get a goal in the third period or in overtime. He has not scored in the last 20 minutes and 40 seconds of action.
I think I’ll watch Designated Survivor once the Kings game is over. You have to love the Washington Capitals reference in the second episode.
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OTTAWA 5 TORONTO 4 (Overtime)
You have to be excited if you are a Maple Leaf fan. Not only did Auston Matthews have probably the greatest debut in NHL history, but Mitch Marner looked really good with his speed and scoring chances as did Nikita Zaitsev who showed some fine stickhandling as well as a coolness on the point during the power play. He makes a nice first pass and that has to bode well for the future.
And yet the Senators prevailed in overtime as Kyle Turris potted the winner on a nice feed from Erik Karlsson. It was his second goal of the game and he had plenty of help as Bobby Ryan and Derick Brassard each had a goal and a helper while Karlsson had a goal and two assists.
ST. LOUIS 5 CHICAGO 2
The game was closer than the score indicates as St. Louis scored twice into the empty net.
Richard Panik put Chicago up 1-0 in the first on a power play goal but Kevin Shattenkirk tied things up in the second before Ryan Hartman scored his first NHL goal to give the Blackhawks the last lead they would have on Wednesday night.
But Tarasenko tied it with 42 seconds left in the second period while Stastny scored 55 seconds into the third with the eventual game winner.
EDMONTON 7 CALGARY 4
The Oilers opened up their new arena in an old fashioned barn burner as it looked like the Oilers-Flames games in the 1980’s with Edmonton prevailing 7-4.
Connor McDavid scored twice and assisted on another as he tried to keep pace with his counterpart who was drafted first overall in 2016 (McDavid in case you forgot was the first overall pick in 2015), but fell short.
Kris Russell, the former Flame, who was inked this past week, picked up a couple of helpers and was a plus-three in his Oilers debut.
Cam Talbot stopped 37 shots for the win as the Oilers will travel to Calgary on Friday in a rematch between the two squads.
The Oilers were down to five defensemen when Brandon Davidson left the game in the second period with an apparent upper body injury. No word on when he will be able to return.
SAN JOSE 2 LOS ANGELES 1
Brent Burns beat Jeff Zatkoff 3:20 into the third period and that gave the Sharks a 2-1 win over Los Angeles. The loss was a costly one for the Kings who lost goaltender Jonathan Quick to a lower-body injury in the first period.
The Kings opened the scoring in the first with Tyler Toffoli taking a nice pass from Anze Kopitar and wristing it on the shortside past Martin Jones. It was the only shot to beat the Sharks netminder as he stopped all 21 even strength shots but allowed a goal on the only power play shot the Kings had.
Quick stopped 14 of 15 shots in the first while Zatkoff gave up one on 16 shots for the loss.
There was no word on the severity of Quick’s injury although GM Dean Lombardi said that he could be out a while.