A running theme so far in the 2016-17 campaign has been the success of this year’s rookie crop and Tuesday night was another example of that. Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine had a hat trick and registered an assist, which by itself is impressive, but it’s made more remarkable when taken in the context of his run so far.
This is his second hat trick of his young career and he also has 11 goals, along with four assists, in 14 contests this season. That makes Laine the first rookie to reach the 11-goal mark by his 14th career game since 1992-93 and just the fourth player to get multiple hat tricks before celebrating his 19th birthday. Both of those statistics are from the NHL Communication Department.
Laine’s also the league-leader in goals scored thus far and he has almost double the number of goals than any other rookie as Auston Matthews and Jimmy Vesey are in second place with six markers each.
This will be an exciting Calder Trophy race. Obviously Laine seems ahead in it right now, but we’ve already seen a lot of swings and we got a good crop of competitors.
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DEVILS 3 HURRICANES 2 (Shootout)
Devils forward Nick Lappin scored his first career goal last night. His marker came early in the third period to tie the game, which set up New Jersey’s eventual shootout victory.
Klas Dahlbeck found the back of the net for Carolina. That was his first goal of the 2016-17 and the fourth in 101 career contests.
Cam Ward managed to turn aside 39 of 41 shots, but he surrendered two goals in three shootout rounds to fall short of victory. He got off to a rough start this season, but he has held the competition to two goals in each of his last three starts.
Cory Schneider kicked out 31 of 33 shots and then went on to save both of the shots he faced in the shootout. He now has a 5-3-2 record, 2.27 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 10 starts this season.
PA Parenteau scored a goal in the first period and then again in the shootout. Obviously that shootout marker doesn’t count towards his season total, but he’s still up to five goals in 12 contests.
CANUCKS 5 NY RANGERS 3
The Canucks dropped their previous nine games, but came up big last night thanks to a four-goal third period that included two markers from Alexandre Burrows. Those were also his first two goals of the 2016-17 campaign.
Speaking of players shaking off an early season goal scoring slump, Loui Eriksson finally found the back of the net. It’ll be interesting to see if he starts performing better going forward now that he has his first marker as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
Rangers forward Rick Nash scored a power-play goal at 5:27 of the third period. He’s been red hot so far this season with seven goals in 14 contests.
Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom saved 23 of 26 shots last night. He has a 4-2-1 record, 2.23 GAA, and .915 save percentage in eight games this season. That’s stronger than Ryan Miller so far, who has a 2.75 GAA and .910 save percentage in seven starts.
Antti Raanta was yanked from the game with less than seven minutes left in the game and after turning aside 20 of 22 shots. The reason for that was because an independent concussion spotter had him pulled from the game for evaluation. The good news is that initially sounds like Raanta is okay, but Henrik Lundqvist ended up allowing two goals on six shots.
RED WINGS 3 FLYERS 2 (Shootout)
Andreas Athanasiou netted the game-tying goal with 8:49 remaining in the third period and then found the back of the net again in the shootout to win this one for Detroit. Obviously not including that shootout marker, he now has four goals and five points in 12 games this season.
Tomas Tatar accounted for Detroit’s other goal in regulation time. That gives him two markers and six points in 14 games in 2016-17.
One silver lining for the Flyers is that Claude Giroux stayed hot. He scored a goal and has now recorded at least a point in 12 of his first 14 contests.
This also wasn’t a bad showing for Steve Mason, who turned aside 33 of 35 shots prior to the shootout. The Flyers’ goaltending and defense have been issues so far this season, but last night at least went okay in that regard.
Jimmy Howard saved 23 of 25 shots and then shut the door in all three shootout rounds. He hasn’t gotten a lot of playing time this season, but he’s made the most out of what he’s been given with a 1.26 GAA and .958 save percentage in six games.
PENGUINS 4 OILERS 3
Conor Sheary was key for the Penguins tonight as he scored their first marker and then the game-winning goal. The 24-year-old has three goals and seven points in six games this season.
Evgeni Malkin scored a goal for the Penguins as well. He has recorded at least a point in six of his last seven contests.
Connor McDavid did his best to try to sway this one to Edmonton’s side as he assisted on all three of the Oilers’ goals. That gives him five markers and 17 points in 14 games this season.
Cam Talbot stopped 27 of 31 shots Tuesday night. He got off to a good start in 2016-17, but has now surrendered at least three goals in each of his last four contests.
Matt Murray saved 25 of 28 shots. He’s improved to a 3-0-0 record and now has a 1.33 GAA and .957 save percentage.
SHARKS 3 CAPITALS 0
Martin Jones turned aside all 24 shots he faced on Tuesday. This was his first shutout of the season and was a nice change of pace for what has been a mixed beginning to 2016-17 for him. He has a 6-6-0 record, 2.33 GAA, and .909 save percentage in 12 starts this season.
Alex Ovechkin had four of those shots against Jones, but wasn’t able to beat him tonight. He still has seven goals in 12 games.
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby stopped 20 of 22 shots in the losing effort. That brought an end to his four-game winning streak, giving him a 6-3-1 record, 2.19 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 10 starts.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored the first and therefore the winning-goal goal last night. The Sharks defenseman has five points and 20 penalty minutes in 13 contests this season.
Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist with the Sharks. He now has two markers and 11 points in 13 games.
KINGS 7 MAPLE LEAFS 0
This was a pretty one-sided contest with Peter Budaj only needing to make 19 saves to pick up the shutout. That being said, he’s been great so far this season with a 7-3-0 record, 1.86 GAA, and .919 save percentage in 11 games. His efforts have helped keep the Kings afloat without starting goaltender Jonathan Quick (groin).
Kings defenseman Derek Forbort assisted on three of Los Angeles’ seven goals. He went into this contest with no points in 12 games this season and had just two points in 26 career games.
Jeff Carter found the back of the net twice to extend his point streak to three games. He has five goals and nine points in 13 contests this season.
Leafs forward Matt Martin dished out a game-high eight hits on Tuesday. He has a league-leading 61 hits in 13 games.
CANADIENS 3 BRUINS 2
Zane McIntyre kicked out 20 of 23 shots in his second start of the season. He has a 4.03 GAA and .859 save percentage this season.
Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist for Montreal. He’s registered at least one point in five of his last six contests.
Paul Byron scored the game-winning goal and recorded an assist. He has three goals and eight points in 13 games in 2016-17.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price saved 41 of 43 shots. He has an 8-0-0 record, 1.63 GAA, and .953 save percentage in eight starts. It’s still early, but so far he’s looking like a leading contender for the Vezina Trophy as long as he stays healthy.
David Pastrnak found the back of the net for the fifth straight game. He has nine goals in 11 games and while he’ll cool down as the season drags on, it’s safe to say at this point that he’ll shatter his 2015-16 total of 15 markers.
PREDATORS 3 SENATORS 1
Kyle Turris scored the Senators’ lone goal last night. He has six markers and eight points in 12 games this season.
James Neal had a goal and an assist for Nashville. He has three goals and seven points in 12 contests, with six of those points coming in his last five games.
P.K. Subban found the back of the net and also chipped in a helper. He has three goals and eight points in 12 contests in 2016-17.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne saved 33 of 34 shots last night. He has surrendered just six goals over his last four starts.
At the other end of the ice, Craig Anderson turned aside 27 of 30 shots. He has a 2.31 GAA and .927 save percentage in nine starts in 2016-17.
JETS 8 STARS 2
As mentioned above, Patrik Laine had a hat trick and an assist last night. That gives him a stunning 11 goals and 15 points in 14 contests in 2016-17.
Mark Scheifele also had a big night for the Jets. He netted two goals and registered two assists, making this his third straight multi-point game. That surge has given him nine goals and 18 points in 14 contests.
Kari Lehtonen started this game, but was pulled after allowing four goals on 11 shots in 30:07 minutes. Antti Niemi replaced him, but didn’t fare a lot better as he surrendered four goals on 20 shots.
Stars forward Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist last night. That gives him three markers and eight points in 12 contests in 2016-17.
Though the Jets didn’t necessarily need a solid start from their goaltender tonight, they got one. Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 28 of 30 shots. He has a 4-4-0 record, 2.91 GAA, and .905 save percentage in nine contests.
COYOTES 4 AVALANCHE 2
Jordan Martinook scored the Coyotes’ first and final goal in this contest. He has five goals and seven points in 12 games.
Max Domi netted his first goal of the 2016-17 campaign and it was also the game winner. He registered two assists as well, giving him 10 points in 12 contests.
Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard turned aside 21 of 25 shots. This was his first loss in four starts and five appearances this season. He has a 2.08 GAA and .923 save percentage.
Louis Domingue saved 25 of 27 shots last night. He has now won three of his last four contests, giving him a 4-6-0 record this season.
Rene Bourque scored a goal for Colorado. He has two markers and an assist in 10 games this season.