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Roman Josi's goal and two assists propel Predators to a 3-2 victory against the Jets.

Roman Josi’s goal and two assists propel Predators to a 3-2 victory against the Jets.

The Canadian Press Mon, November 27, 2023, at 1:03 a.m. EST · 2 min read

In the NHL matchup between the Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night, Roman Josi’s stellar performance, contributing a goal and two assists, fueled Nashville to a 3-2 victory. This win marked the Predators’ fifth consecutive triumph, while simultaneously halting the Jets’ five-game winning streak.

Yakov Trenin and Gustav Nyquist also showcased their scoring prowess, with Juuse Saros guarding the net and making an impressive 33 saves.

“We’re capable of winning these tough games,” Saros expressed. “It’s a good sign for the whole team.”

Winnipeg’s Josh Morrissey and Cole Perfetti managed to find the back of the net, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Predators’ lead. Laurent Brossoit, the Jets’ goaltender, made 24 saves in the effort.

Trenin initiated the scoring with a goal in the final seconds of the opening period. Josi’s shot rebounded off Brossoit, landing perfectly for Trenin to capitalize.

Josi’s tough-angle wrist shot in the second period extended Nashville’s lead, followed by Nyquist’s power-play goal, sealing the score at 3-0.

“I kind of got lucky on that goal,” Josi humbly acknowledged. “I think I had better chances before, but it goes in. I want to produce, but if we’re winning and I don’t produce, I’m totally fine with that.”

Nyquist’s goal also marked his eighth consecutive game with points, showcasing consistent offensive prowess.

Morrissey and Perfetti managed to break through Saros’ defense in the third period, ending the shutout bid in a span of 42 seconds.

“Saros is a good goalie, he made some big saves,” Perfetti acknowledged. “He’s a top goalie, so you’ve got to tip your cap sometimes. We created lots, and that’s all you can ask for. The puck isn’t going to go in every single time.”

The game’s intensity sets the stage for the upcoming matchups, with the Jets hosting Dallas on Tuesday night and the Predators welcoming Pittsburgh on the same evening.

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https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/roman-josis-goal-two-assists-035817284.html

Alouettes' Marc-Antoine Dequoy delivers scathing criticism of CFL and media in impassioned

Alouettes’ Marc-Antoine Dequoy delivers scathing criticism of CFL and media in impassioned

On Monday, Montreal Alouettes defensive back Marc-Antoine Dequoy offered clarification for his post-game comments that stirred up social media.

In the midst of celebrating the Grey Cup triumph, Dequoy, who played a pivotal role in the Alouettes’ unexpected postseason success, took the opportunity to express his grievances with the CFL and media coverage during an interview with RDS, the Francophone branch of the popular sports network TSN.

In the animated interview, Dequoy criticized what he perceived as a lack of French representation during the game and leading up to it. He pointed out the English-only signage at Tim Horton’s Field, the neutral site for the Grey Cup, where the only team from the country’s sole French province was competing. Dequoy also highlighted a broadcast listing error that initially had the Argonauts and the Blue Bombers, the presumed finalists before the playoffs, facing off, viewing it as another slight against his team.

Dequoy continued by emphasizing how the Alouettes defied expectations, citing the CFL’s preseason power rankings that placed Montreal at the bottom of the league. Despite these challenges, they emerged victorious, securing the championship with a 28-24 win and bringing the Cup back to Montreal against the expectations of other fan bases.

On Monday, Dequoy clarified that his emotional post-game rant was not meant to disrespect English-speakers. The Alouettes’ triumph marks the franchise’s first championship since 2010, representing a significant achievement after a

tumultuous period. The team underwent ownership changes, with the CFL taking control in 2019, followed by a brief tenure with a new ownership group and eventual intervention by the league once again. Finally, Quebec businessman and former

politician Pierre Karl Péladeau took charge, adding depth to the significance of this victory and the importance of French representation mentioned by Dequoy. The repercussions of his comments on the league remain to be seen.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/alouettes-marc-antoine-dequoy-blasts-cfl-tsn-in-epic-rant-after-grey-cup-win-175207802.html

https://montrealgazette.com/sports/football/cfl/montreal-alouettes/alouettes-dequoy-clarifies-keep-your-english-speech-following-grey-cup-win

Prince Harry Conducts Ceremonial Puck Drop at Vancouver Canucks Game, 21 Years Following Queen Elizabeth's Appearance

Prince Harry Conducts Ceremonial Puck Drop at Vancouver Canucks Game, 21 Years Following Queen Elizabeth’s Appearance

The Duke of Sussex continued a royal tradition on Monday night by participating in a ceremonial puck drop at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, just as his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, had done 21 years ago.

In 2002, during her 11-day tour of Canada for her Golden Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth made a ceremonial puck drop at a Canucks and Sharks game in Vancouver. The National Hockey League honored the Queen by rolling out the red carpet for her, with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky presenting her with the ceremonial puck. The crowd erupted in cheers as Queen Elizabeth, carrying her trusty black purse, dropped the puck before heading to the royal box to watch the first period.

Prince Harry, along with his wife Meghan Markle, is in Canada to promote the upcoming Invictus Games, scheduled for Vancouver and Whistler in 2025. The Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry, is an international adaptive sports tournament for wounded, injured, and sick service personnel and veterans.

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After being hosted in London (2014), Orlando (2016), Toronto (2017), Sydney (2018), the Netherlands (2022), and Germany (2023), the Invictus Games will make a historic return to Canada in 2025. Prince Harry announced that the competition, set to take place in Canada in 2025, will mark the first Winter Hybrid Games in the history of the Invictus Games Foundation.

“As Invictus continues to adapt and evolve, I am extremely excited to announce that the Invictus Games Foundation has selected Canada to host the first-ever Winter Hybrid Games in 2025,” stated Prince Harry in response to this groundbreaking development.

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In connection with the passing of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry finds himself in solitude, as detailed in an exclusive book excerpt.

Prince Harry shared exciting plans for the Invictus Games Vancouver-Whistler 2025, emphasizing its role as a global platform to enhance the scope and visibility of winter adaptive sports. Additionally, he expressed his pleasure in announcing that the Games in Canada will be conducted in collaboration with the First Nations, embodying a commitment to truth and reconciliation with indigenous communities.

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Canada holds a significant place in the hearts of Meghan, 42, and Harry, 39, and the Invictus Games played a pivotal role in the early stages of their relationship. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their public debut as a couple at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, where Meghan resided while filming Suits (a fact she found amusingly “wild” as mentioned at Variety’s Power of Women gala last week).

Beyond being geographically close to Harry and Meghan’s current residence in Montecito, California, Vancouver holds sentimental value for their family. Before their decision to step back from royal duties in 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent their first holiday season as a family of three in 2019 with their son, Prince Archie, on Vancouver Island.

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Hughes Matches Career-High Goal Tally in Two-Point Performance as Canucks Defeat Sharks 3-1

Hughes Matches Career-High Goal Tally in Two-Point Performance as Canucks Defeat Sharks 3-1

VANCOUVER — Quinn Hughes prioritizes winning over personal statistics, despite his impressive numbers. Hughes matched his career-high in goals with his eighth of the season as the Vancouver Canucks secured a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday. Adding an assist to his goal, the defenseman now leads the NHL points race with 30.

“Yeah, I mean I was second in the league for defensemen last year. You know, it doesn’t really mean much at the end of the day,” commented the Canucks captain after the game. “I wanted to be in the playoffs, and be on a successful team and successful organization.”

Hughes had previously achieved this goal-scoring mark in the 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons.

“I think I can’t get caught being satisfied or happy,” he remarked. “I think that I’ve been really good at ticking day to day and attacking each day.”

Sam Lafferty contributed the winning goal for Vancouver (13-5-1), and J.T. Miller added an insurance goal in the third period. Thatcher Demko made 27 saves.

San Jose (3-14-1) struggled on the road and has won only twice in its last six games. Mackenzie Blackwood made 34 saves, but turnovers proved costly for the Sharks.

Lafferty’s short-handed goal with one second left in the second period secured the win for Vancouver. Lafferty capitalized on a turnover in the Sharks’ corner, scoring on the rebound after Teddy Blueger’s initial shot was denied.

Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet praised Lafferty’s goal as an example of the improvements the team aimed for after their previous loss to the Seattle Kraken. Tocchet stated, “He snaps up, takes the puck from the guy, (Anthony) Beauvillier makes a nice play, that’s the stuff we got to get better at. We talked about that and we got a goal from it.”

Hertl scored the lone goal for San Jose on the power play, converting a pass from Calen Addison just 48 seconds into the third period.

The Canucks initially challenged a second-period goal by the Sharks, leading to the call being overturned due to goaltender interference.

Hughes opened the scoring in the second period with a wrist shot past Blackwood.

Prince Harry performed the ceremonial puck drop to mark the countdown to the 2025 Invictus Games, becoming the second royal to attend a Canucks game after Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.

The Sharks, who have conceded the most goals in a game twice this season, will face the Kraken in Seattle on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Canucks will travel to play the Colorado Avalanche on the same day.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/hughes-matches-career-high-goal-060330189.html

https://apnews.com/article/sharks-canucks-hughes-6cca185760d22365799682f00b64a1f1

Hagel Nets Overtime Winner as Lightning Triumph 5-4 Over Eastern Conference-Leading Bruin

Hagel Nets Overtime Winner as Lightning Triumph 5-4 Over Eastern Conference-Leading Bruin

In Tampa, Florida, Steven Stamkos netted the equalizing goal with a mere 4.8 seconds remaining in regulation, and Brandon Hagel secured the victory with an overtime breakaway at 1:19, as the Tampa Bay Lightning triumphed 5-4 over the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins on Monday night.

Contributing goals for the Lightning were Tanner Jeannot, Nicholas Paul, and Austin Watson, with Jonas Johansson making 22 saves. Victor Hedman played a pivotal role, keeping a clearing attempt in the Boston zone and setting up both Stamkos’ crucial goal and Hagel’s overtime winner.

On the Boston side, Pavel Zacha, David Pastrnak, John Beecher, and Charlie Coyle found the back of the net. Jeremy Swayman turned away 41 shots for the Bruins, who now stand at 13-1-3 for the season.

Notably, Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov left the ice gingerly in the second period but returned for the third.

The third period saw a flurry of action, with Pastrnak and Beecher scoring within 1:21 of each other. Watson responded for Tampa Bay just 57 seconds after Beecher’s goal, tying the game at 3-3. Coyle then gave Boston a 4-3 lead with 3:51 remaining.

This game marked only the fourth time this season that Boston allowed more than two goals in a single match.

Despite a minute-long 5-on-3 power play earlier in the second period, Tampa Bay struggled to score. However, Paul managed to put the Lightning ahead 2-1 with a deflection of Mikhail Sergachev’s man-advantage shot in the final 30 seconds of the period.

The Lightning’s top-ranked home power play went 1 for 6 against Boston’s league-best penalty kill, while the Bruins failed to capitalize on their two power plays.

David Pastrnak extended his point streak to seven games, assisting on Pavel Zacha’s goal in an up-tempo first period that ended with a 1-1 tie. Brad Marchand also contributed an assist, surpassing Lightning broadcaster Phil Esposito to claim fourth place in franchise history with 431 road points. Marchand has now earned points in six consecutive games.

Up next, the Bruins will face Florida on Wednesday night, while the Lightning will host Winnipeg on the same evening.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/hagel-scores-ot-lightning-beat-032014769.html

banners of the Bruins' victorious 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup teams are now proudly elevated to the rafters.

banners of the Bruins’ victorious 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup teams are now proudly elevated to the rafters.

In a celebratory event during the Boston Bruins’ 100th season festivities, the Stanley Cup-winning teams of 1970 and 1972 were finally granted the honor of raising their banners to the rafters on Saturday night.

This marked a significant moment as part of the tribute to the “Big Bad Bruins Era” spanning from 1960 to 1976, during which the team secured championships in ’70 and ’72. Surprisingly, there had never been a formal ceremony to hoist the banners in recognition of these achievements.

Before facing off against their long-time rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, key members of those historic teams, including Hall of Famers Bobby Orr and Johnny Bucyk, took to the ice adorned in jerseys, proudly lifting the long-awaited banners.

Former forward Wayne Cashman, a pivotal member of both Cup-winning teams at the age of 78, expressed the profound significance of the moment: “I’ve seen it done in other cities and how they’ve gone about it, it meant a lot to our guys. You really feel the championship.”

Dallas Smith, an 82-year-old defenseman who contributed to both victorious campaigns, shared his sentiments, saying, “It meant a lot. It’s nice to be recognized. We’re lucky to have won the Cup twice. We wish we could have won it more, but that’s how sports is.”

The President of the Bruins, Cam Neely, acknowledged the special nature of the occasion for both the players and the fans. Reflecting on the oversight, he admitted, “I didn’t even realize it until a couple of months ago. They’d show up the next year and the banner was already hanging.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/bruins-1970-1972-stanley-cup-020938479.html

NHL Schedule Highlights Anticipated Return of Hart as Flyers Face Hurricanes.

NHL Schedule Highlights Anticipated Return of Hart as Flyers Face Hurricanes.

Oilers Seek Third Consecutive Win Against Kraken; Horvat’s Return to Vancouver with Islanders

Welcome to the NHL On Tap, where three NHL.com writers highlight the most anticipated events from Wednesday’s schedule. Here are their picks for the four games:

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Hart Expected to Return for Flyers

Goalie Carter Hart is anticipated to make a comeback for the Philadelphia Flyers as they face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena (7:30 p.m. ET; MAX, TNT, TVAS). Hart, who missed five games due to a mid-body injury and two games from food poisoning, holds a 4-3-0 record with a 2.52 goals-against average, .913 save percentage, and one shutout in eight games. Carolina (9-6-0) boasts a solid record, winning six of their last eight games, including a convincing 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Sebastian Aho is in excellent form, contributing seven points (three goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak. — William Douglas, staff writer

Oilers Eye Third Straight Win

The Edmonton Oilers aim for a third consecutive victory as they host the Seattle Kraken at Rogers Place (8:30 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, SNO, SNW, ROOT-NW). Under new coach Kris Knoblauch, the Oilers secured their first win, defeating the New York Islanders 4-1 on Monday. Captain Connor McDavid played a pivotal role with a goal and an assist, breaking a five-game assist drought. Edmonton has a favorable history against Seattle, holding a 6-2-0 record since the Kraken joined the NHL in 2021-22. The Kraken (5-8-3) are on a two-game losing streak and have struggled, winning only one of their last five games (1-3-1). Seattle defenseman Vince Dunn is in good form, boasting four assists in a three-game point streak. — Mike G. Morreale, staff writer

Horvat Returns to Vancouver for First Time with Islanders

Bo Horvat returns to Vancouver as the Islanders face the red-hot Canucks at Rogers Arena (10 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNP, TNT, MAX). Horvat, who spent nine seasons with the Canucks and served as captain from 2019-23, was traded to the Islanders on Jan. 30. Despite the emotional return, his focus will be on helping the struggling Islanders (5-6-3) secure their first win since Nov. 2. The team has faced challenges, enduring a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) and conceding at least four goals in each game. Horvat is the second-highest scorer for the Islanders this season with 11 points (four goals, seven assists). The Canucks (11-3-1) are in excellent form, winning six of their last seven and nine of their last 11 games. They have been dominant on home ice, boasting a 5-0-1 record, scoring the most goals per game (4.83), and allowing the fewest (1.50) among all NHL teams. Quinn Hughes, who succeeded Horvat as captain, leads the NHL with a plus-18 rating and has accumulated 23 points (five goals, 18 assists). — David Satriano, staff writer

Wednesday NHL Matchups

Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes (7:30 p.m. ET; MAX, TNT, TVAS)

The Flyers seek to break an eight-game winless streak against the Hurricanes, with their last victory dating back to Nov. 12, 2021, in a 2-1 game at Carolina. Carolina’s Brent Burns is set to surpass Craig Ramsay’s consecutive games played streak (776 GP) to claim the eighth-longest in NHL history (currently tied at 776 games). Keith Yandle holds the record at 989 games.

Seattle Kraken at Edmonton Oilers (8:30 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, SNO, SNW, ROOT-NW)

Brandon Tanev returns for the Kraken after a 14-game absence due to a lower-body injury. Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner boasts a 2-0-0 record with a remarkable 1.00 GAA and .961 save percentage in his last two starts.

Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche (9 p.m. ET; BSSD, BSSC, ALT)

Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar is riding a four-game point streak (one goal, six assists). The Ducks, with a 9-6-0 record, made NHL history by securing six third-period comeback victories in their first 15 games.

New York Islanders at Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNP, TNT, MAX)

Struggling with goal-scoring, the Islanders, tied for 30th in the NHL, face the Canucks, featuring three players (Hughes, Pettersson, Miller) with at least 20 points this season. Canucks defenseman Filip Hronek is on a 10-game point streak, boasting 13 assists, nearing the team record shared by Jiri Bubla and Dennis Kearns (11 games).

Reference:

https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-on-tap-news-and-notes-november-15

Thompson sidelined on a week-to-week basis for the Sabres due to an upper-body injury.

Thompson sidelined on a week-to-week basis for the Sabres due to an upper-body injury.

In Buffalo, Tage Thompson is facing an indefinite absence for the Sabres following an upper-body injury sustained during a 5-2 defeat against the Boston Bruins at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

The center took a shot from Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy during the second period while the Sabres were on the penalty kill. Although he attempted to play through the discomfort, Thompson left the game at 11:05 once the puck cleared the zone. This setback comes after he missed the final 15 minutes of the first period due to a lower-body injury caused by a cut from McAvoy’s skate, but he did return early in the second.

Sabres coach Don Granato provided an update on Wednesday, stating, “It’s more week to week. I don’t have the target date for him yet, but I think I mentioned this morning we don’t expect it to be two months. … It should be less than that.” Thompson, with 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 16 games, was a standout performer for the Sabres last season, leading the team with an NHL career-high 47 goals and 94 points.

Granato acknowledged Thompson’s absence, saying, “Obviously, we will miss him because of not only the player but the person. He has a real good perspective on things, he’s an ultra-competitive guy that responds with compete and work ethic to any adversity. … Other guys will have to step up and I think they recognize that.”

With Thompson sidelined, the Sabres (7-8-1) will look to Dylan Cozens and Casey Mittelstadt to step in and contribute. Cozens, who has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 14 games this season, including two power-play assists, will be instrumental in filling the void left by the absence of their top center.

Of course, I’d prefer not to see more ice time open up due to someone else’s setback, but as a centerman, I understand the need to step up,” remarked Cozens. “I acknowledge I haven’t been performing at my best this year, but this is an opportunity for me to rediscover my game, contribute, and do my best to support the team.

“We’re going to require some players to step up, and filling his shoes is a challenge. He’s an exceptional player, contributing on both ends of the ice. His prowess on the penalty kill is significant, so we’re aware that others will need to step in and try to compensate for that loss as effectively as possible.”

Mittelstadt, with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 16 games and 17:22 of ice time, including a power-play assist, expressed his readiness for the challenge. “I’m gearing up to give my best. I have confidence on the ice, and I believe I can take on the challenge. For me, not much changes, obviously. We’ll miss ‘Tommer’ a lot, both for what he contributes to the team and the locker room. He’s an outstanding player. It’s undoubtedly a significant loss, but it also presents an opportunity for others to step up.”

The Sabres are dealing with additional absences, including forward Alex Tuch, who has been sidelined for the last three games with an upper-body injury, and forward Jack Quinn, still recovering from an Achilles injury sustained during the offseason. Rookie forward Zach Benson has also been out for the past six games with a lower-body injury.

Buffalo, having lost three of its last four games, is set to face the Winnipeg Jets on Friday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG-B, NHLN).

“We’re eager to get back on track, secure some wins,” expressed Mittelstadt. “Perhaps there’s a bit of tension gripping the sticks. I think there are definitely moments when we can play faster and find our game. We have a wealth of skill and talent in this room, and I believe we’re on the right path, with success not far away.

Reference:

https://www.nhl.com/news/tage-thompson-injured-out-indefinitely-for-buffalo-sabres

https://apnews.com/article/tage-thompson-injured-sabres-cf7bdaef8da2e3df17e30422d39499a8

A milestone in NHL history was achieved as the Avalanche, Bruins, and Golden the season with an unprecedented 6-0-0 record.

A milestone in NHL history was achieved as the Avalanche, Bruins, and Golden the season with an unprecedented 6-0-0 record.

The Vegas Golden Knights, reigning Stanley Cup champions, have continued their winning ways into the new season. The Boston Bruins, who had an early playoff exit last spring, are working on finding their game, and the Colorado Avalanche are notching victories despite not yet playing their best hockey. Together, these three teams have made history, marking the first time in NHL history that three teams have kicked off a season with at least six consecutive wins.

Vegas, in particular, is on a remarkable run, with seven consecutive victories already, making it the best start for a reigning champion. They are inching closer to the NHL record for the longest winning streak to begin a season, currently held by the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres, both with 10 wins.

The Golden Knights recently mounted a comeback from being down 2-1 to beat the Philadelphia Flyers, scoring two crucial goals in the last eight minutes of regulation.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy attributes their undefeated start to the talent on their roster, with numerous players capable of making an offensive impact. Even with the retirements of key centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, the Bruins have displayed their offensive prowess. They improved to 6-0-0 with a win against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Coach Jim Montgomery noted the emergence of the Bruins’ identity as a heavy, grinding team, which is the path they believe they need to follow to succeed.

As for the Colorado Avalanche, while they’ve managed to secure six wins, they are dissatisfied with their current level of play. They acknowledge their fortune in winning and are committed to further improvement.

In the goaltending department, Alexandar Georgiev has been a standout, leading the league with six wins and boasting impressive stats with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. The Avalanche, being preseason favorites for the Stanley Cup, see Georgiev’s performance as a promising sign of their chances.

AP Sports Writers Vin A. Cherwoo, Jay Cohen, and Mark Anderson contributed to this report.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/avalanche-bruins-golden-knights-mark-194854506.html

https://apnews.com/article/avalanche-bruins-golden-knights-undefeated-b1c2a86c75d328dd23de00dc2612d59d

Capitals stage a third-period comeback, securing a 6-4 victory against the Devils.

Capitals stage a third-period comeback, securing a 6-4 victory against the Devils.

In Newark, New Jersey, the Washington Capitals showcased a thrilling 6-4 comeback win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, led by Connor McMichael’s decisive goal early in the third period and Hunter Shepard’s solid 18 saves during his NHL debut.

McMichael notched his second goal of the season at 2:09 of the third, pushing the Capitals ahead 5-4 after Dylan Strome tied the game at 4 just 18 seconds into the final period with a power-play goal.

A notable highlight was Alex Ovechkin’s late empty-net goal at 18:25, marking the 824th goal of his illustrious NHL career.

Capitals coach Spencer Carbery commended his team’s strong performance, particularly emphasizing the power play’s impact in setting the tone for the decisive third period. Carbery added, “We did enough good things in the final 10 minutes to hang on.”

The game’s narrative was particularly intriguing, with the Capitals scoring three times in the first period, the Devils responding with four goals in the second, and the Capitals mounting a dramatic comeback in the third.

According to OptaSTATS, the Capitals achieved a unique feat in NHL history, becoming the first team to secure a shutout by three or more goals in the first period, concede four or more goals in the second, and then seal another shutout by three or more goals in the third.

Devils coach Lindy Ruff expressed his disappointment with his team’s defensive shortcomings, emphasizing the need for significant improvement to avoid complicating their season further. He stated, “If we’re going to play like this, we will make it extremely hard on ourselves. I thought we got what we deserved tonight.”

Despite some challenges faced during the second period, the 27-year-old Shepard, who previously earned the MVP title in the Calder Cup playoffs leading the Hershey Bears to the AHL championship, remained composed and contributed to the team’s victory.

Reflecting on the day, Shepard expressed his excitement, mentioning the support from his family and friends who made the journey from Minnesota on short notice to witness his milestone moment. New Jersey’s Tyler Toffoli managed to score twice, while Jack Hughes played a significant role with three assists, leading the NHL in scoring with 17 points, including four goals.

The Washington Capitals swiftly secured a commanding 3-0 lead in the first period, with Anthony Mantha, Strome, and Sonny Milano each finding the back of the net.

Mantha initiated the scoring at 6:37, followed by Strome’s successful shot at 15:52, eluding Devils netminder Akira Schmid. Milano further extended the lead to three goals at 17:28, assisted by T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Subsequently, Vitek Vanecek took over for Schmid after the first period, as Schmid had managed five saves, while Vanecek recorded 14 stops.

However, the tide swiftly turned in New Jersey’s favor during the second period as they notched four goals in under six minutes.

Toffoli, fresh from his hat trick performance in the previous 5-2 victory against Montreal, initiated the Devils’ scoring streak at 4:31. Shortly after, Meier, a significant trade acquisition for the Devils last season, secured a goal at 5:19, aided by Jack Hughes and Toffoli. Devils captain Nico Hischier then leveled the game 3-3 at 6:42.

Toffoli continued his impressive performance by notching his sixth goal of the season at 10:01, supported by assists from Jack Hughes and his brother Luke, propelling the Devils to a 4-3 lead.

Reflecting on the game’s fluctuations, Meier commented, “It was a rollercoaster game. We just let that momentum swing get away from us.”

Before the game, the Capitals had managed to score only seven goals in their initial five games, but their offensive prowess was on full display during Wednesday’s match as they netted six goals.

The next fixtures are set with the Devils hosting the Buffalo Sabres on Friday and the Capitals hosting the Minnesota Wild on the same day.

For more updates on NHL, visit AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/nhl. This report was compiled by Allan Kreda from The Associated Press.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/capitals-score-three-third-rally-022008797.html

https://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/capitals-score-three-in-third-to-rally-for-6-4-18448667.php

Woll delivers strong performance as Maple Leafs secure a 4-1 victory against struggling Capitals.

Woll delivers strong performance as Maple Leafs secure a 4-1 victory against struggling Capitals.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Auston Matthews netted his seventh goal of the season, Joseph Woll made an impressive 36 saves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Washington Capitals their fourth loss in five games with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night.

Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals’ star, scored his first goal of the season, marking his 823rd in his NHL career, now only 71 behind Wayne Gretzky’s record. Ovechkin had a staggering 14 shots on goal during the game, including an unsuccessful penalty shot.

Woll managed to thwart Ovechkin’s penalty shot attempt early in the second period, bringing Ovechkin’s career record in penalty shots to 2-of-13. With this, Ovechkin’s 13 penalty shots equaled the most in NHL history, previously held by Vinny Lecavalier.

The Capitals’ only win so far came in a shootout last week at home against Calgary. Frustration was palpable as Ovechkin noted, “We’re just frustrated and I think we have so many good chances tonight and we just couldn’t score. It’s part of the process.”

Auston Matthews’ goal was his first since back-to-back hat tricks to open the season. The Maple Leafs also saw goals from Morgan Rielly, John Tavares, and William Nylander. This victory marked their fourth win in six games.

A notable highlight was Rielly’s goal, which was the first by a Maple Leafs defenseman this season and also the fifth time the Capitals conceded the opening goal of the game. Tavares and Nylander extended their respective season-opening point streaks to six games, making them the third set of Toronto teammates to achieve this feat.

Maple Leafs coach Carbery recognized the impact of his star players, stating, “They have a good team, and elite players make a few elite plays in given moments. Tavares’ goal, Nylander’s goal, Morgan Rielly’s goal, Auston’s goal — that’s the difference in the game.

NOTES

Woll has now become the 170th different goaltender Ovechkin has scored against. Ovechkin’s goal was also his 300th on the power play and the 3,000th goal in Capitals history, representing 10% of their franchise total.

UP NEXT

  • Maple Leafs: The team continues their five-game road trip with their fourth stop, facing the Dallas Stars on Thursday.
  • Capitals: Goaltender Hunter Shepard is expected to make his NHL debut Wednesday at the New Jersey Devils.

AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL

Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/woll-backstops-maple-leafs-4-011726783.html

Hartman Dominates with 5 Points as Wild Triumph over Oilers

Hartman Dominates with 5 Points as Wild Triumph over Oilers

In a thrilling match at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday, Ryan Hartman’s extraordinary performance led the Minnesota Wild to a 7-4 triumph against the Edmonton Oilers. Hartman showcased his prowess with a hat trick and two assists, while teammates Mats Zuccarello and Joel Eriksson Ek also made significant contributions, each securing a goal and an assist. Kirill Kaprizov and Jake Middleton showcased remarkable teamwork, each earning three assists for Minnesota (3-2-1), who were determined to bounce back after suffering two consecutive losses. Filip Gustavsson demonstrated his skill with 25 saves, safeguarding the Wild’s lead.

Edmonton (1-4-1) fought hard, with Warren Foegele netting two goals, Evan Bouchard recording a goal and two assists, and Evander Kane adding a goal and an assist. Unfortunately for the Oilers, this valiant effort wasn’t enough, resulting in their third consecutive loss (0-2-1). Jack Campbell stood strong with 24 saves, showing resilience in the face of formidable opposition.

The Oilers faced a significant challenge as they played without the talented Connor McDavid, sidelined for 1-2 weeks due to an upper-body injury.

Evan Bouchard set the tone for Edmonton with an early goal, giving them a 1-0 lead just 54 seconds into the first period. Marco Rossi responded swiftly for the Wild, leveling the score at 1-1 with a deft tip-in off a pass from Hartman near the crease.

Warren Foegele reclaimed the lead for the Oilers, firing a shot from the left circle at 18:27, capitalizing on a rebound from Bouchard’s initial attempt. However, Hartman swiftly answered, tying the game 2-2 with a rebound shot in front just 34 seconds later.

Foegele wasted no time, notching his second goal of the game a mere 32 seconds into the second period, putting the Oilers ahead 3-2. Pat Maroon came tantalizingly close to equalizing at 7:22, but Jack Campbell’s remarkable paddle save kept the Wild in the game.

In a dramatic turn of events, Hartman leveled the score 3-3, finding the net just 38 seconds into the third period, courtesy of an expertly executed play involving Kaprizov and Zuccarello. Zuccarello later extended the Wild’s lead to 4-3 with another brilliant passing maneuver at 6:48, showcasing the team’s exceptional synergy.

Joel Eriksson Ek added to the tally, widening the gap to 5-3 at 10:28 with a spectacular play from along the goal line. Evander Kane provided a glimmer of hope for the Oilers with a power-play redirection at 12:55, narrowing the deficit to 5-4. However, Hartman, displaying impeccable timing, netted his third goal of the game at 15:50 during a 4-on-4, solidifying Minnesota’s lead at 6-4.

To seal the victory, Marcus Foligno notched his first goal of the season into an empty net at 16:37, concluding the game with a resounding 7-4 scoreline in favor of the Wild.

Reference

https://www.nhl.com/news/edmonton-oilers-minnesota-wild-game-recap-october-24

https://kstp.com/minnesota-sports/ryan-hartman-has-hat-trick-on-5-point-night-wild-beat-mcdavid-less-oilers-7-4/

Lions have decided to release veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones, who has expressed

Lions have decided to release veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones, who has expressed

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have made the difficult decision to release veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones. Jones shared on his Instagram account that he is temporarily stepping away from football to attend to a personal family matter.

In his Instagram post, Jones stated, “Although this was no easy decision, I cannot be the person/player that I need to be for this team as well as tend to my family from afar.”

Jones has relocated his wife and five children from Miami to San Diego and intends to sign with an NFL team on the West Coast.

When the 33-year-old Jones signed with the Lions in April, it was a chance to return to Detroit and be a part of a significantly improved franchise. During the current season, he made five catches for 35 yards in six games.

Jones did not accompany the team to their most recent game in Baltimore, where the NFC North-leading Lions suffered a heavy defeat against the Ravens.

The Lions, who currently hold a 5-2 record, are set to host the Las Vegas Raiders (3-4) on Monday night.

Marvin Jones boasts an impressive career with 547 catches for 7,421 yards and 58 touchdowns, ranking ninth among active players in total touchdowns.

Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round in 2012, Jones first joined the Detroit Lions in 2016 and enjoyed five productive seasons with the franchise. Last season, he recorded 46 receptions for 529 yards and three touchdowns in Jacksonville, in addition to four catches for 50 yards and a score in the playoffs for the Jaguars.

For more NFL news, visit AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nf.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/lions-release-veteran-wr-marvin-220258392.html

Toffoli's Hat Trick Propels Devils to Victory Over Canadiens

Toffoli’s Hat Trick Propels Devils to Victory Over Canadiens

In a commanding performance, Tyler Toffoli secured a hat trick for the New Jersey Devils, sealing a 5-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Toffoli’s final goal came as an empty-netter in the last 26 seconds, marking his fifth NHL hat trick.

Jack Hughes showcased exceptional playmaking skills with four assists, while Vitek Vanecek demonstrated his prowess with 27 saves for New Jersey (3-1-1), who capitalized on 2 of 4 power play opportunities.

Toffoli praised Hughes’ game-changing abilities, highlighting how he creates space and eases pressure for the team. The Devils currently lead the NHL with an impressive 44.0 percent success rate on power plays, converting 11 out of 25 chances.

Montreal’s Justin Barron continued his scoring streak with a goal, providing the Canadiens an early lead at 5:49 in the first period. Alexander Holtz responded for the Devils, leveling the score at 1-1 during a net-front scramble at 13:24.

Toffoli broke the deadlock, making it 2-1 at 18:22 in the second period, capitalizing on a turnover by the Canadiens. Nico Hischier further extended the lead to 3-1 with a power-play goal just 34 seconds into the third period, with Hughes earning his third consecutive assist on Toffoli’s subsequent power-play goal at 7:17, making it 4-1.

Mike Matheson brought the Canadiens within striking distance at 4-2 with an impressive end-to-end rush, taking advantage of a 6-on-4 situation with Primeau pulled for an extra attacker at 10:35.

Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis commended Primeau’s performance, emphasizing his resilience against a formidable Devils offense. St. Louis also praised his team’s refusal to quit, citing it as a crucial habit for success.

The Devils’ head coach Lindy Ruff acknowledged the team’s dedication to their power play strategy, emphasizing the importance of capitalizing on opportunities.

Overall, the Devils’ cohesive performance and strategic execution secured their third win of the season, positioning them as a formidable force in the NHL.

Reference

https://www.nhl.com/news/new-jersey-devils-montreal-canadiens-game-recap-october-24

https://www.sootoday.com/national-sports/toffoli-scores-hat-trick-hughes-has-four-assists-as-devils-beat-canadiens-5-2-7731901

https://www.valdostadailytimes.com/ap/sports/tyler-toffolis-hat-trick-powers-devils-to-a-5-2-victory-over-the-canadiens/article_a408ef1c-a22c-5dc9-83ba-1a8e6c5501cd

Oettinger's 38 Saves Propel Stars to Victory Over Penguins

Oettinger’s 38 Saves Propel Stars to Victory Over Penguins

In a formidable display of skill, the Dallas Stars outplayed the Pittsburgh Penguins, securing a decisive 4-1 victory at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday. Jake Oettinger stood as an impenetrable force in goal, making an impressive 38 saves to secure the win.

Contributions from Jason Robertson and Thomas Harley proved crucial, as each player notched a goal and an assist. Evgenii Dadonov and Wyatt Johnston also found the back of the net for the Stars (4-0-1), who continue their winning streak with three consecutive victories.

Oettinger reflected on the team’s performance, acknowledging the challenge posed by the Penguins: “They’re a good team over there. Those guys know how to win, so another good test for us. We made some plays at big times and got a good road win. That’s kind of the group that we want to model our games after. They know what it takes. It’s just a good test, good win.”

Bryan Rust managed to salvage a goal for the Penguins (2-4-0), bringing his tally to five goals in six games this season. However, Alex Nedeljkovic faced an onslaught of shots and made 30 crucial saves in an effort to stave off the Stars’ offense.

Despite their best efforts, the Penguins have been struggling in recent games, being outscored 14-6 over their last three matchups. Coach Mike Sullivan emphasized the need for determination and resilience: “We can’t get discouraged… We’ll go back to work tomorrow and we’ll see what we can take from this one. We’ll watch some film. We’ll go out and practice, and we’ll get ready for the next one.”

Dallas faced a barrage of shots in the first two periods, being outshot 30-20, but managed to turn the tide after falling behind 1-0. Robertson and Dadonov each notched their first goals of the season in the second period, leveling the score at 1-1 and giving the Stars the momentum they needed.

Harley’s goal in the third period further solidified Dallas’s lead, capitalizing on a loose puck misplayed by Nedeljkovic. Johnston sealed the deal with a backhand that narrowly crossed the line, extending the lead to 4-1.

Reflecting on the game, Crosby noted, “I think we let them hang around. We couldn’t build on our lead. They hung around and were opportunistic. I think with the start we had, with the chances we had, obviously it would have been nice to have a bit of a cushion.”

In the end, the Stars’ cohesive play and Oettinger’s exceptional goaltending proved insurmountable for the struggling Penguins, resulting in their third consecutive loss.

Reference

https://www.nhl.com/news/dallas-stars-pittsburgh-penguins-game-recap-october-24

Canucks Secure Early 2nd Period Goals to Defeat Predators

Canucks Secure Early 2nd Period Goals to Defeat Predators

In Nashville, the Vancouver Canucks wrapped up their five-game road stint with an impressive 3-2 triumph over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena this Tuesday.

Thatcher Demko showcased his skills with 16 crucial saves, steering the Canucks (4-2-0) to their second consecutive win.

Juuse Saros stood tall in the Predators’ net, making 21 saves, but it wasn’t enough to keep them from losing for the first time in three games (3-4-0).

The action kicked off with Ilya Mikheyev notching the first goal for the Canucks at 4:29 of the opening period. A well-placed wrist shot ricocheted off Predators’ defenseman Roman Josi’s stick, catching Saros off guard.

The Predators quickly responded, as Colton Sissons evened the score at 1-1 at 15:38 of the first period. Sissons seized an opportunity in the offensive zone, capitalizing on a clearing attempt from Canucks’ defenseman Carson Soucy, and besting Demko with a precise wrist shot.

Early in the second period, Phillip Di Giuseppe surged ahead, securing a 2-1 lead for the Canucks a mere 22 seconds in. Di Giuseppe skillfully chipped a bouncing puck past Saros, displaying impressive finesse.

Nils Hoglander further extended the Canucks’ lead to 3-1 at 3:11 of the second period. He redirected a powerful shot from the point by Quinn Hughes, leaving Saros with no chance.

The Predators refused to go quietly, with Kiefer Sherwood finding the back of the net at 9:18 of the second period. Sherwood unleashed a one-timer off a precise cross-ice pass from Tommy Novak, bringing the score to its final mark of 3-2.

This victory underscores the Canucks’ growing momentum, while the Predators face a setback after a string of recent successes.

Reference

https://www.nhl.com/news/vancouver-canucks-nashville-predators-game-recap-october-24

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nhl/2023/10/24/canucks-predators/6b8ef964-72ea-11ee-936d-7a16ee667359_story.html

https://www.trailtimes.ca/sports/di-giuseppe-hoglander-net-2nd-period-goals-as-canucks-dump-preds-3-2-6526549

Sabres seize early advantage, hold on for 6-4 victory against Senators.

Sabres seize early advantage, hold on for 6-4 victory against Senators.

In an evening dedicated to celebrating excellence in goaltending, the Buffalo Sabres’ 6-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre took an unexpected turn. The night commenced with a tribute to the former Senators’ goaltending legend, Craig Anderson, who had signed a one-day contract to retire as part of the Ottawa franchise. However, it concluded with a flurry of goals that raised the game’s total to an astonishing 10.

Jeff Skinner tallied two goals, while Tage Thompson, Zemgus Girginsons, and Alex Tuch added singles, leading the Sabres to a commanding 5-1 lead after two periods and prompting the Senators to replace their starting goalie, Anton Forsberg. Sabres’ netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukonen made 34 saves to secure the victory.

Joonas Korpisalo replaced Forsberg in the third period, making six saves in what should have been mop-up duty. Nevertheless, the Senators mounted a furious rally in the final minutes, closing the gap to 5-4 with just 35 seconds remaining. Yet, Thompson’s second goal, an empty-netter, sealed the game and capped off a tumultuous night for the goaltenders.

Although Jakob Chychrun contributed a goal in the second period, reducing the deficit to 3-1, it wasn’t until the game’s final five minutes that the Senators intensified their efforts. Vladimir Tarasenko, Josh Norris, and Mathieu Joseph each scored late goals, creating some tension, but the Sabres managed to secure the win.

Senators coach D.J. Smith expressed the need for a stronger performance and improved defensive play, while forward Claude Giroux encouraged the team to focus on consistency and continued hard work.

The game had a concerning moment when Brady Tkachuk left the ice late in the third period after a seemingly routine collision with Sabres center Peyton Krebs. Tkachuk, however, returned for the third period after sustaining an elbow stinger.

Tkachuk was involved in a late-game fight with Alex Tuch and may face suspension due to an instigator penalty. The Senators retain the option to appeal the league’s decision.

Despite the late-game commotion, the Sabres focused on their cohesive play and the effectiveness of their game plan, as mentioned by Alex Tuch.

NOTES:

  • Brady Tkachuk engaged in a fight with Alex Tuch late in the game, showcasing his physicality.
  • Craig Anderson participated in a ceremonial faceoff featuring both starting goalies, a unique sight.
  • Artem Zub missed his second consecutive game due to an ear injury.

UP NEXT:

  • Senators will visit the New York Islanders on Thursday.
  • Sabres will visit the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/sabres-pounce-senators-early-hang-014506413.html

https://apnews.com/article/nhl-senators-sabres-590d288c65d80ba32c1a3cafe4e405b3

Senators pay tribute to Craig Anderson with extended ceremony, exclusive goalies-only ceremonial faceoff.

Senators pay tribute to Craig Anderson with extended ceremony, exclusive goalies-only ceremonial faceoff.


Craig Anderson concluded his tenure with the Senators by signing a one-day contract, marking his official retirement after a decade-long association with the organization.

“I chose not to make a formal retirement announcement because I wanted to retire as a Senator,” Anderson expressed during the retirement ceremony. “Being a part of this means everything to me and my family. There’s a whirlwind of emotions.”

Ahead of the game against the Buffalo Sabres, Anderson and his family were honored with a heartfelt video tribute and a warm reception upon stepping onto the ice.

In a unique twist on the customary ceremonial puck drop, Senators goaltender Anton Forsberg and Sabres netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen shared the center ice duties, a rare tribute typically reserved for the teams’ respective captains.

Anderson’s legacy spans an entire decade, but his exceptional performance during the 2012-13 season remains particularly memorable. With a remarkable .941 save percentage and 1.69 goals against average, he secured a fourth-place spot in the Vezina Trophy rankings, guiding the Senators to the second round of the playoffs.

Notably, Anderson played a pivotal role in pushing the Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby, to the brink in a thrilling Game 7 overtime battle during the 2017 Eastern Conference playoffs. Despite an eventual defeat, Anderson’s tenacity left a lasting impression. The Senators have yet to return to the playoffs since that memorable run, while Pittsburgh went on to clinch their second consecutive Stanley Cup that season.

The 2016-17 season held a significant personal narrative for Craig Anderson, with off-ice events shaping its course. Anderson was honored with the Bill Masterton Trophy, an annual accolade recognizing individuals who exhibit unwavering commitment to hockey during challenging times. In October 2016, his wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with throat cancer. Throughout the season, Anderson dedicated himself to her care, and the family received a hopeful announcement in May 2017, confirming Nicholle’s victory over cancer.

On the ice, Anderson wrapped up his career with a commendable .912 save percentage and a 2.86 goals against average across 709 games, representing stints with the Senators, Capitals, Sabres, Avalanche, Panthers, and Blackhawks. His association with the Senators accounted for ten of his 20 seasons in the NHL.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/senators-honor-craig-anderson-with-lengthy-tribute-rare-goalies-only-ceremonial-faceoff-014154612.html

https://www.nhl.com/news/craig-anderson-signs-one-day-contract-to-retire-with-ottawa

Avalanche Triumph Over Islanders, Establish New NHL Record for Consecutive Road Victories

Avalanche Triumph Over Islanders, Establish New NHL Record for Consecutive Road Victories

ELMONT, N.Y. — Mikko Rantanen’s outstanding performance led the Colorado Avalanche to a historic 7-4 victory against the New York Islanders at UBS Arena on Tuesday. Rantanen’s goal and three assists showcased his exceptional skill.

This win extends Colorado’s incredible regular-season road winning streak to 15 games, a record in NHL history. Surpassing the Buffalo Sabres’ streak from April 3-November 13, 2006, the Avalanche have set a new standard.

Cale Makar contributed a goal and two assists, while Ryan Johansen netted two goals for the Avalanche (6-0-0). This achievement equals their longest season-opening winning streak since relocating from Quebec in the 1995-96 season, matching their performance in 2013-14. Alexandar Georgiev made 27 crucial saves.

Cal Clutterbuck, with a goal and an assist, along with Noah Dobson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who each had two assists, tried to counter for the Islanders (2-2-1). However, their efforts fell short as they suffered their third consecutive loss. Ilya Sorokin displayed remarkable skill with 35 saves.

Anders Lee managed to tie the game 4-4 at 4:40 in the third period, showcasing his determination.

Rantanen swiftly reclaimed the lead for the Avalanche at 5-4, scoring at 7:47 with a precise shot from the right circle, courtesy of Tomas Tatar’s well-executed cross-ice backhand pass during a rush.

Johansen secured the win with an empty-net goal, making it 6-4 at 19:00. The final goal was credited to Ross Colton after Brock Nelson accidentally redirected the puck into his own net, solidifying the 7-4 victory at 19:29.

Johansen initially gave Colorado a 1-0 lead at 5:19 of the first period, delivering a powerful one-timer from the left circle, expertly set up by Rantanen during a power play.

Clutterbuck swiftly responded, tying the game at 1-1 at 10:03 by deflecting Dobson’s slap shot from the point.

Makar’s remarkable effort put Colorado back in the lead at 2-1 at 12:52. He skillfully maneuvered around Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock and executed a superb shot over Sorokin with his backhand.

Kyle Palmieri leveled the score at 2-2 at 2:56 in the second period, skillfully maneuvering along the goal line for a power-play goal.

Simon Holmstrom gave New York a 3-2 lead at 5:55, showcasing his precision by beating Georgiev glove-side from the right circle.

Bowen Byram tied it up at 3-3 from the high slot at 19:18, exhibiting his keen sense of opportunity. Nathan MacKinnon then pushed Colorado ahead 4-3 just 13 seconds later, capitalizing on Clutterbuck’s inability to control the puck along the left boards.

Reference

https://www.nhl.com/news/colorado-avalanche-new-york-islanders-game-recap-october-24

https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/avalanche-beat-islanders/

Hellebuyck Leads Jets to a 4-2 Victory Over the Blues

Hellebuyck Leads Jets to a 4-2 Victory Over the Blues

In Winnipeg on Tuesday night, Connor Hellebuyck once again demonstrated exceptional skill, securing a 4-2 NHL victory for the Jets against the St. Louis Blues. Hellebuyck made an impressive 18 saves, including two critical breakaways, at Canada Life Centre.

The scorers for Winnipeg (3-3-0) were Kyle Connor, Mason Appleton, David Gustafsson, and Morgan Barron (an empty net goal). St. Louis replied with goals from Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich.

This game marked the Jets’ first without head coach Rick Bowness, who temporarily stepped away due to his wife’s health. Bowness’ wife, Judy, has now been discharged.

St. Louis’ goaltender, Jordan Binnington, made 26 saves out of 29 shots.

Despite Thomas’ late effort with Binnington off for an extra attacker, narrowing the score to 3-2, Barron sealed the victory with an assist from centre Mark Scheifele.

In the third period, Connor extended the Jets’ lead to 3-1 with a spectacular play. Defenceman Nate Schmidt set up the opportunity, allowing Connor to outsmart a defender and send a shot past Binnington.

The Blues managed to pull within 2-1 with a power-play goal in the second period. Buchnevich deflected a shot from Brayden Schenn while Dylan Samberg was penalized. Centre Jordan Kyrou also played a crucial role in this milestone power-play goal for the Blues.

The Jets kicked off the scoring with two rapid-fire goals in the second period, just 18 seconds apart. Gustafsson struck first, firing a one-timer past Binnington, thanks to a setup from Cole Perfetti. Defenceman Dylan DeMelo also contributed to the play. Appleton swiftly followed, sending a shot past Binnington on a pass from centre Adam Lowry. Defenceman Neal Pionk completed the setup.

Hellebuyck showcased his brilliance, denying Kyrou on two clear breakaways in the second period. Binnington also made a crucial save against Lowry during a short-handed breakaway.

Both goaltenders displayed remarkable skill during a scoreless first period. Binnington thwarted a backhand attempt by Winnipeg forward Nino Niederreiter, who was in a prime scoring position. Hellebuyck made an exceptional stop against Blues winger Kasperi Kappenen, who had a 2-on-1 opportunity late in the period. Additionally, Hellebuyck denied Brandon Saad’s attempt to convert Kyrou’s rebound into an open-net opportunity. He also made a crucial save against winger Jake Neighbours from the faceoff circle.

In other news, Judy Bowness, Rick’s wife, has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home. Mark Scheifele entered the game with a five-game point streak, a career first for him. The Jets’ record for the longest streak at the start of a season is held by Blake Wheeler at eight games. Josh Morrissey, a Jets defenseman, was tied for first among NHL defensemen with five assists heading into the game. Forward Nikolaj Ehlers needed just two points to reach 400 in his career. Former Winnipeg Jets captain Keith Tkachuk was recently honored with induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Looking ahead, the Jets will face the Red Wings in Detroit on Thursday night, while the Blues will travel to Calgary to take on the Flames on the same night.

This report by The Canadian Press was initially published on October 24, 2023.

Jim Bender, The Canadian Press.
Reference
www.elliotlaketoday.com
www.tsn.ca/nhl/connor-hellebuyck