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Connor McDavid scored his first goal of the 2021-2022 season 17:29 into the first period of Saturday night’s game against the Calgary Flames. McDavid would then go on to find the back of the net two more times before this game was over. This earned him his 10th career hat trick and helped the Oilers come out on top in this matchup. Playing against the Flames all but guarantees a great night in store for McDavid. He has played Calgary 31 times in his career. During those games he has accumulated 26 goals. In fact, three out of his 10 career hat tricks have come courtesy his province rival.
Although McDavid put on quite the show, goalie Mike Smith also put on a solid performance that served as a deciding factor in this game. Smith made 45 saves on 47 shots to earn himself a save percentage of .957. The Flames outshot the Oilers in this game 47-33, so Smith’s net presence gave his team the offensive opportunity to secure a win.
Derek Ryan opened the scoring in this matchup, with his goal scored 13:08 into the first. The only other goal scorer for Edmonton in the game was Jesse Puljujarvi, who netted his shot 5:29 into the third. Along with McDavid, Puljujarvi also posted a three-point night. He picked up two assists during this matchup, in addition to his goal.
On the Flames side, Andrew Mangiapane and Elias Lindholm picked up a goal each. This game, however, was dominated by Edmonton through and through. Jacob Markstrom allowed four goals on 32 shots over the course of the night and his team leaves Edmonton with a loss.
ARIZONA 1 BUFFALO 2 (SO)
Cody Eakin responded in the second for Buffalo, as he scored a power play goal just over a minute into the period. His goal was assisted by Drake Caggiula and Rasmus Dahlin. This tied the game up 1-1, which is the score that would remain all the way till the end of regulation.
This game would eventually need a shootout to be decided. Nick Schmaltz was the only player to score for Arizona. Tage Thompson and Arttu Ruotsalainen found the back of the net for the Sabres, thus earring a victory for Buffalo.
Karel Vejmelka stopped 32 out of the 33 shots he faced during 65 minutes of play. Despite not being able to hold on in the shootout, it was a pretty good NHL debut for the 25-year-old.
Dustin Tokarski made 20 saves on 21 shots during regulation and overtime. This earned him a save percentage of .952 in this game.
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NEW YORK 1 FLORIDA 5
Sam Bennett earned himself a hat trick in this matchup. He opened the scoring in this game by scoring the sole goal of the first period. He later scored a goal in the second, before completing his hat trick in the third.
Anthony Duclair also netted a goal in this game. He scored with just over a minute left in the second period to put the Panthers up 3-0.
Oliver Wahlstrom was the only Islanders player to find the back of the net in this matchup. He scored 3:30 into the third period on the power play to set the score at 3-1.
Aleksander Barkov closed the scoring with his goal scored just over 12 minutes into the final period of play.
Jonathan Huberdeau, Carter Verhaeghe, Aaron Ekblad, Radko Gudas, Matt Kiersted, and MacKenzie Weegar all ended their nights with an assist each. Gustav Forsling picked up two assists over the course of this game.
Ilya Sorokin allowed five goals on 29 shots to end his night with a save percentage of .828.
Sergei Bobrovsky allowed just one goal on 30 shots to earn himself a save percentage of .967. He stopped all of the 21 even-strength attempts he faced during this game.
DALLAS 1 BOSTON 3
Brad Marchand was the first player on the scoreboard, as he netted a goal 17:38 into the first. He would then go on to end the scoring in this game by scoring his second of the night 18:23 into the third period. His first goal was unassisted and his second goal was assisted by David Pastrnak.
Braden Holtby made 37 saves on 39 shots to earn himself a save percentage of .949. Overall, this was a good game for Holtby, despite coming out of it with a loss.
Jeremy Swayman allowed just one goal on 28 shots to post a save percentage of .964.
OTTAWA 1 TORONTO 3
Josh Norris scored the only goal for the Senators in this game. He scored on the power play with under three minutes remaining in the second to bring Ottawa within one. His goal was assisted by Drake Batherson and Tyler Ennis.
Anton Forsberg made 26 saves on 29 shots to finish his game off with a save percentage of .897
Jack Campbell allowed just one goal on 21 shots to post a save percentage of .952.
NEW YORK 3 MONTREAL 1
Jonathan Drouin was the only Canadiens player to notch a goal in this game, as he tied the score up 1-1 with his goal scored 9:24 into the third. His goal was assisted by Christian Dvorak and Brett Kulak.
Kevin Rooney closed the scoring with an unassisted goal scored with ten seconds to go in the game.
Igor Shesterkin allowed just one goal on 32 shots to end his night with a save percentage of .969.
Jake Allen made 21 saves on 23 shots to post a save percentage of .913.
VANCOUVER 1 DETROIT 3
Jaroslav Halak allowed two goals on 20 shots to end his night with a save percentage of .900.
Thomas Greiss had a great night in net, as he made 40 saves on 41 shots to earn himself an impressive .976 save percentage.
CHICAGO 2 PITTSBURGH 5
Brock McGinn made the score 3-0 just over five minutes later with a goal of his own. His goal was assisted by Drew O’Connor.
Danton Heinen capped off an eventful first for Pittsburgh with his goal scored 11:25 into the period. This put Pittsburgh up 4-0 heading into the second. His goal was assisted by Jake Guentzel and Jeff Carter.
Tristan Jarry allowed two goals on 20 shots to end his game with a save percentage of .900.
Marc-Andre Fleury started this game, but was pulled after he allowed four goals on 10 shots in just over 11 minutes of play. Kevin Lankinen played the remainder of this game and made 15 saves on 16 shots.
TAMPA BAY 2 WASHINGTON 1 (OT)
Alex Ovechkin was the only goal scorer for Washington in this game. He scored with just under two minutes remaining in the second to become the first player on the scoreboard in this matchup. His goal was assisted by Trevor van Riemsdyk and Tom Wilson.
Steven Stamkos would end up being the overtime hero when this matchup when to additional minutes. He secure the victory for the Lightning with his goal scored 4:45 into overtime. The sole assist on that goal belonged to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
Vitek Vanecek allowed two goals on 24 shots to finish his night off with a save percentage of .917.
Andrei Vasilevskiy finally broke his rough start to the season with a good performance in this matchup. He made 32 saves on 33 shots to earn himself a save percentage of .970.
SEATTLE 1 COLUMBUS 2 (OT)
Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 out of 25 shots to end his night with a save percentage of .920.
Elvis Merzlikins allowed just one goal on 20 shots to post a save percentage of .950.
CAROLINA 3 NASHVILLE 2
Ryan Johansen tied the game up 1-1 with his goal scored at 7:54 into the second.
Filip Forsberg wrapped up the scoring in this game with a late goal scored 19:15 into the third. His goal was assisted by Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Johansen. This was enough to bring the Predators within one, but not enough to avoid a loss.
Juuse Saros made 29 saves on 31 shots to post a saved percentage of .935.
Frederik Andersen made 38 saves on 40 shots to help his team clinch a victory in this matchup.
ST. LOUIS 5 COLORADO 3
Justin Faulk scored the sole goal of the first period to give the Blues an early lead.
Brayden Schenn then built on that lead with a goal scored 8:35 into the second.
David Perron made the score 3-0 just over three minutes later. This was the first of the two goals Perron would score in this game.
Andre Burakovsky was the first Avalanche player on the board. He scored 14:09 into the second to set the score at 3-1.
Ryan O’Reilly closed the scoring with his goal netted with 20 seconds left in the game.
Jordan Binnington made 29 saves on 32 shots to earn himself a save percentage of .906.
Darcy Kuemper allowed four goals on 27 shots to end the game with a save percentage of .852.
WINNIPEG 3 SAN JOSE 4
Connor Hellebuyck did not have his best night, as he allowed four goals on 31 shots to post a save percentage of .871.
Adin Hill made 20 saves on 23 shots to end his night with a save percentage of .870.
CALGARY 2 EDMONTON 5
Connor McDavid then kicked off his night just over four minutes later with a power play goal. This goal was assisted by Jesse Puljujarvi and Leon Draisaitl. McDavid notched goal number two on the power play as well, 5:33 into the second period. This goal was assisted by Darnell Nurse and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
McDavid then concluded scoring and completed his hat trick with a goal scored 18:23 into the third. This final goal was assisted by Jesse Puljujarvi and Leon Draisaitl, both of whom also had a three-point night.
Mike Smith had the most stellar goaltending performance out of all the Saturday games, as he allowed just two goals on 47 shots.
Jacob Markstrom did not have his best showing, as he allowed four goals on 32 shots to end his night with a save percentage of .875.
MINNESOTA 3 LOS ANGELES 2
Viktor Arvidsson opened the scoring in this matchup, as he netted a power play goal just over five minutes into the second. This goal was assisted by Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty.
Frederick Gaudreau helped Minnesota respond under a minute later. His goal was assisted by Kevin Fiala and Dmitry Kulikov.
Cam Talbot made 29 saves on 31 shots to earn back-to-back victories. He has had two good performances on two consecutive days.
Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 30 shots to end his night with a saved percentage of .900.