David Pastrnak scores all four for Boston

Michael Finewax

It was a busy afternoon on a holiday Monday in Canada and the United States but there was some business to take care of first.

The three stars of the week were announced and Connor McDavid was the first star with Patrik Laine garnering the second star and Sidney Crosby the third.

McDavid had a couple of goals and five assists in three games while Laine had two goals and six helpers in four contests. Crosby scored three times and added four assists in four games as the Penguins were 3-1.

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The Coyotes received bad news on the status of defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson as he has a cracked fibula that should keep him out of action for three months.

Finally, Jacob Markstrom was given a leave of absence from the Vancouver Canucks for personal reasons. He is expected back by the weekend but will miss a couple of games against Detroit and St. Louis, at a minimum. Thatcher Demko will take over and Zane McIntyre was recalled and will back up Demko.

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David Pastrnak scored all four goals and led the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 win over Anaheim.

The outburst gives Pastrnak six goals this season in six games and he got things started in the first with a power play goal to give the Bruins the lead heading into the dressing room.

The Czech star made it 2-0 in the second but Rickard Rakell cut the lead in half with 2:08 left in the second stanza and it was 2-1 Boston after two.

Pastrnak scored a couple of quick goals before the five-minute mark of the third including his second power play goal of the afternoon. Adam Henrique’s second of the season made it closer but it was all Boston.

It was the first time the Ducks gave up more than two goals this season and the first time they have scored twice and not come away with the victory.

John Gibson had his worst game of the season, giving up four goals on only 23 shots. He is 3-2-0 with a 1.82 GAA and a .941 save percentage.

Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves for the win. He is 2-1-0 with a 1.69 GAA and a .951 save percentage.

Brad Marchand and Torey Krug each had two assists.

David Krejci was injured in the second period and did not return.


Brett Connolly scored twice as the Florida Panthers upended the New Jersey Devils 6-4. The Devils were up 4-1 before the Panthers struck for five unanswered goals to pick up the win. It was the second time this season that the winless Devils have blown a big lead as they were up 4-0 against the Winnipeg Jets in their opener, before losing in a shootout.

After Jonathan Huberdeau opened the scoring with his first of the season, the Devils scored two in the first to take the lead and then extended it to 4-1 1:08 into the second as Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt scored in the first and Will Butcher and Pavel Zacha scored in the first 68 seconds of the second. It was the first goal of the season for all the Devils.

But Connolly scored twice in the second to bring the Panthers close heading into the third.

MacKenzie Weeger tied it at four just 30 seconds in and Noel Acciari broke the tie with the game-winner seven minutes later. Evgenii Dadonov with his fourth, clinched it with a power play goal.

Sergei Bobrovsky picked up the win despite making only 17 saves. It was not a great afternoon for Cory Schneider who made 28 saves in taking the loss.

Zacha had a couple of assists in addition to his goal while Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck and Aaron Ekblad had two helpers apiece for the Panthers.

Nico Hischier was injured early in the first period and did not return. There was no update after the contest.


Defenseman Devon Toews one-timer in overtime was the winner as the Islanders came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2.

The Blues opened the scoring with Brayden Schenn’s fifth goal of the season and that first period goal carried through 40 minutes until Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first of the season on the power play to give the Blues a 2-0 lead.

Brock Nelson cut the lead in half at the 14:29 mark and Mathew Barzal’s first of the season with 27 seconds left tied it and sent it to overtime where his feed to Toews was the winner.

Tomas Greiss made 21 saves for the win. He is 2-1-0 with a 2.27 GAA and a .925 save percentage and has out-goaltended Semyon Varlamov this season.

Jordan Binnington took the loss, making 29 saves. He has lost last two and has given up eight goals on 69 shots. He is 2-1-2 with a 2.97 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Oliver Wahlstrom had two shots on goal in his NHL debut as he was recalled after the injury to Islanders forward Jordan Eberle. Eberle is day-to-day.


Alex Stalock made 26 saves in his first start of the season as Minnesota won its first of the season, shutting out Ottawa 2-0.

There was no scoring in the first two periods but Victor Rask’s first of the season in the third, and Zach Parise’s insurance goal into the empty net, sealed the win for the Wild.

Craig Anderson was a tower of strength for Ottawa, as only Rask’s shot eluded him. Anderson made 33 saves in taking the loss.

Eric Staal, Matt Dumba and Anthony Duclair each had five shots on net.

Luke Kunin had three minors.  


Carter Hutton stopped all 25 shots as the Buffalo Sabres shut out the slumping Dallas Stars 4-0.

Frederik Olofsson opened the scoring in the second period with a power play goal and set a record by doing so. All five of his goals thus far this season have come with the man-advantage as did his two last season. The seven goals on the power play to start a career is a record.

Sam Reinhart made it 2-0 with his third of the season and Jeff Skinner and Marcus Johansson scored in the third to complete the scoring.

Jack Eichel had a pair of assists in the win.

Ben Bishop gave up all four goals on only 22 shots in taking the loss.


Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-3 win over Washington and go to a perfect 5-0 this season.

The Avalanche came out flying to start the game and scored four times in the first as Erik Johnson, Nikita Zadorov, Kadri and Rantanen quieted the hometown Washington crowd.

The Capitals staged a mini-comeback in the second as Lars Eller and T.J. Oshie cut the lead to 4-2 but Matt Nieto and Nathan MacKinnon sandwiched an Alex Ovechkin goal in the third to complete the scoring.

Philipp Grubauer returned to defeat his old Capital teammates as he turned aside 29 shots for his fourth win of the season.

It was not a good time for Braden Holtby who failed to make a save and gave up goals on the first three shots he faced before Ilya Samsonov replaced him. Unfortunately, Samsonov got saddled with his first loss this season as he gave up a couple of goals on 21 shots before MacKinnon iced it with an empty netter.

Ty Lewington had 17 penalty minutes including a fight with the Stars Valeri Nichushkin as he picked up a misconduct and an instigating penalty as well as the fighting major.

Gabriel Landeskog and Evgeny Kuznetsov each had two assists.

Tom Wilson had seven hits.


Alexander Nylander’s goal at 6:20 of the third turned out to be the winner as the Chicago Blackhawks won their first of the season in a 3-1 win over the Oilers.

For the sixth straight game this season, the Oilers found themselves down, but for the first time they were unable to fight back and win, causing them to have their record drop to 5-1-0.

Patrick Kane got it started after a scoreless first period with his second of the season.

James Neal got the Oilers close with his league-leading eighth goal with only 2:21 left in the third. The power play goal gave Neal one more goal than he had all of last season when he had seven for the Flames in 63 games.

Brandon Saad scored into the empty net for the clinching goal.

Corey Crawford rebounded nicely after some poor outings and turned aside 27-of-28 shots for his first win of the season.

Mike Smith played well in net for the Oilers but he was at fault on Nylander’s winner as he hesitated before coming out to play the puck. That was all Nylander needed to corral the puck and beat Smith. He made 32-of-34 saves in going to 3-1 this season.

Connor McDavid was held pointless for the first time this season.



David Pastrnak - 4

Brett Connolly -2

Zach Aston-Reese – 2

Jake Guentzel - 2


Torey Krug -2

Brad Marchand – 2

Aaron Ekblad- 2

Vincent Trocheck – 2

Pavel Zacha – 2

Jack Eichel – 2

Nazem Kadri – 2

Gabriel Landeskog – 2

Mikko Rantanen – 2

Evgeny Kuznetsov – 2

Shots on Goal

Alex Ovechkin – 6

Dylan Strome - 6

David Pastrnak – 5

Ryan Getzlaf - 5

Eric Staal – 5

Matt Dumba – 5

Anthony Duclair – 5

Vladimir Tarasenko - 5


Dryden Hunt – 8

Tom Wilson – 7   

Maxime Comtois - 6

Brent Seabrook – 6

Ross Johnston – 5

Radko Gudas - 5

Penalty Minutes

Tyler Lewington – 17

Luke Kunin – 6

Valeri Nichushkin - 5

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