Draisaitl's heroics lift the Oilers to victory

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Sad news out of Toronto on Sunday with the passing of former Maple Leafs captain George Armstrong. He was 90.

Armstrong was the first minority captain in Toronto as he was an Ojibway on his mother’s side. He captained the Maple Leafs to their last Stanley Cup in 1967 and scored the insurance goal in a 3-1 win in Game 6. He had a successful career that started in the 1949-50 season and ended in 1970-71, scoring 296 goals when goals were hard to come by, as well assisting on 417 in 1188 games.

Armstrong also coached the Maple Leafs for part of a season in 1988-89 after Toronto fired John Brophy.

It has been a tough last few months for Toronto alumni as Eddie Shack and Howie Meeker have left us as well.

Our condolences to the Armstrong family.

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CHICAGO 6 DETROIT 2

This will be a day that Pius Suter will never forget. Not only did he pick up his first career NHL goal, he added two more for the hat trick as the Blackhawks remained perfect at home with a 6-2 win over Detroit. He led the Swiss League last season in points with 53 in 50 games, but he had only one assist in four games heading into the afternoon contest.

The Red Wings are reeling as they are missing five players including Robby Fabbri and Filip Zadina to COVID-19 protocol.

Kevin Lankinen has been a pleasant surprise in net in the early part of the season as he has played the last three games for the Blackhawks, garnering his second win of the season. The Blackhawks gave Collin Delia a couple of starts to begin the season as well as Malcolm Subban one, but it is Lankinen’s net right now.

Mattias Janmark and Connor Murphy each had a goal and an assist for Chicago while Philipp Kurashev picked up his second of the season. Murphy was a plus-four and has five points in six games.

Tyler Bertuzzi had two power play goals for Detroit as the Red Wings were two-for-five with the man-advantage.

Patrick Kane and Filip Hronek each had two assists.

It was not Jonathan Bernier’s night as he gave up all six goals on 35 shots.

BUFFALO 4 WASHINGTON 3 (Shootout)

Jack Eichel scored the only goal in the shootout to give Buffalo a 4-3 win over Washington in Sunday afternoon action.

Linus Ullmark won his first game of the season, stopping 28 shots and all three in the shootout to go to 1-1-1 (all against Washington) with a 2.55 GAA and a .905 save percentage. It has been a tough start to the season who missed two games due to the death of his fathers.

Vitek Vanecek was tall in the Washington net, stopping 45-of-48 shots but couldn’t stop Eichel. He has the net the rest of the week as Ilya Samsonov is out as he is COVID positive. Vanecek is 2-0-2 this season giving up 12 goals on 132 shots.

Defenseman Colin Miller had a goal and an assist including his first of the season. Victor Olofsson and Eric Staal also scored for Buffalo who potted all three on the power play on five chances.

Justin Schultz, who scored the only goal at even strength, T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom, both on the power play, scored for Washington.

Rasmus Ristolainen had a pair of assists.

Eichel had eight shots on goal while Taylor Hall had seven.

Rasmus Dahlin has yet to pick up a point this season but had six shots on goal Sunday after being benched for part of Friday’s game.

TORONTO 3 CALGARY 2

Auston Matthews first ever goal against the Calgary Flames was the winner as Toronto defeated the Flames 3-2 Sunday.

It was the only team that Matthews has not scored against in his career and he picked an opportune time to correct that situation.

Jack Campbell was solid in net, stopping 31 shots in going to 2-0 this season. He has given the Maple Leafs a backup goaltender they have trust in, something that has been lacking for years.

Jake Muzzin opened the scoring with his first of the season while Wayne Simmonds scored his first in a Toronto uniform.

Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist while Elias Lindholm on the power play also scored for Calgary.

Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves but took the loss. He saw his record fall to 2-0-1 as he has given up nine goals on 125 shots.

Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk each had eight shots on goal.

Morgan Rielly finally broke out as he had three assists.

VEGAS 1 ARIZONA 0

William Karlsson beat Darcy Kuemper to the far side after he was set up from behind the net by Jonathan Marchessault as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated Arizona 1-0. The goal by Karlsson was his second of the season and came with only 43 seconds left in the third period.

Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his first shutout of the season, turning aside only 16 Arizona shots. It was the 62nd shutout of his career. He is 3-0 this season as the Golden Knights are going with a shared net as Robin Lehner also has had three starts. Fleury has given up only three goals in the three games on 61 shots.

Kuemper was also solid in the Arizona net, making 26 saves in taking the loss. He is 1-3 in the early going, giving up 14 goals in five games on 159 shots.

Lawson Crouse had eight hits while Max Pacioretty had six.

Alex Goligoski had five blocked shots.

NEW JERSEY 2 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 0

Jack Hughes third of the season was the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils shut out the New York Islanders 2-0 Sunday.

Hughes is off to a great start after a mediocre rookie season in which he had 21 points including seven goals in 61 games. But 2020-21 has been a different story for the first overall pick in 2019. Hughes has seven points in only five games and is now showing why many thought he was a generational talent when he was drafted.

Pavel Zacha scored his first of the season just two minutes after Hughes in the first period and that was it for the scoresheet.

Scott Wedgewood was solid in turning aside all 28 shots for his third career shutout and first of the season. He is 1-1-0, giving up four goals on 63 shots.

Ilya Sorokin started his second NHL game and made 22 saves in taking his second loss of the season. He gave up five goals on 32 shots to the Rangers eight nights ago so this was a better performance.

Ty Smith continued his great start to his NHL career with assists on both goals. He has a goal and six points in five games. That is a great start to his career as he was taken 17th overall in 2018.

PITTSBURGH 3 NEW YORK RANGERS 2

Jake Guentzel scored the winner with 1:31 remaining in the third period to lift the Penguins to a 3-2 win over the Rangers. Guentzel scored on a one-timer from the top of the circle and beat Igor Shesterkin.

The goal capped a comeback in the third period as Jared McCann scored early in the period as the Rangers led 2-1 entering the third.

Bryan Rust also scored for Pittsburgh.

Tristan Jarry stopped 24 shots for his second win of the season and second win over the Rangers.

Colin Blackwell and Ryan Strome each scored their first of the season.

Sidney Crosby had a pair of assists for the Penguins.

Shesterkin gave up three goals on only 19 shots in taking his second loss of the season. He is 0-2-1 and has not looked at all like the netminder who took the NHL by storm when he was recalled last season by the Rangers.

ANAHEIM 3 COLORADO 1

John Gibson stood on his head once again as he stopped 32-of-33 shots to lead the Ducks to a surprising 3-1 win over Colorado Sunday.

The Ducks were outshot 33-15 but Gibson was a magician in holding off one of the best teams in the NHL.

Gibson is 2-1-2 and has given up 10 goals in five games on 160 shots. He has been the biggest reason the Ducks are competitive this season.

Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell, each with their first of the season, gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead while Hampus Lindholm scored into the empty net to give the Ducks their two-goal margin of victory.

Mikko Rantanen broke up Gibson’s shutout attempt with his fifth of the young season. Nathan MacKinnon drew the lone assist as the Avs scored with 5:14 left in the third to cut the Ducks lead in half.

It was not a good night stats-wise for Philipp Grubauer who faced only 14 shots, giving up a pair of goals.

Jani Hakanpaa was a plus-two for Anaheim with five hits and four blocked shots.

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LOS ANGELES 6 ST. LOUIS 3

Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists as the Kings upended the Blues 6-3 in St. Louis.

Kopitar scored his first of the season and has nine assists as he is tied for the NHL scoring lead with Mitch Marner with 10 points.

Drew Doughty, Alex Iafallo, Carl Grundstrom, Gabriel Vilardi and Lias Andersson also scored for the Kings. It was the first goals of the season for Iafallo, Grundstrom and Andersson.

Brayden Schenn had a pair of goals for the Blues while Ryan O’Reilly also found the back of the net for the first time this season.

Jonathan Quick made 28 saves for his second straight win over Colorado. Quick is 2-0-2 and while his peripherals are just average as he has allowed 13 goals in four games on 128 shots, he is off to his best start in four years.

Ville Husso picked up a rare start, giving up five goals on 34 shots. Look for Jordan Binnington to be back in goal Tuesday in Vegas.

Adrian Kempe and Jordan Kyrou each had a pair of assists.

Andersson had three minor penalties in addition to his goal. The former Ranger who was taken seventh overall in 2017, may just have found a place in the Kings lineup.

The Kings scored once in four chances on the power play while the Blues were scoreless in two chances.

SAN JOSE 5 MINNESOTA 3

Martin Jones won his third game in four decisions Sunday as he stopped 26 shots in a 5-3 win over the Wild in Minnesota. Jones has played well in three of his four games, but his effort on January 16th when he gave up five goals on only 24 shots in 46:38 of action has put a big damper on his peripherals. Still, he has a 3.05 GAA and a .894 save percentage.

Ryan Donato led the way offensively for the Sharks with a goal and an assist. He has three points to date.

Evander Kane, Noah Gregor, Brent Burns with the winner, and Matt Nieto into the empty net, also scored for the Sharks who are 3-3-0. They are starting the season on an eight-game road trip and even when they return home, it will be to Phoenix and not San Jose as government regulations in the San Jose area forbid gatherings indoors that are too small to allow the Sharks to play at home.

Zach Parise had a goal and an assist for the Wild while Nick Bjugstad with his first and Kevin Fiala with his second of the season, also scored for Minnesota.

Finnish netminder Kaapo Kahkonen gave up four goals on 35 shots in taking the loss. He is 2-1-0 this season, giving up six goals on 76 shots.

Ryan Suter had a pair of assists for Minnesota.

Parise, Timo Meier and Logan Couture all had five shots on net.

DALLAS 3 NASHVILLE 2

The Dallas Stars scored all three goals with the man-advantage to knock off Nashville for the second time this week in a 3-2 win.

The Stars power play has been phenomenal as they have scored eight goals on 11 attempts in only two games. The Predators have been horrible by the same account on their penalty kill.

Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski each had a goal and two assists in the win. Pavelski is off to an amazing start with three goals and seven points in only two games.

Denis Gurianov also scored for Dallas.

Anton Khudobin picked up his second straight win, giving up two goals on only 17 shots after shutting out the Predators Friday, making 34 saves.

Filip Forsberg with his fourth of the campaign, and Mikael Granlund with his first, replied for Nashville. Viktor Arvidsson assisted on both goals.

Juuse Saros stopped only 19 shots in taking the loss.

Gurianov had seven shots on goal.

EDMONTON 4 WINNIPEG 3

Leon Draisaitl scored with .7 seconds remaining to give the Oilers a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Winnipeg.

The Oilers were down 3-2 when Kailer Yamamoto scored with 3:05 to go, setting up Draisaitl’s last second heroics.

It was a big night for Connor McDavid who picked up three assists including setting up the tying and winning goals.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Kyle Turris also scored for the Oilers.

Mikko Koskinen stopped 35 shots for his third win of the season in his seventh start.

Adam Lowry, Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg.

Laurent Brossoit started and gave up all four goals for the Jets on 38 shots.

Jesse Puljujarvi had an assist and led both teams with six shots on goal.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Pius Suter – 3

Tyler Bertuzzi – 2

Brayden Schenn - 2

Assists

Morgan Rielly – 3

Connor McDavid - 3

Filip Hronek – 2

Patrick Kane – 2

Mitch Marner – 2

Rasmus Ristolainen – 2

Sidney Crosby - 2

Ty Smith – 2

Anze Kopitar – 2

Adrian Kempe – 2

Jordan Kyrou – 2

Ryan Suter – 2

Joe Pavelski – 2

Roope Hintz – 2

Viktor Arvidsson – 2

Shots on Goal

Sean Monahan – 8

Matthew Tkachuk – 8

Jack Eichel – 8

Taylor Hall – 7

Denis Gurianov – 7

Jesse Puljujarvi - 6

Hits

Brandon Tanev - 8

Lawson Crouse – 8

Justin Faulk - 7

Max Pacioretty – 6

Drake Caggiula - 6

Penalty Minutes

Lias Andersson – 6

Zach Hyman – 4

Nic Dowd – 4

Marcus Sorensen – 4

Jordan Greenway – 4

Mark Pysyk - 4