Although we’re in the third season since Marc-Andre Fleury was claimed by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Saturday’s game marked just the fourth time in his career that Fleury played against his former team. Every game still holds some sentimental value as a result given Fleury’s long history with the club that included some amazing highs mixed with rough patches and questions about his place in the organization.
Pittsburgh wanted to go in a new direction while Fleury has been given a second wind in Vegas. He’s finished in the top-five of Vezina voting in both of his first two campaigns with the squad and is off to a great start in 2019-20. On Saturday he added to it by shutting out the Penguins in Pittsburgh. That’s brought Vegas up to 6-3-0 in 2019-20, which is an amazing start, though they rank third in the Pacific due to hot starts from Anaheim and Edmonton as well.
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NEW JERSEY 1 VANCOUVER 0
Mackenzie Blackwood stopped all 25 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season. He improved to 2-1-2 with a 3.15 GAA and .886 save percentage in five contests.
Alexander Edler fired a team-high four shots on Blackwood. He has three goals on 18 shots, which translates to a 16.7 shooting percentage.
Jack Hughes scored the lone goal. It was the first of his NHL career.
Taylor Hall assisted on Hughes’ marker. Hall has a goal and six points in eight contests.
Thatcher Demko kicked out 23 of 24 shots Saturday night. He has a 2-1-0 record, 1.64 GAA, and .943 save percentage in three starts.
MONTREAL 5 ST. LOUIS 2
Shea Weber scored a goal and registered an assist in Montreal. He has a goal and five points in eight contests.
Jonathan Drouin netted the game-winning goal. It was his third marker and eighth point in eight games.
Carey Price stopped 32 of 34 shots on Saturday. He improved to 4-2-1 with a 2.68 GAA and .912 save percentage in seven starts.
At the other end of the ice, Jake Allen saved 20 of 24 shots. He has allowed four goals in each of his first two starts.
Jaden Schwartz scored a goal for the Blues. That extended his point streak to four games.
ARIZONA 5 OTTAWA 2
Conor Garland scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him four goals and five points in seven contests.
Alex Goligoski assisted on two of five Coyotes goals. He’s up to four helpers in seven games.
Antti Raanta stopped 34 of 36 Senators shots. He was bombarded by 21 shots in the third period and allowed both goals over that span.
Chris Tierney netted a power-play goal for the Senators. It was his second goal and fourth point in seven contests.
Craig Anderson turned aside 22 of 26 shots Saturday night. He’s allowed at least four goals in three of his five starts.
TORONTO 4 BOSTON 3 (OT)
Morgan Rielly scored two goals, including the overtime winner. He’s up to two goals and 11 points in nine games.
Mitchell Marner assisted on two of Toronto’s four goals. That gives him three goals and 11 points in nine contests.
Frederik Andersen stopped 43 of 46 shots on Saturday. He allowed two goals on 12 shots in the third period.
Jaroslav Halak allowed four goals on 29 Maple Leafs shots. He’s 2-1-1 with a 2.24 GAA and .931 save percentage in four starts.
David Pastrnak scored a goal and registered an assist. He has nine goals and 15 points in eight contests.
COLORADO 6 TAMPA BAY 2
Tyson Jost led the Avalanche with a hat trick. He’s up to four goals and five points in eight games.
Colin Wilson assisted on three of the Avalanche’s six goals. Those were his first three points of the 2019-20 campaign.
Pavel Francouz stopped 44 of 46 Lightning shots. He’s 2-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .951 save percentage in two starts.
Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on both of Tampa Bay’s goals. That gives him four goals and seven points in eight games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 18 of 24 shots Saturday night. He surrendered three goals on 10 shots in the second period.
DALLAS 4 PHILADELPHIA 1
Corey Perry scored a goal and registered two assists. Those were his first three points as a member of the Dallas Stars.
Esa Lindell netted the game-winning goal. It was his first goal and second point in 10 contests.
Sean Couturier accounted for the Flyers’ lone goal. He’s up to two goals and four points in six games.
Carter Hart stopped 12 of just 15 shots Saturday night. 11 of Dallas’ shots came in the first period and Hart surrendered two of the goals during that span.
At the other end of the ice, Ben Bishop saved 38 of 39 Flyers shots. He ended his three-game losing streak to improve to 2-4-1.
VEGAS 3 PITTSBURGH 0
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 29 shots to earn a shutout against his former team. He’s won three of his four career starts against Pittsburgh, but this was the first time he shut them out.
Patric Hornqvist tied for the team-high with four shots on Fleury. That’s the third straight game where he’s registered four shots.
Paul Stastny scored the game-winning goal. It was his fourth goal and seventh point in nine games.
Mark Stone also found the back of the net for Vegas. He has six goals and 12 points in nine contests.
NY ISLANDERS 3 COLUMBUS 2 (OT)
Brock Nelson scored the overtime winner and registered an assist. He’s up to four goals and seven points in eight contests.
Anthony Beauvillier assisted on two of the Islanders’ three goals. He has two goals and six points in eight games.
Thomas Greiss stopped 34 of 36 Blue Jackets shots. He has a 3-1-0 record, 2.21 GAA, and .930 save percentage in five contests.
Seth Jones found the back of the net for the Islanders. It was his first goal and four points in eight contests.
Joonas Korpisalo saved 31 of 34 shots Saturday night. That ended his run of three straight starts where he allowed just two goals.
FLORIDA 3 NASHVILLE 2 (SO)
Sam Montembeault stopped 25 of 27 shots in regulation time. He was perfect in three shootout rounds to pick up the extra point.
Pekka Rinne saved 28 of 30 shots prior to the skills competition. He allowed a goal on two shootout rounds.
Ryan Ellis assisted on both of the Predators’ goals. He has a goal and 11 points in eight contests.
Denis Malgin scored a power-play goal. It was his second goal and four points in six games.
Brett Connolly also found the back of the net for Florida. He’s on a three-game goal scoring streak.
LOS ANGELES 4 CALGARY 1
Jonathan Quick turned aside 23 of 24 Flames shots. He allowed 19 goals over his previous three starts.
Jeff Carter scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has a goal and three points in eight games.
Anze Kopitar scored a shorthanded goal for the Kings. It was his third goal and nine points in eight contests.
Mikael Backlund accounted for the Flames’ only goal. He has a goal and three points in nine games.
BUFFALO 4 SAN JOSE 3
Marcus Johansson scored a goal and registered an assist for Buffalo. He’s up to four goals and seven points in nine games.
Jeff Skinner found the back of the net for the Sabres. It was his fifth goal and seventh point in nine games.
Linus Ullmark kicked out 29 of 32 shots last night. He’s allowed at least three goals in three of his first four starts.
Tomas Hertl scored a goal for the Sharks. He’s up to three goals and six points in eight contests.
Martin Jones stopped 31 of 35 Sabres shots. He has a 2-4-0 record, 3.39 GAA, and .899 save percentage in six starts.
Linus Ullmark kicked out 29 of 32 shots Saturday night. He’s 2-1-1 with a 3.18 GAA and .913 save percentage in four starts.