Brian Boyle is back in the NHL after signing a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers. The 34-year-old should make his presence felt in a couple of weeks. It was a good signing by the Panthers who add veteran leadership to the team.
Congratulations go out to Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice who picked up his 700th career win Sunday. He is seventh overall and four ahead of Toronto’s Mike Babcock.
In other coaching news, Bruce Boudreau won his 542nd contest and is tied with former Chicago and Toronto coach Billy Reay for 23rd overall.
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VANCOUVER 3 NEW YORK RANGERS 2
The Canucks scored three first period goals and hung on for the win.
Jay Beagle had the winner on a shorthanded goal.
The Rangers were outplayed in the first and second period but stormed back in the third to make it close.
Henrik Lundqvist took the loss, but he managed to make 40 saves on 43 shots. He is 1-3-0 with a 3.57 GAA and a .906 save percentage but looked good Sunday afternoon.
Jacob Trouba had six hits.
MINNESOTA 4 MONTREAL 3
The Wild’s trip through Eastern Canada wasn’t too bad as they won two-of-three with the win over Montreal.
Jason Zucker (he was the one who called out the Wild including Bruce Boudreau but apologized this weekend for his comments) led the charge with a goal and an assist.
Zach Parise had the winner at the 12:54 mark of the third.
Mikko Koivu had two assists.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 30-of-33 shots for the win, his first of the season after five straight losses. The Wild have won two in a row.
Keith Kinkaid took the loss as he stopped 29-of-33 shots. He is 0-1-1 this season.
WASHINGTON 5 CHICAGO 3
Tom Wilson’s goal in the third period broke a 3-3 tie and propelled the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 win over Chicago.
Kubalik led both teams with 10 shots on goal.
Braden Holtby turned aside 41 shots to pick up the win and go to 3-1-2 with a 3.70 GAA and a .878 save percentage. Those are not great numbers but perhaps Holtby is coming out of his slump.
Third overall pick Kirby Dach made his NHL debut for Chicago and he was a minus-one in 13:41 ice time.
Ovechkin had seven hits to lead both teams.
WINNIPEG 1 EDMONTON 0 (Shootout)
Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 28 shots as well as not allowing a goal on two attempts in the shootout to pick up his fourth win of the season and halt a personal three game losing streak.
Mike Smith was the hard luck loser as he stopped all 23 shots in regulation and overtime but still failed to get the win when his Edmonton teammates failed to score. The Jets managed only 13 shots on goal in even strength situations but had 10 shots on goal during their four power play attempts.
Darnell Nurse blocked four shots for the Oilers.
CALGARY 2 ANAHEIM 1
Well the Calgary Flames are now 2-27-5 in their last 34 games in Anaheim after beating the Ducks 2-1 Sunday.
It was Anaheim’s first loss of the season at home.
Mikael Backlund’s second goal of the season was the winner at the 8:57 mark of the third period.
Jakob Silfverberg gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead just 12 seconds into the second period after a scoreless first.
Cam Talbot, in his second start of the season, stopped 29 shots to go to 1-1 with a 1.75 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
Gibson turned aside 27 shots but took the loss and is 4-3-0 with a .939 save percentage and a 1.88 GAA.
The Flames did not get a power play opportunity while Anaheim was 0-3 on the night.
Phillip Danault - 2
Mikko Koivu -2
Carl Hagelin – 2
Shots on Goal
Dominik Kubalik – 10
Bo Horvat – 7
Jared Spurgeon - 6
Alex Ovechkin – 7
Radko Gudas – 4
Matt Dumba – 4
Artturi Lehkonen - 4