Hurricanes add to Canadiens' woes

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The Canadiens’ season to this point can be summed up in one word: Misery. It’s still early – but that’s about the only positive Montreal can say so far. They were 0-4-0 going into Thursday’s action and set to face the Carolina Hurricanes, the team who took 21-year-old forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi from them by signing him to an offer sheet. Carolina and Montreal have developed an interesting rivalry over the last two years thanks to Montreal’s failed offer sheet on Sebastian Aho, which led to Carolina’s retaliatory offer sheet on Kotkaniemi.

So it’s fair to say that losing to Carolina would be particularly painful for the Canadiens – and that’s exactly what happened to them. The Canadiens suffered a 4-1 loss on home ice. The Habs fans booed Kotkaniemi, but he responded by scoring his first goal as a member of the Hurricanes.

To make matters worse for Montreal, it’s another game where the offense didn’t show up. The Canadiens have just four goals over their first five games.

The last time they started the season 0-5-0 was back in 1995-96, but at least that campaign does give the Canadiens some hope. They were outscored a dreadful 22-4 through their first five games that season, but they won their next six games en route to a 40-32-10 record and a playoff berth. We’ll see if Montreal can similarly turn things around in Game 6 this season. They’ll face Detroit on Saturday.

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CAROLINA 4 MONTREAL 1

Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s first game against the team who originally drafted him went well. He scored a goal, had three shots, and three hits to help Carolina best the Canadiens.

That said, Sebastian Aho was the star of this game. He scored two goals and registered an assist for the Hurricanes.

Frederik Andersen turned aside 27 of 28 Canadiens shots. The only goal he allowed was scored during a Montreal power play.

Tyler Toffoli was the Habs player who netted that power-play goal. It was his first goal in five games.

Jake Allen kicked out 29 of 32 shots last night. He dropped to 0-4-0 with a 3.07 GAA and .891 save percentage in four contests.

SAN JOSE 2 OTTAWA 1

Drake Batherson scored the Senators’ lone goal. Brady Tkachuk, who was making his season debut, assisted on Batherson’s marker.

Matt Murray turned aside 22 of 24 Sharks shots. He allowed both of San Jose’s goals over 12 shots in the second period.

Kevin Labanc netted the game-winning goal. It was his second goal and third point in three contests.

Logan Couture also found the back of the net for the Sharks. He has a goal and four points in three games.

James Reimer saved 30 of 31 shots for San Jose. It was his first start of the season.

FLORIDA 4 COLORADO 1

Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 30 of 31 Avalanche shots. With that effort he’s become the 38th goaltender to ever reach the 300-win milestone.

Mikko Rantanen was the only player to beat Bobrovsky on Thursday. It was his second goal and fourth point in four games.

Jonas Johansson stopped 34 of 37 shots in his first start of the season. He allowed two goals in the second period, but it’s hard to blame him for that given that he faced a staggering 23 shots over that span.

Sam Bennett scored the game-winning goal. He already has four goals in four contests.

Anton Lundell had a goal and an assist for Florida. That gives him two goals and four points in four games.

WASHINGTON 4 NEW JERSEY 1

Daniel Sprong and Evgeny Kuznetsov each scored a goal and registered an assist for Washington. Kuznetsov already has three goals and eight points in four contests.

Two of Washington’s four goals were scored by Alex Ovechkin. That gives him four goals and eight points in four games.

The Devils’ lone goal was netted by Janne Kuokkanen. He has a goal and two points in three contests.

Scott Wedgewood turned aside 23 of 27 Capitals shots. This was his first start of the 2021-22 campaign.

At the other end of the ice, Vitek Vanecek saved 25 of 26 shots. He improved to 2-0-1 with a 1.30 GAA and .946 save percentage in three starts.

COLUMBUS 3 NY ISLANDERS 2 (OT)

Patrik Laine netted the overtime winner. He’s up to two goals and five points in four contests.

Oliver Bjorkstrand assisted on all of Columbus’ goals. He has two markers and seven points in four games.

Elvis Merzlikins saved 34 of 36 shots on Thursday. He’s allowed just five goals over his first three starts and has started the campaign with a 3-0-0 record.

Ilya Sorokin stopped 29 of 32 Blue Jackets shots. He’s 1-2-1 with a 3.50 GAA and .901 save percentage in four contests.

Mathew Barzal found the back of the net for the Islanders. He has two goals and points in four contests.

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CALGARY 3 DETROIT 0

Jacob Markstrom stopped 33 shots to earn his first shutout of the 2021-22 campaign. He improved to 1-1-1 with a 2.30 GAA and .924 save percentage in three games.

Lucas Raymond had a team-high five shots against Markstrom. That more than doubled his shot total for the season, giving him nine overall.

Alex Nedeljkovic saved 26 of 28 Flames shots. He allowed both goals in the first period and while he was perfect beyond that, the Red Wings were never able to get a comeback going. The Flames’ third marker came on an empty net.

Elias Lindholm scored the first and therefore game-winning goal. He’s up to three goals and points in three games.

Erik Gudbranson assisted on two of the Flames’ three goals. It was his first two points of the season.

NY RANGERS 3 NASHVILLE 1

Alexis Lafreniere accounted for the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has two goals and three points in five contests.

Two of the Rangers’ three goals were assisted on by Sammy Blais. Going into this contest he had no points in three games.

Igor Shesterkin saved 28 of 29 Predators shots. That’s his third straight win and he’s allowed just a goal in each game of that streak.

Nashville’s only goal was scored by Philip Tomasino. It was his first goal and point in two contests.

Juuse Saros kicked out 27 of 29 shots Thursday night. He has a 1-3-0 record, 2.05 GAA, and .928 save percentage in four contests.

WINNIPEG 5 ANAHEIM 1

John Gibson stopped 22 of 26 Jets shots. He surrendered at least one goal in each period.

Kyle Connor came up big for Winnipeg, scoring two goals and an assist. That gives him five goals and seven points in four contests.

Pierre-Luc Dubois contributed a goal and an assist for the Jets. He’s up to three goals and four points in four games.

Connor Hellebuyck saved 38 of 39 shots for Winnipeg. It was an encouraging outing after he surrendered 14 goals over his last three starts.

Troy Terry scored the Ducks’ lone goal. It was his first marker and fifth point in four games.

VANCOUVER 4 CHICAGO 1

Tanner Pearson scored the game-winning goal. That gives him a goal and three points in five contests.

Conor Garland contributed a goal and an assist for Vancouver. He’s up to two goals and six points in five games.

Thatcher Demko kicked out 29 of 30 Blackhawks shots. He improved to 2-1-1 with a 2.66 GAA and .922 save percentage in four contests.

Chicago’s goal was scored on the power play by Alex DeBrincat. It was his second goal and third point in five games.

Kevin Lankinen saved 21 of 24 shots last night. He surrendered two goals on eight shots in the second frame.

EDMONTON 5 ARIZONA 1

Connor McDavid had just another amazing game, chipping in two goals and an assist. He already has six goals and 11 points in four contests.

Zach Hyman scored two goals, including the game winner. He’s up to three goals and four points in four games.

Mikko Koskinen saved 26 of 27 Coyotes shots. He’s 2-0-0 with a 1.37 GAA and .957 save percentage in two contests.

Karel Vejmelka didn’t have nearly as good a time, allowing five goals on 31 shots. He dropped to 0-1-1 with a 2.82 GAA and .908 save percentage in three games.

While the Coyotes had a rough night, Dysin Mayo had a debut to remember. The 25-year-old defenseman recorded a goal, three shots, and two blocks in 14:51 minutes of ice time.