Crosby-McDavid: In the battle for best player in the world only one point came from the both of them. A game that was previewed as an offensive style of play, both goaltenders stepped up big time. Matt Murray made a ridiculous paddle save, while Talbot silenced the Pens offense with every opportunity. Ian Cole believe it or not, scored the first goal of the game assisted by Riley Sheahan and Ryan Reeves. McDavid answered later in the 3rd off of a deflected shot that beat Matt Murray over the shoulder. In Overtime, a back and forth affair, Malkin centered the puck to Phil Kessel and that is where this match ended. A strong game by 2 strong teams. This was a fun battle without a doubt.
Ari-Oh No: The Coyotes, I had high hopes for you this season. And still winless although playing pretty well. The Islanders won this one 5-3 on the back of their captain, John Tavares’ hat trick. Another back and forth game the Yotes lost again. I still feel like they will finish around the 20-25 range in the NHL, but this is not the way to start that youth movement.
Vegas is Running the Tables: With a team that has not played too strong so far this year, 2 AHL goaltenders, and your number 1 or 2 Center, and possibly the 2nd best defenseman in the minors (Shipachyov and Theodore), this team really is lucking our with their season. With a 4-2 win over Chicago last night, the Golden Knights go to 7-1-0 on the year and are actually fun to watch. Enjoy it now Vegas, because a wall will be hit, and it will be a nosedive from then on out. But I do enjoy their early success in the league and have a great fan base including Bryce Harper in the crowd. Maybe this team can get past the 2nd round unlike Harper’s Nationals and the rest of Washington’s sport teams.