Battle of the basement: In what was a matchup consisting of two of the worst teams in the NHL right now, we got our money’s worth with this game. After the first period, the Canadiens outshot the Rangers 19-2 and led 3-0, goals coming from Claude Julien’s favorite Alex Galchenyuk(3) and Phillip Danault(2) and Paul Byron(3). After the dismantling of a first, the Rangers came back in the second nose to nose with the Canadiens, with goals from Pavel Buchnevich(3) and Rick Nash(2). Captain Max Pacioretty added the fourth goal two minutes after Nash’s, making it 4-3. The third period was similar to the second and two late Ranger goals would not be enough to come back from a poor start. The Rangers now drop to 3-7-2, and starting slow has been their biggest problem, if this continues for much longer, how long does Alain Vigneault have in New York? His leash needs to be tight but as a winning NHL coach, a Stanley Cup contending and successful head coach, the Rangers do not seem like parting ways is in the future right now.
Late Night Thriller: The Kings who have been the hottest team in the NHL, collected a win in the most unlikely way possible. In a tightly fought game, where Tuukka Rask and Jonathan Quick made 29 saves plus apiece, would eventually need extra time. What looked like a sure shootout matchup, with 0.9 seconds left, Anze Kopitar won the draw back to Tyler Toffoli standing above the faceoff circle, in .4 seconds Toffolo was able to one time a shot past Tuukka Rask for the overtime winner and give the Kings their ninth win.
Ducks stop the Bolts: The Anaheim Ducks who had just lost to the Panthers 8-3, Thursday night, came back with a chip on their shoulder Saturday night. Although the Ducks got outshot every period they managed to slip a few past back up goaltender Peter Budaj. Rickard Rakell(4,5) finally gets on the board and gets his first multi-goal game of the season. Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm and Brandon Montour have looked great with some of the Ducks top defensemen out, each adding a goal to tonight’s 4-1 win over Tampa Bay. The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov were held to zero points and ended their point streak at 11 games.
Worst start in history: The Arizona Coyotes came into tonight with a 0-9-1 record and they left with a 0-10-1 record, the Arizona Coyotes are just one loss away from having the worst start in NHL history since the 1943 New York Rangers. With 16 minutes left in the third the Coyotes were up 3-2, with all hope they could hold onto to the win and collect their first win, the Devils had other plans, goals coming from Taylor Hall(3) and game-winning goal from rookie sensation, Jesper Bratt(4), both goals coming on the power play. Now the Coyotes get ready to face the Flyers at Philadelphia, well looks like they are going to be off to the worst start since 1943.
Av’s silence the MadHouse: The Colorado lost to the Vegas Golden Knights Friday night 7-0 and the Blackhawks dropped to the Knights earlier in the week. In what was thought to be a sure win for Chicago, the Av’s had other plans as they score six goals to topple the Hawks 6-3. Despite the Hawks outshooting the Avs 42-28 the Av’s managed to capitalize on two of the five power plays they had and collect their sixth win of the year. Back up netminder for Colorado made 39-42 saves, posting a save percentage of 92. Mikko Rantanen and Nathan Mackinnon each scored two goals apiece to add to their three-goal total on the year.