NHL Headlines 10/31

Ar1zona: And they got one, but it was for sure not a pretty one. The Arizona Coyotes now have more wins than the Whalers, Thrashers, and Golden Seals this season with a massive 1 win. This came after blowing a 3-1 lead to the Flyers with less than a minute and a half to go in the third period. Clayton Keller obtained another point tonight on the game winning OT goal by Alex Goligoski. I am still in disbelief that they pulled this one out. I am sure once Raanta is back, and they get a couple of wins this team will show some signs of life and probably will not finish last in the NHL this year.

Lightning Strikes 8 Times: Man, Tampa Bay looks good, really good. They defeated the Florida Panthers 8-5 in the battle of Florida where the gunners Kucherov and Stamkos combined for 3 goals and 2 assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his 10th win of the season, tying the NHL record for wins in October. He did not have the strongest of games saving only 15 of 20 with a few weak goals, but 10 wins is 10 wins. Tampa Bay appears as the early favourite to win not only the Eastern Conference, but maybe even cup favourites as well. This team coming off an injury depleted season where they missed the playoffs, additions of an emerging young defense man in Sergachev and the strong play of their all-world captain surely makes them a different animal in the East.

Shark in Unknown Waters: Patrick Marleau played his first game as a visitor in San Jose last night. Being drafted by the Sharks in the 1997 draft, he spent the past 2 decades as a leader and hall of fame player for the Sharks. The opening tribute was one that Joe Thornton said he shed a few tears during. This was a big game for both clubs as they look to get back to form. The Leafs were on the losing end of this match, a mellow comeback for Marleau, but one the Sharks will be proud of. Brent Burns appears to be back on track after he obtained an assist, making it assists in his last 4 games. To be noted, Tyler Bozak, Roman Polak, and the Leafs’ 4th line all sat during the majority of the 3rd period. The Leafs are looking weaker as their shooting percentage falls, and their defense remains a weak point on the team.


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