Closing out November with a statement, last night consisted of seven NHL games and there were plenty of highlight reels around the league. Here is the NHL roundup from last night, my take on some games around the league.
Kings upset Caps on home ice: The Capitals really let this one slide, the Kings came in and made a statement with this win and the Capitals now make their playoff chances a bit tougher. Scoring four unanswered goals to end the night, the Kings saw some production from unlikely players. Marion Gaborik, Jussi Jokinen, and Jonny Brodzinski all chipped in and did their fair share. Ovechkin was held to nothing on the night and the Capitals two goals came off the stick of Evgeny Kuznetsov. Jonathan Quick turned away 27 of 29 shots last night to collect his 12th win of the season.
Canadiens pick up third straight: After Carey Price let in two goals on 11 shots, he settled in and turned away the next 19 shots Detroit threw his way. Brandon Gallagher had a night for himself collecting two goals and an assist. Max Pacioretty, yes he is alive and he scored his 8th goal of the season last night. Anthony Mantha continues to be a big piece of this team success, but unfortunately, his 12th goal of the year was not enough for Detroit. Detroit’s goaltending struggles continue, but this team was bound to fall off sooner or later.
Vegas drops another one: Vegas dropped their second straight game and sixth road loss of the season, as the season goes on this team will continue to deal with the ” is this team legit” questions. Wild Mikael Granlund finally scores since coming back and makes it his sixth of the season, Eric Staal’s two goals would be enough to hold Vegas. The Wild continue to string together wins, and as the playoff race gets closer, this team will be a contender. Jonathan Marchessault nets his ninth for Vegas and Brayden McNabb pots his first goal of the season, unfortunately, Malcolm Subban allowing four goals on 31 shots Vegas dropped 4-2 to Minnesota.
Janmark OT goal: A thrilling game in Chicago, probably game of the night as the Stars stormed into the madhouse and upset the Blackhawks on home ice. Alex Debrincat continues to surprise many and picks up his 11th goal of the season. Radek Faksa picks up a big a penalty shot goal, but it would not be enough to hold of this Chicago offense, as overtime was needed. This Chicago team continues to worry me, but we all know where this team will come April. Dallas has been a disappointment but a big overtime win could be a step in the right direction.
McDavid vs Matthews: Now, this was the game of the night as Matthews faced off against McDavid in a thriller, the sad part is the turning point of the night would come off Kris Russell scoring an own goal to put Toronto ahead 5-4 with 1:05 to play. This game had that playoff atmosphere and it was exciting to see this Edmonton play to their capability finally. But another loss hurts this team and if they do not catch fire soon, they may be looking in come playoff time. Auston Matthews picked up his 13th goal of the season, and Connor McDavid picked up his 10th goal. Toronto would go on to win, 6-4 off a Nazem Kadri empty net goal.