Notes from Thursday, Oct. 8
Stars of the night
--Buffalo's Clarke MacArthur had a goal and set up Thomas Vanek's go-ahead power play goal as the Sabres squeaked past Phoenix, 2-1. Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera made 37 saves in the loss.
--Evgeni Malkin and Alex Goligoski had a goal and assist each, Goligoski's goal coming when Philadelphia defenseman Braydon Coburn shot the puck into his own net from a corner of the rink, and the Penguins held off the Flyers, 5-4, ruining Jeff Carter's four-point (two goals, two assists) night. Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves.
--Chris Osgood made 32 saves and Detroit got its first win of the season, 3-2 over Chicago, which out-shot the Red Wings 15-4 in the third period.
--Ilya Kovalchuk's two goals helped Atlanta hand St. Louis its first loss of the season, 4-2. The first marker was his 300th career goal.
--Patric Hornqvist scored two goals in the third period and had an assist as Nashville edged Colorado, 3-2, to hand the Avalanche their first loss.
--Los Angeles' top line of Anze Kopitar, Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams all scored and had three points each, led by Smyth's two goals, and the Kings defeated the Wild, 6-3.
--Mike Fisher didn't take long to end Ottawa's 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders, scoring just 32 seconds into the extra frame.
--Travis Zajac scored with less than one second remaining to force overtime, and the Devils eventually defeated the Lightning in a shootout, 4-3. Steven Stamkos had two goals in defeat.
--Another late goal, this one by Calgary's Rene Bourque with less than two seconds left, forced overtime and the Flames won the second Battle of Alberta, 4-3 in a shootout over Edmonton. Bourque had three points.
What you can do, I can do better
After Washington center Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals in the first eight minutes of the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 Capitals lead, New York's Marian Gaborik countered with two goals of his own. The first came just 18 seconds after Backstrom's second goal, then Gaborik put the Rangers ahead 2:15 after his first tally in New York's 4-3 win. Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves, nine on Alex Ovechkin, who did not record a point.
All four of Gaborik's goals have come in the third period.
There were two Massachusetts vs. California battles across the sports world Thursday. To begin, the Anaheim Ducks played the Bruins out east. In the western part of the country, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim opened their ALDS playoff series against the Boston Red Sox. Advantage: California.
Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry each netted two goals, and Perry added a helper, and Jonas Hiller made 33 saves in the Ducks' 6-1 rout of the Bruins. Later, the Angels blanked the Red Sox, 5-0.
That's some trick
Dany Heatley became the first Shark in franchise history to record a hat trick in his first Sharks home game, and he capped off his feat by scoring his third goal on a penalty shot. He also had an assist and linemate Joe Thornton tied a franchise record with four assists in the 6-3 win over Columbus.
Quote of the night
"We got what we deserved."
Blues president John Davidson, on his team's lackluster performance in their home opener, a 4-2 loss, after beating Detroit twice in Sweden.
Friday, Oct. 9
Again only two games to choose from. Let's make it Dallas (0-0-2) at Calgary (4-0-0), 9 p.m. ET. The draw here is pretty much Jarome Iginla is awesome. Oh, and the Flames have won all four games despite Miikka Kiprusoff giving up three goals in each one. So, although he's not expected to start, there could be a lot of goals scored.
For those not wanting to watch Calgary, Florida (1-1-0) plays at Carolina (1-2-0) at 7 p.m. ET in a matchup of two potential playoff teams.