NHL News and Notes from Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Chicago Blackhawks v. Carolina Hurricanes – 1p EST Start Time
The Blackhawks came into the night hoping to surprise the Hurricanes at home. But ended up running into a brick wall in Petr Mrazek, who would make 32 saves to shutout the lowly Chicago Blackhawks. Carolina would open the scoring in the first period off the stick of Andrei Svechnikov, who would score his first of two on the night. The Hurricanes would strike again in the second stretching the lead to 2-0. Canes would add two more in the third to secure 4-0 the shutout victory at home.
St. Louis Blues v. Boston Bruins – 7p EST Start Time
The Blue came into Boston looking to keep up their winning ways and shut down the Bruins in their own arena. The Bruins would open the scoring courtesy of the red hot David Pastrnak. The play would remain fairly even for the rest of the period. But the Bruins would strike again in the second period off the stick of Anders Bjork. The Bruins would control the play for the rest of the period and would add an empty netter in the third to seal the win and the 3-0 shutout for the Bruins.
Toronto Maple Leafs v. Montreal Canadiens – 7p EST Start Time
The Leafs coming into the second half of a back to back, look to take it to their division rival. Montreal would open the scoring with two quick strikes off the sticks of Brendan Gallagher and Jonathan Drouin to give the Habs a 2-0 lead. Muzzin would score for the Leafs late in the first to give hope in an otherwise terrible first period. The second period would see the Leafs tie the game courtesy of Andreas Johnsson. Then the floodgates would open as Montreal would score 3 unanswered goals to give the Habs 5-2 win. Terrible defensive miscues and terrible zone coverage would ultimately be the demise of the Leafs.
Nashville Predators v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 7p EST Start Time
The Preds looking come into the game looking to steal one from one of the east’s best teams. Nashville would open the score in the first off the stick of Calle Jarnkrok to give the Preds a 1-0 lead after one period. Stamkos and Johnson would strike back in the second period to take the lead for the Lightning 2-1. But Nashville Captain Roman Josi would score to tie the game and take it to overtime. In overtime Nashville defenceman Ryan Ellis would score to give the Preds 3-2.
Columbus Blue Jackets v. Philadelphia Flyers – 7p EST Start Time
Columbus is looking to grab some momentum as they take on the Flyers. Columbus Boone Jenner and Jakub Voracek of the Flyers would exchange goals in the first period. Jenner would score in the second period as the Blue Jackets would add two more and James Van Riemsdyk would add one to cut the lead to 3-2 for Columbus. The Flyers would come out surging as Shayne Gostisbehere would score one of 5 goals in the third period for the Flyers, as the Blue Jackets would add just one of their own. The Flyers would walk away with a 7-4 win.
Pittsburgh Penguins v. Dallas Stars – 8p EST Start Time
Pittsburgh comes into Dallas looking to keep the Stars down. The first two periods would see Matt Murray put on a clinic, making 22 saves and allowing no goals. But Pittsburgh would come out flying in the third scoring three unanswered goals to win the game 3-0 and record a shutout win for Matt Murray.
Los Angeles Kings v. Minnesota Wild – 8p EST Start Time
The Kings come into Minnesota hoping to pick up some points against the Wild. The Wild would open the score courtesy of Gerald Mayhew’s second of the season. The scoreboard would stay quiet until the second period where the Kings and Wild would exchange goals from Ben Hutton and Eric Staal respectively to bring the Wild’s lead to 2-1 after two periods. The third period would see the Wild score three unanswered goals to really take the pounding to the Kings 5-1.
Anaheim Ducks v. Colorado Avalanche – 9p EST Start Time
The Ducks sport new defencemen in Colorado as they hope to overcome some injuries to beat the surging Avalanche. The first period would see a pair of goals from the Ducks courtesy of Adam Henrique and Carter Rowney to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead after one period. Ryan Getzlaf and Joonas Donskoi would exchange goals in the second to bring the score to 3-1 Ducks. The third period would see a powerplay goal from Nathan MacKinnon to bring the led to 3-2 Ducks. But the Ducks would respond in the third with two of their own to take the win 5-2.
Calgary Flames v. Winnipeg Jets – 10p EST Start Time
The Heritage Classic was a match for the making. You could visibly see all the snow on the ice, but the players seemed to visibly enjoy the game. Jets and Flames players raving about the ice and the conditions. The first period would come and go with no score, but not short of chances at both ends. The second period would see the Flames take a 1-0 lead on a powerplay goal from Elias Lindholm, the rest of the period would see no scoring. The third period would bring drama, the Jets would tie the game thanks to a late goal by Josh Morrissey. This would send the game to overtime in Regina. Where Bryan Little would score to win the game and the Heritage Classic 2-1.