NHL News and Notes from Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
- The Montreal Canadiens confirmed that forward Brendan Gallagher is out indefinitely due to a concussion.
- The Canadiens also make a pair of trades. The first one being with the Ottawa Senators as they trade defenseman Mike Reilly to the Senators for forward Andrew Sturtz and a 2021 5th Round Pick.
- Then next up the Canadiens would trade San Jose’s 2020 4th Round Pick to the Buffalo Sabres for defenseman Marco Scandella.
- The Sabres would then flip the draft pick they just received from the Canadiens as they would send it to Calgary for forward Michael Frolik.
Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins – 7p EST Start Time
In the first full night of NHL action in the new year we would see the Boston Bruins host the Columbus Blue Jackets. After a scoreless first period the Bruins would strike with a David Pastrnak tally on the powerplay. Then in the third period Sonny Milano would strike to tie the game at one for the Jackets, and send the game to overtime. In the opening minute of the extra frame Pierre-Luc Dubois would strike for his 14th of the season and secure the 2-1 victory for the Blue Jackets.
Edmonton Oilers v. Buffalo Sabres – 7p EST Start Time
In Buffalo the Sabres would play host to the Edmonton Oilers, and in the first period the Oilers would strike first as Riley Sheahan and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would both score to give Edmonton the 2-0 lead, but Curtis Lazar would score his third of the season to bring the Sabres back within one. After a scpreless second period Sam Reinhart would score his 13th of the season to tie the game at two, and in overtime Jack Eichel’s penalty shot goal would complete the comeback and give the Sabres the 3-2 victory.
Tampa Bay Lightning v. Montreal Canadiens – 7p EST Start Time
In Montreal the Canadiens would take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. All of the action would take place in the first period as Anthony Cirelli as would open the scoring for Tampa Bay, but Jeff Petry would strike to tie the game at one. However, Nikita Kucherov would score to secure the Lightning the 2-1 victory.
New Jersey Devils v. New York Islanders – 7p EST Start Time
The New Jersey Devils would edge out the New York Islanders 2-1 as Scott recaps the Devils recent victory.
San Jose Sharks v. Pittsburgh Penguins – 7p EST Start Time
In Pittsburgh the San Jose Sharks would come to town to take on the Penguins. In the first period the Sharks would get goals from Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture, but the Penguins would get a lone goal from Patric Hornqvist as the Sharks took the 2-01 lead into the first intermission. Then in the second period Hornqvist would score his second of the game to tie the game at two. After a scoreless third period this game would go to overtime and Brent Burns would strike on the powerplay to give teh Sharks the 3-2 victory.
Florida Panthers v. Ottawa Senators – 730p EST Start Time
In Ottawa the Senators would host the Florida Panthers. In the first period Evgenii Dadonov would strike on the powerplay for the Panthers to take the 1-0 lead, but Tyler Ennis and Chris Tierney would strike to give the Senators the 2-1 lead. Then in the second period the Panthers would strike for four goals as Dadonov would strike for his second of game on the powerplay, plus Noel Acciari, Frank Vatrano, and Colton Sceviour would also tally to give the Panthers the 5-2 lead. In the third period Connor Brown would score for the Senators, but Jonathan Huberdeau’s empty netter would seal the 6-3 victory for the Panthers.
Toronto Maple Leafs v. Winnipeg Jets – 8p EST Start Time
The Toronto Maple Leafs would travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets, and in the first period the Leafs would strike first with tallies from William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen to take the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period the Jets would get goals from Kyle Connor (PPG), Patrik Laine, and Mark Scheifele, but the Leafs would get goals from Travis Dermott, Pierre Engvall, and Mitch Marner (PPG) to keep their two goal lead. In the third period Nylander would score his second of the game to secure the 6-3 victory for the Maple Leafs.
New York Rangers v. Calgary Flames – 9p EST Start Time
In Calgary the Flames would play host to the New York Rangers. In the first period Jacob Trouba and Filip Chytil would both strike on the powerplay for the Rangers, but goals from Jonathan Gudreau, Mikael Backlund (SHG) and Derek Ryan would give the Flames the 3-2 lead. In the second period Kaapo Kakko would score his seventh of the season to tie the game at three, but Sean Monahan would score to retake the one goal lead for the Flames. In the third period the Flames would hold off the Rangers to take the 4-3 victory.
Anaheim Ducks v. Arizona Coyotes – 9p EST Start Time
In Arizona the Anaheim Ducks come to town to take on the Coyotes. In the first period Lawson Crouse would score to give the Coyotes the 1-0 lead, but Jakob Silfverberg would tie the game at one for his 15th of the season. Then in the second period Max Jones would tally to give the Ducks the 2-0 lead. However, in the third period Christian Dvorak, Brad Richardson, and Carl Soderberg to give the Coyotes the 4-2 victory.
St. Louis Blues v. Colorado Avalanche – 930p EST Start Time
In Colorado the Avalanche would face off with the St. Louis Blues. In the first period Nathan MacKinnon would strike for his 25th of the season for the 1-0 Colorado lead. In the second period Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen (PPG) would score to grow the Avalanche’s lead to three, but the Blues would begin to mount a comeback as Robert Thomaas and Alex Pietrangelo (PPG) would score to get the Blues within one, however, Cale Makar would strike on the powerplay to give the Avalanche the 4-2 lead. In the third period Kadri would net his second of the game, and JT Compher and Joonas Donskoi would both tally to give the Avalanche the 7-2 lead. Thomas would score his second of the game for the Blues, but it would not be enough as the Avalanche would go on to win 7-3.
Chicago Blackhawks v. Vancouver Canucks – 10p EST Start Time
In Vancouver the Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks would play a close one. In the first period JT Miller would open the scoring for the Canucks, but Connor Murphy would tie the game back up at one. Then in the second period we would see a six goal period as David Kampf, Patrick Kane (PPG), and Jonathan Toews would score for the Blackhawks, and Tanner Pearson, Quinn Hughes (PPG), and Elias Pettersson would score for the Canucks as the game would be tied at four going into the second intermission. In the third period Bo Horvat would break the tie with his 11th of the season, but Kane would net his second of the game to tie the game back up at five, but Adam Gaudette would score to retake the lead for the Canucks, and Horvat would score his second of the game as they would go on to win 7-5.
Philadelphia Flyers v. Vegas Golden Knights – 10p EST Start Time
In Vegas the Golden Knights would play host to the Philadelphia Flyers. In the first period the Flyers would get goals from Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny, but goals from Shea Theodore, Max Pacioretty (PPG and EVS), and Jon Merrill to take the 4-2 lead. Then in the second period Cody Glass would score to grow Vegas’ lead to three, but Sean Couturier would tally his 11th of the season to bring the Flyers back within two. In the third period Couturier would net his second of the game while on the powerplay to bring the Flyers within one, but the Golden Knights would hold on for the 5-4 victory.