NHL News and Notes from Thursday, October 14th, 2021
- After getting out of his contract from HC Donbass Donetsk of the Ukrainian Hockey League, defenseman Jalen Smereck has signed with the Bietigheim Steelers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany.
- Smereck left the UHL after being a victim of racial taunting.
- Brady Tkachuk and the Ottawa Senators agreed to a new seven year contract.
- The deal carries an AAV of $8.214 million per season.
- In an interesting move, the Washington Capitals claimed defenseman Dennis Cholowski from the Seattle Kraken.
- The Capitals would also loan forward Beck Malenstyn to the Hershey Bears of the AHL.
- The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced that they have suspended Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog.
- Landeskog was suspended for two games for boarding forward Kirby Dach of the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
- Landeskog will forfeit $70,000 per the terms of the CBA.
- Montreal Canadiens v. Buffalo Sabres – 7p ET
- In Buffalo the Sabres would open their season against the visiting Montreal Canadiens who are playing the second game in two nights. In the first period the Sabres would open the scoring with a powerplay goal from Kyle Okposo, and then Zemgus Girgensons would strike to grow the Sabres lead to two. Then in the second period Chris Wideman would score for the Habs to bring them back within one, but goals from Victor Olofsson on the powerplay and Anders Bjork at even strength would give the Sabres a commanding 4-1 lead. In the third period the Sabres would continue to pile on the goals as Tage Thompson would score to give the Sabres the 5-1 victory over the Habs.
- Toronto Maple Leafs v. Ottawa Senators – 7p ET
- In Ottawa the Senators look to cool the Toronto Maple Leafs who are playing their second straight game in two nights. In the first period the Sens would explode as Chris Tierney, Tyler Ennis (PPG), and Alex Formenton would all score to give Ottawa the 3-0 lead. Then after a scoreless second period Jason Spezza would strike on the powerplay to bring the Leafs back within two, and William Nylander would strike on the powerplay to cut the Leafs deficit to one, but the Sens would hold on to secure the 3-2 victory.
- Pittsburgh Penguins v. Florida Panthers – 7p ET
- In Florida the Panthers would play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and in the first period Carter Verhaeghe would strike for the Panthers 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Anthony Duclair would net his first of the season to give Florida the two goal lead, but goals from Danton Hainen and Jeff Carter would tie the game at two for the Pens. Carter’s goal would be his 400th career NHL goal. In the third period Jake Guentzel and Evan Rodrigues would score to give the Pens the two goal lead, but a pair of goals from Aaron Ekblad would tie the game at four to send the game to overtime. In the extra frame Verhaeghe would net his second of the game to give the Panthers the 5-4 victory over the Pens.
- Dallas Stars v. New York Rangers – 7p ET
- At Madison Square Garden the New York Rangers look to shake off their disappointing loss from the night before as they host the Dallas Stars. However, in the first period Jacob Peterson would score his first career NHL goal to give the Stars the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Radek Faksa would score on the powerplay to give the Stars the 2-0 lead, but Adam Fox would score shorthanded and Chris Kreider would score to tie the game at two. Then after a scoreless third period it would be Miro Heiskanen with the overtime winner to give the Stars the 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
- New York Islanders v. Carolina Hurricanes – 7p ET
- In Carolina the Hurricanes would host the New York Islanders for their season opener at home, and in the first period Mathew Barzal would open the scoring for the Isles, but goals from Andrei Svechnikov and Jesper Fast would give the Canes the 2-1 lead. In the second period Brock Nelson would strike less than a minute into the period to tie the game at two but goals from Jordan Martinook and Nino Niederreiter would give the Canes the two goal lead. Before the end of the second period Anders Lee would score to bring the Isles back within one. In the third period Teuvo Tervainen would score on the powerplay, and Svechnikov would net his second of the game while on the powerplay to secure the 6-3 victory for the Canes over the Isles.
- Arizona Coyotes v. Columbus Blue Jackets – 7p ET
- In Columbus the Blue Jackets would hold a beautiful pregame ceremony to celebrate the life of Matiss Kivlenieks before the hosted the Arizona Coyotes in their White Kachina glory. In the first period Alexandre Texier would score 40 seconds into the game and Oliver Bjorkstrand would strike on the powerplay to give the Jackets the 2-0 lead. In the second period Boone Jenner would score 35 seconds into the period to grow the Jackets lead to three, but Anton Stralman would score seconds late to get the Coyotes on the board. However, Bjorkstrand would net his second of the game and Jake Bean would score his first goal as a member of the Blue Jackets to give them the 5-1 lead. Then int he third period Zach Werenski, Max Domi, Gustav Nyquist would both score to give the Jackets the dominate 8-2 victory. Clayton Keller would score on the powerplay to give the Coyotes their second goal of the game.
- Tampa Bay Lightning v. Detroit Red Wings – 730p ET
- In Detroit the Red Wings would play host to the reigning back to back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. In the first period Dylan Larkin would open the scoring for the Wings to take the 1-0 lead. then in the second period the Lightning would get on the board with a goal from Ondrej Palat and a pair of goals from Steven Stamkos, but a second period hat trick from Tyler Bertuzzi would give the Wings the 4-3 lead. In the third period Bertuzzi would stay on fire as he would net his fourth of the game to give the Wings the two goal lead. Then Vladislav Namestnikov would score to grow the lead to three, but Ross Colton would net his first of the season to bring the Bolts back within two. Then Nikita Kucherov (PPG) and Alex Killorn would strike late in the third to tie the game at six to send the game to overtime. In the extra frame Palat would net his second of the game to give the Lightning the ultimate comeback victory as they defeat the Red Wings 7-6.
- Seattle Kraken v. Nashville Predators – 8p ET
- The Seattle Kraken would continue the season opening road trip in Nashville to take on the Predators. In the first period Eeli Tolvanen would score for the Preds to take the 1-0 lead, but back to back powerplay goals from Jared McCann and Brandon Tanev would give the Kraken the 2-1 lead. Then in the second period Roman Josi would score to tie the game at two, but Alex Wennberg would strike to give the Kraken their one goal lead back. In the third period Tanev would get the empty netter for his second of the game to give the Kraken the 4-2 lead, but Mikael Granlund would strike for the Preds to keep them alive. However, the Kraken would hold on for the 4-3 victory and their first win in franchise history.
- Vegas Golden Knights v. Los Angeles Kings – 1030p ET
- In the home opener for the Kings, Los Angeles would faceoff against the Vegas Golden Knights, and in the first period Vegas would strike first when Shea Theodore scored at 9:00 to give the Golden Knights the 1-0 lead. Dustin Brown would then tie the game with his first goal of the season at 13:15. Los Angeles then would go on to take the lead with 43 seconds left in the period when Anze Kopitar scored the power play goal as well as his first goal of the season. In the second period Phillip Danault would score for the Kings to take the two goal lead with his first goal on the campaign. Los Angeles would then take the commanding three goal lead when Kopitar netted his second goal of the evening at 10:13 in the period. As the contest shifted to the final period, Drew Doughty scored the Kings second power play goal of the night to give the Kings the 5-1 lead at 1:47. Anze Kopitar would complete the hat trick at 15:06 to put the Kings up by five. The Golden Knights would score to come within four at 15:43 when Chandler Stephenson nets his second of the season, but it was not enough as the Kings drub the Golden Knights with the 6-2 win.
- CHI v. NJ – 7p ET
- VAN v. PHI – 7p ET
- MIN v. ANA – 10p ET
Noteworthy in Hockey
- The Washington Capitals and Devil’s Backbone Brewing collaborated on a new drink for the 2021-22 season, and Kassie and Mike from TXHT let you know what they think. (TXHT)
- Peter Laviolette would surpass John Tortorella as the winningest American born head coach in the NHL after picking up his 674th career victory on Wednesday night. (Washington Capitals)
- Brady Tkachuk and the Ottawa Senators come to terms on a new contract. Here is the breakdown on his new deal. (Ottawa Senators)
- Emily Kaplan speaks with Elvis Merzlikins as he shares his story about his brotherly relationship with Matiss Kivlenieks. (ESPN)
- Michael Walters of DucksNPucks breaks down the Anaheim Ducks season opening victory over the Winnipeg Jets. (DucksNPucks)
- Insider Trading brings the scoops on Bradyy Tkachuk, the Caps/Rangers season opener, 2020 HHOF, and more. (TSN)