NHL News and Notes from Saturday, October 16th, 2021
- In the American Hockey League Katie Guay made history as the first women to referee an AHL game.
- Guay is one of 10 female officials on the AHL roster of on ice officials.
- Arizona Coyotes v. Buffalo Sabres – 1p ET
- In Buffalo the Sabres would take on the Arizona Coyotes, and in the first period the Yotes would strike first as Andrew Ladd would score his first as a Coyote for the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Cody Eakin would strike on the powerplay to tie the game at one for the Sabres. After a scoreless third period overtime would be required, but the extra frame would not be enough as this game would need the shootout to determine a winner. In the shootout Arttu Ruotsalainen would net the winner to keep the Sabres on their winning ways to start the season as they take the 2-1 victory over the Coyotes.
- New York Islanders v. Florida Panthers – 6p ET
- In Florida the Panthers would play host to the New York Islanders, and in the first period Sam Bennett would open the scoring for the Panthers. Then in the second period Bennett would net his second of the game and Anthony Duclair would score his second of the season to grow the Florida lead to three. In the third period Oliver Wahlstrom would strike on the powerplay to get the Isles on the board, but goals from Bennett, to complete the hat trick, and Aleksander Barkov would secure the Panthers the 5-1 victory over the Islanders.
- Dallas Stars v. Boston Bruins – 7p ET
- In Boston the Bruins would take on the Dallas Stars, and in the first period Brad Marchand would open the scoring with a penalty shot goal to give the Bs the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Luke Glendening would strike for his first goal as a Star to tie the game at one. In the third period Jake DeBrusk would net his first of the season, and Marchand would net his second of the game to give the Bruins the 3-1 victory.
- Ottawa Senators v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p ET
- In Toronto for the first Hockey Night in Canada game of the season, the Maple Leafs would host the Ottawa Senators. In the first period Wayne Simmonds and Alexander Kerfoot would both score to give the Leafs the 2-0 lead. Then in the second period Josh Norris would strike wile on the powerplay to bring the Sens back within one. In the third period Michael Bunting would score his first goal as a Leaf to give the Leafs the 3-1 victory.
- New York Rangers v. Montreal Canadiens
- In Montreal The New York Rangers would come to town looking for their first win of the season as they take on the Canadiens who are also looking for their first victory of the season. After a scoreless first period Chris Kreider would remain hot as he would score on the powerplay for his third goal of the season to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead. Then in the third period Jonathan Drouin would score for the Habs to tie the game at one, but Alexis Lafreniere would strike seconds later and Kevin Rooney would score to give the Rangers the 3-1 victory.
- Vancouver Canucks v. Detroit Red Wings – 7p ET
- In Detroit the Red Wings look to shake off their disappointing loss to the Lightning as they host the Vancouver Canucks. In the first period Robby Fabbri would score for the Wings to take the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Conor Garland would score his first goal as a Canuck to tie the game at one, but Filip Zadina would strike on the powerplay to retake the one goal lead for the Wings. In the third period Sam Gagner would score for the Wings to give them the 3-1 victory over the Canucks.
- Chicago Blackhawks v. Pittsburgh Penguins – 7p ET
- In Pittsburgh the Penguins would host the Chicago Blackhawks, and in the first period the Pens would pounce on the Blackhawks as Teddy Bluerger, Drew O’Connor, Brock McGinn, and Danton Heinen would all score to give the Pens the commanding 4-0 lead. In the second period Patrick Kane would strike on the powerplay for Chicago, but Jason Zucker would strike to reclaim the four goal lead for Pittsburgh. Then in the third period Kirby Dach would strike for Chicago, but it would not be enough as the Penguins would go on to win 5-2.
- Tampa Bay Lightning v. Washington Capitals
- In Washington the the Capitals would continue the three game homestand to open the season as they would host the Tampa Bay Lightning. After a scoreless first period Alex Ovechkin would open the scoring with his third pf the season to give the Caps the 1-0 lead. then in the third period Mikhail Sergachev would strike for his first of the season to tie the game at one and send the game to overtime. In the extra frame Steven Stamkos would score with 15 seconds left in overtime to give the Lightning the 2-1 victory over the Capitals.
- Seattle Kraken v. Columbus Blue Jackets – 7p ET
- In Columbus the Seattle Kraken would continue their road trip to open their inaugural season as they take on the Blue Jackets. After a scoreless first period Brandon Tanev would strike for the Kraken to take the 1-0 lead. In the third period Eric Robinson would score to tie the game at one, and then Patrik Laine would call game in overtime as he would net his first of the season to give the Jackets the 2-1 victory over the Kraken.
- Carolina Hurricanes v. Nashville Predators – 8p ET
- In Nashville the Predators would meet the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time since the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and in the first period Jesper Fast would strike for the Canes for the 1-0 lead. In the second period Ryan Johansen would score to tie the game at one for the Preds. Then in the third period Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen would score to give the Hurricanes the 3-2 victory over the Predators. Filip Forsberg would score for the Preds late in the third, but it would be too little, too late.
- St. Louis Blues v. Colorado Avalanche – 9p ET
- In Colorado the Avalanche would host the St. Louis Blues, and in the first period Justin Faulk would score to give the Blues the 1-0 lead. In the third period Brayden Schenn and David Perron would score to grow the Blues lead to three, but Andre Burakovsky would score for the Avs to get them back within two. Then in the third period Perron would net his second of the game to give the Blues the 4-1 lead. Tyson Jost and JT Compher would score for the Avalanche, but the Blues would get one from Ryan O’Reilly to give them the 5-3 victory.
- Winnipeg Jets v. San Jose Sharks – 10p ET
- In San Jose the Sharks would play the Winnipeg Jets, and in the first period Pierre-Luc Dubois would strike to give the Jets the 1-0 lead. In the second period Andrew Copp would score a shorthanded goal to grow the Jets lead to two, but Andrew Cogliano would strike moments later while shorthanded to bring the Sharks back within one and then Jasper Weatherby would score his first career NHL goal on the powerplay to tie the game at two for the Sharks. Then in the third period Tomas Hertl (PPG) and Rudolfs Balcers would score to give the Sharks the 4-2 lead. Jansen Harkins would score for the Jets, but it would not be enough as the Sharks would hold on for the 4-3 victory.
- Calgary Flames v. Edmonton Oilers – 10p ET
- It’s the Battle of Alberta as the Edmonton Oilers host the Calgary Flames, and in the first period it would be a physical one as both teams would get scrappy after whistles. Derek Ryan would score his first goal as an Oiler and Connor McDavid would score on the powerplay to give the Oilers the 2-0 lead. In the second period McDavid would strike again on the powerplay for the Oilers, but Andrew Mangiapane would score for the Flames to keep the Oilers lead at two. Then in the third period Elias Lindholm would strike on the powerplay for the Flames, but seconds later Jesse Puljujarvi would strike to regain the two goal lead for the Oilers. McDavid would complete the hat trick with an empty net goal to give the Oilers the 5-2 victory over the Flames.
- Michael’s TXHT Recap – Flames v. Oilers – The Battle of Alberta Commences
- Minnesota Wild v. Los Angeles Kings – 1030p ET
- In Los Angeles the Kings would play host to the Minnesota Wild, and after a scoreless first period Viktor Arvidsson would score on the powerplay for his first goal as a King, but goals from Frederick Gaudreau, Victor Rask, and Nico Sturm would give the Wild the 3-1 lead. Then in the third period Anze Kopitar would score for the Kings to cut their deficit to one, but the Wild would hold on for the 3-2 victory over the Kings.
- DAL v. OTT – 5p ET
Noteworthy in Hockey
- On the 32 Thoughts segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Jeff Marek, Ron MacLean, and Elliotte Friedman discuss the AHL, Jack Eichel, John Klingberg, and much more. (SportsNet HNIC)
- The New Jersey Devils honored the late Jimmy Hayes before their home opener. Here is more on Jimmy as they honor his memory. (New Jersey Devils)