NHL News and Notes from Saturday, January 1st, 2022
- Buffalo Sabres v. Boston Bruins – 1p ET
- In Boston the Bruins would kick off the new year with a matchup against the Buffalo Sabres, and in the first period Vinnie Hinostroza would strike first for the Sabres to take the 1-0 lead. In the second period Craig Smith would score to tie the game at one for the Bruins, but Jeff Skinner would score to retake the one goal lead for the Sabres, and Alex Tuch would score his first as a Sabre to give them the two goal lead. Then in the third period Nick Foligno and Taylor Hall would score to tie the game at three, and then in overtime Charlie Coyle would score to give the Bruins the 4-3 comeback victory over the Sabres.
- Montreal Canadiens v. Florida Panthers – 1p ET
- In Florida the Montreal Canadiens would take on the Panthers while playing both a forward and defenseman short, and in the first period Sam Bennett would strike 32 seconds into the game to give the Panthers the 1-0 lead, but three minutes later Jonathan Drouin would score to tie the game at one for the Habs. In the second period Nick Suzuki would score to give the Habs the one goal lead, but Aleksander Barkov would strike on the powerplay to tie the game at two and Frank Vatrano would strike to give the Panthers the 3-2 lead. Then in the third period Bennett would net his second of the game and Mason Marchment would score to give the Panthers the 5-2 victory over the Canadiens.
- Carolina Hurricanes v. Columbus Blue Jackets – 1p ET
- In Columbus the Blue Jackets would host the Carolina Hurricanes, and in the first period Zach Werenski, Adam Boqvist, and Gustav Nyquist would score to give the Jackets the 3-0 lead. In the second period Alexandre Texier would strike to grow the Jackets lead to four, but Steven Lorentz would score to get the Canes on the board, and then Brady Skjei would score to get the Canes back within two. Then in the third period the Canes would surge past the Jackets as Skjei and Lorentz would both net their second goals of the game, and then goals from Nino Niederreiter, Ethan Bear, and Andrei Svechnikov would give the Hurricanes the 7-4 victory over the Blue Jackets.
- Chicago Blackhawks v. Nashville Predators – 2p ET
- In Nashville the Predators would host their Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks, and in the first period the Preds would pounce on the Blackhawks as Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, and Nick Cousins would score to give the Preds the 3-0 lead. In the second period Philipp Kurashev would strike for the Blackhawks, but goals from Tanner Jeannot and Roman Josi would keep the Preds ahead by four. Then in the third period Jeannot would net his second of the game to give the Predators the 6-1 victory over the Blackhawks.
- Edmonton Oilers v. New York Islanders – 2p ET
- On Long Island the New York Islanders would host the struggling Edmonton Oilers, and in the first period the Isles would strike first with a n Anders LEe tally for the 1-0 lead. In the second period Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse would score to to take the 2-1 lead for the Oilers. Then in the third period Anthony Beauvillier would score to tie the game at two, and in overtime Noah Dobson would score to give the Islanders the 3-2 victory over the Oilers.
- St. Louis Blues v. Minnesota Wild – 7p ET – 2022 Winter Classic
- At Target Field for the 2022 Winter Classic the Minnesota Wild would play host to the St. Louis Blues, and in the first period David Perron would open the scoring for the Blues, but Kirill Kaprizov would tie the game for the Wild. In the second period Jordan Kyrou would net a pair of goals, plus Vladimir Tarasenko, Ivan Barbashev, and Torey Krug would score for the Blues. Rem Pitlick would strike late for the Wild, but the Blues would take a commanding 6-2 lead into the second intermission. Then in the third period Ryan Hartman and Kevin Fiala would score for the Wild, but it would not be enough as the Blues would hold on to defeat the Wild 6-4 in the Winter Classic.
- Ottawa Senators v. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7p ET
- In front of an empty arena the Toronto Maple Leafs would host the Ottawa Senators, and in the first period Justin Holl and Ilya Mikheyev would both score their first goal of the season to give the Leafs the 2-0 lead. In the second period TJ Brodie would score to grow the Leafs lead to three. Then in the third period William Nylander would net a pair of goals, and Mikheyev would score his second of the game to give the Maple Leafs the 6-0 victory over the Senators.
- Vancouver Canucks v. Seattle Kraken – 10p ET
- In Seattle the Kraken would play host to the Vancouver Canucks, and in the first period Vasily Podkolzin and Nils Hoglander would score to give the Canucks the 2-0 lead. In the second period Calle Jarnkrok would score to get the Kraken on the board and back within one. Then in the third period Tyler Motte would score to give the Canucks the two goal lead, but Will Borgen would score for the Kraken to cut their deficit back to one. However, Conor Garland and Tanner Pearson would score to give the Canucks the 5-2 victory over the Kraken.
- Philadelphia Flyers v. Los Angeles Kings – 1030p ET
- In Los Angeles the Kings would host the Philadelphia Flyers, and in the first period Viktor Arvidsson would strike 12 seconds into the game to give the Kings the 1-0 lead, however, later in the period Joel Farabee would score to tie the game at one, but Trevor Moore would score to retake the lead for the Kings. In the second period Adrian Kempe and Brendan Lemieux would score to grow the Kings lead to three. Theni n the third period Kevin Hayes would strike on the powerplay for the Flyers, but Phillip Danault would score to give the Kings the 5-2 lead. Ivan Provorov would score late for the Flyers, but Arvidsson’s second of the game would give the Kings the 6-3 victory.
- TB v. NYR – 1230p ET
- BOS v. DET – 1p ET
- SJ v. PIT – 1p ET
- ANA v. COL – 3p ET
- NJ v. WAS – 3p ET
- WIN v. VGK – 4p ET
- CAL v. CHI – 7p ET
- DAL v. ARI – Postponed
Noteworthy in Hockey
- How preschool helped Caps star T.J. Oshie develop a work-life balance in Washington (Washington Post)
- Kraken fan Nadia Popovici lauded for pointing out Canucks equipment manager Brian Hamilton’s cancerous mole during game (Seattle Times)