Friday Night Hockey

One of Friday’s games differed from the rest, Chicago and Philadelphia played their first NHL game from the O2 Arena in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile the Islanders hosted the Capitals at Nassau Coliseum, Toronto travelled to Columbus, the Jets flew to New Jersey and San Jose hosted the Vegas Golden Knights.


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Chicago Blackhawks v Philadelphia Flyers


Travis Konecny scored twice for the Philadelphia Flyers as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 NHL Global Series at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

Oskar Lindblom and Michael Raffl also scored, and Carter Hart made 28 saves for Philly, who won their first game under coach Alain Vigneault and have now won four consecutive season openers.

Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, Alex Nylander and Alex DeBrincat also scored, and Corey Crawford made 34 saves for Chicago.

Kane is the first Blackhawks player with at least one point in four countries. In Addition to Canada, the United States and Czech Republic, he registered four points (2g, 2a) against the Panthers on October 2-3, 2009 in Helsinki, Finland.

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Up Next:

Sharks v Blackhawks – Thursday, October 10 (8:30pm)

Devils v Flyers – Wednesday, October 9 (7:30pmNBCSN)


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Winnipeg Jets v New Jersey Devils 

5-4 (SO)

The Winnipeg Jets rallied from four goals down in New Jersey to defeat the Devils 5-4 in a shootout at Prudential Center.

Dmitry Kulikov scored with 11 seconds left in the second period to put the Jets on the board (4-1 down), Jack Roslovic followed up 2:41 into the third period making it 4-2, before Mathieu Perreault netted at 7:17 and Neal Pionk tied the game at 12:35. 

Blake Wheeler scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout, and Laurent Brossoit made 25 saves for the visitors, who lost their season opener 6-4 to the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Blake Coleman scored two. Sami Vatanen and Nikita Gusev also got on the scoresheet. P.K. Subban and Wayne Simmonds both registered an assist in their NJ debut.

Jersey goalie Cory Schneider made 19 saves on 21 shots before leaving with an undisclosed injury 2:41 into the final period. Schneider, who had surgery to repair a core muscle injury in May 2016 and surgery on a torn cartilage in his left hip in May of last year, was replaced by Mackenzie Blackwood, who allowed two goals on nine shots.

Jack Hughes, the 2019 No.1 overall pick, had one shot on goal and won four of nine face-offs.

The victory was just the second time Winnipeg have won after trailing by four goals (5-4 in OT against the Leafs on Oct.19, 2016.

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Up Next:

Jets v Islanders – Sunday, October 6 (7pm)

Devils v Sabres – Saturday, October 5 (7pm)


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Washington Capitals v New York Islanders


Ilya Samsonov was victorious in his NHL debut, making 25 saves for the Washington Capitals as they defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum.

Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie scored for Washington, who opened their season with consecutive road wins having defeated the Blues 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday.

Devon Toews scored, and Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves in his debut with New York, who played their first game of the season. Varlamov was signed as a free agent after Colorado did not renew his contract.

Mathew Barzal nearly tied the game at 7:25 of the third period but his wrist shot hit the goal post.

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz coached his 1,607th NHL game, tying former Isles coach Al Arbor for third-most on the all-time list. He is 810-596-141 with 60 ties.

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Up Next:

Canes v Capitals – Saturday, October 5 (7pm)

Jets v Islanders – Sunday, October 6 (7pm)


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Toronto Maple Leafs v Columbus Blue Jackets


Mitch Marner had two goals and an assist to help lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over Columbus at Nationwide Arena.

Cody Ceci and Auston Matthews also scored. Morgan Rielly had three assists, John Tavares had two, and Frederik Andersen made 28 saves for the Leafs, who won their season opener 5-3 against Ottawa on Wednesday.

Across the first two games Rielly has four assists and Tavares has three. Meanwhile forward Jason Spezza, a free-agent signing, made his Maple Leafs debut after being a healthy scratch on Wednesday. He had two shots in 10:36.

Cam Atkinson scored, and Joonas Korpisalo made 25 saves for the hosts, who were playing their game opener.

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Up Next:

Canadiens v Leafs – Saturday, October 5 (7pm)

Blue Jackets v Penguins – Saturday, October 5 (7pm)


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Vegas Golden Knights v San Jose Sharks


Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves in his 800th NHL game, as the Vegas Golden Knights completed a home-and-home sweep of the San Jose Sharks with a 5-1 win at SAP Center.

Fleury, who made 19 of his 34 saves in the third period, is the 16th goalie to play 800 NHL games and the second active behind Henrik Lundqvist, who is 12th with 858. It was Fleury‘s 441st win.

Tomas Nosek had two goals and an assist, William Carrier, Jonathan Marchessault and Brayden McNabb also scored, Mark Stone had two assists, and William Karlsson continued his assists run for Vegas, who scored two shorthanded goals and had three shorthanders across the two games.

Barclay Goodrow scored, and Martin Jones allowed four goals on 23 shots before being replaced by Aaron Dell who made five saves and conceded another goal for San Jose, who were outscored 9-2 in the sweep.

Goodrow‘s goal resulted in some major fights. Marcus Sorensen kicked things off by going after rookie Nicolas Hague, so Hague‘s teammates jumped to his defense. William KarlssonDeryk Engelland and the rookie were all handed 10-minute misconducts for Vegas, and Joe ThorntonSorensen and Goodrow were given the same punishment for the Sharks. With only five minutes left of the game, they were sent straight to the locker room. Thornton was also handed a minor penalty on top of his misconduct, so the Knights went on the power play for the proceeding couple of minutes.

Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson was -4 in 27:12 after missing the first game to be with his wife, who gave birth to their daughter on Thursday. Meanwhile Sharks rookie defenseman Mario Ferraro had an assist for his NHL point, and forward Evander Kane served the second game of a three-match suspension for physical abuse of officials.

Defenseman Hague played 13:57 in his NHL debut for Vegas, who scored multiple shorthanded goals in a game for the first time in their history and improved to 7-1-2 against San Jose in the regular season. Vegas recorded the 14th instance in NHL history of a team scoring a shorthanded goal in each of its first two games to begin a season. Only three teams extended their streak to three: DET (1990-91), VAN (1995-96) and NJD (2017-18).

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Up Next:

Bruins v Knights – Tuesday, October 8 (10pm)

Sharks v Ducks – Saturday, October 5 (10pm)



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