Tuesday Night Hockey

Tuesday Night Hockey gave us seven games and 35 goals.


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Minnesota Wild v Toronto Maple Leafs


Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly combined for seven points in the second period for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Arena.

Marner had a goal and two assists and Rielly, who tied the Leafs record for the most assists in a regular-season period (Rick Vaive on March 12, 1984), had four assists for Toronto, who scored four goals in 11:07 in the second period.

John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Andreas Johnsson also scored, and Frederik Andersen made 27 saves for the hosts, who went 2-for-3 on the power play after scoring just twice in 12 opportunities over their previous four games.

Tavares has a three-game point streak (2g, 1a) and Johnsson has four points (2g,2a) in his last four games.

Luke Kunin and Gerald Mayhew scored, and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for Minnesota, who have lost five of their first six games (1-5-0). 

Mayhew played his first NHL game after playing 164 games with Iowa of the American Hockey League over four seasons.

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Up Next:

Wild v Canadiens – Thursday, October 17 (7pm)

Leafs v Capitals – Wednesday, October 16 (7pm)


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Tampa Bay Lightning v Montreal Canadiens


The Tampa Bay Lightning scored twice in 57 seconds to come from behind to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 at Bell Centre.

Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, Braydon Coburn and Tyler Johnson also scored, Nikita Kucherov had two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves for the Bolts, who have won two of their last three on a six-game road trip.

Vasilevskiy is 8-1-2 with a 2.06 goals-against-average and a .933 save percentage against Montreal, and defenseman Ryan McDonagh had six blocked shots and played 26:36, both were game highs.

Jeff Petry scored and Carey Price made 19 saves for the hosts, who are 1-2-0 in a four-game homestand.

Montreal’s line of Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Jonathan Drouin and Joel Armia was on the ice for nearly two minutes late in the first period when Coburn scored for Tampa Bay during a delayed penalty with seven seconds remaining. The goal tied the game 1-1.

Jonathan Drouin saw his season-opening five-game point streak end.

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Up Next:

Lightning v Bruins – Thursday, October 17 (7pm ESPN+)

Wild v Canadiens – Thursday, October 17 (7pm)


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Arizona Coyotes v Winnipeg Jets


Christian Dvorak scored his first two goals of the season to help lift the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place.

The Jets had won the previous 10 meetings in Winnipeg since the franchise relocated from Atlanta in 2011.

Nick Schmaltz scored for the third straight game and had two assists, Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists, and Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves for the Coyotes.

Kuemper has allowed two or fewer goals in 11 straight games, tying Nikolai Khabibulin‘s franchise record set in 1998/99.

Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to five games (9pts – 3g, 6a), and Josh Morrissey had two assist for the Jets. Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves. Kyle Connor also netted for the hosts.

Jets defenseman Anthony Bitetto didn’t play in the third period due to a lower-body injury.

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Up Next:

Predators v Coyotes – Thursday, October 17 (10pm)

Islanders v Jets – Thursday, October 17 (8pm)


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Philadelphia Flyers v Calgary Flames


Michael Frolik scored for the Calgary Flames in his 800th NHL game, a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Saddledome

Andrew Mangiapane and Elias Lindholm scored, and David Rittich made 21 saves for the Flames, who had lost two in succession. Lindholm leads the Flames with four goals.

The hosts thought Sean Monahan had doubled their lead with six seconds remaining in the first, but the goal was overturned after video review showed he had kicked the puck into the net.

Matt Niskanen scored, and Brian Elliot made 25 saves in his first game of the season for Philadelphia, who are 0-1-1 to begin their three-game Western Canada road trip that concludes in Edmonton on Wednesday.

Travis Konecny has seven points (3g, 4a) during a four-game point streak to start the season. Forward Chris Stewart, who played with Nottingham of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the U.K. last season, had three hits in 9:12 in his debut for the Flyers (he signed a one-year contract earlier in the day). 

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Up Next:

Flyers v Oilers – Wednesday, October 16 (9:30pm – NBCSN)

Red Wings v Flames – Thursday, October 17 (9pm)


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Detroit Red Wings v Vancouver Canucks


Thatcher Demko made 26 saves in his first start of the season, and J.T. Miller scored twice on the power-play, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to their third consecutive win.

Demko, who got the start after Jacob Markstrom was granted a leave of absence by the Canucks to attend to a family matter that’s expected to keep him away until the weekend, didn’t get off to a great start – Dylan Larkin scored on the first shot, a breakaway 30 seconds into the first period, giving Detroit a 1-0 lead. But the goaltender responded by saving all of the following 26 shots he faced. 

Elias Pettersson and Alexander Edler each had a goal and two assists, Troy Stecher also scored, and Brock Boeser had three assists for Vancouver, who went 3-for-5 on the power play after starting the season 1-for-14. 

The Canucks swept a three-game homestand after opening the season with back-to-back road losses and matched their longest winning streak from last season.

Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves for Detroit, who have lost three of their last four games since opening the season with consecutive wins.

Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser was a late scratch with an upper-body injury that coach Jeff Blashill said was sustained during warmups. Blashill said he wouldn’t have an update on DeKeyser until Wednesday afternoon. He was replaced by Trevor Daley, who had missed the previous three with a lower-body injury.

Defenseman Alex Biega made his Red Wings debut after being acquired from the Canucks on October 6.

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Up Next:

Red Wings v Flames – Thursday, October 17 (9pm)

Canucks v Blues – Thursday, October 17 (8pm)


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Nashville Predators v Vegas Golden Knights


The Nashville Predators scored four unanswered goals in a 5-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino each had a goal and an assist, Colton SissonsCalle Jarnkrok and Filip Forsberg also scored, Ryan Ellis had two assists, and Pekka Rinne made 33 saves for the visitors, who won for the third time in four games.

Forsberg‘s goal extended his point streak to six games to start the season. Coach Peter Laviolette said “Filip’s been one of the constants for us for a few years…. He’s dynamic offensively, he’s got a terrific release, a terrific shot, and the line (with Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund) has been really good.” The forward has scored in all but one game this season.

Duchene and center Ryan Johansen each had a five-game point streak end in what was Rinne‘s first win against the Golden Knights (1-1-1). He had not played against them since a 3-0 road loss on January 2, 2018.

Mark Stone and Reilly Smith scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves for the hosts, who have lost three of five. 

Smith has five goals in seven games after scoring just 19 in 74 games last season, and it was Knights defenseman Shea Theodore‘s 200th NHL game. 

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Up Next:

Predators v Coyotes – Thursday, October 17 (10pm)

Senators v Knights – Thursday, October 17 (10pm ESPN+)


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Carolina Hurricanes v Los Angeles Kings


Petr Mrazek made 31 saves for his 19th NHL shutout as the Carolina Hurricanes set their record for best start through seven games with a 2-0 win over the L.A. Kings at Staples Center.

The Canes are 6-1-0. Their previous best was 5-2-0 in 1996/97, their last year as the Hartford Whalers.

Mrazek saved 17 shots in the first period, including five on the power play.

Neither team scored in the first period, it was the first time this season the Kings did not score or allow a goal in a period.

Martin Necas and Sebastian Aho scored for Carolina, who finished the game 6-on-4 after Jordan Staal, who was playing his 900th NHL game, was penalized for boarding Kings defenseman Drew Dougthy, and Jack Campbell (21 saves) was pulled for the extra attacker.

Necas extended his point streak to four games (1g, 3a) at 4:16 of the second period on a one-timer in the slot from a pass by Ryan Dzingel. Forward Erik Haula also had an assist to extend his point streak to three games (2g, 1a). Dzingel, Haula and Necas have combined for 17pts (9g, 8a).

With Staal in the box, the Canes on the penalty kill, and the Kings net empty on the 6-on-4 late in the third period, Teuvo Teravainen took a shot, which redirected off of Aho‘s skate and into the empty net, making it 2-0 Carolina at 19:53.

Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton saw his streak of four straight games with a goal end. No NHL defenseman has scored in five consecutive games since Mike Green (then of the Washington Capitals, now of the Red Wings) did so in eight straight games from January 27 – February 14, 2009.

Carolina are 5-0-0 when scoring first this season, and the 2-4-0 Kings have lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

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Up Next:

Canes v Sharks – Wednesday, October 16 (10:30pm ESPN+)

Sabres v Kings – Thursday, October 17 (10:30pm)



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