Players of the night:
Teravainen picked up two goals and an assist in Carolina’s 4-2 win over the New York Islanders, while Aho had a goal and two helpers. It was a positive weekend for the ‘Canes as they were able to pick up victories over Buffalo and New York on Saturday and Sunday.
William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights:
The Golden Knights, who are currently second in the Pacific Division, took down the division-leading Kings, 4-2, thanks to a pair of goals from Karlsson in the first period.
Just a hunch, but Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is probably going to want this one back:
Highlights of the night:
Nathan MacKinnon was up to his old tricks, as he helped the Avs come back to beat the Red Wings. MacKinnon registered the primary assist on Carl Soderberg‘s game-tying goal with under a minute remaining in regulation. He also added this incredible goal in overtime:
Who knew that Ducks defenseman Josh Manson had these kind of moves?
Factoids of the Night:
King Henrik is moving up the all-time list:
Hey, shutouts are never easy, so the fact that King Henrik has 63 of them is pretty impressive. He had to make a key save on Mike Hoffman in the first period:
Ducks goalie John Gibson faced a lot of rubber. He turned away 50 of 52 shots in a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
Suspensions of the Night:
Sunday was a big night for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, as they handed out two suspensions.
Hall of Fame Tribute of the Night:
The Ducks players wore Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne’s jerseys during the pre-game warmup. As you probably remember, both players entered the Hockey Hall of Fame last week.
I prefer the white “Kariya” jersey, but that’s just me.
Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2
Avalanche 4, Red Wings 3 (OT)
Rangers 3, Senators 0
Golden Knights 4, Kings 2
Ducks 3, Panthers 2
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety is working overtime on Sunday night, as they’ve handed out a pair of suspensions.
Unlike Gudas, Watson has no history of being fined or suspended during his NHL career.
Here’s the league’s full explanation of their decision to suspend Watson:
On Sunday, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced that Gudas has been suspended for 10 games for the incident.
The league confirmed that the fact that the Flyers defenseman is a repeat offender played against him in this case.
Check out the Department of Player Safety’s full explanation of the suspension:
The suspension will also cost him just over $408,000 in salary, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. Ouch!
“He apologized in the penalty box, but when you look at the replay, it looks like he did it on purpose. It wasn’t an accident. He’s been known for doing stuff like that, so I certainly don’t appreciate it. I’m sure the league will take care of it.”
Gudas served the first game of the suspension on Saturday. He’ll be eligible to return to the Flyers lineup on on Dec. 12 against Toronto.
The battle of Pennsylvania will take a new twist, as the NHL announced that the Philadelphia Flyers will be hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field (home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles) on Feb. 23, 2019.
This will be the second time that these two teams play each other in an outdoor game. Last season, the Penguins beat the Flyers, 4-2, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
“It’s always a special opportunity to take the game back to its roots and have NHL players skate outdoors,” Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse said in a release. “We competed against the Flyers outdoors at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh 2017 and look forward to completing the in-state ‘home-and-home’ series at Lincoln Financial Field in 2019. It should be a great atmosphere.”
This will be the fifth time that the Penguins are involved in an outdoor door since 2008. They won a shootout decision against Buffalo (2008), they lost a home game to Washington (2011), they lost in Chicago (2014) and they beat the Flyers earlier this year.
It’s the second time the Flyers host an outdoor game (the first one was at Citizens Bank Park baseball stadium). The game at Lincoln Financial Field will be the fourth outdoor game for the Flyers. They lost in Boston in overtime (2010), they dropped home decision to the Rangers (2012), and they had the loss to Pittsburgh last year.