It was a battle of two very good goaltenders playing some remarkable hockey for their respective teams.
In the end, the Anaheim Ducks came out on the winning end of a 3-2 shootout result against the Nashville Predators Saturday. Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth, at age 30, improved his record to 8-0-0. He made 32 saves in the victory, and allowed only one goal in the deciding skills competition.
Fasth becomes only the third goalie in NHL history to win his first eight decisions, as reported by Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.
“[Fasth is] playing exceptionally well, and guys are playing well in front of him,” Ducks winger Corey Perry, who scored the shootout winner, told NHL.com.
Perry also added an assist in regulation time.
At the other end, Predators goalie Pekka Rinne had his shutout streak ended at 155 minutes and six seconds.
It is the second longest shutout streak in Predators history, reports David Boclair of Nashville’s City Paper.
Rinne made 20 saves.
Shea Weber added his first goal of the season, which comes in his 15th game.
Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.
Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.
As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.
Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.
“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”
Commodore wasn’t done there:
And there was much, much more.
To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.
Late in the third period of Friday’s game against the New York Rangers, things were looking good for Columbus.
Brandon Saad, who the team acquired from Chicago this off-season, scored his first goal of the season to give his team a 2-1 lead with under four minutes remaining in the contest.
Unfortunately for the Jackets, that’s as good as it would get.
The Rangers responded with three unanswered goals from Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello to spoil Columbus’ home opener.
“When something like that happens at the end, I think we’re gonna be a better team because of it,” defenseman Ryan Murray told reporters after the game. “It’s a harsh lesson, but it’s a good one.
Luckily for Columbus, they won’t have to wait very long to try and get their revenge.
The Blue Jackets and Rangers will finish off their home-and-home series at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, which might not be such a bad thing for Columbus.
“It’s good that we get another chance tomorrow,” Saad said after Friday’s game. “We were high on emotions (after the go-ahead goal) and they scored and it took the wind out of our sails, but we have to keep playing. We have to learn to keep doing our thing, regardless of the score.”