MONTREAL (AP) Carey Price made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-0 on Saturday night to extend their winning streak to four games.
Phillip Danault, Paul Byron, Shea Weber, Andrew Shaw and Max Pacioretty scored to help NHL-leading Montreal improve to 13-1-1. Shaw added two assists for his first multipoint game with the Canadiens.
Jimmy Howard gave up five goals on 25 shots for Detroit before being replaced by Petr Mrazek at the start of the third period. Mrazek made 12 saves in relief. The Red Wings dropped to 8-7-1.
Montreal has opened with 10 straight victories at Bell Centre, a franchise record for consecutive home victories to start a season. The previous record was established in 1953.
Danault, playing in just his second game at center, got Montreal on the board at 4:17 of the first period. After Shaw’s initial shot squeaked by Howard, Danault had a tap-in. Danault has five goals in 15 games this season, after scoring four goals in 53 previous career NHL games.
Byron made it 2-0 just a few minutes later. He went top shelf on a breakaway after the puck bobbled on Niklas Kronwall at the blue line.
Weber capped Montreal’s dominant first period with a power-play goal with a minute left, giving Howard no chance on a blistering one-timer from several feet inside the zone. Weber has five of the team’s 10 power-play goals this season.
Shaw put the game out of Detroit’s reach at 15:13 of the second period. Eight seconds into Montreal’s third power play of the evening, Alex Galchenyuk‘s slap shot from the point went off Shaw’s left skate and in for the winger’s first goal since the season opener on Oct. 13.
Pacioretty made it 5-0 at 16:49 of the second.
They were embarrassed in the third period of Friday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. On Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers responded.
Brayden Schenn scored the winning goal in the third period, as the Flyers defeated the Minnesota Wild by a final score of 3-2.
“Obviously we weren’t happy with a terrible third period (Friday) night and a God-awful way to end the hockey game for us,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol told the Courier-Post.
“But I think we put that into the past and just gotta come out and do what you can tonight to win a hockey game and we did that.”
The bigger story — and this is nothing new these days for the Flyers — is with their goaltending situation. Michal Neuvirth started Saturday, but left the game following the first period after suffering an apparent injury.
Steve Mason, who had a difficult outing in Toronto the previous night, took over in net and played well versus the Wild. He stopped 19 of 20 shots, which must certainly be a confidence booster after the way the Flyers fell apart in the final 20 minutes versus Toronto.
According to the Flyers, general manager Ron Hextall said Neuvirth will be re-evaluated on Sunday.
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If he is out for an extended period, the Flyers will likely recall Anthony Stolarz from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Stolarz was in net Saturday night as the Phantoms faced off against the Toronto Marlies.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are the defending Stanley Cup champions. That window to win it all is still very much open.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are building for future success. They have the young talent in place to provide optimism for the days and years ahead, but there are going to be difficult times ahead, too.
In their first meeting of the season, Toronto’s young talent on Saturday went up against a Pittsburgh team that is no stranger to winning. Penguins players have had success in the NHL playoffs and on the international stage.
The Maple Leafs were competitive, sure. This was a fast-paced game, with both teams combining for 85 shots on goal. Toronto grabbed an early lead. But the established stars of the Penguins took over after the opening period, as Pittsburgh recorded a 4-1 win.
Evgeni Malkin started the scoring for Pittsburgh. Chris Kunitz provided the winner with 18 seconds left in the second period. Bryan Rust and Sidney Crosby scored less than four minutes apart in the third period to put this away.
Crosby finished with two points as he continues his torrid pace to begin the season, while Toronto’s star rookie Auston Matthews was held without a point.
By the end, the Maple Leafs looked fatigued, having played the night before.
The Penguins have now won seven of their last 10 games and haven’t really shown any effects of a Stanley Cup hangover. If their star players can stay healthy throughout the season, they can definitely challenge for the Eastern Conference.
The Maple Leafs have stocked up on talent. The future is bright. But there is still growing to do before they’re an elite team.
Earlier this week, Jeff Zatkoff relayed positive news about his health after coming back from a reported groin injury suffered in practice.
The good news was short-lived. Zatkoff is once again dealing with injury. He took himself out of Friday’s game after two periods against the Ottawa Senators.
Head coach Darryl Sutter didn’t have an update on the Kings’ goalie following the game, however reports state he suffered a lower-body injury.
As a result, the Kings on Saturday recalled goalie Jack Campbell on an emergency basis from the AHL’s Ontario Reign, as per LA Kings Insider.
This is the latest development for a Kings team that already this season has experienced injuries to several key players, including the team’s No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick, who was expected to miss three months with a groin injury.
With Quick out, the Kings have had to rely heavily on Peter Budaj, who has now played in 13 games — 11 of those have been starts — with a 7-5 record and a .912 save percentage.
Eight days after scoring a converted touchdown and a field goal against the Montreal Canadiens, the Columbus Blue Jackets could once again potentially hit double digits on the score board.
On Saturday against the St. Louis Blues, the Blue Jackets scored seven goals by the late stages of the second period.
Jake Allen was pulled after giving up four goals on 12 shots. Carter Hutton was brought into the game and surrendered three goals on seven shots, as Columbus opened up a 7-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Another 10-spot, which set the Blue Jackets team record for most goals scored in a single game, definitely seems possible the way this one is going.
This lopsided contest comes seven days after the Blues beat Columbus 2-1 in overtime.