Nail Yakupov, the former first overall pick, wasn’t a fit in Edmonton.
That’s OK. He seems to be doing just fine with the St. Louis Blues.
On Thursday, facing his old team for the first time following the trade to St. Louis earlier this month, Yakupov buried his second goal of the season, exacting revenge on his former teammates to open the scoring.
That has to feel good for Yakupov, who struggled as a member of the Oilers, particularly over the last three seasons following a decent rookie campaign, which was shortened because of the lockout.
But he’s fit in with the Blues, with a goal and an assist coming into tonight’s game.
Yakupov returns to Edmonton, playing noteworthy role with Blues
Despite giving the Flyers seven power play opportunities, the Anaheim Ducks escaped Philadelphia with a 3-2 victory on Thursday to conclude a five-game road trip to begin the season.
It’s Anaheim’s first victory of the season and first victory with Randy Carlyle back behind the bench, after three straight one-goal losses and a 0-3-1 record.
John Gibson took the win in goal, as he stopped 20 shots.
Penalties had been an issue for the Ducks through the first four games and that didn’t change Thursday. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were among those guilty of infractions against the Flyers.
The Ducks were guilty of taking five straight minor penalties in the second period, but the Flyers could only capitalize once on seven total opportunities with the power play. Certainly that’s one area of their game they would like to improve on.
After a difficult start, they still ended the road trip on a positive note, getting back into the early Pacific Division battle.
Ryan Garbutt, who isn’t known for his scoring ability, scored the winner in the third period.
“When you’re on the road, you need to find ways to win. It’s about time we won a hockey game, that’s for sure,” said Carlyle.
Another Jaromir Jagr goal, another career milestone.
Jagr, who will turn 45 years old in February, scored Thursday, getting the Florida Panthers back into a tie game, 2-2, with the Washington Capitals in the second period.
Nice play, too, as he was able to sneak down from the blue line into the slot during a Florida power play and bury the shot on Braden Holtby. That’s career goal No. 750 for Jagr.
He’s now only 51 goals behind Gordie Howe for second all time.
Shea Weber has his first goal as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
If you missed it, Weber was acquired from the Nashville Predators in that controversial trade involving P.K. Subban.
Subban already has his first goal of the season for Nashville.
It was Weber’s turn on Thursday. He unleashed that typical, booming Shea Weber slap shot to beat Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue. The Habs, with Carey Price back between the pipes, jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second period.
The Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday raised Ed Snider’s banner to the rafters at Wells Fargo Center during a pre-game ceremony prior to their home opener.
The legendary founder and Flyers owner passed away in April at the age of 83.
“It’s a special night for everybody that’s going to be involved in it,” goalie Steve Mason told Philly.com.
“This organization is rich in history, and the Flyers are who they are because of Mr. Snider — and it will be nice to see him get the respect he definitely deserves.”
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