The Blues have to be happy with their performances beyond this promising work from Yakupov, by the way. Despite beating the Chicago Blackhawks the night before, the Blues managed a 31-21 shots on goal advantage against a more rested Wild team.
Suter: "the whole game we couldn't get up to speed," late arriving on pucks, not winning battles, etc #mnwild
When it comes to budding NHL rivalries, don’t sleep on the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning.
On a night where the Capitals and Penguins are really slugging it out, the Bolts and Red Wings reminded hockey fans of their mutual disdain, as well. Ultimately, the Lightning came out on top 6-4 thanks in large part to a red-hot power play, but it was an adventure all around.
The anger spilled over during moments like these:
That wasn’t the only moment of nastiness by any stretch:
The Lightning must be pleased to win a game in which they had some sloppy moments. Thomas Vanek took advantage of a mishap on his way to two early goals, and the Red Wings once had a 3-1 lead.
Ben Bishop also allowed arguably the oddest goal so far in this young 2016-17 season:
The Lightning scored six of the games last eight goals, with two power-play markers coming in the third period. Jonathan Drouin had himself quite a night, assisting on Alex Killorn‘s game-winner, scoring on the PP and looking like the dangerous threat he was in the playoffs.
The Red Wings made it tough for them – once again – but ultimately the Lightning secured a season-opening win.
The Buffalo Sabres are suffering from some brutal injury luck early in the season.
Jack Eichel is already slated to miss at least a month, and now the Sabres have to be concerned about the health of Evander Kane thanks to a nasty, unlucky fall against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
Kane went sprawling into the boards after bumping into Alexei Emelin, and it wasn’t a pretty sight. He needed help off of the ice: