After scoring six goals in three games (including four against Dallas on Saturday), New York Islanders LW Matt Moulson was named the NHL’s first star of the week.
The four-goal outburst against Dallas was the defining moment of Moulson’s week, cementing him in Islander lore. He became just the third Islander to score four in a game since 1992-93 (joining the immortal Alexei Yashin and Viktor Kozlov) and is now the NHL’s 12th-leading goalscorer since the 2009-10 season. Yes, seriously. No, I’m not making it up. Over the last two seasons, Moulson has put more pucks in the net than Rick Nash, Dany Heatley, Jonathan Toews, Jeff Carter and Thomas Vanek. Check for yourself.
Second star of the week went to Ryan O’Reilly. (Not the character portrayed by Dean Winters in the HBO prison series “Oz”, in case you were wondering.) The Colorado center notched seven points last week (4G, 3A), recorded three multi-point games and finished with a plus-6 rating as the Avs went 3-0-1. As such, the 20-year-old now leads Colorado in scoring with 21 points in 27 games.
Third star went to LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. This marks the second weekly honor Quick’s received — he was named the NHL’s first star back on Oct. 24 — and the second time he’s posted a ridiculously-low GAA. Quick’s goals-against average was 0.50 last week; he also won both his starts and posted a .987 save percentage. Quick now leads the NHL in shutouts (four), ranks second in save percentage and fourth in GAA.
CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.
The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.
The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.
The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.
The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.
The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.
Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.
The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.
The NHL team announced that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.
“This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially so in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come.”
Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning postponed two home preseason games and moved the club’s training camp to Nashville, Tennessee, during the storm.
TORONTO — Rasmus Sandin has signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced on Thursday.
The 22-year-old from Sweden was the 29th overall selection in the 2018 draft. Sandin had 16 points in 51 games with Toronto last season. He’s played in 88 career regular-season games, with six goals and 22 assists, and has one goal in five playoff games.
“Got a great set of tools,” fellow defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “With experience, I think they’re only going to get better.”
The signing comes as the Leafs’ blueliners been hit hard by injuries. Muzzin has been dealing with a back issue, and Timothy Liljegren recently had surgery for a hernia.
Toronto then lost Jamie Benn (groin) and Carl Dahlstrom (shoulder) in Wednesday’s 3-0 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens, pressing forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Alexander Kerfoot into defensive roles for two periods.