1. Jaroslav Halak, Boston Bruins
He still has game. Halak stopped all 26 shots the Philadelphia Flyers sent his way in a 3-0 win for his Boston Bruins. The Bruins backup already had one shutout this season over the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 4 and now has his second before the month is through. What’s interesting about this is that with Tuukka Rask‘s struggles (.901 save percentage), Halak is creating a goaltending controversy in Boston.
In five starts this season, Halak has a 3-0-2 record with a very impressive .945 save percentage.
2. Max Domi, Montreal Canadiens
His team didn’t win, but that wasn’t Domi’s fault. He did his part, scoring twice in the game — two wicked wrist shots that Buffalo Sabres goalie had no chance on. Domi has been on a tear as of late, highlighted by a five-game point streak and 10 points in his first nine games for of the season. Putting Domi at center with the Canadiens has paid dividends so far.
3. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Whenever you start to feel that Sid has taken a step back he proves otherwise. You’ll see below what I mean. Crosby’s three points helped the Penguins demolish the Calgary Flames 9-1 in Cow Town. Crosby led the way, but Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist each had two goals and Matt Murray made 38 saves (although the one he didn’t make ruined an otherwise solid performance). Crosby is now up to three goals on the season. Three days ago he didn’t have one.
Honorable mention — Jason Dickinson of the Dallas Stars
Dickinson broke out with two goals and three points as the Stars cruised to a 5-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks. Prior to Thursday’s game, Dickinson had three goals and six points in his brief NHL career.
Highlights of the Night
Crosby. No need for comment:
Nugent-Hopkins dazzles on this one:
Blunder of the night
Matt Murray was cruising to a near-40 save shutout when James Neal threw out a knuckle puck. Brutal way to end a shutout bid.
Bruins 3, Flyers 0
Sabres 4, Canadiens 3
Predators 4, Devils 3 (OT)
Blue Jackets 7, Blues 4
Wild 4, Kings 1
Blackhawks 5, Rangers
Stars 5, Ducks 2
Oilers 4, Capitals 1
Penguins 9, Flames 1
Coyotes 4, Canucks 1