1. Tyler Toffoli, Montreal Canadiens. This signing has worked out better than Montreal could have ever hoped. With his two goals on Friday night — the only two goals in 2-1 Montreal win over the Calgary Flames — Toffoli topped the 20-goal mark, giving him 21 for the season in only 38 games. Going back to the 2019-20 season Toffoli has now scored 29 goals in 44 games since being traded away from the Los Angeles Kings. This has been one of the best free agent signings of the year. Montreal’s win gives it a six-point lead over the Flames for the fourth playoff spot in the North Division while still having three games in hand. Montreal has to be happy with its playoff chances at this point.
2. Jeremy Swayman, Boston Bruins. With Jaroslav Halak still sidelined, Swayman has stepped into the lineup and been absolutely sensational for the Bruins. He stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 3-0 win over the New York Islanders on Friday to record his first career shutout. He has now won four of his first five starts in the NHL with a .938 save percentage.
3. Nick Bonino, Minnesota Wild. Bonino had a goal and an assist for the Wild in a 3-2 win as they sent the San Jose Sharks to their fourth consecutive defeat. The Wild now have a 12-point cushion for a playoff spot in the West Division, and an 11-point lead over the St. Louis Blues for the fourth playoff spot.
Other Notable Performances From Friday
• Taylor Hall scored for the second game in a row to help lead the Bruins offense. Read more about that game here.
• Robin Lehner stopped all 16 shots he faced and Chandler Stephenson had a goal and an assist for the Vegas Golden Knights as they dominated the Anaheim Ducks, 4-0, and outshot them by a 51-16 margin.
Highlights Of The Day
David Pastrnak scores with 2.4 seconds to play in the first period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead over the New York Islanders.
It took William Karlsson just nine seconds into the second period to score the first goal of the game for the Vegas Golden Knights.
Mats Zuccarello scores with a quick shot right off the faceoff.
Montreal Canadiens 2, Calgary Flames 1
Boston Bruins 3, New York Islanders 0
Minnesota Wild 3, San Jose Sharks 2
Vegas Golden Knights 4, Anaheim Ducks 0
Colorado Avalanche vs. Los Angeles Kings (Postponed)
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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.