Players of the Night:
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators: It’s been a struggle for Ryan this season. He came into the game with just as single goal in 21 games but left with two in 22 while also adding an assist to help the Senators avoid a six-game losing streak.
Tyler Pitlick, Dallas Stars: Pitlick scored twice, bookending Dallas’s five goals in a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders.
P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators: If you continue reading (and you should) you will see Subban’s goal that came from quite a distance. The defenseman notched two in a ___ win against the Vancouver Canucks, powering the Preds to their ninth win in their past 12 games.
Highlights of the Night:
Brad Marchand fought off Mike Green, and then did this to win in overtime:
Dylan Larkin. Breakway. Shorthanded. Backhand.
Blunder of the Night:
Yikes, Anders Nilsson. Bravo, P.K.
Factoids of the Night:
Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen killed two birds with one stone on Wednesday:
Filip Forsberg accomplished an impressive feat for the second time in his career.
Senators 3, Rangers 2
Stars 5, Islanders 2
Bruins 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)
Predators 7, Canucks 1
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After failing to score in the first 15 games of the season, Sebastian Aho has now found the back of the net in back-to-back-to-back-to-back games.
The Finnish forward opened the scoring less than two minutes into tonight’s game against the Isles. As if coming up with the first goal of the game wasn’t enough, Aho also picked up the primary assist on Teuvo Teravainen‘s tally less than two minutes later, and Teravainen’s second of the game in the second period.
He now has nine points in his last three games and two periods, which is pretty remarkable for a guy that couldn’t buy one earlier on this season.
The start was less than ideal for New York, but they managed to salvage the period with an incredible goal.
You expect Islanders players like John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, or Mathew Barzal to score highlight-reel goals, but it was defenseman Nick Leddy that scored a beauty in the first period of Sunday’s game against Carolina.
With the Isles trailing 2-0 in the opening frame, Leddy grabbed a puck in the neutral zone, skated into Carolina territory, split Jaccob Slavin and Marcus Kruger and finally beat goalie Cam Ward.
It was Leddy’s fifth goal of the season, but probably the most impressive one of the bunch.
The Hurricanes currently lead 4-1 after two periods.
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Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is “in play,” according to a report by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Well, that’s not quite clear. But Friedman cited two sources that insisted it’s not because Hamonic was unhappy with the team’s move to Brooklyn. Apparently, that had been rumored.
Hamonic signed a seven-year deal with the Isles in the summer of 2013. He’s under contract through 2019-20 for a cap hit just below $4 million.
This season, Hamonic has three assists in 19 games, while logging an average ice time of 23:20. His possession stats are good. A right shot, he’s been paired most often with Calvin De Haan, though he’s also skated with Nick Leddy.
Hamonic had a career-high 33 points (5G, 28A) in 2014-15.
Hamonic is from Manitoba. According to this 2014 article, he owns a condo in Winnipeg.
The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed (now-former) New York Islanders goalie prospect Kevin Poulin off of waivers on Sunday, according to New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple.
Injuries opened up an obvious need at the backup position for the Lightning, at least in the short-to-medium term. Andrei Vasilevskiy is out after vascular surgery, while Kristers Gudlevskis was dealing with some bumps and bruises himself.
The biggest loser of this move might just be Ray Emery; the veteran goalie is battling for a gig in Lightning training camp.
Poulin, 25, found himself in limbo with the Islanders, as Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss seemed firmly in place for the near future.
He still needs to make an impression sooner rather than later, but this move makes plenty of sense for just about everyone involved.
One other thing to possibly note, by the way:
Update: Yes, indeed this was bad news for Emery.
Back in July, Edmonton made an intriguing, under-the-radar move by acquiring the rights to KHL goalie Anders Nilsson.
The deal didn’t garner much attention, possibly because the Oilers had already made a bigger splash in goal — trading for ex-Rangers backup Cam Talbot at the draft — and, of course, they still had Ben Scrivens in the mix.
But the attention could soon be on Nilsson.
“My mindset is to challenge for the No. 1 job,” the Swedish stopper told the Edmonton Journal. “That’s why I signed the one-year contract and it’s up to me to perform.”
Nilsson, 25, is an interesting entity.
Picked 62nd overall by the Isles in 2009, he appeared in 23 games for New York over three seasons before signing with KHL team AK Bars Kazan last summer. A few months later, the Isles traded Nilsson’s rights — he was an RFA upon leaving for Russia — to Chicago, as part of the Nick Leddy deal.
In Russia, Nilsson boosted his stock by going 20-9-8 with a 1.71 GAA and .936 save percentage. He also played for Team Sweden at the 2015 Worlds, splitting time with Jhonas Enroth.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder signed with Edmonton almost immediately upon being acquired, seemingly determined to resurrect his NHL career. With the Oilers, he’s projected to battle Scrivens for the No. 2 gig behind Talbot — who, tentatively, is penciled in as the No. 1 — but if the last few years in Edmonton have shown anything, it’s that minutes in net are constantly up for grabs.