Boston Bruins picked up their first victory of the NHL season after completing a 4-0 win against Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Bruins, who were thrashed by the Penguins 7-0 in their season opener, responded with Jaraslav Halak making 32 saves and completing a shutout for Boston, with Brad Marchand getting four assists for Boston.
No less than 13 goals were shared between the Penguins and the Capitals at PPG Paints Arena. Despite blowing a two-goal advantage in the third period, Penguins held on to gain the win, thanks to defenceman Kris Letang netting the overtime winner with 1.20 on the clock.
Jonathan Toews completed a hat-trick 2.20 into overtime to give Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 win against St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Toews hat-trick was his fifth in regular season and it was the first time he has scored in consecutive NHL games at the start of the season.
Bill Peters is celebrating his first win as Calgary Flames Coach, after Flames beat Vancouver Cannucks 7-4. Peters was hired to replace Glen Gulutzan on April 23rd after serving four seasons as Carolina Hurricanes Coach. It was also a debut to remember for Elias Lindholm, who bagged his first two goals for Calgary.
Thomas Chabot netted a brace for the Ottawa Senators in their 5-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The defenceman also got an assist on the night whilst Dylan De Melo and Chris Tierney each scored their first goals for the Senators since being acquired from the San Jose Sharks in the Erik Karlsson trade.
NHL goal leaders after 13-goal outburst in Chicago:
1. Auston Matthews (5)
2. Jonathan Toews (5)
3. Patrick Kane (4)
4. John Tavares (4)
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) October 8, 2018
No less than 13 goals were shared between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers at the PNC Arena on Sunday. The home side Hurricanes eventually got the better of the Rangers, but only a three-goal burst in the last period secured the win for Carolina. Rangers raced into an early two goal lead before Warren Foegele replied for Carolina. The sides went into the third period tied at 5-5, but three goals from the hosts sealed Hurricanes victory. Andrei Svechnikov scored his first NHL goal for the Canes, whilst there were excellent contributions from Jordan Staal and Justin Williams who each had three points in Hurricans 8-5 win. For Rangers, it was their third straight defeat under Coach David Quinn.
It was a night to remember for Toronto Maple Leafs’ John Tavares, after grabbing his first hat-trick with the Leafs in their 7-6 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Centre on Sunday. Patrick Kane scored twice in 55 seconds for the Blackhawks to send the game into overtime, before Morgan Rielly scored the winner with only 19 seconds showing on the clock.
Swedish forward Jesper Bratt is expected to be out for between two to three weeks due to a broken jaw. The 20-year-old will miss the start of the season for the New Jersey Devils after being hit in the face by a puck in practice on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Joe Thornton has been placed on injured reserve by the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. The 39-year-old centre returned to San Jose after experiencing swelling in his right knee. Goaltender Jonathan Quick will also be out of action for a while after sustaining a lower-body injury in practice Saturday.