Another week of the new NHL season is in the books. This week featured the worst puck drop times, Chris Tierney’s revenge on the Los Angeles Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights losing again. Ah, the beautiful sport of hockey. Here’s how the week shaped up across the Pacific Division.
Anaheim Ducks (4-1-1)
I have many questions in life, but currently the one at the top of my list is how in the world are the Anaheim Ducks playing this well with half the team battling injuries. The Ducks started their week off against the Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks won this one in a shootout. Hampus Lindholm and Jakob Silfverberg had the two goals in regular time. Troy Terry scored the lone shootout goal to give Anaheim the win.
The Ducks took on the Arizona Coyotes again this week, this time they lost in a shootout. Ryan Kesler returned to the lineup and started his season off with a bang, scoring a goal in his debut. Ben Street had the Ducks’ second goal. The shootout ended in the Coyotes favor, giving the Ducks their first loss of the season.
Then came the Dallas Stars. The Stars defeated the Ducks 5-3. Adam Henrique, Kiefer Sherwood, and Jakob Silfverberg had the three Anaheim goals. The Ducks had a busy weekend, hitting the ice again on Sunday. They won this one, 3-2 over the St. Luis Blues. Andrew Cagliano got on the scoreboard, as well as Silfverberg and Ben Street.
The Ducks will face the New York Islanders on Wednesday at 7 PT.
Arizona Coyotes (1-3-0)
The Arizona Coyotes got a win on the books! They took down the Ducks in a shootout victory. Dylan Strome had a power play goal in the first period and Brad Richardson scored a shorty in the second. Anaheim tied it up sending the game to overtime, where Nick Cousins scored the winning shootout goal.
The Coyotes took on the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, and it did not go well for them. They were shut out 3-0. It looks like the Desert Dogs are in for another rough season. At least they already have one win under their belt, right?
The Coyotes play the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at 5 PT.
Calgary Flames (3-2-0)
The Calgary Flames dominated the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, winning the game 3-0. Elias Lindholm scored a power play goal and the two following goals both came from Sean Monahan’s stick. A good, early week win was much needed because their luck faded quickly. They faced the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and fell 3-5. James Neal scored his first goal in a red sweater in the first period, but St. Louis would respond with three goals shortly after. Calgary went scoreless in the second, but Derek Ryan and Mikael Backlund would get Calgary back on the board in the third period.
Then came the Colorado Avalanche. The Flames won this one in overtime. Sam Bennett and Elias Lindholm had goals in the first and second period. Johnny Gaudreau scored the winning goal in the opening 46 seconds of overtime.
Johnny OT goal in Denver was so nice, we recommend watching it twice pic.twitter.com/PWAqOWebeR— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 14, 2018
The Flames take on the Bruins on Wednesday at 6:30 PT.
Edmonton Oilers (1-2-0)
Guys, the Edmonton Connor McDavid’s are still not a good team. On Thursday, they played the Boston Bruins and lost 4-1. Connor McDavid had the lone goal of the game, his first of the season. Game number three of the season for Edmonton came in New York against the Rangers. This one they won! It was a 2-1 victory with a McDavid power play goal in the third period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the second Oilers goal of the game.
The Oilers look to turn their luck around against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday at 5 PT.
Los Angeles Kings (2-2-1)
I have good and bad news. The bad news is the Kings aren’t absolutely terrible so far. The good news, you ask? Old friends Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo and Mikkel Boedker ran all over the Kings this weekend. First, they lost 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets. Ilya Kovalchuk had the lone L.A. goal. They had one good game against the struggling Montreal Canadiens. Jake Campbell is filling in for Jonathan Quick and doing a pretty good job at it. He made 40 saves and landed his first career shutout. Jeff Carter, Michael Amadio and Adrian Kempe had the three goals.
Ah yes, finally I can tell you about the San Jose Sharks rejects dominating the Los Angeles Kings. When the Kings faced off against the Ottawa Senators, it did not go well for them! Ottawa won that one 5-1. The lone Kings goal came from Trevor Lewis. Chris Tierney had the Sens’ opening goal, assisted by Dylan DeMelo. Mikkel Boedker also got an assist. It was a fun one.
The King’s’ face off against the team that won the John Tavares lottery, the Toronto Maple Leafs, today at 4:30 PT.
Vancouver Canucks (3-2-0)
Okay sure, the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, but they are still going to win the cup. They only lost 3-5, which is good by Vancouver standards. Sven Baertschi had two goals and an assist. The third goal came from Bo Horvat.
So what if they lost to Carolina, they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1! Tampa Bay had the lone period one goal, but Vancouver came back swinging. Just not in the second period, that one was scoreless. Jake Virtanen, Brock Boeser, Markus Granlund and Elias Pettersson all got on the board in the third period, giving the Canucks a win.
Up next came the Florida Panthers. They pulled off yet another win. Sure, it was against a winless Panthers team, but this is the Canucks we’re talking about here, it counts. Elias Pettersson had a power play goal, Antoine Roussel had an unassisted goal, and Bo Horvat had the third period goal that won it for Vancouver.
The Canucks face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday at 4 PT.
Vegas Golden Knights (2-4-0)
The worst part about Monday’s weird game times was most of us probably missed the Buffalo Sabres putting a beating to the Vegas Golden Knights. They beat them 4-2. Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Haula had the two Vegas goals. On Wednesday we saw a Stanley Cup Final rematch, this one too ending in the Washington Capitals favor. The Golden Knights lost 5-2. Cody Eakin and Reilly Smith had the two Vegas goals.
Then they faced off against both Pennsylvania teams. First came Pittsburgh, who they fell to, 4-2. Phil Kessel had a hat trick that night. Tomas Nosek and Reilly Smith had a goal a piece for Vegas. They got their lone win of the week against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, beating them out 1-0. Cody Eakin had the only Vegas goal.
Look at this sorcery pic.twitter.com/qUlgSqdHaC— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) October 13, 2018
Vegas will face off against Buffalo again on Tuesday at 7 PT.