Best Tuesday Player in the NHL
Joel Erickson Eck, Minnesota Wild
Five minutes before play, the Minnesota Wild ran into a 5-3 deficit against the Winnipeg Jets. That was when Joel Erickson Eck started to take over. Helped in a stunning comeback as Wild scored twice in the last five minutes, including Ericsson EK’s last-minute equalizer, to send the match into overtime. It was there that match-winner Ericsson scored his tenth to complete a hat-trick and gave Wilde a 6-5 win and improved his record to 3-0-0 on the season.
It was a dominant night for the Wild center as he scored three goals, scored seven shots on target, 10 total shot attempts, won 76 percent of his encounters, and played big minutes in both heavy play and penalty shootouts. The Wild rewarded him with a huge contract extension over the summer and his 2021-22 season got off to a great start with a game like this.
Highlights from Monday in the NHL
The Washington Capitals need Evgeny Kuznetsov to have a big rebound season and he’s off to a great start. He showed some of that game-changing ability to open the scoring in the 6-3 win over Colorado with this incredible goal.
Eriksson Ek’s award-winning goal for Wild was a 3v1 dash pass, which was Kirill Kaprizov’s third assist of the match.
So far, Leon Drysittle and Conor McDavid do their work for Edmonton Oilers. It dominates absolutely everyone. Drytail scored four points on Tuesday, netted two goals and assisted in their 6-5 win over the Anaheim Ducks. His second goal was a blank shot to make it a 6-4 match but was also scored as the match winner (Anaheim scored a late fifth). But Yvan Bouchard’s goal earlier in this period was the real decisive one as it gave the Oilers a 5-4 lead that put them in position for the empty net. It was also a strange target.
Three Meals from a Tuesday in the NHL
The Buffalo Sabers are 3-0!
Jack Eichel has put Eichel into disarray and the Sabers have what appears to be the worst NHL roster on paper. So it makes sense that they would be 3-0 thanks to their 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. wait. No. This makes no sense at all. But here we are! They had five different scorers on Tuesday night while Craig Anderson blocked 32 of their 34 shots to extend their season-opening winning streak. They are 12-4 ahead of their opponents so far this season.
On the one hand, their schedule so far has shown a revamped Montreal team without a starting goalkeeper, a poor Arizona team, and a Vancouver team full of questions. It’s also the first week of the season when things get kind of weird around the league.
But, on the other hand, Buffalo fans have seen a lot of bad hockey over the past decade, so we’d say enjoy this start. Enjoy it a lot.
More ugliness for Chicago and Montreal
While the Sabers were undefeated, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Canadians extended their season-opening streak on Tuesday.
The Canadians were completely crushed by San Jose, 5-0, at home and allowed Jonathan Dahlin to score his first two goals in the National Hockey League for the Sharks. Given the changes of the season and the absence of Carrie Price early on, this has always been a tough season in Montreal. But they may not have expected it.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, coach Jeremy Coleton was booed during the pre-game opener at home, and the Black Hawks themselves were booed after their latest loss, a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the New Yorkers, to continue their play. 0-3-1 start. Blackhawks won 15-2 in 5v5 play this season and have been largely behind the entire season.
The Devils win, but Jack Hughes leaves due to injury
The good news for the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night is that they beat the Seattle Kraken 4-2.
The bad news is that their young star Jack Hughes was knocked out after an embarrassing play that resulted in an upper body injury. The only update his coach Lindy Raff made after the game was to say that Hughes considered a “day by day” and that he would be evaluated further on Wednesday. He also mentioned that Hughes has had shoulder injuries before, so maybe that will give you an idea of the exact location of Hughes’ injury.
Wednesday’s big story
The Vegas Golden Knights are dealing with some major injury issues at the moment, with Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch currently topping the line-up. It’s had a shaky start so far with a close win over Seattle (maybe overtime should have passed without a call going their way) and an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
On Wednesday, they returned home on the ice for a tough game against defender Alex Petrangelo’s old side, the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues are coming in with a perfect 2-0 record this season, but will play their first two games without striker Pavel Buchenevich after a two-game suspension on Tuesday night for a head-butting incident against Arizona State’s Lawson Krause. Coyote on Monday night.
Tuesday’s NHL Scores
Cypress 5, Canox 2
Sharks 5, Canadians 0
Panthers 4, Lightning 1
Demons 4, Kraken 2
Stars 2, Penguin 1 (Sue)
Capitals 6, Avalanche 3
Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 1
Islanders 4, Black Hawks 1
Predators 2, Kings 1
Wild 6, Jets 5 (overtime)
6 oilers, 5 . ducks