Best Thursday Player in the NHL
Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames
There may be no player who has been better this week across the entire NHL than the Flames goalkeeper.
Markstrom helped the Flames complete a perfect road trip and extend their current winning streak to five games with a fantastic 45 saves closed in Pittsburgh Thursday night.
This is his second in the past three matches, an extension that has only allowed him one goal.
Sure, the Penguins squad plays without the top five, but they still made some great looks on Thursday and Markstrom was up for the challenge all night.
Highlights from Thursday in the NHL
Sean Couturier wasted no time getting the Philadelphia Flyers on the board in Vancouver. He’s having a great start to the season.
Jonny Goudreau has been really good so far this season for the Flames, he finally got his first goal of the season on Thursday, and it was one of the cutest plays.
Buffalo left Sabers a 3-0 lead at Anaheim but then won in overtime to continue his surprise start.
Jordan Bennington sure got his 10 minute misbehavior going:
Three Meals from Thursdays in the NHL
Andersen helps hurricanes survive undefeated
Fredrik Andersen has been a Carolina Hurricane so far this season and it’s a big reason they are now 6-0 this season.
He stopped all 33 shots he faced in Thursday’s 3-0 win, while also scoring an assist.
He’s played in all six of Carolina’s games this season and after Thursday’s close he earned a savings percentage in the 0.950 range.
Goaltending has always been a big question mark for the Hurricanes this season due to questions about Andersen and Antti Raanta. Can they recover from the downturn? Will they stay healthy? Will they be goalkeepers to get them to the Stanley Cup Final? So far Andersen has been more than ready for the challenge.
Pierre-Luc Dubois is having a great season looking back
This is a huge development for Winnipeg Jets. After a disappointing start to the Jets career after a trade with Columbus a year ago, Dubois got off to a great start to the season and continued to do so on Thursday with two goals to help the Jets win 3-2 in Los Angeles. .
With that effort on Thursday, he now has six goals and nine total points in the Gates’ first seven games of the season.
He’s always been a high-profile talent with huge potential, and if he puts it together for the Jets, it gives them another influential player at the top of the squad.
Jake Allen shines for Canadians
Josh Anderson had a goal and assist for the Canadians in their 4-0 win over San Jose, but it was Jake Allen who stole the show and stopped all 45 shots he faced for closing.
Plenty of things have gone wrong for the Canadiens so far this season, but this performance was a bright spot on an otherwise dismal start. Allen had to take on the starting role with the currently sidelined Carey Price, and given the shortcomings of the roster, they would need more shows like that to turn their season around.
Good Friday story
It’s in Detroit where the Red Wings host the Florida Panthers. Panthers are in the spotlight for all the right and wrong reasons.
They are looking to improve to 8-0 this season and run their current winning streak to eight games. They also play their first game after head coach Joel Quinville resigned on Thursday following the damned Chicago Blackhawks report released on Tuesday.
Quinville had to leave, and his resignation on Thursday – along with his apology and Panthers statement – leads to more questions about why he was allowed to train Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins.
Thursday NHL Scores
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Arizona Coyotes 1
Calgary Flames 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 0
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Boston Bruins 0
Colorado Avalanche 4, St. Louis Blues 3
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Vancouver Canucks 1
Buffalo Sabers 4, Anaheim Ducks 3 (overtime)
Seattle Kraken 4, MN Wild 1
Winnipeg Jets 3, Los Angeles Kings 2
Montreal Canadiens 4, San Jose Sharks 0