There were three games on tonight’s schedule in the National Hockey League. Some turned out as expected, others were a complete surprise. Let’s check them all out as we go over tonight’s scores and highlights from around the National Hockey League.
Game 1: Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues
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Tonight’s matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues was quite the back and forth at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, the Blues would come through in the end. The defending Stanley Cup Champions are now on a two game losing streak. Which, for this early in the season is not necessarily the worst thing in the world, but it certainly does not help the situation when you are looking to repeat your performance from last season.
First blood would not be struck until 15:44 in the first period when Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko fired a wrist shot past Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford with an assist from center Patrik Berglund.
Two minutes later, while Blues center Maxim Lapierre sat in the box for two minutes for Boarding Hawks center Andrew Shaw, right wing Patrick Kane would make his way past Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak, tying the score at one. The assists on the Power Play goal go to Patrick Sharp and captain Jonathan Toews.
In the second period, while Hawks LW Brian Bickell sat in the box for 2 minutes for Hooking Blues LW Alexander Steen, the Blues were able to come back with a PP goal of their own from center David Backes. The assists on the goal went to defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and center T.J. Oshie.
Under one minute later, at 9:01, Blues center Jaden Schwartz would be sent off for two minutes for Hooking Sharp. Seconds later, while on the Power Play, Toews fired a wrist shot into back of the net. Assists on the goal went to Kane and Sharp.
The two teams would battle back and forth until the final minutes of the 3rd period. At 16:10, 4 players would be sent to the box, two from each team, for roughing. Vladimir Sobotka and Barret Jackman would sit for the Blues, and Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell would sit for the Hawks.
As the final seconds rolled off of the clock, it would be the Blues that would come out on top with a slapshot from Alexander Steen with the assist from Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester.
Both teams were evenly matched throughout the night; however, St. Louis was able to pull out the win in the end.
The Blues remain undefeated as the Hawks slide to a two game losing streak.
Next up for the Blackhawks will head home to the United Center to take on the New York Islanders on Friday. The Blues will continue their homestand as they host the New York Rangers on Saturday.
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Game 2: Montreal Candiens vs. Calgary Flames
Tonight, the Montreal Canadiens traveled to the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary to face off with the Calgary Flames.
The first period was definitely all about the Flames.
In the last two minutes of the period, the Flames would find the back of the net again with a goal from LW Sven Baertschi. The assist on the goal went to Monahan, who would pick up his second point of the night.
The second period was kind of a slow starter. The scoring wouldn’t open up until 16:22 when Flames LW Curtis Glencross scored on the Power Play with the assists from defenseman Dennis Wideman and LW Jiri Hudler.
Less than a minute later, at 17:46, the Canadiens would pick up a Power Play of their own with a goal from defenseman P.K. Subban. The assists on the goal went to LW Max Pacioretty and D-Man Andrei Markov.
The Canadiens would try to mount a comeback in the third period. Center Lars Eller picked up his 4th goal of the season with the assists from Center Alex Galchenyuk and Subban picking up his second point of the night.
Unfortunately for the Canadiens, it was too little too late, and would continue to be shut down in the Saddledome.
Next up for the Flames, they open the doors to the Scotiabank Saddledome to the New Jersey Devils on Friday. The Canadiens head to Rexall Place in Edmonton to go one-on-one with the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
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Game 3: Los Angeles Kings vs. Ottawa Senators
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Tonight, the Kings opened up the doors to the Staples Center to go head-to-head with the Ottawa Senators.
From the looks of tonight’s game, Kings Goaltender Jonathan Quick is on the road to redemption.
The Kings came out fast and strong in the first period.
Kings right wing Dustin Brown would pick up two goals in the first period; one at 6:39 unassisted, and the other at 17:55 with assists from centers Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar. Jeff Carter would pick up a goal of his own in the first at 12:31 with the assist from center Mike Richards.
In the third period, the Sens would battle back to tie the game. Their first goal came at 5:58 with a Power Play goal from RW Bobby Ryan. The assists on the PP goal went to defensemen Erik Karlsson and Joe Corvo. The second goal came at 15:33 with a wrist shot from LW Milan Michalek. The assists on the goal went to Corvo and Ryan.
The overtime period would last no time at all. While still on the Power Play from the end of the third period, the Kings would find the back of the net at just :28 into the OT period with a goal from Carter, his second of the night. The assists on the goal go to Richards and Kopitar.
The Kings have avoided going into a three game losing streak, and have found a little bit of redemption for Quick’s gaffe in the previous game. Both teams were pretty evenly matched throughout the entire game according to the tale of the tape. Unfortunately for the Sens, a late PK set the Kings up for their final goal of the night.
Next up for the Kings, they head to the PNC Arena in NC to go head-to-head with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Sens will head to the SAP Center in California to go one-on-one with the San Jose Sharks.
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