The Penguins weren't great in front of him, but he didn't do much as the last line of defense and reminded everyone as to just how much this team might miss Tomas Vokoun.
Elsewhere, the Flyers couldn't solve Coyotes backup goalie Thomas Greiss in a 2-1 loss, and the New Jersey Devils once again failed to pick up their first win of the season, losing in Calgary thanks to a late goal from rookie forward Sean Monahan.
Tyler Seguin had a breakout game for the Dallas Stars in a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, having a hand in every single goal, scoring two of his own and setting up the other two.
All the NHL Scores
Coyotes 2, Flyers 1
Panthers 6, Penguins 3
Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2
Jets 4, Stars 1
Flames 3, Devils 2
On Friday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are you cool, soothing answers
1. How will the Blackhawks' bottom-six respond to their changes?
They were excellent. Marks Kruger and Brandon Saad didn't factor into the scoring, but they made some big contributions in other areas, especially Saad. When he was on the ice the Blackhawks attempted 16 shots to only four for the Islanders, which is a pretty huge edge in puck possession. That's the type of strong underlying performance that helps win games. The Blackhawks shifted Saad from the left side to the right for Friday's game, while Kruger moved from center to left wing.
2. How will Jeff Zatkoff perform in his NHL debut?
Not very well. Zatkoff surrendered six goals in a 6-3 loss to the Florida Panthers, and while it wasn't all his fault, he struggled mightily. This was perhaps the worst game the Penguins have played so far this season as they didn't look anywhere near as structured or tight defensively, and there were a couple of unfortunate bounces along the way as well. Still, this is a position that's going to be a big problem for the Penguins this season with Tomas Vokoun out 3-6 months as he recovers from a blood clot.
3. Will the Phoenix Coyotes struggle in the tail-end of a back-to-back?
Not at all. The Coyotes picked up a 2-1 win in Philadelphia thanks to a goal from Oliver Ekman-Larsson with 13 seconds to play in the second period. Thomas Greiss stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced in the win, including a penalty shot from Adam Hall that was actually more of a whiff.
4. Will the New Jersey Devils register their first win of the season?
Nope. The Devils lost when Calgary rookie Sean Monahan scored late in the third period to send the Devils to their fifth straight loss to start the season.
5. How will Cal Clutterbuck perform in his debut with the New York Islanders?
The NHL's hit king was pretty much a non-factor in his Islanders debut. He played just 8:35, less than any other Islanders player, and said after the game that he was feeling a little winded toward the end of the first period, which seems to suggest he may not have been quite ready to jump back into the lineup. He did not factor into the scoring and was credited with two assists in the team's 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
The play or story from Friday's games that will be making headlines over the next couple of days
What will the Calgary Flames do with Monahan? Keep him up or send him back to juniors? With his goal on Friday, he extended his point streak to five games to start the season and has now scored a goal in four consecutive games. His goal on Friday was the game-winner.
Stat of the Night
Dallas Stars forward Alex Chiasson scored yet another goal. He now has three goals in as many games this season, and when combined with the six goals he scored in seven games last year, he's put the puck in the back of the net nine times in his first 10 games. His shooting percentage so far is over 40 percent in the NHL. Not. Sustainable. But it's still an incredible start to his career.
Post to Post
- In case you missed it, John Tavares yanked out his own tooth on the bench
- Is it ever a good idea to put yourself in a 3-on-5 situation?
- The Flyers looked lost on Friday night against the Phoenix Coyotes
- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler was suspended three games for his hit on San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl.
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