Alex Ovechkin continued his hot start on Thursday night by adding his league-leading 10th goal of the season and an assist in Washington's 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Ovechkin is now just two points behind Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the point lead, and he continues his assault on the NHL single season record for shots on goal by firing six atDevan Dubnyk.
Elsewhere around the league, the San Jose Sharks lost in regulation for the first time this season in rather frustrating fashion, outshooting the Bruins, 37-19, only to lose with less than a second remaining on David Krejci's second goal of the season.
Minnesota and Carolina had to use all four goalies that were in uniform when starters Cam Ward and Josh Harding had to leave early, paving the way for Justin Peters and Niklas Backstrom to enter the game. The two teams combined for as many goalies (four) as they did goals in Minnesota's 3-1 win. Peters took over for Ward just five minutes into the game and surrendered goals on the first two shots he faced.
Ward is expected to miss three to four weeks with a lower body injury.
In the late game, the Los Angeles Kings let a 4-0 lead slip away against the Phoenix Coyotes and then scored three straight goals in the third period to pick up a 7-4 win. Leading the way was Dwight King with a hat trick.
All the NHL Scores
Bruins 2, Sharks 1
Flyers 2, Rangers 1
Canadiens 4, Ducks 1
Predators 3, Jets 2
Capitals 4, Oilers 1
On Thursday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
No! Actually, it was a push as the Flyers earned just their second win of the season by beating the Rangers, 2-1. New York's J.T. Miller appeared to have a game-tying goal in the third period only to have it called back after it was determined that he kicked the puck into the net. The Rangers' only goal in this game, Brad Richards' fifth of the season, went in off of Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn.
2. Will Saku Koivu score against the Montreal Canadiens?
He did not, and he registered just a single shot on goal against his former club, but the fans in Montreal gave him a huge ovation. He played with the Canadiens until 2009, and this was just the fourth time he's faced them since leaving. Montreal won the game, 4-1.
3. How will Schneider v. Luongo Part II play out?
The same way it did the last time, with Vancouver winning in overtime (well, this time it was a shootout). Schneider had quite a gaffe with his defense in the first period to give Ryan Kesler an easy goal, and that's just the type of season it's been for the Devils this season. They had two leads in this game and could not hold on to either one, losing yet another one goal game. Sooner or later their luck has to change, right?
With Pekka Rinne sidelined due to injury, Nashville had to turn to Carter Hutton in net and he was fantastic, allowing just two goals on 32 shots. The Predators won, 3-2, in overtime thanks to Craig Smith's game-winning goal.
5. Will the San Jose Sharks point streak continue?
No, but it was oh-so-close. Less than a second away, if you want to get technical about it. That's when David Krejci's game-winning goal went in just before the final horn. Sometimes you play well and get beat by a hot goalie. That's what happened to the Sharks on Thursday.
The only play or moment from Thursday's games that will receive headlines over the next couple of days
Thursday was a rough day for goalies around the league, including a number who suffered injuries. First it was Pekka Rinne in Nashville missing a month. Then Cam Ward went down. Then Josh Harding. Couple of potential big losses there, including in Carolina where Ward's injury a year ago really seemed to crush the Hurricanes' season.
Stat of the Night
We mentioned earlier that Ovechkin is on his way to challenging the NHL record for most shots on goal in a season. With his six shots on Thursday he's now up to 67 shots through his first 10 games. A 6.7 shot per game pace would give him 549 shots. The NHL record currently belongs to Phil Esposito with 550 during the 1970-71 season. Ovechkin and Esposito are the only two players with more than 500 shots in a season. Ovechkin had 528 during the 2008-09 season.
Post to Post
- Gary Bettman has upheld the 10-game suspension for Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta.
- Speaking of the Sabres, Wednesday's game was a new low for this once proud franchise.
- Olli Maatta is staying with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Morgan Rielly is also staying with the Toronto Maple Leafs.