Two of the goaltenders that will be competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team -- Ottawa's Craig Anderson and Buffalo's Ryan Miller -- faced off in Buffalo on Friday night, and they both put on quite a show. The two goalies combined to stop 79 of the 80 shots they faced.
In the end, Anderson's Senators came away with the 1-0 win -- Erik Karlsson finally broke a scoreless tie with fewer than six minutes to play in regulation -- while Anderson stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season.
It was the exact type of performance Senators fans saw last season when Anderson finished the season with a league-best .940 save percentage.
Elsewhere, the Red Wings completed a come-from-behind win against the Hurricanes thanks to a Stephen Weiss overtime goal, and Evander Kane had a huge game for the Jets, scoring a pair of goals in the team's 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
All the NHL Scores
Senators 1, Sabres 0
Red Wings 3, Hurricanes 2
Jets 5, Kings 3
Avalanche 3, Predators 1
On Friday we asked you five burning questions about the day's games. These are you cool, soothing answers.
1. How will Bobby Ryan perform in his Senators debut?
Ryan was active and attempted 10 shots, including five on goal. He didn't score, but it certainly wasn't for a lack of chances. The Senators were the better team for much of the night, and the only reason it took them so long to break through was because of the stellar play from Miller in net.
2. Will Sergei Bobrovsky continue his dominating performance from last season?
Bobrovsky shouldn't be expected to duplicate the numbers he put up last season, particularly in the second half, and he didn't get off to a great start on Friday. He allowed four goals on 30 shots, including two less than a minute apart in the third period. Bobrovsky isn't as bad as he played during his last season in Philadelphia and he's not quite as good as he was during his first season in Columbus.
3. Can the Flames rebound from Thursday night's disappointing loss?
Yes. Tough situation for the Flames playing a back-to-back on the road after suffering a brutal loss in Washington that saw them blow a three-goal lead, but they were able to step up and earn the 4-3 win in Columbus. Sean Monahan scored his first career goal to open the scoring, and they also received tallies from T.J Galiardi, Curtis Glencross, and Jiri Hudler.
4. Will Patrick Roy contain himself against the Nashville Predators?
Roy was on his best behavior behind the Colorado bench and didn't try to fight Nashville coach Barry Trotz during the 3-1 Avalanche win. Unfortunately for the Avalanche, there was still a little controversy as Steve Downie injured Roman Josi with a questionable hit that will no doubt be reviewed by the league in the coming days.
5. How will John Tavares play?
The good news for the Islanders is that they were able to leave New Jersey with a 4-3 shootout win, but Tavares didn't exactly have a strong performance in his first game as captain. He was held scoreless, finished a minus-1, and the Islanders were pretty much pinned in their own zone the entire time he was on the ice, allowing New Jersey to take 21 shot attempts to the Islanders' 6. It was a rough game for him, but don't get used to it because they will be few and far between this season.
Few things drive discussion during the NHL season like a possible suspension, and Steve Downie provided the cannon fodder this time around with his hit on Josi. Since Josi was injured on the play, and Downie has quite a history of questionable hits, it wouldn't be a shock to see the NHL hand out something.
Stat of the Night
In just his second NHL game, Seth Jones logged 25:46 of ice-time in the Predators' 3-1 loss to the Avalanche, more than any other Nashville defensemen. All-Star Shea Weber was second, playing 23:22. Not only did Jones play a lot of minutes, the Predators also trusted him to start nine of his 15 shifts in the defensive zone. Seems like they're already trusting the rookie to do some heavy lifting.
Post to Post
- Mike Ribeiro and managing expectations.
- Why opponents of fighting in the NHL are wrong.
- Have the Jets learned their lesson after the Alexander Burmistrov debacle?
- James Neal is week-to-week with an upper body injury.
- Jack Hillen is going to miss several months for the Capitals.