There was a cancellation Monday but for once, it wasn’t because of COVID-19, rather a postponement due to weather.
You would think that with all the cold weather in Canada, as well as the American North and Mid-West, that it would be one of those games.
But this decade has been cruel and the Predators-Stars game set for Dallas was postponed when Dallas mayor Eric Johnson advised the NHL to cancel based a severe winter storm that caused significant power outages in Dallas and the surrounding areas.
That’s the 2020-21 season for you.
There was also a hockey trade in the evening as Toronto acquired Alex Galchenyuk from Carolina in exchange for David Warsogsky and Egor Korshkov. Galchenyuk was traded from Ottawa on Sunday to Carolina but never left Canada so he will not have to quarantine for 14 days. Warsofsky is a journeyman defenseman who has played 55 games in the NHL but is already 30. Korshkov has played in only one NHL game (he scored) and the 24-year-old is currently playing in the KHL where he had 16 goals and 31 points in 53 games for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv.
There were nine games in the NHL on Monday.
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ARIZONA 1 ST. LOUIS 0
Darcy Kuemper stopped all 24 shots as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the St. Louis Blues 1-0. It was the seventh straight games the two sides met due to postponements re: other teams and the two sides are likely happy to move on to play other teams. The Coyotes went 4-2-1 in the series while St. Louis was 3-3-1.
The lone goal of the night was scored by Clayton Keller, his fifth of the season at the 5.21 mark of the second period. Nick Schmaltz drew the only assist.
Jordan Binnington stopped 18 shots in taking the loss. He is 7-3-2 this season.
Torey Krug suffered an upper-body injury and did not play in the third period. Consider him day-to-day.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 BUFFALO 1
The Buffalo Sabres finally played a game for the first time in 15 days and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Islanders.
The Islanders struck twice late in the first period as Anders Lee potted his fifth of the season at the 16:37 mark and then Jean-Gabriel-Pageau scored 104 seconds after Lee’s goal to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead after one.
There were a couple of power play goals in the second as Victor Olofsson scored his fifth of the season to cut the Islanders lead in half just 1:40 in but Brock Nelson made it a two-goal game once again with his third. For Olofsson, the goal increased his points streak to seven games.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 20 shots as he improved his record to 7-2-2 with a 1.89 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
Linus Ullmark gave up three goals on 29 shots to go to 3-2-2 this season with a 2.63 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Jack Eichel was held pointless.
Josh Bailey had a pair of assists.
OTTAWA 6 TORONTO 5 (Overtime)
The Ottawa Senators came all the way back from a 5-1 deficit with less than a minute to go in the second period and defeated the first place Maple Leafs 6-5 in overtime as Evgenii Dadonov completed the comeback with his second of the game.
Dadonov made a great play in his own end in overtime, blocking a Morgan Rielly shot with Ottawa goaltender Marcus Hogberg down and out, and ended up scoring on a breakaway on the ensuing play. Dadonov tied the game up at 5 with his first of the contest and after a slow start, has five goals in his last five games.
Nick Paul scored a huge goal for the Senators as his shorthanded effort with nine seconds left in the second period, made it 5-2 Toronto but gave Ottawa the jump they needed to start the third.
Artem Zub scored his first NHL goal, Connor Brown and Drake Batherson also scored for the Senators.
Auston Matthews had a pair of goals and an assist to lead Toronto while Joe Thornton, who returned to action after missing over three weeks with a cracked rib, had a goal and an assist.
Travis Boyd with his second and Pierre Engvall with his first of the season, also replied for the Maple Leafs.
Hogberg stopped 33 shots for the win, his second straight of the season as he beat the Jets in his last start.
Frederik Andersen would like to have this one back as he gave up all six goals on 31 shots. He is 9-4-1 with a 2.79 GAA and a .901 save percentage.
Matthews has a 13-game points streak although the NHL recognizes only a 10-game streak as he missed one game with an injury. He had 13 goals and 19 points in the 13-game streak.
Thomas Chabot had two assists.
CAROLINA 7 COLUMBUS 3
The Carolina Hurricanes spotted the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-1 lead in the first and then roared back with six unanswered goals to win easily by a score of 7-3.
Brock McGinn had a huge game with a pair of goals as well as two assists, doubling his season point total to eight including six goals.
Teuvo Teravainen also had a four-point night with a goal and three assists. Teravainen has two goals and seven points this season.
Jordan Staal had a pair of goals and leads the Hurricanes with 14 points in just 11 games.
Sebastian Aho scored once and added an assist while Nino Niederreiter scored his seventh of the season, the most on the Hurricanes.
James Reimer settled down after giving up three first period goals and stopped 37 shots to pick up his seventh win of the season against just one loss.
Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist while Cam Atkinson and Kevin Stenlund also scored.
It was not a great night for Joonas Korpisalo who gave up five goals on 25 shots before he was pulled after two periods. Elvis Merzlikins took over, giving up two third period goals on nine shots. It was Korpisalo’s seventh straight start so look for Merzlikins to get the start Thursday against Nashville.
Atkinson had seven shots on goal.
Jake Bean had two assists.
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FLORIDA 6 TAMPA BAY 4
Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Anton Stralman each had a goal and an assist to lead Florida to their second win in three games over Tampa Bay in the last five nights.
Owen Tippett, Frank Vatrano on a penalty shot and Anthony Duclair with his first in a Florida uniform, also scored for the Panthers. It was Tippett’s first of the season and second in his NHL career.
Alexander Volkov scored twice to give him three this season, while Steven Stamkos returned from injury to score his eighth of the campaign and Tyler Johnson scored his fourth.
Chris Driedger gave up four goals on 31 shots but still picked up the win as he is 4-1-1 with a 2.31 GAA and a .926 save percentage as the Panthers are 9-2-2 and just a point behind Tampa Bay with a game in hand.
It was not a great night for Curtis McElhinney who gave up all six goal on only 21 shots. He is 1-1-0 with a 3.57 GAA and a .844 save percentage. Look for Andrei Vasilevskiy to get the start on Thursday against Dallas.
Carter Verhaeghe had a pair of assists in the win and fought Gemel Smith while Radko Gudas and Yanni Gourde also battled and picked up five for fighting.
Gudas had eight hits.
CHICAGO 3 DETROIT 2 (Overtime)
Dominik Kubalik’s second of the game with just 16.1 seconds remaining in overtime, was the winner as Chicago defeated Detroit 3-2.
It has been a great start to the season for Kubalik, who is tied for third in power play points with 10, despite his place on the second power play unit. He has five goals and 14 points in 17 games and Monday’s two-goal performance were the first two at even-strength.
Mattias Janmark opened the scoring with his sixth of the season.
Vladislav Namestnikov and Christian Djoos with his first, scored for the Red Wings.
Malcolm Subban picked up the start for Chicago and stopped 27 shots for the win. He is 2-1-1 with a 2.65 GAA and a .917 save percentage as he solidified his spot as the backup to Kevin Lankinen.
Thomas Greiss made 21 saves in taking the overtime loss. He is 1-9-3 with a 2.90 GAA and a .899 save percentage. Greiss had 39 wins in 75 decisions with the Islanders the last two seasons but has only one in 13 decisions this season.
WINNIPEG 6 EDMONTON 5
Blake Wheeler scored the winner at the 6:22 mark of the third period as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 despite being outshot 45-24 in a wild hockey game.
Mark Scheifele had a big game with a goal and two assists while Kyle Connor scored once and added an assist.
Wheeler also had an assist on Scheifele’s power play goal.
Mason Appleton, Nikolaj Ehlers and Mathieu Perreault completed the scoring for Winnipeg.
The Oilers got a pair of goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Alex Chiassion. For Chiasson, it was his first two goals of the season.
Kailer Yamamoto also scored for Edmonton.
After a couple of stellar starts in which he gave up only one goal on 66 shots, Mike Smith gave up four goals on 11 shots before he was pulled after Ehlers goal at the 2:31 mark of the second period. Mikko Koskinen took over, giving up two goals on 13 shots and getting saddled with the loss.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 40-of-45 shots to garner the win as he is 7-4-1.
Connor McDavid, Evan Bouchard and Tyson Barrie each had a pair of assists for Edmonton while Neal Pionk had two for the Jets.
Bouchard had eight shots on goal while McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins had seven shots.
Jujhar Khaira had eight hits.
Adam Lowry and Darnell Nurse each picked up five-minute majors for fighting.
CALGARY 4 VANCOUVER 3 (Overtime)
Johnny Gaudreau scored the winner on the power play in overtime as Calgary defeated Vancouver 4-3.
The Flames looked to be the winners in regulation as they were up 3-2 with less than two minutes to go when the Canucks’ Quinn Hughes took a penalty, but Brock Boeser scored a shorthanded goal, the first of his career, with 31 seconds to go in the third.
Milan Lucic with his fourth, Elias Lindholm and Dillon Dube, also scored for Calgary.
Tanner Pearson and Bo Horvat gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead in the first but the Flames scored three straight times to take the lead before Boeser tied it up.
Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves to improve his record to 8-4-1 as he beat his former Vancouver teammates for the fourth time this season in five decisions.
Thatcher Demko gave up four goals on 27 shots to take the loss.
Gaudreau had seven shots on goal.
Rasmus Andersson had two assists.
Connor Mackey picked up an assist for his first NHL point in only his second game. He also had three minors.
SAN JOSE 3 ANAHEIM 2
Logan Couture’s seventh goal of the season in the second period was the winner as the San Jose Sharks defeated Anaheim 3-2.
It was a memorable night for rookie John Leonard who potted his first career NHL goal. He had two assists opening night but went seven straight games, plus a stint in the minors before his recall this past week.
Kevin Labanc with his second, also scored for San Jose.
Sam Steel with his first of the season and Max Comtois with his seventh, replied for Anaheim.
Martin Jones got the start in goal for San Jose and playing in front of hometown empty seats, stopped 26 shots for his sixth win of the season. He has lost four games but his peripherals are horrible with a 3.75 GAA and a .878 save percentage.
John Gibson made 26 saves in taking the loss. He is 5-5-3 this season and has played so well, keeping the Ducks in games they did not deserve to be in.
Auston Matthews – 2
Alexander Volkov – 2
Brock McGinn – 2
Jordan Staal – 2
Evgenii Dadonov – 2
Alex Chiasson – 2
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 2
Dominik Kubalik – 2
Teuvo Teravainen – 3
Brock McGinn – 2
Jake Bean – 2
Josh Bailey – 2
Carter Verhaeghe – 2
Thomas Chabot – 2
Connor McDavid – 2
Tyson Barrie – 2
Evan Bouchard – 2
Neal Pionk – 2
Rasmus Andersson – 2
Mark Scheifele – 2
Shots on Goal
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 7
Connor McDavid – 7
Cam Atkinson – 7
Johnny Gaudreau – 7
Radko Gudas – 8
Jujhar Khaira – 8
Andrew Peeke – 6
Gemel Smith – 7
Connor Mackey – 6
Carter Verhaeghe – 5
Brady Tkachuk – 5
Jake Muzzin – 5
Radko Gudas – 5
Yanni Gourde -5
Adam Lowry – 5
Darnell Nurse – 5