Recaps of Friday’s games between the Senators-Hurricanes, Jets-Lightning and Blackhawks-Canucks, and the latest on Taylor Hall, Mikka Kiprusoff, Max Pacioretty and more.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Roberto Luongo won his second straight game, kicking aside 27 shots in regulation and OT to carry the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Jordan Schroeder scored the game-winner for the Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That will add more fuel to the media-driven “goaltending controversy” in Vancouver, as well as bolster Luongo’s trade value. In the meantime, his steady play in three straight games has resulted in five points (2-0-1).
NEWSOBSERVER.COM/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Eric Staal scored the game’s only goal and Dan Ellis made 33 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes blanked the Ottawa Senators 1-0. Craig Anderson made 34 saves in a losing cause for the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anderson is the Senators MVP so far this season. He’s been the league’s best goaltender as well.
TAMPA BAY TIMES/WINNIPEG SUN: The Tampa Bay Lightning crushed the Winnipeg Jets 8-3. The Bolts had a six-goal lead by the end of the second period, led by rookie star Cory Conacher (2 G, 1A) and Steven Stamkos (1G, 2 A). Tobias Enstrom, Andrew Ladd and Paul Postma replied for the Jets, who’ve now lost three straight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets found out the hard way why the Lightning are currently the NHL’s highest scoring team, averaging nearly five goals per game.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Taylor Hall is off to a hot start to this season, with points in all of his club’s games to date.
CALGARY SUN: Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is struggling to round into form.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s not unexpected, as Kiprusoff has a reputation as a slow starter. Over the course of an 82-game schedule, that’s not a problem, but it could prove more serious over a shortened season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty could return from his appendectomy much earlier than expected.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs hope for a better record against the Boston Bruins this season. Last season, the Bruins owned the Leafs, winning all six of their match-ups, two by lopsided scored.