Recapping the Oilers-Kings, Canadiens- Capitals, Senators-Panthers and Maple Leafs-Islanders games, plus updates on the Canucks, Jiri Hudler & Mark Scheifele,
EDMONTON JOURNAL/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Nail Yakupov forced overtime with seconds remaining in regulation and Sam Gagner scored the game-winner in the extra frame as the Edmonton Oilers edged the LA Kings 2-1 in a game which saw some bizarre calls by the officials, “including one on the Oilers for smothering the puck and a 10-minute misconduct for starting a fight when wearing a face shield.” The Kings are now winless in their first three games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve read some fools on Twitter criticized Yakupov for his exuberant celebration after scoring the late game-tying goal. He’s 19, has played in the NHL barely a week, and scored a clutch goal on home ice which would lead to an Oilers victory. I saw nothing wrong with his celebration, which was reminiscent of Theo Fleury’s memorable playoff goal celebration many years ago. Don’t worry, purists, I’m sure he’ll have the joy of scoring a big goal beaten out of him over time.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/WASHINGTON POST: The Montreal Canadiens handed the Washington Capitals their third straight loss with a 4-1 victory. Andrei Markov and Max Pacioretty had two-point nights, while Carey Price kicked out 30 shots for the win.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens have made considerable improvement since their listless 2-1 opening-night loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday. As for the Capitals, while it’s only three games into the season, they obviously still have a lot of work to do, as they’re just not firing on all cylinders so far.
OTTAWA SUN/SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Ottawa Senators overcame an early 1-0 deficit to down the Florida Panthers 3-1. Craig Anderson made 25 saves in the Senators victory while Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal. Tomas Fleischmann scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who’ve struggled offensively since their 5-1 opening night win over Carolina.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the Canadian NHL teams, the Senators have looked the best, winning their first three games of the season.
NEWSDAY/TORONTO SUN: The Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 3-1 lead to drop a 7-4 decision to the New York Islanders. Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner each scored twice in the Islander rally, the result of undisciplined play and shaky goaltending by the Leafs over the second and third periods.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It really was a tale of two games. The Leafs were dominant in the first period and appeared to have the game well in hand, but they collapsed midway through the second period and the Islanders made them pay.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks hope to do a better job gaining and holding leads during their upcoming road trip.
CALGARY HERALD: Winger Jiri Hudler has returned from mourning the death of his father in the Czech Republic and will rejoin the Flames for their game on Saturday against the Oilers.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Mark Scheifele is likely to be returned to juniors after this weekend.