Recaps of the Devils-Canadiens, Jets-Islanders, Penguins-Senators and Canucks-Sharks games, plus updates on Jarome Iginla, James van Riemsdyk and more.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrei Markov scored the winner in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens nipped the New Jersey Devils 4-3. The Devils had rallied from two 2-goal deficits to force overtime. Ryan White, Brandon Prust and rookie Brendan Gallagher also scored for the Habs, while Patrik Elias factored in all three Devils goals with a goal a two assists.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After dropping their home-opener the Canadiens have won three straight, with Markov a significant factor in those victories. He’s been a solid presence for the Habs at both ends of the ice.
WINNIPEG SUN/NEWSDAY: Evander Kane scored in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets overcame a 4-2 deficit to edge the NY Islanders 5-4. Jets forwards Alexei Ponikarovsky, Bryan Little and Alex Burmistrov got their first goals of the season. John Tavares had three points (1 G, 2A) in a losing cause for the Isles.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After dropping their first two games, the Jets have won three straight.
MERCURYNEWS/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Two early first period goals by Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski gave the San Jose Sharks a lead they never relinquished, downing the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. Patrick Marleau also scored, but his streak of consecutive multi-goal games was ended at four. Pavelski would score again in the third period. Alex Burrows tallied the Canucks only goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Inconsistency has dogged the Canucks early in this season. They had the benefit of a day off between games, while the Sharks had played (and beaten) the Colorado Avalanche the game prior.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/OTTAWA SUN: Craig Anderson made 33 saves in regulation and overtime, but Evgeni Malkin beat him in the shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in a shootout. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for the win. James Neal of the Penguins and Colin Greening of the Senators netted the only goals in regulation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After winning their first three games, the Senators are now winless in their last two.
CALGARY SUN: Flames captain Jarome Iginla has been playing well despite his goalless start.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla has always been a slow starter offensively, but he’ll have to find a way to kick it in gear a little earlier in this shortened season for the Flames to have a shot at a playoff berth.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk has no problem with playing on the club’s second line.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers remain a work in progress, struggling at even strength and getting out-worked in their own end.