Vancouver prevailed in the lone all-Canadian matchup of Thursday night, Marian Hossa and EvgeniMalkin reached milestones and the New Jersey Devils halted their shootout drought.
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Canucks down Habs in OT thriller
The Vancouver Canucks needed extra time but finally figured out how to stop Montreal on home ice. Henrik Sedin set up brother Daniel for the winning goal on a power play at 2:45 of overtime to lead the Canucks to a 3-2 victory, their first win in the past four meetings at Rogers Arena. Nick Bonino and Brad Richardson staked Vancouver to a 2-0 advantage that held up until the Canadiens evened matters on goals from Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty in the final eight minutes of regulation. Ryan Miller made 23 saves for his seventh win of the season. The Canucks improved to 7-3-0 with their third straight win while Montreal fell to 8-3-0.
Hossa reaches milestone vs. Sens
It’s rare for a visiting player to bring Ottawa Senators fans out of their seats. Then again, it was a rare feat by former Senators winger Marian Hossa, who recorded his 1,000th point in his 1,100th game, a 5-4 shootout win by the Chicago Blackhawks. Hossa had a goal and assist in regulation and watched Patrick Sharp score in the shootout to help Chicago (6-3-1) improve to 2-2-0 on the road. Jonathan Toews added a pair of goals and rookie goalie Scott Darling made 28 saves as he continues to shine in the absence of starter Corey Crawford. Clarke MacArthur had one of Ottawa’s goals, his team-leading fifth, and shares the team lead in points (eight) with Erik Karlsson.
Devils end shootout drought
The New Jersey Devils have hardly scared the opposition in the shootout in the past one-plus seasons. That is, until the night before Halloween. After Michael Ryder forced overtime against Winnipeg, Josef Jacobson was the lone marksman in the shootout as he beat Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec for a 2-1 New Jersey win. The 5-3-2 Devils began the night having dropped an NHL-record 18 consecutive shootouts, including all 13 last season and another in the first month of this campaign. Blake Wheeler, with his fourth of the season, had the lone goal for the Jets (4-6-0). Regardless of the outcome, fans of all ages were having fun at Prudential Center dressed in their favourite Halloween costume.
Malkin joins 400-assist club
Not even the defending Stanley Cup champions can keep Evgeni Malkin off the scoresheet. The Pittsburgh Penguins centre extended his points streak to nine games with a first-period assist on a Chris Kunitz power-play goal, the decisive marker in a 3-0 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Kings. On the play, Malkin became the fifth player in team history to collect assists, joining Ron Francis, Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux. Malkin has 10 points in six games versus L.A., all ending in victories. Kunitz had two goals on the night while Sidney Crosby picked up an assist to give him 15 points, tied for the NHL scoring lead with Dallas’ Tyler Seguin and Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek. Pittsburgh (6-2-1) won its third in a row while the 6-2-2 Kings, minus injured forwards Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik, dropped their second straight.
Injury ravaged Blues dump Ducks
Facing the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks was tough enough for St. Louis. Playing without top forwards Paul Stastny, David Backes and T.J. Oshie was even a greater challenge. But up stepped goalie Jake Allen, who posted his second NHL shutout, a 24-save performance in a 2-0 victory, the Blues’ third in a row. Alex Steen and Ryan Reaves provided the offence for St. Louis (5-3-1) while the Ducks (8-3-0) have lost two of three after an eight-game win streak. Before the game, the Blues had a moment of silence for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend, who were killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic last Sunday.