Draisaitl and McDavid combine for 11 points

It was a big surprise in the NHL on Sunday when the New York Rangers decided to waive defenseman Tony DeAngelo. DeAngelo was a top scorer last season among defensemen, finishing with 53 points which was tied for fourth with Quinn Hughes.

In addition, DeAngelo was also tied for fourth in goals scored with 15, and inked a two-year/$9.6 million deal with the Rangers in October.

But that wasn’t good enough.

Apparently DeAngelo got into an altercation after the game with goaltender Alexandar Georgiev. Coach David Quinn said that it was not one incident.

“There’s always rumors, as you know,” Quinn said. “I’m not going to address rumors. This isn’t about one incident. It’s not about one thing. It’s a situation the organization felt was best at this current time and we’ll see how the situation plays out. It’s part of the business. It’s a decision we made. You’re always sitting down, evaluating your organization. It’s something we did. We’ll see how it plays out. … I don’t want to get into specifics. In 24 hours we’ll probably be able to be more specific and address the situation differently.”

I can’t wait for waivers to end at noon ET Monday so we can hear the rest of the story.

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NEW JERSEY 5 BUFFALO 3

Miles Wood scored a pair and added an assist while Michael McLeod scored twice to lead the Devils to a 5-3 win over Buffalo. McLeod started quickly, scoring just 20 seconds into the contest and then scored the game-winner in the third. He has three goals this season after not scoring in 33 games over the last two campaigns. The 12th pick in the 2016 Draft, McLeod is finally showing he belongs in the NHL.

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Wood, who had seven shots on goal, is off to a great start with five goals and eight points in nine games. He has been a fantasy gem in the early going.

Andreas Johnsson made it two games in a row with a goal to give the Devils a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

Curtis Lazar made it 2-1 with his third of the season and then Rasmus Dahlin on the power play with his first of the campaign tied it up. After a slow start, Dahlin is turning it on with three points in his last four games. I’m a big fan, and I think at least one Norris Trophy, if not more, is in his future.

Rasmus Ristolainen scored on the power play to tie it at 3 early in the third. He is also having a nice season with six points in 10 contests.

Eric Comrie picked up the win, stopping 30-of-33 shots. It was his first win since the 2017-18 season and only the third in his career.

Carter Hutton took the loss, giving up four goals on 36 shots. He is 1-3-0 this season, giving up 11 goals on 105 shots.

Jack Eichel had a pair of assists and seven shots on goal. Victor Olofsson also had two assists.

The Devils scored in the last 20 seconds of all three periods, becoming only the second NHL team to do so in the history of the league. The first…The 1978 Philadelphia Flyers.

FLORIDA 3 DETROIT 2

Chris Driedger continues to make his case to be the number one goaltender with the Panthers as he stopped 32 shots in defeating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2.

Driedger was outstanding last season, going 7-2-1 with a 2.05 GAA and a .938 save percentage and is slightly better this season, going 2-0-1 with a 1.95 GAA and a .937 save percentage. His competition is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is in the second year of a seven-year/$70 million contract, but has been mediocre at best.

Bobrovsky is 3-0-0 this season but his peripherals leave plenty to be desired. He has a 2.87 GAA and a .894 save percentage after going 23-19-6 with a 3.23 GAA and a .900 save percentage in 2019-20.

Patric Hornqvist, Aaron Ekblad and Carter Verhaeghe with the winner, scored for Florida. Hornqvist and Verhaeghe have been on fire this season as both have five goals in six games.

Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha scored for the Red Wings who are shorthanded with five players still in COVID protocol.

Thomas Greiss picked up the start for Detroit with Jonathan Bernier on the sidelines. Greiss gave up three goals on 30 shots and has realized that Detroit is not the New York Islanders as he is 0-5-2 this season with a GAA of 3.01. Greiss signed as a free agent after going 16-9-4 with the Islanders last season.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Keith Yandle each had two assists for Florida.

Radko Gudas had five hits.

CAROLINA 4 DALLAS 3 (Shootout)

Vincent Trocheck scored the winner in the shootout as Carolina defeated Dallas 4-3 in the battle of the teams who have had the most COVID cases. Both teams have had games postponed with the Stars on top with four while Carolina has three.

The Hurricanes scored once each way as Jordan Staal scored on the power play while Brock McGinn scored shorthanded and Nino Niederreiter picked up his third of the season at even strength. It was the first goals of the season for both Staal and McGinn.

Jamie Benn returned to action for his first game since the opener, while Jamie Oleksiak and Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Stars.

The game marked the first time this season that Joe Pavelski was held off the scoresheet as he now has 10 points in six games.

Anton Khudobin was stellar in goal, stopping 37 shots but failed in the shootout with both Trocheck and Dougie Hamilton beating him. He is 4-1-1with a 2.17 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

James Reimer picked up the win and is a perfect 3-0-0 with a 1.99 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

Andrej Sekera was placed in COVID protocol before the game.

CHICAGO 3 COLUMBUS 1

Kevin Lankinen continued his outstanding start to his career as he turned aside 32-of-33 shots as the Blackhawks defeated Columbus 3-1. He has given Chicago fans something to cheer about as he is 3-1-2 this season with a 1.96 GAA and a .937 sav percentage. The numbers are even sweeter when you take out his NHL debut where he gave up five goals on 40 shots on January 19 to the Panthers.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist to lead Chicago offensively.

Sunday must be Pius Suter’s favorite day of the week as he scored the winner. Suter scored the first three goals of his NHL career last Sunday in a win over Detroit. The Swiss center has four goals and an assist in 10 games after leading the Swiss League last season with 53 points.

Boone Jenner was the only Blue Jacket to find the back of the net. Jack Roslovic picked up his first point in a Columbus uniform as he set up Jenner’s third of the season.

Elvis Merzlikins made 33 saves in taking the loss.

Ian Mitchell was a plus-three on the night.

Reese Johnson and Michael Del Zotto each had seven hits. It was Johnson’s NHL debut.

Alexandre Texier had six shots on goal, as did Duncan Keith.

PHILADELPHIA 4 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3 (Overtime)

Kevin Hayes had the overtime winner but Joel Farabee had the hat trick as the Flyers defeated the Islanders for the second night in a row, both in overtime.

Farabee had an outstanding opening night with a goal and three assists but had only one goal in the next eight games before Sunday’s explosion. The former first-round pick who was selected 14th overall in 2018 has five goals and eight points in 10 contests this season.

Brian Elliott picked up the start and stopped 33-of-36 shots for his third straight win of the season. He has given up eight goals on 117 shots and has outperformed starter Carter Hart early on. It’s a good problem to have.

Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders with Nick Leddy also scoring.

Ilya Sorokin stopped 25 Flyer shots and gave up all four goals. It has been a rocky start to his career as Sorokin, who was considered the best goaltender not in the NHL over the last couple of seasons, has struggled thus far. He is 0-3-0, giving up 11 goals on only 85 shots. Don’t lose faith too quickly as Elvis Merzlikins of Columbus, got off to a poor start as a rookie last season, before turning it on in January 2020, becoming one of the top goalies in the NHL at the time.

James van Riemsdyk assisted on all three of Farabee’s goals as well as the game winner.

Bailey had six shots on goal.

Barzal and Nolan Patrick each had four penalty minutes.

ST. LOUIS 4 ANAHEIM 1

Brayden Schenn scored twice to give him six goals this season as the St. Louis Blues spotted Anaheim a 1-0 lead before roaring back to win 4-1.

Sammy Blais and Colton Parayko each scored their first of the season for the Blues who are 6-2-1 this season.

Ville Husso made his second career start and picked up his first win as he kicked out 25 Anaheim shots.

It was not a great night for John Gibson who has been one of the best goaltenders this season in the NHL. Gibson stopped 19-of-23 shots in taking the loss.

Jakob Silfverberg opened the scoring with his first of the season.

Both teams were 1-2 on the power play.

Robert Thomas had a pair of assists for the Blues.

Schenn led both teams with six shots on goal.

Andrew Agozzino had six blocked shots.

Adam Henrique was a healthy scratch for the Ducks. He had only one goal and two points in nine games heading into Sunday’s action.

MINNESOTA 4 COLORADO 3 (Overtime)

Jonas Brodin scored after only 18 ticks of the clock in overtime to give the Wild a 4-3 upset win over Colorado.

It was a costly loss for the Avalanche and more than just on the scoreboard as Nathan MacKinnon suffered a lower-body injury and left the contest after two periods.

Cam Talbot picked up the win, his third of the season. It was Talbot’s first game since January 22 when he suffered a lower-body injury.

Victor Rask had a pair of goals for the Wild while Jordan Greenway had a goal and an assist. Greenway is having a fine start to the season as he has two goals and 10 points in 10 games.

Cale Makar with his first, Joonas Donskoi and Brandon Saad scored for the Avalanche. While it was Saad’s fourth game in a row with a point, it was his first in four that he did not have a multi-point contest.

MacKinnnon had a pair of assists before being forced to leave.

Hunter Miska took the overtime loss as he gave up all four goals on 33 shots.

Joel Eriksson Ek had a pair of assists as well. He has five goals and nine points in 10 games with a plus-eight rating.

EDMONTON 8 OTTAWA 5

The Oilers and the Senators saved the highest scoring game for last.

Leon Draisaitl had six assists while Connor McDavid had a goal and four helpers to lead the Oilers to an 8-5 victory over the lowly Ottawa Senators.

The dynamic duo are atop the NHL scoring race as McDavid has 22 points, one up on last season’s Art Ross Trophy winner.

James Neal had a pair of goals for Edmonton while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and two assists.

Dominik Kahun, Darnell Nurse, Kailer Yamamoto and Tyson Barrie also lit the lamp for the Oilers with Barrie chipping in with an assist as well.

Colin White and Brady Tkachuk each had a goal and an assist for Ottawa.

Rookie Tim Stutzle, Austin Watson and Drake Batherson also found the back of the net.

It was not a great night for the goaltenders.

Matt Murray started for Ottawa and gave up three goals on nine shots before he was pulled at the 7:20 mark of the first period. Marcus Hogberg came in and gave up five goals on 22 shots while being tagged with the loss.

Stuart Skinner made his NHL debut on Sunday and picked up the win, despite giving up five goals on 38 shots.

Tkachuk led both sides with eight shots on goal.

Draisaitl was a plus-three while McDavid was a minus-one.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Joel Farabee – 3

Victor Rask – 2

Brayden Schenn – 2

James Neal – 2

Michael McLeod – 2

Assists

Leon Draisaitl – 6

Connor McDavid – 4

James van Riemsdyk – 4

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 2

Robert Thomas – 2

Jonathan Huberdeau – 2

Keith Yandle – 2

Jack Eichel – 2

Victor Olofsson – 2

Joel Eriksson Ek – 2

Nathan MacKinnon – 2

Shots on Goal

Brady Tkachuk – 8

Miles Wood – 7

Jack Eichel – 7

Nino Niederreiter – 6

Duncan Keith – 6

Alexandre Texier – 6

Brayden Schenn – 6

Josh Bailey – 6

Hits

Reese Johnson – 7

Michael Del Zotto – 7

Nikita Zadorov – 6

Penalty Minutes

Drake Batherson – 4

Michael Rasmussen – 4

Dougie Hamilton – 4

Mathew Barzal – 4

Nolan Patrick – 4

Nico Sturm – 4

Bowen Byram – 4

Published: 2021-02-01 05:00:05

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