The schedule was a bit lighter in the NHL on Sunday with seven games on tap, but it wasn’t short on action. A win streak for a former winless team could be starting, a team destined for the first pick in the June draft picks up their first home win of the season, plenty of highlight goals, and even a shutout were witnessed.
Carolina Win Streak to Two
A two-game win streak may not sound like much, but for the Hurricanes don’t think so. Carolina was the lone team without a win heading into the weekend and left having won two games in a row in consecutive days. After shutting out the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, the Canes beat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, 3-2. Cam Ward started both games and Elias Lindholm has found a little bit of a scoring touch.
Carolina’s Victor Rask scores his first NHL goal:
Hutchinson Shuts Out Hawks
The Winnipeg Jets placed Matt Hutchinson in net to face the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday and didn’t leave disappointed. Hutchinson made his second start of the season and earned a shutout saving all 33 shots he faced. The Blackhawsk have lost two in a row and three out of their last four. Michael Frolik scored against his former team with an assist from another former Blackhawk player Andrew Ladd.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) November 3, 2014
Game reactions for the Jets and the Blackhawks:
Flames Trounce Habs 6-2
Josh Jooris scored two goals for Calgary as 10 Flames recorded at least one point in the rout against the Habs. The Flames have won two games in a row and are sitting in a three-way tie for second in the Pacific Division with 16 points. The Canadiens have lost two in a row but still sit in a tie for first in the Atlantic Division with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Sabres Get Their First Win on Home Ice
It took some free hockey for the Buffalo Sabres to earn the win but they’ll take it. The Sabres beat the visiting Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout to earn their first win at home. The Sabres have not been a very good team which is obvious, but there was an effort on Sunday that hasn’t really been seen all season. The players were happy to get the win for the fans as I am sure they were happy to get the proverbial monkey off their back as well.
“It was fun. To hear our fans erupt, it was good to get the win for them” – Chris Stewart
The reaction by the Red Wings players was obviously different. As the old adage goes “Good teams can beat the bad teams”, the Red Wings Tomas Tartar chimes in on that:
“It was kind of a sloppy game. We have to find our way to win these kind of games. Instead of pushing them and hold up our tempo, we kind of fell asleep. We have to be better, create more offense”
Zemgus Girgensons scored the game-winner in the shootout on a beauty of a goal.
Other NHL Games:
- Arizona wins high-scoring battle against the Capitals – [Howlin Hockey] [Washington Post]
- Anaheim Ducks come from behind to beat the Colorado Avalanche – [NHL.com]
- Filip Forsberg nets two in Preds win over Canucks [The Tennessean]
NHL News and Transactions:
- Boston Bruins and Claude Julien agree on a multi-year extension
- New York Rangers recall Dylan McIlrath and Connor Allen from Hartford
- Arizona Coyotes recall Tobias Rieder from Portland
- Nashville Predators Anton Volchenkov has been suspended four games for hit on Calgary’s Michael Ferland – [Video]
- Los Angeles Kings Jordan Nolan suspended for two games without pay for a boarding call against Detroit on October 31st. [Video]
John Is a contributor with The Hockey Writers covering the Buffalo Sabres. He is also a Senior Writer and Editor at MetsMerizedOnline.