National Hockey League Game Capsules(Thursday, October 23)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Boston 2
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chad Johnson returned to TD Garden and backstopped his new team to a win over his old club. Johnson made 14 of his 30 saves in the third period as the New York Islanders held on for a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins, who saw captain Zdeno Chara depart in the first period for an undisclosed reason. Last season, Johnson served as Tuukka Rask's backup and had 17 wins with a 2.10 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 27 games for the Bruins. Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Islanders, who had lost two straight after opening the season with four wins in a row. Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly had the goals for Boston, which was seeking its third straight win. Niklas Svedberg, the backup to Rask this season, stopped 35-of-38 shots.
Final Score: Detroit 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal with 44 seconds left in overtime to complete a 4-3 comeback victory for the Detroit Red Wings over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Henrik Zetterberg got his stick on Paul Martin's clearing attempt before Abdelkader jumped on the loose puck in the slot and fired it over the shoulder of Thomas Greiss for the win. Niklas Kronwall had two goals and an assist and Zetterberg also had a three-point night, tallying a goal and two assists for Detroit, which has registered at least a point in each of its last five games. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves in the win. Pascal Dupuis, Olli Maatta and Chris Kunitz all scored for the Penguins, who had Greiss stop 27-of-31 shots in his season debut.
Final Score: Vancouver 4, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Miller had 31 saves against his former club as the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Thursday. Miller, who signed with the Canucks this past offseason after spending the second half of last season in St. Louis, turned aside 17 shots in the first two periods before stopping all 15 he faced in the third. Chris Higgins, Nick Bonino, Linden Vey and Jannik Hansen all scored for Vancouver, which got back on track after consecutive losses. Kevin Shattenkirk scored the lone goal for the St. Louis, which got 19 saves from Jake Allen in defeat.
Final Score: Nashville 3, Chicago 2
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - James Neal registered his fifth career hat trick and the Nashville Predators beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night. Pekka Rinne turned away 30 shots for the Predators, who have picked up at least a point in each of their first seven games (5-0-2). It's the longest the team has gone without a regulation loss to open a season since starting the 2010-11 campaign with a 5-0-3 record. Ben Smith and Andrew Shaw supplied the goals in Chicago's (4-1-1) first regulation loss of the season. Antti Raanta, making his second consecutive start in place of Corey Crawford (upper-body injury), stopped 24 shots.
Final Score: Minnesota 2, Arizona 0
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Darcy Kuemper turned in another outstanding performance for the Minnesota Wild, coming up with 26 saves to lead his team to a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Xcel Energy Center. Kuemper recorded his third shutout in four starts this season and has now stopped 96-of-98 shots over that span. He was supported by goals from Charlie Coyle and Jason Pominville that got the Wild back in the win column after road setbacks to Anaheim and Los Angeles. Jared Spurgeon assisted on both markers. Mike Smith had 27 saves in the loss, the Coyotes' third in a row.
Final Score: Calgary 5, Carolina 0
Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonas Hiller turned aside all 16 shots fired his way and Sean Monahan scored twice as the Calgary Flames shut out the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-0, on Thursday. Hiller was backed with plenty offensive support in his 22nd career shutout as Dennis Wideman, Matt Stajan and Lance Bouma all scored for Calgary, which bounced back from a 2-1 overtime loss on Tuesday to win its first home game of the season. Cam Ward allowed all five goals on 24 shots as Carolina fell to 0-4-2 on the season.
Final Score: Los Angeles 2, Buffalo 0
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Quick registered his second shutout of the season and 33rd of his career as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0, on Thursday. Quick, who stopped all 29 shots sent his way, passed Rogie Vachon for the most shutouts in franchise history. Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist and Anze Kopitar also scored for the Kings, who have won five straight on their six-game homestand. The Sabres, meanwhile, continue to struggle on the young season. Buffalo has lost four straight, including seven of eight games overall, and it has been shutout in three of the last four. Jhonas Enroth made 37 saves in the setback.
Final Score: Columbus 5, San Jose 4
San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Letestu deflected in David Savard's shot with 20.7 seconds remaining to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the San Jose Sharks, 5-4, on Thursday. Nick Foligno's power-play goal with 8:20 to play in regulation tied the game at four. Letestu then deflected in Savard's shot from the right point to give Columbus the win. Ryan Johansen and Letestu each had two goals for the Blue Jackets, who improved to 4-2-0 on the young season. Foligno had one goal and two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33-of-37 shots in the victory. Joe Pavelski scored two goals for the Sharks, who have lost three in a row. Adam Burish and Logan Couture also lit the lamp. Antti Niemi turned aside 23-of-28 shots.
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