Game recaps, plus the latest on Bo Horvat, Mike Hoffman and the Maple Leafs in your NHL Canadian Corner.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/THE BUFFALO NEWS: “Dale Weise and Brendan Gallagher each scored twice, Andrei Markov recorded five points, and P.K. Subban added three assists as the Canadiens crushed the Buffalo Sabres 7-2.” The Habs blew open a 2-2 tie with five unanswered goals, while the Sabres “faltered on the penalty kill, in the faceoff dot, in the crease and in coverage.” Markov reached his 500th career NHL point, as the Canadiens won their eighth straight to move within two games of tying the NHL record (10) for consecutive season-opening victories.
CALGARY HERALD/THE DETROIT NEWS: Mark Giordano scored twice, including in overtime, as the Calgary Flames edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2, spoiling an otherwise strong performance by Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. The Wings also lost defenseman Mike Green to an upper-body injury in the first period. No update has been provided yet on his status.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE/WINNIPEG SUN: “Ondrej Palat scored 36 seconds into overtime to lift Tampa Bay to a 4-3 victory against Winnipeg on Friday.” Cedric Paquette, Vladislav Namestnikov and Braydon Coburn also tallied for the Lightning. Jets’ winger Blake Wheeler’s shorthanded goal tied the game at three early in the third period, while rookie Nikolaj Ehlers missed a golden chance to win it for the Jets late in the frame.
THE WASHINGTON POST/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Washington center Evgeny Kuznetsov enjoyed his first NHL hat trick to lead the Capitals to a 7-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, snapping the latter’s three-game win streak. Kuznetsov also collected two assists. “Connor McDavid, Benoit Pouliot, Rob Klinkhammer and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins replied for the Oilers.”
OTTAWA SUN: Senators winger Mike Hoffman (lower-body injury) isn’t expected to be sidelined for long, but remains questionable for tonight’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks center Bo Horvat is struggling early in his sophomore season, with only one point thus far. He’s also slid from the second line to the third. His struggles also coincide with the Canucks’ recent losing skid.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs are hoping to get to goaltender Carey Price when they face the red-hot Canadiens tonight in Montreal.