Game recaps, plus the latest on Max Domi, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Viktor Stalberg and more in your NHL morning coffee headline.
Note: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
STLTODAY.COM/THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: A fluke goal by Colton Parayko proved the game winner as the St. Louis Blues nipped the floundering Anaheim Ducks 2-1. Parayko’s shot “went wide but it bounced off the end boards, came straight back and caught the skate of Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen and banked into the net.” The Blues also got a scare when superstar winger Vladimir Tarasenko left the game following a knee-on-knee injury, but he returned for the third period without having suffered any ill-effects. With a record of 1-7-2, the Ducks are off to their worst start since 1996-97.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hate to say it, but I’ll be very surprised if Bruce Boudreau is still the Ducks’ head coach by Nov. 1. The Ducks are a better team than their record, and their inability to score this season reflects a team that needs either a serious roster shakeup or a change behind the bench. Given the difficulty in making significant trades at this time of the year, a coaching change appears their only option.
TRIBLIVE.COM/THE BUFFALO NEWS: Evgeni Malkin scored the game winner and Jeff Zatkoff made 50 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. Pascal Dupuis, Patric Hornqvist and Ben Lovejoy scored their first goals of the season for the Penguins, while Sidney Crosby collected two assists. Jamie McGinn, Nicolas Deslauriers and Matt Moulson replied for the Sabres. It was Sabres coach Dan Byslma’s first game in Pittsburgh since he was fired as Penguins coach.
THE DENVER POST/THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves while Nathan MacKinnon and Alex Tanguay scored as the Colorado Avalanache snapped a four-game winless skid with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, leaving the Bolts winless in three. Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin is currently listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
NJ.COM/PHILLY.COM: Travis Zajac scored twice and Kyle Palmieri had a goal and two assists to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Devils have now won five of their last six games. Luke Schenn tallied the Flyers’ only goal.
NEWS & OBSERVER/NEWSDAY: Ron Hainsey’s overtime goal lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. Jordan Staal collected two assists for the Hurricanes. Matt Martin and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders.
Notable NHL headlines.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes rookie winger Max Domi works to inspire other diabetics. Domi, 20, has been a type-1 diabetic since age 12, but hasn’t let it stop him from achieving his dream of playing in the NHL. As a teenager, he was inspired by a meeting with Philadelphia Flyers great Bobby Clarke, who’s also a type-1 diabetic. Domi wears No.16, Clarke’s old number, in honor of the Flyers captain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Less than a month into his first NHL season, Domi is the Coyotes’ leading scorer and is a likely contender for the Calder Trophy as this season’s rookie of the year. Perhaps one day, Domi will join Clarke in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
THE WASHINGTON POST: 19 months after his NHL debut, center Evgeny Kuznetsov is blossoming into a star with the Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not surprised by Kuznetsov’s performance thus far this season, as his play in last spring’s playoffs indicated he was elevating his game.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers forward Viktor Stalberg (concussion) resumed practice with his teammates on Thursday, but isn’t expected to play tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
THE TENNESSEAN: With his Nashville Predators off to a 7-1-1 start, GM David Poile likes what he’s seen of his club’s performance thus far.