Game recaps, plus updates on Ryan Kesler, Jaroslav Halak and Raphael Diaz in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Note: Game involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE/PHILLY.COM: Jason Garrison scored twice, including in overtime, as the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. The game winner also made history, marking the first OT goal scored under the new 3-on-3 rules. Ryan Callahan also scored for the Lightning, while Matt Read and Brayden Schenn countered for the Flyers.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Antti Niemi became the first goalie in NHL history to record a shutout and collect two assists in a game as he backstopped the Dallas Stars to a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite the shutout loss, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby believes his on-ice partnership with winger Phil Kessel is progressing.
TWINCITIES.COM/THE DENVER POST: Zach Parise tallied a hat trick as the Minnesota Wild rallied back from a 4-1 deficit with just over five minutes remaining in the game to edge the Colorado Avalanche 5-4. It was the fastest four goals scored in Wild history. Francois Beauchemin collected three assists and Nathan MacKinnon had two in a losing cause for the Avs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was a stunning collapse by the Avalanche. While it’s only the first game into a long 82-game schedule, this loss won’t allay concerns over the Avs’ defensive game, which was among the league’s worst last season.
THE TENNESSEAN/THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Nashville Predators edged the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Seth Jones set up both Predators goals, while Eric Staal scored the only goal for the Hurricanes, who lost defenseman James Wisniewski to a leg injury early in the first period.
Notable NHL headlines.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders will be without starting goalie Jaroslav Halak, who’s still nursing an upper-body injury.
ANAHEIM DUCKS: yesterday announced Ryan Kesler was named an alternate captain.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers defenseman Raphael Diaz has reported to the club’s AHL affiliate with the understanding the team will revisit his status at the end of October. Diaz is interested in playing in Europe this season if he’s not in the NHL, but the Rangers haven’t promised to release Diaz or transfer him to a European team.