Hurricanes and panthers keep rolling


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The Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers stayed perfect on Friday with wins over the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings respectively.

Carolina has a grade of 7-0-0 a year with a league-leading plus 20 goal differential, while Florida scored 8-0-0 with a plus 19 goal differential.

The Washington Capitals, who were also in action last night, are the only other team without a loss of regulations with a mark of 5-0-3 in the season.

The Capitals defeated the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. Arizona and Chicago are the only clubs still aiming for their first wins of the season. The Coyotes won 0-7-1 with a worst-case-25-goal differential in the league, while the Blackhawks won 0-6-2 with a minus-19-goal differential.


The winning streak at the Panthers season opener lasted eight games on Friday.

Aleksander Barkov scored his fourth goal of 2021/22 with 3:29 in overtime. He also lit the lamp late in the first frame.

Eetu Luostarinen opened the gate for the Panthers just over 10 minutes earlier.

Sam Gagner and Pius Suter, who sent the game into extra time, scored for the Red Wings.

Anthony Duclair, Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, Brandon Montour, Markus Nutivaara, Robby Fabbri, Mitchell Stephens, Moritz Seider and Troy Stetcher each contributed a helper.

Sergei Bobrovsky blocked 28 shots for his sixth win in six starts.

Alex Nedeljkovic turned 29 shots to the side in the defeat.


The Rangers returned to the Victory Column after a 5-1 loss to Calgary on Monday.

Artemi Panarin supported three of the four goals, including two in the power play in the third period, for his first multi-point performance of the year.

Adam Fox also collected three helpers in the contest. He’s got eight points in eight games.

Chris Kreider scored two markers, both of which came in power plays in the third period to give him five goals in the season.

Ryan Strome and Alexis Lafreniere found the back of the net in the first frame.

Nils Lundkvist scored his first NHL point with an assist.

Igor Shesterkin blocked all 31 shots he faced for his first shutout in 2021-22 and the third of his career.

Elvis Merzlikins suffered his first loss in five starts this season after making 33 saves from 37 shots.


The Capitals bounced back from Wednesday’s overtime loss to Detroit with a shutout win against the winless Coyotes. Washington has an eight-game points streak to open the year.

Ilya Samsonov stopped all 16 shots for his first goose egg of the season.

John Carlson’s power play goal at the 12:02 mark of the third third held out as the winner of the game.

Alex Ovechkin’s ninth goal was an empty goal in the last minute of regular time to seal the win. He is currently driving an eight-game-point spree.

Evgeny Kuznetsov helped with both hits, while Ovechkin and Carlson each added a helper for two-point performances.

Karel Vejmelka was outstanding in the defeat with 30 saves and 31 shots.

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The Hurricanes stayed perfect after seven games in the season while the Blackhawks had no win for eight games.

Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov extended their point streaks to seven games. Aho scored one goal and one assist on Friday night while Svechnikov scored his seventh goal of the year.

Tony DeAngelo made his second multi-point performance of the year with a goal and two helpers.

Vincent Trocheck and Erik Gustafsson each received two assists in the game.

Brandon Hagel, Adam Gaudette and Derek Stepan scored their first goals of the 2021/22 season.

Jordan Staal and Jesperi Kotkaniemi also found the end of the net with the Hurricanes, while Alex DeBrincat Chicago’s record was different.

Dominik Kubalik, Jonathan Toews, Philipp Kurashev, Seth Jones, Jesper Fast, Teuvo Teravainen, Ethan Bear, Ian Cole and Jaccob Slavin each contributed a helper.

Antti Raanta made 23 stops on his Carolina debut for his first win with his new team.

Kevin Lankinen blocked 29 of 35 shots in the defeat.


The Golden Knights emerged victorious despite losing a 4-1 lead in the third period. Vegas won three games in four nights this week.

Chandler Stephenson and Nicolas Hague each scored a goal and assist for the Golden Knights, while Trevor Zegras and Adam Henrique scored the same two-point performance for the Ducks.

Reilly Smith opened the scoring with 3:30 in the contest.

William Carrier put Vegas 4-1 ahead of the six-minute mark in the third period.

Troy Terry and Isac Lundestrom met in the third period as part of Anaheim’s comeback.

Sonny Milano, Jakob Silfverberg, Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Kevin Shattenkirk, Hampus Lindholm, William Karlsson and Alec Martinez each fought for one helper, while Jonathan Marchessault finished the competition with two assists.

Ryan Getzlaf had an assist to reach the 9888th point of his NHL regular season career and move Teemu Selanne to number one on Anaheim’s all-time list.

Robin Lehner defended 34 of 38 shots to victory.

John Gibson stopped 38 of 42 shots in defeat.


The Senators stopped a three-game decline with a street win over the Stars.

Josh Norris buried two goals in the competition, including a power play marker in the first period.

Brady Tkachuk scored his first goal of the season and was able to assert himself as the winner.

Joe Pavelski scored the only goal for Dallas during a power play in the second period. Alexander Radulov and Jason Robertson assisted in Pavelski’s second of the year

Connor Brown rounded off the rating in the third third.

Tim Stutzle, Drake Batherson, Artem Zub and Victor Mete each chipped one helper.

Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg took the lead with six shots each.

Filip Gustavsson made 38 saves in victory.

Braden Holtby gave up four goals in 24 shots in the defeat.


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