The Morning After: Shootouts Galore & Maple Leafs Can't Score

Seven games were played on Monday, with some afternoon action in Boston and on Long Island.  It was the shootout that was needed in three of those games to decide the winner, while the Toronto Maple Leafs can’t seem to score on Ryan Miller.  Let’s take a look at the morning after.

In Boston, the Bruins needed a shootout to get past the offensively challenged Winnipeg Jets for a 2-1 win.  The B’s start the year 2-0 while the Jets remain winless to start the season.  Chris Thorburn had the lone goal for Winnipeg while Brad Marchand replied for Boston.  In the shootout, both Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston versus Blake Wheeler‘s lone goal for the Jets.

In New York, the Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning started the game off with a pair of fisticuffs just one second after puck drop.  Who said there isn’t anymore old school hockey being played?  The scraps seemed to light a fire under the Islanders as they ran to a 4-0 lead before hanging on for the 4-3 win.  John Tavares had a pair of assists in the win.

The music city was the site of the Nashville Predators playing host to the St. Louis Blues and it was the guests who spoiled the party for the Preds, taking a 4-3 shootout decision. Vladimir Tarasenko continues to impress, compiling a goal and two assists as the Blues improve to 2-0. Nashville is still looking for their first win despite not losing in regulation through the first two games of the season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs just cannot beat Ryan Miller and it was evident again last night as they fired 34 shots at the Sabres netminder and only managed to get one past him.  Nazem Kadri scored late but it wasn’t enough as Buffalo held on for the 2-1 win.  This game also featured a pair of fights, one that was early in the first period.  Again I ask, who says teams don’t play old time hockey anymore?

In Ottawa, the Senators improved to 2-0 after shutting out the Florida Panthers, 4-0.  Kyle Turris had a pair of goals to lead the charge while Craig Anderson made 31 saves to preserve the shutout.  The Panthers getting shutout was a bit surprising after seeing rookie Jonathan Huberdeau and veteran Alex Kovalev light up the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are supposed to be the worst team in the league this year but someone clearly forgot to tell them that. After winning their season opener on the weekend, the Jakcets nearly took two points from the Detroit Red Wings before losing 4-3 in a shootout.  Oh and for the record, there was a good old fashion donnybrook just 3 seconds into this game as well.  Who said…ah you get the idea.

Finally, out west the Anaheim Ducks remained perfect while the Calgary Flames reamined winless.  The Ducks took a 5-4 decision despite a late rally from the Flames.  How many more losses will it take before we start to hear the word “panic” in Calgary?

On tap tonight are nine games including what should be a good tilt between the St. Louis Blue and Chicago Blackhawks.  We’ll have the morning after for you with the highlights.

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