Wednesday night in the NHL brought us only three games, but there was no shortage of excitement.
Two young teams battled and two Original Six opponents met earlier in the night, before two veteran-filled teams had a late night matchup.
Each game was close and we will review the three games and discuss the results and implications.
The New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings met up at Madison Square Garden. It was the 627th matchup between these two Original-Six franchises and it was an excellent finish with lots of excitement.
This game started off quiet as well with zero first period goals. However, three goals were scored in the second period, leading to the Red Wings taking a 2-1 lead into the third period.
It took half the period to tie the game, but K’Andre Miller and the Rangers tied it, then six minutes later the go ahead goal was scored by Jimmy Vesey. The game went down to the bitter end, but New York held on for a 3-2 win.
Excitement is high in Detroit with their signing of former Ranger Patrick Kane, even with him not yet in the lineup. In this game however, they were not able to carry the excitement or turn a 38-save performance from Ville Husso into a win.
The Red Wings are now 11-7-3 and are fourth in the Atlantic Division. They will look to start a new winning streak as they are in a very tough division and have cooled off after a hot start.
As for the Rangers, this win adds to a long list this season. They now sport a 16-4-1 record and have regained top spot in the entire NHL.
In a tough division themselves in the Metropolitan Division, they know they must keep their foot on the gas. As of right now, they seem almost unstoppable.
The Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets went to battle at Nationwide Arena in Ohio. Neither team has high expectations for this season, but we were treated to a game with lots of great young talent.
In Columbus, the likes of Adam Fantilli, David Jiricek, and Cole Sillinger were showcased, who were all Blue Jackets’ first-round picks from the past three drafts.
Montreal, meanwhile, had Cole Caufield, Kaiden Guhle and former first-overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky playing. Many of these players should have long NHL careers.
The game started with a scoreless first period, but the fun began in the second period. Two goals were scored by each team, with a total of four goals within a 12-minute span including one from Caulfield. This increased the intensity by a wide margin heading into the third.
Joel Armia then scored the go ahead goal with just three minutes left in the game. An empty netter from Montreal then sealed the deal two minutes later, leading to a 4-2 Canadiens win.
The Canadiens are now 10-10-2, while the Blue Jackets now see themselves with a 7-13-4 record. It is clear that neither side will see much success this season, but it's good to see some young talent shine.
The Washington Capitals and LA Kings do not face off often, but when they do it is usually a good one. Both teams have Stanley Cup wins within the past 10 years, and there are still some players on each side from those teams.
There is great talent and veteran presence on these teams and both have performed well early on.
The game took place at Crypto.com Arena in LA, and it was a great game the whole way through. The first period ended in a hard-fought 1-1 tie, and in the second period the Capitals scored a lone goal making it 2-1 heading into the final frame.
The third period was without a doubt all Kings. They outshot the Capitals by a margin of 14-3 in the period, and a total of 38-15 in the game.
They had all the momentum and offensive zone time, but an unbelievable performance by Capitals goaltender Charlie Lindgren shut the door, resulting in the Capitals holding on for a 2-1 win.
It was a gutsy win and Washington is now 10-6-2 as their surprisingly great start to the season continues.
LA has been great overall even with this loss, as they now hold a strong 13-3-3 record.