Igor Shesterkin slams the door on the Leafs

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It was quite the evening on Monday as an American team finally was able to come to the Scotiabank Arena for the first time in the regular season since March 2020 as the New York Rangers crossed the border and entered Canada. Toronto had played 66 straight games since they were eliminated by Columbus in the play-in games for the 2020 playoffs.

NEW YORK RANGERS 2 TORONTO 1 (OVERTIME)

Artemi Panarin finished a wild overtime when he whipped a shot into the top corner, far side, to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 win over Toronto.

It was an exciting overtime with chances galore on both sides as both Igor Shesterkin and Jack Campbell were amazing in goal. It made up for a relatively boring opening 60 minutes in which Toronto outplayed the Rangers but could not get the puck past Shesterkin.

The Rangers opened the scoring in the first period when Mika Zibanejad scored from the slot. It was thought that the puck hit both the post and the crossbar and was waved off by the referee, but upon review, the puck did go off the post and then hit the camera inside the net, for a good goal. It was Zibanejad’s first of the season.

The Leafs tied it in the second when Michael Bunting seemed to ‘bunt’ it into the net after Morgan Rielly put the puck in front of the net.

The Leafs dominated most of the game and outshot New York 38-19 during regulation including 17-2 in the second period.

The Rangers outshot Toronto 4-3 in the wild overtime.

Shesterkin stole the game for New York as he turned aside 40-of-41 shots to improve to 2-0-1. He has given up five goals on 99 shots and is showing the hockey world that he is a top-five goaltender in the NHL.

Campbell made 21 saves in taking the overtime loss. He is also 2-0-1 and has given up four goals on 86 shots.

Auston Matthews played in his first game of the season after undergoing off-season wrist surgery. He led both teams with eight shots on goal.

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PHILADELPHIA 6 SEATTLE 1

Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists and six different Flyers found the back of the net as Philadelphia bested the Seattle Kraken.

It was not a great night for Seattle who still have yet to play at home, playing the fourth of a five game road trip. That will change on Saturday when they play for the first time at home as Vancouver will come to town.

But it was all Philadelphia in this one as they scored three times in the first as Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny and Brassard scored.

The Flyers managed to extend their lead to 5-0 in the second period as defensemen Ryan Ellis and Justin Braun scored, chasing Philipp Grubauer from the Kraken net.

Grubauer gave up five goals on 20 shots as his record dropped to 1-2-1 for the expansion Kraken with a 4.00 GAA and a .867 save percentage. Grubauer is not in the same position he was in last season, playing for Colorado as he went 30-9-1 with a 1.95 GAA and a .922 save percentage in finishing third in Vezina voting.

The play got chippy on the faceoff after the Braun goal as Nathan Bastian tried to goad Claude Giroux into a fight. Both received two minute minors but that wasn’t the end of it.

At the 12-minute mark of the second, Jamie Oleksiak went at it with Nick Seeler with Oleksiak winning the fight easily. Nate Thompson and Bastian each picked up a 10-minute misconduct.

Carson Soucey with his first of the season, scored the lone Seattle goal in the second period while Joel Farabee completed the scoring, beating Chris Driedger.

There was more rough stuff in the third as Thompson and Bastian went at it with both picking up five-minute majors and 10-minute misconducts.

Carter Hart was strong in the Philly net as he made 23 saves to pick up the win and up his record to 1-0-1. He has given up five goals on 63 shots, and is hoping that his poor 2020-21 season was just an anomaly.

Driedger gave up one goal on seven shots in his first action this season.

Bastian had 27 penalty minutes while Thompson had 25 and Oleksiak 15.

Jeremy Lauzon was the only Kraken player who did not have a minus rating.

Cam Atkinson had five shots on goal.

ANAHEIM 3 CALGARY 2 (OVERTIME)

Jamie Drysdale scored the overtime winner on some great work from Troy Terry as the Anaheim Ducks came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Calgary Flames 3-2.

The big story of the game was the play of netminder John Gibson who kicked out 41 shots in picking up his second win in two starts. The fabulous Mr. Gibson has stopped 74-of-77 shots in his two wins.

The Flames opened the scoring in Blake Coleman’s first game as a Flame (he was suspended in the preseason and missed the opener against Edmonton) as he went in alone on Gibson and beat him under his catching arm.

The Ducks tied it later in the first as Cam Fowler scored on the power play.

Elias Lindholm gave the Flames the lead once again in the second period as his wrist shot from the right faceoff circle beat Gibson.

It looked like that was it for the Ducks as Calgary carried the play but Rickard Rakell tied the score as he took a pass from Adam Henrique and beat Jacob Markstrom short side, sending the game into overtime and setting up Drysdale’s heroics.

Markstrom made 24 saves in the overtime loss and is 0-1-1 with a 3.43 GAA and a .881 save percentage.

Terry and Gaudreau each had two assists.

Milan Lucic and Nicolas Deslauriers fought each other with Lucic ending the night with seven minutes and Deslauriers five.

Andrew Mangiapane had six shots on net while Matthew Tkachuk and Dillon Dube had five apiece.

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ST. LOUIS 7 ARIZONA 4

Jordan Kyrou had a pair of goals and two assists to lead the Blues to a 7-4 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

The four-point night gives Kyrou six points this season in only two games as he is off to a very fast start.

Klim Kostin also had a pair of goals for St. Louis, his first two of the season. He had played in only six NHL games before Monday’s contest, picking up a goal and an assist.

Ivan Barbashev, Pavel Buchnevich and Justin Faulk also scored for the Blues who upped their record to a perfect 2-0.

Clayton Keller, Christian Fischer, Lawson Crouse and Travis Boyd replied for Arizona.

Jordan Binnington stopped 22 shots and is a perfect 2-0 with a 3.50 GAA and a .879 save percentage.

Carter Hutton was once again poor in the Arizona cage as he gave up six goals on 21 shots before he was pulled at the 16:17 mark of the second period. He was even worse in his opening game against Columbus on Wednesday as he gave up eight goals on 26 shots in a full 60 minutes. He has an 8.72 GAA and a .702 save percentage which would be bad even for a lacrosse goaltender.

Karel Vejmelka came in and stopped 11-of-12 shots. He looked very good on Monday as well as on Saturday when he took the shootout loss but only gave up one goal on 33 shots. It doesn’t take a lot to figure out who should be starting at this time.

Pavel Buchnevich will be getting a call from the NHL after he picked up a match penalty for head-butting Lawson Crouse.

Phil Kessel and Shayne Gostisbehere each had three assists while Robert Thomas had two.

Chychrun was a minus-four and had 14 penalty minutes.

NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Jordan Kyrou – 2

Klim Kostin – 2

Assists

Shayne Gostisbehere – 3

Phil Kessel – 3

Robert Thomas – 2

Jordan Kyrou – 2

Troy Terry – 2

Johnny Gaudreau – 2

Derick Brassard – 2

Shots on Goal

Auston Matthews – 8

Andrew Mangiapane – 6

Johnny Gaudreau – 5

Matthew Tkachuk – 5

Dillon Dube – 5

Michael Bunting – 5

Cam Atkinson – 5

Jordan Eberle – 5

Nick Schmaltz – 5

Hits

Barclay Goodrow – 5

Jakob Chychrun – 5

Penalty Minutes

Nathan Bastian – 27

Nate Thompson – 25

Jamie Oleksiak – 15

Jakob Chychrun – 14

Pavel Buchnevich – 10



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