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Top-5: David Perron scores a goal with “help” from Karl Tremblay
There was plenty of action in the NHL yesterday, with no fewer than nine games on the schedule.

Without further ado, here’s what caught the eye across the league:

1. David Perron scores a goal thanks to Karl Tremblay’s “help”.

Since Wednesday evening, all of Quebec has been mourning the death of Karl Tremblay, lead singer of Les Cowboys Fringants. We’re talking about a group that spanned generations and left its mark on Quebec society.

The Canadiens honored him before last night’s game.

And even for Quebecers far from Montreal, it’s a big loss, since many of them grew up listening to the band’s music. David Perron, for example, is one of them, and he did his utmost to honor him by inscribing the initials KT on his stick during his game against the Senators, which took place in Sweden.

And clearly, his lucky star was with him, as it was with this stick that he found the back of the net.

In fact, Perron confided that the puck hit his stick right next to the singer’s initials. And when you look at the footage, it’s not every day that the puck enters the net after hitting that part of the stick.

That said, in what was a completely crazy game (the Senators scored four goals, then the Red Wings responded with four consecutive goals to force overtime), it was the Sens who had the last laugh.

Tim Stützle, already boasting a spectacular assist, gave his team the win with a sublime “baseball goal” with only a handful of seconds left in overtime.

A 5-4 win for the Senators in overtime.

Stützle finished with three points, while Brady Tkachuk scored two goals.

2. Big names on the bench in Columbus

The Blue Jackets aren’t exactly enjoying an exceptional season. After the Mike Babcock saga in the summer, the club has been on a losing streak, having lost its last six games prior to yesterday’s game.

Facing the surprising Coyotes, the Ohio outfit had a chance to make up for lost time… but in the end, they were defeated 3-2.

But what really caught the eye was Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine being benched in the third period, when the Jackets needed the tying goal.

Both guys were on the ice for the Coyotes’ two goals in 28 seconds, as was Yegor Chinakhov (also benched).

Pascal Vincent isn’t afraid to send messages to his top earners, but it’s time for the guys to respond in kind.

Especially since this isn’t the first time it’s happened this year

3. Mike Hoffman gets a taste for scoring goals

Speaking of teams off to a difficult start, the Sharks are at the height of the discussion, with a 2-13-1 record heading into yesterday’s game.


But last night, they spoiled their fans at home with a huge 5-1 victory over the Blues.

And right from the start, Mike Hoffman(who scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday night) scored his second goal in as many games.

And Hoffman seems to be getting the hang of scoring goals, as the former CH player added another to his tally in the second period.

He now has three goals in his last two games.

A win that will do the Sharks good, and goals that will also do Mike Hoffman good.

Sharks goalie Kaapo Kähkönen turned aside 44 of 45 shots in a strong performance. Pavel Buchnevich, however, denied him his shutout in the third period.

4. A breakthrough for Jonathan Huberdeau

Jonathan Huberdeau has had a tough time on the ice since he arrived in Calgary in the summer of 2022. His offensive production has really taken a beating, and again this year, it’s not easy.

In fact, he had just seven points in 15 games this season prior to yesterday’s game, having not scored since October 19.

The good news is that things got a little better for the Quebecer last night. In addition to registering an assist, he got the ropes moving for the first time in nearly a month.

That must have done him a world of good.

Huberdeau’s two points helped the Flames to victory over the surprising Canucks, one of the best teams in the league this season.

Final score: 5-2 Flames.

5. Eight rounds of shootouts in Seattle

Things have been pretty bad for the Islanders for a while now. Lane Lambert’s team had lost its last six games, and was 1-5-2 in its last eight games prior to last night’s meeting with the Kraken.

The Seattle outfit is off to a more difficult start to the season too, so this was a great opportunity for the Islanders to get back to winning ways.

And in fact, the Islanders didn’t play badly… but after 60 minutes, the score was 3-3. We needed overtime, then a shootout.

And while the Kraken gave the Islanders a ton of chances to win, they’re simply unable to buy a win these days.

It wasn’t until the eighth round of shootouts that a winner emerged, courtesy of a fine goal from Kailer Yamamoto.

Noah Dobson, who had scored with a missile from the blue line earlier in the game, was unable toaccost Yamamoto in the shootout, so the Kraken prevailed 4-3 in the shootout. In the process, the Islanders lost their seventh consecutive game.

Yamamoto also scored a goal and an assist in regulation time in what was a good night for him.


– The Canadiens were also in action last night. Injured Arber Xhekaj was unable to finish the game.

– The Kraken’s power play is rolling along nicely.

– The NHL’s top three scorers all collected a point on this goal. They still rank first in the league with 27 points each.

– Wonderful goal from Kevin Fiala.

– Today’s results.

– Last night’s top scorers.

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– Three games on the bill today. Note that the game between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings, played in Sweden, starts at 2 p.m.

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