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Top-5: Two-point game for Jonathan Drouin
Last night, there were 14 games in the NHL. Only four teams did not play.

Here are the results and highlights:

The Oilers and Hurricanes played out such a gripping clash that I couldn’t wait until today to share the latest news with you. Here’s my summary.

1. Two-point game for Jonathan Drouin

It’s no secret that Jonathan Drouin isn’t off to the hoped-for start in Colorado.

Prior to yesterday’s game, he had just three points in 15 games. But against the Canucks, he played a good game. First, he picked up an assist on his team’s first goal.

Just over a minute later, he redirected Cale Makar’s shot into the net.

Colorado made short work of one of the hottest teams in the NHL, the Vancouver Canucks. The club won 5-2.

In the game, the two best defensemen in the NHL right now stood out. Makar finished with two points, while Quinn Hughes picked up an assist.

2. Zach Benson’s first goal is a beautiful one

Before last night’s games, Zach Benson still hadn’t found the back of the net. In eight games, he had collected four assists.

But the Sabres’ first-round pick in 2023 finally broke the ice. And he did it in the most beautiful way.

One of the finest first career goals in history, no doubt.

But Buffalo still lost the match. The club lost to the Capitals in overtime.

It was Dylan Strome who sealed the game’s outcome.

3. Jonathan Quick dominates the Penguins (without glove)

Pittsburgh officials showed no mercy for Jonathan Quick’s left hand last night.

The Rangers goalie lost his glove and even tried to play without it.

Pittsburgh scored on the sequence, but the goal was disallowed.

In fact, it was the only time in the game that the American goaltender let a puck go behind him. Quick’s 32-save performance earned him his 60th career shutout.

Rangers won 1-0.

The former Kings goalkeeper is off to an excellent start to the season. In seven games, he has a 1.68 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.

The Blue Jackets should never have let him go…

4. The Bruins are in a class of their own

Before last season, in my predictions, I didn’t even have the Bruins in the top eight teams in the East. I was wrong.

In my pre-season predictions for 2023-2024, I didn’t even have the Bruins among the top eight teams in the East. So far, I’m wrong.

Boston is on fire and is the best team on the Bettman circuit, even without Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. Yesterday, in a hotly contested game, the Bruins beat the Panthers 3-1.

As a result, the team has a record of 14-1-3 in 2023-2024.

Absurd, to say the least.

In their last 100 regular-season games, Jim Montgomery’s team has lost only 13 times in regulation time.

Crazy!

As for last night’s game, the intensity was there, as these images show:

5. Another goal for Alexis Lafrenière

Prior to the 2023-2024 season, Alexis Lafrenière didn’t get off to the hoped-for start of his professional career.

Fortunately, the Quebecer seems to be getting more and more comfortable in the NHL. Proof that you have to be patient with first-round picks… #Slaf

Yesterday, he scored a superb goal, the Rangers’ only goal.

So far this season, Lafrenière has 12 points, including eight goals, in 17 games. He’s on track for a 57-point season.

For a guy who never collected more than 39 points before this year, that’s a very satisfying output. In any case, he looks comfortable under new head coach Peter Laviolette.

Extension

– Four assists for Zach Werenski.

– He’s a good kid.

– Mathew Barzal stamped.

– A 1,000th game for Cal Clutterbuck.

– Encore?

– That’s dog.

– Wow.

– A fight for the belt.

– What the hell is he doing?

– Nicely done.

– Four-point game for two Jackets players.

(Credit: NHL.com)

– Another day without an NHL game.

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