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Top-5: Seven goals in less than seven minutes between the Sharks and Red Wings
It was another busy Thursday night in the NHL, with no fewer than 13 games on the schedule yesterday.

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

1. Seven goals in less than seven minutes between the Sharks and Red Wings

Yesterday’s game between the Sharks and Red Wings was bound to attract a lot of attention for Patrick Kane’s debut with the latter.

In the end, Kane didn’t collect a single point… but it was a completely absurd spectacle nonetheless.

In fact, in the second period, the Red Wings scored four goals in the space of a few minutes, then the Sharks scored three. All in just under seven minutes.

Then, a few minutes later, the Sharks scored a fourth to complete a completely insane second twenty minutes.

Both clubs scored a goal each in the third period, so overtime was needed.

And in the end, Mikael Granlund gave the Sharks victory in a most spectacular game.

The Sharks win 6-5.

Tomas Hertl and Nico Sturm each scored two goals in the victory.

2. Alex Ovechkin joins a select club

Since the start of the season, Alex Ovechkin seems to have slowed down. Prior to yesterday’s game, he had just five goals and 14 points in 22 games, a far cry from his usual standards.

Wayne Gretzky’s career goals record is slowly slipping out of his grasp.

Yesterday, however, Ovechkin reached a select club, as the Russian scored his 1500th career point with an assist on a Dylan Strome goal.

He became the 16th player in history to do so.

However, Ovechkin’s point wasn’t enough to give the Capitals victory, in a game where shootouts were necessary.

5-4 Stars shootout victory, in a game where Strome (Caps) and Roope Hintz (Stars) each scored two goals.

3. First shutout for Casey DeSmith this season

Casey DeSmith is having a big season in Vancouver. He may only be Thatcher Demko’s backup, but the Canadiens’ “legend” is doing a great job in front of the net.

And yesterday, against the Minnesota Wild, DeSmith was solid once again. He turned aside all 26 shots to earn his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 Canucks win.

He’s already got more in Vancouver than he did in Montreal, hehe.

That said, DeSmith wasn’t the only goaltender in the league to earn a shutout yesterday. In addition to Cam Talbot against the CH, Petr Mrazek also turned aside every opposing shot.

And with the Blackhawks winning 1-0, it’s easy to see why he had to be there.

4. Adam Fantilli puts on a show

While the first two picks of last year’s draft (Connor Bedard and Leo Carlsson) battled it out last night, Adam Fantilli was also in action, and clearly out to prove that he deserved to go out in the top-2.

In his game against the Islanders, he put on a show, mocking Mike Reilly (twice) before unleashing an excellent shot on the rebound.

Wow. Really.

In total, Fantilli scored two goals and one assist in what was a big game for him.

Despite this, the Blue Jackets were unable to stop the duo of Mathew Barzal (two goals and two assists) and Bo Horvat (two goals and one assist).

Horvat scored both his goals in the space of twenty seconds. Nothing less.

A 7-3 victory for the Islanders.

Spencer Martin allowed seven goals on 36 shots in the loss.

5. First NHL goal for Simon Nemec

At the 2022 draft, there was a lot of talk about Juraj Slafkovský and Shane Wright for the CH’s first pick, but let’s not forget the second pick of this auction: defenseman Simon Nemec, who was selected by the Devils.

Nemec recently made his NHL debut, and last night scored his first career league goal.

In the process, he gave the Devils the lead.

Nemec’s goal proved to be the winner, in the end, as the Devils prevailed by a score of 2-1.

Akira Schmid was dominant, turning aside 37 of 38 shots.


The Canadiens were also in action last night.

– The lights go out in the middle of a game between the Senators and Maple Leafs.

– Joseph Woll injured pretty badly.

– 1000 NHL games for Matt Duchene. His son announced the Stars’ starting line-up for the occasion.

– What a pass from Nathan MacKinnon.

– Beautiful.

– Previous day’s results.

– Top scorers of the night.

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– Three games on the bill tonight.

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