Philadelphia Flyers Defeat The Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3
To kick off the 2021 NHL season, we got another round of the battle of Pennsylvania. The first goal of the season was scored by Penguins forward Mark Jankowski, who scored only five goals last season with the Calgary Flames. Joel Farabee of the Flyers was the first star of the game, scoring a goal late in the second period to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead, while also adding three assists.
Sidney Crosby continued his dominance against the Flyers, the team he has recorded the most points against in his career, as he scored an amazing goal in which he knocked the puck out of mid-air and shoveled the puck into the back of the net with one hand on his stick. Pittsburgh outshot the Flyers in all three periods, but Carter Hart stood his ground in net. After Pittsburgh tied it up early in the third, the Flyers scored three unanswered to put the game away and secure a 6-3 victory.
Toronto Maple Leafs Defeat The Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in OT
It was an exciting game last night in Toronto, as both teams came out flying to start the game. The Montreal Canadiens were leading at the end of the first after Josh Anderson scored his first of two goals on the night in the last minute of the first to put Montreal up 2-1. A Tomas Tatar goal in the second gave the Canadiens a 3-1 lead and all the momentum.
The turning point of the game was when Wayne Simmonds, making his debut for the Leafs last night, got into a fight with Ben Chiarot. That seemed to spark the Leafs, as they showed more energy and fight afterward and tied the game up at three by the end of the second. Each team scored in the third to send this game to overtime. It was in overtime where both teams were giving up breakaways on each end before Morgan Reilly eventually scored the game-winner on a nice pass from John Tavares. The best part of this game is knowing that these teams will play against each other another nine times in the regular season.
Tampa Bay Lightning Defeat The Chicago Blackhawks 5-1
There was no Stanley Cup hangover for the Lightning as they came out firing on all cylinders. Tampa scored three goals in the first and outshot the Blackhawks 13-8 in the first period. Steven Stamkos was named first star of the game after scoring in the second period to give the Lightning a 4-0 lead, and also adding an assist on a Brayden Point power-play goal in the third. Andrei Vasilevskiy showed us once again why he is one of the best goaltenders in the league, saving 22 of the 23 shots he faced.
St. Louis Blues Defeat The Colorado Avalanche 4-1
Colorado is coming into the season as the favorite by most to win the Stanley Cup this year. The Avalanche got off to a good start in this game, scoring five minutes in to go up 1-0. That turned out to be the last goal they would score, as the Blues would go on to score four unanswered to get the 4-1 win. Colorado was heavily outplayed in the first period as St. Louis piled up the shots. The Avalanche only had five shots in the first, as the Blues put up 17. The Avalanche did have their chances in the second period to tie the game up, but Binnington was rock solid in saving all 15 shots he faced in the period. In the third, it was goals by Kyle Clifford and Oscar Sundqvist that put the game away for the Blues.
Vancouver Canucks Defeat The Edmonton Oilers 5-3
Braden Holtby had a strong opening act in his first game as a Vancouver Canuck. Holtby stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced while keeping Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid off the scoresheet. Canucks forward Bo Horvat opened the scoring in the game with a goal late in the first period. After the Oilers tied the game early in the second, it was Nils Hoglander who scored late in the second to give the Canucks the lead after two.
Darnell Nurse scored 10 seconds into the third to tie the game up, only for Adam Gaudette of the Canucks to score less than two minutes later to give Vancouver a one goal lead once again. It was Brock Boeser who took the game over after that. Boeser scored a couple of minutes after Gaudette to put the Canucks up 4-2, and then once Edmonton scored to cut the lead in half, it was Boeser who put the game away for good with his second goal of the period.