Alexander Ovechkin’s eleventh goal of the season and a pair from Tom Wilson led the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres last night. The 36 year old’s goal was the 741st of his NHL career, moving him into a fourth place tie with Brett Hull on the NHL all time goal scorers list. Ovi needs just 37 more to catch Jaromir Jagr for 3rd place, and the way he’s playing right now, that seems like something he can probably pull off this season. The Sabres have fallen back to earth after that fantastic start, losers of five straight now.
The Florida Panthers are no longer undefeated in regulation after spotting a four goal lead to the New York Rangers and then falling just short in the comeback, dropping a 4-3 decision at MSG last night. Chris Kreider had his ninth of the season in the victory.
In Jack Campbell’s first game for the Leafs against the team that traded him, it was the guy they traded him for and one of the guys who ended their playoff hopes last season that were the story in a 5-1 Los Angeles Kings win in Toronto. Trevor Moore scored a beauty against his old squad, and Phillip Danault, who gave the Leafs fits in their series against Montreal this past spring, had a pair to guide the Kings to the win.
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The Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault scandal isn’t going to go away anytime soon, and the reporter who broke the story wide open for TSN brought another devastating interview to us last night, this time Rick Westhead spoke with the mother of John Doe 2, the high school student who was assaulted by former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich.
(Content warning: Contains references to rape, pedophilia.)
Meanwhile, there’s breaking news this morning that the Pittsburgh Penguins have reached a settlement with Erin Skalde, who was sexually assaulted by head coach Clark Donatelli while her husband Jarrod was an assistant coach with Pittsburgh’s AHL squad under Donatelli.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Erin & Jarrod Skalde have reached a settlement, says a law firm representing the couple.— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) November 9, 2021
Settlement terms not disclosed. https://t.co/G5zmYslBpL
While it’s good that things are settled to the Skalde’s satisfaction, nothing good comes of having the details of this case sealed away at a time when it would be beneficial for the good of changing the culture of the sport itself for things to be laid out, specifically how the team tried to deal with this. Disappointing to say the least.
In tonight’s action, along with the Canucks hosting the Anaheim Ducks, we have a number of important games that impact the Pacific Division. The Kings head to Montreal to take on the Habs, while Ottawa are in Boston to meet the Bruins... Carolina looks to hit double digits in the win column as they visit Tampa, while Florida looks to shake off their first regulation loss of the year over in New Jersey... The Edmonton Oilers are in Detroit to battle the Red Wings, while St Louis is in Winnipeg to play the Jets... In a battle of two teams that need to be fired into the sun, the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins square off... And the night wraps up with three Pacific Division clashes: In addition to the Canucks/Ducks we have San Jose visiting the Calgary Flames and the Kraken in Vegas to take on the Golden Knights for the 2nd time this season.