SENATORS CONTINUE STRONG PLAY AT HOME WITH WIN OVER KINGS
The Senators (6-2-0 at home) improved their impressive home record to start the season, defeating the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1.
Trailing by a goal, Zack Smith tied the game at 16:06 of the third period, and Mark Stone scored the go-ahead goal with 6.5 seconds left on the clock to propel the Senators past the Kings.
Stone became just the fourth player in Senators history to score a go-ahead goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation.
Kings forward Jeff Carter (4-2—6) extended his point streak to five games.
In other Kings news . . .
ROGIE VACHON TO BE HONORED AT HOCKEY HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
The class of 2016 – LA Kings legend Rogie Vachon, former Kings coach Pat Quinn (represented posthumously by his daughter Karri Quinn), Sergei Makarov and Eric Lindros – received their rings in advance of Monday’s Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, and later participated in a ceremonial puck drop at Air Canada Centre as part of the Hockey Hall of Fame Game.
One of hockey’s great goaltenders during his illustrious 16-year NHL career, Vachon became the first player to have his number retired by the Kings when he was honored on February 14, 1985. He spent seven seasons (1971-72 to 1977-78) with the Kings as a player, putting an indelible mark on the club’s record book.
Vachon ranks second (to Jonathan Quick) all-time among Kings netminders in games played (389), wins (171) and shutouts (32). Perhaps his greatest season wearing the Forum purple and gold was 1974-75 as Vachon posted a 27-14-13 record (including six shutouts) and a 2.24 goals-against-average. The Hockey News rewarded Vachon by naming him the NHL Player of the Year.
After Vachon ended his playing career during the 1981-82 season he returned to the Kings as an Assistant Coach. On January 30, 1984, Vachon was named General Manager of the Kings, a post he held for eight-plus seasons.
Vachon will be honored at STAPLES Center before the Kings-New Jersey game on November 19. Fans in attendance will receive a Rogie Vachon Collectible Figurine Giveaway. O’Neill will be recognized during the Kings-Edmonton game on November 17, the club’s next home game.
FRIDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)
New Jersey 2, BUFFALO 1 (OT)
TORONTO 6, Philadelphia 3
OTTAWA 2, Los Angeles 1
Washington 3, CHICAGO 2 (OT)
COLORADO 3, Winnipeg 2 (OT)
Dallas 3, EDMONTON 2
SATURDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
Detroit @ Montreal, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, FS-D
San Jose @ Tampa Bay, 7 p.m., SUN, CSN-CA
NY Islanders @ Florida, 7 p.m., FS-F, MSG+ 2
Buffalo @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, MSG-B
Minnesota @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., CSN-PH, FS-N+
Toronto @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., HNIC, CITY, NHLN, ROOT
Washington @ Carolina, 7 p.m., FS-SE, CSN-DC
St. Louis @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, FS-MW
Boston @ Arizona, 8 p.m., FS-A, NESN
Anaheim @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, FS-W
NY Rangers @ Calgary, 10 p.m., HNIC, SN1, MSG+
CANADIENS AIM TO CONTINUE PERFECT HOME START
Hockey Night in Canada features three games, including an Original Six matchup between the Canadiens (12-1-1, 25 points) and Red Wings (8-6-1, 17 points) as Montreal looks to start its home schedule with 10 consecutive wins for the first time in their 99-year NHL history. In the other contests, Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs (6-5-3, 15 points) visit Sidney Crosby and the Penguins (9-3-2, 20 points) for the first time, while the Rangers (10-4-0, 20 points) head to Calgary to take on the Flames (5-9-1, 11 points).
FIRST ROUND REMATCH IN SUNRISE
The Islanders (5-7-2, 12 points) face the Panthers (6-7-1, 13 points) for the first time since ousting them in overtime of Game 6 in the opening round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In that contest, John Tavares – who leads New York with 5-6—11 this season – scored the tying goal in the final minute of regulation before notching the series-clinching goal midway through the second overtime period to help the Islanders win a playoff series for the first time in 23 years.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services