Anaheim goaltender Victor Fasth turned aside all 31 Colorado shots and the Ducks posted a 3-0 win in Denver last night to improve to 7-1-1. Fasth has won his last three starts and allowed two total goals in them. More impressively, he dealt San Jose its first regulation loss of the season and kept Minnesota at bay as well.

Sheldon Souray led the Ducks with a goal and an assist in the win. Souray has now scored in three straight games so the veteran defenseman is piling up the points for your team if you have him.

It was a light night on ice so let’s check out the other two games.

Tyler Seguin and David Krejci scored third-period goals to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 over Montreal. Tuukka Rask improved to 6-1-1 stopping 20 of 21 Canadien shots for his second straight win. Boston’s goals in the first 2:05 of the third erased the lead that P.K. Subban staked Montreal to.

Dallas slipped past Edmonton 3-2 in overtime on a Jaromir Jagr goal 1:46 into overtime. Jagr and Jamie Benn each had a goal and an assist in the win so Benn looks like he’s heating up after a late start to the season. Edmonton was without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who was scratched with a shoulder injury. The Oilers’ goals came from Ales Hemsky and Justin Schultz.

Multiple Goal Scorers-NONE for just the second time this season.

Stat of the Night

Subban’s goal for Montreal came on the power play and the Canadiens have scored with the man advantage in 8 of their first 9 games to open the season.

Three Stars of the Night

1. Fasth Shutout of the Avalanche

2. Jagr Game-winner and two-point night

3. Souray Two-point night and goals in three straight games.

Thursday’s Schedule (all times ET)

Montreal at Buffalo 7pm Will Montreal shuffle out of Buffalo with another win?

Tampa Bay at New Jersey 7pm Can Martin Brodeur slow down the Tampa onslaught?

NY Islanders and NY Rangers 7pm I’ve got my money on the team from New York.

Florida at Philadelphia 7pm Flyers could back to a game short of .500 with a win.

Washington at Pittsburgh 7pm Have the Caps sacrificed the cow to get a win?

Calgary at Columbus 7pm How will the Flames respond without Miikka Kiprusoff  in goal?

Carolina at Ottawa 730pm Will the Staals pull a filibuster against the Senators?

Toronto at Winnipeg 8pm  Both teams are at .500–which one goes above?

Detroit at St. Louis 8pm Can Brian Elliott cool off a hot Detroit team?

Los Angeles at Nashville 8pm The Preds play their first home game after a successful seven-game trip.

Vancouver at Minnesota 8pm Will the Canucks keep surging?

Chicago at Phoenix 9pm Raffi, Marian  Marian, Raffi  First meeting between these teams since Torres’ suspension ended.

  1. Mal says:

    Currently I’m riding Lundqvist, Ward, and Hiller. It’s been a bumpy ride… Think it’s worth it to drop Hiller for Irving? Or wait a bit to see how Irving plays out, and see if Hiller can work his way back into a starting gig?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      @Mal: I would see how Irving goes and whether the Flames are going to name a starter or just go platoon. The other thing is with an MCL, even at the lowest grade of injury, it’s still going to be a 2-3 week timeframe before Kipper comes back.

      And Fasth might have outworked Hiller for the job but we’ll see what the Ducks do.

  2. bauerspeed17 says:

    Who has the better rest of the year?

    Bobby Ryan or Matt Duchene?

    Since I have Ryan and Duchene, should I try to sell Vanek high?

    • Ron says:


      I have been impressed with Ryan’s performances in recent games. I feel like he is a more reliable player than Duchene, who could easily move down to a lesser role if he fails to prove himself. The Avs have many options at center, including O’Reilly, who will likely be signed at some point. Also, I think the Ducks will be competing for a playoff spot all season, whereas the Avs might go in to tank mode during the last month.

      Personally, I think selling high on Vanek is a great idea. He’s performing way above his head right now, and he has a history of getting injured. If you can find someone who is panicking to part with a high end player off to a slow start like Ovechkin, I would do it for sure.

      • Andrew Nordmeier

        Andrew Nordmeier says:

        @Ron: I agree. Try to move Vanek if you can and ask for the moon for him.

        I also like Ryan as well because of him being on a line with Selanne which helps too since Teemu is off to a good start this season.

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