Al Montoya was the Islanders surprise starter in game #1 so knock me over when the Islanders threw him back in there for game #2. It looks like a good call in retrospect as he stopped 20 of 21 to beat the Wild yesterday. Now I assume at this point you have to leave him in there for game #3?... my lord.
Decent start for Semyon Varlamov with a 30 save shutout of the Bruins in Boston and he's only given up two goals through two games while facing an average of 34 shots/gm. Join me in prayer so that we can keep Varly healthy for most of the season as there is no denying that the kid is talented.
Just like pretty much every game last year, Tuukka Rask was the hard-luck loser as he stopped 35 of 36 but had zero goal support. Rask had a very solid .918 sv% last year and only won 38% of his games (11 of 29) whereas Jonathan Quick and his .918 sv% won 57% of his games (35 of 61).
Uh-oh... there are rumblings that Nikita Filatov could be a healthy scratch tonight... nice to see the Sens show a lot of patience here. I'd tell you not to worry about this but this kid doesn't tend to get a lot of second chances.
Jason Chimera played hero with two 3rd period goals (on seven shots) in the Caps victory. He has three goals on the season but had just 10 all of last year.
Tomas Vokoun was not sharp in his Caps debut last night as he gave up five goals (three from behind the goal line) on 28 shots and was lucky to escape with the shootout victory. I'd expect to see Neuvirth next game as they wait for Vokoun to shake off the rust.
Marco Scandella, 2nd amongst Wild blueliners in TOI yesterday with 21:36 including 4:44 on the PP.
Ryan Johansen scratched again for the CBJs.
It was only game two but the Canucks already went to their backup as Cory Schneider got the call last night and stopped 23 of 25 for the win. Is this pointing to more starts for Schneids this year or is this just due to Luongo always starting slow and the team concluding that they might as well give him rest now?
Three games in, three losses and at least three goals allowed in each game for Steve Mason... dammit, I wish Mark Dekanich wasn't hurt cause now would have been the prime opportunity for him to strike.
FYI Tomas Holmstrom owners (you sadistic bunch)... Tommy is not going to play on back-to-back nights this season, per the coaching staff, so expect to see him as a healthy scratch a bunch this season.