Notes from Monday, Oct. 5
Stars of the night
--Ales Kotalik and Michael Del Zotto each had one goal and one assist in New York's 3-2 win at New Jersey.
--Columbus goalie Steve Mason made 40 saves and held off a late Vancouver surge to lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-3 road win.
Defense wins games
Two of New York's goals came from defensemen, in the form of Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy, whose first career NHL goal proved to be the game-winner. Honorable mention to forward Ales Kotalik, who mans the point on New York's power play and whose goal came from that spot on the ice.
Let the rumblings begin
Minnesota fans might be chuckling or not, but in Jacques Lemaire's first two games back behind the New Jersey bench, the Devils have scored just four goals, two in each of the first two games. Zach Parise, who netted 45 goals last season, does not have a goal. The defense doesn't seem to be there either, with eight goals against.
Keep on panicking
Canucks fans were already unhappy over their team's 0-2 start. Now Vancouver is 0-3 and franchise goaltender Roberto Luongo, fresh off signing a new, lifetime, cap-cheating contract and in the mix to be one of Team Canada's netminders in the Olympics, has given up 11 goals in 145 minutes. Vancouver lost its first three games of the season for the first time since 2001, while Columbus won its first two games of a season for the first time in franchise history.
The Blue Jackets chased Roberto Luongo thanks to a three-goal outburst in a span of 3:44 early in the second period, including two goals in 22 seconds. Kristian Huselius, Rostislav Klesla and Nikita Filatov scored the three key goals. Rick Nash helped set up two of them and finished with three assists.
Quote of the night
"We didn't come out ready. It was pretty obvious at the start of the game and (Rangers coach John Tortorella) let us know."
New York forward Chris Drury, on Tortorella calling a timeout 84 seconds into the game and then going on a tirade at his players.