Rejoice, Ducks. Sunday’s action proved you remain the NHL’s real players, even in the wake of two power play-snafus.
The highest-scoring player among seven returning to the ice for Anaheim on Sunday didn’t start the shootout after being hurt in Saturday’s morning skate, leaving the Ducks “still in the process of evaluating [Riley] Nash’s availability,” the team said in a release.
Daniel Sprong (neck), Jared Boll (groin) and Joseph Blandisi (back) also had to watch the decision to bring them back to play the Hurricanes, while Clayton Stoner missed the back half of the game after taking a blow to the head.
The value of the backup goalie when you have a load this large was also evident.
Carey Price made 31 saves in a 2-1 shootout win against Winnipeg, then left his return to action in the second period of Montreal’s 4-3 loss to San Jose on Monday with another injury and was ruled out for the rest of the week.
With both Price and Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck winning in a shootout, their teams lead the NHL with three goals in each.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Philadelphia was forced to play three full periods without goalie Michael Neuvirth on Monday in a 5-2 loss to Dallas, and Edmonton’s Mark Letestu left the Oilers’ 1-0 loss to Vancouver on Thursday night early with a leg injury.
At least the Lightning seems to be moving on from the ongoing injury issues with injured personnel. Former Capitals netminder Anton Khudobin stopped all 19 shots he faced in his Lightning debut on Sunday, a 6-1 win over Florida.