It was an interesting week in the Pacific Division as a line brawl between Anaheim and San Jose was the main news story. Jonathan Quick remained on his tear, and all of the sudden, the Edmonton Oilers are world beaters.
Here's this week's look at each team's stud, dud, and highlight.
Anaheim Ducks (7-2-0 overall, 2-1-0 this week)
Stud: Corey Perry. Perry recorded his second hat trick on the short season on Wednesday in a 4-1 win over the Sabres. He's scored nine goals in nine games this year, along with assisting on three other goals.
Dud: Tim Jackman. More on this in the Sharks portion of this post, but 21 penalty minutes racked up by Jackman in the craziness that was Sharks/Ducks on Sunday, including a fight two minutes into the game, and getting tossed with six minutes left in the games thanks to a line brawl. It doesn't appear the Ducks had a lot of depth left at the end of the game.
ducks bench by the end of the game pic.twitter.com/ybuPyNQ7RW— Steph (@myregularface) October 27, 2014
Highlight: From the non-hat trick game, Corey Perry charges to the net and puts it away after a sweet fake shot from Sami Vatanen.
Los Angeles Kings (6-1-1 overall, 2-0-0 this week)
Stud: Jonathan Quick. Quick set the franchise's all-time shutouts record on Thursday against the Sabres by stopping all 29 Buffalo shots en route to his 33rd career shutout. The L.A. goalie is definitely on a roll right now, having won five-straight games.
Dud: Jake Muzzin. Two missed shots, a blocked shot, and a giveaway against Buffalo is enough to be the dud on a team that is just flat-out rolling right now.
Highlight: This Justin Williams shot goes way up in the air, and then Dwight King is there to bat it down and into the net.
San Jose Sharks (5-4-1 overall, 1-3-0 this week)
Stud: Joe Pavelski. Two goals on six shots against the Blue Jackets on Thursday for Pavelski. He was also 7-4 in the faceoff circle that night.
Dud: John Scott et al. Scott has been suspended two games for coming off the bench and starting a line brawl against the Ducks. Here he is coming onto the ice:
Which turned into this:
A line brawl isn't really ever a good idea, especially in a divisional game in October. How many more line brawls will these two teams have this year?
Highlight: Somehow Marc-Edouard Vlasic became a part of this rush and goes five-hole for the Sharks goal.
Calgary Flames (5-4-1 overall, 1-1-1 this week)
Stud: Sean Monahan. In the Flames' 5-0 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday, Monahan led the way with two goals on three shots, plus had two takeaways.
Dud: Brandon Bollig. He had a bit of a rough night on Saturday. In addition to getting a game misconduct, his only two hits of the night were both penalties. Oh, and two giveaways. Good job, good effort.
Highlight: Johnny Gaudreau makes his way through all the Tampa players before dumping a pass off to Dennis Wideman for the goal.
Vancouver Canucks (5-3-0 overall, 2-2-0 this week)
Stud: Nick Bonino. This was a pretty good Sunday for Bonino. A goal and an assist on two shots, plus two takeaways, and 9-8 in the faceoff circle.
Dud: Ryan Miller. Miller got yanked early in the second period against Dallas after allowing five goals on the first 13 shots of the night. He picked up his game later in the week, but still, five goals on 13 shots.
Highlight: There's a lot of Sedin twin all up in this power play goal, with Henrik Sedin burying the puck in the net.
Edmonton Oilers (4-4-1 overall, 3-0-0 this week)
Stud: Jordan Eberle. Two goals and an assist against the Hurricanes gives Eberle stud status on the suddenly-hot Oilers. Somehow with all the goals scored this week (12), he was the only guy with a multi-goal game.
Dud: Jeff Petry. I didn't even know it was possible to have six giveaways in a game, but Petry pulled that off against Washington.
Highlight: If nothing else, it's hilarious to watch Alex Ovechkin whiff on a shot this badly. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins picks it up and takes it the length of the ice to tie the game up at two.
Arizona Coyotes (3-3-1 overall, 1-1-1 this week)
Stud: Keith Yandle. Yandle had far and away the best week points-wise with his goal and three assists in the three games. He also put 19 shots on net over the course of the week.
Dud: Connor Murphy. No one was really particularly awful. Murphy's -3 +/- is enough. There's no goaltending to put here!
Highlight: Justin Hodgman made his NHL debut this week, and wasted no time getting into the goal category with this one to tie the game up against Florida.
Thanks for joining me for this edition of 'This Week in the Pacific Division'! Join us next week for more highlights, more duds, and more importantly, more Justin Hodgman goals.