In a not-so-quite night of offense in the NHL, two former Black Bears played big roles in big wins for their respective clubs — and an assist in the Tampa Bay-Florida game came from an unlikely source.
Teddy Purcell notched a trio of assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning crushed in-state rival Florida 7-2. Purcell now has five points through four games this season.
In net, Ben Bishop made 19 stops on 21 shots, and also registered the first assist of his NHL career off a clearing pass he made famous at Orono, his first of his NHL career,. Bishop had three helpers in his three years at Maine. Bishop improved to 3-0-0 with a .928 save percentage and a 1.93 goals against average.
Elsewhere, Dustin Penner scored a goal and added an assist as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the New York Rangers 6-0. For Penner, it was his first goal of the season.
In Detroit, Jimmy Howard gave up what would be a game-winning goal against Phoenix with just under 5 minutes to play, and the Red Wings lost 4-2. Howard finished with 34 saves.
Earlier this week, the Toronto Maple Leafs assigned Spencer Abbott to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. Thus far, Abbott has one assist in one AHL appearance, with his next game scheduled for Saturday.