NHL Report: Aaron Dell continues to stifle his old UND coach
Dave Hakstol was right when he scouted and recruited Aaron Dell to UND. Dell has turned into an elite goaltender just like Hakstol thought he would.
It may be backfiring on the former UND coach, though.
Dell, now a goalie for the San Jose Sharks, once again had his old coach’s number Tuesday night as the Sharks beat Hakstol’s Philadelphia Flyers 8-2 in Wells Fargo Center.
Making his first start of this season, Dell stopped 31 of 33 shots to get the win.
Dell, now in his third year in the NHL, has made four career starts against Hakstol and is 3-0-1 with a .955 save percentage and a shutout.
Dell posted a 21-save shutout -- the first in his NHL career -- during their first head-to-head meeting in 2016-17. He stopped 33 of 35 in a 2-1 overtime loss during their second head-to-head meeting later that season.
Last season, Dell was in net for one of two games between the Sharks and Flyers. He stopped 22 of 23 in a 3-1 win.
The Sharks are 2-2 through four games. The Flyers are 1-2 through three.
BOESER LOOKING FOR FIRST GOAL
Former UND standout Brock Boeser got his first point of the season in Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss at Carolina.
But the sniper is still looking for his first goal since he suffered a season-ending injury March 5 against the New York Islanders.
Boeser had 29 goals last season and was the MVP of the NHL All-Star Game.
The Canucks are 1-2 through three games.
LADUE PLAYS IN FRONT OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Former Grand Forks Central and UND defenseman Paul LaDue played in front of family and friends Tuesday night in Winnipeg.
LaDue’s Los Angeles Kings lost 2-1 to the Jets.
LaDue played 10:17 and had an even rating.
Former UND defenseman Derek Forbort, also a Los Angeles King, played 19:49 and was a plus-1.