Around the League notebook: Friday, Oct. 30


Home Team in Caps

BUFFALO 3, Philadelphia 1

NY RANGERS 3, Toronto 1

WASHINGTON 2, Columbus 1

CAROLINA 3, Colorado 2

Ottawa 3, DETROIT 1

Boston 3, FLORIDA 1

MINNESOTA 5, Chicago 4

Montreal 6, CALGARY 2

Vancouver 4, ARIZONA 3


New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (3-0—3) and Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise (3-0—3) had their first career hat tricks to lead their respective clubs to victory.

* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Zuccarello — a native of Oslo, Norway — became the second Norwegian-born player in NHL history to score a hat trick in the Rangers’ 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The other: Espen Knutsen (CBJ) on Jan. 24, 2002 vs. SJS (3-1—4).

* Derick Brassard (0-3—3) and Rick Nash (0-3—3) assisted on all three of Zuccarello’s goals. Brassard has 2-3—5 in his past three games, while Nash has 6-12—18 in 18 games vs. TOR.

* The Rangers extended their point streak to six games (4-0-2) and are 8-3-1 in their past 12 games vs. TOR dating to Jan. 14, 2012.

* The Canadiens improved to 10-2-0 (20 points) with their 6-2 win against the Calgary Flames. Per Elias, the Canadiens recorded 20 or more points through the first 12 games of a season for the fourth time in franchise history. Last: 1972-73 (8-0-4, 20 points).

* Elias adds that the Canadiens’ best start to a season through the first 12 games was in 1943-44 (9-0-3, 21 standings points).

* Mike Condon made 30 saves to improve to 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goal-against average and a .944 save percentage in three NHL games.


The Boston Bruins opened the scoring with three consecutive goals, including two by Brad Marchand, and defeated the Florida Panthers 3-1, extending their point streak to six games (5-0-1). The Bruins also improved to 4-0-0 on the road this season.

* Marchand extended his point streak to five games (4-3—7).

* David Krejci (0-1—1) extended his season-opening point streak to nine games (7-8—15). His 15 points are second in the NHL, trailing only DAL’s Jamie Benn (9-8—17).

* Per Elias, Krejci is the first Bruins player to record at least one point in each of their first nine or more games of a season since 1992-93, when Joe Juneau (7-15—22) and Dmitri Kvartalnov (12-10—22) did so through the first 14 games of the season from Oct. 8 – Nov. 12, 1992.


Nino Niederreiter scored the eventual game-winning goal 32 seconds into the third period to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-4 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in their first game since the Western Conference Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a four-game sweep by Chicago.

* The Wild began a season with five consecutive regulation wins on home ice for the first time in franchise history. The Wild and the Canadiens are the only NHL clubs without a loss on home ice this season (MTL: 4-0-0).


Wild forward Jason Zucker (1-1—2) opened the scoring 18 seconds in and extended his point streak to five games (2-4—6). Zucker also scored 10 seconds after the opening faceoff on Oct. 25 at WPG, which was the fastest goal from the start of a game in franchise history.

Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau:

* Zucker became the first player in franchise history to score a goal in the first 20 seconds of a game multiple times in a season.

* Zucker is also the first player to score a goal in the first 20 seconds of two games in a calendar month since Joe Sakic (COL) in March 2001 (0:14 on March 17 vs. DET and 0:09 on March 24 at BOS).


* Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond made 29 saves on 30 shots for a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings, his first of the season (1-0-1). Hammond improved to 21-1-3 in 27 career games (1.80 GAA, .940 SV%, 3 SO). Per Elias, Hammond is the first goaltender in NHL history to record 21 wins in his first 27 GP.

* Jeff Skinner scored the eventual game-winner at 5:07 of the third period and Cam Ward made 30 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2, their sixth straight home win vs. COL dating to Feb. 22, 2009. The Hurricanes defeated the Avalanche 1-0 on Oct. 21; per Elias, the franchise swept a season series of two games or more vs. COL for the first time since 1995-96 (HFD: 2-0-0).

* Braden Holtby made 29 saves on 30 shots and T.J. Oshie scored the go-ahead goal at 11:59 of the third period to help the Washington Capitals defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 and improve to 7-2-0. Holtby is 6-2-0 with a 1.90 GAA and .924 save percentage and 6-2-1 in 10 career games vs. CBJ.

* The Vancouver Canucks opened the scoring with three consecutive first-period goals and Daniel Sedin had the game-winner late in the second period en route to their 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes. Richard Bachman made 28 saves to earn the win in his first start with the Canucks.

* Linus Ullmark of the Sabres made 27 saves in a 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers to earn the first victory of his NHL career (1-1-0). Per Elias, at 22 years, 92 days old, Ullmark is the youngest Sabres goaltender to earn a win since Mika Noronen on Oct. 7, 2000 vs. LAK at 21 years, 113 days old (5-3 W). Ryan O’Reilly (1-2—3) tied a career-high with three points, which included scoring the game-winning goal at 4:20 of the second period, and extended his point streak to five games (3-7—10).


* Canucks forward Brendan Gaunce scored the first goal of his NHL career (2 GP). Coyotes forward Tyler Gaudet (0-1—1) recorded the first assist/point of his NHL career (5 GP). Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (0-1—1) recorded the first assist/point of his NHL career (4 GP).

* Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson registered an assist in his NHL debut (12:17 TOI). Panthers forward Logan Shaw also made his NHL debut (10:49 TOI).

* Montreal forward Paul Byron (1-1—2) recorded his first points as a member of the Canadiens (2 GP). Arizona forward Steve Downie scored his first goal as a member of the Coyotes (11 GP). Colorado forward Carl Soderberg scored his first goal as a member of the Avalanche (10 GP).

* Senators forward Matt Puempel scored the first game-winning goal of his NHL career (15 GP).

* Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made his 629th career appearance (all with NYR) and tied Turk Broda for seventh on the NHL’s all-time games played list among goaltenders with one franchise.

* Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn skated in the 500th game of his NHL career.

* Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg (1-0—1) is one goal shy of becoming the eighth player in franchise history to score 300 goals.


The Panthers (1 PPG) have scored five consecutive goals via special teams (4 PPG, 1 SHG) dating to Oct. 27 vs. COL. … Wild forward Mikko Koivu (0-3—3) extended his point streak to a career-high eight games (3-7—10). … Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (0-1—1) extended his point streak to six games (3-5—8). … Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (3-5—8), Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (2-5—7), Wild forward Thomas Vanek (2-4—6) and Bruins forward Brett Connolly (3-2—5) all stretched their point streaks to five games. … Rookies Max Domi (ARI), Jack Eichel (BUF) and Jared McCann (VAN) all scored Friday. … Blackhawks rookie Artemi Panarin had an assist while celebrating his 24th birthday. … Capitals teammates Alex Ovechkin (0-1—1) and Nicklas Backstrom (0-1—1) have opened the season with 5-5—10 (8 GP) and 4-4—8 (6 GP), respectively. … Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau had his League-leading 11th assist of the season. … Linesman Brian Mach worked the 1,000th game of his NHL career Friday at Xcel Energy Center. … Jonathan Hendricks, an 8-year-old cancer patient, participated in a ceremonial puck-drop with his family at Joe Louis Arena as part of the Red Wings’ Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.

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