NHL BRIEF – OCT. 18, 2016: Red Wings Celebrate Final Home Opener At Joe Louis Arena

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 17: The ice is lighted during the opening night pre-game show prior to an NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena on October 17, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 17: The ice is lighted during the opening night pre-game show prior to an NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena on October 17, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Welcome to the “NHL Brief,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.

MONDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
Colorado 4, PITTSBURGH 3 (OT)
NY RANGERS 7, San Jose 4
DETROIT 5, Ottawa 1
Boston 4, WINNIPEG 1

RED WINGS CELEBRATE FINAL HOME OPENER AT JOE LOUIS ARENA

Mike Green (3-0—3) netted his first career hat trick (652 GP) to lead the Red Wings to victory in their final home opener at Joe Louis Arena.

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* The Red Wings, who will relocate to Little Caesars Arena for the 2017-18 season, posted an all-time record of 21-12-2 in home openers at Joe Louis Arena.

* Elias notes that Green’s hat trick – the 61st by a Detroit player at The Joe – was the first by a Red Wings defenseman since Nicklas Lidstrom scored three times on Dec. 15, 2010 vs. STL.

* Detroit also donned, for the first time, the No. 9 patch that they will wear all season in honor of Gordie Howe.

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BALANCED ATTACK LEADS RANGERS TO VICTORY

Forwards Mats Zuccarello (1-2—3), Chris Kreider (1-1—2), Derek Stepan (0-2—2) and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (0-2—2) were among 11 different players to find the scoresheet for the Rangers as the club erupted for seven goals in their victory over the Sharks.

* Elias says New York had seven different goal-scorers in the same game for the first time since Jan. 19, 2010, when eight players scored in an 8-2 victory vs. TBL.

* Kreider has collected 1-1—2 in all three games in 2016-17; Elias says he is the first Rangers player to begin a season with three consecutive multi-point efforts since Bernie Nichols did so in 1990-91.

* Rookie Jimmy Vesey scored the first goal of his NHL career. The 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner signed with the Rangers as a free agent in the offseason after compiling 24-22—46 in his senior season at Harvard.

LOOSE PUCKS

Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog tied the game in the third period and scored the overtime winner . . . Teammate Jarome Iginla scored his first goal of the season. He ranks second among active players with 612 goals . . . Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, a second round pick (No. 37) in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal . . . Sharks defenseman Brent Burns posted 2-1—3 in his 800th career NHL game, while teammate Joe Pavelski (1-3—4) tied a career-high for points in a game . . . Oilers captain Connor McDavid, Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews and Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 16 . . . A limited number of tickets to the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium between the Blackhawks and Blues will go on sale this morning.

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Colorado @Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC, ALT
Anaheim @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG, PRIME
San Jose @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., MSG+, CSN-CA
Pittsburgh @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, SN360, ROOT
Florida @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SUN, FS-F
Arizona @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN5, FS-A
Dallas @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, FS-SW
Los Angeles @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, FS-W
Philadelphia @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., NBCSN, CSN-CH, CSN-PH
Buffalo @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SNF, MSG-B
Carolina @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNOL, FS-CR
St. Louis @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SNV, FS-MW
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TWELVE GAMES DOT TUESDAY SCHEDULE

* The Blues look to start 4-0-0 for the second time in franchise history when they begin a three-game Western road trip against the Canucks (who are 2-0-0). St. Louis last won their first four contests in 2013-14, when they went 7-1-2 in October.

* The Capitals will honor 2016 Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby, who tied Martin Brodeur’s single-season record with 48 wins in 2015-16, prior to hosting the Avalanche.

* The Devils and Canadiens each host their home opener when they welcome Anaheim and Pittsburgh, respectively. After tonight, only the Bruins (Oct. 20), Flyers (Oct. 20), Ducks (Oct. 23) and Hurricanes (Oct. 28) will have yet to play at home.

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Source: NHL Public Relations

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