NHL BRIEF – OCT. 27, 2016: Oilers Best Start In 31 Years, Canadiens Win 5th Straight

skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on October 26, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Islanders 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 26: Shea Weber #6 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates the game winning powerplay goal at 17:03 of the third period against the New York Islanders and is joined by Jeff Petry #26 at the Barclays Center on October 26, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Islanders 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
Montreal 3, NY ISLANDERS 2
NY RANGERS 5, Boston 2
EDMONTON 4, Washington 1
ANAHEIM 6, Nashville 1

WEBER, CANADIENS STAY HOT IN BROOKLYN

Shea Weber (1-1—2) scored the go-ahead goal with less than three minutes left in the third period to lift the Canadiens to their fifth straight victory and to a 6-0-1 mark this season. Montreal remains the only team without a regulation loss in 2016-17.

* Elias notes that the Canadiens, who set a franchise record by starting 9-0-0 in 2015-16, are the fifth team in NHL history to have back-to-back seasons in which they recorded at least one point in each of their first seven games.

The other four: the Oilers (1983-84 & 1984-85), Lightning (2002-03 & 2003-04), Wild (2007-08 & 2008-09) and Sharks (2012-13 & 2013-14).

* Weber has recorded at least one point in six of seven games with Montreal and leads the club with 3-6—9 this season. All three of Weber’s goals have come on the power play, with two counting as game-winners.

OILERS CONTINUE BEST START IN 31 YEARS

Cam Talbot made 34 saves and Benoit Pouliot scored twice – including the game-winning goal from behind the net – to power the Oilers to their fourth consecutive victory and to a 6-1-0 mark this season.

* Via Elias, the Oilers have won six of their first seven games of a season for the first time since 1985-86, when they started 8-1-0.

* Captain Connor McDavid (0-2—2) posted his fourth multi-point game of the season to move into sole possession of the League lead with 11 points (4-7—11).

* Edmonton handed Washington its second straight loss (also Saturday vs. NYR: 4-2 L), marking the first time the Capitals have dropped consecutive games in regulation since March 11-13, 2015.

The reigning Presidents’ Trophy winners did not lose back-to-back games in regulation in 2015-16, becoming the first team since the 1976-77 Canadiens to accomplish that feat.

QUICK START

Bruins forward David Pastrnak opened the scoring 10 seconds into the game. Per Elias, only two Bruins have scored a faster goal from the start of a game in the modern era (since 1943-44), and they both occurred on Valentine’s Day, 63 years apart: Brad Marchand in 2016 (0:08 at DET) and Fleming Mackell in 1953 (0:09 vs. NYR).

LOOSE PUCKS

Brandon Pirri (2-0—2) helped the Rangers overcome an early 2-0 deficit to record their third consecutive win . . . The Ducks enjoyed a five-goal second period and are now 3-0-1 in their last four games . . . Ducks forward Corey Perry (334-337—671) tallied 1-1—2 to move past Paul Kariya (300-369—669) and into third place on the franchise’s all-time points list . . . . Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin extended his goals streak to four games after tossing a stick to a fan in Edmonton . . . Bruins forward Austin Czarnik (3 GP) scored his first career NHL goal while teammate Zane McIntyre (26 SV) made his first career start . . . The NHL and Fanatics, Inc., jointly announced a long-term agreement that expands the scale and scope of Fanatics’ relationship with the League . . .The Ducks and Oilers each hosted Hockey Fights Cancer nights. . . ICYMI: Wayne Gretzky shared memories of Gordie Howe during an appearance on “Conan”.

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., ROOT, MSG+
Minnesota @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, FS-N, FS-WI
Arizona @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., CSN-PH, FS-A
Florida @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN4, FS-F
Tampa Bay @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SN360, RDS, SUN
Detroit @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, FS-D
Dallas @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TSN3, FS-SW
Nashville @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, FS-TN
Columbus @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, FS-O
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HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER

The Sabres return home from a four-game road trip to host their Hockey Fights Cancer night. Click here for complete details on the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

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