* 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.
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).
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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