Welcome to the “NHL Brief,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.
Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 3, Florida 0
Pittsburgh 5, PHILADELPHIA 4
Boston 1, DETROIT 0
MONTREAL 2, Toronto 1
NEW JERSEY 3, Tampa Bay 1
MINNESOTA 4, Dallas 0
ST. LOUIS 1, Los Angeles 0
Colorado 3, ARIZONA 2
Washington 5, VANCOUVER 2
SAN JOSE 4, Nashville 1
CANADIENS EXTEND SEASON-OPENING POINT STREAK TO NINE GAMES
Shea Weber scored the game-winning goal at 7:24 of the third period to help the Canadiens extend their season-opening point streak to nine games (8-0-1), including seven straight wins.
* Per Elias, Montreal became the second team in NHL history to win at least eight of its first nine games in consecutive seasons (2015-16: 9-0-0). They joined the Ottawa Senators, who did so in 1925-26 (8-1-0) and 1926-27 (8-0-1).
* Weber has collected 4-6—10 in his first nine games with the Canadiens and leads the NHL with three game-winning goals.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Canadiens have won 11 consecutive games vs. TOR dating to March 1, 2014 (TOR: 0-7-4). Elias says Montreal’s 11-game win streak is the longest vs. TOR in franchise history, besting their run from Jan. 2 – Nov. 12, 1958 (10-0-0).
CROSBY, MALKIN LEAD PENGUINS TO THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
Sidney Crosby (2-0—2) and Evgeni Malkin (2-0—2) – who registered his 300th career NHL goal – combined for four of Pittsburgh’s five goals to lead the Penguins to their third straight win.
* Per Elias, the Penguins hold an all-time record of 61-4-1 when Crosby and Malkin each score in the same contest.
* Crosby has scored in all three games since making his season debut on Oct. 25 (4-1—5) and has registered at least one point in 23 of his past 24 regular-season games dating to Feb. 29 (15-19—34).
DUBNYK POSTS THIRD STRAIGHT BLANK SHEET
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves to pick up his third consecutive shutout and improve to 5-1-1 this season with a 1.43 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and three shutouts.
* Per Elias, Dubnyk became the first goaltender in Wild franchise history to post three straight blank sheets, stopping all 94 shots faced during those contests.
* Dubnyk now owns the longest individual shutout streak in Wild history (181:43), surpassing Darcy Kuemper’s mark of 163:46 from Oct. 9-17, 2014.
SHARKS DEFEAT PREDATORS IN PLAYOFF REMATCH
The Sharks opened the scoring with three consecutive goals en route to a 4-1 win over the Predators in their first meeting since the Second Round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (4-3 SJS series win).
* Joe Pavelski (1-1—2) notched his second game-winning goal of the season (9 GP). In 2015-16, he matched a single-season franchise record with an NHL-leading 11 game-winning tallies and added four more in the postseason, including the game-winning goal vs. NSH in Game 7.
Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson (33 SV), Blues goaltender Jake Allen (27 SV) and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (24 SV) each recorded shutouts . . . Rask posted his 31st career blank sheet (all w/ BOS) and tied Tim Thomas for third on the franchise’s all-time list . . . Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (37 SV) improved to 5-0-0 this season (1.40 GAA, .954 SV%) . . . Forward Matt Duchene (2-0—2) scored twice, including the game-winning goal with 8:36 remaining in regulation, to guide the Avalanche to a 3-2 win . . . Forward Marcus Johansson (2-1—3) matched a career high with three points, including the game-winning goal, as the Capitals improved to 4-2-1 on the season . . . Forward Adam Henrique (1-1—2) scored the 100th goal of his NHL career to help the Devils improve to 4-0-1 at home this season . . . Flyers forward Jakub Voracek (2-0—2) scored twice, including a highlight-reel penalty shot goal . . . Flyers captain Claude Giroux (1-0—1) extended his point streak to eight games (1-9—10) . . . Wild forward Tyler Graovac scored the first goal of his NHL career (6 GP) . . . Linesman Tim Nowak was recognized for his 1,500th career NHL game prior to the Panthers-Sabres game . . . Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard wore a special helmet with an image honoring former Red Wings play-by-play announcer Dave Strader in support of Hockey Fights Cancer.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Buffalo @ Winnipeg, 3 p.m., TSN3, MSG-B
Philadelphia @ Carolina, 5 p.m., FS-CR, TCN-PH
Florida @ Detroit, 5 p.m., FS-D, FS-F
Toronto @ NY Islanders, 6 p.m., SN360, SN1, MSG+
Los Angeles @ Chicago, 7 p.m., CSN-CH, FS-W
Tampa Bay @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, TVAS, MSG, SUN
Ottawa @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNOL, RDSI, TSN5
Washington @ Calgary, 9:30 p.m., SNF, CSN-DC+ NBC Sports Channel Finder Sportsnet Channel Finder NHLN Channel Finder
HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN NEWFOUNDLAND
Former Islanders forward Matt Martin returns to face his former team for the first time as a member of the Maple Leafs on Rogers Hometown Hockey, which makes its third stop of the season in Grand Falls-Windsor, Nfld. Sunday also marks the Islanders’ Hockey Fights Cancer night at Barclays Center.
* Throughout 2016-17, Sunday games will be broadcast from a different community rink in various towns across Canada. Included in each telecast will be local NHL player profiles, grassroots stories and local entertainment features.
* Click here for more details about the festivities in Grand Falls-Windsor.
* Click here for the full schedule of stops for the 2016-17 season.