Guentzel scores two early goals in NHL debut
Jake Guentzel made an immediate impact in his NHL debut, scoring a goal 62 seconds after the opening faceoff to give the Penguins a 1–0 lead in their game against the Rangers.
It was the fastest goal ever by a player making his NHL debut with the Penguins, breaking the mark of 2:19 set by Rick Kessell on March 21, 1970 against Chicago, and the quickest goal to begin any player’s NHL career since Oct. 16, 2015, when Carolina’s Brock McGinn scored 55 seconds into his first game. But Guentzel was not done scoring, as he added a second goal just over 12 minutes later to put Pittsburgh ahead 2–0.
He’s the third player in the expansion era (i.e., since 1967–68) to score two goals in the first period of his first NHL game. Al Hill did that for the Flyers on Feb. 14, 1977 versus St. Louis, but no one matched that feat until opening night this season (October 12) when the Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews scored twice against Ottawa in the first period of his NHL debut. Of course, Matthews also scored two goals in the second period of his debut game!
Raanta wins his fifth straight decision to start season
Antti Raanta and the Rangers trailed the Penguins, 2–0, at the end of the first period but Raanta blanked the Pens the rest of the way and the Rangers scored five unanswered goals and beat Pittsburgh, 5–2.
Raanta’s victory improved his record to 5–0–0 in six games this season, tying the record for the longest start of season winning streak by a Rangers goaltender. The Rangers have been in existence since 1926, and they’ve have had many notable netminders (Gump Worsley, Ed Giacomin, John Vanbiesbrouck, Mike Richter and Henrik Lundqvist, to name a few), but the only Blueshirts goaltender before Raanta to win his first five decisions of a season was Steve Weeks in 1983–84!
Mikko Koivu joins his brother in 400-assist club
Mikko Koivu recorded the 400th assist of his NHL career when he helped set up the Minnesota Wild’s first goal in their game at Dallas.
Mikko’s brother, Saku, produced 577 assists during the 18 seasons he played in the NHL (1995–96 through 2013–14.)
The Koivus are the fifth pair of brothers in NHL history to each register 400 or more assists. The other brother duos to do that are Maurice and Henri Richard, Frank and Pete Mahovlich, Russ and Geoff Courtnall, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
Buffalo power play strikes three times in less than two minutes
Kyle Okposo, Johan Larsson and Matt Moulson scored power play goals for the Sabres within a span of 1:41 during the second period to turn a 1–0 deficit into a 3–1 lead for Buffalo in its 4–3 win over the Flames.
They were the fastest three power play goals in one game for the Sabres since Oct. 12, 1988, when Dave Andreychuk sandwiched a pair of PPGs around one by Christian Ruuttu in a 1:39 stretch of a game against the Penguins.
Before the Sabres did it on Monday, the Blue Jackets were the last NHL team to score three power play goals in no more than 101 seconds during one game. Columbus scored three power play goals in 1:39 in its game at Nashville on Dec. 22, 2011 (two by Jeff Carter around one by Ryan Johansen).
Subban scored two goals for first time in a Predators uniform
P.K. Subban produced the fourth multiple-goal game of his NHL career (and first for Nashville) when he scored twice in the Predators’ 3–1 win against the Lightning on Monday.
It was the first multi-goal game by a Nashville defenseman this season, and the first multiple-goal performance by a Predators d-man other than Shea Weber (who was traded to Montreal for Subban last summer) or Roman Josi since Oct. 22, 2009, when Ryan Suter tallied two goals in a game at Ottawa.
Weber also scored two goals in that game, and he had nine multi-goal games for Nashville after that, while Josi has recorded five multi-goal games since he made his NHL debut with the Predators in the 2011–12 season.
Avs win another in OT
Matt Duchene scored the fifth overtime goal of his NHL career to earn the Colorado Avalanche a 3–2 win at Columbus, after the Blue Jackets tied the score at 2–2 on a goal by Cam Atkinson with 6.5 seconds remaining in the third period.
The Avs have gone to overtime three times this season and they won each of those games with an OT goal. (Gabriel Landeskog and Rene Bourque scored the other OT winners for Colorado).
This is the second time that the Avs have scored an overtime goal in each of their first three extra-time games of a season. They also did that in 2013–14, with OT goals by Paul Stastny, Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn.
Source: Elias Sports Bureau