Ryan Miller made the first appearance of his 17th NHL season a winning one when he made 26 saves to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Friday.
The 39-year-old tied Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators for the most seasons by an active goalie in the League and earned the 379th win of his career, extending his NHL record for most victories by a United States-born goalie. He is six wins behind Mike Vernon (385) for 15th on the all-time NHL list.
The Ducks have allowed six goals in their first five games, an NHL-best 1.20 goals-against average.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf skated in his 989th NHL game, passing longtime linemate Corey Perry for the most in Anaheim history. Defenseman Cam Fowler scored his 60th NHL goal, the game-winner at 14:56 of the second period, and tied Hockey Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer for the most in Ducks history.
Hurricanes surge to their best start
The Carolina Hurricanes are off to a 5-0-0 start for the first time since entering the NHL as the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80 after defeating the New York Islanders 5-2 at PNC Arena.
Their best previous start came in 1995-96, when the Whalers opened the season 4-0-0.
Carolina is 35-12-2 (72 points) in 49 regular-season games since Jan. 1, 2019. The Hurricanes' 35 regular-season wins in the current calendar year are the most among all teams.
Forward Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and an assist, giving the 19-year-old forward multiple points in each of his past four games. Three teenagers in NHL history have had multiple points in at least five consecutive regular-season games: Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings (six games; Oct. 26-Nov. 8, 1984), Jimmy Carson of the Los Angeles Kings (five games; Feb. 3-13, 1988) and Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets (five games; Feb. 24-March 6, 2018).
Sabres looking sharp out of gate
The Buffalo Sabres extended their season-opening point streak to five games with a 3-2 shootout win against the Florida Panthers at KeyBank Center. Center Jack Eichel scored the deciding goal in the tiebreaker for Buffalo (4-0-1), which has started the season with points in each of its first five games for the first time since going 4-0-1 at the beginning of 2009-10.
The Sabres' best start came in 2006-07, when they began the season 11-0-1.
The Panthers earned a point after forward Mike Hoffman scored with 10.4 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game 2-2. It's the second game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation this season; Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored at 19:29 of the third period against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 8, though Dallas won 4-3 in overtime. Since the start of the 2018-19 season, there have been 40 game-tying goals scored in the regular season with one minute or less remaining in regulation.