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Around the League notebook for Friday, Oct. 9

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

Winnipeg 3, NEW JERSEY 1

NY Rangers 4, COLUMBUS 2

DETROIT 4, Toronto 0

Chicago 3, NY ISLANDERS 2 (OT)

Arizona 4, LOS ANGELES 1


After playing their first 43 NHL seasons at Nassau Coliseum, the New York Islanders began a new era when they played in their first regular-season game at Barclays Center. The Islanders became the first NHL team to play in a new arena since 2011-12, when the Winnipeg Jets played their first game at MTS Centre (5-1 loss to Montreal Canadiens).


Patrick Kane (2-0—2) scored twice, including at 1:49 of overtime, to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to victory in the first regular-season game at the new home of the Islanders in Brooklyn, N.Y.

* It was the second regular-season overtime goal of Kane's career. The other came March 23, 2008, vs. the St. Louis Blues (4-3).

* Corey Crawford stopped 34 of 36 shots to improve to 4-0-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage in five career games against the Islanders.

* The Blackhawks improved to 6-2-0 in their last eight games against the Islanders dating to Jan. 9, 2011 (5-0 W).


Justin Abdelkader (3-0—3) had his second NHL hat trick and Dylan Larkin (1-1—2) had two points in his NHL debut to lift the Detroit Red Wings past the Toronto Maple Leafs. Detroit improved to 6-0-1 in its last seven home openers.

* Abdelkader's first career hat trick was March 22, 2013, at the Anaheim Ducks. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the third player in Red Wings history to have a hat trick in the first game of the season. The last: Brendan Shanahan, on Oct. 4, 2001, at the San Jose Sharks in a 4-3 Red Wings win.

Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings holds up his first goal puck after his first NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena on October 9. (Photo: Dave Reginek/NHLI)

* Larkin scored the first goal of his NHL career 20 seconds into the second period and also had an assist. Per Elias, at 19 years, 71 days old, Larkin became the second-youngest player in Red Wings history to score a goal in his NHL debut. The youngest was Steve Yzerman, who scored Oct. 5, 1983 at Winnipeg when he was 18 years, 149 days old.

* Larkin also was the first teenager to skate in a season-opening game for the Red Wings since Oct. 4, 1990 at the New Jersey Devils (Mike Sillinger: 19 years, 97 days old).

* Elias adds that Larkin was the first member of the Red Wings to have a multiple-point game in his NHL debut since March 12, 1992 (Vyacheslav Kozlov, 0-2—2 at the St. Louis Blues).

* Jimmy Howard stopped all 22 shots he faced for the 21st shutout of his NHL career, passing Roger Crozier and Dominik Hasek for sole possession of fourth on the Red Wings' all-time shutouts list.

* Abdelkader (Muskegon, Mich.) and Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) were born in Michigan.


Abdelkader scored his first goal at 1:15 of the first period, his second at 8:20 of the first period and his third at 3:54 of the second period.

Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau:

* Abdelkader's first goal was the fastest goal scored by a Red Wings player to begin a season-opening game since Oct. 11, 1978 when Dan Labraaten scored 1:14 into a game against St. Louis.

* With three goals in the opening 23:54 of elapsed time, Abdelkader scored the fastest hat trick in a season-opening game in Red Wings history. The last NHL player to score three goals in the opening 23:54 of elapsed time in a season-opening game was Greg Adams of the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 8, 1987 against St. Louis. He scored his third goal of the game at 2:12 of the second period. Adams finished the game with 4-0—4.

* Abdelkader also became the seventh active player to have a hat trick in a season-opener and the second to do so in the past two days:

Active Players with 3+ Goals in One Season Opener

3 — Paul Stastny, COL (10/3/07 vs. DAL)

3 — Derek Stepan, NYR (10/9/10 at BUF)

3 — Mikhail Grabovski, WSH (10/1/13 at CHI)

3 — Radim Vrbata, PHX (10/3/13 vs. NYR)

3 — Corey Perry, ANA (10/9/14 at PIT)

3 — Zach Parise, MIN (10/8/15 at COL)

3 — Justin Abdelkader, DET (10/9/15 vs. TOR)


Max Domi (1-1—2) had two points in his NHL debut to lead the Arizona Coyotes past the Los Angeles Kings.

* Domi scored the first goal of his NHL career in the second period and had an assist. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Domi was the first player in Coyotes franchise history to have multiple points in his NHL debut since Oct. 7, 1995 when Winnipeg's Shane Doan had two assists against the Dallas Stars).

* Mike Smith made 40 saves to improve to 12-6-1 with a 2.13 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in 20 career games against Los Angeles.

* Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the game-winner at 19:12 of the first period. During the 2014-15 season, Ekman-Larsson tied an NHL record for most game-winning goals in a season by a defenseman with seven.


* After a scoreless first period, three members of the Jets, Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler (1-1—2) and Andrew Ladd (1-1—2), all found the back of the net in the second period in a defeat of the New Jersey Devils. Scheifele and Wheeler have goals in each of Winnipeg's first two games. The Jets, 6-2 winners against the Boston Bruins on Thursday, have opened their season with road wins on back-to-back days.

* Facing a 2-1 deficit late in the third period, the New York Rangers scored three unanswered goals in a span of 1:17 by Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello (2-0—2) to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lindberg has scored in the first two games of the season after previously appearing in one career NHL game, Feb. 24 against the Calgary Flames. He is the first Rangers rookie to score a goal in the first two games of a season since Doug Weight did so Oct. 3-5, 1991. The Rangers have won four consecutive games against Columbus dating to Jan. 16 (2-1 W).


* Alain Vigneault earned his 100th regular-season win as coach of the Rangers and became the 10th Rangers coach to win 100 regular-season games. Vigneault, who has coached 166 regular-season games with the Rangers, reached the 100-win plateau faster than any other coach in Rangers history.

* While celebrating his 35th birthday, Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg (0-3—3) passed Borje Salming (150-637—787) for sole possession of 10th on the NHL all-time points list among Swedish-born players.

* Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers (0-1—1) had the first point of his NHL career in his second game.

* Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (500 games) and Blackhawks forward Ryan Garbutt (200) skated in milestone games.

* In addition to Larkin (DET) and Domi (ARI), Devils forward Sergey Kalinin also made his NHL debut.

* Jeff Blashill (DET) and John Hynes (NJD) made their NHL coaching debuts.


Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson scored a highlight-reel breakaway goal after receiving an acrobatic pass from teammate Brandon Dubinsky. ... Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock made his first regular-season trip to Detroit after spending 10 years as coach of the Red Wings. ... The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Simon Despres to a five-year contract extension through the 2020-21 NHL season. ... The Kings signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a one-year contract. ... Jordan Crawford, a member of the AAA Blue Jackets youth hockey program, dropped the ceremonial puck at Nationwide Arena after rescuing a man from danger last week. ... ICYMI: The Islanders observed a moment of silence honoring former coach Al Arbour prior to puck-drop.

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