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Around the League Notebook for Saturday, Oct. 24 @NHLdotcom


Home Team in Caps

MINNESOTA 3, Anaheim 0

New Jersey 4, BUFFALO 3

MONTREAL 5, Toronto 3

Arizona 4, OTTAWA 1


NY Islanders 3, ST. LOUIS 2 (OT)

Pittsburgh 2, NASHVILLE 1 (OT)

Florida 6, DALLAS 2

CHICAGO 1, Tampa Bay 0 (OT)

Columbus 4, COLORADO 3

Detroit 3, VANCOUVER 2 (OT)

SAN JOSE 5, Carolina 2


Carey Price made a season-high 49 saves – including 21 in the second period – to help the Canadiens improve to 9-0-0, their best start in the franchise's 98-year NHL history.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Canadiens – who remain the only team without a loss of any kind this season – set the NHL record for most consecutive regulation wins to begin a season.

* The Canadiens are one victory shy of equaling the NHL record of 10 consecutive wins to start a season. The 2006-07 Sabres and 1993-94 Maple Leafs each started 10-0-0.

* Price has started seven of Montreal's opening nine games, posting a 7-0-0 record (1.29 GAA, .961 SV%, 2 SO) to equal the longest personal winning streak of his career last accomplished from Nov. 19 – Dec. 7, 2013.

* Via Elias, Price is the third goaltender in franchise history to start a season with a personal winning streak of at least seven games. The others: Charlie Hodge in 1960-61 (8-0-0) and Wayne Thomas in 1972-73 (7-0-0).

* Price is the first Canadiens goaltender to make at least 49 saves in a regulation game on home ice in the last 25 seasons. Elias says only three Canadiens netminders have made at least 49 saves in a regulation game on the road in that span: Patrick Roy (49 SV) on March 6, 1991 at CHI, Jocelyn Thibault (49 SV) on Feb. 3, 1996 at TOR (4-1 W) and Price (53 SV) on Nov. 14, 2009 at NSH (2-0 L).


The Canadiens and Wild earned wins to remain the only NHL teams without a loss of any kind at home this season:

* Via Elias, the Canadiens are 4-0-0 through their first four home games of a season for the fifth time in the last 39 years. The other instances: 1976-77 (5-0-0), 1979-80 (6-0-0), 2000-01 (4-0-0) and 2014-15 (4-0-0).

* Devan Dubnyk stopped 15 shots to help the Wild improve to 3-0-0 at home and earn their first win against the Ducks at Xcel Energy Center since Feb. 18, 2011, ending a six-game losing streak (0-5-1).


Corey Crawford made 21 saves and Jonathan Toews scored the lone goal 17 seconds into the extra frame to lift the Blackhawks past the Lightning in their first meeting since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, a 2-0 series-clinching victory by Chicago.

* Via Elias, the Blackhawks are the third team in NHL history – and the first in 55 years – to clinch the Stanley Cup with a shutout and then blank their Final opponent in their first meeting of the next season. The 1934 Blackhawks also accomplished the feat with a 1-0 victory in Game 4 of the Final vs. DET and then a 4-0 decision in their first meeting of 1934-35. The other such instance: 1960 Canadiens vs. TOR (4-0 in Game 4 of SCF; 5-0 in first meeting of 1960-61).

* Crawford had his 13th career shutout and extended his shutout streak against the Lightning to 149:17 dating to 10:53 of the second period in Game 5 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

* Elias adds that Toews' goal was the third-fastest overtime goal by a Blackhawks player since the overtime was introduced in 1983-84. The only faster overtime goals in franchise history: Steve Larmer (0:08) on Oct. 25, 1990 vs. WSH and Mark Bell (0:15) on Dec. 11, 2003 vs. DET.

* Toews scored his fourth career overtime goal, tying Marian Hossa for third in franchise history. Only Patrick Sharp (eight) and Brent Seabrook (six) have more.


In addition to the Lightning/Blackhawks, four other games required extra time:

* Trailing 2-0 after the second period, the Red Wings scored twice in a span of 2:34 – on goals by Teemu Pulkkinen and Tomas Tatar (1-1—2) – before Gustav Nyquist completed the comeback in overtime. Nyquist notched his 11th career game-winning goal and third in overtime (also Feb. 26, 2014 at MTL and Dec. 27, 2014 at OTT). Petr Mrazek made 30 saves – and had an assist – to earn his second win of the season.

* Ahead 2-0 at the start of the third period, the Islanders yielded two Blues goals before Mikhail Grabovski notched the winning tally with one minute remaining in overtime. Grabovski scored his fifth career overtime goal and first since Oct. 22, 2011 at MTL (w/ TOR). The Islanders earned their first win in St. Louis since Dec. 6, 2005 (0-4-0).

* Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves and Phil Kessel scored 41 seconds into overtime to help the Penguins improve to 6-1-0 in their last seven games with the Predators dating to Oct. 21, 2010 (NSH: 1-4-2), including a four-game winning streak at Bridgestone Arena. Evgeni Malkin (0-2—2) factored on both Pittsburgh goals.

* Three nights after scoring in overtime at Boston, Flyers captain Claude Giroux scored his sixth career game-deciding goal on a highlight-reel deke to guide the Flyers past the Rangers. Philadelphia improved to 6-2-0 in their last eight regular-season meetings with New York at Wells Fargo Center (dating to Jan. 24, 2013).


Sharks forward Joel Ward (3-0—3) and Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker (3-0—3) each had a hat trick to help their teams end losing streaks:

* Ward had his second career hat trick (also Nov. 1, 2013 at PHI w/ WSH) to help the Sharks end a three-game losing streak and earn their first home win against the Hurricanes since Dec. 10, 2005 (0-2-2). Ward, who eclipsed 100 career goals (102-126—228), has 5-3—8 in 8 GP with the Sharks.

* Boedker had his first career hat trick and Anders Lindback made 35 saves in his first start with the Coyotes to help end a four-game losing streak (0-3-1). There have been seven hat tricks in the NHL this season, including two by Arizona (also Anthony Duclair: Oct. 14 at ANA).


* Adam Henrique (2-1—3) equaled a career high with three points, including a shorthanded goal which stood as the game-winner, to power the Devils to their fourth consecutive victory. Mike Cammalleri (1-2—3) had his second three-point effort in as many games and has 2-6—8 in his last four games.

* Trailing 3-2 after 40 minutes, Ryan Murray (1-1—2) and Brandon Dubinsky scored less than three minutes apart to propel the Blue Jackets to their first victory of 2015-16. Boone Jenner (2-0—2) and David Savard (0-2—2) also had multiple points for Columbus, who improved to 5-2-0 in their last seven visits to Colorado dating to March 1, 2012 (COL: 2-4-1). Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots, including 11 in each of the final two periods.

* Al Montoya made 33 saves and six different Panthers found the back of the net to help the club improve to 7-2-0 in its last nine road games against the Stars dating to Jan. 18, 2002 (DAL: 2-5-2). Montoya moved to 2-0-0 this season (1.50 GAA, .948 SV%), while four different players – Jaromir Jagr (1-1—2), Nick Bjugstad (1-1—2), Jonathan Huberdeau (0-2—2) and Jussi Jokinen (0-2—2) – picked up multiple points.


Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano played in his 629th consecutive game since making his League debut on Oct. 4, 2007 (w/ EDM). Only two players in NHL history have played more consecutive games to start their careers: Doug Jarvis (1975-88: 964 GP) – the League's all-time consecutive games played leader – and Andy Hebenton (1955-64: 630 GP).

* Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette – who held the League's second-longest active consecutive games played streak(at any point in a career) behind Cogliano – had his streak of 482 appearances (dating to March 7, 2009 w/ CBJ) end Saturday. Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (478 GP) now ranks second in consecutive games played among active players.


* Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (1-1—2) scored his 728th career goal to move within three goals of tying Marcel Dionne (731) for fourth place in NHL history.

* Playing in his 1,399th career game, Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla (592-639—1,231) had 1-1—2 to surpass Norm Ullman (490-739—1,229) into sole possession of 39th place on the NHL's all-time scoring list. Phil Housley (338-894—1,232) holds the 38th position.

* Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark (24 SV), Maple Leafs forward Byron Froese (12:50 TOI) and Senators forward Max McCormick (13:32 TOI) each made their NHL debut.

* Canucks captain Henrik Sedin played in his 1,100th career game (all w/ VAN) to become the second player in franchise history to reach the milestone (Trevor Linden: 1,140 GP).

* Rangers forward Jarret Stoll (800) and Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (400) also played in milestone games.

* John Tortorella earned his first victory as head coach of the Blue Jackets.


Four sets of brothers faced each other on Saturday: Brian (BUF) and Stephen Gionta (NJD); Mark (OTT) and Michael Stone (ARI); Milan (OTT) and Zbynek Michalek (ARI); and Drew (DET) and Ryan Miller (VAN) . . . The Canadiens have won eight consecutive games with the Maple Leafs dating to March 1, 2014 (TOR: 0-5-3) . . . Stars teammates Jamie Benn (2-0—2) and Tyler Seguin (0-2—2) connected for both Stars goals. Benn (8-4—12) leads the League in goals and is tied with Seguin (8-4—12) and Boston's David Krejci (5-7—12) for the lead in points . . . Colton Parayko (1-1—2) led the Blues' rally and now leads rookie defensemen with 3-2—5 this season (8 GP) . . . Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (1-1—2) and defenseman P.K. Subban (1-1—2) each had multiple points for the second straight game. Teammate Tomas Plekanec (0-1—1) stretched his point streak to five games (2-5—7) . . . Wild captain Mikko Koivu (0-1—1) stretched his point streak to five games (2-3—5) . . . Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (0-2—2) had his second consecutive multi-assist game . . . Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov (1-1—2) scored his fourth goal of the season (7 GP); he had eight goals in 62 games in 2014-15 . . . Devan Dubnyk made his 15th career shutout to improve to 5-1-0 this season; he has a 32-10-2 record and six shutouts with the Wild (45 GP) . . . Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 46 saves . . . Predators forward James Neal scored the team's lone goal to extend his point streak to five games (6-3—9) . . . Islanders captain John Tavares (1-0—1) stretched his point streak to six games (4-6—10) . . . Lightning goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (31 SV) played in his second career regular-season game and first since April 11, 2014 vs. CBJ (3-2 W) . . . Sharks forward John McCarthy (7:05 TOI) played in his first NHL game since Feb. 7, 2014 . . . Sabres rookie Jack Eichel scored his third goal of the season . . . The Canadiens and Blues each paid tribute to Jimmy Roberts, a five-time Stanley Cup champion (w/ MTL) and the first skater taken by St. Louis in the 1967 NHL expansion draft, who passed away Friday. Click each team name to watch the video . . . The Sabres, Stars, Flyers, Blues and Sharks all hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Nights . . . The Bruins unveiled their jerseys for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic during a season ticket holder event on Saturday . . . The Avalanche wore their new third jerseys for the first time and former members of the Colorado Rockies dropped the ceremonial puck as part of the club's 20th anniversary celebration.

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