Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 3, Philadelphia 1
NY RANGERS 3, Toronto 1
WASHINGTON 2, Columbus 1
CAROLINA 3, Colorado 2
Ottawa 3, DETROIT 1
Boston 3, FLORIDA 1
MINNESOTA 5, Chicago 4
Montreal 6, CALGARY 2
Vancouver 4, ARIZONA 3
FIRST CAREER HAT TRICKS FOR ZUCCARELLO, WEISE
New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (3-0—3) and Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise (3-0—3) had their first career hat tricks to lead their respective clubs to victory.
* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Zuccarello -- a native of Oslo, Norway -- became the second Norwegian-born player in NHL history to score a hat trick in the Rangers' 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The other: Espen Knutsen (CBJ) on Jan. 24, 2002 vs. SJS (3-1—4).
* Derick Brassard (0-3—3) and Rick Nash (0-3—3) assisted on all three of Zuccarello's goals. Brassard has 2-3—5 in his past three games, while Nash has 6-12—18 in 18 games vs. TOR.
* The Rangers extended their point streak to six games (4-0-2) and are 8-3-1 in their past 12 games vs. TOR dating to Jan. 14, 2012.
* The Canadiens improved to 10-2-0 (20 points) with their 6-2 win against the Calgary Flames. Per Elias, the Canadiens recorded 20 or more points through the first 12 games of a season for the fourth time in franchise history. Last: 1972-73 (8-0-4, 20 points).
* Elias adds that the Canadiens' best start to a season through the first 12 games was in 1943-44 (9-0-3, 21 standings points).
* Mike Condon made 30 saves to improve to 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goal-against average and a .944 save percentage in three NHL games.
BRUINS EXTEND POINT STREAK TO SIX GAMES
The Boston Bruins opened the scoring with three consecutive goals, including two by Brad Marchand, and defeated the Florida Panthers 3-1, extending their point streak to six games (5-0-1). The Bruins also improved to 4-0-0 on the road this season.
* Marchand extended his point streak to five games (4-3—7).
* David Krejci (0-1—1) extended his season-opening point streak to nine games (7-8—15). His 15 points are second in the NHL, trailing only DAL's Jamie Benn (9-8—17).
* Per Elias, Krejci is the first Bruins player to record at least one point in each of their first nine or more games of a season since 1992-93, when Joe Juneau (7-15—22) and Dmitri Kvartalnov (12-10—22) did so through the first 14 games of the season from Oct. 8 – Nov. 12, 1992.
WILD AVENGE POSTSEASON DEFEAT
Nino Niederreiter scored the eventual game-winning goal 32 seconds into the third period to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-4 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in their first game since the Western Conference Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a four-game sweep by Chicago.
* The Wild began a season with five consecutive regulation wins on home ice for the first time in franchise history. The Wild and the Canadiens are the only NHL clubs without a loss on home ice this season (MTL: 4-0-0).
QUICK OFF THE DRAW
Wild forward Jason Zucker (1-1—2) opened the scoring 18 seconds in and extended his point streak to five games (2-4—6). Zucker also scored 10 seconds after the opening faceoff on Oct. 25 at WPG, which was the fastest goal from the start of a game in franchise history.
Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau:
* Zucker became the first player in franchise history to score a goal in the first 20 seconds of a game multiple times in a season.
* Zucker is also the first player to score a goal in the first 20 seconds of two games in a calendar month since Joe Sakic (COL) in March 2001 (0:14 on March 17 vs. DET and 0:09 on March 24 at BOS).
AROUND THE RINKS
* Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond made 29 saves on 30 shots for a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings, his first of the season (1-0-1). Hammond improved to 21-1-3 in 27 career games (1.80 GAA, .940 SV%, 3 SO). Per Elias, Hammond is the first goaltender in NHL history to record 21 wins in his first 27 GP.
* Jeff Skinner scored the eventual game-winner at 5:07 of the third period and Cam Ward made 30 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2, their sixth straight home win vs. COL dating to Feb. 22, 2009. The Hurricanes defeated the Avalanche 1-0 on Oct. 21; per Elias, the franchise swept a season series of two games or more vs. COL for the first time since 1995-96 (HFD: 2-0-0).
* Braden Holtby made 29 saves on 30 shots and T.J. Oshie scored the go-ahead goal at 11:59 of the third period to help the Washington Capitals defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 and improve to 7-2-0. Holtby is 6-2-0 with a 1.90 GAA and .924 save percentage and 6-2-1 in 10 career games vs. CBJ.
* The Vancouver Canucks opened the scoring with three consecutive first-period goals and Daniel Sedin had the game-winner late in the second period en route to their 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes. Richard Bachman made 28 saves to earn the win in his first start with the Canucks.
* Linus Ullmark of the Sabres made 27 saves in a 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers to earn the first victory of his NHL career (1-1-0). Per Elias, at 22 years, 92 days old, Ullmark is the youngest Sabres goaltender to earn a win since Mika Noronen on Oct. 7, 2000 vs. LAK at 21 years, 113 days old (5-3 W). Ryan O'Reilly (1-2—3) tied a career-high with three points, which included scoring the game-winning goal at 4:20 of the second period, and extended his point streak to five games (3-7—10).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Canucks forward Brendan Gaunce scored the first goal of his NHL career (2 GP). Coyotes forward Tyler Gaudet (0-1—1) recorded the first assist/point of his NHL career (5 GP). Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (0-1—1) recorded the first assist/point of his NHL career (4 GP).
* Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson registered an assist in his NHL debut (12:17 TOI). Panthers forward Logan Shaw also made his NHL debut (10:49 TOI).
* Montreal forward Paul Byron (1-1—2) recorded his first points as a member of the Canadiens (2 GP). Arizona forward Steve Downie scored his first goal as a member of the Coyotes (11 GP). Colorado forward Carl Soderberg scored his first goal as a member of the Avalanche (10 GP).
* Senators forward Matt Puempel scored the first game-winning goal of his NHL career (15 GP).
* Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made his 629th career appearance (all with NYR) and tied Turk Broda for seventh on the NHL's all-time games played list among goaltenders with one franchise.
* Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn skated in the 500th game of his NHL career.
* Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg (1-0—1) is one goal shy of becoming the eighth player in franchise history to score 300 goals.
The Panthers (1 PPG) have scored five consecutive goals via special teams (4 PPG, 1 SHG) dating to Oct. 27 vs. COL. … Wild forward Mikko Koivu (0-3—3) extended his point streak to a career-high eight games (3-7—10). … Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (0-1—1) extended his point streak to six games (3-5—8). … Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (3-5—8), Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (2-5—7), Wild forward Thomas Vanek (2-4—6) and Bruins forward Brett Connolly (3-2—5) all stretched their point streaks to five games. … Rookies Max Domi (ARI), Jack Eichel (BUF) and Jared McCann (VAN) all scored Friday. … Blackhawks rookie Artemi Panarin had an assist while celebrating his 24th birthday. … Capitals teammates Alex Ovechkin (0-1—1) and Nicklas Backstrom (0-1—1) have opened the season with 5-5—10 (8 GP) and 4-4—8 (6 GP), respectively. … Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau had his League-leading 11th assist of the season. … Linesman Brian Mach worked the 1,000th game of his NHL career Friday at Xcel Energy Center. … Jonathan Hendricks, an 8-year-old cancer patient, participated in a ceremonial puck-drop with his family at Joe Louis Arena as part of the Red Wings' Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.