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Around the League notebook: Monday, Oct. 12

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

Tampa Bay 6, BOSTON 3

NY ISLANDERS 4, Winnipeg 2

BUFFALO 4, Columbus 2


Vancouver 2, ANAHEIM 1 (SO)


John Tavares (1-2—3) had three points, including the eventual winning goal in the second period, to power the New York Islanders past the Winnipeg Jets for their first victory at Barclays Center.

* The Islanders earned their first win at Barclays Center – in their second game – exactly 43 years after their first win at Nassau Coliseum. On Oct. 12, 1972, Germain Gagnon scored the tie-breaking goal with 1:09 left in the third period to give New York a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings (also in their second game at the Coliseum).

* Tavares, who was denied on his second career penalty shot, had at least three points in a game for the 33rd time in his career and for the first time since April 7, 2015, at the Philadelphia Flyers (1-2—3).

* Tavares registered his first game-winning goal and power-play goal of the season. In 2014-15, he led the Islanders in each category, matching a career high with eight game-winners and establishing a personal best with 13 power-play goals.


Steven Stamkos earned his 500th NHL point on a one-time blast on the power play to break a 3-3 deadlock and power the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Boston Bruins for their first regular-season win at TD Garden since Mar. 25, 2010, ending a 10-game losing streak in the building.

* Stamkos (278-222—500) became the 55th active player to reach 500 NHL points. The Elias Sports Bureau said that Stamkos, who was playing in his 495th career game, is the fifth-fastest active player to reach the milestone behind Sidney Crosby (369 GP), Alex Ovechkin (373), Evgeni Malkin (413) and Jaromir Jagr (419).

* Stamkos' goal, his 95th on the power-play, stood as his 40th career game-winner. Since he entered the League in 2008-09, Stamkos has the second-most goals and power-play goals in the NHL behind Ovechkin (313 goals, 117 PPG). His 500 points are the ninth most in that span.

* Only two other players have recorded 500 points for the Lightning: Martin St. Louis (365-588—953 in 972 GP) and Vincent Lecavalier (383-491—874 in 1,037 GP).

* After falling behind 2-0 in the opening 11:02 of the game, the Lightning took the lead with three straight goals, highlighted by Brian Boyle's first multigoal game since Feb. 8 (2-0—2 vs. the Anaheim Ducks).

* The Lightning improved to 3-0-0 for the fifth time in franchise history (2003-04: 6-0-0; 2002-03, 2007-08 and 2010-11: 3-0-0).


Jack Eichel scored the game-winning goal after stealing the puck and narrowly keeping it inside the zone, and Matt Moulson (1-2—3) had three points to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the Columbus Blue Jackets for their first win of the season.

* Per Elias, Eichel (18 years, 349 days) is the first Sabres player to score a game-winning goal before his 19th birthday since Wayne Primeau (18 years, 333 days) on May 3, 1995.

* Elias adds that Eichel is the eighth player in the past three seasons to score a game-winning goal before his 19th birthday. Boston's David Pastrnak last accomplished the feat, doing so in consecutive games in January.

* Eichel also is the second teenager to score a winning goal this season; St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri accomplished the feat on Thursday vs. the Edmonton Oilers.

* It was Moulson's 16th career game with at least three points, his first since March 11, 2015, at the Toronto Maple Leafs (1-2—3).


Goaltenders Michal Neuvirth (PHI), Chad Johnson (BUF) and Thomas Greiss (NYI) each earned his first win with his new club:

* Neuvirth made 31 saves for his eighth career shutout – his first since March 11, 2012, with the Washington Capitals (23 SV vs. TOR) – and a win in his first start with the Flyers. Neuvirth, who signed with the Flyers on July 1, made 19 saves in relief of Steve Mason during his debut with Philadelphia on Saturday.

* Johnson, who was acquired from the Islanders at the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for Neuvirth, made 22 saves to earn his first victory with the Sabres (3 GP). He also improved to 4-0-0 in four career appearances vs. CBJ (1.72 GAA, .922 SV%).

* Greiss, who signed with the Islanders during the offseason, made 22 saves in his second game with the club to guide New York to its first win at Barclays Center. The Fussen, Germany, native improved to 37-30-12 in 91 career NHL appearances (2.47 GAA, .913 SV%).


According to Elias, Neuvirth is the fifth goaltender in Flyers history with a shutout in his first start with the club. The others: Robbie Moore (March 6, 1979, vs. the Colorado Rockies), John Vanbiesbrouck (Oct. 9, 1998, at the New York Rangers), Jeff Hackett (Oct. 9, 2003, vs. BUF) and Ray Emery (Oct. 2, 2009 at the Carolina Hurricanes).

* In fact, Hackett's shutout was the last time the Flyers earned a shutout – by any score – in their home opener (2-0). The only other 1-0 win in a home opener was the first home game in franchise history, Oct. 19, 1967, vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.


* Ryan Miller made 28 saves through overtime – and then denied two shots in the shootout – and Alexandre Burrows scored the game-deciding goal in the third round to lift the Vancouver Canucks over the Ducks at Honda Center. Miller earned his 53rd career shootout win, the most all-time (53-30). Radim Vrbata also scored in the tiebreaker; his 39 career NHL shootout goals are tied for second all-time behind Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (40). Vancouver improved to 3-1-2 against Anaheim since Nov. 9, 2014, following a string of six straight defeats (0-5-1).

* Brayden Schenn scored less than six minutes after the opening face-off – the lone goal of the game – to lead the Flyers to a split of their home-and-home with the Florida Panthers. He tied for the team lead with six game-winners in 2014-15. The victory was Philadelphia's first in a home opener since 2011-12 (5-4 vs. VAN).


* Ben Bishop made 27 saves to improve to 3-0-0 for the second time in his career (2013-14: 5-0-0). The victory was his 83rd with the Lightning, tying Nikolai Khabibulin for the most in franchise history.

* Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored his first goal of the season while playing in his 600th career NHL game.

* Canucks forward Adam Cracknell (1-0—1) and Flyers forward Sam Gagner (0-1—1) each had his first point with his new club.

* Lightning forward Alex Killorn had an assist for his 100th NHL point.

* Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol earned his first NHL win.


Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa logged one hit, three blocked shots and 24:25 TOI in his first game against the Canucks since being traded to Anaheim on June. 30. He played his first 10 seasons with Vancouver and had 56-185—241 in 597 GP . . . Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg scored on his first shootout attempt of the season. His 62.5% success rate (15-for-24) is tops all-time among players with at least 20 attempts . . .Mark Scheifele scored the Jets' opening goal for the third consecutive game . . . Bruins teammates David Krejci (1-2—3) and Torey Krug (0-3—3) equaled career highs for points in a game; Krug also established a new personal best for assists in a game . . . Boston's Loui Eriksson (2-0—2) had his first multigoal game since Dec. 23, 2014 (2-0—2 vs. the Nashville Predators) . . . The Bruins recognized former hockey player Travis Roy and his foundation that helps spinal-cord injury survivors, as he dropped the ceremonial puck at TD Garden . . . Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, Rangers forward Oscar Lindberg and Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 11 . . . ICYMI: The NHL released the dates a select number of ticket packages for upcoming signature outdoor NHL events will go on sale to the general public.

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