Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 4, Nashville 3
PITTSBURGH 2, Ottawa 0
WASHINGTON 4, Chicago 1
MONTREAL 3, NY Rangers 0
Dallas 5, TAMPA BAY 3
FLORIDA 3, Buffalo 2
St. Louis 4, EDMONTON 2
Minnesota 4, ARIZONA 3
PRICE PERFECT IN CANADIENS' HISTORIC WIN
Carey Price denied all 25 shots he faced and Tomas Fleischmann (1-1—2) scored his second consecutive game-winning goal to help the Montreal Canadiens win their home-opener and improve to 5-0-0 for the first time.
* With the Canadiens beginning with five straight wins for the first time in their 98-season history, the Elias Sports Bureau says that only two teams that entered the NHL in 1967-68 or earlier have yet to start 5-0-0: the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings.
* The Canadiens improved to 8-2-0 in their past 10 regular-season games against the Rangers dating to Feb. 19, 2013 (NYR: 2-7-1). Of those games, eight have resulted in a shutout (MTL: 6, NYR: 2).
* Price recorded his 35th career shutout, all with the Canadiens, to surpass Bill Durnan for sole possession of fourth place on the Canadiens' all-time shutouts list. Only George Hainsworth (75), Jacques Plante (58) and Ken Dryden (46) have more in Canadiens history.
* Price improved to 11-5-1 with a 1.75 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and seven shutouts in 18 games against the Rangers. Per Elias, one other active goaltender has more than two career shutouts against the Rangers: The Pittsburgh Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury with four. Price is the second Canadiens goaltender with at least seven shutouts against the Rangers; Plante had nine.
* ICYMI: Price sprawled across his crease to deny Rangers forward Rick Nash with a glove save.
LUONGO, JAGR CLIMB RECORD BOOKS IN PANTHERS WIN
Roberto Luongo made 24 saves and Jaromir Jagr (2-1—3) factored on all three Florida Panthers goals to help them improve to 11-1-2 in their past 14 games against the Sabres dating to March 17, 2012 (BUF: 3-8-3).
* Luongo won his 403rd game, tying Grant Fuhr for ninth place on the NHL all-time wins list. Glenn Hall is eighth with 407 wins. Luongo's next game will be his 868th, tying him with Fuhr for ninth in games played among goalies. Luongo is the active leader in games played, wins and shutouts (68).
* Jagr, who has 4-2—6 in four games this season, had his 124th career NHL multi-goal game and second of the season; his other was Oct. 10 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Elias says Jagr had at least three points in a game for the 192nd time in his NHL career. Only three players have more three-point games: Wayne Gretzky (459), Mario Lemieux (272) and Marcel Dionne (202).
* Overall, Jagr (726-1,082—1,808 in 1,554 GP) is five goals shy of matching Dionne (731) for the fourth-most goals in NHL history.
* Jagr had two of his points while on the man-advantage (1-1—2). His 205th power-play goal propelled him past Gretzky (204 PPG) and into a tie with Joe Sakic for 13th in NHL history. With 587 power-play points, Jagr also moved within one point of tying Teemu Selanne (588) for third all-time in power-play points.
Most Power-Play Points, NHL History
Joe Sakic: 205-426—631 in 1,378 GP
Nicklas Lindstrom: 132-458—590 in 1,564 GP
Teemu Selanne: 255-333—588 in 1,451 GP
Jaromir Jagr: 205-382—587 in 1,554 GP
WILD WIN BATTLE OF UNDEFEATED CLUBS
Thomas Vanek scored his 300th NHL goal and Devan Dubnyk made 18 saves for his 100th NHL victory to help the Minnesota Wild win its sixth consecutive game against the Arizona Coyotes, dating to Jan. 9, 2014, and deal Arizona (3-1-0) its first loss of the season.
* The Wild are off to their fourth 3-0-0 start. The other three instances occurred in consecutive seasons beginning in 2006-07 when Minnesota jumped to a franchise-record 6-0-0 record. The others: 2007-08 (5-0-0) and 2008-09 (4-0-0).
* Dubnyk, who went 9-5-2 in 19 games with the Coyotes last season, improved to 100-91-26 in 234 NHL games. That includes a 30-9-2 record in 42 games with the Wild.
* Via Elias, Dubnyk is the second goaltender in the past two seasons to win 30 games within his first 42 games with a team, joining Jaroslav Halak (41 games with the New York Islanders). Prior to that, Martin Gerber was the last goalie with 30 wins within his first 42 games with a team, in 2005-06 with the Carolina Hurricanes.
* Zach Parise (PPG), Mikko Koivu (SHG) and Mikael Granlund (GWG) provided the other scores for Minnesota. Parise (1-1—2), who had a hat trick in the Wild's season-opener, leads the League with five goals.
FLEURY, PENGUINS FLAWLESS EN ROUTE TO FIRST WIN
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 22 shots he faced for his 39th NHL shutout and guide the Penguins to their first victory of the season.
* Fleury, who led the NHL and established a Penguins record with 10 shutouts last season, is tied with Montreal's Carey Price for the most shutouts since the start of 2013-14 with 16. He's third in shutouts among active goaltenders behind Roberto Luongo (68) and Henrik Lundqvist (55).
* Daniel Sprong, a second-round selection (No. 46) in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal in his fourth game. At 18 years, 212 days, Elias says that Sprong became the fourth-youngest player to score his first NHL goal with the Penguins. The only Penguins players younger than Sprong at the time of their first NHL goal: Jordan Staal (18 years, 32 days), Sidney Crosby (18 years, 62 days) and Doug Bodger (18 years, 117 days).
* Evgeni Malkin's first goal of the season was his 45th NHL game-winning goal. He has 19-12—31 in 30 games against the Ottawa Senators.
BLUES (AGAIN) PLAY SPOILER FOR McDAVID, OILERS
After dealing the Oilers a 3-1 loss in Connor McDavid's NHL debut last Thursday, the Blues again played spoiler, this time earning a sixth consecutive win at Rexall Place, dating to Feb. 29, 2012, in the Edmonton Oilers' home-opener.
* The Blues improved to 12-1-0 in the series dating to Dec. 21, 2009. That includes an active eight-game winning streak against the Oilers dating to Dec. 21, 2013 (EDM: 0-7-1).
* Forward Vladimir Tarasenko (1-0—1) stretched his season-opening point streak to four games (3-2—5). He has 6-4—10 in 10 games against the Oilers.
* Goaltender Brian Elliott (24 saves) improved to 9-3-0 with a 2.25 GAA, .908 save percentage and one shutout in 12 games against the Oilers, including an active six-game winning streak dating to March 19, 2011.
AROUND THE RINKS
* Newcomer T.J. Oshie (1-1—2) had his first two points with the Washington Capitals in his third game and Alex Ovechkin finished a perfect passing play for his second goal of the season to lead the Capitals past the Blackhawks in their first game since the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, won 3-2 by the Capitals. Ovechkin, who has 898 points in 762 NHL games, moved within two points of becoming the first player with 900 points with the Capitals. John Carlson (1-1—2; GWG), Marcus Johansson (0-2—2) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (0-2—2) also had multiple points for the Capitals. Goaltender Braden Holtby, who had 26 saves, improved to 4-1-0 with a 2.57 GAA and .922 save percentage in five games against the Blackhawks.
* The New York Islanders erased a 2-0 deficit with four straight goals and fended off a late Nashville Predators rally that included a goal upheld following a Coach's Challenge to earn their fourth straight win against the Predators, dating to Nov. 12, 2013, and hand the Predators their first loss of 2015-16. John Tavares (1-1—2) scored his second game-winning goal of the season; he led the Islanders and matched an NHL career high with eight game-winning goals in 2014-15 (also 8 game-winning goals in 2011-12). Goaltender Thomas Greiss established an NHL career high with 44 saves, besting his previous mark of 42 saves set March 28, 2010 against the Colorado Avalanche.
* The Dallas Stars erased an early 1-0 deficit with four straight goals and withheld a third-period rally by the Tampa Bay Lightning to improve to 13-4-2 all-time in Tampa Bay. Defenseman Jason Demers scored the eventual winning goal, his third game-winner in 65 games with the Stars; that's one more than he had in his first 300 NHL games. Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin, Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin each had a goal and an asssist and Ales Hemsky had two assists. Benn (3-2—5) and Hemsky (1-5—6) have points in all four Stars games this season.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Via Elias, forward Mattias Janmark (0-1—1) became the first Stars/North Stars player with at least one point in each of his first four NHL games (2-2—4).
* Blackhawks defenseman Viktor Svedberg, in his fourth game, and Sabres forward Jake McCabe, in his 11th game, each scored their first NHL goal.
* Oilers forward Lauri Korpikoski, who was acquired via trade June 30, scored his first goal with them in his fourth game.
* Islanders forward Nikolay Kulemin scored his 100th NHL goal.
* Penguins forwards Kevin Porter (third game) and Matt Cullen (fourth game) both recorded their first assist/point with the Penguins.
* Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindback made three saves in relief in his Coyotes debut.
EPIX, NHL REUNITE FOR SECOND SEASON OF 'EPIX PRESENTS ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC'
Premium TV network EPIX and the NHL announced that "EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Winter Classic" will be returning to the channel and will make its U.S. television premiere Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. CT.
The weekly series, consisting of four one-hour episodes, will focus on the heated rivalry between the Bruins and Canadiens as they prepare for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on New Year's Day 2016.
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Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (2-1—3) factored on all three of the Lightning's goals. … The Coyotes (15-for-16) and Oilers (12-for-13) each yielded their first power-play goal, leaving the Sharks (11-for-11) as the only team with a 100 percent penalty-kill percentage this season. … Coyotes rookie Max Domi (1-1—2) had his third career multi-point game in four NHL games. Teammate Anthony Duclair (1-0—1) has at least one point in each of his first four games with the Coyotes (4-2—6). … Coyotes captain Shane Doan had an assist for his 899th NHL point. … Predators forward Austin Watson, the 18th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal since April 23, 2013 against the Calgary Flames. … Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov (1-1—2; GWG) has 2-3—5 in four games this season. … The NHL fined Devils forward Jordin Tootoo for a dangerous trip against Predators defenseman Seth Jones.