Home Team in Caps
Nashville 3, NEW JERSEY 1
Winnipeg 4, NY RANGERS 1
Montreal 3, PITTSBURGH 2
San Jose 5, WASHINGTON 0
Florida 4, CAROLINA 1
DETROIT 3, Tampa Bay 1
DALLAS 4, Edmonton 2
St. Louis 4, CALGARY 3
Vancouver 3, LOS ANGELES 0
McDAVID NETS FIRST GOAL, BUT SPEZZA TRICKS OILERS
Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal (3 GP), but Jason Spezza scored twice in the third period to complete his sixth career hat trick and lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 victory.
* At 18 years, 273 days, McDavid became the sixth-youngest player in Oilers history to score his first NHL goal (tied with Marc Habscheid: Nov. 29, 1981 at WPG). The only players younger than McDavid at the time of their first goal with the club: Sam Gagner (18 years, 71 days), Martin Gelinas (18 years, 134 days), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (18 years, 180 days), Wayne Gretzky (18 years, 261 days) and Mark Messier (18 years, 268 days).
* McDavid's goal came in his third career game, a mark also hit by Gretzky (Oct. 14, 1979 vs. VAN) and the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (Oct. 8, 2005 vs. BOS).
* Spezza had his first hat trick since Oct. 15, 2013 at PHX (w/ OTT). He fired eight shots on goal, one shy of his career high established Dec. 14, 2013 vs. LAK (w/ OTT).
* Led by Tyler Seguin (10 shots), the Stars outshot the Oilers 52-28. The 52 shots were their highest total in a regulation game since relocating to Dallas in 1993-94 and the most by the franchise since Nov. 22, 1989 vs. TOR (54 shots, 6-3 W). The franchise record for shots in one game is 68, established March 24, 1981 vs. LAK (4-3 L).
CANADIENS ACHIEVE FRANCHISE FIRST
Tomas Fleischmann scored the tiebreaking goal at 5:20 of the third period, his first goal with the Montreal Canadiens, and Carey Price made 31 saves to help them defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 and improve to 4-0-0 for the fourth time in franchise history. In each of the other three instances -- 1955-56, 1970-71 and 1977-78 (all 4-0-0) -- the Canadiens ended the season by hoisting the Stanley Cup.
* The Canadiens, who will play their first home game on Thursday, have earned four consecutive road wins to start a season for the first time in franchise history (3-1 W at TOR, 4-2 W at BOS, 3-1 W at OTT, 3-2 W at PIT). Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2001-02 New York Islanders were the last NHL team begin their season with four straight road games and win all of them.
* Making his third appearance of the season, Price improved to 3-0-0 for the first time in his NHL career. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner made 14 saves in the third period, including a sprawling save on Crosby to preserve a one-goal lead with 2:17 remaining.
* Captain Max Pacioretty had his second multigoal game of the season; he has at least one point in all four games (4-2—6).
JONES, SHARKS REMAIN PERFECT AFTER SECOND CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUT
Martin Jones (31 saves) posted his second consecutive shutout and Joe Thornton's power-play goal held up as the game-winner as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Washington Capitals 5-0 and improved to 3-0-0 this season.
* Jones, who has made 78 saves on 79 shots with the Sharks (3 GP), is the third goaltender in franchise history to record shutouts in consecutive team games. The others: Evgeni Nabokov (3x; last: Jan. 27-29, 2009) and Antti Niemi (3x; last: March 27-28, 2013).
* Jones has recorded back-to-back shutouts three times in his NHL career (37 GP):
BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS BY MARTIN JONES (bold denotes consecutive team games)
Dec. 7-10, 2013: 3-0 W vs. NYI (16 SV) and 6-0 W at MTL (31 SV) w/ LAK
Nov. 26 and Dec. 4, 2014: 4-0 W at MIN (28 SV) and 4-0 W at ARI (26 SV) w/ LAK
Oct. 10-13, 2015: 2-0 W vs. ANA (27 SV) and 5-0 W at WSH (31 SV) w/ SJS
* Jones improved to 19-11-2 (1.84 goals-against average, .929 save percentage, nine shutouts), earning a shutout in nearly half his victories (47.4 percent). Via Elias, he became the fastest goaltender to record nine career shutouts since Frank Brimsek, who earned his ninth in his 28th game with the Boston Bruins in 1938-39.
* Elias adds that San Jose is the only franchise in NHL history to start at least 3-0-0 in four consecutive seasons (2012-13: 7-0-0; 2013-14: 6-0-0; 2014-15 and 2015-16: 3-0-0). Overall, the Sharks have started a season with at least three straight wins seven times (also: 1999-00: 3-0-0; 2006-07: 3-0-0; and 2008-09: 4-0-0).
* The Sharks improved to 19-1-2 in their past 22 games against the Capitals dating to Oct. 16, 1999 (WSH: 3-16-3).
RED WINGS, PREDATORS AND CANUCKS STAY HOT
The Detroit Red Wings (3-0-0), Nashville Predators (3-0-0) and Vancouver Canucks (3-0-1) all earned wins to continue their hot starts to the season:
* Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had 1-1—2 for his third consecutive multipoint game to lead Detroit past the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 in their first game since the Eastern Conference First Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a seven-game victory by Tampa Bay.
* Zetterberg has 0-3—3 (vs. TOR), 1-1—2 (at CAR) and 1-1—2 (vs. TBL) in the Red Wings' first three games. In 2007-08, Zetterberg also had multiple points in each of the their first three games, as part of a season-opening 17-game point streak (Oct. 3-Nov. 11, 2007: 13-14—27)
* Detroit is off to its first 3-0-0 start since 2011-12 (5-0-0). Montreal, its Atlantic Division rival, is the only other Eastern Conference team without a loss this season (4-0-0).
* Pekka Rinne made 22 saves, falling 1:40 shy of his second consecutive shutout, and Roman Josi tied a career high with two goals, including the eventual game-winning tally into an empty net, to guide the Predators to their third straight win, 3-1 against the New Jersey Devils.
* Rinne, who assisted on Josi's winning goal, has 78 saves on 80 shots this season (.975 save percentage). In 2014-15, he tied a career high with a .923 save percentage.
* The Predators improved to 3-0-0 for the third time in franchise history (2005-06: 8-0-0; 2010-11: 3-0-0).
* Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller made 15 saves for his first shutout of the season and second win in as many days, 3-0 against the Los Angeles Kings. Alexander Edler had 1-1—2 and newcomer Adam Cracknell (GWG) scored for the second straight game.
* In 2014-15, his first season with the Canucks, Miller equaled a career high with six shutouts. His 36 career shutouts rank sixth among active goaltenders.
* With at least one point in all four games, Vancouver (3-0-1) is off to its best start to a season since 1999-00 (3-0-1).
AROUND THE RINKS
Three players, Nikolaj Ehlers (WPG), Colton Parayko (STL) and Connor Brickley (FLA), scored their first NHL goal to help their teams pick up a victory:
* The Winnipeg Jets fell behind at 6:45 of the first period, but Ehlers (4 GP) scored his first NHL 46 seconds later, the first of four unanswered tallies by the Jets, and Michael Hutchinson made 40 saves for a 4-1 win against the New York Rangers. The Jets finished their season-opening road trip with a 3-1-0 record. Bryan Little potted his first two goals of the season, one shorthanded and one via the power play. The shorthanded goal was the Jets' first of the season; they tied for the NHL lead (w/ NYI) with 10 shorthanded goals in 2014-15.
* Down 2-1 after the first period, the St. Louis Blues scored three times in the second period, highlighted by Parayko's first and second NHL goals, to earn a 4-3 win, their fifth consecutive victory against the Calgary Flames (dating to Jan. 9, 2014). Per Elias, Parayko (3 GP) is the first Blues defenseman to score his first two career goals in the same game since Peter Smrek on Feb. 15, 2001 (vs. CGY). Brian Elliott (15 saves) earned his second win of the season; he has won each of his past six starts against the Flames dating to Nov. 25, 2011 (1.17 GAA, .946 save percentage, two shutouts).
* Brickley (3 GP) scored midway through the third period to break a tie and lead the Florida Panthers to a 4-1 win, spoiling goalie Eddie Lack's debut with the Carolina Hurricanes. Brickley, the 50th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, had 22-25—47 with Florida's American Hockey League affiliate last season after spending four years at the University of Vermont. Goaltender Al Montoya made 22 saves to win his first appearance of the season.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne played in his 384th NHL game (all w/ NSH) to surpass Tomas Vokoun (383 GP) as the franchise's all-time leader in games played by a goalie.
* Kings captain Dustin Brown played in his 805th career game (all w/ LAK) to tie Rob Blake for fourth place on the franchise's all-time list.
* Forward Kyle Palmieri, who grew up in Montvale, N.J., and starred at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J., scored his first goal with the Devils (3 GP).
* Forward Scottie Upshall scored in his Blues debut.
* Capitals defenseman John Carlson played in his 400th NHL game.
* Goaltender Anders Nilsson established a career high with 48 saves while making his Oilers debut.
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves to win his season debut. … Sharks forward Mike Brown scored his first goal since Dec. 3, 2013 at TOR, snapping a 49-game goal drought. … Sharks forward Joel Ward, who spent the past four seasons with Washington, had two shots and 16:38 of time on ice in his first game against his former club. … Crosby was held without a point in a home game against the Canadiens for the first time in his career (12-12—24 in 16 GP). … The Islanders agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Eric Boulton. … Referee Brad Meier celebrated his 1,000th regular-season NHL game, a milestone he reached on April 9 (ARI at VAN), prior to the Blues/Flames game in Calgary.