NHL-LEADING CANADIENS IMPROVE TO 9-0-0 AT BELL CENTRE
Carey Price made 23 saves and Daniel Carr (GWG) scored his first goal of 2016-17 to help the Montreal Canadiens improve to 12-1-1 this season, including a perfect 9-0-0 record at Bell Centre.
* The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the Canadiens have won 12 of their first 14 games to begin a season for the first time in their 99-year NHL history. Montreal also started a season with wins in each of its first nine home games for the second time in franchise history; the other was in 1953-54.
* Price improved to 9-0-0 this season and leads the NHL in wins; he also has a 1.56 goals-against average, .953 save percentage and one shutout). Elias says he has established the longest season-opening win streak by a goaltender in franchise history, besting the mark by Charlie Hodge in 1960-61 (8-0-0).
Video: Canadiens roll through Kings, 4-1
Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 5, Columbus 2
Minnesota 4, PITTSBURGH 2
Anaheim 4, CAROLINA 2
MONTREAL 4, Los Angeles 1
DETROIT 3, Vancouver 1
TAMPA BAY 4, NY Islanders 1
San Jose 4, FLORIDA 2
NASHVILLE 3, St. Louis 1
Dallas 4, CALGARY 2
Winnipeg 3, ARIZONA 2
GOALS IN BUNCHES LEAD TEAMS TO VICTORY
The Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators all used multiple goals in a short period of time to earn wins on Thursday:
* The Bruins scored five consecutive goals, including four in a span of 4:01 during the first period, to overcome an early deficit and improve to 5-2-0 in their last seven games. Tuukka Rask improved to 8-1-0 (1.76 GAA, .938 save percentage, two shutouts). Per Elias, Rask is the fourth goaltender in franchise history to win eight of his first nine appearances to begin a season, joining Frank Brimsek (1938-39), Gerry Cheevers (1976-77) and Tim Thomas (2010-11).
* Jakob Silfverberg (2-2-4) matched a career high with four points, scoring a pair of goals - including the game-winner - in a 3:06 span of the second period, to help the Ducks extend their point streak to four games (3-0-1).
* James Neal (1-0-1) and Calle Jarnkrok (2-0-2) scored third-period goals 1:06 apart to break a 1-1 tie and help the Predators win their second straight game. Nashville has points in five consecutive games (3-0-2).
Video: STL@NSH: Jarnkrok scores second goal off turnover
GETZLAF, HEDMAN TOP FRANCHISE LISTS
Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf (0-1-1) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (0-1-1) each reached the top of all-time franchise assist lists:
* Getzlaf was credited with the 532nd assist of his NHL career, all with the Ducks, to pass Teemu Selanne (531) for the most in franhise history.
ICYMI: Selanne congratulated Getzlaf on the achievement but joked he should shoot the puck more in a video message on Twitter.
* Hedman had his 188th career assist, all with the Lightning, to pass Dan Boyle (187) for the most by a defenseman in franchise history.
The Blues announced their rosterfor the 2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, including Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull and Al MacInnis. … The Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings, both former teams of the goaltender, honored Rogie Vachon prior to his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. … Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (0-1-1) leads the NHL in scoring with 9-10-19 this season (15 GP). Going back to March 1 of last season, Scheifele leads the NHL in scoring with 23-23-46 in 36 games. … Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal (1-2-3) has 2-6-8 in his past seven games. … The San Jose Sharks scored four unanswered goals to win their second consecutive game after dropping three straight (0-3-0). … The Detroit Red Wings won their second straight after dropping their previous five games (0-4-1). … Forward Jamie Benn (2-0-2) scored twice to help the Dallas Stars halt a three-game skid (0-2-1). … Teams across the League honored the military prior to Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada.
Video: Veterans celebrated around the league
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
New Jersey @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, MSG+
Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7 p.m., TVA Sports, TSN4, TCN-PH
Los Angeles @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS, FS-W
Washington @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., CSN-CH, CSN-DC+
Winnipeg @ Colorado , 9 p.m., ALT, TSN3
Dallas @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNW, FS-SW
MAPLE LEAFS FACE FLYERS IN HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME
The annual Hockey Hall of Fame Game pits the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Philadelphia Flyers at Air Canada Centre and marks the first event of a weekend-long celebration in advance of Monday's Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This year's inductees include: Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon and the late Pat Quinn.
BLACKHAWKS LOOK TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO EIGHT GAMES
The Chicago Blackhawks (10-3-1, 21 points) look to stretch their winning streak to eight games when they host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (8-3-1, 17 points). The Blackhawks are led offensively by last season's Art Ross Trophy winner Patrick Kane (5-12-17 in 14 GP) and Artem Anisimov (8-9-17 in 14 GP).