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Facts and Figures: Ovechkin, Matthews star on opening night

Capitals forward sparks comeback win; Maple Leafs center scores in fourth straight season opener

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Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals spoiled the party at Enterprise Center after the St. Louis Blues raised a banner to celebrate the first Stanley Cup championship in their 51-season history. The Blues took a 2-0 first-period lead before Ovechkin scored his 659th NHL goal to spark a comeback that saw Jakub Vrana get the game-winner 2:51 into overtime for a 3-2 victory.

It was Ovechkin's 11th goal in 15 season-opening games. He passed Zach Parise (10) for the most among active NHL players and is three from matching Michel Goulet and Dino Ciccarelli (14 each) for the most by any player in NHL history.

 

Matthews continues season-opening success with Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews scored two goals, including the game-winner, for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5-3 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Arena. 

He is the fourth player in NHL history to score at least one goal in each of his first four season-opening games, joining Dit Clapper (1927-28 through 1930-31), Dave Andreychuk (1982-83 through 1985-86) and Sergei Fedorov (1990-91 through 1993-94). Matthews' nine goals in season-opening games are two behind Ovechkin for the lead among active NHL players and tied with Babe Dye for the most in Toronto history. 

Matthews, who will be 22 for the duration of this season, has scored 113 goals in 213 NHL games. He's six goals shy of tying Ted Kennedy (119) for the most by a Toronto player age 22 or younger.

Video: OTT@TOR: Matthews scores two on opening night

 

McDavid helps Oilers end Canucks' season-opening winning streak

Connor McDavid scored the go-ahead goal with 5:23 remaining in the third period and the Edmonton Oilers ended the Vancouver Canucks' winning streak in season openers at five with a 3-2 victory at Rogers Place. McDavid has factored on more than half of Edmonton's goals in his five season-opening games (nine of 16, 56.3 percent) since entering the NHL in 2015. He's scored six goals in the five openers, including three game-winners.

McDavid scored his 28th regular-season game-winning goal, tied with Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche for second in the NHL since entering the League; Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins is first with 31. The two-time NHL scoring champion's three game-winning goals in season openers are tied with Parise for the most among active players.

Video: VAN@EDM: McDavid uses speed to put Oilers on top

 

Glass, first draft pick in Golden Knights history, scores in NHL debut

Cody Glass, the first player selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Draft (No. 6 in 2017), scored in his NHL debut, a 4-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena. 

At 20 years, 184 days, Glass is the youngest player to score a goal for the third-year Golden Knights. He is also the first player drafted by Vegas to play in a regular-season game with the Golden Knights. Erik Brannstrom, taken with the No. 15 pick in 2017, made his NHL debut with the Senators last season.

Glass is one of 34 players age 20 or younger to make an opening-night roster this season. 

Video: SJS@VGK: Glass finishes great feed for his first goal

 

Old faces in new places for season openers Thursday

Several players are set to debut with their new teams Thursday, when 16 teams start their seasons.

Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to make his regular-season debut with the Florida Panthers when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena (7 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-F, NHL.TV). The two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie signed a seven-year contract with the Panthers on July 1. This is the sixth time the intrastate rivals have opened the season against each other; the Lightning have won four of the first five.

Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba are expected to be in the lineup for the first time with the New York Rangers when they face the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET; MSG, TSN3, NHL.TV). Panarin signed a seven-year contract with the Rangers on July 1; Trouba was traded to New York by the Jets on June 17.

Phil Kessel is expected to play his first regular-season game with the Arizona Coyotes when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV). He was acquired by the Coyotes in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 29. It would be the 775th consecutive regular-season game for Kessel dating to Nov. 3, 2009, one shy of matching Craig Ramsay for the seventh-longest streak in NHL history.

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