The Boston Bruins and forward David Pastrnak each continued impressive streaks Saturday in a 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.
Boston won its fifth in a row and extended its point streak to nine games (7-0-2). The Bruins have had at least one point streak of at least nine games in each of the past three seasons.
The Bruins also have not lost in regulation in their seven games this season at TD Garden, where they are 6-0-1. Boston has earned points in each of its first seven home games in a season for the second time in the past 33 seasons (5-0-2 in 2001-02). The longest season-opening home point streak for the Bruins since entering the NHL in 1924 is 21 games in 1973-74 (19 wins, two ties).
Pastrnak opened the scoring at 1:17 of the first period and had two assists to extend his point streak to 11 games, one shy of the longest of his NHL career, set from Nov. 22 through Dec. 18, 2017.
The 23-year-old forward has scored the first goal in a game seven times this season. That's the most in NHL history by a player through his team's first 13 games in a season; it's two more than the next-closest players, a list that includes eight members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Pastrnak moved into first place in the NHL scoring race with 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists). That's the third-most by a Bruins player through the team's first 13 games in a season behind Phil Esposito in 1973-74 (31 points; 18 goals, 13 assists) and Bobby Orr in 1974-75 (28 points; eight goals, 20 assists). Pastrnak is one of 10 players age 23 or younger who lead or are tied for their teams' scoring lead.
It was also a good night for Pastrnak's linemates.
Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to 12 games and his assist streak to 11. He's the first Bruins player to have an assist streak of at least 11 games since Marc Savard's 12-game streak (17 assists) from Nov. 10 through Dec. 6, 2007).
Pastrnak and Marchand became the second set of teammates in the last since 2007-08 with a simultaneous point streak of at least 11 games. The others are Mike Hoffman and Evgenii Dadonov of the Florida Panthers, who each had streaks that overlapped for 12 games from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13, 2018.
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron made history of his own. In addition to scoring a goal in the second period, Bergeron earned his 500th assist in the NHL, all with Boston, when he and Pastrnak set up Marchand's third-period goal. He's the sixth player in Bruins history to have 500 assists.
Varlamov, Brassard help Islanders to ninth straight win
The New York Islanders extended their winning streak to nine games, matching the second-longest in team history, by defeating the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 at KeyBank Center.
Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves for his first shutout with the Islanders, and Derick Brassard extended his goal-scoring streak to five games when his pass from the end boards hit Buffalo goalie Carter Hutton and went into the net at 5:19 of the first period.
The nine-game winning streak is their longest since winning nine straight from Dec. 31, 1989, through Jan. 19, 1990. The team record is 15 straight wins, set from Jan. 21 through Feb. 20, 1982.
The Islanders (10-3-0) reached the 10-win mark in 13 or fewer games for the third time since entering the NHL in 1972; they were 10-2-0 in 1982-83 and 10-1-1 with one tie in 2001-02.
New York improved to 14-1-1 in the second of back-to-back games since Barry Trotz took over as coach for the start of the 2018-19 season. The Islanders' 14 wins and .906 point percentage in those games are the best among all NHL teams during that span.
Top draft pick Hughes scores again for Devils
Jack Hughes, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, scored the third goal of his career for the New Jersey Devils in their 5-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The 18-year-old forward has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past six games after going without a point in his first six.
All three of his goals have come on the power play. Three teenagers in NHL history have scored each of their first four or more regular-season goals with the man-advantage: Hartford Whalers forward Sylvain Turgeon in 1983-84 (six), Minnesota North Stars forward Brian Bellows in 1982-83 (five) and Canucks defenseman Michel Petit in 1983-84 (five).
Oilers reach 10-win mark, lead Pacific Division
Leon Draisaitl scored his 13th goal of the season at 2:37 of overtime after Mike Smith made 51 saves, and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 at PPG Paints Arena. The Pacific Division-leading Oilers (10-4-1) reached the 10-win mark in 15 or fewer games for the fifth time since entering the NHL in 1979.
Draisaitl, who extended his goal streak to five games, shares the NHL lead with Pastrnak.
He's the first Oilers player to score at least 13 goals in Edmonton's first 15 games in a season since Wayne Gretzky had 13 in 1987-88. Draisaitl's 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) are one behind Pastrnak for the NHL lead and the most by an Edmonton player through the Oilers' first 15 games in a season since Mark Messier had 26 (11 goals, 15 assists) in 1989-90.
Bobrovsky gets first shutout with Panthers
Sergei Bobrovsky, who signed a seven-year contract with the Florida Panthers on July 1, got his first shutout with his new team by making 22 saves in a 4-0 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at BB&T Center.
It was Bobrovsky's 23rd regular-season shutout since 2015-16, the most among all NHL goalies during that span. His 34 NHL shutouts are tied with Ilya Bryzgalov for third-most in NHL history among goalies of Russian nationality, behind Evgeni Nabokov (59) and Nikolai Khabibulin (46).