David Pastrnak became the NHL's first 20-goal scorer this season when he scored what proved to be the game-winner for the Boston Bruins in their 3-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Thursday.
It's the first time a Bruins player has been first to 20 goals in a season since 2000-01, when Bill Guerin was among three players to score his 20th goal on Dec. 9, 2000, joining Theo Fleury and Zigmund Palffy. Pastrnak has scored at least one goal in 15 of Boston's 22 games this season.
Linemate Brad Marchand scored his 14th and 15th goals for Boston; he and Pastrnak have combined for 35 goals, the most by any two teammates this season. Forward Leon Draisaitl (16) and center Connor McDavid (16) of the Edmonton Oilers are next with 32.
The Bruins improved to 8-0-4 at TD Garden; they are the 10th team in the past 30 years to start a season with at least a point in each of its first 12 home games, and the only NHL team without a regulation home loss this season.
Panthers win after historic comeback
The Florida Panthers became the second team in NHL history to have multiple four-goal comeback wins in the same season when they scored five straight goals to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in overtime at BB&T Center.
Florida trailed 4-0 before forward Brett Connolly (two), defenseman Aaron Ekblad and forward Dominic Toninato scored in a span of 16:44 to tie the game. Ekblad completed the comeback when he scored 22 seconds into OT.
The comeback win came nine days after the Panthers defeated the Bruins 5-4 in a shootout after trailing 4-0 in the third period. They equaled the feat of the 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers, the only other team in NHL history to have two four-goal comeback wins in the same season (Oct. 19, 1983, and Dec. 7, 1983, each against the Vancouver Canucks).
The Panthers (twice), Washington Capitals (Oct. 25) and Winnipeg Jets (Oct. 4) each have four-goal comeback wins this season. The NHL single-season record is five, set in 1983-84 and matched in 1985-86; there were also four such comeback wins in 1984-85 and 1986-87.
Panthers coach Joel Quenneville also made history. It was the fifth four-goal comeback win by a Quenneville-coached team, passing Glen Sather for the most by any coach in NHL history.
Islanders extend point streak to team-record 16 games
The New York Islanders set their record for longest point streak when center Brock Nelson scored his second goal of the game at 4:16 of overtime for a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center. New York's point streak is now 16 games (15-0-1), the longest for the Islanders since entering the NHL in 1972.
Nelson, who also scored the overtime winner in a 5-4 victory at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, became the first player in Islanders history to score an OT goal in consecutive games. The only player in NHL history to score in overtime in three straight games is Andrew Cogliano, who did it for the Edmonton Oilers March 7-11, 2008.
The Islanders and Penguins have gone to overtime in each of their first three games this season. Since 2005-06, only the Chicago Blackhawks and Ducks, as well as the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes, have done so through their first three games of a season series; each instance occurred in 2015-16.
New York (16-3-1, .825) leads the NHL in point percentage through its first 20 games of a season for the third time in its history and first since 1987-88 (14-5 with one tie, .725). It's the highest point percentage for the Islanders through the first 20 games of a season, eclipsing their previous mark of .775 set in 1976-77 (14-3, three ties) and matched in 1978-79 (14-3, three ties).
Blues blank Flames on Throwback Thursday
The St. Louis Blues wore their vintage 1990s jerseys on Throwback Thursday, but they played more like the team that won the Stanley Cup last season when they defeated the Calgary Flames 5-0 at Enterprise Center.
Goalie Jordan Binnington, wearing a special mask that resembled the iconic ferocious dog artwork Curtis Joseph wore when he played for the Blues in the '90s, made 40 saves for his sixth NHL shutout. It was his 11th win of the season, tying him with Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights and Braden Holtby of the Capitals for the NHL lead.
Binnington is the fourth goalie to make at least 40 saves in a shutout this season, joining David Rittich of the Flames (Nov. 2 at the Columbus Blue Jackets), Buffalo's Linus Ullmark (Oct. 25 at the Detroit Red Wings) and Carter Hutton of the Sabres (Oct. 17 at the Los Angeles Kings).