David Pastrnak is the third player this season to score four goals in one game. The forward scored every goal for the Boston Bruins in a 4-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden on Monday.
The Bruins (5-1-0) have won five of their first six games for the first time since beginning the 2012-13 season by going 5-0-1. Pastrnak joined Anthony Mantha of the Detroit Red Wings (Oct. 6 vs. Dallas Stars) and James Neal of the Edmonton Oilers (Oct. 8 at New York Islanders), making this season the third in NHL history with three four-goal performances in the first 13 days. There were four games last season when one player scored at least four goals.
Pastrnak is the third Boston player since the start of the 1999-2000 season to score four goals in a regular-season game. It was the 23-year-old's fifth NHL hat trick; Pastrnak, Barry Pederson (six) and Cam Neely (five) are the only players in Bruins history to have at least five hat tricks before turning 24.
Avalanche stay perfect; Sabres remain unbeaten in regulation
The Colorado Avalanche (5-0-0) scored three goals on their first three shots and defeated the Washington Capitals 6-3 at Capital One Arena to remain the only team without a loss of any kind this season.
It's the fourth time in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history they've opened a season with at least five consecutive wins. The others: 1985-86 (7-0-0), 2013-14 (6-0-0) and 1995-96 (5-0-0).
Forwards Mikko Rantanen (one goal, two assists) and Nathan MacKinnon (one goal, one assist), and defenseman Cale Makar (one assist) each has had at least one point in all five games. It's the first instance in Avalanche/Nordiques history that three players opened a season with simultaneous five-game point streaks. Makar also became the fifth defenseman in NHL history to begin his regular-season career with a five-game point streak.
The Buffalo Sabres (5-0-1) remained without a regulation loss and won their fourth consecutive home game by defeating the Stars 4-0 at KeyBank Center. Buffalo has at least one point in each of its first six games of a season for the first time since 2008-09, when it went 6-0-2 in its first eight games.
Rookie forward Victor Olofsson scored a power-play goal at 6:27 of the second period to put the Sabres ahead 1-0. He is the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven career goals on the power play since 1933-34, when goals by type became an official NHL statistic.
Panthers, Islanders continue comeback trend
The Florida Panthers and Islanders became the 13th and 14th teams to win after trailing by multiple goals in the 84 games played this season.
The Panthers trailed 4-1 midway through their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center before Brett Connolly scored two of five unanswered goals for a 6-4 win. It's the third time since entering the NHL in 1993 that the Panthers have won in regulation after trailing by three goals. The others came against New Jersey on Nov. 21, 2011 and the Montreal Canadiens on April 2, 2016.
The Islanders were scoreless against the St. Louis Blues until less than six minutes remained in the third period before rallying for a 3-2 victory in overtime at Nassau Coliseum. Mathew Barzal tied the game with 27 seconds remaining in the third period, then set up Devon Toews for the game-winner 1:13 into OT. New York had seven multigoal comeback wins last season, third in the NHL behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (eight) and Philadelphia Flyers (eight).
The 14 multigoal comeback wins through 84 games are six more than at the same point last season, which ended with an NHL-record 138.