Mika Zibanejad had four points for the second consecutive game to start the 2019-20 NHL season and helped the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.
The center scored three goals for the first hat trick of the season. He is the second player in Rangers history with eight points (four goals, four assists) through the first two games of a season (Rod Gilbert, 1976-77) and his four goals equal the highest total by a Rangers player through two games (Mike Allison in 1980-81, Ron Murphy in 1955-56 and Bill Cook in 1929-30).
Zibanejad scored at even strength, the power play and shorthanded. He is the fourth to do so for the Rangers in the past 30 years (Derek Stepan, vs. New Jersey Devils on Dec. 27, 2014; Brendan Shanahan vs. New York Islanders on Dec. 3, 2006; Petr Nedved at Atlanta Thrashers on Jan. 24, 2000).
McDavid, Bertuzzi also get four with Oilers, Red Wings
Connor McDavid had four points (one goal, three assists) for the Edmonton Oilers, including an assist on James Neal's game-winning goal in a 6-5 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place.
It was McDavid's 41st NHL game with at least three points, the most by any player since the 22-year-old center debuted Oct. 8, 2015. It was also his eighth game with at least four points, fourth-most in the League during that time span behind Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning (13), Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks (10) and Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames (nine).
Tyler Bertuzzi also had four points with two goals and two assists for the Detroit Red Wings in a 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Those four points were an NHL career high for the 24-year-old forward, who is the second Red Wings player to get four in a season opener on the road after Bernie Federko (one goal, three assists) at the Flames on Oct. 5, 1989.
Matthews extends goal streak in Maple Leafs loss
Auston Matthews scored two goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs, including the game-tying goal with 1:15 left in the third period, to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games to start the season. But it wasn't enough to stop the Montreal Canadiens, who rallied from down 4-1 by scoring four third-period goals in 9:53 en route to a 6-5 shootout win at Scotiabank Arena.
The 22-year-old center also scored in each of his first six games to begin the 2018-19 season (14 points; 10 goals, four assists). He joined Corb Denneny (1917-18 and 1921-22) and Babe Dye (1921-22 and 1925-26) as the third player in Toronto history with multiple season-opening goal streaks of at least three games.
Matthews has 16 points (12 goals, four assists) in 12 games against the Canadiens, tied for his highest goal total against one NHL team (19 points; 12 goals, seven assists in 13 games against the Senators).