Skip to main content
facts & figures

Facts and Figures: Jets historic comeback has precedence

Win after being down four for second time in their history; Golden Knights sparkle shorthanded

NHL.com @NHLdotcom

The Winnipeg Jets won after trailing by four goals for the second time in their history when forward Blake Wheeler scored in the fourth round of the shootout for a 5-4 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

The Devils, playing their season opener, led 4-0 before Winnipeg defenseman Dmitry Kulikov scored with 11 seconds remaining in the second period. The Jets tied the game with three goals in a span of 9:54 during the third period, and Wheeler's goal in the tiebreaker gave the Jets franchise its second victory after behind by four goals since entering the NHL as the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999. The first was on Oct. 19, 2016, when Winnipeg rallied to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime.

The Jets became the 32nd road team in NHL history to win after trailing by at least four goals, and the second in less than a year; the Anaheim Ducks trailed by four before rallying to defeat the Washington Capitals 6-5 on Dec. 2, 2018. That game was one of an NHL-record 138 multiple-goal comeback wins last season.

Video: WPG@NJD: Jets rally to stun Devils with shootout win

 

Golden Knights stellar when shorthanded

The Vegas Golden Knights scored their second and third shorthanded goals of the season on the way to a 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center and a sweep of their season-opening home-and-home series.

It's the 14th instance of a team scoring a shorthanded goal in each of its first two games to begin a season. Three teams have done it in each of their first three games: The 1990-91 Detroit Red Wings, 1995-96 Vancouver Canucks and 2017-18 Devils. 

The Golden Knights' three shorthanded goals through their first two games this season matched the highest such total by a team in NHL history, previously accomplished by the Red Wings (2001-02), Edmonton Oilers (1983-84) and New York Rangers (1983-84).

Video: VGK@SJS: Karlsson sets up McNabb for SHG

 

Atkinson makes history in Blue Jackets loss

Cam Atkinson extended his streak of season-opening games with a goal to six by scoring for the Columbus Blue Jackets in their 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena. The forward tied Mud Bruneteau (1940-41 through 1945-46 with Detroit) and Yvan Cournoyer (1973-74 through 1978-79 with the Montreal Canadiens) for the longest such run in NHL history.

Auston Matthews scored his third goal in two games for Toronto, giving him 28 goals in 34 games in the month of October since entering the NHL in 2016. The center's average of 0.82 goals per game in October (minimum 25 games played) is the second-best in NHL history behind Mike Bossy (0.90; 80 goals in 89 games).

Video: TOR@CBJ: Atkinson tucks home power-play goal

 

Kane, Keith make history in Global Series

Forward Patrick Kane and defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks became the second and third players in NHL history to have points in a regular-season game in four different countries during a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL Global Series at O2 Arena in Prague.

Kane (one goal, two assists) and Keith (one assist) each have points in games played in Canada, the United States, Finland and the Czech Republic. They joined Thomas Vanek (Canada, United States, Finland, Germany).

The victory was the fourth consecutive season-opening win for the Flyers, who are tied with the Colorado Avalanche for the second-longest active streak behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (6-0-0). Philadelphia forward Travis Konecny scored twice to become the 19th player in NHL history to score multiple goals in the 32 regular-season games played outside North America. The only players with a hat trick in a regular-season game contested overseas are Theo Fleury of the Calgary Flames (Oct. 10, 1998 in Tokyo) and Patrik Laine of the Jets (Nov. 1, 2018 in Helsinki).

Philadelphia's Alain Vigneault also became the first NHL coach to win his first game with a new team when that game is contested outside North America.

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.