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Devils off to fastest start in 24 years

New Jersey 7-2-0 after defeating Senators in shootout

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The Vegas Golden Knights may be the biggest story in hockey this season, but the New Jersey Devils are writing an impressive one of their own.

While the Golden Knights were improving to 8-1-0 with a 7-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche, the Devils, with a wild 5-4 shootout victory against the Ottawa Senators upped their record to 7-2-0, the second-best nine-game start in franchise history (the 1993-94 Devils started 8-1-0).

The Devils allowed two goals in the final 1:15 of regulation, but won the shootout on the strength of a highlight-reel goal by rookie forward Jesper Bratt.

Video: OTT@NJD: Bratt scores on slick backhander in shootout

New Jersey, which hasn't qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since advancing to the Final in 2012, will try to get to 8-2-0 when the winless Arizona Coyotes come to Prudential Center on Saturday (7 p.m. ET: MSG+, FS-A-PLUS, NHL.TV). 

 

Blue Jackets, Blues rolling along

Two other teams are also off to fast starts.

Josh Anderson scored at 2:38 of overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Nationwide Arena. At 7-3-0, the Blue Jackets are off to their best 10-game start since joining the NHL in 2000. Anderson got the chance to be the hero after goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky robbed Winnipeg forward Blake Wheeler in OT on a shot that was ticketed for the back of the net. 

Video: WPG@CBJ: Bobrovsky lays out to rob Wheeler in OT

 The St. Louis Blues have earned points in five consecutive games (4-0-1) after edging the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 at PNC Arena on Friday. The Blues are 8-2-1, trailing only the 2002-03 (9-1-1), 2013-14 (8-1-2) and 2010-11 (8-1-2) teams for the 11-game start in their history. Jaden Schwartz, who's third in the NHL with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists, made a sweet pass to set up Brayden Schenn's game-winning goal midway through the third period. Schwartz has five goals and three assists during a six-game point streak.

 

Golden touch

Expansion team? City that's brand new to hockey? Injuries to their top two goalies? Throw whatever you want at the Vegas Golden Knights, they just keep on winning

 

Lucky 7!

The Golden Knights had their biggest offensive outburst in a 7-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche. Of course James Neal scored, but there were plenty of other goals and the first shutout in franchise history by goalie Oscar Dansk

 Video: COL@VGK: Dansk denies Soderberg twice in close

 

Bickel visits Hurricanes

Bryan Bickel is finding his footing on land after spending a long time on the ice. He retired following last season at age 31 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. 

 

Okaaaaaaay!

Lil Jon is a big hockey fan and has adopted the team that hails from his adopted city. Also, he once took the Stanley Cup for a ride.

 

Clown prank, bro

Ryan Reaves of the Pittsburgh Penguins got teammate Phil Kessel good in a hotel room prank involving an incredibly scary clown mask. 

 

Stamk of approval

Martin St. Louis' son is dressing up as a Tampa Bay Lightning player for Halloween that is not his dad. 

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