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Mitchell Marner, rookies lead Maple Leafs to victory

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

Home Team in Caps
TORONTO 4, Boston 1
OTTAWA 4, Montreal 3 (SO)
TAMPA BAY 3, New Jersey 2
FLORIDA 4, Detroit 1
PITTSBURGH 3, Anaheim 2
WASHINGTON 2, NY Islanders 1
San Jose 3, COLUMBUS 2
MINNESOTA 4, Winnipeg 3
ST. LOUIS 3, NY Rangers 2
CHICAGO 5, Nashville 3
COLORADO 6, Dallas 5
ARIZONA 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)
VANCOUVER 2, Calgary 1 (SO)

After honoring legends from their first 100 years during a pre-game ceremony, the Maple Leafs took an early 3-0 lead - aided by rookies Connor Brown (1-0-1) and Mitchell Marner (1-0-1) - en route to winning their centennial season home opener.

* Brown and Marner had the opening two goals, following in the footsteps of fellow rookie Auston Matthews, who accounted for all four Maple Leafs goals in a 5-4 overtime loss at the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the Maple Leafs are the first team in the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68) to have rookies score each of their first six goals in a season.

* ICYMI: The Maple Leafs officially retired the numbers of 17 players, including Dave Keon who had his No. 14 raised to the rafters for the first time, joining sixteen others who were previously honored with banners at Air Canada Centre.

* MUST SEE: Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower hugged the crowd as his number was retired.

Original owners of both the Blues and Penguins dropped ceremonial pucks on Saturday before the teams earned victories to continue perfect starts to their 50th anniversary seasons.

* Carter Hutton made 33 saves in his Blues debut to help St. Louis improve to 3-0-0 for the fourth time in franchise history. They also achieved the feat in 1969-70 (3-0-0), 1993-94 (3-0-0) and 2013-14 (4-0-0).

* After scoring the shootout winner in the season-opener, Phil Kessel (1-0-1) scored the game-winning goal to help the Penguins improve to 2-0-0. Pittsburgh also started 2-0-0 in 2009-10 - the last time a defending Stanley Cup champion won each of its first two games.

Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo made 21 saves to record his 438th career win and surpass Jacques Plante (437) into sole possession of sixth place in NHL history. Luongo, who began his career with the Islanders (seven wins), is the franchise wins leader for both the Canucks (252) and Panthers (179).

Avalanche forward Joe Colborne and Blackhawks forward Richard Panik each scored their first career NHL hat trick to power their clubs to victory:

* Colborne, who signed as a free agent on July 1, became the second player in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history to have a hat trick in his team debut (also Real Cloutier: Oct. 10, 1979 vs. ATL). Colborne and Cloutier are two of five Avalanche/Nordiques players to have a hat trick in a season-opener.

* Panik, who was acquired from the Maple Leafs on Jan. 3, scorer for a third straight game to help the Blackhawks earn a split of their back-to-back home-and-home series with the Predators. He has 4-1-5 in three games this season, compared to 6-2-8 in 2015-16 (30 GP).

The Lightning and Wild each overcame 2-0 first-period deficits to win on Saturday, and the Coyotes and Senators each earned victories despite having their multi-goal leads erased:

* Captain Steven Stamkos scored the first of three unanswered goals to help the Lightning rally from an early multi-goal deficit to win (3-2 against the New Jersey Devils) for the second straight game (they trailed 2-0 and 3-1 vs. DET on Thursday). Via the Elias Sports Bureau, Tampa Bay overcame multi-goal deficits to win in consecutive games for the first time since March 2 and March 3, 2012.

* Also trailing 2-0, the Wild scored four straight goals - highlighted by Eric Staal's first with Minnesota - to defeat the Winnipeg Jets and improve to 14-0-2 in all-time home openers at Xcel Energy Center (MIN lost its first home game of 2010-11 in Helsinki, but won its first home game in St. Paul). Via Elias Sports Bureau, they also rallied from multi-goal deficits to win home openers in 2003 vs. NYR and 2009 vs. ANA.

* Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored at 3:12 of overtime to help the Coyotes win their season opener. He leads all defensemen with 25 game-winning goals since entering the NHL in 2010-11, including eight such goals last season - the most ever by a defenseman in one season.

* After the Senators yielded three straight Canadiens goals, Tom Pyatt (1-0-1) scored with 2:33 remaining in regulation - his first with Ottawa - to set the stage for captain Erik Karlsson (0-1-1) to seal a victory in the fourth round of the shootout.

Daniel Sedin tied the game with 3:51 remaining in regulation and Brandon Sutter scored the lone goal in the fourth round of the shootout to rally the Canucks to a win in their first game of 2016-17 . . . Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (23 SV) earned his 11th consecutive victory against the Stars dating to 2013-14 . . . Defenseman Zach Werenski (CBJ; 2 GP) and forwards Mitch Marner (TOR; 2 GP), Artturi Lehkonen (MTL; 2 GP), Nick Schmaltz (CHI; 3 GP) and Devin Shore (DAL; 5 GP) each scored their first NHL goal . . . Avalanche coach Jared Bednar earned his first NHL win. . . Coach Bruce Boudreau earned his first victory with the Wild . . . Blues forward Kyle Brodziak and Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn each played their 700th career NHL game . . . Charlize Theron and Jason Reitman attended the Canucks home opener.

All Times Eastern

Anaheim @ NY Islanders, 6 p.m., MSG+, PRIME, NHL.TV
Buffalo @ Edmonton, 7 p.m., NHLN, SN1, MSG-B, NHL.TV
Carolina @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SN1, FS-CR, NHL.TV

Connor McDavid looks to continue his hot start to the season when the Edmonton Oilers play the Buffalo Sabres on Rogers Hometown Hockey, which makes its first stop of the season in his hometown of Newmarket, Ont. McDavid has posted back-to-back three-point games to begin the season, becoming the first Oilers player to have at least six points in the opening two games of a season since Wayne Gretzky in 1987-88.

Throughout 2016-17, Sunday games will be broadcast from a different community rink in various towns across Canada. Included in each telecast will be local NHL player profiles, grassroots stories and local entertainment features.

* Click here for more details about the festivities in Newmarket.

* Click here for the full schedule of stops for the 2016-17 season.

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