The Los Angeles Kings scored at least seven goals in a home opener for the fifth time in their history while setting a team record for the fastest three goals in a regular-season game when they defeated the Nashville Predators 7-4 at Staples Center on Monday.
The seven goals were one shy of the most in a home opener for the Kings since an 8-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 6, 1988; Los Angeles also defeated Detroit 8-1 on Oct. 11, 1980. Alex Iafallo, Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty each scored within 30 seconds during the final minute of the third period, the fastest by an NHL team since the Pittsburgh Penguins scored three goals in 29 seconds of a 6-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 26, 1993.
Crosby sparks Penguins to seven goals against Wild
Sidney Crosby had two points (one goal, one assist) to help the Penguins score seven goals for the second time this season in a 7-4 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.
The center has factored in on the opening goal in each of the Penguins' past three games. He's helped give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead 222 times, trailing Joe Thornton (259) for the most points on game opening-goals among active NHL players.
The Wild are 13-2-4 in home openers and 0-4-0 this season, the worst start in their history, and have been outscored 21-10.
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Oilers roll to 5-0-0 with win against Rangers
Leon Draisaitl (three points; two goals, one assist) and Connor McDavid (two points; one goal, one assist) totaled five points to help the Edmonton Oilers go 5-0-0 with a 4-1 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It's the second-longest, season-opening winning streak in their history (5-0-0 in 1985-86; 7-0-0 in 1983-84), with all of Edmonton's five victories by comeback, a first in NHL history.
McDavid (12 points; four goals, eight assists) and Draisaitl (11 points; four goals, seven assists) have points in all five games this season and are first and second, respectively, in NHL scoring. McDavid is the second player in Oilers history with at least 12 points within their first five games of a season. Wayne Gretzky had 12 (three goals, nine assists) to start the 1987-88 season.
Young defensemen Makar, Girard, pace Avalanche to fourth straight win
Cale Makar, 21, had two assists and Samuel Girard, 21, had the secondary assist on Andre Burakovsky's goal at 3:29 of overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Pepsi Center.
This is the first time the Avalanche have started a season 4-0-0 by winning each game at home, and fourth time in Colorado/Quebec Nordiques history they've won their first four home games (4-0-0 in 1985-86; 6-0-0 in 2007-08; 6-0-0 in 2009-10).
Makar (five assists) is one of 11 rookie defensemen in NHL history with a point in each of his first four regular-season games. He scored the game-winning goal during his NHL debut in Game 3 of the 2019 Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames.