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Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 3, Florida 0
Pittsburgh 5, PHILADELPHIA 4
Boston 1, DETROIT 0
MONTREAL 2, Toronto 1
NEW JERSEY 3, Tampa Bay 1
MINNESOTA 4, Dallas 0
ST. LOUIS 1, Los Angeles 0
Colorado 3, ARIZONA 2
Washington 5, VANCOUVER 2
SAN JOSE 4, Nashville 1
CANADIENS EXTEND SEASON-OPENING POINT STREAK TO NINE GAMES
Shea Weber scored the game-winning goal at 7:24 of the third period to help the Canadiens extend their season-opening point streak to nine games (8-0-1), including seven straight wins.
* Per Elias, Montreal became the second team in NHL history to win at least eight of its first nine games in consecutive seasons (2015-16: 9-0-0). They joined the Ottawa Senators, who did so in 1925-26 (8-1-0) and 1926-27 (8-0-1).
* Weber has collected 4-6—10 in his first nine games with the Canadiens and leads the NHL with three game-winning goals.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Canadiens have won 11 consecutive games vs. TOR dating to March 1, 2014 (TOR: 0-7-4). Elias says Montreal’s 11-game win streak is the longest vs. TOR in franchise history, besting their run from Jan. 2 – Nov. 12, 1958 (10-0-0).
CROSBY, MALKIN LEAD PENGUINS TO THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
Sidney Crosby (2-0—2) and Evgeni Malkin (2-0—2) – who registered his 300th career NHL goal – combined for four of Pittsburgh’s five goals to lead the Penguins to their third straight win.
* Per Elias, the Penguins hold an all-time record of 61-4-1 when Crosby and Malkin each score in the same contest.
* Crosby has scored in all three games since making his season debut on Oct. 25 (4-1—5) and has registered at least one point in 23 of his past 24 regular-season games dating to Feb. 29 (15-19—34).
DUBNYK POSTS THIRD STRAIGHT BLANK SHEET
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves to pick up his third consecutive shutout and improve to 5-1-1 this season with a 1.43 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and three shutouts.
* Per Elias, Dubnyk became the first goaltender in Wild franchise history to post three straight blank sheets, stopping all 94 shots faced during those contests.
* Dubnyk now owns the longest individual shutout streak in Wild history (181:43), surpassing Darcy Kuemper’s mark of 163:46 from Oct. 9-17, 2014.
SHARKS DEFEAT PREDATORS IN PLAYOFF REMATCH
The Sharks opened the scoring with three consecutive goals en route to a 4-1 win over the Predators in their first meeting since the Second Round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (4-3 SJS series win).
* Joe Pavelski (1-1—2) notched his second game-winning goal of the season (9 GP). In 2015-16, he matched a single-season franchise record with an NHL-leading 11 game-winning tallies and added four more in the postseason, including the game-winning goal vs. NSH in Game 7.
Sabres goaltender Anders Nilsson (33 SV), Blues goaltender Jake Allen (27 SV) and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (24 SV) each recorded shutouts . . . Rask posted his 31st career blank sheet (all w/ BOS) and tied Tim Thomas for third on the franchise’s all-time list . . . Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (37 SV) improved to 5-0-0 this season (1.40 GAA, .954 SV%) . . . Forward Matt Duchene (2-0—2) scored twice, including the game-winning goal with 8:36 remaining in regulation, to guide the Avalanche to a 3-2 win . . . Forward Marcus Johansson (2-1—3) matched a career high with three points, including the game-winning goal, as the Capitals improved to 4-2-1 on the season . . . Forward Adam Henrique (1-1—2) scored the 100th goal of his NHL career to help the Devils improve to 4-0-1 at home this season . . . Flyers forward Jakub Voracek (2-0—2) scored twice, including a highlight-reel penalty shot goal . . . Flyers captain Claude Giroux (1-0—1) extended his point streak to eight games (1-9—10) . . . Wild forward Tyler Graovac scored the first goal of his NHL career (6 GP) . . . Linesman Tim Nowak was recognized for his 1,500th career NHL game prior to the Panthers-Sabres game . . . Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard wore a special helmet with an image honoring former Red Wings play-by-play announcer Dave Strader in support of Hockey Fights Cancer.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Buffalo @ Winnipeg, 3 p.m., TSN3, MSG-B
Philadelphia @ Carolina, 5 p.m., FS-CR, TCN-PH
Florida @ Detroit, 5 p.m., FS-D, FS-F
Toronto @ NY Islanders, 6 p.m., SN360, SN1, MSG+
Los Angeles @ Chicago, 7 p.m., CSN-CH, FS-W
Tampa Bay @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, TVAS, MSG, SUN
Ottawa @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNOL, RDSI, TSN5
Washington @ Calgary, 9:30 p.m., SNF, CSN-DC+
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HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN NEWFOUNDLAND
Former Islanders forward Matt Martin returns to face his former team for the first time as a member of the Maple Leafs on Rogers Hometown Hockey, which makes its third stop of the season in Grand Falls-Windsor, Nfld. Sunday also marks the Islanders’ Hockey Fights Cancer night at Barclays Center.
* 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 Grand Falls-Windsor.
* Click here for the full schedule of stops for the 2016-17 season.