NHL Recap October 10 2018
Home Team in Caps
Philadelphia 7, OTTAWA 4
WASHINGTON 5, Vegas 2
Arizona 3, ANAHEIM 2 (SO)
KUZNETSOV, OVECHKIN GUIDE CAPITALS IN STANLEY CUP FINAL REMATCH
Evgeny Kuznetsov (1-3—4) and Alex Ovechkin (2-0—2) each found the scoresheet to guide the Capitals past the Golden Knights in the first meeting between the clubs since Washington’s Cup-clinching victory in Game 5 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final on June 7 in Vegas. Kuznetsov led all skaters with eight points in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final (1-7—8 in 5 GP), while Ovechkin shared the lead among all players with three goals (3-2—5 in 5 GP).
- Ovechkin scored the 610th and 611th goals of his NHL career to leapfrog Bobby Hull (610) for sole possession of 17th place on the League’s all-time list. Coincidentally, when Ovechkin captured his seventh career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy in 2017-18, he joined Hull (also 7x, all w/ CHI) as the only players in NHL history to finish atop the League’s goal-scoring race seven times.
- Ovechkin recorded his first multi-goal game of the 2018-19 season and the 121st such outing of his NHL career, tops among active players. He moved into a tie with Hull and Jari Kurri for the 14th-most multi-goal games in NHL history.
- Washington has scored 18 goals across three games to open the 2018-19 campaign, establishing a new franchise record for most through the first three games of a season (previously 17 in 1988-89).
VORACEK’S FIVE POINTS POWER FLYERS’ SEVEN-GOAL OUTBURST
Jakub Voracek (2-3—5) factored on five of Philadelphia’s seven goals to establish a single-game career high for points and power the Flyers past the Senators. He became the third Flyers player in the last 10 years to record five points in a regular-season game, joining Mike Richards on Feb. 19, 2009 vs. BUF (2-3—5) and Claude Giroux on Feb. 16, 2012 vs. BUF (0-5—5).
- Voracek ranked fourth in the NHL with 65 assists in 2017-18, trailing only Connor McDavid (67), Blake Wheeler (68), and teammate Claude Giroux (68). Voracek and Giroux became the first pair of teammates to each record at least 65 assists in a season since Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in 2008-09 (w/ PIT).
TKACHUK SCORES FIRST TWO CAREER GOALS IN SECOND NHL GAME
Senators forward Brady Tkachuk (2-1—3), who made his League debut on Monday, scored the first two goals of his NHL career. He required the fewest games among his family members to score his first career NHL goal (2 GP), two less than his brother Matthew (4 GP) and three fewer than his father Keith (5 GP).
- Tkachuk (19 years, 24 days) became the fourth-youngest player in franchise history to score the first goal of his NHL career, behind Alexandre Daigle on Oct. 9, 1993 at STL (18 years, 244 days), Pavol Demitra on Oct. 9, 1993 at STL (18 years, 314 days) and Radek Bonk on Jan. 27, 1995 at PIT (19 years, 18 days). He also became the eighth teenager in franchise history to record at least three points in a game and first since Erik Karlsson on March 27, 2010 vs. FLA (0-3—3).
COYOTES EARN FIRST WIN OF 2018-19
Antti Raanta made 23 saves through 65 minutes and denied three shooters in the shootout to backstop the Coyotes to their first win of the 2018-19 campaign (1-2-0). Arizona recorded its first win in Anaheim since Nov. 9, 2015 (4-3 OT W), snapping a five-game slide (0-4-1).
- Raanta owns a career save percentage of .922, tied for the third-highest among goaltenders to appear in at least 100 games since 1955-56 when shots on goal became an official NHL statistic.
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CENTRAL DIVISION POWERS FACE OFF IN NASHVILLE
The Jets and the Predators, who owned the top two point totals in the NHL during the 2017-18 regular season (NSH: 53-18-11, 117 points; WPG: 52-20-10, 114 points), meet for the first time since Winnipeg eliminated Nashville in a seven-game series during the Second Round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
- Both clubs set franchise records for wins and points in 2017-18, with the Predators earning the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time in franchise history. Nashville held the edge in head-to-head regular season contests last season with a 3-1-1 record (WPG: 2-3-0).
- In the Second Round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the teams battled in a back-and-forth series before Mark Scheifele (2-0—2) and Connor Hellebuyck (36 saves) propelled the Jets to a 5-1 victory in Game 7. Scheifele was one of the breakout stars of the playoffs with 14-6—20 in 17 games – only Conn Smythe Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin (15 G in 24 GP) scored more postseason goals last season.
DEVILS, OILERS TO PLAY IN FIRST GAMES AFTER GLOBAL SERIES
The Devils and Oilers return to North America for their first games since going head-to-head in the 2018 NHL Global Series – a 5-2 win by New Jersey at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden on Oct. 6.
- The Devils will host the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals in the team’s first regular-season contest at Prudential Center this season (they were also the home team of record in the Global Series game on Oct. 6). Kyle Palmieri, who has topped the 20-goal mark in each of the past three seasons, and Travis Zajac, the longest tenured Devils skater in his 13th season with the club, contributed multi-goal outings in their season-opening game.
- The Oilers visit the Bruins in Edmonton’s first regular-season game on North American soil in 2018-19. Connor McDavid opened the campaign with a pair of assists in Gothenburg, as the 21-year-old forward looks to become the first player to win the Art Ross Trophy three straight seasons since Jaromir Jagr did so for four consecutive campaigns from 1997-98 to 2000-01.
KEEP AN EYE ON . . .
- Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has started the 2018-19 season with a four-game point/goal streak (7-3—10 in 4 GP). His teammate, John Tavares, has contributed 6-0—6 through his first four games of the season including multiple goals in back-to-back contests. They are the first set of teammates to each score six or more goals through a team’s first four games of a season since Wayne Gretzky (6) and Luc Robitaille (6) with the Kings in 1988-89.
- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly has recorded 2-8—10 in Toronto’s first four games to become the third defenseman in NHL history to record 10+ points through his team’s first four games of a season. The others: Harry Cameron in 1917-18 (8-6—14 w/ TAN) and Pat Stapleton in 1968-69 (1-9—10 w/ CHI). The NHL record for most points by a defenseman through his team’s first five games belongs to Cameron (9-6—15 in 5 GP in 1917-18). The most points by a defenseman through his team’s first five games of a season in the modern era (since 1943-44) is 11, achieved by eight-time Norris Trophy winner Bobby Orr in 1973-74 (2-9—11 in 5 GP).
- A Hart Trophy finalist in 2017-18 after notching career highs in goals (39), assists (58) and points (97), Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has started the 2018-19 campaign with a goal in each of his first three games. Only three players in franchise history have started the season with at least one goal in each of the team’s opening four contests: Mats Sundin (5 GP in 1992-93), Michel Goulet (4 GP in 1983-84) and John Mitchell (4 GP in 2015-16).
- The Blackhawks have required overtime in each of their first three games to begin the 2018-19 season (2-0-1). The only team to begin a season with four overtime games was the 1997-98 Rangers – all four of those contests ended in a tie. No team has ever begun a season with five consecutive overtime games.