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NHL Recap October 7 2019

NHL Recap October 7 2019

ONTARIO-BORN BLUES RISE TO THE OCCASION VS. MAPLE LEAFS
Ontario-born Alex Pietrangelo (1-0—1) and Jordan Binnington (32 saves) each played pivotal roles in their hometown to help the Blues earn their first road win of 2019-20 and their seventh straight win overall vs. Toronto.

Pietrangelo (95-305—400 in 691 GP), born in King City, Ont., netted the game-winning goal to become just the second defenseman in Blues history to record 400 points with the franchise (also Al MacInnis: 127-325—452). His 23rd career game-winning goal, however, leapfrogged the Blues captain past MacInnis (22) for most by a blueliner in franchise history.

Binnington, whose name was honored on a Richmond Hill, Ont. population sign this past summer after winning the Stanley Cup, became the 52nd Ontario-born netminder to win his first game at Toronto and the fourth to do so in the last decade: Carter Hutton (Feb. 23, 2016), Cam Talbot (Jan. 4, 2014) and Justin Peters (March 2, 2010).

The Blues have won seven straight games over the Maple Leafs (TOR: 0-4-3) dating to Feb. 2, 2017, outscoring Toronto 25-12 over that span. St. Louis’s current stretch over Toronto is the franchise’s longest such run against the club, surpassing the previous mark of six contests from Feb. 1, 1988 to Oct. 29, 1988 (STL: 6-0-0, TOR: 0-5-1).

YOUTHFUL BLUE JACKETS LIFT CLUB TO FIRST WIN
After Columbus surrendered two separate leads, 20-year-old Alexandre Texier (1-1—2) scored his first career game-winning goal 2:08 into overtime to lift the Blue Jackets to their first win of 2019-20.

Texier was one of seven Blue Jackets players aged 25 or younger to collect at least one point Monday, including a goal from 24-year-old Oliver Bjorkstrand (1-0—1) who scored a career-high 23 tallies last season.

Texier (45th overall, 2017) and Bjorkstrand (89th overall, 2013) were two of a League-high 16 drafted players named to the Blue Jackets’ opening-night roster – two more than the next closest club (PHI: 14).

Columbus entered 2019-20 with the youngest opening-night roster by average age (25.7), joining the Hurricanes (25.8), Rangers (25.9) and Maple Leafs (25.9) as the fourth club with an average age of younger than 26.

OVECHKIN THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH AT NATIONALS GAME

Captain Alex Ovechkin has helped the Capitals race out to a 2-0-1 record to begin the season. He travelled to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Monday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Game 4 of the NLDS between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

SNEAK PEAK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION – WILSON TO REACH 1,200 GAMES AS SHARKS GENERAL MANAGER

Doug Wilson will reach 1,200 games as general manager of the Sharks on Wednesday when San Jose visits Nashville. Wilson will become the 24th general manager to reach the 1,200-game milestone and the 19th to serve as many games with one franchise.

The Sharks have the most regular-season wins and points of any team in the NHL since Wilson was hired on May 13, 2003 (681-376-142, 1,504 points) and have qualified for postseason play in 14 of 15 seasons under Wilson entering 2019-20.

Wilson will be hitting the milestone in a game against Predators general manager David Poile – the all-time leader in regular-season games as a general manager (2,788). In fact, everyone in the top five in terms of games managed among active general managers will see their team in action on Tuesday.

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