NEW YORK – On Thursday, the Detroit Red Wings introduced the Colorado Avalanche to the loss column as they dealt the Avs their first setback of the year. Elsewhere Pittsburgh handed the Flyers another loss as Philadelphia continues to struggle coming out of the gates this season. The Bruins spoiled the effort of their former, Tim Thomas, in winning 3-2 over the Panthers.
Meanwhile, the Senators added to the Devils’ woes in keeping them winless in a 5-2 win over New Jersey.
Vancouver 3, Buffalo 0
Carolina 3, Toronto 2
NY Islanders 3, Edmonton 2
Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 1
Montreal 5, Columbus 3
Ottawa 5, New Jersey 2
Tampa Bay 3, Minnesota 1
Boston 3, Florida 2
St. Louis 3, Chicago 2 (SO)
Los Angeles 2, Nashville 1 (SO)
Dallas 4, San Jose 3 (SO)
Detroit 4, Colorado 2
THE GREAT HALL
Edmonton forward Taylor Hall scored two goals in eight seconds, surpassing Wayne Gretzky’s mark, to establish a new individual Oilers record for fastest two goals in a game. The previous record was set on Feb. 18, 1981 when Gretzky tallied twice in nine seconds in Edmonton’s 9-2 win over St. Louis.
Wayne Gretzky’s reaction via Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun): “That is so cool, good for him… he’s a great kid. Records are so made to be broken, it’s good for the game. If Kevin Lowe would have got me the puck quicker it would have been seven seconds!”
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hall is the youngest player (21 years) to score two goals in eight seconds or less since Deron Quint (19 years) tied Nels Stewart’s NHL record with two goals in four seconds for Winnipeg on Dec. 15, 1995.
SMITH STEALS THE SHOW
Florida goaltender Tim Thomas made 37 saves against his former team, but Boston newcomer Reilly Smith broke a 2-2 tie with 59 seconds remaining in the third to give Boston the win. Thomas, who suffered an injury Oct. 8 versus Philadelphia, returned to the Panthers lineup in time to face the team he won a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy with in 2011. The 39-year-old netminder, who signed a one-year contract with Florida in September, also won two Vezina Trophies (2009, 2011) in his eight seasons with Boston.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
The Senators began their home opener with goals on their first two shots of the game en route to a 5-2 victory over the Devils. Captain Jason Spezza (1-2—3) and Erik Karlsson (1-2—3) led the Senators with three points each, while Bobby Ryan recorded his 74th career multi-point game (1-1—2) to help Ottawa improve to 12-6-0-3 in home openers.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS PART II
New York Islanders John Tavares recorded two points (1-1—2), including his second game-winning goal of the season, to extend his point streak to six games.
The Islanders improved to 7-0-3 in their last 10 regular season games at the Coliseum, their longest home point streak since 1989-90. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Islanders’ franchise record for consecutive home games with at least a point is 30, from Jan. 2, 1982 to Oct. 30, 1982.
A HALF DOZEN FIRSTS
Columbus center Boone Jenner (selected 37th overall by Columbus in 2011) scored his first two career goals, both on the powerplay, and was one of six players to score his first NHL goal Thursday, including:
‐ Canadiens left wing Michaël Bournival (selected 71st overall by Montreal in 2010)
‐ Maple Leafs left wing Josh Leivo (selected 86th overall by Toronto in 2011)
‐ Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy (selected 12th overall by Carolina in 2011)
‐ Blackhawks center Brandon Pirri (selected 59th overall by Chicago in 2009)
‐ Canucks defenseman Ryan Stanton (undrafted)
ONE SECOND OFF THE MARK
Tyler Kennedy scored nine seconds into the Sharks’ game versus Dallas, missing out on the franchise record for fastest Sharks goal to start a game by just one second. The San Jose record is held by Stephane Matteau, who scored eight seconds into the first period on Jan. 11, 2000 against St. Louis.
BLANK SLATE FOR LUONGO
Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo made 25 saves en route to his 63rd career shutout, surpassing Turk Broda for sole possession of 15th on the NHL’s all-time list. Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is the only active goalie with more wins (669) and shutouts (121) than Luongo (352 wins, 63 shutouts).
BACKES IN BLUE
Blues captain David Backes tallied his fifth goal of the season in his 500th career game. He is the 14th player in club history to reach the 500-game plateau and just the second U.S.-born player (Keith Tkachuk) to skate in 500 games with the franchise.
Jonathan Bernier made his second relief appearance of the season after James Reimer left 32 seconds into the game following a collision with teammate Josh Leivo. With the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, on the road, the Maple Leafs called upon University of Toronto goalie Brett Willows to suit up as a backup.
Sidney Crosby recorded two third period assists to extend his point streak (6-8—14) to seven games to start the season, a new career-long scoring streak to open a season… PK Subban assisted on both Canadiens first period goals and now has 2-8—10 through seven games to lead all defensemen in scoring… Tomas Plekanec scored twice in the third period to eclipse 400 NHL points (159-241—400) in his 605th career game (all with Montreal)… San Jose and Colorado, the only undefeated teams entering Thursday’s games, suffered their first losses of the season … Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop improved to 5-0-0 this season with a .943 save percentage and 1.57 goals-against average… Daniel Alfredsson picked up his second three-assist performance with the Red Wings to extend his point streak to four games (1-7—8)… Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev skated in his 100th NHL game… Country star Thomas Rhett visited the Phoenix Coyotes practice yesterday… Avalanche forward Cody McLeod has been offered an in-person hearing by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for boarding Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall… St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre will have an in-person hearing Friday afternoon for his hit on San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
St. Louis @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., FS-MW, TSN-JETS
Phoenix @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., FS-A, FS-W
HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER
The Tampa Bay Lightning pledged to honor, fight and play in memory of those whose lives have been affected by cancer as part of their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on Thursday. For more information about Hockey Fights Cancer, as well as a team-by-team listing of Awareness Nights, click here.