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CAROLINA 5, Vancouver 3
COLUMBUS 5, Colorado 2
Calgary 3, NASHVILLE 0
WINNIPEG 2, Los Angeles 1
Toronto 7, DALLAS 4



Auston Matthews (2-0—2) and John Tavares (2-0—2) each recorded multiple goals for the second straight game to power the Maple Leafs to victory. Toronto, which also notched seven goals in an overtime win at Chicago on Sunday, scored seven or more goals in consecutive games for the third time in the past 20 years (also Dec. 19-21, 1998 and Oct. 4-7, 2017).


* Matthews (7-3—10 in 4 GP) and Tavares (6-0—6 in 4 GP) are just the third set of teammates in NHL history, and first since the League’s inaugural campaign in 1917-18, to each score six or more goals across a team’s first four games of a season.



* Matthews became the sixth Maple Leafs player to score at least one goal in each of the franchise’s first four games of a season. The others: Corb Denneny (1921-22), Babe Dye (1925-26), Sweeney Schriner (1944-45), John Anderson (1981-82), Clarke MacArthur (2010-11).


* Matthews has also collected at least two points in each of the Maple Leafs’ first four games of 2018-19. He became the third player in franchise history to record multiple points in each of the club’s opening four contests, joining Harry Cameron (8-6—14 in 4 GP) in 1917-18 and Sweeney Schriner (9-6—15 in 6 GP) in 1944-45.


Led by multi-goal outings from Joe Pavelski (2-0—2) and Evander Kane (2-0—2), the Sharks tallied eight goals - their highest single-game total since Oct. 8, 2013 (9-2 W vs. NYR) - to capture their second win of the season (2-2-0).

* Pavelski (319-380—699 in 892 GP) now sits one point shy of becoming the third player in franchise history to record 700 points with the club. The others: Patrick Marleau (508-574—1,082 in 1,493 GP) and Joe Thornton (228-746—974 in 963 GP).


* Erik Karlsson (0-2—2) and Brent Burns (0-1—1) assisted on Tomas Hertl’s goal to become the first pair of former Norris Trophy winners to combine on a goal during a regular-season game since Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger on March 31, 2009 (w/ ANA).

Kevin Labanc (0-4—4) recorded his first career four-assist game and second career four-point outing. He became the 13th different player in franchise history to record at least four assists in a game and first since Pavelski (0-4—4) on March 15, 2011 at DAL. He is the ninth different skaterin the first week of the 2018-19 season to record four points in a game.


DYK? Including San Jose (8) and Toronto (7) on Tuesday, 10 of 41 games this season have seen one team score six or more goals (24.4%).


Five different skaters scored to help the Hurricanes extend their season-opening point streak to four games (3-0-1), one shy of the franchise record set by the Whalers in 1995-96 (4-0-1).

* Carolina, which earned an 8-5 win on Sunday, has combined for 13 goals in its last two outings, their highest such total in consecutive games since registering an equal amount from April 6-8, 2010.


Sebastian Aho (1-1—2) extended his season-opening point streak to four games (2-4—6). It marked the third time in the last four campaigns in which a Hurricanes player recorded at least one point in each of the team’s opening four games (also Justin Faulk in 2015-16 and Victor Rask in 2016-17).

Warren Foegele (1-0—1) has scored five goals through the first six games of his NHL career (5-2—7). He has required the fewest appearances to score his first five career goals among players to debut with the Hurricanes/Whalers franchise.


A number of other players continued strong starts to the 2018-19 season:


Stars forward Tyler Seguin (1-3—4) recorded four points for the second consecutive game, marking the 10th time in franchise history a player has recorded back-to-back four point outings. Seguin, a native of Brampton, Ont., has recorded 30 points (14-16—30) in 27 career games against the Maple Leafs - his second-highest total against any club (18-15—33 in 32 GP vs. WPG/ATL).

* Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon (1-0—1) has scored at least one goal in each of the Avalanche’s first three games of 2018-19 (3-1—4 in 3 GP). He became the third player to score at least one goal in each of the team’s opening three contests since the franchise relocated to Colorado, joining Joe Sakic in 2001-02 and Gabriel Landeskog in 2015-16.

* Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly (0-4—4) recorded his first career four-assist game and has now collected 2-8—10 through the team’s first four games of 2018-19. Rielly became the first Toronto blueliner to post a four-assist game since Tomas Kaberle on Jan. 7, 2011 at ATL, while also establishing a franchise record for assists by a defenseman through the club’s first four games of a season.

Gritty makes grand entrance into Flyers home opener

Gritty featured on Calvin Pickard's new Flyers mask

Artist devotes 40 hours to another incredible Capitals painting

Penguins unveil new third jerseys 



The Capitals are set to host the Golden Knights on Wednesday 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. There will be a lot of familiarity between the two teams as 28 of 40 players who dressed for Game 5 also suited up in each club’s previous contest: 16 of 20 for the Capitals (Oct. 4 at PIT: 7-6 OTL) and 12 of 20 for the Golden Knights (Oct. 8 at BUF: 4-2 L).


* The Cup champion holds a record of 50-31-6 in the first regular-season meeting between Stanley Cup finalists since 1927-28 (runner-up: 32-47-8), including a 4-1-0 mark since 2013-14 when the schedule matrix was changed to include head-to-head matchups between all teams.


* The reigning champion has won each of the past three rematches. Defending champions last won four straight rematches from 1957-58 to 1960-61 when the Canadiens won four straight rematches during their NHL-record run of five consecutive Cups.


* The Capitals have scored 13 goals through two games in 2018-19. The franchise record for goals through the first three games of a season is 17, set in 1988-89. The NHL record for most goals through the first three games of a season is 27, set by the Toronto Arenas in the League’s inaugural season of 1917-18; the modern-era record (since 1943-44) is 25, set by the Montreal Canadiens in 1975-76.


* The Golden Knights (85 GP; 52-26-7) sit tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs (52-48-0) for the third-most wins by a team within its first 100 regular-season games. Vegas plays its 100th regular season game on Nov. 11 in Boston. Only the original Ottawa Senators (63-37-0) and Montreal Canadiens (53-47-0) had more wins within their first 100 games.

The Flyers visit the Senators for the 94th all-time regular-season meeting between the clubs (PHI: 45-32-16; OTT: 40-41-12), with Philadelphia holding a 5-1-2 edge in their past eight meetings since Dec. 1, 2015 (OTT: 3-3-2).


* Senators rookie Brady Tkachuk (age 19) is expected to make his home debut at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa Wednesday after logging 14:33 in his first regular-season game on Monday in Boston. His father, Keith Tkachuk, collected 15-13—28 in 22 career games against the Flyers for an average of 1.27 P/GP – his highest such total against any NHL club (10+ GP).

* Defenseman Thomas Chabot (age 21), a first-round pick in 2015, leads the Senators with five points in three games (2-3—5) while ranking second on the club with 21:51 TOI/GP (behind Ottawa native Cody Ceci: 22:37 TOI/GP). Only two different defensemen have recorded more than five points through the team’s first four games of a season: Erik Karlsson in 2016-17 (2-5—7), 2015-16 (0-7—7), and 2011-12 (0-6—6); and Filip Kuba in 2008-09 (0-6—6).


Ivan Provorov (age 21) has 24:23 TOI/GP through three games this season. In 2017-18, he became the first defenseman in franchise history to at least share the League lead in goals by a blueliner, scoring 17 times to tie Victor Hedman and Dougie Hamilton.


* Third-year forward Travis Konecny (age 21) collected 62-121—183 with the OHL’s Ottawa 67s from 2013-14 to 2015-16 (152 GP). He has 1-3—4 in six career games against the Senators, with his goal coming last October in Ottawa. In 2017-18, Konecny topped the 20-goal mark for the first time, finishing third on the Flyers with 24 tallies in 81 games.

Thanks to eh NHL PR department for the above information.

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