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by Paul on 10/28/13 at 10:30 AM ET
THE AVALANCHE CONTINUES
Trailing after two periods for the first time this season, the Avalanche scored a pair of third-period goals (by Jan Hejda and Paul Stastny) to improve to 10-1-0, matching the club’s best start in franchise history (Nordiques: 10-1-0 in 1994-95). Colorado also equaled the franchise record for wins in October, set in 2009-10.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Avalanche are the seventh team in NHL history to win 10 of their first 11 games of a season, but only the third to do so while recording each victory in regulation-time. The other two teams to post 10 regulation wins in their first 11 games both did so during the 1994-95 season: the Penguins (10-0-1) and the Nordiques (10-1-0).
Matt Duchene scored his ninth goal of the season, tying the Avalanche record for goals in October (Joe Sakic, 1997; Peter Forsberg, 2000; and Chris Stewart, 2010). Duchene’s nine goals are a career high for a single month, surpassing his previous best of eight in December 2010.
Corey Perry scored the game-winning goal with 2:25 remaining in regulation to help the Ducks improve to 2-2-0 on their season-long, eight-game road trip. Perry has 24 game-winning goals since the start of the 2010-11 season, tied with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos for the most in the NHL.
STAMKOS TORMENTS PANTHERS
Less than three weeks after recording his sixth career hat trick in a 7-2 victory over the Panthers Oct. 10, Steven Stamkos again tormented the Lightning’s intrastate rival, posting 1-1—2 and the shootout winner in a 4-3 triumph. Stamkos has scored 21 goals in 30 career games versus the Panthers, including 14 in their last 12 meetings. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft has 8-9—17 in 11 games this season, second in the League behind Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (8-10—18).
BACHMAN SHINES IN OILERS DEBUT
Richard Bachman made a career-high 47 saves, including 23 in the third period, to set an Oilers record for most saves in a team debut. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the previous mark was set on March 12, 1980, when Ron Low turned aside 42 shots in a 6-3 victory over the Nordiques. The 26-year-old Bachman signed with the Oilers this offseason after playing the first 32 games of his NHL career with the Stars.
LONG TIME COMING
Making his first NHL start, Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock posted 38 saves to record his first victory since a nine-save win in relief of Antti Niemi on Feb. 1, 2011. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 999 days between wins for Stalock is the longest gap in Sharks history (previous mark: 617 by Vesa Toskala).
Anze Kopitar scored the deciding goal in the shootout to help the Kings improve to 5-0 this season in games that have gone past regulation, including a 4-0 mark in the tiebreaker. Kopitar is 3-for-4 in shootout attempts this season, with all three goals deciding the tiebreaker; his 27 career shootout goals (on 67 attempts, 40.3%) rank 10th among active skaters, while his 11 career game-deciding goals are tied for sixth.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made one save (on two shots on goal) in the shootout. He has denied 10-of-11 shootout attempts this season (.909). Quick’s 34 career shootout victories place fifth among active goaltenders; he led the League with 10 shootout wins in 2010-11.
Sharks forward Tomas Hertl scored 76 seconds after the opening face-off to reclaim the rookie scoring lead (8-3—11). Hertl now has three goals in the first two minutes of games this season – also Oct. 5 vs. PHX (0:46) and Oct. 12 vs. OTT (0:55) . . . Artem Anisimov posted his second multi-goal game with the Blue Jackets and first since Feb. 2 . . . Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen made 18 saves for his third win in as many appearances this season . . . The Panthers scored a pair of third-period goals to force overtime. The team has 13 third-period goals this season; it has 12 combined in the opening two periods of play . . . Jets forward Olli Jokinen played in his 1,100th NHL game . . . The Avalanche have killed off 18 consecutive power plays and lead the League with a 92.3% penalty-kill efficiency rate . . . The Lightning improved to 9-1-1 in their last 11 games versus the Panthers . . . The Kings improved to 13-1-6 in their last 20 games against the Oilers . . . The Ducks improved to 6-0-0 in one-goal games this season . . . The Flames unveiled a new third jersey . . . Re-live the best plays of the week.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Dallas @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., FS-SW, MSG-B, BELL TV
Pittsburgh @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., ROOT, FS-CR
Montreal @ NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, RDS, TSN-HABS, MSG
Chicago @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., CSN-CH, FS-N
Washington @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., CSN-DC, SNET-VAN
RUFF RETURNS TO BUFFALO
Lindy Ruff, who served as the head coach of the Sabres for 16 seasons (1997-2013), returns to Buffalo for the first time as the bench boss of the Stars. Ruff compiled a 571-432-162 record behind the bench for the Sabres, becoming the franchise’s winningest coach before being fired on Feb. 20. The 32nd overall pick by Buffalo in the 1979 NHL Draft, Ruff also played parts of 10 seasons for the Sabres and was named the team’s captain in November 1986. The Stars hired Ruff as their 22nd head coach in franchise history, and seventh in Dallas history, on June 21.
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