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TUESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
St. Louis 3, NY RANGERS 1
Columbus 2, CAROLINA 1 (OT)
Chicago 3, MONTREAL 1
NASHVILLE 6, Philadelphia 5
DALLAS 4, Detroit 2
Ottawa 3, VANCOUVER 2 (SO)
VEGAS 5, Arizona 2

NEAL CONTINUES TO SHINE AS GOLDEN KNIGHTS WIN HOME OPENER
The Golden Knights scored four goals in the first period, including two from James Neal, en route to winning the first NHL regular-season game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and becoming the first club in the 100-year history of the League to begin its inaugural season with three straight wins.

* Neal has scored the game-winning goal in each of Vegas’ three contests. Via Elias, he is the second player from any NHL team in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to register the game-winning goal in each of his club’s first three games in any regular-season (also Brian Propp: 1982-83 w/ PHI).

* Elias adds that Neal (5-0—5) joined Real Cloutier (5-0—5 in 1979-80 w/ QUE) as the only players in the expansion era to score five goals over his team’s first three games in their inaugural campaign.

* Additionally, Neal is the fourth player in that time frame to score in each of his team’s first three games in their inaugural season. Only nine players achieved the feat before 1967-68, including six in the League’s first season.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS HONOR SHOOTING VICTIMS, FIRST RESPONDERS
Golden Knights players and staff were joined by first responders as they took the ice for the first time at T-Mobile Arena; members of the Coyotes also stood in unity behind the Golden Knights for the duration of the pre-game ceremony.

* The pre-game ceremony included a 58-second moment of silence to honor the victims of last week’s tragedy and concluded with a speech from center ice by Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland, a longtime Las Vegas resident who scored the second goal of the game. Click the image below to watch his speech.

MORE STRONG STARTS TO THE SEASON

* Blues forward Jaden Schwartz collected 1-1—2 to help St. Louis start the season with four consecutive wins for the second time in franchise history (also: 2013-14). Schwartz has at least one point in each of the Blues’ four games (2-5—7).

* Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad (5-0—5 in 4 GP) joined Rick Nash (5-1—6 in 2014-15) as the only players in franchise history with at least one goal in each of the club's first four regular-season games.

* Blue Jackets forward Sonny Milano tallied both goals in the team’s overtime win. Milano (4-0—4 in 3 GP) has scored in each of the Blue Jackets’ first three games this season, equaling a club record set by KristianHuselius in 2010-11 (3-1—4).


PREDATORS WIN THRILLER IN NASHVILLE
The Predators had a 3-0 lead erased by five straight Flyers goals before responding with three unanswered goals of their own – including the tying marker with 1:17 remaining in regulation and game-winning goal with 36.5 seconds on the clock – to win their home opener, the first contest at Bridgestone Arena since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Filip Forsberg (2-1—3) and P.K. Subban (0-3—3) each factored on the winning goal for the Predators, who raised their Western Conference Champions banner to the rafters before puck drop.

QUICK CLICKS

1. Golden Knights opt for #VegasStrong on boards over ads in home opener

2. Five things you need to know about Golden Knights first home goal-scorer

3. Hitchcock moves up all-time list with Stars' win

4. Flyers’ rookie Nolan Patrick scored his first NHL goal

NO. 1 PICKS EXPECTED TO MEET IN TORONTO
The past two No. 1 overall selections in the NHL Draft are expected to meet for the first time when Devils forward Nico Hischier (2017) and Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (2016) face off in a game broadcast nationally in Canada on Sportsnet. Hischier (0-1—1) and fellow rookie Jesper Bratt (3-2—5) – who is one of five NHL players in the past 17 seasons to begin his career with a combined five points in his first two games – have helped New Jersey win each of its first two games of 2017-18. Matthews (2-3—5), meanwhile, scored in overtime on Monday and aims to help Toronto start a season with a 4-0-0 record for the first time since 2010-11.


PENGUINS VISIT CAPITALS IN REMATCH OF 2017 SECOND ROUND
In a game broadcast nationally in the U.S. on NBCSN, the Penguins visit the Capitals for the first time since posting a 2-0 series-clinching victory in Game 7 of the 2017 Second Round, en route to winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup. Washington (2-0-1), who has posted the League’s best regular-season record in each of the past two campaigns, has earned points in each of its first three contests led by Alex Ovechkin (7-0—7), who matched a 100-year-old benchmark by scoring a hat trick in each of his first two games.

the information above was supplied by the NHL PR department

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