David Pastrnak has a four-goal game, the Avalanche are the only unbeaten team, the Panthers rally to beat the Devils, and more in today’s NHL morning headlines.
NHL.COM: David Pastrnak scored all of the Boston Bruins goals to lead his club to a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Brad Marchand and Torey Krug each collected two assists. It was a costly win for the Bruins as David Krejci left the game with a suspected lower-body injury.
The Colorado Avalanche (5-0-0) are the only undefeated team following a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals. Mikko Rantanen and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and two assists as the Avs chased Capitals goalie Braden Holtby after giving up three goals in as many shots in the first period. Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the Capitals.
The Chicago Blackhawks picked up their first win of the season by downing the Edmonton Oilers 3-1, snapping the latter’s five-game win streak. Corey Crawford made 27 saves for the Hawks in their first victory of the season. Oilers winger James Neal tallied his league-leading eighth goal of the season.
Brett Connolly scored twice as the Florida Panthers rallied to overcome a 4-1 deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 6-4. Pavel Zacha had a goal and two assists for the Devils, who remain winless (0-4-2) in their opening six games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the second time the Devils blew a big lead this season. Disenchanted Devils fans are starting to call for the firing of head coach John Hynes. There’s no indication general manager Ray Shero is considering that option but he could be forced to if the Devils don’t arrest this skid.
Buffalo Sabres rookie Victor Olofsson set an NHL record by scoring five consecutive career-opening power-play goals in a 4-0 victory over the struggling Dallas Stars. Jack Eichel had two assists while Carter Hutton made 25 saves for the shutout.
The Minnesota Wild picked up their first win of the season by blanking the Ottawa Senators 2-0. Alex Stalock made 26 saves for the shutout while Victor Rask and Zach Parise were the goal scorers. The Wild played without winger Mats Zuccarello, who’s sidelined for the next three games with a lower-body injury.
The New York Islanders overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on an overtime goal by Devon Toews. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal each had a goal and an assist for the Isles, as did Brayden Schenn for the Blues.
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine, and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby are the three stars for the week ending Oct. 13.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will be sidelined for three months after suffering a cracked fibula during Saturday’s game against the Avalanche.
SPORTNET: Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom was granted a leave of absence until the weekend to deal with a family matter. The club called up Zane McIntyre.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs have sent defenseman Rasmus Sandin to the Marlies and recalled blueliner Kevin Gravel. Sandin made the roster out of training camp but the Leafs felt he’d benefit from a bigger workload with their farm club.
NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers placed defenseman Andy Welinski on waivers.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Long-time Red Wings executive Jimmy Devellano underwent successful surgery yesterday to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor.