NHL Daily Power Play 10/17/15

October 17, 2015

For the latest NHL news, check out The DSH's Daily Power Play below:

Berra, Avalanche Stymie Ducks

Reto Berra denied all 35 shots he faced and Nathan MacKinnon notched the eventual winning goal 53 seconds after the opening face-off to help the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.  The Avalanche improved to 3-0-3 in their last six visits to Anaheim.

Berra, who made his season debut in relief on Wednesday, has recorded shutouts in each of his last two starts. He posted his only other blank sheet in his final appearance of 2014-15, a 41-save performance on April 9 vs. WPG.

MacKinnon, who has 2-4—6 in four outings this season, has collected 40-67—107 in 150 career games, including eight game-winning goals.

John Mitchell (1-0—1) extended his career-high goal streak to four games. Via Elias, he is the third player in COL/QUE franchise history to score in each the team’s first four games of a season, joining Michel Goulet (1983-84) and Mats Sundin (1992-93).

LA Kings defeat Minnesota, 2-1 in OT

Anze Kopitar scored his first goal of the season at 2:19 of the extra frame – after Tanner Pearson made a heads-up play to avoid an offside – and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves to lead the Kings to their first win of the season.

Via Elias, Kopitar scored his fifth career overtime goal, tying Luc Robitaille and Ziggy Palffy for the most in franchise history.

Kings defenseman Derek Forbort, the 15th overall selection in the 2010 NHL Draft, made his League debut (11:33 TOI). Sharks forward Nikolay Goldobin, the 27th overall selection in 2014, also played his first game (11:52 TOI).

Kings captain Dustin Brown played in his 806th career game (all w/ LAK) to pass Rob Blake into fourth place on the franchise’s all-time games played list.

Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 35 saves in his season debut.

The Kings are now 1-3-0 on the season.

Sharks Continue Perfect Start

Martin Jones made 31 saves – and denied two shootout attempts – and Brent Burns scored the game-deciding goal to lead the Sharks to a 4-0-0 start for the fourth time in franchise history and third time in the last four seasons (also 2008-09, 4-0-0; 2012-13, 7-0-0; and 2013-14, 6-0-0).

Jones, who fell 3:38 shy of his third consecutive shutout, has stopped 108 of 122 shots in his first four games with the Sharks. His 234:33 shutout streak is the longest in franchise history, besting the mark previously held by teammate Alex Stalock (178:55).

Via Elias, Jones is the first goaltender to allow two goals or fewer through his first four games with a team since Matt Hackett w/ MIN from Dec. 2011 to Feb. 2012.

Elias adds that the Sharks are the first team to allow two goals or fewer through their first four games of a season since the Red Wings in 1948-49 (also 2 GA in 4 GP).

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer, who spent the last three-plus seasons with the Devils and led the club to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, earned the victory in his return to New Jersey.

Jets, Blues keep pace in West

The Jets and Blues both earned victories to push their records to 4-1-0 and keep pace with Sharks atop the Western Conference standings.

The Jets trailed 1-0 early but scored three unanswered goals - including Dustin Byfuglien's tiebreaking marker with 1:28 remaining in regulation - to win their home opener. Byfuglien scored his 28th career game-winning goal and 16th such tally with the Jets/Thrashers; no other defenseman has more than seven game-winning goals for the club.

Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little each collected 1-1—2. Wheeler stretched his season-opening point streak to five games (3-4—7), one game shy of matching the longest point streak in his career (last – Dec. 23, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015: 2-5—7).

The Blues opened a 3-0 lead by the midway point of the game and survived a late Canucks rally to snap a six-game losing streak against the Canucks dating to Oct. 25, 2013.

Jake Allen, who led rookie netminders with 22 wins last season, made 31 saves to pick up his first victory of the season (2 GP). Kyle Brodziak’s first goal with the Blues (5 GP) stood as his 13th career game-winning tally and first since Jan. 19, 2014 at PHX (w/ MIN).

McLellan to coach Team NA for 2016 World Cup of Hockey

The NHLPA and the NHL announced the appointment of Todd McLellan as Team North America’s head coach for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. In addition, Adam Graves has been appointed as Special Assistant to the General Managers of Team North America; Pat Verbeek and Paul Fenton were both named as a Director of Player Personnel; and Ryan Jankowski was named as Director of Operations. McLellan, Graves, Verbeek, Fenton and Jankowski will report to Team North America General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Associate General Manager Stan Bowman.

McLellan, who is in his first season as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, was the head coach of Team Canada at the 2015 World Hockey Championship, leading Canada to its first gold medal since 2007 with an undefeated record of 10-0. The Melville, Sask., native spent the past seven seasons as head coach of the Sharks, posting a record of 311-163-66 in 540 games.


Home Team in Caps
San Jose 2, NEW JERSEY 1 (SO)
Toronto 6, COLUMBUS 3
Carolina 5, DETROIT 3
WINNIPEG 3, Calgary 1
St. Louis 4, VANCOUVER 3
Colorado 3, ANAHEIM 0
LOS ANGELES 2, Minnesota 1 (OT)

Today's NHL Schedule (All Times Eastern)

Detroit @ Montreal, 7:00 p.m., CBC, NHLN-US, TVAS, FS-D
Nashville @ Ottawa, 7:00 p.m., SN1, FS-TN
Buffalo @ Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, SUN
Dallas @ Florida, 7:00 p.m., FS-SW, FS-F
Toronto @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., CITY, ROOT
Carolina @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., FS-SE, CSN-DC
San Jose @ NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m., CSN-CA, MSG+
Columbus @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., FS-O, WGN
Edmonton @ Calgary, 10:00 p.m., CBC, SN1
Boston @ Arizona, 10:00 p.m., NESN, FS-A

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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