CANADIENS IMPROVE TO 9-0-0 AT HOME WITH WIN OVER KINGS
Carey Price made 23 saves and Daniel Carr (GWG) scored his first goal of 2016-17 to help the Canadiens improve to 12-1-1 this season, including a perfect 9-0-0 record at Bell Centre.
The Canadiens won 12 of their first 14 games to begin a season for the first time in their 99-year NHL history. Montreal also started a season with wins in each of their first nine home games for just the second time in franchise history (also 1953-54).
Price improved to 9-0-0 this season and paces the NHL in wins (1.56 GAA, .953 SV%, 1 SO). Elias says he has established the longest season-opening win streak by a goaltender in franchise history, besting the mark by Charlie Hodge in 1960-61 (8-0-0).
The Canadiens and Kings, both former teams of Rogie Vachon, honored the goaltender prior to his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.
DUCKS DEFEAT CAROLINA, 4-2
Jakob Silfverberg (2-2—4) matched a career high with four points, scoring a pair of goals – including the game-winner – in a 3:06 span of the second period, to help the Ducks extend their point streak to four games (3-0-1).
Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf (0-1—1) registered the 532nd assist of his NHL career, all with the Ducks, to pass Teemu Selanne (531) for the most in franchise history.
THURSDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)
BOSTON 5, Columbus 2
Minnesota 4, PITTSBURGH 2
Anaheim 4, CAROLINA 2
MONTREAL 4, Los Angeles 1
DETROIT 3, Vancouver 1
TAMPA BAY 4, NY Islanders 1
San Jose 4, FLORIDA 2
NASHVILLE 3, St. Louis 1
Dallas 4, CALGARY 2
Winnipeg 3, ARIZONA 2
FRIDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
New Jersey @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, MSG+
Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7 p.m., TVAS, TSN4, TCN-PH
Los Angeles @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS, FS-W
Washington @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., CSN-CH, CSN-DC+
Winnipeg @ Colorado , 9 p.m., ALT, TSN3
Dallas @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNW, FS-SW
MAPLE LEAFS FACE FLYERS IN HOCKEY HALL OF FAME GAME
The annual Hockey Hall of Fame Game pits the Maple Leafs against the Flyers at Air Canada Centre and marks the first event of a weekend-long celebration in advance of Monday’s Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This year’s inductees include: Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon and the late Pat Quinn.
BLACKHAWKS LOOK TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO EIGHT GAMES
The Blackhawks (10-3-1, 21 points) look to stretch their winning streak to eight games when they host Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals (8-3-1, 17 points). The Blackhawks are led offensively by last season’s Art Ross Trophy winner Patrick Kane (5-12—17 in 14 GP) and Artem Anisimov (8-9—17 in 14 GP).
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services