Thursday, October 3, 2013
How about that Avs home opener?
By ESPN Stats & Information
Avalanche 6, Ducks 1
* Avalanche: first time the team has scored 6 goals in a season opener since beating the Red Wings 6-1 on October 9, 1986, when they were the Quebec Nordiques.
* Semyon Varlamov (COL): 35 saves; only goal allowed happened with 7 seconds left in 3rd period
* Patrick Roy (COL): debut as coach
* Viktor Fasth (ANA): allowed 6 goals; last season Fasth saved all 43 shots he faced in 2 games against Colorado
* From Elias: Nathan MacKinnon, the first player selected in the 2013 Entry Draft, made his NHL debut and registered two assists in Colorado’s 6-1 season opening win over the Ducks. MacKinnon, who was only 18 years, 31 days old when he took the ice on Wednesday night, became the youngest NHL player to record two or more points in a game since January 8, 1944, when Ted “Teeder” Kennedy scored four points (one goal, three assists) for the Maple Leafs.
Red Wings 2, Sabres 1
* Red Wings: won 5 straight games vs Sabres
* Pavel Datsyuk (DET): 4 goals, 4 assists in last 5 games vs Sabres
* Mikael Samuelsson (DET): goal in 4 straight games vs Sabres
* Ryan Miller (BUF): 32 saves; Sabres were outshot 34-20
Maple Leafs 3, Flyers 1
* Dave Bolland (TOR): 2 goals (1, 2); 1st multi-goal game of the season (has never had more than 2 in a season)
* Maple Leafs: have won 2 straight games at Philadelphia (2-8-0 in previous 10 games at Flyers)
* Flyers: 2nd straight loss in season-opener (had won 3 straight season openers)
* From Elias: Vincent Lecavalier recorded points in each of the last 11 season-opening games he played in for Tampa Bay, and his assist on Wednesday night gives him a personal 12-game point streak in season openers. The only other player in NHL history to register points in 12 consecutive openers in which he played is Jaromir Jagr, who will carry a current 12-game streak into the Devils’ first game of the season in Pittsburgh on Thursday.