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SABRES ROOKIE STARTS SEASON WITH TWO STRAIGHT MULTI-POINT GAMES
From Elias: Rookie Luke Adam scored two goals in the Sabres' 4-2 win over the Kings in Berlin, Germany on Saturday, after recording two assists in Buffalo's season-opening win against the Ducks in Helskinki, Finland on Friday. Adam is the first rookie in Sabres history to score at least two points in each of the team's first two games of a season and only the second rookie on any NHL team to do that over the last 17 years. Anze Kopitar began his NHL career with multiple-point games in each of the Kings' first two games of the 2006-07 season.
PREDATORS ROOKIE SCORES GOALS IN FIRST TWO NHL GAMES
From Elias: Nashville's Craig Smith scored a goal in his NHL debut on Friday at Columbus and he scored again in the Predators' win at St. Louis on Saturday. Smith is the first player in Predators history to score goals in each of his first two NHL games and the first player on any team to do that since David Laliberte of the Flyers in 2009 (Oct. 31 and Nov. 2). Laliberte, who is currently playing for Wolfsburg in the German League, played nine more games in the NHL and did not score another goal.
MARTIN ST. LOUIS SCORES HIS 300TH GOAL
From Elias: Martin St. Louis scored the 300th goal of his NHL career in the Lightning's game in Boston on Saturday. St. Louis is the 33rd Quebec-born player to reach the 300-goal plateau, but he's one of only two active Quebec natives to have done so. The other active Quebecer with 300-plus goals just so happened to earn one of the assists on St. Louis' 300th NHL goal: Vincent Lecavalier, who's scored 352 times in regular-season play.
PEVERLEY SCORES TWICE FOR THE BRUINS
From Elias: Rich Peverley scored two goals in the Bruins' 4-1 win against the Lightning. It was the ninth two-goal game of Peverley's NHL career (eight in regular-season play and one in Game 4 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final) but the first in which one of his two goals was not the game-winner.
FLYERS START SEASON WITH TWO STRAIGHT ROAD WINS
From Elias: The Flyers, who won 2-1 at Boston in their season opener on Thursday, made it two wins in two games with a 3-0 victory over the Devils in Newark on Saturday. It's only the second time that Philadelphia has begun a season with consecutive wins, both on the road. The Flyers did that two years ago, posting a 2-0 shutout in their opener at Carolina and a 5-2 win at New Jersey in their second game.
BRYZGALOV'S FIRST SHUTOUT FOR THE FLYERS
From Elias: Ilya Bryzgalov's 3-0 win over the Devils was the 24th shutout of his NHL career and his first for the Flyers. Bryzgalov, who played for the Ducks and Coyotes in the Western Conference before Philadelphia acquired him in a trade last summer, had only two previous shutouts against Eastern Conference opponents, both for Phoenix; at Pittsburgh in October 2009 and at Carolina in March 2010.
MAPLE LEAFS FINALLY ALLOW A GOAL THIS SEASON
From Elias: The Maple Leafs won their season opener, 2-0, over the Canadiens on Thursday, and they opened up a 4-0 lead against the Senators in their second game before Ottawa got on the scoreboard with a Colin Greening goal at the 1:42 mark of the third period. (Once the faucet was turned on Toronto had a hard time turning it off, though the Leafs managed to hold on for a 6-5 victory.) Only twice before had the Leafs gone that far into a season before allowing their first goal: 1930-31, when Toronto set an NHL record with five consecutive shutouts to begin the season and gave up its first goal 11:42 into the first period of its sixth game, and 2000-01, when Brett Hull was the first to score against the Maple Leafs at the 7:22 mark of the third period in game #2.
PHIL KESSEL'S HAT TRICK
From Elias: Phil Kessel notched the third hat trick of his NHL career and his first for the Maple Leafs with three goals in Toronto's 6-5 win over the Senators. Kessel scored only one goal in his first 14 career games versus Ottawa but he's scored 17 goals in 18 games against the Senators since then.
OTTAWA'S FIVE-GOAL THIRD-PERIOD RALLY FALLS SHORT
From Elias: In their 6-5 loss at Toronto the Senators matched their team record for most goals in a game in which they were goalless through the first two periods. They scored five goals in such a game twice before: a 5-2 win versus Boston in January 2007 and a 6-5 overtime loss to Nashville in October 2009.
A WILD NIGHT OF FIRST GOALS
From Elias: Minnesota opened its season with a 4-2 win over Columbus in which three players scored their first goal for the Wild: Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, who were acquired from the Sharks in separate trades during the offeseason, and Marco Scandella, who was goalless in 20 games with Minnesota last season. It was the first time in the team's 11-year history that three players each scored their first goal for the Wild in the same game.
THEODORE POSTS SHUTOUT IN PANTHERS DEBUT
From Elias: Jose Theodore became the first goaltender to record a shutout in his first game for the Panthers, stopping all 27 shots he faced in leading Florida to a 2-0 season-opening win over the Islanders. Theodore's shutout was his sixth against the Islanders, though the last time he blanked them was nearly eight years ago (Oct. 23, 2003 for Montreal). The only other goaltender who's shut out the Isles as often as Theodore is Martin Brodeur (ten times).
BRAD RICHARDS' FIRST GOAL AS A RANGER
From Elias: Brad Richards' first goal for the Rangers tied the score at 1-1 with 2:15 remaining in the third period of their game against the Ducks in Stockholm, Sweden. Richards tallied a career-high eight score-tying goals with the Stars last season but none of them came in the third period.
HILLER IS PERFECT IN SHOOTOUT WIN
From Elias: Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller posted his first win of the season when he beat the Rangers in a shootout on Saturday, with New York failing to score on all four of its shots in the tiebreaker. It was Hiller's 15th career shootout win but the first in which he faced at least four attempts and did not allow a shootout goal.
GREEN SCORES ANOTHER OT WINNER FOR THE CAPS
From Elias: Mike Green's first goal of the season gave the Capitals a 4-3 overtime victory against the Hurricanes on Saturday night. It was Green's sixth career overtime goal, all of which have come since 2007-08. No other NHL defenseman has scored more than four regular-season overtime goals over that span.
BLACKHAWKS USUALLY WIN WHEN BOLLAND SCORES
From Elias: Dave Bolland scored his first two goals of the season for the Blackhawks in their 5-2 win over the Stars on Saturday. Chicago was 12-1-0 in the 13 games in which Bolland scored goals last season and 2-0 when Bolland scored in the 2011 playoffs.
TY CONKLIN'S ROAD SHUTOUTS
From Elias: Ty Conklin began his second stint with the Red Wings by recording a 3-0 shutout victory over the Avalanche in Denver on Saturday night. Conklin has posted 17 shutouts in his NHL career and the last nine have all come in road games, including his last two shutouts for Detroit in 2008-09 and all six shutouts in his two seasons with St. Louis (2009-10 and 2010-11).
PYTHOGORAS HAD A WORSE LDS THAN SWISHER
From Elias: The Rangers hosted the Tigers on Saturday in the opening game of an unlikely ALCS-unlikely in the sense that both teams were outscored in their respective Division Series. That will also be true of the Brewers and Cardinals when they commence the NLCS on Sunday. Prior to 2011, there had not been a postseason series in which both teams were outscored in the previous round since the 1997 World Series between the Marlins and Indians.