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Lecavalier registers a point in his 12th straight season opener
From Elias: Vincent Lecavalier, who played his entire NHL career with the Lightning until his contract was bought out in June, made his debut with the Flyers and assisted on Philadelphia's only goal in its season-opening loss to the Maple Leafs. 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 night. Jagr's streak dates back to 1997 and it includes openers with five different NHL teams (the Penguins, Capitals, Rangers, Flyers and Stars).
MacKinnon becomes the youngest player with multiple points in over 69 years
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 in a 12-3 win over the Bruins in Toronto at age 18 years, 27 days.
Leafs start the season with two straight wins on the road
From Elias: The Maple Leafs, who won 4-3 at Montreal in their season opener on Tuesday, made it two road wins in two days when they posted a 3-1 victory in Philadelphia on Wednesday. It's the first time in franchise history that Toronto has started a season with two straight road games and won both games, though we're obliged to mention that the Leafs began a season with consecutive road games only seven other times and not since the lockout-delayed and shortened 1994-95 season.
Datsyuk picks up from where he left off last season
From Elias: Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk scored goals 36 seconds apart in the first period to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead in their game against the Sabres and Datsyuk's goal proved to be the game-winner as Detroit held on for a 2-1 season-opening win. Datsyuk scored 15 goals last season and six of them were game-winning goals, which tied him for second-most in the NHL in that category. The only player to register more game-winning goals than Datsyuk last season was Jeff Carter with eight.
Sabres go young in their season opener
From Elias: Three teenagers took the ice for Buffalo in their game against Detroit Wednesday night, including rookies Rasmus Ristolainen (age 18) and Zemgus Girgensons (19), along with second-year man Mikhail Grigorenko (19). It was the first time that the Sabres had three teens play in a season-opening game since October 1984, when a trio of 19 year olds - Adam Creighton, Normand Lacombe and Tom Barrasso - all played in a 4-3 win over the Canadiens.
Nine hits and no runs for the Indians
From Elias: The Indians produced nine hits, but were held off the scoreboard in their 4-0 loss to the Rays in the A.L. Wild Card game Wednesday night. Cleveland is only the sixth team to get shut out while registering nine or more hits in a nine-inning game in postseason history. The other five teams to do that were the Cardinals on October 11, 1943 (10 hits vs. the Yankees), Dodgers on October 6, 1959 (9 vs. the White Sox), Athletics on October 16, 1990 (9 vs. the Reds), Braves on October 14, 1991 (9 vs. the Pirates) and Yankees on October 5, 2004 (9 vs. the Twins).
It was the Indians' 44th postseason home game in their franchise history, but only the second in which they have been shut out. The other was a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Yankees in Game 4 of the 1998 ALCS.
Another postseason homer for Young
From Elias: Delmon Young cracked a leadoff home run in the top of the third inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead in their victory over the Indians in the A.L. Wild Card game Wednesday night. Young has now hit nine postseason home runs since 2011, the most for any major-league player over that span. There are 116 players that have hit more homers than Young (41) during the regular season since the start of the 2011 season.
Five of Young's postseason home runs have given his team a lead. No other player has more than three such postseason homers since 2011 (Miguel Cabrera and David Freese). Young has hit only six go-ahead home runs during the regular season over that span.
3-6-1 DP with the bases loaded bails out Rays
From Elias: The Indians had plenty of opportunities but failed to come through in the clutch in their 4-0 loss to the Rays in the A.L. Wild Card game on Wednesday. One of the key moments came in the bottom of the fourth, when Asdrubal Cabrera came to bat with the bases loaded and one out with the Indians trailing 3-0. Cabrera grounded one to first baseman James Loney, who turned it into an inning-ending 3-6-1 double play. It marked the sixth time a team turned a 3-6-1 double play with the bases loaded in a postseason game, and the first since the 2005 World Series, when Houston's Mike Lamb, Adam Everett and Wandy Rodriguez turned one on the White Sox' A.J. Pierzynski in the fifth inning in Game 1.
Loney started 16 double plays during the regular season, the second-highest total among major-league first basemen, one behind Freddie Freeman.