* Connor McDavid had his League-leading second hat trick of the season and birthday boy Leon Draisaitl scored the go-ahead goal with 37.6 seconds remaining in regulation to cap a frenetic contest at United Center which featured five tying tallies.
* Brad Marchand had three points in his return to the Bruins’ lineup as Boston extended its season-opening home winning streak and improved to 7-1-0 (14 points).
* Friday’s slate opens with new NHL “Ironman” Phil Kessel and the Golden Knights hosting the Ducks in a Nevada Day matinee at T-Mobile Arena.
McDAVID HAS HAT TRICK, DRAISAITL SCORES LATE WINNER AT CHICAGO
Connor McDavid (3-1—4) recorded his second hat trick of the season (also Oct. 12) and Leon Draisaitl (1-2—3), who turned 27 on Thursday, scored his second career go-ahead goal in the final minute of regulation (also Jan. 24, 2021) as the Oilers edged the Blackhawks.
* McDavid scored the 12th regular-season hat trick of his NHL career to move within one of matching Mark Messier (13) for fourth place on the franchise’s all-time list. McDavid became the second player in club history to score multiple hat tricks within Edmonton’s first 10 games in a season, following Glenn Anderson (2 in 1987-88).
* Draisaitl became the fifth player in franchise history with multiple go-ahead goals in the final minute of regulation, joining Anderson, Ales Hemsky, Kevin Lowe and Dustin Penner (all w/ 2).
MARCHAND MARCHES BOSTON TO SIXTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN IN SEASON DEBUT
Brad Marchand (2-1—3) scored twice – including the 68th game-winning goal of his NHL career – and David Pastrnak (1-2—3) also posted three points as the League-leading Bruins improved to 6-0-0 at TD Garden this season. Boston recorded a six-game season-opening home winning streak for the fourth time in franchise history, following 1983-84 (8-0-0), 1985-86 (6-0-0) and 1976-77 (6-0-0).
* Marchand and Pastrnak both posted three or more points in the same game for the 19th time. That’s the sixth highest such total among current pairs of NHL teammates, behind only Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin (37), Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl (28), Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (26), Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler (24) as well as Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov (21).
HEAD COACH BOUDREAU, GENERAL MANAGER POILE POCKET MILESTONE WINS
Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau and Predators general manager David Poile recorded milestone wins Thursday:
* Five Vancouver skaters recorded multiple points as the Canucks earned their first victory of the season and Boudreau recorded the 600th win of his NHL career. Boudreau (1,049 GP) became the second-fastest head coach in League history to reach the 600-win milestone, behind Scotty Bowman (1,002 GP).
* Roman Josi (1-2—3), Filip Forsberg (0-3—3) and Matt Duchene (0-3—3) had three points apiece as Nashville and Poile, a fixture since the NHL’s arrival in Music City, reached 900 wins in franchise history. Duchene, who factored on all three of the Predators’ goals in the third period, recorded his 44th career three-point performance – the most of any player on Nashville’s active roster.
GREAT GOALTENDING PERFORMANCES FEATURED IN #NHLSTATS: LIVE UPDATES
Thursday’s edition of #NHLStats: Live Updates featured more notes from the 10-game slate, including several involving noteworthy performances by goaltenders:
* Sam Montembeault made 43 saves and Canadiens teammate Josh Anderson (1-1—2) scored the game winner at 16:14 of the third period to record his second go-ahead goal in the final 5:00 of regulation this season (also Oct. 12). Anderson became the fifth player in NHL history to have multiple go-ahead goals during the final 5:00 of regulation within his team’s first 10 games in a season, following Brandon Carlo (2020-21 w/ BOS), Alexander Steen (2013-14 w/ STL), Tim Horton (1963-64 w/ TOR) and Charlie Conacher (1934-35 w/ TOR).
* Jake Oettinger turned aside all 27 shots he faced to record the third shutout of his NHL career and improve to 5-1-0 in six appearances this season (1.17 GAA, .960 SV%, 1 SO). He became the second different goaltender in Stars/North Stars franchise history to reach five wins in six or fewer appearances during multiple campaigns (also 2021-22), joining Kari Lehtonen (5 GP in 2011-12; 6 GP in 2015-16 & 2010-11).
* Carter Hart had a career-high 48 saves – including 20 in the third period – to improve to 5-0-0 in 2022-23 (2.00 GAA, .947 SV%). Hart, who fell five saves shy of the most by a Flyers goaltender in a single period since 1997-98 (25: Antero Niittymaki in P1 on Dec. 20, 2008 & Garth Snow in P2 on Oct. 13, 1997), registered the highest single-game total by any netminder this season, besting Arizona’s Karel Vejmelka (47 on Oct. 13) and Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick (47 on Oct. 11).
* Brad Marchand picks up where he left off in Bruins win against Red Wings
* Assist of the Season? Travis Konecny‘s backhand, no-look pass worth watching
* Bruins acquire Michael DiPietro and Jonathan Myrenberg from Canucks
* Coyotes excited for Mullett opener, expect advantage at intimate new home
* Coyotes, Arizona State University to help each other at Mullett Arena
FRIDAY’S SLATE BOOKENDED BY NEVADA DAY MATINEE AND COYOTES’ HOME OPENER
Friday’s NHL schedule opens with the Ducks visiting the Golden Knights as Nevada Day is observed in “The Silver State” and concludes with Arizona welcoming Winnipeg to Mullett Arena in the hosts’ first-ever game at the venue. The Coyotes franchise owns an all-time record of 24-14-4 (52 points) in home openers, including a 14-9-2 (30 points) mark since relocating ahead of the 1996-97 season.
PLAYER CHARITY SPOTLIGHT: JETS DEFENSEMAN JOSH MORRISSEY
Ahead of the Jets-Coyotes clash Friday, we take a look at Winnipeg defenseman Josh Morrissey and the Glass Half Full Foundation. Morrissey had an assist in the Jets’ 6-4 win against the Kings on Thursday.