It’s finally happened.
For the first time this season, the Montreal Canadiens trailed in a game. Their deficit came courtesy of Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin, who flung the puck at goaltender Carey Price from a bad angle and was rewarded with his second career goal:
That extended Larkin’s season-opening point streak to five games as he continues to show why he’s playing for Detroit at the age of 19 despite the Red Wings’ tendency to wait for their prospects to hone their skills in the minors before earning a regular spot with the NHL club.
Of course, the fact that Montreal wasn’t behind in a game until its sixth contest of the season is remarkable. Even with the Canadiens’ rich history, their 5-0 start still set a franchise record.
Perhaps the Canadiens will be able to extend that winning streak. After all, their first deficit of the season lasted less than three minutes before Brendan Gallagher evened the game on a power play.
Although Jack Eichel has and will continue to generate a lot of attention, he’s not the only high-profile rookie with the Buffalo Sabres.
Sam Reinhart is another second overall pick and tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning he scored the first goal of his career. The 19-year-old is playing in his 14th NHL game.
As you can see above, this play started with Reinhart putting pressure on Alex Killorn in a battle for the puck in the Lightning’s zone. Shortly afterwards, Tyler Ennis gained control and while his attempt to beat goalie Ben Bishop fell short, he was able to collect the rebound and feed it to Reinhart.
Reinhart is the younger brother of 21-year-old Griffin (Edmonton) and 23-year-old Max (Nashville). He’s also the son of former defenseman Paul Reinhart, who had a 648-game career with the Atlanta/Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks.
That marker gave Buffalo an early 1-0 lead as it looks to improve to 2-3-0.
Phil Kessel‘s longtime linemate Tyler Bozak will not be on the ice for his reunion against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.
Bozak, who sustained a lower-body injury during Friday’s contest has been ruled out of tonight’s game. Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock isn’t sure if his injury is serious though, per TSN’s Jonas Siegel.
Mark Arcobello will draw back into the lineup as a result. He played in Toronto’s first three games, but was scratched on Friday.
Prior to Kessel being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the offseason, Bozak and Kessel typically made up two-thirds of Toronto’s first line. In fact, Bozak’s total five-on-five ice time with Kessel during his tenure in Toronto was more than twice as much as the next highest forward.
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Brandon Saad is back in Chicago, but he has to wish it was under better circumstances.
Now a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, he’s endured five straight brutal defeats with his new squad. Saad has gotten off to a strong start, but that’s not likely to be of much comfort if this team that entered the season with such promise proves to be a disaster.
“We’ve got to get back to work,” Saad said prior to Friday’s 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, per NHL.com. “We were a little high on ourselves. We’re figuring out the hard way it’s a tough League.”
Though Saad’s just 22 years old, Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno has been relying on his advice. There will be a demonstration of why that is when Saad gets his second championship ring tonight.
It represents some of the great events that happened during his stint with the Blackhawks and while he was “shocked” by the abrupt end to his tenure, that hasn’t darkened his memories of what happened.
“It’s not bittersweet,” Saad said. “Just sweet. You’re celebrating getting a championship. Then you’re onto hockey.”
Even still, it seems safe to assume he’d love it if Columbus’ early season slump ended with a victory against his former squad.
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At this rate, injuries might bring an abrupt halt to the St. Louis Blues’ early season momentum.
With Kevin Shattenkirk (lower body), Robby Fabbri (concussion), and Patrik Berglund (shoulder) already on the sidelines, St. Louis forward Paul Stastny was hurt while blocking a shot on Friday. The Blues revealed this afternoon that Stastny sustained a lower-body injury and has returned to St. Louis.
His departure from the team means that he will at very least miss Sunday’s game in Winnipeg and Tuesday’s contest in Montreal. His injury might keep him on the sidelines for longer than that, but the Blues aren’t expected to provide further updates until after their game against the Canadiens.
In addition to this being yet another a blow to the Blues as they try to build off of their 4-1-0 start, it’s also particularly unfortunate timing for Stastny. He had gotten off to a great start with a goal and four assists while playing primarily with Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko. He enjoyed a similarly hot start last season until he suffered a shoulder injury in mid-October that forced him to miss a couple weeks. After that, he wasn’t nearly as productive.
He just has to hope that this isn’t history repeating itself.