Monday night features a couple major performances from prominent defensemen. In San Jose, Brent Burns had two goals and an assist even if it ultimately wasn’t enough to stop the Rangers’ onslaught. However, that was dwarfed by Detroit’s Mike Green, who scored the first hat trick of his career.
Green finished the 2015-16 campaign with seven goals in total, but of course he found the back of the net 31 times back in 2008-09. Green was the last defenseman to score at least 30 goals in a single season, but as a fun fact, Burns is the blueliner that’s come closest to matching that feat since 2008-09. Burns finished last season with 27 markers.
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COLORADO 4 PITTSBURGH 3 (Overtime)
Gabriel Landeskog was the difference for the Avalanche last night. He scored the game-tying goal with 6:32 minutes left in the third period and then netted the winner 22 seconds into overtime. Those were his first two goals of the season.
Penguins forward Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist in the losing effort. That gives the 39-year-old three points in three games after finishing 2015-16 with 32 points in 82 contests.
Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 27 of 31 shots in what proved to be his first loss of the 2016-17 campaign. He’s posted a 2.59 GAA and .926 save percentage in three starts.
Meanwhile this was Avalanche netminder Calvin Pickard’s first start of the season. He earned the win by saving 28 of 31 shots.
Jarome Iginla found the back of the net for the first time this season. That was his 612nd career goal, putting him 13 shy of Avalanche great Joe Sakic, who currently holds the 15th spot on the all-time list.
NY RANGERS 7 SAN JOSE 4
This one didn’t really get crazy until the third period when the two squads combined for seven goals, with four of them going to the Rangers. On top of that, on the Rangers’ side the goals came from seven different players.
The offense was decidedly more concreted with San Jose and the standouts were Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski. Burns had two goals and an assist, giving the defensemen six points in his first three games. Pavelski had a game-high four points, including one marker. That pushed him to five points in three contests this season.
Despite the more balanced nature of the Rangers’ attack last night, there was one forward of particular note. For the third straight game, Chris Kreider recorded a goal and an assist. That makes him the first Rangers player since 1990 to start a campaign with three consecutive multi-point games, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
It’s worth noting that two of the Rangers’ goals were empty netters, which is about the only silver lining from this game if you have Martin Jones in your fantasy league. The Sharks goalie was still charged for five markers on 27 shots.
Even with the win, Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta didn’t fare much better as he stopped 27 of 31 shots.
DETROIT 5 OTTAWA 1
Darren Helm accounted for the Red Wings’ other two goals. He had just 13 markers in 2015-16, but he already has three goals in three games so far this season.
Petr Mrazek picked up the Red Wings’ first win of the season after also being charged with their first two losses. He saved 31 of 32 shots last night.
Ryan Dzingel contributed Ottawa’s lone goal. He has two markers and three points in three games this season.
Senators goalie Andrew Hammond was making his first start of the 2016-17 campaign. He stopped 20 of 25 shots, including just two of seven in the final frame.
BOSTON 4 OTTAWA 1
Tuukka Rask turned aside 34 of 35 shots last night to earn his second win in as many starts. He has a 2.02 GAA and .939 save percentage so far.
Blake Wheeler was the only Jets player that was able to best Rask on Monday. Wheeler has now scored in each of the Jets’ first three games, giving him five points thus far.
Bruins forward David Pastrnak netted the game-winning goal. He’s found the back of the net in all three Boston’s games so far and now has six points this season.
Brad Marchand assisted on Pastrnak’s marker, extending his point streak to five games, dating back to last season. Marchand has two goals and seven points in three games in 2016-17.
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 21 of 24 shots Monday night. He has a 1-1 record so far with a 3.44 GAA and .863 save percentage.