Nico Hischier had a night to remember on Thursday as he scored the first two goals of his NHL career. The 2017 first overall pick got off to a bit of a slow start, but he’s heated up to the point where he now has seven points in seven games. That puts him in a tie for second place in the rookie scoring race, behind only teammate Will Butcher.
Hischier didn’t have the same level of hype attached to him as other recent first overall picks Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, but Hischier’s a superb talent in his own right. Already he’s proving to be a great addition to a Devils squad that has vastly exceeded expectations thus far with their 6-1-0 start.
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BOSTON 6 VANCOUVER 3
Patrice Bergeron made his season debut after missing the start of the campaign with a lower-body injury and he made up for lost time. He was a force on Thursday with a goal and three assists in 20:58 minutes of ice time.
Anders Bjork also had a big game with two goals and an assist. The Bruins rookie has three goals and five points in six contests now.
Anton Khudobin turned aside 26 of 29 Canucks shots. He has a 2.16 GAA and .928 save percentage in three contests this season.
Thomas Vanek found the back of the net for Vancouver. He’s only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five contests.
NY ISLANDERS 4 NY RANGERS 3 (SO)
The Rangers have now lost seven of their last eight games, but at least they managed to secure a point in this instance. That didn’t look like it was going to happen, but Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes each netted a goal in the third period to eliminate the Islanders’ 3-1 lead.
John Tavares scored the deciding goal in the shootout. When it came to regulation time though, he was held off the scoresheet for the fifth straight game. He has two goals, three points, and a minus-two rating in seven contests this season. Not the kind of start you want in your contract year.
Anders Lee found the back of the net in the first period. The Islanders forward has three goals and no assists in seven contests.
Henrik Lundqvist saved 35 of 38 shots prior to the shootout. This was his fourth straight loss, leaving him with a 1-3-2 record, 3.15 GAA, and .905 save percentage in seven starts.
Jaroslav Halak turned aside 38 of 41 Rangers shots in regulation time. He held the Rangers to a single goal in three attempts during the skills competition.
NASHVILLE 1 PHILADELPHIA 0
Colton Sissons broke the scoreless tie at 3:49 of the third period. It was his second goal and point in six games this season.
Kevin Fiala assisted on Sissons’ marker. Fiala has three assists in six contests.
Claude Giroux tied for the team-high with three shots on goal. The Flyers forward saw his four-game point streak come to an end.
Michal Neuvirth turned aside 23 of 24 Predators shots. He hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any of his first three starts, but he still has a 1-2-0 record.
Pekka Rinne earned a 28-save shutout last night. After getting off to a bit of a rough start, he’s allowed just four goals over his last four games.
TAMPA BAY 2 COLUMBUS 0
Speaking of shutouts, Andrei Vasilevskiy came up big Thursday night with 43 saves to blank Columbus. He has a 2.57 GAA and .929 save percentage to go along with his 6-1-0 record.
Artemi Panarin fired a team-high six shots against Vasilevskiy. Nevertheless, Panarin’s point streak has come to an end at three games.
Nikita Kucherov incredible season-opening goal scoring streak came to an end at seven games, but his points streak was extended. He assisted on both of the Lightning’s markers, giving him eight goals and 14 points in eight games this season.
Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev accounted for both of the Lightning’s goals. Those were the first two goals of the 19-year-old’s career.
Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 19 of 21 shots last night. He has a 4-1-0 record, 1.58 GAA, and .946 save percentage in five starts.
NEW JERSEY 5 OTTAWA 4 (OT)
As mentioned at the top of the article, Nico Hischier scored the first two goals of his NHL career, but he also registered an assist. He’s on a three-game point streak and has recorded six points in that span.
Taylor Hall assisted on four of the Devils’ five markers. He has a goal and nine points in seven contests this season.
The bad news for New Jersey is that the Devils suffered a lower-body injury. He saved 20 of 24 shots through two periods, but didn’t come out for the third. Keith Kinkaid stopped the nine shots he faced.
Craig Anderson surrendered five goals on a staggering 46 shots. He has a 2-1-3 record, 2.40 GAA, and .917 save percentage in six starts.
Erik Karlsson registered three assists for the Senators. This was just his second game of the season due to a foot injury.
EDMONTON 2 CHICAGO 1 (OT)
Cam Talbot stopped 30 of 31 Blackhawks shots. That ended his slump of three straight games where he allowed three or more goals.
Anton Forsberg saved 40 of 42 shots Thursday night. He’s only made two starts so far this season and yet he’s faced 85 shots. Both of those contests ended up being overtime losses for Chicago.
Patrick Kane netted Chicago’s lone marker. That extended his point streak to four games.
Mark Letestu scored the game-winning goal. It was his second goal and point in six games this season.
Connor McDavid assisted on both of Edmonton’s goals. He’s up to three goals and eight points in six contests.
ST. LOUIS 4 COLORADO 3
Paul Stastny scored a goal and registered an assist against the team that drafted him back in 2005. He has three goals and eight points in eight games this season.
Robert Bortuzzo accounted for the game-winning goal. He has two points in eight contests.
Alexander Kerfoot had a huge game with two goals and an assist for Colorado. The rookie forward is up to three goals and five points in eight games.
Jonathan Bernier turned aside 24 of 28 shots. He has a 1-2-0 record, 3.03 GAA, and .894 save percentage in three starts.
Carter Hutton kicked out 38 of 41 Avalanche shots. He’s won his first two starts of the 2017-18 campaign with a 2.00 GAA and .946 save percentage.
CAROLINA 2 CALGARY 1
Sean Monahan accounted for Calgary’s only goal. He’s gotten off to a strong start with four goals and seven points in seven games.
Jeff Skinner scored a goal and registered an assist on Thursday. That gives him three goals and four points in five contests.
Justin Williams netted the game-winning goal. It was his first marker and fifth point in five games in 2017-18.
Scott Darling saved 25 of 26 shots last night. He has a 2-1-1 record, 2.20 GAA, and .911 save percentage in four starts.
Mike Smith kicked out 31 of 33 Hurricanes shots. He’s gotten off to a strong start with a .930 save percentage, but has a modest 2.51 GAA and 4-3-0 record to go with it.
DALLAS 5 ARIZONA 4
With this loss, the Coyotes have now dropped their first seven games of 2017-18 and remain at just one point.
Clayton Keller and Derek Stepan provided something of a silver lining for Arizona as they each had two goals and an assist. Keller’s rookie campaign is off to a fantastic start as he has five goals and seven points in seven games.
Adin Hill surrendered five goals on 30 shots. He was getting his second start in a row against Dallas after he stopped 31 of 33 shots on Tuesday.
At the other end of the ice Ben Bishop turned aside 27 of 31 shots. He has a 4-1-0 record, 1.93 GAA, and .929 save percentage in six games this season.
Tyler Seguin scored twice for Dallas on Thursday. His second goal, which came at 17:06 of the third period, was the game-winner.
Jamie Benn scored a goal and registered two assists. That gives the Stars forward three goals and seven points in seven games this season.