It was a busy night with 12 games, but what stood out the most to me was Marian Hossa scoring his 500th career goal. That alone is a big accomplishment, but it also highlights the fact that Hossa is off to a strong start this season with four points in as many games.
I have to admit that after Hossa's rough showing last season, I wasn't expecting much from him in 2016-17 and while it's still too pass judgment, he might end up doing much better than I initially anticipated. It is worth noting that he ended up leaving Tuesday's game after blocking a shot, but he appeared fine afterwards so we'll have to see if anything more comes of that.
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WASHINGTON 3 COLORADO 0
Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer was making his first start of 2016-17 and it was also the first shutout of his career. He needed to turn aside 18 Avalanche shots to accomplish that.
Semyon Varlamov had a busy night, kicking out 37 of 40 shots. He has a 4.00 GAA and .882 save percentage in two starts.
After being held off the scoresheet in his first two games of 2016-17, Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist last night. His marker, which was scored with the man advantage in the first period, proved to be the game winner.
T.J. Oshie accounted for Washington's other two goals, one of which was scored on the power play.
NEW JERSEY 2 ANAHEIM 1
Taylor Hall didn't find the back of the net in his first two games with New Jersey, but he led the charge on Tuesday by scoring both of the Devils' markers.
Travis Zajac registered an assist for New Jersey. It was the 250th of his career.
Ducks goalie John Gibson stopped 26 of 28 shots. After three starts, he's still searching for his first win of 2016-17.
On New Jersey's side, Cory Schneider picked up his first win of the campaign. He saved 23 of 24 shots.
Sami Vatanen scored his first goal of the season. He now has two points in four games.
SAN JOSE 3 NY ISLANDERS 2
Joe Pavelski found the back of the net with just 2:11 left in the third frame to win this game. He's been on fire so far with two goals and six points in four games.
Joe Thornton is another Sharks forward that's started the season on the right foot. He registered his fourth and fifth assists of 2016-17 last night.
Although the Islanders fell short, it was at least a memorable night for Anthony Beauvillier. The 19-year-old forward scored his first career goal midway through the second period.
New York's Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 27 shots. He now has a 3.03 GAA and .901 save percentage in three games this season.
At the other end of the ice, Aaron Dell was making his NHL debut. He picked up the win by saving 21 of 23 shots.
MONTREAL 4 PITTSBURGH 0
After all the struggles the Canadiens endured without Carey Price last season, it's particularly encouraging to see them get off to a 2-0-1 start while the goaltender is battling a significant illness. Having a backup like Al Montoya helps with that as illustrated last night when he earned a 36-save shutout.
Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta managed a team-high four shots on goal, but he remains pointless through four games this season.
Alexander Radulov found the back of the net with the man advantage in the third period. It was his first goal since coming over from the KHL.
David Desharnais scored twice for the Canadiens. He's seven points shy for the 250-point career milestone.
Marc-Andre Fleury kicked out 28 of 32 shots last night. This is the second straight game that he's allowed four goals and the Penguins fell short in both of those matches.
TAMPA BAY 4 FLORIDA 3 (Shootout)
Steven Stamkos scored the game-tying goal with mere seconds remaining in regulation time. He also had an assist earlier in the contest.
After neither team could settle the matter in overtime, a shootout began that lasted six rounds. The Lightning's Brayden Point, who has no regulation goals in his first three NHL games, scored the winner in the shootout.
This was James Reimer's first start with the Florida Panthers. He turned aside 25 of 28 shots prior to the shootout.
Ben Bishop saved 28 of 31 shots for Tampa Bay. He's won his first two starts of 2016-17.
Vincent Trocheck netted his second goal of the season Tuesday night. Unfortunately the Panthers forward also had a minus-two rating.
OTTAWA 7 ARIZONA 4
Coyotes starting goalie Mike Smith actually didn't have a disastrous night between the pipes as he turned aside 27 of 30 shots. He had to leave the game midway through the third frame though after suffering a potential leg injury. Louis Domingue replaced him and stopped just eight of 11 shots.
Ottawa's seven goals came from seven different players, but Mark Stone had a particularly noteworthy night as he scored the game-winner and registered an assist.
Mike Hoffman assisted on three of the Senators' seven markers. He didn't have any points in Ottawa's first three games.
Craig Anderson turned aside 31 of 35 shots. He's now won his first three starts despite allowing 11 goals over that span.
DALLAS 2 NASHVILLE 1
Jason Spezza hadn't scored a goal yet in 2016-17 going into this season, but he netted the game-winner last night.
Dallas also got help from Adam Cracknell, who scored his second goal and third point of the season.
Mike Fisher was the only other player on either side to find the back of the night. The Predators forward has three points in three games this season.
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne survived an onslaught of 16 Dallas shots in the first period without surrendering a single goal. Things didn't go so well for him over the final 40 minutes, but he still finished with a more than respectable 35 saves.
Kari Lehtonen turned aside 27 of 28 shots in Tuesday's victory. It was his first win of the season and the 274th of his career.
MINNESOTA 6 LOS ANGELES 3
Jeff Zatkoff certainly isn't taking advantage of the Jonathan Quick injury so far. With Quick out, Los Angeles has dropped to 0-3-0 with Zatkoff being charged with all three losses. On Tuesday he stopped just 11 of 16 shots before being yanked.
Anze Kopitar found the back of the net for the first time this season. The Kings forward has three points in three games.
The Wild had six different scorers, but Mikko Koivu was the one credited with the game winner. It was the 28th GWG of his career.
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter registered two assists. He's begun the season with four points in three games.
Darcy Kuemper was making his first start of the 2016-17 campaign and ended up stopping 27 of 30 shots.
CHICAGO 7 PHILADELPHIA 4
As touched on above, Marian Hossa struggled mightily in 2015-16, but the 37-year-old forward has kicked off the season with a four-game point streak. Last night he found the back of the net for the 500th time in his career. He's just the 44th player to ever reach that milestone and is one of four active players in that club (the others being Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla, and Alex Ovechkin).
Artem Anisimov had a huge night with two goals and two assists. He had just one point in three games prior to Tuesday's action.
This was also a big night for Patrick Kane, who had a goal and three assists. After being held off the scoresheet in Chicago's first two contests, Kane has recorded six points in his last two games.
Corey Crawford kicked out 23 of 27 shots to earn his first win of the season. In three starts, Crawford has allowed an unappealing 10 goals.
Claude Giroux registered three assists for Philadelphia last night. That gives him four points in three games this season.
CALGARY 4 BUFFALO 3 (Overtime)
Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk scored his first career goal on Tuesday and it was a critical one as it tied the game with just 15:08 to spare in the third period. Prior to this contest, he had no points and a minus-one rating so far.
Sean Monahan scored the overtime winner. It was his 16th career GWG and the sixth goal he's ever scored in an overtime period.
Sabres goalie Robin Lehner turned aside 30 of 34 shots. He's dropped to 1-1-1 this season and has allowed 10 goals in that span.
On Calgary's side, it was Chad Johnson who picked up Calgary's first win of 2016-17, though he only faced 21 shots in this one.
Ryan O'Reilly found the back of the net for Buffalo. He has three goals and five points in three games this season.
EDMONTON 3 CAROLINA 2
Cam Talbot was beaten twice in the third period, but he still had a strong showing with 31 total saves. Talbot and the Edmonton Oilers are now 3-1-0 this season.
Edmonton's success thus far has been due more to its offense than Talbot. Edmonton has been getting goals from a variety of sources too, like Anton Slepyshev, who netted his first career marker on Tuesday.
Tyler Pitlick scored his second goal of 2016-17 for Edmonton and it proved to be the game-winner. The 24-year-old has now scored five career goals and two of them have been GWGs.
Cam Ward stopped 25 of 28 shots. He's fallen to 0-1-1 to start the 2016-17 campaign.
Lee Stempniak accounted for both of Carolina's goals. He now has three markers and five points in three games this season.
VANCOUVER 2 ST. LOUIS 1 (Overtime)
The Canucks have certainly surpassed expectations in the initial stages of this season with their 3-0-0 record. Although they've needed to go to overtime or a shootout in all three of those contests.
Vladimir Tarasenko was the Blues forward to find the back of the net. He now has four goals and six points in four games this season.
Jacob Markstrom saved 23 of 24 shots Tuesday night. He's won his first two starts of 2016-17 with four total goals allowed.
Jake Allen turned aside 24 of 26 shots for the Blues. He's surrendered two goals in each of his first three starts, which has left him with a 2-0-1 record.