Darcy Kuemper continued his run as one of the top goalies in the NHL since March 23 by making 38 saves in a 4-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.
Kuemper allowed two goals or fewer in his 11th consecutive start to tie Nikolai Khabibulin (Oct. 15-Nov. 28, 1998) for the longest run in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets history. Kuemper’s 14 goals-against are the fewest in the NHL during that time among goalies to start at least 10 games, nine ahead of Colorado Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer (23).
The win was the Coyotes’ first on the road against the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers since a 3-2 shootout victory in Atlanta on March 14, 2010, ending a 10-game losing streak (0-8-2).
Rielly equals Maple Leafs record in win against Wild
Morgan Rielly had four assists in the second period to help the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 at Scotiabank Arena and tie Rick Vaive’s Maple Leafs record for most in one period set in an 8-7 overtime loss to the Jets on March 12, 1984. Rielly also was one point from Toronto’srecord of most points in one period held by three players, most recently Darryl Sittler during his 10-point game Feb. 7, 1976.
Rielly is the 16th NHL defenseman to achieve a feat last set by Rostislav Klesla for the Phoenix Coyotes in a 7-4 win at the Nashville Predators on March 28, 2013. None have had at least five points in one period during the regular season or Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Tweet from @PR_NHL: Morgan Rielly of the @MapleLeafs became the 16th player in NHL history listed a defenseman to record four assists in a regular-season period and first since Rostislav Klesla on March 28, 2013.More #NHLStats: https://t.co/6I9pO1jG8O pic.twitter.com/BGrDgUvUOk
Hurricanes add to best start in history
Petr Mrazek made 31 saves for the Carolina Hurricanesin a 2-0 winagainst the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center to become the fourth Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers goalie to shut out the Kings and first since Kevin Weekes in a 0-0 tie March 15, 2003.
Tweet from @PR_NHL: Petr Mrazek is the fourth goaltender in @Canes / Whalers franchise history to record a shutout against the Kings and first since @KevinWeekes in a 0-0 tie over 16 years ago. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/pXZoHbxHyk
The Hurricanes are 6-1-0, their best seven-game start to a season since the Whalers joined the NHL in 1979-80.
Avalanche, Sabres look to resume season-opening runs
The Colorado Avalanche (5-0-0) are the only NHL team without a loss of any kind this season entering their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN). They’ve won at least six games to begin a season twice in their history and once since relocating to Denver from Quebec in 1995, doing so in 1985-86 (7-0-0) and 2013-14 (6-0-0).
The Penguins (4-2-0) are coming off scoring seven goals in back-to-back wins against the Wild (7-4, Oct. 12) and Jets (7-2, Oct. 13). They’ve scored at least seven goals in three consecutive games on two prior occasions (Feb. 6-10, 1990 and Nov. 4-10, 1995).
The Buffalo Sabres (5-0-1) will try to earn at least one point in each of their first seven games of a season for the fifth time in their history when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, PRIME, MSG-B, NHL.TV). Buffalo started 6-0 with four ties in 1972-73, 8-0-0 in 1975-76, 11-0-1 in 2006-07 and 6-0-2 in 2008-09.
The Ducks (4-2-0) are 2-0-0 at home and aim to win their first three home games of a season for the first time since 2014-15 (4-0-0).