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The Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks stayed perfect on Friday night. Edmonton moved to 5-0-0 following a 5-3 win over Vegas, while San Jose went to 4-0-0 after a 5-3 triumph over Toronto.
The Oilers and Sharks have the best records in the league. Additionally, Edmonton ranks first in the league in goals for, with 23, and the Sharks are tied for the third most, with 16. The power plays for both teams have been clicking as well. The Oilers sit first in power play percentage (47.1%) and first in power-play goals (8). San Jose is tied for the fourth-best power play percentage (33.3%) and the second-most power-play goals (5).
While Edmonton’s positioning at the top of the Pacific Division doesn’t come as a much of a shock, the rise of the San Jose Sharks has been a pleasant surprise.
SAN JOSE 5 TORONTO 3
The Sharks have won four straight games to open the 2021-22 season.
Logan Couture starred in the match with two goals, one assist and a game-high six shots. He opened the scoring 2:31 into the second stanza prior to picking up another two points in the third period to seal San Jose’s victory. Couture has three goals and four assists during a four-game point streak.
Timo Meier notched one goal and one helper in the match. He has accounted for two goals and five assists over his four-game point spree.
Erik Karlsson also stretched his point streak to four consecutive contests with a goal on Friday night. He has two markers and four assists during that span.
Jonathan Dahlen’s third goal of the season 25 seconds into the third period held up as the game winner.
John Tavares got his first goal of the year in the third period.
Adin Hill stopped 30 shots to give him three wins in three starts.
Michael Hutchinson allowed four goals on 30 shots in his season debut to take the loss.
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BOSTON 4 BUFFALO 1
The Bruins bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to Philadelphia and Buffalo’s season-opening three-game win streak.
Charlie Coyle enjoyed a three-point performance, with a goal and two assists, after failing to reach the scoresheet in his first two games.
Craig Anderson stopped 22 of 25 shots for his first loss in three starts this campaign.
LOS ANGELES 2 DALLAS 3 (OT)
The Stars rallied for an overtime victory in their home opener and won for a second straight time this week in a match that went beyond regulation time.
Miro Heiskanen led the charge one goal and two assists. He produced one goal and one helper on the man advantage, including the game-tying marker just past the halfway point of the third period. Heiskanen is up to two goals and six points in five outings.
Denis Gurianov supplied the game winner with 45 seconds left in the extra period.
Anze Kopitar potted his sixth goal of the season to open the scoring. He is tied for the league lead in goals and ranks third with nine points in four outings.
Tyler Seguin replied for Dallas on the man advantage to tie the contest at 1-1 just over two minutes later. Seguin also had an assist on Heiskanen’s tally to give him a two-point effort following a scoreless first four appearances.
Gabriel Vilardi gave the Kings a 2-1 lead with a power-play marker late in the second period.
Braden Holtby was superb in the victory with 43 saves, including 17 in the second stanza. He has won his past two starts.
Jonathan Quick blocked 20 of 23 shots in the defeat. He has a 0-1-1 record to start the season.
EDMONTON 5 VEGAS 3
The Oilers won for a fifth straight time to open the 2021-22 season, while extending the losing skid of the Golden Knights to three consecutive contests.
Leon Draisaitl generated two goals, one assist and seven shots in the contest. He has three multi-point performances in five games this season to give him 11 points so far.
Zach Hyman potted a pair of goals for the second game in a row. He is up to five goals this year and currently has a three-game point streak, with four goals and one assist over that stretch.
Zack Kassian had the other goal for the Oilers along with a game-high seven hits.
Connor McDavid chipped in two assists and seven shots on Friday. He extended his point spree to five straight matches and he has earned at least two points in each appearance. McDavid has accumulated six goals and a league-leading 13 points already this year.
Nolan Patrick provided his first point, with a goal, as a member of the Golden Knights.
Nicolas Hague had the other Vegas goal in the defeat.
Jesse Puljujarvi stretched his point spree to five games with an assist. He has two goals and six helpers for a productive start to the 2021-22 season.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is riding a four-game spree after earning an apple on Friday. He has seven assists during that span.
Robin Lehner made 28 saves on 32 shots in the loss. He has gone winless in his past three outings after beginning the season with a win.