* The Islanders extended their win streak to nine games, the longest by any team this season. New York defeated an intrastate rival, Buffalo, which contested its final game before the 2019 NHL Global Series.
* The Bruins, Oilers and Islanders each reached the 10-win mark Saturday, joining the Capitals as the only teams to record a double-digit total this season.
* Semyon Varlamov, Sergei Bobrovsky, David Rittich and Darcy Kuemper each recorded shutouts Saturday. The most shutouts on a 14-game day in NHL history is five, which occurred on Feb. 3, 2007 (Marc-Andre Fleury, Sean Burke, Manny Legace, Tomas Vokoun and Niklas Backstrom) as well as Oct. 30, 2010 (Henrik Lundqvist, Tim Thomas, Brent Johnson, Andrew Raycroft and Dan Ellis).
ISLANDERS BLANK SABRES TO EXTEND WIN STREAK, EARN VICTORY No. 10
Semyon Varlamov turned aside all 27 shots he faced and Derick Brassard (GWG) stretched his goal streak to a career-high five contests (5-1—6) as the Islanders blanked the Sabres to extend their win streak to nine games and improve to 10-3-0 (20 points) overall this season. New York’s nine-game run is tied for its second-longest win streak in franchise history.
* The Islanders reached the 10-win mark in 13 or fewer games for the third time in franchise history, following 1982-83 (10-2-0, 20 points) and 2001-02 (10-1-2, 22 points).
* New York improved to 14-1-1 in the second game of back-to-back sets since the start of the 2018-19 season. The Islanders’ 14 wins and .906 point percentage in those contests are the highest among all teams over that span.
* Buffalo, which celebrated ’70s Night at KeyBank Center, contested its final game before meeting Tampa Bay in the 2019 NHL Global Series for two head-to-head matchups slated from Nov. 8-9 in Stockholm, Sweden.
ATLANTIC DIVISION-LEADING BRUINS EXTEND TEAM, PLAYER STREAKS . . .
The Atlantic Division-leading Bruins (10-1-2, 22 points) defeated the Senators to reach the 10-win mark as the team and several of its players extended noteworthy streaks:
* Boston extended its point streak to nine games (7-0-2), including wins in each of its last five outings. The Bruins have recorded at least one point streak of nine or more games in each of the last three seasons.
* Boston has yet to suffer a regulation loss at TD Garden in 2019-20 (6-0-1) and earned points in each of its first seven or more home games in a season for the second time in the last 33 years (also 5-0-2 in 2001-02). The longest season-opening home point streak in franchise history is 21 games, a mark set in 1973-74 (19-0-2).
* The Bruins improved to 4-0-2 (10 points) and 2-0-2 (6 points) against Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division opponents this season, respectively.
* David Pastrnak opened the scoring at 1:17 of the first period and added two assists to extend his point streak to 11 games (13-14—27), one shy of the longest of his NHL career set from Nov. 22 – Dec. 18, 2017 (5-9—14 in 12 GP).
* Brad Marchand (1-1—2) extended his career-high point streak to 12 games (8-15—23), including notching at least one assist in each of his last 11 outings. He became the first Bruins player to record an assist streak of 11 or more games since Marc Savard from Nov. 10 – Dec. 6, 2007 (2-17—19 in 12 GP).
* Pastrnak and Marchand became just the second set of teammates on any club in the last dozen years with a simultaneous point streak of at least 11 games. The others since 2007-08 are Florida’s Mike Hoffman (10-10—20 in 17 GP) and Evgenii Dadonov (7-7—14 in 12 GP), who each had runs which overlapped for 12 contests from Oct. 16 – Nov. 13, 2018.
* Tuukka Rask (30 saves) improved to 7-0-1 through eight appearances this season (1.49 GAA, .949 SV%, 2 SO). He became the fourth different Bruins goaltender to record a season-opening point streak of eight or more games and first in 41 years.
. . . AS PASTRNAK, BERGERON JOIN ELITE LISTS
* David Pastrnak has opened the scoring seven times so far in 2019-20. That’s the highest such total in NHL history by a player through his team’s first 13 games in a season – two more than the next-closest players, a list which includes eight members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
* Pastrnak, 23, leads the League with 27 points in 2019-20 (13-14—27) – the third-most by a Bruins player through the team’s first 13 games in a season behind Phil Esposito in 1973-74 (18-13—31) and Bobby Orr in 1974-75 (8-20—28). Pastrnak is one of 10 players age 23 or younger who lead their respective team in scoring this season (outright or tied).
* Patrice Bergeron (1-1—2) collected the 500th regular-season assist of his NHL career (327-500—827 in 1,041 GP) and became the sixth player in franchise history to reach the milestone.
HUGHES SCORES THIRD GOAL OF NHL CAREER
Devils forward Jack Hughes, 18, scored the third goal of his NHL career and has found the score sheet in five of his last six games (3-4—7).
* The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft has scored all three of his goals on the power play. Only three teenagers in League history have scored each of their first four or more career regular-season goals via the man advantage: Whalers forward Sylvain Turgeon in 1983-84 (6), North Stars forward Brian Bellows in 1982-83 (5) and Canucks defenseman Michel Petit in 1983-84 (5).
PACIFIC DIVISION-LEADING OILERS REACH 10-WIN MARK
Leon Draisaitl scored his 13th goal of the season (13-13—26 in 15 GP) at 2:37 of overtime and Mike Smith made 51 saves as the Pacific Division-leading Oilers improved to 10-4-1 (21 points) in 2019-20. Edmonton reached the 10-win mark in 15 or fewer games for the fifth time in franchise history.
* Draisaitl, who extended his goal streak to five contests (7-3—10), became the first Oilers player to score 13 or more tallies through the team’s first 15 games in a season since Wayne Gretzky in 1987-88 (13-25—38). His 26 points, meanwhile, are the most by an Edmonton player through the Oilers’ first 15 games in a campaign since Mark Messier in 1989-90 (11-15—26).
BOBROVSKY RECORDS FIRST SHUTOUT IN A PANTHERS UNIFORM
Sergei Bobrovsky, who was signed by Florida on July 1, turned aside all 22 shots he faced to record his first shutout in a Panthers uniform.
* Bobrovsky recorded his 23rd regular-season shutout since 2015-16 – tops among all goaltenders in that span. His 34 career regular-season shutouts overall are tied with Ilya Bryzgalov for the third-most in NHL history among goaltenders of Russian nationality, behind Evgeni Nabokov (59) and Nikolai Khabibulin (46).
ST. LOUIS, VANCOUVER AND DALLAS CONTINUE RECENT SUCCESS
St. Louis (9-3-3, 21 points), Vancouver (9-3-2, 20 points) and Dallas (7-8-1, 15 points) each secured wins to continue recent strings of success:
* Ryan O’Reilly (1-1—2) scored the overtime winner to lift the Central Division-leading Blues to their fourth consecutive win – with each contest decided by a one-goal margin. Doug Armstrong earned his 622nd career regular-season win as a general manager (622-344-130) to move within one of tying longtime Canadiens executive Frank Selke Sr. (623-375-232) for 24th place on the NHL’s all-time list.
* Elias Pettersson scored twice to record his sixth multi-point outing of the season and help the Canucks extend their streak without a regulation loss to seven games (5-0-2). Vancouver reached the 20-point mark in 14 or fewer games for the fourth time in franchise history, following 2003-04 (9-2-2, 20 points), 2005-06 (9-2-2, 20 points) and 2014-15 (10-4-0, 20 points).
* Denis Gurianov scored two goals – including the game winner by converting on a penalty shot attempt – to help the Stars improve to 6-1-0 in their last seven contests on the heels of a 1-7-1 start to the season. Gurianov became the fourth rookie in franchise history to score a penalty-shot goal.
PREVIEW OF TODAY’S ACTION
OVI, GETZLAF SET TO REACH 1,100- AND 1,000-GAME MILESTONE, RESPECTIVELY
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf are set to skate in their 1,100th and 1,000th career regular-season games, respectively.
* Ovechkin has scored 669 career regular-season goals through his first 1,099 games (669-561—1,230). Among players to reach the milestone, only two in NHL history have scored more career goals through their 1,100th regular-season game: Wayne Gretzky (793-1,635—2,428) and Brett Hull (679-567—1,246).
* Getzlaf is set to become the first player in franchise history to skate in 1,000 career regular-season games with the Ducks. He will become the seventh player in League history to appear in 1,000 or more contests with a California-based franchise, joining the duo of Patrick Marleau (1,504) and Joe Thornton (1,049) with San Jose as well as the quartet of Dustin Brown (1,131), Dave Taylor (1,111), Luc Robitaille (1,077) and Anze Kopitar (1,017) with Los Angeles.