Friday, October 14, 2016

Five on the Fly: Radulov's Line Strong, Marchand the Maniac, Jets' Crazy Comeback

1. Strong start for the Habs No.2 line

Alexander Radulov, Thomas Plekanec and rookie Artturi Lehkonen combined to give Montreal some really strong possession numbers.

Of note: rookie Lehkonen got five shots in his NHL debut.

2. A look at the rooks

Last night's rookie stats, broken into forwards and D, thanks to Corey Pronman (click tweet and scroll through to see it all):

3. Marchand cashing in on World Cup momentum

Bruins' Brad Marchand is still on fire. After scoring the World Cup winning goal in Toronto, he begins his campaign with a five-point night. Not quite as impressive as Auston Matthews' four-goal effort, but the effort puts him in pretty limited company:

Marchand played with David Pastrnak (2g, 2a) and David Backes (2g, 1a) and the trio combined for 6-6-12.

4. Mikhail Sergachev Breaks a Canadiens franchise record

Rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev became the youngest defenseman to ever play a regular season game for the Habs last night.

He paired with Alexei Emelin primarily, logged 11:48 of ice time and blocked two shots. He also got a little over a minute on the PP.

5. Jets notch improbable comeback in opener

The Winnipeg Jets became just the third team in NHL history to win their first game by overcoming a three-goal deficit in the third period.

Here's what it looked like when Mark Scheifele notched the OT winner in Winnipeg:

Also of note from Winnipeg's win: No. 2 overall pick Patrick Laine chipped in with a goal and an assist in his debut (both came in the third period). The Finn logged 18:27 of ice time and got two shots on net.