NHL Roundup: Ducks make history, Tavares is red hot

The Anaheim Ducks matched their best start in their short history after completing a 3-2 shootout victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Honda Centre on Monday.

Rookie Troy Terry grabbed the only goal of the shootout to claim the extra point for the Ducks. Anaheim have now won their first three games for the first time since 2006-7, when they lifted the Stanley Cup.

Tuesday evening saw Auston Matthews and John Tavares both score two goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Dallas Stars 7-4.

Matthews, became only the sixth player in Leafs history to score in the first four games of a season. Meanwhile, the exciting Tavares has already began to make a big impact with the Leafs after netting six times in four games. It was also a night to remember for Leafs netminder Frederik Andersen who made 30 saves to earn him his 150th NHL win.

San Jose Sharks completed an 8-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Centre on Wednesday.

Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane both scored two goals each for the Sharks. It was also one of those nights to tell everybody that I was there, as it was the most goals scored in a game by the Sharks since scoring nine against the New York Rangers in 2013.

In a rematch of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, Washington Capitals beat Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 on Wednesday evening.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a four-point haul on the night, thanks to a goal and three assists. Alex Ovechkin bagged a brace on the night for the Capitals to earn them their second victory of the season.
Philadelphia Flyers bounced back from their 8-2 loss to San Jose on Tuesday by defeating the Ottawa Senators 7-4.

Jakub Voracek picked up 5 points in the shape of two goals and three assists, with the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft Brady Tkachuk scoring his first two goals for the Senators.

With teams having played no more than four games in the early part of the season, Carolina Hurricanes are the early pace setters in the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division with seven points, including three wins and an overtime loss. The Leafs are edging the Atlantic Division by two points from the Boston Bruins.

In the Western Conference a very tight affair looks to be brewing as only a single point separate Chicago, Dallas and Colorado. The Ducks are the early pacesetters in the Pacific Division after their three wins and an overtime loss, giving them seven points and a three-point cushion from the Calgary Flames.

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