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Elias Says: October 11, 2017

Three wins for the Blackhawks, three game-winning goals for Brandon Saad

The Blackhawks notched their third win in four games this season with a 3–1 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal. Brandon Saad scored the game-winning goal for the Hawks on Tuesday, as he did in each of Chicago’s first two wins. Saad is the second player in Blackhawks history to be credited with the game-winning goal in each of the team’s first three victories in one season. The first Chicago player to do that was Paul Thompson in 1935–36.

Milano is the man for the Blue Jackets

Rookie Sonny Milano scored both goals for the Blue Jackets in their 2–1 overtime win against the Hurricanes in Raleigh. The only other time in franchise history that a Blue Jackets player scored two goals or more in a game while scoring every one of the team’s goal in an overtime victory was when Rick Nash did that in a 3–2 win versus the Red Wings in Columbus on Jan. 27, 2009. Milano is only the fourth rookie on any NHL team to pull off that feat in the last 14 seasons. The others were Alex Ovechkin (Jan. 13, 2006, 3–2 at Anaheim), Sean Monahan (March 1, 2014, 2–1 at Edmonton) and Connor McDavid (March 1, 2016, 2–1 at Buffalo).

Forsberg’s last-minute goal is a game-winner for Nashville

Filip Forsberg scored his second goal of the game with 35.6 seconds remaining in the third period to snap a 5–5 tie and earn the Predators a 6–5 win over the Flyers. It was the first go-ahead goal in the final minute of the third period in an NHL game this season, and it was the first such goal for Nashville since April 12, 2014, when Patric Hornqvist broke a deadlock at the 19:01 mark and the Predators added an empty-net goal for a 7–5 victory against the Blackhawks.

Hutton wins his season debut

Carter Hutton, in his first appearance in goal this season, made 32 saves for the Blues as they extended their season-opening win streak to four games with a 3–1 victory over the Rangers in New York. Last season, his first with St. Louis, Hutton won only two of his seven starts through the NHL’s annual Christmas break, but he was 11–3–0 with a 1.97 goals-against average and four shutouts in 14 starts over the remainder of the season.

Bishop clips the Wings again

Ben Bishop recorded his first win for the Stars by making 23 saves in a 4–2 victory over the Red Wings in Dallas. Bishop, who was traded to the Stars by the Kings in May, has a 12–4–0 lifetime record in regular-season play versus the Red Wings (including an 8–0–0 mark when facing them on his home ice). Bishop’s .750 career points percentage against the Red Wings is the third-highest among active NHL goaltenders who’ve faced Detroit at least ten times, behind Antti Niemi (14–3–3, .775) and Braden Holtby (8–2–1, .773).