There was a number of firsts in the NHL last night and we've got them covered in our morning recap.
Essential Water Cooler
It was a momentous night in the NHL as six different rookies notched their first career goals. Boone Jenner led the way by popping in two for Columbus, while Vancouver's Ryan Stanton, Toronto's Josh Leivo, Montreal's Michael Bournival, Carolina's Ryan Murphy and Chicago's Brandon Pirri also tallied. Oh, and Taylor Hall broke Wayne Gretzky's franchise record by scoring two goals in eight seconds in a losing cause for Edmonton. So yeah, busy evening.
Stretch passes don't get much stretchier than this, as Montreal's P.K. Subban sends Rene Bourque in for a beauty en route to a 5-3 win over the Blue Jackets:
Men of the Night
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa: The gifted blueliner was firing on all cylinders against the Devils, popping in a goal and three points as the Sens won 5-2.
Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit: Karlsson's old teammate was the prime setup man for the Wings with three helpers as Detroit handed Colorado a 4-2 loss, the Avs' first of the campaign.
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver: Shutting down the Sabres is like playing Guitar Hero on medium, but Bobby Lu was perfect, nabbing 25 saves as Vancouver won 3-0.
Alex Chiasson, Dallas: The Stars handed San Jose its first setback of the season, winning 4-3 in the shootout. Chiasson, who has been an assassin all month, notched the winner in the skills competition.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh: Another night, another couple of points for Sid, who tortured his old rivals from Philly in a 4-1 victory.
Better Luck Next Time
Toronto's Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals in the third period to allow Carolina a 3-2 comeback win after Leafs starter James Reimer left with an injury. The game-winner was both baffling and brutal: