NHL News: Alexis Lafreniere scores first NHL goal, Stars red-hot, Capitals streaking, and more

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Panarin celebrates Lafreniere's 1st goal (Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Getty Images)

The #1 overall pick in the NHL Draft had been thwarted time and time again through the first games of his career. Finally, in the extra period of his 7th game he broke through on a spectacular Linus Ullmark and the Rangers (2-4-1) beat the Sabres (3-3-2) 3-2 in OT.

“It’s pretty crazy. Overtime, game-winning goal, it was really special. I’ll never forget this moment, for sure,” Alexis Lafreniere said wearing the Broadway Hat, awarded to the player’s player of the game. “I had a lot of good chances and I was just keeping it going. It was going to go in, for sure. I kept going, kept grinding. Nice pass by [Blackwell] and I had the open net. It was a really good play by ‘Blacky.'”

Per Sportsnet Stats; Rangers Alexis Lafrenière is the 1st player selected 1st overall in the NHL Draft to have his 1st career NHL goal occur in OT.

NHL Scores: Capitals streaking, Stars red-hot

Zdeno Chara picked up his first goal as a member of the Capitals (5-0-3) as they won their second straight over the Islanders (3-4) 6-3. Washington has not lost in regulation all season.

“I returned to the bench to the guys right away because I just wanted to share the joy and excitement with them,” Chara said afterwards. “Since Day One, they’ve really done an amazing job welcoming me and making the transition as easy and simple as possible for me.”

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Chara scores first with Caps (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Stars (4-0) are simply put one of the hottest teams in the NHL. They scored 7 goals again and destroyed the Red Wings (2-5-1) 7-3. Joe Pavelski now has 4 goals in 4 games for Dallas.

In other action, the Bruins (5-1-1) trounced the Penguins (4-3-1) 4-1 as Patrice Bergeron scored twice and now has 5 goals on the year. The Flyers (5-2-1) got themselves a 3-1 win against the Devils (3-3-1), and the Hurricanes (3-1) finally returned to play to top the Lightning (3-1-1) 1-0 in OT on a Martin Necas goal.

More NHL Scores

  • Blue Jackets (3-2-3) edge Panthers (3-0-1) 3-2 in a shootout
  • Canadiens (5-0-2) top Flames (2-3-1) 4-2
  • Wild (5-3) beat the Kings (3-3-2) 5-3
  • Avalanche (5-3) blank Sharks (3-5) 3-0
  • Coyotes (3-4-1) clip Ducks (3-3-2) 3-2
  • Canucks (5-5) knock off Senators (1-6-1) 4-1
  • Leafs (7-2) slip up Oilers (3-6) 4-3
  • Blues vs Knights PPD due to COVID in Vegas

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