The Chicago Blackhawks are off to the best start in their 85-year history, despite not being in charge for much of their game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.
Thanks to Nick Leddy's goal at 2:45 of overtime and a zoned-in, 29-save effort from Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks defeated the visiting Red Wings 2-1 and improved to 6-0.
After taking a cross-ice pass from Viktor Stalberg, Leddy fired from the left circle and beat Detroit's Jimmy Howard with a shot that slipped just under his glove. Leddy, a defenseman, said it was his first overtime goal at any level.
"It's an unbelievable feeling, one I'll never forget," he said. "I heard that stat (best start) before the game. If we stick to doing the little things, we'll be great."
The Blackhawks started 5-0 in 1971-72 -- Hall of Famer Bobby Hull's final season in Chicago -- and matched it on Saturday night with a 3-2 win in Columbus.
On Sunday, however, they were anything but assertive for much of the second and third period. Part of that was penalty-related.
Still, Chicago killed all six of Detroit's power plays, improving to 22 of 23 this season.
Detroit's Johan Franzen finally connected at even-strength early in the third to tie the game at 1 and set up overtime.
Capitals 3, Sabres 2: An NHL routine gone missing for 262 days made an overdue return: Alex Ovechkin scored a goal, and Washington won. The two-time league MVP nailed a one-timer from the left circle on a power play, skated a few feet, bent his left knee and unleashed that familiar downward celebratory fist pump. And, naturally, it proved to be the decisive goal in the game, coming with 14:49 remaining in a victory over the visiting Buffalo Sabres. The Capitals hadn't won -- and Ovechkin hadn't scored -- since May 9, 2012, during a playoff series against the New York Rangers.
Penguins 2, Senators 1: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal scored in the shootout to give Pittsburgh a victory against host Ottawa.
Blues 5, Wild 4: Vladimir Sobotka scored from close range at 2:16 of overtime to give host St. Louis a victory over Minnesota.
Flyers: The team is sending first-round draft pick Scott Laughton back to the minors. Laughton was pointless in five games with the Flyers.