One of the biggest early surprises of the 2016-17 NHL season was the fact the Vancouver Canucks were the NHL’s only unbeaten team entering play on Saturday. Not Washington. Not Pittsburgh. Not Tampa Bay. Not Chicago. Not Dallas. Vancouver. Their stunning four-game winning streak to open the season came to an end on Saturday night when they opened up a brief two-game road trip in Los Angeles with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Kings, handing them first loss of the season and making it so all 30 NHL teams now have at least one loss this season. The Canucks have made a habit so far this season out of falling behind early and rallying for overtime or shootout wins, and they nearly did it again on Saturday.
There was no miracle comeback this time for the Winnipeg Jets. No heroics from highly touted rookie Patrik Laine. Puck drop at the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field was delayed due to glare from the sun. When the game did begin, the Jets couldn’t get anything going, falling behind in the second period against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers leave Winnipeg with a 3-0 victory. It started with Mark Letestu opening the scoring with a short-handed goal after a mistake from Dustin Byfuglien at the Edmonton blue line. The Oilers continued to ruin the party with a goal from Darnell Nurse — in the box when Letestu scored — just 1:46 later. And Zack Kassian made it that much more
Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala, top, of Switzerland, celebrates with Calle Jarnkrok (19), of Sweden, after Fiala scored against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of an NHL hockey preseason game Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Nashville