Seven things we learned in the NHL: Canadiens make history

Watch as the Montreal Canadiens celebrates another season and home opener with the great tradition of passing the torch to teammates.

Following a quiet Wednesday, the NHL brought the heat Thursday night. There were questionable hits, franchise records, personal milestones, some McDavid kid made his home debut and much more.

Here’s what we learned Thursday in the NHL.

Canadiens make history…

Considering all the Stanley Cups, all the legendary teams, the fact it’s the only franchise in the NHL with more than 3,000 wins, it’s hard to believe the Montreal Canadiens had never started a season 5-0 before.

That changed Thursday when the Habs blanked the New York Rangers 3-0 in their home opener.

The Canadiens had started the season 4-0 three previous times (1955-56, 1970-71 and 1977-78) and each time they’ve done it they’ve gone on to win the Stanley Cup. If you’re a Habs fan who believes in good omens, you must be loving the start to the 2015-16 campaign.

Crosby still hasn’t registered a point…

Everybody freak out! While nobody is questioning Sidney Crosby’s ability, it certainly is surprising No. 87 hasn’t registered a single point in his team’s first four games of the season. The last time he was held pointless in four consecutive games was when the Bruins swept the Penguins during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The last time he went on a four-game pointless streak in the regular season was in November 2009. I’ll go out on a limb and say Crosby will turn things around in the near future.

Sprong gets his first goal…

The talented rookie from Amsterdam had one of the best shots from the 2015 NHL Draft class and Thursday NHL fans got a taste of his quick release. Sprong scored his first NHL goal and it was a beauty.

Despite having first-round offensive ability, Sprong fell into the second round and was taken 46th-overall by the Penguins. A few years from now we could look back at the 2015 draft and think, “how the heck was this guy not a top-20 pick?”

Ovi set his alarm…

Two days after it was revealed Alex Ovechkin was benched against the Sharks for sleeping through his team’s morning skate, the Russian sniper helped lead his team to a 4-1 win over the Blackhawks. Ovi scored a beauty in the third, his second of the season.

Evander Kane hits quite hard…

Late in the first period of the Panthers-Sabres game, Kane hammered Erik Gudbranson into the boards in the Florida zone. Both players were fine but it was a damaging blow.

There was a lengthy delay, but because of the delay we all now know what Rule 77.3 means.

Nikita Nesterov could be hearing from the league…

The Lightning blueliner injured Stars winger Curtis McKenzie with a scary hit form behind. Nesterov was given the boot and McKenzie was unable to return to the game. WATCH THE HIT and VOTE on whether or not Nesterov should be suspended.

McDavid debuts in Edmonton…

He hasn’t done much of anything in his young NHL career, but that didn’t stop Connor McDavid from getting huge applause prior to him home debut in Edmonton.

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