Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin has achieved an offensive distinction that even the great Bobby Orr did not accomplish.
Dahlin scored a goal in the Sabres’ 6-3 win against the Calgary Flames to become the first defenseman in the NHL’s 106-year history to score goals in four consecutive games to start the season. Only six defensemen scored a goal in their first three games of the season.
Dahlin, 22, started his NHL career slowly, but took his game to the next level after Don Granato became Buffalo’s coach. The arrival of young defenseman Owen Power also has helped.
The Dahlin record was part of a big night around the NHL. Alex Tuch also scored his first hat trick as a member of the Sabres. The Vegas Golden Knights raised their record to 4-1 with a win against the Winnipeg Jets. They seemed determined to return to the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild and goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury finally won 4-3 in overtime over Vancouver. Fleury’s goals-against average improved from 8.37 to 5.96
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