Wednesday, October 26, 2005

PREDATORS STILL CREEPING AROUND

The Nashville Predators are two short of establishing the NHL record for wins at the start of a season as set by the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs. They made their enigma work against the Chicago Blackhawks to record their season-opening eighth straight victory. Paul Kariya had a goal and an assist, Tomas Vokoun made a season-high 38 saves and the Predators scored three first-period goals in their 5-3 victory Tuesday night. The Predators, two off the NHL record of 10 straight wins at the start of a season matched the second-longest streak in league history. The 1934-35 Maple Leafs and 1975-76 Buffalo Sabres also opened with eight wins in a row. The Predators played the 500th game in franchise history, which was the 499th game for Trotz, who missed a game in his first season with the team to attend a funeral. With Ottawa's loss to Carolina on Monday night, Nashville is the NHL's lone unbeaten team.

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