Mason McTavish scores in NHL debut as Geese beat Jets

ANAHEIM, Calif. β€” Mason McTavish turned the youngest participant in Anaheim historical past to attain a objective because the Geese opened the season with a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night time.

The 18-year-old McTavish β€” the third general choose on this yr’s NHL draft β€” put in a unfastened puck 13:20 into the primary interval to provide Anaheim a 2-0 lead. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck made a pad save on a shot by Isac Lundestrom, however McTavish gathered within the rebound.

Officers initially dominated no objective as a result of the whistle had blown, however replay overturned it because the end result of a steady play the place the consequence was unaffected by the whistle.

At 18 years, 256 days previous, McTavish surpassed the earlier franchise mark by Oleg Tverdovsky (18 years, 259 days) on Feb. 1, 1995, at Dallas. McTavish is the second-youngest participant to attain inside quarter-hour of his NHL debut in additional than 25 years (Columbus’ Nikita Filatov did it on Oct. 17, 2008, vs. Nashville) and the sixth-youngest in NHL historical past.

McTavish additionally had an help on Adam Henrique’s power-play objective in the course of the second interval that prolonged the Geese’ result in 3-1.

Kevin Shattenkirk and Rickard Rakell additionally scored for Anaheim, which has gained 4 of its final 5 season openers. Lundestrom and Jakob Silfverberg each had two assists, and John Gibson made 33 saves,

Kyle Connor scored Winnipeg’s objective with a one-timer from the faceoff circle lower than 4 minutes into the second. Hellebuyck stopped 18 pictures.

Shattenkirk scored Anaheim’s first objective of the season with a wrist shot from the wing close to the boards that Hellebuyck was unable to see after being screened. It was Anaheim’s first shot on objective after the Jets took the primary seven.


Rakell’s redirect of Jamie Drysdale’s shot from the purpose six minutes into the third interval marked the primary time in 19 months the Geese scored twice on the facility play in regulation. Anaheim had the league’s worst particular groups final season and had just one recreation when it scored two objectives with the person benefit. That second rating, although, was in extra time in opposition to Colorado.

NOTES: McTavish turned the third Anaheim participant to make his debut within the season in his draft yr, following Cam Fowler (2010-11) and Chad Kilger (1994-95). … Winnipeg C Mark Scheifele served the ultimate recreation of a four-game suspension he obtained within the playoffs final season for his hit on Montreal’s Jake Evans.


Jets: Proceed their season-opening, three-game highway journey Saturday in opposition to the San Jose Sharks.

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