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Four teams have opened an NHL season 5-0-0 for the first time in history.

Wednesday, October 27th 2021, 7:46 AM CDT

Four teams have opened an NHL season 5-0-0 for the first time in history.

Carolina, Florida, St. Louis and Edmonton are off to hot starts.

Two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay took two weeks to win a game in regulation. Championship hopefuls Colorado, Vegas and Toronto have struggled early this season.

Those sluggish starts are leading to varying degrees of concern. It’s a question of which teams can right the ship before major changes are on the table.

Short-handed goal by Smith helps lift Knights past Avs 3-1

DENVER (AP) — Reilly Smith scored a short-handed goal, Robin Lehner stopped 26 shots and the injury-plagued Vegas Golden Knights snapped a four-game slide with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

It was Smith’s seventh short-handed goal for Vegas. Chandler Stephenson also scored and Evgenii Dadonov added an empty-netter to seal the win in the matchup between two of the top teams in the West who have hardly been playing at their best.  

Cale Makar had the only goal for Colorado. Darcy Kuemper settled in after a rough start to make 26 saves.