In the first meeting between the top two picks from the 2017 NHL Draft, it was a high pick from 2011 who came up big.
Sean Couturier – the eighth overall pick in 2011 – stole the show, however, scoring two goals and adding an assist to maintain a streak of red-hot play.
Couturier now has 25 goals and 45 points through 42 games, both of which are already new single-season highs for the 25-year-old center.
As for the rookies, Hischier held the advantage over Patrick despite his team taking the loss:
These two clubs will square off again shortly, with round two set for Jan. 20 in Philadelphia.
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