Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/27/13 at 10:25 AM ET
ALEXANDER(S) THE GREAT
Blues forward Alexander Steen (9 GP) scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season, tying Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (11 GP) for the League lead. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steen is the first NHL player to record 10 or more goals in his team’s first nine games of a season since 2006-07, when Buffalo’s Chris Drury and Atlanta’s Marian Hossa also scored 10 times in their clubs’ opening nine contests.
Steen also is the first Blue since Scott Young in 2000-01 to reach double-digits in goals in the team’s first nine games of a season. That mark is tied for the second-fastest start in club history with Brett Hull (twice, 1989-90 and 1990-91). Brian Sutter holds the franchise record, scoring 10 times in St. Louis’ first eight games of the 1978-79 season.
“It’s only nine games,” Steen said afterward. “[Ovechkin’s] been doing it for years. I’ve been doing it for nine games.”
Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored power-play goals 1:43 apart to help the Coyotes rally from a third-period deficit and improve to 7-3-2, including a 4-0-1 mark at home. The Coyotes lead the League with 18 third-period goals this season, three more than the next-closest club (Tampa Bay).
Four defensemen scored for Phoenix (also Michael Stone and David Schlemko). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time four blueliners scored in the same game for the Coyotes/Jets franchise was on Nov. 24, 1990, when Randy Carlyle, Shawn Cronin, Phil Housley and Fredrik Olausson each found the back of the net in Winnipeg’s 11-4 victory over Quebec.
LECAVALIER LIGHTS THE LAMP
Vincent Lecavalier recorded his seventh career hat trick – and first since March 11, 2008 (with the Lightning) – to help the Flyers pick up consecutive wins for the first time this season. Philadelphia improved to 16-3-0 at Nassau Coliseum since the 2007-08 season and 30-7-3 in its last 40 visits.
DEVILS RALLY PAST BRUINS
The Devils scored two power-play goals in the final 1:08 of regulation to overcome a pair of two-goal deficits and snap a seven-game losing streak to the Bruins. New Jersey went 4-for-7 with the man advantage, its most power-play goals in a game since going 5-for-8 versus Philadelphia on Jan. 22, 2008.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the victory marked the fourth time in Devils history they won a game in regulation-time when trailing in the final two minutes of regulation. The last time the club did so was on March 10, 2012, when David Clarkson and Marek Zidlicky scored 14 seconds apart to defeat the Islanders 2-1.
* Islanders captain John Tavares recorded an assist to extend his point streak to 10 games (4-9—13), the longest in the NHL this season. Tavares also has an assist in each of his last six contests.
* Bruins forward David Krejci collected two assists to push his point streak to seven games (2-8—10).
* Islanders forward Kyle Okposo scored his fourth goal of the season to extend his point streak to five games (3-5—8).
* Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell scored for the fourth consecutive game after going the opening seven contests of the season without a goal.
Wild forward Jason Pominville scored two goals while playing in his 600th NHL game . . . Islanders forward Frans Nielsen scored his seventh goal of the season, surpassing his total from 48 games in 2012-13 . . . Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata collected three assists . . . Jarome Iginla factored on all three of Boston’s goals, totaling 1-2—3 . . . Flames forward Sean Monahan recorded an assist for his 10th point of the season (6-4—10), tying Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (7-3—10) and Oilers forward Mark Arcobello (0-10—10) for the League lead among rookies . . . Oilers forward Tyler Pitlick, the 31st overall draft pick in 2010, scored his first NHL goal . . . Blues forward Derek Roy skated in his 600th NHL game . . . Sabres forward Tyler Ennis played in his 200th NHL game.
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