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Hughes nets first NHL goal in showdown against brother Quinn; Fleury blanks Penguins in Golden Knights' 100th regular-season win; Streaks continue in another five-goal outing for Avalanche.

NHL Morning Skate — Oct. 20, 2019



* In Jack Hughes and Quinn Hughes’ first-ever head-to-head showdown in the NHL, Jack became the second-youngest player in Devils franchise history to score his first NHL goal.

* Fleury turned aside all 29 shots he faced to help the Golden Knights blank his former club. Vegas required the second-fewest games by a franchise in NHL history to record their 100th regular-season win.

* The Avalanche netted their second five-goal outing in as many nights as Tyson Jost (3-0—3) and Nathan MacKinnon (0-1—1) propelled the offense and Colorado extended its season-opening point streak to eight games.

After finding his name on an NHL score sheet for the first time Thursday, Devils forward Jack Hughes scored his first NHL goal Saturday against brother Quinn Hughes and the Canucks. Jack became the second-youngest player in Devils/Scouts/Rockies franchise history to score his first NHL goal, trailing only Craig Wolanin (18 years, 135 days).

* Hughes scored his first NHL goal exactly two years after the 2017 first-overall pick Nico Hischier also accomplished the feat for the Devils (at OTT). The 2019 first-overall selection became the ninth player in NHL history to score his first NHL goal in a game against their brother and first since Marcus Foligno (w/ BUF) did so on March 10, 2012 against Nick Foligno (w/ OTT).

On Dec. 21, 1918, Canadiens forward Odie Cleghorn (1-0—1) recorded the first instance of a player scoring his first NHL goal against his brother, only to have his sibling Sprague Cleghorn (1-1—2) respond 35 seconds later for the Senators (1917).

* Hughes, who helped the Devils secure their 10th straight win over the Canucks, is the fifth player in the last 10 years to score his first NHL goal in a 1-0 regular-season game. The others: Andreas Athanasiou (Nov. 10, 2015 w/ DET), Andy Andreoff (March 16, 2015 w/ LAK), Derek Smith (Nov. 29, 2011 w/ CGY) and Maxime Macenauer (Oct. 14, 2011 w/ ANA).

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside all 29 shots he faced, including a highlight-reel save with 10 minutes left in the third period to preserve his 57th career shutout and blank his former club. The Golden Knights (100-59-14) required the second fewest games by an NHL franchise to record their 100th regular-season victory.

* An instant fan favorite since arriving in Vegas, Fleury has now posted a shutout against 26 different franchises over the course of his 16-season career. With the performance, he accompanied Ed Belfour (27), Dominik Hasek (27), Martin Brodeur (27), Tomas Vokoun (27) and Roberto Luongo (26) as the sixth goaltender in NHL history with a shutout against 26 different franchises.

* Fleury (445-252-77), the Penguins all-time leader in wins (375), earned his 445th career victory to move into a tie with Terry Sawchuk (445) for seventh on the NHL’s all-time list. Additionally, his 57th career shutout moved him into a tie with Clint Benedict for the 20th on the League’s all-time list.

The Avalanche scored five goals in a road game for the second time in as many days, led by 21-year-old Tyson Jost’s first career hat trick, en route to extending their season-opening point streak to eight contests (7-0-1) - the longest by any team since the Canadiens began 2016-17 with a 10-game run (9-0-1).

* After outlasting the Panthers Friday (5-4 OT W), the Avalanche scored at least five goals as the visitor on consecutive nights for the fourth time since the franchise relocated to Denver. The others: Feb. 22-23, 2019, Nov. 1-2, 2018 and March 19-20, 2006.

Nathan MacKinnon assisted on Gabriel Landeskog’s game-winning goal to extend his season-opening point streak to eight contests. He became the first player in Avalanche team history to post multiple season-opening point streaks of eight or more games.

Pavel Francouz (44 saves) posted Colorado’s second 40-save performance in as many nights (Philipp Grubauer: 40 on Oct. 18) - marking the second time in franchise history in which the Avalanche have witnessed a 40-save performance on consecutive nights. On the other occasion, Patrick Roy posted 46 and 41 saves on March 25-26, 1997.

* Additionally, Francouz became the seventh netminder 29 or older in NHL history to win each of his first two career starts.


* Brendan Gallagher (1-0—1) scored one of five Canadiens goals to help Montreal snap a four-game winless skid in St. Louis dating to Jan. 16, 2016 (0-2-2). Gallagher’s tally came six seconds into the middle frame and fell two seconds shy of the fastest goal to begin any period in NHL history.

Nick Schmaltz assisted on the game-winning goal as the Coyotes scored five goals for the second time in as many contests to extend their point streak to five games (4-0-1). Since the club began play in Arizona, only Jeremy Roenick (7-16—23) has collected more points through his first 24 games with the Coyotes than Schmaltz (8-14—22).

* Twenty-two-year-old Roope Hintz scored his sixth goal of the season and was one of three Finnish-born players to find the back of the net for the Stars. There has only been one game in NHL history to feature four Finnish-born players with a goal: April 6, 2006 (at ANA), when Antti Miettinen (1-0—1), Jussi Jokinen (1-0—1), Niklas Hagman (1-1—2) and Niko Kapanen (2-0—2) each tallied for the Stars.

Jonathan Quick (Milford, Conn.) earned 310th career regular-season win and tied Kari Lehtonen (310) for 30th place on the NHL’s all-time list. His 310 career victories are the fourth-most in League history among U.S.-born goaltenders, behind Ryan Miller (380; East Lansing, Mich.), John Vanbiesbrouck (374; Detroit, Mich.) and Tom Barrasso (369; Boston, Mass.). 


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John Carlson (3-14—17) looks to join elite company with another offensive outburst when the Capitals travel to Chicago to face off against Patrick Kane (2-5—7) and the Blackhawks.

* With three points in each of his last two games and three such performances through his first nine contests to begin the season, Carlson can become the first defenseman in Capitals franchise history to register three straight outings with at least three points.

* His impressive start to the season includes multi-point games against the Blues (Oct. 2), Stars (Oct. 8, Oct. 12), Predators (Oct. 10), Maple Leafs (Oct. 16) and Rangers (Oct. 18). With at least another two points against the Blackhawks, Carlson can become the first defenseman in NHL history to record seven-such outings through his first 10 games to begin a season.

* Carlson enters Sunday’s contest, his 10th game of 2019-20, tied with Connor McDavid (5-12—17) for the League’s scoring lead. There have only been three instances in NHL history of a defenseman collecting 18 or more points through his first 10 games of a season: Paul Coffey (3-17—20 in 1988-89 w/ PIT), Bobby Orr (5-13—18 in 1973-74 and 2-16—18 in 1969-70 w/ BOS).

Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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