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Rask, Pastrnak shine in milestone games; Fleury passes Sawchuck for the seventh-most wins in NHL history; Eichel posts four-point outing as Sabres remain unbeaten on home ice.

NHL Morning Skate — Oct. 23, 2019


Tuukka Rask and David Pastrnak each played pivotal roles for the Bruins in their milestone games, respectively, as Boston captured its 300th regular-season victory over the Maple Leafs. 

Marc-Andre Fleury (31 saves) earned the 446th regular-season win of his NHL career to pass Terry Sawchuk (445) for sole possession of seventh place on the League’s all-time list.

* Sabres captain Jack Eichel (2-2—4) scored the overtime winner to register his second four-point outing of the season and help Buffalo improve to 5-0-0 at home for the fourth time in franchise history.

Appearing in his 500th career game, Tuukka Rask turned aside 28 shots while David Pastrnak (1-1—2) collected his 300th career point (142-159—301) as the Bruins earned their 300th regular-season victory over the Maple Leafs – the most against any club in franchise history.

* Originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in 2005 (21st overall), Rask is the 28th goaltender in NHL history to play in 500 or more games with one franchise – a list topped by Martin Brodeur, who made 1,259 career appearances with the Devils. Meanwhile, the Bruins’ winningest goaltender in franchise history became the seventh netminder in NHL history to win at least 269 games through his first 500 contests.

* Pastrnak’s quest to 300 points (329 GP) includes a run in which he has factored on 11 of the Bruins’ last 14 goals. He is just the fourth player in Bruins history to require 350 GP or fewer to record his first 300 career NHL points with the franchise. The others: Barry Pederson (235 GP), Bobby Orr (279 GP) and Ray Bourque (316 GP).

 * After reaching the 30-goal mark in each of his last three seasons, Pastrnak is the first skater to score 10 goals in 2019-20. It marked the second time in his six-season career that Pastrnak has required nine or fewer appearances to reach the 10-goal mark, joining Phil Esposito as the second player in Bruins franchise history to accomplish the feat on multiple occasions.

Nick Holden 
scored with 1:33 remaining in regulation to tie the game and Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves and denied two of three Blackhawks shootout attempts to earn his League-leading seventh win of 2019-20. Fleury earned the 446th regular-season win of his NHL career to pass Terry Sawchuk (445) for sole possession of seventh place on the League’s all-time list.

After trailing 2-0 in the first period, Jack Eichel (2-2—4) posted his seventh career four-point game, including the overtime winner, and Carter Hutton made 25 saves as the Sabres improved to 5-0-0 at home for the fourth time in franchise history and 8-1-1 (17 points) overall.

* Eichel recorded his second four-point outing of 2019-20 (also 2-2—4 on Oct. 9 vs. MTL) to become the sixth different player in franchise history to post multiple four-point outings in the first 10 games of a season – a list topped by Pat LaFontaine (3x in 1992-93) and Gilbert Perreault (3x in 1972-73). 

* Hutton improved his season-opening win streak to 6-0-0 (1.65 GAA, .943 SV%, 2 SO), two games shy of Ryan Miller (8-0-0 from Oct. 04 - Oct 26, 2006) for the longest season-opening win streak in franchise history.

Rasmus Dahlin (1-9—10 in 10 GP), who has only been held off the scoresheet in three of 10 games this season, recorded an assist to become the tenth different defenseman aged 20 or younger to record 10 or more points through his team’s first 10 games of the season.

Capitals defenseman John Carlson (2-0—2) extended his point streak to eight games (5-12—17 in 8 GP) and became the first player to reach the 20-point mark in 2019-20 (11 GP). He required the second-fewest games by a defenseman in NHL history to record his 20th point of a season, trailing only Paul Coffey (10 GP in 1988-89 w/ PIT).

* Carlson sits atop the League in scoring (5-15—20) — three more than David Pastrnak (10-7—17) and Connor McDavid (5-12—17). He entered Tuesday’s contest as the third different defenseman in NHL history to lead the NHL in scoring outright through the first 20 days of the season. The others: Baldy Northcott (7-3—10 in 1932-33 w/ MMR) and Bobby Orr (2-12—14 in 1969-70 and 4-11—15 in 1974-75 w/ BOS).


* After making his NHL debut on Sunday, Kirby Dach (18 years, 274 days) became the sixth-youngest player in Blackhawks franchise history to score his first career goal. Dach, the third overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, is the fourth member of the 2019 class to score this season joining Ville Heinola (WPG), Kaapo Kakko (NYR) and Jack Hughes (NJD). 

Roman Josi (1-1—2) and Viktor Arvidsson (2-0—2) each recorded a multi-point outing as Nashville scored six goals for the second time in 2019-20. The Predators lead the Western Conference with 38 goals through nine games – only the Capitals (41) and Maple Leafs (40) have more.

With over 70 family members in attendance, Bo Horvat (3-0—3) scored his first career hat trick as the Canucks scored five third-period goals for the sixth time in franchise history and first since April 15, 1993. The franchise record for team goals in any period is six, accomplished on two occasions: Jan. 21, 2006 and Jan. 16, 1987.

* Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (1-1—2) extended his point streak to eight games (6-5—11 in 8 GP).


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Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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