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* A Bruins player was the first in the NHL to score 25 goals for the first time in nearly 45 years, went Phil Esposito reached the mark on Dec. 15, 1974. Esposito went on to conclude that season as the League’s goal-scoring leader, edging Montreal’s Guy Lafleur by eight tallies.

* The Oilers tandem of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl became the first players to record 50 points in 2019-20. Aside from the former in 2016-17, only one other Edmonton player has been the first in the NHL to reach the 50-point mark in a season: Wayne Gretzky, who did so seven times in consecutive fashion from 1981-82 to 1987-88.

* It was a day of milestones for franchise icon Mikko Koivu, who became the first player to skate 1,000 regular-season games with the Wild. The club’s all-time leader in regular-season scoring also recorded his 700th career point and notched the shootout winner as Minnesota extended its point streak to nine contests (6-0-3).

Bruins forward David Pastrnak scored his League-leading 25th goal of the season (25-17—42 in 27 GP). He became the eighth different player in the last 30 years to reach the 25-goal mark in 27 or fewer games and second to do so with Boston over that span, joining Cam Neely.


* Aside from Pastrnak and Neely, only three other players in franchise history have reached the 25-goal mark in 27 games or fewer: Phil Esposito in 1973-74 (25-28—53 in 23 GP), Herb Cain in 1943-44 (26-18—44 in 24 GP) and Cooney Weiland in 1929-30 (25-15—40 in 27 GP).
* Pastrnak became the 11th different player in NHL history to score 25 or more goals in a season through games played Dec. 1 and first since Mario Lemieux 27 years ago.


* The Bruins extended their win and point streaks to seven and 11 games (8-0-3), respectively, and improved to 19-3-5 (43 points) this season to pass the idle Capitals (19-4-5, 43 points) for first place in the NHL standings. Boston moved to 11-0-4 (26 points) at TD Garden in 2019-20, its second-longest season-opening home point streak in franchise history behind a 21-game run in 1973-74 (19-0-2, 40 points).
David Pastrnak is halfway to becoming the eighth active NHL player to record at least one 50-goal season, in which he would join Alex Ovechkin (7x), Ilya Kovalchuk (2x), Steven Stamkos (2x), Sidney Crosby (1x), Leon Draisaitl (1x), Evgeni Malkin (1x) and Corey Perry (1x).
* The most markers any member of the above cohort had through 27 games of a 50-goal season was 23, which was Kovalchuk in 2007-08 (23-15—38).
* Of the 196 total 50-goal seasons in League history, only two dozen featured a player with 25 or more tallies through their first 27 games including just six over the last 30 years.


Oilers teammates Connor McDavid (19-32—51 in 29 GP) and Leon Draisaitl (18-32—50 in 29 GP) each found the score sheet twice to become the first players to reach the 50-point mark this season. They became the sixth and seventh different players in the last 25 years to reach the 50-point mark in 29 games or less.

* McDavid and Draisaitl became the third and fourth different players in the last 30 years with 50 or more points in a season through games played Dec. 1.

* Aside from McDavid and Draisaitl, only two other players in franchise history were at least halfway to 100 points in a season through the first day of December: Wayne Gretzky (7x) and Jari Kurri (1x).

* The pair became the fourth set of teammates in NHL history with 50 or more through games played Dec. 1, joining Gretzky and Kurri in 1983-84 (w/ EDM), Mario Lemieux and Rob Brown in 1988-89 (w/ PIT) as well as Bernie Nicholls and Gretzky in 1988-89 (w/ LAK).


Wild captain Mikko Koivu (0-1—1) skated in the 1,000th regular-season game of his NHL career and became the first player in franchise history to reach the milestone.

Koivu, who made his League debut five years after the franchise’s inaugural season in 2000-01, has appeared in 68.1% of the all-time regular-season games contested by the Wild (1,000 of 1,469). That represents the second-highest such percentage by a player with an NHL franchise (min. 1,000 GP contested by club), behind only Patrick Marleau with San Jose (69.7%; 1,517 of 2,176).

* Koivu and his brother, Saku (1,124 GP), became the sixth set of siblings in NHL history to each skate 1,000 or more regular-season games.

* Aside from the Koivu brothers, only five other Finnish-born players in NHL history have reached the 1,000-game milestone: Teemu Selanne (1,451 GP), Teppo Numminen (1,372 GP), Jari Kurri (1,251 GP), Olli Jokinen (1,231 GP) and Kimmo Timonen (1,108 GP).


Connor McDavidNathan MacKinnon and Patrick Kane named “Three Stars” for November
Cale Makar name “Rookie of the Month” for November
Zach Parise scores highlight-reel, midair goal late in win against Stars
Artemi Panarin returning to Columbus with Rangers highlights week in NHL
Rookie Watch: Jack HughesAdam Fox among best in Metropolitan Division



Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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