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THREE HARD LAPS

Mark Stone had the primary assist on all five Vegas goals as the Golden Knights snapped the Wild’s winning streak.

* Twenty-two-year-old Drake Batherson tallied twice to extend his goal streak to six games, the longest active run in the NHL.

* Tuesday is set to feature another rematch of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, as well as Devils forward Pavel Zacha looking to extend his double-digit point streak.




STONE POCKETS FIVE PRIMARY ASSISTS AS VEGAS HALTS MINNESOTA’S STREAK
Mark Stone produced five primary assists as the Honda West Division-leading Golden Knights (13-4-1, 27 points) overcame a multi-goal, third-period deficit to earn an overtime victory and snap the Wild’s six-game win streak.

* Stone became the second player over the last 25 years with five primary assists in a game, following Artemi Panarin on Dec. 8, 2017 (w/ CBJ). Only five different players in NHL history have had a higher single-game total.



MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HONDA WEST DIVISION
The Blues and Sharks also skated to wins on Monday:

* St. Louis edged Anaheim, which received a hat trick from 21-year-old Isac Lundestrom, to improve to 7-0-0 in its last seven road games against the Ducks dating to March 12, 2018 (ANA: 0-7-0). Lundestrom (21 years, 115 days) became the second-youngest Anaheim player to score a hat trick, trailing only Sam Steel on March 26, 2019 (21 years, 51 days).

* San Jose veteran Patrick Marleau earned the 1,016th win of his NHL career (regular season and playoffs) to pass Mark Messier (1,015) for sole possession of the third-highest combined total in League history. Former teammate Joe Thornton also kept pace with Marleau on Monday.



BATHERSON EXTENDS GOAL STREAK TO MATCH FRANCHISE RECORD
Drake Batherson (2-0—2), 22, scored for a sixth straight game (7-3—10) and matched the Senators’ franchise record for longest goal streak, a feat last achieved by Jason Spezza over 11 years ago.

* Over the last 30 years, only six different players age 22 or younger have recorded a goal streak of longer than six games during the regular season – that cohort includes Teemu Selanne with a nine- and eight-game run during his 1992-93 rookie campaign in which he scored 76 goals.



SCOTIA NORTH DIVISION TEAMS EARN SHUTOUT WINS
Vancouver and Toronto each earned shutout wins on Monday:

* Thatcher Demko turned aside all 27 shots he faced and became the second Canucks goaltender to blank the Jets/Thrashers franchise, joining Dan Cloutier over 18 years ago on Feb. 25, 2003 (8-0 W). Demko recorded the first regular-season shutout of his NHL career – he had one during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs in which he made 48 saves, the most by a rookie goaltender in a postseason shutout (since 1955-56 when shots on goal were officially tracked).

Michael Hutchinson made 31 saves on the eve of his 31st birthday as the League-leading Maple Leafs (17-4-2, 36 points), who blanked the Oilers in their last outing, picked up another shutout win over Edmonton at Rogers Place.



THE NHL AND NHLPA CELEBRATE GENDER EQUALITY MONTH
On the heels of the PWHPA’s history-making Dream Gap Tour stop at Madison Square Garden, the NHL and NHLPA will celebrate Gender Equality Month with a series of original content celebrating the women who make hockey happen every day.

* ICYMI: William Douglas featured Kings pro scout Blake Bolden and her most recent venture in his latest The Color of Hockey blog.



QUICK CLICKS
 
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NHL launches Fan Skills at Home presented by GEICO
Patrick Kane's drive to learn, improve paved way to 400 goals for Blackhawks
Mavrik Bourque signs three-year, entry-level contract with Stars
Women see bright future after 'historic' game at Madison Square Garden

STANLEY CUP FINAL FOES SET FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SHOWDOWN 
Tuesday’s slate includes the Lightning meeting the Stars for the second time this season, and second time in as many games, after the two teams faced off in the 2020 Stanley Cup Final – with Tampa Bay prevailing in six games backstopped by a Cup-clinching shutout from Andrei Vasilevskiy in Game 6.



* On Saturday, Vasilevskiy stopped all 20 shots he faced to help the Lightning become the 12th defending champion to shut out the finalist in their first meeting the following season. No Lightning goaltender has put together a shutout streak of three straight games against the same opponent.

* Of the 11 previous defending champions to shut out their finalist opponent in the first meeting the following season, only one went on to shut out that opponent again in the second meeting. Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy and the Avalanche blanked another legendary netminder, Martin Brodeur, and the Devils twice in the season following the 2001 Stanley Cup Final (2-0 W on Nov. 18, 2001 & 2-0 W on March 4, 2002). Roy had also shut out New Jersey twice in the 2001 Final, registering blank sheets in Game 1 and Game 6 of the seven-game set.

* Vasilevskiy, who was named the NHL’s ‘First Star’ of the Week alongside frontline healthcare hero Glenda M. Wright on Monday, enters Tuesday with shutouts in each of his last two appearances.



ZACHA LOOKS TO EXTEND CAREER-HIGH POINT STREAK TO 11 GAMES
Pavel Zacha owns a career-high 10-game point streak (4-8—12), the longest active run in the NHL, and can extend it to 11 when the Devils (7-8-2, 16 points) host the Islanders (11-6-4, 26 points) at Prudential Center. New Jersey is 3-0-3 in its last six home games against New York dating to Feb. 24, 2018 (NYI: 3-3-0).

* Zacha can become the 15th different player in Devils/Rockies/Scouts history with a point streak of 11 or more contests, a feat last achieved when Taylor Hall had a franchise-record 19-game run from Jan. 30 to March 6, 2018 en route to claiming the Hart Memorial Trophy that season (13-13—26). Two of the 26 goals in which Hall factored on during his point streak also included Zacha (Feb. 6 & Feb. 8).
  
* Zacha was chosen by the Devils with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the final draft current Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello oversaw during his 28-year tenure as an executive with New Jersey.



PENGUINS HOST FLYERS WITH FANS SET TO RETURN TO PPG PAINTS ARENA
For the first time in 359 days, the Penguins will welcome fans back to PPG Paints Arena in a reduced capacity just in time for the first of three consecutive home games against the rival Flyers. Tuesday’s game will be broadcast nationally in the U.S. on NBCSN and in Canada on Sportsnet.

* Another pair of MassMutual East Division teams will welcome fans back to their arena for the first time tonight: Blue Jackets and Devils. Overall, 14 of 31 NHL clubs either have already opened their arena at a reduced capacity or have announced plans to do so this month.

* This marks the first meetings between the clubs since the opening two contests of the 2020-21 season – both Flyers wins (6-3 W on Jan. 13 & 5-2 W on Jan. 15). Flyers forward Sean Couturier enters the contest on a career-high (tied) six-game point streak (5-5—10 in 6 GP) and has scored the game winner in each of his last two appearances.

Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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