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by Paul on 11/23/13 at 12:18 PM ET
CROSBY, KUNITZ LEAD PENGUINS
Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby scored to break a 3-3 tie with 1:16 left in the third period as the Penguins outlasted the Islanders to even the season-series. Crosby’s goal was his 250th career goal in his 493rd NHL game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only active players to reach the 250-goal mark in less than 500 games are: Alex Ovechkin (366), Teemu Selanne (388), Jaromir Jagr (476) and Dany Heatley (483).
*This was the second time this season that an Islanders-Penguins game has been decided in the final two minutes of regulation – Islanders forward Josh Bailey scored the winner at 18:20 of the third period to cap an Islanders comeback on Oct. 25, 2013.
*Pittsburgh took an early 2-0 lead in the first period on the strength of two Chris Kunitz power-play goals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time a player scored two first-period power-play goals in one game since Kunitz himself did it in a 6-1 Penguins win over the Islanders in Pittsburgh on March 10, 2013.
OVIE TAKES SCORING LEAD
Alex Ovechkin scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season to move ahead of Alexander Steen in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy. It was the fifth multi-goal performance for Ovechkin this season, the most by any player, improving his career totals against Montreal to 19-15--34 in 31 games. The Capitals captain has now tallied 42 goals in his last 44 games dating back to last season.
EARLY GOALS PACE HABS
Three goals in a span of 4:47 in the first period were all Montreal needed to earn a win in Washington. Daniel Briere scored a power-play goal, his fourth goal of the season, off a centering pass from Josh Georges for what would eventually be the game-winner. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Briere’s goal gave the Canadiens at least one power-play goal in each of their ten road games setting a franchise record to begin a season. They're the first NHL team to score power-play goals in each of their first ten (or more) road games since the Penguins in 2007-08 (first 13 road games).
*Peter Budaj made 25 saves to improve to 4-1-0 on the season.
*Travis Moen and David Desharnais tallied their first goals of the season exactly three minutes apart mid-way through the first period, both snapping extended goal scoring droughts -- Moen (47 games) and Desharnais (21 games).
ANAHEIM GETZ THE WIN
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf scored the overtime winner with 5.2 seconds remaining and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves for his 18th career shutout, his second of the season. Getzlaf’s game-winner was his League-leading fifth of the season (first in overtime) and extended his point streak to six games (7-3--10).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Ducks’ late overtime goal was their second this season and fourth all-time in the final 10 seconds of overtime:
Mathieu Perreault: 4:55 of overtime on Oct. 5, 2013 at Minnesota
Lubomir Visnovsky: 4:56 of overtime on Mar. 4, 2011 vs. Dallas
Peter Douris: 4:59 of overtime on Nov. 17, 1995 vs. NY Islanders
Daniel Sedin’s goal late in the first period sparked five consecutive Canucks tallies en route to a 6-2 win over the Blue Jackets. Sedin’s marker was the 299th of his NHL career, moving him within one of becoming the third Vancouver player to score 300-or-more goals for the franchise (Markus Naslund, 346; Trevor Linden, 318). The Canucks’ win was their seventh straight home victory versus the Blue Jackets and improved their head-to-head record to 18-3-3 all-time in Vancouver.
Anaheim improved to 16-6-3 (35 points) this season, including a 9-0-1 record at Honda Center, to reclaim first overall in the League… Evgeni Malkin scored for the first time in 16 contests and added an assist to extend his point streak to five games (1-5--6)… Chris Kunitz (2-1--3) now has 6-4--10 in his last five games versus the Islanders… The Penguins improved to 17-5-1 in their last 23 games versus the Islanders and 12-1-0 when scoring first this season… Casey Cizikas notched an assist to extend his career-high point streak to four games (3-1--4)… Ryan Kesler recorded his 200th NHL assist… Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis played 20:42 in his 700th NHL game… Canucks defenseman Ryan Stanton recorded three assists for his first-career multi-point game and now has 1-9--10 this season… Canucks forward Jeremy Welsh scored his first career NHL goal… Calgary Flames rookie Sean Monahan scored his second straight shootout winner as the Flames held off a Panthers charge to win 4-3… The Calgary Flames acquired left wing Lane MacDermid from the Dallas Stars in exchange for their sixth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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