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by Paul on 11/29/13 at 10:33 AM ET
SEDIN HITS MILESTONE
Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin scored the 300th goal of his NHL career to help the Canucks defeat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 in a match-up preview of the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic. Sedin is the third Canucks player to reach the 300-goal milestone (Markus Naslund - 346, Trevor Linden - 318). He now has seven points (2-5--7) in his last four games and is tied for 15th in League scoring with 24 points (9-15--24).
*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Sedin becomes the fifth active player with 300 or more goals with the same franchise. He joins: Patrick Marleau (Sharks, 415 goals), Alex Ovechkin (Capitals, 391), Patrik Elias (Devils 380) and Shane Doan (Jets/Coyotes, 342).
*Daniel Sedin‘s 300 goals rank sixth all-time in goals scored amongst Swedish-born players. Detroit’s Daniel Alfredsson (430) is the only active Swedish player with more goals.
*Henrik Sedin assisted on Daniel’s milestone goal. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Henrik has registered assists on 214 (71%) of Daniel's goals. The only other player with assists on 10 percent of Daniel’s 300 goals is Alex Burrows (35).
BACK IN 'BRYZ'NESS
Edmonton goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves for the Oilers in his return to the NHL en route to a 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators. The start was Bryzgalov’s first since April 25, 2013 and he earned both his 31st career shutout and first star honors. The performance was the second time Bryzgalov has earned a shutout in his first start for a new team (November 7, 2007 - Phoenix Coyotes). The Russian netminder is 209-149-45 in his career.
*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bryzgalov’s shutout marks the second time a goaltender has had a shutout in his first start for Edmonton -- Jussi Markkanen was the first, in a 2-0 victory at Anaheim on Nov. 28, 2001.
Ottawa’s Clarke MacArthur scored his 100th career NHL goal… Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo made a season-high 37 saves while picking up his 11th win of the season… Edmonton forward’s Taylor Hall had 1-1--2 to extend his point streak to five games (2-5--7), Jordan Eberle had 1-1--2 for his third two-point performance in his last four games and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game-winner and now has 1-6--7 over his last four games.
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