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by Paul on 11/08/13 at 10:59 AM ET
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO . . .
The NHL’s top three goal-scorers each found the back of the net in helping their teams to victories Thursday:
* Blues forward Alexander Steen scored his League-leading 14th goal (his third game-winner) in his 14th game of the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steen is the fifth player since the start of the 1999-2000 season to record at least 14 goals in his team’s first 14 games. He also is the second player in Blues history to accomplish that feat: Brett Hull tallied 16 times in the club’s opening 14 contests of the 1990-91 season.
14 OR MORE GOALS IN TEAM’S FIRST 14 GAMES, SINCE 1999-2000
Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 14 goals in 2009-10
Daniel Alfredsson (OTT): 14 goals in 2005-06
Simon Gagne (PHI): 16 goals in 2005-06
Jaromir Jagr (NYR, PIT): 14 goals in 2005-06, 14 goals in 1999-2000
Steen has 10-2—12 during a career-long, nine-game point streak. He has scored in 12 of St. Louis’ 14 games this season, recording at least one goal in each of the team’s 10 victories. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steen is the first player to score in each of his club’s first 10 wins of a season since 1993-94, when Eric Lindros set a modern-era NHL record by tallying in each of the Flyers’ first 12 victories.
* Lightning forward Steven Stamkos potted his 12th and 13th markers for his third multi-goal game of the season (15 GP). Stamkos has 8-4—12 during a seven-game point streak, including goals in five consecutive contests (6-1—7). He ranks second in the NHL with 22 points, one behind Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (8-15—23).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is Stamkos’ sixth goal-scoring streak of five or more games since the start of the 2009-10 season. That’s twice as many as any other player over that span (Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin each have had three such streaks).
* Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin recorded his 13th goal of the season (14 GP), his League-leading seventh via the power play. Ovechkin now sits three tallies shy of tying Peter Bondra (137) for first place on the franchise’s all-time power-play goals list. The reigning Hart Memorial Trophy winner has scored in 10 of his 14 contests this season and ranks sixth in the NHL with 19 points.
BRODEUR CONTINUES DOMINATION OF FLYERS
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season and the 122nd of his NHL career, building on his League record. Brodeur has 12 career regular-season shutouts versus the Flyers, the most against one team by any netminder in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other goaltender with 10 or more regular-season shutouts versus a single opponent in that span is Ed Belfour, who recorded 10 against the Ducks. (Brodeur also has 10 career blank sheets in 88 regular-season appearances versus the Islanders.)
* Playing in his 300th game, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for his first shutout of the season and the 26th of his NHL career. Quick ranks second on Los Angeles’ all-time shutouts list, six behind Rogie Vachon.
* Hurricanes netminder Justin Peters recorded 21 saves for his first blank sheet of the season and the third of his career. Peters has won consecutive decisions for the first time since Jan. 7-9, 2011.
* Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 23 saves to improve to 9-1-0 with a 0.99 goals-against average, .967 save percentage and three shutouts in 10 career appearances versus the Panthers.
Cody Eakin scored the tying goal with 70 seconds left in the third period and Rich Peverley netted the winner with 18.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the Stars to their third consecutive victory. Dallas has required extra time in four consecutive games (3-0-1), with the tying goal scored in the final 3:30 of regulation in each of those contests:
Nov. 7 at Detroit: Cody Eakin (DAL) scored at 18:50, Stars won 4-3 in OT
Nov. 5 at Boston: Vernon Fiddler (DAL) scored at 17:26, Stars won 3-2 in SO
Nov. 3 at Ottawa: Bobby Ryan (OTT) scored at 19:50, Stars won 4-3 in SO
Nov. 1 vs. Colorado: Tyler Seguin (DAL) scored at 16:31, Avalanche won 3-2 in OT
RYAN HELPS SENATORS WIN PLAYOFF REMATCH
The Senators scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Canadiens in the teams’ first meeting since Ottawa ousted Montreal in five games during the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Bobby Ryan totaled 1-2—3, his 18th career game with three or more points and first as a Senator, to extend his point streak to five games (3-6—9). Mark Borowiecki, the first Ottawa native drafted by the Senators (139th overall in 2008), scored his first NHL goal in his 11th career game.
Carl Hagelin scored twice and Cam Talbot made 32 saves to help the Rangers earn their sixth win in their last eight contests. New York has held its opponents to two or fewer goals in each of its past nine games, its longest such streak since the 1970-71 season, when the club went 12 games without yielding more than two goals (Feb. 20-March 18).
* Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk recorded an assist to extend his assist/point streak to seven games (0-8—8).
* Senators forward Kyle Turris scored his third goal of the season to push his point streak to a career-long six games (2-6—8). He ranks fourth on Ottawa with 16 points in 16 games this season.
* Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith posted a helper to extend his assist/point streak to five games (0-6—6). He places second among NHL blueliners with 12 assists this season.
* Sharks forward Tommy Wingels collected an assist to push his point streak to five games (2-4—6).
The Lightning (11-4-0, 22 points) have won three consecutive games and six of their last seven to move into first place in the Eastern Conference . . . Four different players scored to help the Canucks improve to 6-1-1 in their last eight games . . . Devils forward Jaromir Jagr tallied an empty-net goal for his 1,699th NHL point. Only seven players in League history have reached the 1,700-point milestone . . . Kings forward Anze Kopitar scored his fourth goal of the season and now has 4-7—11 in his past eight games . . . Bruins rookie Torey Krug recorded his sixth goal of the season, tied for first among NHL defensemen with Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson . . . Blues goaltender Brian Elliott made 18 saves for his 100th NHL victory . . . Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski posted an assist for his 200th NHL point . . . Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann played in his 400th NHL game . . . Red Wings defenseman Adam Almquist scored his first career goal in his second NHL game . . . The Capitals improved to 4-0 in shootouts this season and are 7-0 in the tiebreaker under head coach Adam Oates.
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