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by Paul on 11/11/13 at 11:22 AM ET
JAGR REACHES 1,700
Devils forward Jaromir Jagr scored 90 seconds after the opening face-off and later added an assist to eclipse 1,700 career NHL points, becoming the eighth player in League history and first European-born skater to reach the milestone. Jagr’s goal also stood up as the game-winner. He now has 120 career game-winning goals, one shy of the NHL record set by Gordie Howe.
PLAYERS WITH 1,700 CAREER POINTS, NHL HISTORY
1. Wayne Gretzky: 894-1,963—2,857 (1,487 GP)
2. Mark Messier: 694-1,193—1,887 (1,756 GP)
3. Gordie Howe: 801-1,049—1,850 (1,767 GP)
4. Ron Francis: 549-1,249—1,798 (1,731 GP)
5. Marcel Dionne: 731-1,040—1,771 (1,348 GP)
6. Steve Yzerman: 692-1,063—1,755 (1,514 GP)
7. Mario Lemieux: 690-1,033—1,723 (915 GP)
8. Jaromir Jagr: 686-1,015—1,701 (1,408 GP)
ANDERSEN, DUCKS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE
Frederik Andersen made a career-high 35 saves to help the Ducks pick up their fifth consecutive victory and remain perfect at home (8-0-0). Andersen is 6-0-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in his first six career NHL games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last goaltender to win his first six NHL appearances was Toronto’s Damian Rhodes (March 22, 1991-Dec. 2, 1993). Andersen’s teammate Viktor Fasth won the first eight decisions of his NHL career last season, but recorded a no-decision in his fifth appearance.
More about the Ducks’ start:
* Anaheim (15-3-1) leads the League with 31 points, tied for the club record through 19 games (also 15-3-1 in 2012-13).
* The last NHL team to begin a season with eight or more consecutive wins at home was the Kings, who opened the 2010-11 season with an 8-0-0 record at STAPLES Center.
* The Ducks are 8-0-1 in their last nine games overall, tied for the longest point streak in the League this season (Sharks: 8-0-1 from Oct. 3-21).
* Anaheim leads the NHL with 65 goals, the second-most in club history through 19 games (66 in 1995-96). In addition, the team paces the League with 52 five-on-five goals.
* Corey Perry scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season and has 6-6—12 and a +11 rating over his last nine contests, including 5-3—8 during a five-game point streak.
* Dustin Penner leads the League with a +18 rating in 12 games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the highest plus/minus by any NHL player through his first 12 contests of a season since 1984-85, when four players had a +12 or higher rating: Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky (+28), Edmonton’s Jari Kurri (+28), NY Islanders’ Mike Bossy (+19) and Edmonton’s Mike Krushelnyski (+19).
AVS OFF TO BEST START IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
The Avalanche scored three unanswered goals to improve to 14-2-0 (28 points), setting a franchise record for the most points through the first 16 games of a season (previous mark: 13-3-0, 26 points by 1994-95 Nordiques). Nick Holden’s first NHL goal (in his 10th career game) stood up as the game-winner, while Matt Duchene picked up an assist to extend his point streak to four games (2-4—6). He also has 5-5—10 over his last seven contests.
Colorado improved to 8-1-0 versus Eastern Conference opponents this season, including a 4-0-0 record against the Metropolitan Division. The Avalanche are 21-5-1 versus Eastern Conference foes since the start of the 2011-12 season, 41-15-7 since 2009-10 and 69-35-7 since 2005-06.
BRODEUR UNBEATABLE (AGAIN)
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur made 15 saves to post his second consecutive shutout and the 123rd of his NHL career, building on his League record. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 41-year-old Brodeur is the fourth goaltender in NHL history to post consecutive shutouts at age 41 or older, joining Toronto’s Johnny Bower in 1968 (age 43), Detroit’s Dominik Hasek in 2006 (41) and 2008 (42), and Tampa Bay’s Dwayne Roloson in 2011 (41).
EGG LINE LEADS CANADIENS
The line of Lars Eller (1-2—3), Brendan Gallagher (1-1—2) and Alex Galchenyuk (1-2—3) combined for eight points in helping the Canadiens snap a four-game losing streak. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 19-year-old Galchenyuk is the first teenager to record three or more points in a game for the Canadiens since March 18, 1989, when defenseman Eric Desjardins posted 0-3—3 at age 19 in a 7-2 victory over the Penguins.
RANGERS STAY HOT
Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves to lead the Rangers to their third consecutive victory and sixth win in their past seven contests. New York averaged 1.50 goals per game through its opening 10 games, but has scored 24 times in its last seven affairs (3.43 goals per game).
Carl Hagelin collected an assist to extend his point streak to five games (4-3—7). Brad Richards posted 1-1—2 and has seven points (1-6—7) over his last seven games.
Jets captain Andrew Ladd scored the tying goal with 1:43 remaining in regulation and potted the lone tally in the shootout to help Winnipeg pick up its third victory in its last four contests . . . The Blackhawks improved to 6-0-1 in their last seven games. They have scored five or more goals in five of those contests and rank second in the NHL with an average of 3.56 goals per game . . . Sharks forward Tommy Wingels scored to extend his point streak to a career-long six games (3-4—7) . . . Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban posted a helper to push to his assist/point streak to five games (1-5—6). He leads all NHL blueliners with 14 assists and ranks second with 17 points in 18 games this season . . . Sharks forward Tomas Hertl recorded 1-1—2. He leads all rookies with 10 goals and 16 points . . . Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell scored twice to eclipse 400 career points . . . Devils forward Travis Zajac tallied his 100th NHL goal . . . Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien recorded the 250th victory of his NHL coaching career.
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