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by Paul on 10/23/13 at 10:01 AM ET
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OVECHKIN TAKES GOAL-SCORING LEAD
Captain Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals to help the Capitals record a 5-4 shootout victory over the Jets. Ovechkin has scored in seven of Washington’s first nine games this season and leads the League with nine tallies. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he has 31 goals over his last 30 regular-season games (dating to last season), his highest total over any such span during his NHL career (previous high was 29).
Ovechkin now has 40-40—80 in 54 regular-season games versus the Jets/Thrashers franchise, his highest goal and point totals against any NHL opponent.
RIBEIRO, COYOTES STAY HOT
Forward Mike Ribeiro, who signed with the Coyotes as a free agent this offseason, scored two goals (including the game-winner) for the second consecutive contest. Ribeiro now has 5-4—9 during a seven-game point streak, during which the Coyotes are 5-0-2. Phoenix improved to 6-2-2 overall this season, its best start since 2000-01, when the team went 7-1-2 in its first 10 games.
ARCOBELLO JOINS DISTINGUISHED LIST
Oilers rookie Mark Arcobello recorded two assists, giving him a total of 10 helpers through Edmonton’s first 10 games this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other rookies in the last 20 seasons have collected 10 or more assists in their team’s first 10 games: Sidney Crosby (12 in 2005-06) and Patrick Kane (10 in 2007-08).
Devils forward Jaromir Jagr became the 32nd player in NHL history to appear in 1,400 games . . . Flames forward Jiri Hudler picked up an assist to remain the only player who has recorded at least one point in each of his team’s games this season (4-8—12 in 9 GP) . . . Playing in his 300th NHL game, Islanders captain John Tavares collected an assist to extend his point streak to eight games (4-7—11) . . . Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski tied a career high with three points (1-2—3) . . . Twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin both scored in the same game for the 41st time . . . Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata netted his 200th NHL goal . . . Wild forward Justin Fontaine scored his first career game-winning goal . . . Islanders forward Brock Nelson tallied his first NHL goal . . . Canucks forward Mike Santorelli assisted on Brad Richardson’s overtime winner and now has recorded a point on each of the team’s overtime goals this season (2-1—3) . . . The Coyotes improved to 119-13-20 when scoring first since the start of the 2009-10 season .
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