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by Paul on 10/26/13 at 10:22 AM ET
via the NHL PR department,
The Sabres became the first NHL team in more than 17 years to dress four teenagers in a game when Zemgus Girgensons (19), Mikhail Grigorenko (19), Rasmus Ristolainen (18) and Nikita Zadorov (18) all skated in the team’s 3-1 victory over the Panthers. While each player had already appeared in a game this season, Friday marked the first time all four dressed for the same contest.
The last time any NHL team had four teenagers in its lineup was on March 10, 1996, when the original incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets played 19-year-olds Shane Doan, Chad Kilger, Deron Quint and Oleg Tverdovsky in a 5-2 loss to the Red Wings. The Sabres last dressed four teenagers for the same game during the 1982-83 season, when Dave Andreychuk, Paul Cyr, Phil Housley and Hannu Virta played in 21 contests together.
Evgeni Nabokov made 39 saves (on 42 shots) and Josh Bailey scored the winning goal with 1:40 remaining in regulation to help the Islanders defeat the Penguins in the teams’ first meeting since the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The clubs combined for four goals in the third period, including three in a 69-second span (Frans Nielsen, Deryk Engelland and Pierre-Marc Bouchard).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nabokov has won all five games in which he has face 40 or more shots as an Islander. He also is 10-0-3 in his last 13 such games dating back to his time with the Sharks.
* Islanders captain John Tavares recorded an assist to extend his point streak to nine games (4-8—12), the second-longest streak of his NHL career (12 games in 2011-12) and tied for the longest streak in the League this season (Calgary’s Jiri Hudler: 4-8—12).
* Canucks captain Henrik Sedin posted an assist to extend his point streak to eight games (3-7—10). Sedin has registered at least one point in all nine of Vancouver’s road games this season, totaling 2-9—11.
* Islanders forward Matt Moulson scored his sixth goal of the season, pushing his point streak to five games (5-3—8).
* Canucks forward Ryan Kesler recorded a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to extend his point streak to four games (4-3—7).
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored his eighth goal of the season, upping his League-leading point total to 18 . . . Blues forward Alexander Steen also scored his eighth goal (8 GP), matching his 40-game total from 2012-13 . . . Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 44 saves for his first win of the season . . . Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim collected an assist in his first appearance since Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals . . . Penguins defenseman Kris Letang played a team-high 25:32 in his season debut . . . David Clarkson played in his first game as a Maple Leaf, logging 15:41 of ice-time and four shots on goal . . . Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal . . . Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason played in his 600th NHL game . . . Blues forward T.J. Oshie skated in his 300th NHL game . . . Senators defenseman Jared Cowen played in his 100th NHL game . . . The Avalanche improved to 15-4-4 versus the Hurricanes/Whalers since relocating to Denver, including nine consecutive victories on home ice
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