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by Paul on 01/25/22 at 05:34 AM ET
* Keith Yandle skated in his 964th consecutive regular-season game and tied Doug Jarvis for the longest “Ironman” streak in NHL history. Yandle is set to pass Jarvis when the Flyers visit the Islanders Tuesday.
* Chris Kreider reached the 30-goal mark in a single season for the first time in his career and overtook top spot in the NHL’s 2021-22 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race.
* Minnesota matched a franchise record with eight goals as Kirill Kaprizov joined elite company by recording his 100th career point in 92 contests.
YANDLE TIES JARVIS FOR LONGEST “IRONMAN” STREAK IN NHL HISTORY
Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle skated in his 964th consecutive game Monday and tied Doug Jarvis (964 GP from Oct. 8, 1975–Oct. 10, 1987) for the longest “Ironman” streak in NHL history.
* Jarvis had held the distinction since Dec. 26, 1986, when he played in his 915th straight contest to grab the League record from Garry Unger (914 GP from Feb. 24, 1968–Dec. 21, 1979). Jarvis extended his career-opening streak to 964 consecutive games before it ended when he was sent down to the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL.
* When Yandle’s run began on March 26, 2009: Instagram had not yet officially launched; the first Uber ride had yet to happen; Netflix was not available in Canada; Barack Obama was two months into his first term as President of the United States; and it had been less than a year since Iron Man (2008) began the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
* Yandle faced the Stars for the 48th time during his “Ironman” streak Monday, his most games against one club over that span. Read more in the latest #NHLStats Pack, including a “By The Numbers” look at Yandle’s streak.
KREIDER OVERTAKES LEAD IN “ROCKET” RACE WITH FIRST 30-GOAL SEASON
Fresh off First Star of the Week honors, Chris Kreider (30-13—43 in 43 GP) found the back of the net for the sixth straight game and scored 30 goals in a single season for the first time in his career to move past Alex Ovechkin (29-29—58 in 43 GP) for top spot in the NHL’s 2021-22 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race. Kreider’s first 30-goal campaign comes in the veteran’s 10th NHL season.
* Kreider, who became just the fourth different player in franchise history to notch 30 goals in a season in 43 or fewer games, is the third Rangers skater to be the NHL’s first player to reach the mark in a campaign (outright or tied). The others: Lynn Patrick (1941-42) and Bill Cook (1926-27 & 1930-31).
* The Rangers forward (30 years, 269 days), the sixth different player to lead the League in goals outright this season (Leon Draisaitl: 57 days; Alex Ovechkin: 16 days, Tyler Bertuzzi: 2 days, Connor McDavid: 1 day & Max Pacioretty: 1 day), became the fifth player in the last decade to record his first 30-goal season at age 30 or older. The others: Patrick Eaves (2016-17), Jiri Hudler (2014-15), Chris Kunitz (2013-14) and Radim Vrbata (2011-12).
AVALANCHE RECORD ANOTHER HOME WIN, ANOTHER 12-WIN MONTH
Nazem Kadri scored the game-winning goal to guide the Avalanche (29-8-3, 61 points) to their 16th straight home win, seventh straight win overall and first place in the NHL standings. Colorado, with a 12-0-1 record in January, matched the franchise’s most wins in a calendar month achieved 10 months ago (March 2021: 12-2-3).
* Colorado became the 11th different team to post a win streak of at least seven games in 2021-22 (also ANA, CAR, DAL, FLA, LAK, MIN, NSH, NYR, PIT & VAN). Only one campaign in NHL history has featured more unique teams with a win streak of seven-plus games: 2009-10 (13: CAR, CHI, DET, LAK, NJD, NSH, NYR, OTT, PHX, PIT, SJS, VAN & WSH).
GOLDEN KNIGHTS, DUCKS CONTINUE BATTLE ATOP PACIFIC
The top two teams in the Pacific Division each picked up road wins Monday to maintain their respective positions as the second half of their seasons continue:
* The Golden Knights (25-15-2, 52 points) extended their road win streak to seven games, the longest run in franchise history – besting a six-game stretch in 2020-21 (Jan. 24 – March 6, 2021). Vegas, the first team to shut out Washington this season, matched the longest road win streak by any team in 2021-22 (TOR: 7 GP from Oct. 27 – Nov. 28, 2021).
* Troy Terry (1-0—1) scored his sixth game-winning goal of the season and Trevor Zegras (0-1—1) reached the 30-point mark to help the Ducks (21-16-7, 49 points) net five goals for the second time in as many contests. Zegras (10-20—30 in 38 GP) required the second-fewest games among Ducks rookies to tally 20 assists in a season, trailing only Andy McDonald (37 GP in 2001-02).
HIGH-SCORING AFFAIRS HIGHLIGHT #NHLSTATS: LIVE UPDATES
The Monday edition of #NHLStats: Live Updates featured a pair of high-scoring affairs after the Wild (25-10-3, 53 points) and Flames (19-12-6, 44 points) netted eight and seven goals, respectively.
* Kirill Kaprizov (0-2—2) factored on two of Minnesota’s record-tying eight goals to reach the 100-point mark in his career (44-56—100 in 92 GP). Kaprizov required the fewest games by a player to reach the milestone with the Wild, besting Brian Rolston’s previous mark (105 GP).
* Matthew Tkachuk (0-5—5) and Johnny Gaudreau (1-3—4) led the way offensively as Calgary scored seven goals in a game for the second time in as many seasons (also March 4, 2021 vs. OTT). Tkachuk’s performance fell one assist shy of the most in a game in franchise history, behind Guy Chouinard (0-6—6 on Feb. 25, 1981) and Gary Suter (0-6—6 on April 4, 1986).
* Canucks hire Émilie Castonguay as assistant general manager
EIGHT GAMES ON TAP TUESDAY
Sixteen teams are set to take the ice Tuesday, including a U.S. national broadcast doubleheader on HULU and ESPN+ when the Stars (21-16-2, 44 points) visit the Devils (15-20-5, 35 points), before the Predators (26-14-3, 55 points) skate across from the Kraken (13-24-4, 30 points), who are coming off a win against the Panthers (28-9-5, 61 points). In Canada, the Oilers (19-16-2, 40 points) and Canucks (18-19-4, 40 points) will meet on Sportsnet as two of five teams within four points of the Flames (19-22-6, 44 points) – who currently occupy the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.
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