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NHL Short Notes

11/20/2022 at 2:40am EST

* The first 15-game day of the season was highlighted by all 30 teams in action uniting for a League-wide Hockey Fights Cancer moment of silence.

* The Blues, Devils and Bruins extended lengthy winning streaks, while Alex Goligoski scored an emotional overtime goal to halt the Wild’s three-game slide.

* The Blackhawks are set to retire the No. 81 of Marian Hossa during a pre-game ceremony at United Center on Sunday.


THIRTY TEAMS PARTAKE IN LEAGUE-WIDE HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER MOMENT OF SILENCE
Before teams battled it out on the ice Saturday, the NHL and its players united for a League-wide Hockey Fights Cancer moment of silence. That included the Canadiens and Flyers at Bell Centre, with Montreal following up the pre-game ceremony by earning a multi-goal comeback win courtesy of two game-tying tallies from Cole Caufield (one of which came in the final three seconds of regulation).

* ICYMI: The Canadiens dedicated their Hockey Fights Cancer Night to the children of Leucan, an association that has dedicated itself over the past 40 years to supporting cancer-stricken children and their families. Young Leucan members read the Canadiens’ starting lineup and joined the team on the ice prior to puck drop.


BUCHNEVICH BOLSTERS BLUES TO ANOTHER VICTORY
Pavel Buchnevich (2-2—4), Jordan Kyrou (0-3—3) and Robert Thomas (1-2—3) ignited the St. Louis offense and helped the Blues become the third team in NHL history to record a six-game win streak immediately after suffering losses in eight or more consecutive games (also PHI in 2017-18: 6-0-0 & SJS in 2005-06: 6-0-0).

* The Blues (9-8-0, 18 points) trailed the first-place Jets in the Central Division by 11 points prior to the start of their winning streak (through GP on Nov. 9) and have since climbed from eighth place to fourth, finding themselves within six points of the first-place Stars (11-5-2, 24 points) who defeated the Islanders on Saturday and had Jason Robertson (10-10—20 in 11 GP) extend his career-high point streak to 11 games.


NEW JERSEY HAS ONE DEVIL OF A “HEATER” GOING
Nathan Bastian became the ninth different Devils player to notch a game-winning goal during their winning streak and Akira Schmid (25 saves) improved to 3-0-0 on the season as New Jersey pushed its winning streak to 12 games – one shy of the franchise record.

* New Jersey became the 18th team in NHL history to post a winning streak of at least a dozen games but just the third to do so after missing the playoffs the season prior (also CBJ: 16-0-0 in 2016-17 & FLA: 12-0-0 in 2015-16).

* The Devils reached the 30-point mark in their 18th game, the fastest they have ever done so (previously 20 GP in 1997-98).

* The Devils pushed their road winning streak to eight games, the longest by an NHL club since 2019-20 (NYR & COL both went 9-0-0). It’s the longest road winning streak by New Jersey in 13 years and the third time the franchise has posted a run of at least that length.

BERGERON HELPS BRUINS BEST BLACKHAWKS TO EXTEND HOME WINNING STREAK
Patrice Bergeron (1-1—2), David Pastrnak (2-0—2) and Brad Marchand (0-3—3) each posted multi-point games, while defenseman Charlie McAvoy (0-4—4) put up a four-point performance to help the League-leading Bruins (16-2-0, 32 points) match the 1963-64 Black Hawks and 2021-22 Panthers for the longest season-opening home winning streak in NHL history (11-0-0).

* Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand all factored on the same goal for the 88th time, the second most by a trio in franchise history behind only Wayne Cashman, Phil Esposito and Ken Hodge (103). Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand passed Johnny Bucyk, John McKenzie and Fred Stanfield (87).

* Bergeron boosted his career totals to 409-590—999 in 1,234 career games and needs one point to reach 1,000 in his NHL career. The Bruins captain can become the fourth player in franchise history to record 1,000 points with Boston and the eighth active NHL skater to reach the milestone.


GOLIGOSKI CAPS OFF EMOTIONAL NIGHT WITH OVERTIME WINNER
After being honored in a pre-game ceremony for reaching the 1,000-game milestone on Oct. 20, Alex Goligoski scored the overtime winner with his family in attendance at Xcel Energy Center to cap a come-from-behind win for the Wild. Goligoski was brought to tears during his post-game interview as he talked about his return to the lineup after being absent for 12 of 13 games contested by Minnesota since hitting the milestone.


SHUTOUT PERFORMANCES SHINE IN #NHLSTATS: LIVE UPDATES
Alexandar Georgiev (32 saves) and Tristan Jarry (32 saves) each turned aside all shots they faced to record their first shutout of the season and backstop the Avalanche and Penguins to victory, respectively. More notes from the NHL’s first 15-game day of the season can be found in Saturday’s edition of #NHLStats: Live Updates.

* Georgiev, who has at least 30 saves in nine of his 11 games in 2022-23, registered his first shutout in an Avalanche uniform. Only six goaltenders in franchise history turned aside more shots in their first such performance with the Avalanche/Nordiques, a list topped by Reto Berra (41 on April 9, 2015).

* Jarry secured the 12th shutout of his NHL career to surpass Matt Murray and Les Binkley (both w/ 11) for sole possession of third place on the Penguins’ all-time list.


NOT ONE PATH: REAVES’ FOOTBALL BACKGROUND HIGHLIGHTED AHEAD OF GREY CUP
Ryan Reaves’ unconventional path to the NHL is the latest Not One Path feature, shared ahead of the 2022 Grey Cup set for Sunday. Reaves was on a trajectory towards a career in football prior to a knee injury that caused him to miss the gridiron season – his success in the sport included being the No. 1-ranked football player in Manitoba during the same year he was drafted into the Western Hockey League. His connection to the gridiron also includes his brother, Jordan, who is a defensive lineman in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Elks.

QUICK CLICKS

* Alex Goligoski receives ATV from Wild for recently reaching 1,000-game milestone
* Darcy Kuemper, Nicolas Aube-Kubel get Stanley Cup rings, visit from old team
* Harnarayan Singh’s son dresses up as dad, mimics famous calls
* Evgeni Malkin praised by teammates prior to 1,000th NHL game with Penguins
* Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins lift Oilers past Golden Knights in OT

HOSSA’S NO. 81 HEADED TO UNITED CENTER RAFTERS

Chicago will send Marian Hossa’s No. 81 to the rafters of United Center before facing Pittsburgh on Sunday, with the on-ice ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. CT ahead of a 6 p.m. CT puck drop. Hossa will be the eighth player to have his number retired by Chicago.

* A three-time Stanley Cup champion, Hossa collected two-thirds of his career playoff points with the Blackhawks and Penguins (66.4%; 99 of 149). He also tallied 186-229—415 in 534 regular-season games with Chicago, his highest assist, point and game totals with any franchise.

* In 2010, Hossa became the first player in NHL history to appear in the Stanley Cup Final in three straight years with a different club each time (a list Tampa Bay’s Corey Perry added his name to in 2022). After losing with the Penguins in 2008 and Red Wings in 2009, Hossa finally hoisted the Cup in his third trip to the Final – and won again with Chicago in 2013 and 2015.

Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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