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NHL Short Notes

01/28/2023 at 7:45am EST

* Jack Hughes recorded a multi-goal game, including scoring the overtime winner, and moved into a tie with Jason Robertson for fifth place in the 2022-23 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race.

* The League announced that AleksanderBarkov, captain of the host Panthers, will replace the injured AustonMatthews on the Atlantic Division roster for the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

* One week from today, All-Stars will go head-to-head in South Florida for the 67th NHL All-Star Game. But first, 19 more regular-season contests are to be played including more than half as part of an 11-game Saturday that begins with a matinee between the Blues and Avalanche on HULU, ESPN+, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

After the Hurricanes surrendered an empty-netter at 58:08 to face a two-goal deficit, it was Sebastian Aho (58:23) and Martin Necas (59:48) who immediately responded to send it to overtime where Necas completed the comeback just 55 seconds into the extra frame with his League-leading third overtime goal of 2022-23.

* Necas (2-0—2), who became the first player in Hurricanes/Whalers history to score an overtime goal in consecutive games (also on Jan. 25), became the fifth player in NHL history to net a tying tally in the final minute of regulation and the winner within the first minute of the extra frame. The others: Mikko Rantanen (Dec. 11, 2022), Alex Ovechkin (Dec. 15, 2006), Jeff Hamilton (Dec. 2, 2006) and Benoit Hogue (Nov. 16, 1995).

* Friday marked just the second time in Hurricanes/Whalers history that the club has won a contest after trailing by multiple goals in the final two minutes of regulation (also on Dec. 18, 2007 vs. TOR).

Jack Hughes (2-0—2) initiated New Jersey’s multi-goal comeback with a second-period goal and capped it off by scoring 20 seconds into overtime to lift the Devils (32-13-4, 68 points) to victory and help the club keep pace with the Hurricanes (31-9-8, 70 points) in the Metropolitan Division.

* Hughes (Orlando, Fla.), set to become the first Florida-born player to skate in multiple NHL All-Star games (also 2022), has found the back of the net 59 times in 98 games dating to 2021-22 after doing so just 18 times through his first 117 NHL contests.

* The Devils forward (33-31—64 in 49 GP) notched his seventh multi-goal outing of the season to move into a tie with Jason Roberton (33 in 51 GP) for fifth place in the 2022-23 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race. Hughes’ 33 goals and 64 points are the most by a Devils/Rockies/Scouts player prior to the team’s 50th game of a season.

* Hughes, who netted the third-fastest goal to start an overtime period in Devils franchise history, recorded his 10th career game-winning goal and tied John MacLean for the most by a player in franchise history at age 21 or younger.

A pair of Pacific Division teams climbed in the standings as Los Angeles (28-17-6, 62 points) overtook Seattle (28-15-5, 61 points) and Vegas (29-18-3, 61 points) for first place in the division and third in the Western Conference, while Calgary (24-17-9, 57 points) moved into the final Wild Card spot with its win over the Kraken:
* Anze Kopitar (15-25—40) opened the scoring and recorded his 17th straight season with 40-plus points – joining Alex Ovechkin (17) as the only active players to achieve the feat – while Adrian Kempe (20-14—34) became the fifth Kings player in the past 10 years to record consecutive 20-goal campaigns. Kempe joined Jeff Carter (2012-13 – 2016-17), Kopitar (2017-18 – 2019-20), Dustin Brown (2017-18 – 2018-19) and Tyler Toffoli (2014-15 – 2015-16).

* Elias Lindholm (1-2—3) recorded all three of his points in the first frame and fell one point shy of the franchise record for most in a single period. Since joining Calgary in 2018-19, Lindholm is one of three Flames players to have recorded three or more points in a period at least three different times (also 0-3—3 in P3 on April 16, 2022 & 1-2—3 in P2 on Jan. 2, 2019). The others: Johnny Gaudreau (6x) and Matthew Tkachuk (4x).

Two-time NHL All-Star Bo Horvat (0-4—4) factored on four of five Canucks goals while Quinn Hughes (1-1—2) posted a multi-point performance as Vancouver defeated Columbus at Rogers Arena on Friday.

* Hughes recorded his 40th assist of 2022-23 and became the only active defenseman to reach the mark in a season three times before age 24. He also became the first Canucks player, regardless of position, to accomplish the feat.

The Friday edition of #NHLStats: Live Updates featured six players reach the 20-goal mark across the eight-game slate, including Chris Kreider who did so in the Rangers’ victory against the Golden Knights at Madison Square Garden.

* Kreider became the eighth player in Rangers history to record at least eight 20-goal seasons with the club, joining Rod Gilbert (12x), Jean Ratelle (9x), Adam Graves (8x), Andy Bathgate (8x) and Camille Henry (8x).


* NHL Fantasy (Jan. 23): Fantasy waiver wire pickups: Week 16; Canucks' coaching change

* NHL Fantasy (Jan. 23): Action Network Collab: Week 16

* NHL @ The Rink (Jan. 25): Oilers rolling, Tocchet's impact, Devils trade targets, Top All-Star lines

* La Tasse de café LNH (Jan. 25): Renvoi de Boudreau à Vancouver et Match des meilleurs espoirs

* The Chirp with Daren Millard (Jan. 26): Bruce Cassidy discusses Eichel, All-Star dynamics

* NHL Fantasy (Jan. 26): Bruins’ dominance, Trade Deadline rumblings; Week 16 fantasy mailbag

* Draft Class (Jan. 27): Connor Bedard joins; CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game analysis


* Brandon Montour (8 GP) sets Panthers record for longest point streak by a defenseman

* Auston Matthews out at least 3 weeks for Maple Leafs with knee sprain

* NHL Buzz: Matty Beniers out 2 games for Kraken

* Jim Montgomery thriving with Bruins in 2nd chance as NHL coach

* Senators captain Brady Tkachuk finds doppelganger in crowd

Two of the past four Stanley Cup champions will go head-to-head on ESPN+ and HULU in the United States as well as Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada when the Blues (23-23-3, 49 points) travel to Colorado to take on the Avalanche (26-18-3, 55 points).

* Jordan Kyrou (23-23—46 in 46 GP) leads the Blues with 46 points in 2022-23 and sits one assist shy of 100 in his five-season career (69-99—168 in 219 GP). Among skaters to debut with the Blues, Kyrou can become the seventh to reach the milestone in 220 games or fewer; Joe Mullen (163 GP), Mike Zuke (175 GP), Wayne Babych (175 GP), Bernie Federko (179 GP), Jorgen Pettersson (196 GP) and Robert Thomas (220 GP) have done so.

* Mikko Rantanen (34-26—60 in 47 GP) sits tied for third in the NHL’s 2022-23 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race thanks to a double-digit goal total since Jan. 1 (10-5—15 in 12 GP). Rantanen (199-269—468 in 455 GP) sits one tally shy of becoming the ninth player to score 200 goals with the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise – a feat teammates Nathan MacKinnon (255) and Gabriel Landeskog (248) have both accomplished.


Connor McDavid and the Oilers (27-18-4, 58 points) will partake in their 50th game of the season against Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks (15-28-4, 34 points) in their last outing before 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend. McDavid can collect his 90th point of a season in 50 games or fewer for the second time in as many campaigns (50 GP in 2020-21) – a feat Mario Lemieux last accomplished in 1991-92 (48 GP) and 1992-93 (34 GP).

* McDavid leads the NHL with 40-49—89 this season (49 GP), tied for the most points by any player before the All-Star/Olympic break over the past 26 years. Alex Ovechkin (42-47—89 in 54 GP) also had 89 points in 2009-10 before the League paused for the Olympics in Vancouver. The last time a player had at least 90 points before either the All-Star or Olympic break was 1995-96, when Mario Lemieux (40-60—100 in 38 GP) hit the 100-point mark with a goal in his final contest before the 1996 All-Star Game in Boston.

The Lightning (31-15-1, 63 points) and Sabres defenseman Owen Power (3-16—19 in 45 GP) enter the weekend with the hopes of maintaining their recent strings of success against the Kings (27-17-6, 60 points) and Wild (26-17-4, 56 points), respectively.

* Tampa Bay looks to become the second team to capture 12 consecutive home wins during the 2022-23 campaign after Boston went 14-0-0 at TD Garden from Oct. 15 to Dec. 3, 2022. In doing so, the Lightning would establish the longest home win streak in franchise history.

* Power has found the back of the net in each of his past three games. Should he do so against Minnesota, the 20-year-old can become just the fourth rookie defenseman in NHL history with a four-game goal streak. Barry Beck (6 GP in 1977-78 w/ CLR), Brian Benning (4 GP in 1986-87 w/ STL) and Stan Brown (4 GP in 1926-27 w/ NYR) are the only three to do so to date.

Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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