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NHL Short Notes

11/02/2021 at 6:36am EDT

* While making his 300th career start, Andrei Vasilevskiy halted both Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals’ simultaneous season-opening streaks.

* Leon Draisaitl became the first player to tally multiple four-point games this season as he joined Connor McDavid atop the NHL’s scoring lead.

* The Wild will host this season’s first Hockey Fights Cancer night Tuesday as they welcome the Senators to Xcel Energy Center.

Anthony Cirelli posted 1-1—2 and Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 31 of 33 shots as the Lightning (5-3-1, 11 points) brought an end to Alex Ovechkin’s season opening point streak and handed the Capitals (5-1-3, 13 points) their first regulation loss of 2021-22.

* Monday marked the 300th start of Vasilevskiy’s career. His 195 wins through that span (including starts or in relief) are the second most in NHL history.

Leon Draisaitl (2-2—4) scored twice, including once on the power play, en route to his NHL-best second outing with four points and 15th of his career. His 15 such performances since joining the NHL in 2014-15 are tied with Patrick Kane for the third most among all players over that span and trail only Connor McDavid (19 w/ EDM) and Nikita Kucherov (16 w/ TBL).

* The Oilers, with a League-leading 12 power-play goals, have struck on the man advantage in each of their first eight games to start 2021-22.

* Draisaitl and Connor McDavid (both w/ 7-10—17) joined Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (0-11—11) as the second and third Oilers players with at least 10 assists this season (8 GP). Edmonton became the fifth team in NHL history to feature at least three players each reach the 10-assist mark by their eighth game of a season. The others: NY Islanders (4 in 1984-85), Pittsburgh (4 in 1992-93, 3 in 1988-89 & 1995-96), Los Angeles (3 in 1979-80 & 1980-81) and Calgary (3 in 1984-85).

Patrick Kane (3-1—4) scored his seventh career hat trick and recorded his 16th career game with four-plus points to boost his career totals to 408-689—1,097 and pass Steve Larmer (406-517—923) for sole possession of third place on the Blackhawks’ all-time goals list.

* These #NHLStats and more can be found in the latest edition of Live Updates Monday. Click here to read more.

Dominic Moore has been named the 2021 ambassador of the NHL and NHLPA’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer campaign. Moore, who skated in 13 NHL seasons, founded the Katie Moore Foundation in 2013 in honor of his late wife who was diagnosed with Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer. Moore also co-founded Smashfest, a charitable ping-pong event that raises awareness and funds for concussion and rare cancer research.

* Since 1998, the joint initiative has raised more than $30 million, uniting the hockey community in support of cancer patients and their families. You can find more information at HockeyFightsCancer.com including an NHL All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas sweepstakes benefitting Hockey Fights Cancer.


* Jacob Markstrom, Drake Batherson, Alex Killorn Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week
* Cedric Paquette suspended two games for actions in Canadiens game
* Adam Fox signs seven-year, $66.5 million contract extension with the Rangers
* Kelsey Koelzer becomes first Black woman to coach NCAA hockey team
* Oilers honor Indigenous communities with special tribute

The Wild will host the first of 32 Hockey Fights Cancer nights around the NHL this month when they welcome the Senators to Xcel Energy Center on a nine-game Tuesday. Sixteen other teams will be in action, including Detroit’s Moritz Seider and Anaheim’s Troy Terry who each aim to extend their respective point streaks, while Calgary’s Jacob Markstrom enters with a shutout in each of his last two games.

* Terry (5-5—10 in 8 GP) enters Tuesday riding an eight-game point streak, tied with Alex Ovechkin and Connor McDavid (who extended Monday) for the longest by a player this season. Only four Ducks players in the last decade have extended their run to nine contests: Ryan Getzlaf (14 GP in 2013-14 & 11 GP in 2015-16), Mathieu Perreault (9 GP in 2013-14), Corey Perry (9 GP in 2013-14) and Teemu Selanne (9 GP in 2011-12).

*Seider, who has a point in each of his last five contests (0-5—5), can tie Reed Larson (6 GP in 1977-78) for the longest point streak by a rookie defenseman in franchise history should he find the score sheet Tuesday. The 20-year-old has 0-8—8 through his first nine career games; only two Red Wings have had more assists through their first 10 career NHL games: Dutch Reibel (10) and Dale McCourt (9) – neither of whom were defensemen.

Jacob Markstrom has shut out his opponent in each of Calgary’s last two games, and three of his last four appearances overall, to help the Flames extend their win streak to six games. Markstrom, the first Calgary goaltender to record shutouts in consecutive appearances since Brian Elliott in 2016-17, could become the first in franchise history to blank the opposition in three straight appearances.

* Two goaltenders posted a shutout in three consecutive appearances during the 2020-21 regular season: Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy (3 GP from Feb. 24 - March 2) and NY Islanders' Semyon Varlamov (3 GP from April 22 - May 1).

Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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