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NHL NEWS NOVEMBER 27, 2022 – HUGHES SCORES NATURAL HAT TRICK AS DEVILS STAY HOT IN NOVEMBER

Jack Hughes (3-0—3) recorded his first NHL hat trick to help his Devils (18-4-0, 36 points) defeat the Capitals 5-1 in regulation for the first time since Feb. 22, 2020 – a span of 13 games – as New Jersey improved to 12-1-0 in November. The Devils have now won 12 games in a month for the third time in franchise history (also 13 in March 2001 & 12 in March 1994).

  • Hughes scored the first natural hat trick of the 2022-23 season and the 13th in Devils/Rockies/Scouts history. The last skater to record a natural hat trick with the club was Brian Boyle on Nov. 5, 2018.
  • New Jersey has one more game remaining in November – a clash with the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Should the Devils earn the victory, they would establish just the 15th instance in NHL history of a team winning at least 13 games in a calendar month and become the first to post 13 wins in November.

NOT ONE, BUT TWO THREE-GOAL, THIRD-PERIOD COMEBACK WINS

After the Oilers overcame a three-goal deficit in the final frame to win in regulation earlier Saturday, the Blues followed suit with their own three-goal third-period comeback victory which ended in overtime. It marked the second and third time this season a team has rallied after being down by three in the third period to win, with the only other instance coming just three days prior (DAL: 6-4 W vs. CHI on Nov. 23).

  • While Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid combined on the game winner, they did not factor into the three goals that drew Edmonton even. Defenseman Evan Bouchard scored his first two goals of the season (second career multi-goal outing), Dylan Holloway netted his first career goal after leading all Oilers with 4-2—6 in six games during the 2022-23 NHL Preseason and Ryan McLeod assisted on all three tallies that tied the score to set a career high for assists in a game and match his career high for points in a single contest.
  • The Oilers have now rallied from a three-goal, third period deficit to win 10 times in franchise history – prior to Saturday the most recent instance was on Oct. 16, 2018 (5-4 OTW at WPG). It also marked the sixth time that Edmonton rallied from a three-goal deficit in the final frame to win in regulation.
  • Captain Ryan O’Reilly (1-1—2) spearheaded St. Louis’ final-frame comeback and Jordan Kyrou completed it with his first NHL overtime winner, marking his 10th career multi-goal game. Since his debut in 2018-19, only two players have more multi-goal outings with the Blues: David Perron (14 GP) and Vladimir Tarasenko (13 GP).
  • St. Louis overcame a three-goal third-period deficit to win for the third time in franchise history, following Dec. 14, 2019 versus Chicago and Nov. 29, 2000 at Toronto.

NHL’S LONGEST ACTIVE POINT STREAKS EXTENDED

Jason Robertson and Mitchell Marner extended the longest point streaks in the NHL to 15 and 16 games, respectively:

  • Robertson collected an assist and extended his point streak to 15 games (16-12—28 in 15 GP), matching the second-longest run in Stars/North Stars history. Only five active players have recorded a longer point streak age 23 or younger: Paul Stastny (20 GP in 2006-07), Sidney Crosby (19 GP 2007-08 & 16 GP in 2008-09), Steven Stamkos (18 GP in 2009-10), Phil Kessel (18 GP in 2008-09) and Robert Thomas (17 GP in 2021-22).
  • Marner wasted no time extending the NHL’s longest point streak this season (5-17—22 in 16 GP) as he scored 40 seconds into the game to help the Toronto Maple Leafs (13-5-5, 31 points) improve to 9-1-3 this month. After going 4-4-2 in October, the Maple Leafs’ nine wins in November trail only the Devils (12-1-0), Islanders (10-4-0) – who won their fourth straight contest Saturday – and the Bruins (10-2-0) for the most among all clubs.

HUGHES HITS 20 POINTS

After his brother Jack Hughes had a night to remember with the Devils, Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes had a strong showing of his own. Hughes collected two assists and reached the 20-point mark in his 17th game of 2022-23 to help his Canucks down the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights.

CLOSE OUT THE WEEK WITH HOCKEY

The week will conclude with a five-game slate that starts at 2 p.m. ET for a Central Division matchup, when the Wild (9-9-2, 20 points) welcome the Coyotes (7-9-3, 17 points) to Xcel Energy Center.

Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun and Wild forward Brandon Duhaime grew up together in South Florida and became close friends through their time playing hockey. The pair met when Chychrun was four and Duhaime was five and have fond memories playing mini-sticks everywhere – at airport gates on the way to tournaments, hotel hallways, etc. Their dads, Jeff Chychrun and Trevor Duhaime, played in the same men’s league and ended up coaching Jakob and Brandon on a team that also included Blue Jackets defensemen Andrew Peeke. From kids in Florida to playing in the NHL, the duo now keeps tabs on one another, happy for each other’s NHL success.

  • Of note, Duhaime has missed the past three games due to injury.

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