NHL NEWS NOVEMBER 30, 2022 – WHEELER NETS HAT TRICK IN JETS VICTORY
Blake Wheeler (3-1—4) factored on four of his team’s five goals, including netting a hat trick, while Connor Hellebuyck turned aside all 40 shots he faced to shut out the defending Stanley Cup-champion Avalanche 5-0 at Canada Life Centre during Hockey Fights Cancer Night in Winnipeg.
- After missing the playoffs last season, the Jets (14-6-1, 29 points) now sit one point back of the Stars (13-6-4, 30 points) for first place in the Central Division.
- Wheeler (36 years, 90 days) became the second-oldest player in Jets/Thrashers franchise history to score a hat trick, behind only Ray Ferraro (36 years, 174 days on Feb. 13, 2001 & 36 years, 103 days on Dec. 14, 2000).
- Wheeler also recorded his 13th four-point game with the Jets/Thrashers franchise. The only player in franchise history with more is Ilya Kovalchuk (20 GP).
KRAKEN, KINGS SCORE GOALS GALORE
With six goals in the first period, 12 in the first 30 minutes and 17 overall, the Kraken and Kings produced the highest-scoring game so far this season as Seattle won a thriller in L.A. The back-and-forth Pacific Division showdown featured the most goals in the first half of a game in over 12 years. It ended as the second 17-goal game in as many seasons and just the 12th regular-season contest over the past 35 years to feature as many tallies.
- The Kings (5) and Kraken (1) matched the NHL record for the most tying goals in a game. Los Angeles’ five tying tallies were the most by one team in a game in nearly 27 years (BUF: 5x on Jan. 6, 1996 at MTL) and marked just the 15th regular-season contest in history in which a team accomplished the feat. The NHL record for tying goals in a game by one team is six, a mark last achieved by the Kings on Jan. 13, 1984 (6 GTG in 7-7T at WIN).
- Tuesday marked the fifth 9-8 game in NHL history – the other instances came on Oct. 27, 2011 (WPG 9, PHI 8), Feb. 27, 1982 (PHI 9, CGY 8), Dec. 2, 1981 (QUE 9, EDM 8) and Oct. 10, 1981 (TOR 9, CHI 8).
- Seattle, which won 8-5 on Nov. 23, became the fifth team in the last 25 years – and fourth since the start of last season – to score eight or more goals in a game twice within a span of seven days. The others: Ottawa (2005-06), Arizona (2021-22), Washington (2021-22) and Tampa Bay (2021-22).
OVECHKIN CLIMBS A LIST WITH EVERY GOAL AS PURSUIT OF 800 CONTINUES
While he continued his “Road to 800 Goals” and moved within seven of joining the elite club, Alex Ovechkin scored his 402nd and 403rd career road goals and surpassed Wayne Gretzky (402) for the most in NHL history as Washington earned a win at Rogers Arena.
- Ovechkin opened the scoring with his first-ever goal against Spencer Martin for the 135th game-opening goal of his career, tying Jaromir Jagr for the most in NHL history and Brett Hull (65) for the most such tallies on the road. Martin is the 165th different goaltender Ovechkin has tallied against in his career, surpassing Mark Messier (164) for the third most in NHL history behind only Jagr (178) and Patrick Marleau (177).
- The Capitals captain also notched his 217th and 218th career first-period goals, moving him ahead of Jagr (216) for the eighth most in NHL history. He trails only Gretzky (241), Phil Esposito (240), Hull (237), Gordie Howe (229), Steve Yzerman (223), Messier (220) and Teemu Selanne (220).
AROUND THE RINKS
There were a number of highlights from an eventful nine-game Tuesday in the NHL, including Boston extending its home winning streak, a pair of defensemen scoring overtime winners and another opening-minute tally.
- The Bruins became the fifth team in NHL history to post 20 consecutive home wins (regular season & playoffs), joining the 1975-76 Flyers (24 GP), 2011-12 Red Wings (23 GP), 1984-85 Flyers (20 GP) and 1929-30 Bruins (20 GP).
- Carolina’s Brett Pesce and Nashville’s Roman Josi both scored in overtime to lift their respective teams to wins Tuesday. Pesce became the fourth defenseman in Hurricanes/Whalers history to record consecutive game-winning goals, while Josi moved into a tie with Shea Weber (7) for the third-most overtime winners in Predators history.
- Goals came early – like 16 seconds into the contest for the Kings – and late on Tuesday, with the Penguins scoring a tying goal in the final minute of regulation. Pittsburgh became the fourth team in five days to net a tying goal within the last 60 seconds of the third period.
GERRY McNEIL REMEMBERED IN LATEST HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER FEATURE
The latest contribution from Dave Stubbs is in appreciation of late Montreal Canadiens goaltender Gerry McNeil, who played a part in preventing Gordie Howe’s 50th goal of the 1952-53 campaign – a mark that would have tied Maurice Richard’s single-season record.
TNT DOUBLEHEADER SET TO CLOSE OUT NOVEMBER
A four-game Wednesday will close out November, including a doubleheader on TNT that will feature the Sabres (9-12-1, 19 points) visiting the Detroit Red Wings (11-6-4, 26 points) before the Blackhawks (6-11-4, 16 points) host the Oilers (12-10-0, 24 points). Also on Wednesday is the induction for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2022 in Saint Paul, Minn., which will feature former Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.
2022 U.S. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
Ryan Miller, Jim Johannson, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Steve Cash will become the five newest members of the 2022 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame during their induction ceremony Wednesday.
- Miller will enter the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame with the NHL record for most wins by a U.S.-born goaltender with 391, 25 more than the next-closest active netminder: Jonathan Quick (366). His career spanned 18 NHL seasons and included a Vezina Trophy in 2009-10, along with an Olympic silver medal in 2010 with Team USA. Miller, whose jersey will be retired in Buffalo on Jan. 19, 2023, wants to be remembered for how he approached the game, his effort each night and as a good teammate.
- Johannson will be recognized for his lifetime spent growing the game across the country. He is a two-time Olympian who represented USA Hockey both as an executive and as a player, competing for his country in both the 1983 and 1984 IIHF World Junior Championship. Johannson passed away unexpectedly weeks before the 2018 Olympic Winter Games where he was set to be the general manager of the men’s ice hockey team.
- The Lamoureux twins, Jocelyne and Monique, were inseparable in their careers and will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame together Wednesday. Their decorated careers are highlighted by three Olympic medals, including gold in 2018, and seven World Championship medals – six of which are gold. The twins played for the national team for a decade and will continue to be known as two of the best women’s hockey players the country has seen.
- Cash, a goaltender who has represented his country on the world stage as a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and five-time world champion, will become the first sled player in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Cash had his leg amputated at age three after an osteosarcoma diagnosis, a form of bone cancer – he was fitted with a prosthetic and learned to walk, then in-line skate, before learning about sled hockey. Read more about his story.