NHL November 26 2019 Recap
KAHKONEN WINS NHL DEBUT AS WILD PUSH STREAK TO SEVEN GAMES
After the Devils tied the game on two occasions, Ryan Suter (1-1—2) registered the go-ahead goal in the third period and 23-year-old Kaapo Kahkonen (32 saves) earned his first NHL win to help the Wild extend their point streak to seven games (4-0-3).
Kahkonen appeared in his first NHL game after posting a 7-2-1 record with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild this season (2.47 GAA, .909 SV%, 2 SO). Matt Hackett (34 saves on Dec. 6, 2011) is the only other goaltender in franchise history to win in his NHL debut after making 30 or more saves.
The 2019-20 season marked the second time in as many campaigns that Minnesota has strung together a point streak of at least seven games, after producing a 6-0-2 run from Feb. 21 – March 7, 2019. The longest such stretch in franchise history is 13 contests (12-0-1 from Dec. 2-29, 2016).
PASTRNAK SCORES THREE, WHILE BRUINS NET EIGHT IN ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN
David Pastrnak (3-0—3) scored his sixth career regular-season hat trick and Brad Marchand (1-2—3) reached the 40-point mark as the Bruins erupted for eight goals against their Original Six rivals in Montreal.
Pastrnak (23-16—39 in 24 GP), who became the first Bruins player in over 30 years to score three regular-season goals in Montreal, has found the back of the net in 16 of 24 games in 2019-20. The last player with more goals through his team’s first 24 contests of a season was Mario Lemieux in 1992-93.
Pastrnak joined Connor McDavid as the second player to tally two hat tricks in 2019-20. The Bruins’ 23-year-old forward leads the League in three-goal performances since 2018-19 (5) – two more than the next closest players: Alex Ovechkin (3) and Patrik Laine (3).
With seven career hat tricks (including playoffs), Pastrnak joined Barry Pederson as the second Bruins player to record seven such performances at 23 or younger. In fact, only two active players have posted more hat tricks prior to their 24th birthday: Washington’s Ovechkin (9) and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (8).
Marchand, who factored on two of three Pastrnak goals, became the fourth Bruins player in the last 45 years to record at least 40 points in 24 team games or fewer, joining three members of the Hockey Hall of Fame: Adam Oates (24 GP in 1992-93), Phil Esposito (22 GP in 1974-75) Bobby Orr (21 GP in 1974-75).
KANE EXTENDS POINT STREAK, CRAWFORD SHUTS OUT STARS
Patrick Kane (1-0—1) extended his point streak to 13 games and Corey Crawford (32 saves) earned his 26th career shutout as the Blackhawks halted the Stars’ seven-game win streak and 12-game point streak.
Kane tied the longest point streak of the 2019-20 season, joining Nathan MacKinnon, Brad Marchand, Leon Draisaitl and David Pastrnak. Through all of 2018-19, seven different players recorded a point streak of thirteen or more games – the highest such total since 1999-00, which featured nine.
Kane has four point streaks of 13 or more games in his career (since 2007-08). The last Blackhawks player other than Kane to collect a point in at least 13 consecutive contests was Chris Chelios in 1995-96 (4-16—20 in 15 GP).
Lightning’s Cernak Suspended Two Games for Elbowing
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak has been suspended for two games, without pay, for elbowing Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin during NHL Game No. 365 in Tampa on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
The incident occurred at 17:26 of the second period. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Cernak will forfeit $7,500.00. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
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PREVIEW OF WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
Twenty-six teams are in action across a 13-game slate on Wednesday, with multiple players looking to build on their strong monthly totals with four days remaining in November.
The duo of Connor McDavid (12-12—24) and Leon Draisaitl (4-19—23) have combined for 47 points in the month of November – the top-two point getters since Nov. 1. It is the fourth time both players have recorded 20 or more points in the same calendar month (also Oct. 2019, March 2019 and December 2018).
Prior to the four instances by McDavid and Draisaitl, the previous time multiple Oilers recorded 20 or more points in the same calendar month was Mark Messier (8-18—26 in 13 GP) and Jari Kurri (7-15—22 in 13 GP) in January 1990.
Overall, McDavid has reached the 20-point mark in a calendar month seven times – only Wayne Gretzky (48x), Kurri (20x), Messier (14x) and Paul Coffey (14x) have done so on more occasions with the Oilers. Draisaitl has reached the 20-point benchmark in a calendar month four times.
Rangers forward Artemi Panarin has recorded 7-13—20 in the month of November, recording at least one point in 11 of 12 appearances so far this calendar month including eight multi-point outings. The last time a Rangers skater reached the 20-point mark within a calendar month was March 2012 when both Brad Richards (7-15—22 in 17 GP) and Marian Gaborik (10-10—20 in 17 GP) did so.
Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau has scored 10 times in November, ranking second behind McDavid. He sits three goals shy of matching the most by a Senators player in a calendar month (Daniel Alfredsson: 13 in Nov. 2005). Additionally, it has been almost 13 years since a Senators player scored 11 or more goals in a calendar month, with Dany Heatley the last to do so in January 2007.
The Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Detroit Red Wings to kick off Thanksgiving festivities.