NHL November 30 2019 Recap
OVECHKIN SCORES HAT TRICK AS CAPITALS ECLIPSE 100 GOALS ON THE SEASON
Alex Ovechkin (3-1—4) scored his first hat trick of the season against the Detroit Red Wings to help the Capitals (19-4-5, 43 points) move back into top spot in the NHL standings and become the first team to eclipse 100 goals for in 2019-20 (104). Washington became the seventh team in the last 25 years to reach triple-digits in goals before the beginning of December (including shootout-deciding goals).
The Capitals reached the 100-goal mark through games played Nov. 30 for the second time in franchise history, following 1991-92 (120).
Ovechkin (20-11—31 in 28 GP) reached the 20-goal mark for the 15th time in as many NHL campaigns and has scored 75% of his tallies this season in road games (15-5—20 in 14 GP). He has recorded 345 career regular-season road goals overall (345-258—603 in 555 GP) and moved within one of tying Marcel Dionne (346) for the sixth-highest total in League history.
Ovechkin scored his 24th career regular-season hat trick and passed Jari Kurri (23) for the most in League history by a player born outside Canada. He recorded his 13th career regular-season hat trick on the road to pass Phil Esposito (12) and tie Brett Hull for the fifth-most in NHL history, trailing Wayne Gretzky (19), Mario Lemieux (19), Dionne (17) and Mike Bossy (14).
NOVEMBERS TO REMEMBER
Several players and teams capped memorable Novembers:
Oilers captain Connor McDavid (1-1—2) moved within one point of becoming the first player to reach 50 this season (19-30—49 in 28 GP). McDavid recorded a League-leading 26 of his 49 points since Nov. 1 (13-13—26 in 14 GP), the most by an Oilers player in a November since Jari Kurri in 1988 (10-16—26 in 15 GP).
Mikko Rantanen (1-3—4), Joonas Donskoi (2-2—4) and Nathan MacKinnon (1-2—3) each collected at least three points – with Rantanen doing so in his return to the Avalanche lineup – as Colorado erupted for seven goals to defeat Chicago. MacKinnon capped the month with 25 points (10-15—25 in 14 GP) and established an Avalanche/Nordiques franchise record for most in a November, eclipsing the previous high of 24 last achieved by Quebec’s Walt Poddubny in 1988 (11-13—24 in 14 GP). His 25 points were the most by a Colorado player in any month since Joe Sakic in March 2000 (15-11—26 in 13 GP).
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (1-0—1) extended his point streak to 15 contests (11-13—24) and found the score sheet in every team game during a calendar month for the second time in his NHL career (min. 10 GP), following November 2015 (8-15—23 in 13 GP). Only one other player in franchise history has recorded at least one point in each of Chicago’s games during multiple months under the above criteria: Denis Savard in November 1982 (4-15—19 in 12 GP) and October 1987 (9-13—22 in 11 GP).
Five different Blues players found the back of the net – including Australian Nathan Walker scoring his first goal with the team (1-0—1 in 2 GP) – as Central Division-leading St. Louis concluded the month with 10 wins (10-2-3, 23 points). The Blues recorded a double-digit win total in a November for the third time in franchise history, following 2013 (11-3-1, 23 points) and 2014 (11-3-1, 23 points).
The Sharks scored four unanswered goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and conclude November with 11 wins (11-4-0, 22 points), tied for the franchise’s second-most in any calendar month. San Jose nearly tripled its 13-game win total from October (4-8-1, 9 points).
Ivan Provorov scored a highlight-reel goal 31 seconds into overtime as the Flyers extended their point streak to six games (5-0-1), including four straight wins. Philadelphia (10-2-4, 24 points) recorded a double-digit win total in a November for the first time in 16 years and sixth in franchise history overall.
PANTHERS GOALTENDER DRIEDGER RECORDS A FRANCHISE-FIRST
Panthers goaltender Chris Driedger turned aside all 27 shots he faced to become the first goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout in the first start of his NHL career. Driedger, a third-round pick (76th overall) by Ottawa in the 2012 NHL Draft, had made three career appearances prior to Saturday (all w/ OTT) – which were all in a relief effort.
OTHER METROPOLITAN DIVISION TEAMS SECURE WINS
In addition to the Capitals and Flyers, three other Metropolitan Division teams secured wins Saturday including the Islanders and Rangers doing so in shutout fashion:
Thomas Greiss (9 saves) and Semyon Varlamov (30 saves) combined for a team shutout as the Islanders extended their home point streak to 11 games (10-0-1), tied for the seventh-longest in franchise history.
Greiss and Varlamov combined for the third team shutout in franchise history, following Nov. 1, 1977 (Billy Smith and Goran Hogosta) and April 4, 1998 (Tommy Salo and Wade Flaherty).
Adam Fox scored the game-winning goal and Alexandar Georgiev turned aside all 33 shots he faced as the Rangers blanked the Devils and extended their point streak to five contests (4-0-1).
Fox scored the second game-winning goal of his NHL career (also Nov. 27 vs. CAR). He became the third rookie defenseman in franchise history to score multiple winning goals over a span of three team games, joining Stan Brown (Jan. 1-6, 1927) and Ron Greschner (Jan. 1-5, 1975).
Did You Know? Fox (5-9—14 in 25 GP) owns the third-most points among rookie defensemen this season behind Colorado’s Cale Makar (8-18—26 in 26 GP) and Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes (2-20—22 in 26 GP). The 2019-20 season marked the third in NHL history to feature three or more rookie defensemen each with at least 14 points before the beginning of December.
Avalanche’s Makar Named NHL ‘Rookie of the Month’ for November
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar, who led all rookies in goals (7), points (16), game-winning goals (3), plus/minus (+10) and average time on ice (21:25) in 14 contests, has been named the NHL’s “Rookie of the Month” for November.
Makar edged New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (4-8—12 in 15 GP), Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes (1-11—12 in 14 GP), Carolina Hurricanes center Martin Necas (4-6—10 in 14 GP), Buffalo Sabres right wing Victor Olofsson (4-6—10 in 14 GP) and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman John Marino (2-8—10 in 14 GP) for the honor.
Makar became the fifth rookie defenseman in NHL history to record seven or more goals within a single calendar month – and the first since Brian Leetch in January 1989 (7-9—16 in 13 GP w/ NYR). Makar also became the first rookie blueliner with 16-plus points in one calendar month since Alexei Zhitnik in March 1993 (5-14—19 in 14 GP).
Meanwhile, Makar’s three game-winning goals – registered Nov. 9 vs. CBJ, Nov. 12 at WPG and Nov. 29 at CHI – were the most by any rookie defenseman within a single calendar month in NHL history.
The 21-year-old Calgary native – who made his League debut during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the winning goal against his hometown Flames – tops rookies with 8-18—26 through 26 total outings this season. Makar’s 26 points are the fourth-most by any NHL defenseman through his first 26 career regular-season games, behind only Harry Cameron (22‑14—36 from 1917-19 w/ TAN), Larry Murphy (5-24—29 in 1980-81 w/ LAK) and Hap Day (10-17—27 in 1924-25 w/ TSP).
Makar, the fourth overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, joins Olofsson (October) as a “Rookie of the Month” winner in 2019-20.
McDavid, MacKinnon and Kane Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ for November
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of November.
FIRST STAR – CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS
McDavid topped the NHL in goals (13), points (26), power-play goals (6) and power-play points (11) across 14 contests to power the Pacific Division-leading Oilers (16-9-3, 35 points) to a 7-5-2 November. McDavid found the scoresheet in all but two of his appearances, highlighted by an 11-game point streak from Nov. 4-24 (12-12—24). He registered multiple points seven times, including a hat trick Nov. 10 at ANA and a career-high six points Nov. 14 vs. COL (3-3—6) – making him the first Edmonton player with as many points in a game since Feb. 2, 2012 (Sam Gagner: 4-4—8 vs. CHI). McDavid also reached the 400-point benchmark Nov. 10 at ANA, becoming the 13th-fastest player in League history to hit the milestone (306 GP). The 22-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native and two-time Art Ross Trophy winner paces the NHL with 49 points through 28 total outings this season. He also ranks among the top three in the League in power-play points (1st; 21), assists (2nd; 30), power-play assists (2nd; 13), goals (3rd; 19) and power-play goals (t-3rd; 8).
SECOND STAR – NATHAN MacKINNON, C, COLORADO AVALANCHE
MacKinnon ranked second in the NHL with 10-15—25 in 14 games to propel the Avalanche (16-8-2, 34 points) to an 8-6-0 November despite the team missing two of its top producers from last season (Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog) for almost the entire month. MacKinnon collected points in 10 of his 14 contests, led by a trio of four-point outings: Nov. 7 vs. NSH (1-3—4), Nov. 12 at WPG (2-2—4) and Nov. 29 at CHI (1-3—4). He also scored in eight different games, highlighted by his eighth career overtime goal Nov. 16 at VAN (2-1—3). MacKinnon – who topped the League with 79 shots on goal in November – closed the month on a seven-game point streak, compiling 6-10—16 during that stretch (Nov. 16-30). The 24-year-old Halifax, N.S., native sits fourth in the NHL with 17-25—42 through 26 total appearances this season. His 25 November points were the most by any Avalanche player in a single calendar month since March 2000 (Joe Sakic: 15-11—26 in 13 GP).
THIRD STAR – PATRICK KANE, RW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Kane found the scoresheet in all 15 of his November appearances, placing third in the League with 11-13—24 to guide the Blackhawks (10-11-5, 25 points) to a 7-5-3 month. Kane scored in 10 different contests, highlighted by a six-game goal streak from Nov. 7-17 (7-8—15) – the longest by any player this season. He also registered six multi-point performances, including three-point efforts Nov. 7 vs. VAN (1-2—3), Nov. 10 vs. TOR (2-1—3) and Nov. 13 at VGK (1-2—3). The 31-year-old Buffalo native and 2015-16 Art Ross Trophy winner ranks eighth in the NHL with 14-19—33 through 26 total outings this season. Kane’s current 15-game point streak is the longest of 2019-20 and the third-longest of his career, behind only a 26-game run in 2015-16 (16-24—40) and a 20-game stretch in 2018-19 (17-26—43).