NHL November 5 2019 Recap
SCHWARTZ SCORES OVERTIME WINNER AS BLUES MOVE INTO FIRST IN WEST
Jaden Schwartz scored the overtime winner as the Blues (10-3-3, 23 points) extended their win streak to five games and leapfrogged the idle Oilers (10-4-2, 22 points) for first place in the Western Conference standings. St. Louis and Edmonton are set to square off tonight at Rogers Place.
The Blues, who have won each of their last three games in overtime, reached the 10-win mark in their 16th game – a plateau they did not hit in 2018-19 until their 27th contest on Dec. 7 (10-13-4, 24 points). St. Louis earned wins in three consecutive games all in overtime for the second time in franchise history (also March 17-21, 2018).
Schwartz scored his fifth career regular-season overtime goal to tie Brett Hull for fourth place on the franchise’s all-time list, trailing Vladimir Tarasenko (10), Pavol Demitra (7) and Keith Tkachuk (6).
ISLANDERS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO 10 GAMES
Cole Bardreau (GWG) converted on a penalty shot attempt to score the first goal of his NHL career and help the Islanders (11-3-0, 22 points) extend their win streak to 10 contests, the second-longest in franchise history behind a 15-game run set over 37 years ago from Jan. 21 – Feb. 20, 1982.
The Islanders became the third franchise in NHL history with a gap of 36 or more seasons in between win streaks of at least 10 games (1982-83 to 2018-19), joining the Bruins (40; 1930-31 to 1969-70) and Flames (36; 1979-80 to 2015-16).
The Islanders (91.2%; 31 of 34) became the second team since 1933-34 to record a win streak of 10 or more games with at least 90% of their goals scored at even strength (not including shootout-deciding goals). They joined the Atlanta Flames (90.9%; 50 of 55), who went 10-0-0 from Oct. 14 – Nov. 3, 1978.
Bardreau (1-1—2 in 7 GP), an undrafted native of Fairport, N.Y., became the seventh player since 1934-35 to score his first career NHL goal on a penalty shot.
PASTRNAK SCORES LEAGUE-LEADING 15TH GOAL TO REACH 30 POINTS
Bruins forward David Pastrnak scored his League-leading 15th goal of 2019-20 to become the first NHL player to reach the 30-point mark this season (15-15—30 in 15 GP).
Pastrnak became the third player in franchise history to reach the 30-point mark in 15 or fewer games, joining Phil Esposito in 1973-74 (18-13—31 in 13 GP) and Bobby Orr in 1974-75 (9-21—30 in 14 GP). The 23-year-old native of Havirov, Czech Republic also became the first Bruins player to score 15 or more goals through the team’s first 15 games in a season since Peter McNab in 1976-77 (15-6—21).
The 2019-20 season marks the first time a Boston player was the first in the NHL to reach the 30-point mark since Orr in the campaign noted above. A player of Czech Republic nationality was the first to 30 points for the fourth time in NHL history, following Pittsburgh’s Jaromir Jagr (Kladno, Czech Republic) in 1994-95 (14-16—30 in 18 GP) and 1999-00 (14-16—30 in 14 GP ) as well as Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek (Kladno, Czech Republic) in 2014-15 (8-22—30 in 21 GP).
Pastrnak extended his point streak to a career-high 13 contests (15-15—30), the longest by a Bruins player since Phil Kessel had an 18-game run from Nov. 13 – Dec. 21, 2008 (14-14—28).
VETERANS CHARA, MARLEAU REACH GAMES PLAYED MILESTONES
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Sharks forward Patrick Marleau (1-0—1) – two of three active NHL players currently skating in their 22nd season (also Joe Thornton) – both reached games played milestones Tuesday.
Chara skated in the 1,500th regular-season game of his NHL career. He became the 21st player in League history to reach the milestone and just the sixth defenseman; each of the previous five have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Marleau skated in his 800th consecutive regular-season game dating to April 9, 2009. He became the sixth player in NHL history to record an “Ironman” streak of at least 800 contests.
Chara, Marleau and Thornton are the only active NHL players who have contested a game in the 1990s. Click here for an in-depth look at some of the happenings when they made their League debut 22 years ago.
Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester also skated in the 1,200th regular-season game of his NHL career. He ranks fourth among active NHL players in regular-season games played behind Marleau (1,669), Thornton (1,582) and Chara (1,500).
CANADIENS SNAP BRUINS’ WIN STREAK AS JULIEN CLIMBS ALL-TIME LISTS
Victor Mete (2-0—2) recorded the first multi-goal game of his NHL career to help the Canadiens snap the Bruins’ win streak at six games as Claude Julien earned his 635th career regular-season victory.
Julien, who was Boston’s head coach from June 22, 2007 – Feb. 7, 2017, passed Darryl Sutter (634) for sole possession of 14th place on the NHL’s all-time regular-season wins list. Tuesday also marked Julien’s 1,200th career regular-season game as an NHL head coach – becoming the 19th in League history to reach the milestone.