NHL November 7 2019 Recap
CARLSON ECLIPSES 25 POINTS AS NHL-LEADING CAPITALS RALLY PAST PANTHERS
John Carlson (1-2—3) registered his fourth three-point game of the season – including assisting on the overtime winner by Tom Wilson (2-0—2) – to eclipse the 25-point mark (8-18—26 in 17 GP) and help the NHL-leading Capitals (12-2-3, 27 points) overcome deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 to defeat the Panthers at BB&T Center. Carlson, who leads all defensemen in the three major scoring categories this season, became the seventh different blueliner in NHL history to reach the 25-point mark in 17 or fewer games and first since Calgary’s Al MacInnis (8-17—25 in 13 GP) 29 years ago.
Carlson (98-331—429 in 705 GP) passed Kevin Hatcher (149-277—426 in 685 GP) and tied Scott Stevens (98-331—429 in 601 GP) for second place on the franchise’s all-time regular-season points list among defensemen, trailing only Calle Johansson (113-361—474 in 983 GP).
Alex Ovechkin (2-1—3) recorded his 136th career multi-goal game in the regular season to pass Mike Gartner (135) for sole possession of the seventh-most in NHL history. Ovechkin has scored 12 of his 13 goals this season in road games (92.3%).
The Capitals extended their point streak to 10 games (9-0-1), including five consecutive wins. Washington also improved to 8-1-1 (17 points) as visitors this season and have earned points in each of its last seven road contests (6-0-1).
AVALANCHE ESTABLISH FRANCHISE RECORD FOR FASTEST SIX GOALS IN A GAME
The Avalanche scored six times in a span of 8:00 during the second period to establish a franchise record for fastest six goals in a game, eclipsing the previous mark of 8:06 set by the Quebec Nordiques on Feb. 22, 1981 (11-7 W at WSH). Colorado became the third NHL team in the last 20 years to score six goals in a span of 8:00 or less in a game.
The NHL record for fastest six goals by one team in a game is 4:24, a mark set by the Canadiens on Dec. 6, 1982 (11-2 W vs. HFD)
The Avalanche scored the most goals in a game by any team this season. Colorado recorded nine or more goals in a contest for the fifth time since the franchise began play in Denver and first since nearly 12 years ago on Dec. 9, 2007 (9-5 W vs. STL).
The Avalanche matched a franchise record for most goals in a period, a feat they have achieved three other times since 1995-96: Dec. 5, 1995 (12-2 W vs. SJS), March 3, 1999 (7-5 W at COL) and Jan. 19, 2019 (7-1 W vs. LAK).
Joonas Donskoi (3-0—3), one of five Colorado players with three or more points Thursday, scored the first hat trick of his NHL career. Donskoi (8-3—11 in 16 GP), who was signed by the Avalanche July 1, became the 15th player to score a hat trick in his first 16 or fewer games with the franchise – last accomplished by Joe Colborne in his Colorado debut on Oct. 15, 2016 (3-0—3 vs. DAL).
PENGUINS RALLY TO SNAP ISLANDERS’ WIN STREAK AT 10 GAMES
Pittsburgh overcame a 3-0 deficit in the third period and Bryan Rust (2-0—2) scored with 1:35 remaining in overtime as the Penguins snapped the Islanders’ win streak at 10 games. Pittsburgh became the first team in NHL history to overcome a deficit of at least three goals to snap an opponent’s win streak of 10 or more games.
The Islanders’ run was their second-longest win streak in franchise history behind a 15-game mark set over 37 years ago from Jan. 21 – Feb. 20, 1982 – which coincidentally was also snapped by the Penguins (4-3 W). Pittsburgh became the fourth team in NHL history to snap a win streak of 10 or more games multiple times against the same franchise.
The Penguins overcame a third-period deficit of at least three goals to win a regular-season game for the 10th time in franchise history and first since Jan. 31, 2012 (5-4 SO W vs. TOR).
MATTHEWS JOINS RARE TORONTO COMPANY AS BABCOCK EARNS 700TH WIN
Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews tallied his 13th goal of the season (13-6—19 in 17 GP), including a League-leading 12 which have been scored on home ice (12-5—17 in 11 GP). He became the fifth different player in franchise history to score 12 or more goals through the team’s first 11 home games in a season and just the second in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44).
OF NOTE: Toronto Arenas forward Reg Noble had 14 goals through the team’s 10 total home games contested in 1917-18 (not including the forfeit win on Jan. 5, 1918 vs. MWN)
Mike Babcock earned his 700th career regular-season win as an NHL head coach and became the eighth in League history to reach the milestone.
PREVIEW OF TODAY’S ACTION – LIGHTNING, SABRES SET TO FACE OFF IN STOCKHOLM
The Lightning (6-5-2, 14 points) and Sabres (9-4-2, 20 points) will meet in the first of back-to-back games at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden on Friday. The 2019 NHL Global Series marks the League’s 33rd and 34th regular-season games contested at venues outside North America. Tampa Bay and Buffalo will complete the overseas set on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The city of Stockholm will be playing host to its 11th and 12th regular-season NHL games, the most among all overseas locales. Following Stockholm are Helsinki, Finland (7 GP); Prague, Czech Republic (5 GP); and Tokyo, Japan (4 GP).
The Sabres boast six Swedish-born players on their current roster: goaltender Linus Ullmark (Lugnvik); defensemen Rasmus Dahlin (Lidkoping) and Lawrence Pilut (Tingsryd); and forwards Marcus Johansson (Landskrona), Johan Larsson (Lau) and Victor Olofsson (Ornskoldsvik). The lone Swedish-born player on the Lightning is Victor Hedman (Ornskoldsvik).