NHL Recap January 13 2020
OVECHKIN PASSES SELANNE, NOW 14 GOALS SHY OF 700. . .
Alex Ovechkin scored the 685th and 686th regular-season goals of his NHL career Monday to pass Teemu Selanne (684), who congratulated the Capitals forward on Twitter, for sole possession of 11th place on the League’s all-time list.
Ovechkin sits 14 goals shy of becoming the eighth member of the NHL’s 700-goal club, with three Hall of Fame members – Mario Lemieux (690), Steve Yzerman (692) and Mark Messier (694) – standing between him and the illustrious group.
Ovechkin needed 142 games to get from goal 600 to goal 686, matching Wayne Gretzky for the fewest contests to make that leap. Gretzky is the only member of the 700-goal club who needed fewer than 200 games to go from 600 to 700.
Ovechkin scored the 109th game-winning goal of his NHL career to tie Brendan Shanahan for sixth place in League history. His 139th career multi-goal game also pulled him into a tie for sixth place on the League’s all-time list, equaling Marcel Dionne in this case.
At his 2019-20 pace (0.60 G/GP), Ovechkin is on track to join the 700-goal club in his 70th game of the season. The NHL Stats & Information team will be tracking Ovechkin’s pursuit of 700 goals with a “By the Numbers” document each time he passes someone on the all-time list, with the first now available.
. . . WHILE PASTRNAK CONTINUES JOURNEY TO DETHRONE 8-TIME ROCKET WINNER
David Pastrnak’s League-leading 36th goal was one of five Bruins tallies Monday. The 23-year-old has a five-goal cushion on the League’s next-closest player (Auston Matthews: 31 w/ TOR) and eight more than Alex Ovechkin (28-16—44) – the NHL’s Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy-winner in six of the last seven seasons and eight times overall.
Pastrnak is on pace to become just the second player in Bruins history to score at least 62 goals in a single season – Phil Esposito achieved the feat three times (76 in 1970-71, 68 in 1973-74 and 66 in 1971-72). A Boston skater has never captured the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy since its inception in 1998-99.
PANARIN POSTS FIVE-POINT OUTING IN RANGERS FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN AT MSG
Artemi Panarin (2-3—5) posted his second career five-point performance and second by a Rangers player in as many home games (Tony DeAngelo: 3-2—5 on Jan. 9) to propel New York to its fifth straight win at Madison Square Garden. With 6-16—22 over his last nine games, Panarin (26-41—67) moved within four points of Connor McDavid (25-46—71) for the NHL’s scoring lead.
After DeAngelo and Panarin’s recent success respectively, the Rangers have had one skater collect at least five points in consecutive home games for the third time in franchise history. The others: Frank Boucher (2-3—5 on Dec. 12, 1929) and Fred Cook (3-2—5 on Dec. 17, 1929) as well as Jean Ratelle on Jan. 5, 1972 and Jan. 9, 1972.
Panarin’s first career five-point performance came on Dec. 8, 2017 with the Blue Jackets (0-5—5), en route to matching franchise records for assists and points in a game. The 28-year-old forward also joined Eric Staal (Hurricanes and Wild) and Joe Thornton (Bruins and Sharks) as just the third active player to post five or more points in a contest with multiple teams.
Panarin also accomplished another franchise feat Monday. He joined Andy Bathgate (4 GP in 1961-62) as just the second player in Rangers history to record three or more points in four consecutive home games. Additionally, only two other players in the last 25 years have achieved the feat: Evgeni Malkin (5 GP in 2007-08 w/ PIT) and Peter Forsberg (5 GP in 2002-03 w/ COL and 4 GP in 2005-06 w/ PHI).
FLYERS RALLY FROM THREE-GOAL DEFICIT TO STUN BRUINS
Travis Sanheim (2-0—2) scored the game-tying goal in the third period and Travis Konecny tallied the shootout-deciding marker as the Flyers recorded the 16th instance of a team overcoming a deficit of at least three goals to win in 2019-20.
Philadelphia, which became the 13th different team to win after rallying from a three-goal deficit, accomplished the feat against the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins to leapfrog the idle Panthers (24-16-5, 53 points) into the Eastern Conference’s final Wild Card spot. Only two teams have registered multiple such victories in 2019-20: Florida (3) and Pittsburgh (2).
The Flyers-Bruins matchup is no stranger to multi-goal comeback wins. The last time Philadelphia erased a three-goal deficit to defeat Boston was in Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals – when the Flyers rallied from a 3-0 first-period disadvantage to not only win the series but become the third team in NHL history to win a best-of-seven series after losing each of the first three games.
BLUES MATCH FRANCHISE RECORD WITH NINTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN
Four different players scored as the League-leading Blues (30-10-7, 67 points) captured their 30th win of 2019-20 and ninth straight home victory to match the longest such run in franchise history.
St. Louis, which previously won nine consecutive home games from Jan. 26 – Feb. 26, 1991, will complete its five game homestand Wednesday when Philadelphia visits Enterprise Center. With another victory against the Flyers, the Blues can sweep a homestand of at least five games for the first time in franchise history.
The 2019-20 campaign marked the fourth time in franchise history the Blues have secured their 30th win of a season in 47 contests or fewer. The others: 2013-14 (42 GP), 2000-01 (44 GP) and 2014-15 (47 GP).
PRICE CLIMBS CANADIENS’ ALL-TIME LIST WITH SHUTOUT
Carey Price made 31 saves for his 46th career shutout, tying Ken Dryden (46) for third place on the all-time franchise list. The thirteen-year NHL veteran trails only George Hainsworth (75) and Jacques Plante (58) for most such performances in Canadiens history.
Oilers’ Kassian Suspended Two Games for Violating Rule 46.2 (Aggressor)
Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian has been suspended for two games, without pay, for violating Rule 46.2 (Aggressor) during an altercation with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk during NHL Game No. 700 in Calgary on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.
The incident occurred at 18:06 of the second period. Kassian received two minor penalties for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Kassian will forfeit $20,967.74. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.