With the All-Star break about to start, the NHL had a full schedule Thursday night. We have a ton to cover as a result, but we should start by acknowledging Alex Ovechkin’s historic night.
He scored his 30th goal of the 2017-18 campaign on Thursday, which means he’s now reached that milestone in all of his first 13 seasons. Only Wayne Gretzky and Mike Gratner have matched that feat and Gratner is the only player above Ovechkin with his 15 consecutive seasons of at least 30 goals to begin his career. Keep in mind that Ovechkin had to accomplish that feat despite the 2013 campaign being just 48 games long due to a lockout – he scored 32 goals that season.
Ovechkin also registered his 500th career assist on Thursday. He’s always been known primarily as a goal scorer, but just six primarily left wingers to ever get at least 500 goals and 500 assists, per TSN’s StatsCentre.
Of course, Ovechkin is still just 32-years-old so he should have plenty of time left to increase his career totals. For example, he’s now just 12 goals away from 600 in his career. Just 19 players have ever reached the 600-goal milestone to date, but Ovechkin might become the 20th before the season’s over.
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NASHVILLE 3 NEW JERSEY 0
Pekka Rinne turned aside 27 shots to earn the shutout. That extended his winning streak to five games and he’s allowed just nine goals over that span.
Rinne is a great goaltender, but it’s worth noting that New Jersey has now scored just three goals over its last four games. Unsurprisingly, the Devils have dropped all of those contests as their hold on a playoff spot has become more tenuous.
P.K. Subban netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has 12 markers and 37 points in 47 contests this season.
Mattias Ekholm also had a goal and an assist for Nashville. The blueliner is up to seven goals and 24 points in 46 games.
TAMPA BAY 5 PHILADELPHIA 1
Vladislav Namestnikov scored a pair of goals for the Lightning. He has 18 markers and 39 points in 49 contests.
Brayden Point netted the game-winning goal. It was his 20th goal and 44th point in 49 games.
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 36 of 37 shots last night. He’s won two straight games by stopping 76 of 77 shots over that span.
Michal Neuvirth surrendered five goals on 22 shots. His roughest period was the second when he kicked out just eight of 11 shots.
Travis Konecny scored the Flyers' only goal. He's on a four-game goal scoring streak and five-game point streak.
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PITTSBURGH 6 MINNESOTA 3
Devan Dubnyk allowed four goals on 21 shots before being pulled halfway through the contest. Alex Stalock tried to stop the bleeding, but he ultimately surrendered an additional two goals on 18 shots.
At the other end of the ice, Casey DeSmith saved 23 of 26 shots. He improved to 3-2-0 with a 2.08 GAA and .927 save percentage in six games.
Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and registered an assist. That gives him 23 markers and 52 points in 47 games.
Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to nine games by assisting on three of the Penguins’ six goals. He’s up to 17 goals and 55 points in 51 games.
Eric Staal found the back of the net and registered an assist for the Wild. He has 20 goals and 43 points in 49 contests.
CAROLINA 6 MONTREAL 5
This game was certainly a mixed bag for the Hurricanes. They got the two points, but coughed up 2-0, 4-2, and 5-4 leads.
Cam Ward stopped 26 of 31 shots Thursday night. He has a 13-6-2 record, 2.87 GAA, and .904 save percentage in 23 games.
Charles Hudon gave Ward the most trouble by scoring twice and registering an assist. He has six goals and 19 points in 46 games.
Teuvo Teravainen scored two goals and registered an assist for Carolina. He’s up to 13 goals and 39 points in 49 games this season.
Noah Hanifin assisted on three of the Hurricanes’ six goals. The blueliner has seven goals and 24 points in 49 contests.
Carey Price surrendered six goals on 29 Carolina shots. It’s another rough showing for Price, who has a 14-17-4 record, 3.02 GAA, and .905 save percentage in 35 starts.
BOSTON 3 OTTAWA 2
Jake DeBrusk scored the game-winning goal at 8:41 of the third period. It was his 11th marker and 25th point in 43 games.
Patrice Bergeron assisted on two of Boston’s three goals. He’s riding a five-game point streak and has tallied nine points over that span.
Tuukka Rask saved 21 of 23 Senators shots. He’s surrendered just nine goals over his last five games and has won all of those contests.
Dion Phaneuf assisted on both of the Senators’ goals. That gives him three markers and 15 points in 45 games.
Mike Condon turned aside 41 of 44 shots last night. He faced 20 shots in the first period alone and actually got out of that frame without allowing a goal. Unfortunately for Ottawa, he couldn’t hold down the fort indefinitely.
CHICAGO 5 DETROIT 1
Alex DeBrincat led the charge for Chicago with a hat trick and an assist. The 20-year-old rookie has 17 goals and 32 points in 49 games this season.
Anthony Duclair scored a goal and registered two assists. He’s up to four points in six games since Chicago acquired him from Arizona.
Their efforts contributed to Jimmy Howard lasting just 8:47 minutes on Thursday. He was yanked after allowing three goals on nine shots. Petr Mrazek turned aside 17 of 18 shots in relief, but the damage was already done.
Anthony Mantha scored the Red Wings’ only goal. It was his 16th marker and 30th point in 46 games.
Anton Forsberg stopped 23 of 24 shots on Thursday. He improved to 4-7-3 with a 3.00 GAA and .909 save percentage in 17 games.
WASHINGTON 4 FLORIDA 2
Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and registered an assist. He’s up to 30 goals and 53 points in 49 games.
Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on two of Washington’s four markers. He has 13 goals and 45 points in 49 contests.
Braden Holtby stopped 32 of 34 Panthers shots. He has a 25-9-2 record, 2.66 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 36 starts.
Harri Sateri was bombarded with 46 shots and managed to block 42 of them. The Panthers actually held Washington to 10 shots in the first period, but then the Capitals recorded 17 shots in the second and 19 in the third.
Denis Malgin scored both of Florida’s goals. That gives him seven markers and 11 points in 27 games this season.
ST. LOUIS 3 COLORADO 1
Carter Hutton turned aside 36 of 37 shots last night. Over his last five starts, he’s held the competition to no more than one goal on four occasions.
Alexander Kerfoot was the only player that managed to score on Hutton Thursday night. It was his 12th goal and 32nd point in 45 games this season.
Alexander Steen extended his point streak to five games with a goal and an assist. He has 10 goals and 30 points in 45 games.
Brayden Schenn scored the game-winning goal. That gives him 21 markers and 50 points in 51 contests.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 31 of 34 Avalanche shots. He’s 14-9-1 with a 2.62 GAA and .919 save percentage in 24 games.
TORONTO 4 DALLAS 1
Nazem Kadri scored twice for the Maple Leafs. From Dec. 2 through Jan. 22, Kadri was limited to a goal and an assist in 20 games, but since then he has three goals in two contests.
Zach Hyman accounted for the game-winning goal. It was his ninth goal and 26th point in 51 games.
Curtis McElhinney kicked out 39 of 40 shots last night. The backup goaltender has a 4-4-0 record, 2.55 GAA, and .925 save percentage in eight starts.
At the other end of the ice, Ben Bishop stopped 25 of 29 Maple Leafs shots. He has a 21-13-3 record, 2.46 GAA, and .917 save percentage in 39 games.
Tyler Seguin netted Dallas’ only goal. That gives him 23 goals and 43 points in 50 games.
EDMONTON 4 CALGARY 3 (SO)
David Rittich stopped 34 of 37 shots before the shootout. He surrendered two goals in three shootout rounds though and consequently missed out on the extra point.
Cam Talbot also saved 34 of 37 shots prior to the skills competition. He held the Flames to a goal over three shootout rounds.
Brandon Davidson scored a pair of goals before the shootout. They were the Oilers defenseman’s first two markers of the 2017-18 campaign.
Zack Kassian accounted for Edmonton’s other non-shootout goal. It was his fourth marker and 13th point in 49 games.
Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals in regulation time. He’s up to 16 goals and 34 points in 47 games this season.
COLUMBUS 2 ARIZONA 1
Cam Atkinson scored the game-winning goal. He was making his return after missing roughly a month with a foot injury.
Alexander Wennberg scored a goal and registered an assist for Columbus. He’s up to five goals and 19 points in 35 contests.
Brendan Perlini netted the Coyotes’ lone goal. That extended his goal scoring streak to four games.
Antti Raanta stopped 25 of 27 shots last night. He’s allowed just two goals in each of his last five starts, but Arizona has only won two of those contests.
Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 38 of 39 Coyotes shots. He has a 22-15-3 record, 2.46 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 40 starts.
BUFFALO 4 VANCOUVER 0
Robin Lehner posted his second straight shutout by saving 30 shots. He improved to 11-18-6 with a 2.87 GAA and .912 save percentage in 37 games.
Alex Biega fired a team-high five shots on Lehner. Biega doesn’t have a goal in 25 games this season.
Sam Reinhart scored the Sabres’ first and therefore game-winning goal. He has 10 goals and 20 points in 49 games.
Johan Larsson also found the back of the net for Buffalo. It was his third goal and eighth point in 49 contests.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 of 25 Sabres shots. He has a 13-16-5 record, 2.74 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 36 contests in 2017-18.
NY ISLANDERS 2 VEGAS 1
Jordan Eberle scored the game-winning goal on Thursday. He’s found the back of the net in three of the Islanders’ last four games.
Ross Johnston netted the Islanders’ other goal. It was his first NHL goal in his third career game.
Erik Haula scored a goal to extend his point streak to five contests. That gives him 17 goals and 35 points in 44 games this season.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 of 25 shots last night. He has a 12-4-2 record, 1.77 GAA, and .942 save percentage in 18 starts.
Jaroslav Halak kicked out 38 of 39 Golden Knights shots. He improved to 15-14-3 with a 3.16 GAA and .909 save percentage in 33 games.
ANAHEIM 4 WINNIPEG 3 (SO)
John Gibson stopped 24 of 27 shots in 53:20 minutes of ice time, but then he was forced to leave the game due to a lower-body injury. Ryan Miller stepped in and didn't face a shot in regulation time. However, when it came to the shootout he was perfect in five rounds to secure the extra point.
Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 36 of 39 shots prior to the skills competition. When it came to the shootout, he allowed a single goal in five rounds, which put him just short of Gibson.
Adam Henrique scored a goal and registered an assist in regulation time. He then netted the only goal of the shootout.
Ryan Kesler found the back of the net in the third period. The Ducks forward is up to four goals and six points in 13 games.
Patrik Laine scored a goal for the Jets. It was his 22nd goal and 39th point in 50 contests this season.
NY RANGERS 6 SAN JOSE 5
Ryan McDonagh scored a pair of goals Thursday night. The Rangers defenseman has two goals and 24 points in 45 games.
J.T. Miller scored the game-winning goal and registered two assists. He’s up to 11 goals and 32 points in 50 contests.
Ondrej Pavelec surrendered five goals on 28 shots on Thursday. He has a 4-7-1 record, 3.15 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 13 games.
Logan Couture scored twice for the Sharks. He has 20 goals and 36 points in 44 games.
Aaron Dell turned aside just 23 of 29 Rangers shots. He’s been pretty good this season, but he’s also allowed a staggering 11 goals over his last two starts.