Patrik Laine scored two goals on Thursday, which feels almost tame given some of the games he’s had recently. He has 13 goals in just his last six contests and three hat tricks this month, including Saturday’s unreal five-goal game.
In the end, he had 18 goals this month, which tied the record for the most goals anyone has ever scored in the month of November, per TSN’s StatsCentre. StatsCentre also noted that when Laine scored his first goal on Thursday (his 20th of the season), he also became the fifth fastest player of age 20 or younger to reach that milestone, in terms of games played. Laine scored again of course, so he finished the night with 21 goals in 24 games.
Those were also his 100th and 101st goals of his career and, again, he’s just 20-years-old. To an extent, Laine’s campaign is making me think back to Alex Ovechkin, who also delivered big in his third NHL season, scoring his career-high 65 goals. Ovechkin was older at the time though – 22-years-old – and his goals came at a steadier pace. Ovechkin went seven games without a marker from Feb. 15-29, but outside of that, he never had a goal slump last more than two contests in that season. By contrast, Laine got off to a really rough start this season and buried that with one of the best November showings we’ve ever seen.
Which begs the question: What will December bring? Is Laine going to be hot-and-cold through the campaign or was it nothing more than a rough start and it should be clear sailing from here on? If nothing else, Laine is one of the most exciting players to follow.
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Anders Lee netted the Islanders’ goal. It was his eighth marker and 19th point in 24 games.
Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins. He has seven goals and 24 points in 25 contests.
David Pastrnak assisted on the Marchand goal. He’s up to 19 goals and 29 points in 25 games.
Tuukka Rask saved 28 of 29 shots in regulation time. He was then perfect in four shootout rounds.
Robin Lehner stopped 35 of 36 shots before the skills competition. He surrendered the only goal of the shootout in the fourth round.
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Devan Dubnyk turned aside 25 of 29 Wild shots. He’s struggled lately, allowing a combined 15 goals over his last four starts.
Zach Parise has been doing just fine though. He scored a goal to extend his point streak to six games. That gives the Wild forward 12 goals and 22 points in 24 games.
Riley Nash scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has a goal and four points in 24 games.
Pierre-Luc Dubois assisted on two of Columbus’ four goals. He has 12 goals and 24 points in 25 contests this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky saved 23 of 25 shots last night. He’s won three straight starts, though he did allow five goals on Monday, so that mini-winning streak isn’t blemish free.
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Craig Anderson earned a 27-save shutout on Thursday. That brought his personal four-game losing streak to an end. It was also his first shutout of the season and the 41st of his career.
Lias Andersson fired a team-high three shots against Anderson. He has a goal in 13 shots for a 7.7% success rate.
Drake Batherson scored a goal and registered an assist. The 20-year-old rookie has three goals and seven points in eight contests.
Matt Duchene also had a goal and an assist for Ottawa. He’s up to 12 goals and 33 points in 26 games.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 34 Senators shots. He dropped to 9-8-2 with a 2.62 GAA and .920 save percentage in 20 starts.
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This brought the Sabres’ winning streak to a close at 10 games. Tampa Bay has taken the Atlantic lead while Buffalo dropped from first to third in the Atlantic Division with this loss, which just emphasizes how crazy the Atlantic is right now. The top three teams in the league right now are all members of the Atlantic Division (Toronto being the other one).
Sam Reinhart scored a pair of goals for the Sabres. He has five goals and 19 points in 26 contests this season.
Carter Hutton kicked out 32 of 37 shots to end his personal eight-game winning streak. He has a 12-7-1 record, 2.63 GAA, and .916 save percentage in 20 contests.
Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and registered an assist. The Lightning forward is up to 10 goals and 35 points in 26 games.
Alex Killorn also had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. That gives him four goals and 13 points in 26 games.
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With Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper sidelined, Adin Hill got the start for the Coyotes and he took advantage of the rare opportunity. He made 29 saves to earn his first NHL shutout and his third career win.
Craig Smith was credited with a team-high four shots against Hill. Smith has six goals on 82 shots, which translates to a 7.3 shooting percentage.
Nick Schmaltz scored a goal and registered an assist. Those are his first two points since the Coyotes acquired him from Chicago on Sunday.
Clayton Keller found the back of the net. It was his seventh goal and 15th point in 24 games.
Pekka Rinne stopped 22 of 25 Coyotes shots. He has a 10-4-1 record, 1.85 GAA, and .935 save percentage in 17 contests.
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Nikolaj Ehlers led the Jets to victory with a hat trick. He’s up to eight goals and 15 points in 24 games.
As mentioned above, Patrik Laine scored two goals for Winnipeg. He has 21 goals and 24 points in 24 games.
John Hayden scored a goal and registered an assist. The Blackhawks forward has two goals and three points in 18 contests.
Corey Crawford stopped 27 of 33 Jets shots. He’s allowed an alarming 20 goals in his last four starts.
At the other end of the ice, Connor Hellebuyck saved 26 of 31 shots. He’s 10-7-1 with a 3.09 GAA and .904 save percentage in 19 starts.
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Anze Kopitar assisted on both of the Kings’ goals. He has seven markers and 17 points in 24 contests.
Oscar Klefbom scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He’s up to two goals and 13 points in 25 contests.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins registered a pair of assists for Edmonton. He has six goals and 24 points in 25 games.
Jonathan Quick saved 31 of 34 shots Thursday night. He’s still searching for his first win of the season, though this was just his fifth start of 2018-19 due to injuries.
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William Karlsson accounted for the game-winning goal. It was his eighth goal and 20th point in 27 games.
Max Pacioretty scored a pair of goals for the Golden Knights. That gives him 10 goals and 15 points in 23 games.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 33 of 36 shots to extend his winning streak to six games. He has a 14-8-1 record, 2.39 GAA, and .911 save percentage in 23 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Jacob Markstrom turned aside 27 of 31 shots. He allowed at least a goal in each period and surrendered two markers on 11 shots in the third.
Brock Boeser scored two goals for Vancouver. He’s up to six goals and 13 points in 15 games.