Crosby hits 500/700 club in style

December, 6, 2013
12/06/13
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Penguins 5, Sharks 1
* Sidney Crosby (PIT): 3 assists; 10 points (2 G, 8 A) in last 5 games; 500th career game
* Chris Kunitz (PIT): 2 goals, 2:03 apart (3rd multigoal game this season)
* Penguins: Scored 1st 4 goals of game in 7:03 span in 2nd period
* Sharks: Loss snaps 6-game win streak
FROM ELIAS: Sidney Crosby, in the 500th regular-season game of his NHL career, recorded three assists as the Penguins beat the Sharks, 5–1. Crosby’s career total of 706 points is the sixth-highest by any player in NHL history through his first 500 games. The five players with higher point totals are Wayne Gretzky (1,186), Mario Lemieux (971), Peter Stastny (759), Mike Bossy (757) and Jari Kurri (730). Crosby has tallied at least two points in each of his five century milestone games: No. 100 (2), 200 (2), 300 (2), 400 (2), 500 (3).

Oilers 8, Avalanche 2
* Taylor Hall (EDM): 4th career hat trick (8, 9, 10)
* Oilers: 6-3-0 in past 9 games (4-15-2 in first 21 games this season)
* Oilers: have won 4 straight meetings vs Avalanche (1st time since March-Nov. 2006)
* Avalanche: 5-5-0 in past 10 games (14-2-0 in first 16 games this season)

Wild 4, Blackhawks 3
* Marco Scandella (MIN): 1st goal of season, broke 3-3 tie with 1:48 remaining in 3rd period
* Wild: improve to 12-3-2 at home this season (T-most home wins and points in NHL)
* Blackhawks: 2 straight regulation losses for 1st time this season
* Blackhawks: had won previous 6 road games

Canadiens 2, Bruins 1
* Max Pacioretty (MON): goal in 2nd period; scored goal in 5 straight home games (9 total goals in 5 games)
* Canadiens: 8-0-1 in last 9 games
* Canadiens: won 5 straight home games
* Bruins: 2-5-0 in last 7 road games

Rangers 3, Sabres 1
* Rick Nash (NYR): Goal (5); goal in 4 of last 5 games after 1 goal in first 7 games this season
* Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): 1 GA, had allowed multiple goals in 5 straight games

FROM ELIAS: Henrik Lundqvist, playing in his first game since he signed a seven-year contract extension with the Rangers, made 27 saves as he led New York to a 3–1 victory over the Sabres in Buffalo. It was the 285th win of Lundqvist’s career, the most by any goaltender during his nine seasons in the NHL. Over the last nine seasons Lundqvist ranks second among NHL goaltenders in both games played (532, behind the recently retired Miikka Kiprusoff at 538) and shutouts (47, behind Martin Brodeur with 48).

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