Milestones own this week’s edition, and there are a couple of impressive ones. Also in the mix are a few seasoned veterans, along with an incredible rookie streak. It’s another week with a couple of repeat appearances, while goaltenders league-wide landed in both categories.
A step up
Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers: The 44-year-old legend continues to defy age, and his two-goal performance during Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets moved him into third place on the all-time goal-scoring list. Goals Nos. 741 and 742 helped him surpass Brett Hull, and now only Gordie Howe (801) and Wayne Gretzky (894) are ahead of Jagr. Overall, he has 742 goals and 1,103 assists in his NHL career. He also became the oldest player in NHL history to record a 20-goal season, with 20 goals and 23 assists this season.
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning: Ever since Tampa general manager Steve Yzerman announced that he would not trade his team’s captain, Stamkos has been putting up the points. He has four points in the past three games, including his 300th career goal, which helped the Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Stamkos, 26, became the ninth-youngest player in history to reach the milestone. He’s also the third player in Lightning history to record 300 goals, joining Vincent Lecavalier (383) and Martin St. Louis (365). He has 25 goals and 21 assists in 59 games this season.
Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers: The 22-year-old rookie has been phenomenal, and his goal 29 seconds into overtime helped the Flyers to a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. He extended his record point streak for a rookie defenseman to 15 games. He has five goals and 13 assists in that span. He also has four overtime goals this season.
Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins: The crafty forward is playing the best hockey of his career. On Saturday, he scored two goals and added an assist to help the Bruins to a 7-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. He’s also reached the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career. He has 30 goals and 16 assists in 54 games this season. He has 15 goals and four assists in the past 16 games, and the Bruins are 11-5-1 in their past 17 games.
A step back
Antti Raanta, New York Rangers: Before his impressive 35-save performance to help the Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 4-2 on Thursday, Raannta was 0-4-2 with a 3.60 goals-against average and a .859 save percentage in his previous eight games.
Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings: After a 4-0-1 record in his previous five starts, Mrazek allowed five goals on 32 shots and was pulled in the third period of Thursday’s 6-3 loss to the Penguins. He made 25 saves in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators, and has allowed 12 goals in his past three games. Jimmy Howard started Sunday’s game in place of Mrazek and finished with 29 saves in a 1-0 loss to the Rangers.
A step up
Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues: The netminder extended his win streak to seven games with an 18-save performance in Saturday’s 6-4 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The Blues have won five straight games, and Elliott is 6-0-1 with a 1.69 GAA and a .945 save percentage in his past seven.
Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche: The defenseman scored two goals and added an assist to help the Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. It was Colorado’s fourth win in the past five games. It was Barrie's third three-point game of the season and he registered four total points in back-to-back games.
Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche: Not to be outdone by his teammate, Iginla had a big week, posting five points in four games, including a two-goal performance en route to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings: The veteran defenseman has four points in the past five games. What’s more impressive is his regular-season franchise-record 35 minutes, 16 seconds of ice time in Thursday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Blues.
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks: The veteran forward helped the team end a four-game losing skid with four assists en route to a 5-1 win over the Avalanche on Sunday. He has eight points in the past five games, on one goal and seven assists.
A step back
Jordan Martinook, Arizona Coyotes: The 23-year-old rookie forward has gone seven games without a point, matching a season-high drought. He has seven goals and 12 assists in 57 games.
Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks: After a stretch of 16 points in 16 games, Horvat has gone cold during the team’s recent skid and has not registered a point in the past four games.