Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Rapid cool facts
By Elias Sports Bureau
• Evgeni Malkin recorded his fourth five-point game of the season with two goals and three assists in the Penguins’ 8–4 win over the Jets. Malkin, who had three five-point games in his career entering this season, is the first NHL player to score five or more points in a game four times in one season since 1995–96, when the man who now signs Malkin’s paychecks, Mario Lemieux, had six such games for Pittsburgh, and Peter Forsberg did it four times for Colorado.
• Ales Hemsky recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career in the Oilers' 6–3 win at Nashville. Hemsky is the fifth Edmonton player to score a hat trick this season, following Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oct. 15), Taylor Hall (Nov. 19), Ryan Jones (Nov. 19) and Sam Gagner (Feb. 2). The Oilers are the first NHL team to have five or more players score hat tricks in one season since the Canucks had six in 2009–10. The last time the Oilers had five hat-tricksters in one season was 1989–90, which was Edmonton’s last Stanley Cup-winning season. Glenn Anderson, Martin Gelinas, Adam Graves, Normand Lacombe and Mark Messier turned the tricks for the Oilers that season.
• Ilya Kovalchuk's 400th career goal was the only entry in the scoring summary of the Devils’ 1–0 win at Ottawa. Kovalchuk is only the second player in NHL history to score a century milestone goal numbered 400 or higher in a one-goal game. The first was Luc Robitaille, whose 600th career goal came in the Red Wings’ 1–0 victory at Anaheim on Nov. 9, 2001.
• The Panthers extended their winning streak to five games with a 2–1 victory at Philadelphia. It’s the Cats’ longest winning streak since March 2008, when they won seven consecutive games. Florida’s fifth straight win leaves only two NHL teams without a winning streak of five games or more over the last four seasons: the Islanders and Maple Leafs.
• David Jones scored in overtime to give the Avalanche a 2–1 victory against the Flames. It was the fifth overtime goal of Jones’ five-year NHL career and all of his extra-time tallies have come since January 2011. That’s the most regular-season overtime goals by any NHL player over the last 15 calendar months.