Thursday, March 22, 2012
Morning jam: Quick game facts
By Elias Sports Bureau
• Ryan Callahan is the first Ranger to score a game-winning overtime goal on his birthday. The last player to do it was Dion Phaneuf of the Maple Leafs on April 10, 2010 at Montreal.
• Ryan Miller made 34 saves for his sixth shutout of the season in the Sabres’ 3-0 win over the Canadiens. Miller has earned five shutouts over his last 22 starts, dating back to Feb. 1, tying him with Ilya Bryzgalov for the NHL lead in that category since that date. Miller had only one shutout in his first 31 starts of the season.
• Eric Staal scored two goals for the Hurricanes in their win over the Panthers, three days after he scored twice in a game at Winnipeg. It’s only the second time in his NHL career that Staal had back-to-back multiple-goal games. Staal had a two-goal game and a hat trick in consecutive games in April 2010.
• Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks is the fifth U.S.-born player to score at least 20 goals in each of his first five or more seasons in the NHL. The other Americans to do that are Jimmy Carson (first seven seasons), Bob Carpenter (five), Mike Modano (five) and Chris Drury (five).
• Nineteen-year-old Jaden Schwartz of the Blues has scored a goal in each of his first two NHL games. The last teenager to score a goal in each of his first two career NHL games was Eric Lindros, in October 1992.