Wednesday, October 23, 2013
How about that Alex Ovechkin?
By ESPN Stats & Information
Highlights and lowlights from Tuesday's action:
Capitals 5, Jets 4 (F/SO)
* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 2nd game with 2 goals this season
* Capitals: won 5 straight vs Jets
Ovechkin continued his early-season scoring spree Tuesday with two goals in a 5-4 Capitals win. Ovechkin leads the NHL with nine goals in nine games this season, tied for the most he’s ever had through nine games. FROM ELIAS: He also has 31 goals over his last 30 regular-season games dating back to last season, his highest goal total over any 30-game span during the regular season in his NHL career.
Canucks 5, Islanders 4 (OT)
* Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin (VAN): goal each
* Matt Moulson (NYI): 2 goals; 1st multi-goal game of season
* Canucks: end streak of 3-or-fewer goals at 7 games
FROM ELIAS: The Sedin twins have each scored goals in the same regular-season game 41 times since the entered the NHL 13 years ago but this was only the second time they did so in calendar year 2013. Their only other such game over the last two seasons was in Vancouver’s 4–1 victory over Colorado on March 28, with Daniel and Henrik each scoring once.
Blackhawks 3, Panthers 2 (F/SO)
* Blackhawks: 5-0-1 past 6 games
* Blackhawks: 4-0 vs Panthers in past 4 meetings (2 wins by shootout)
* Fleischmann (FLA): 2nd goal in his last 6 games
FROM ELIAS: Corey Crawford stopped both shots he faced in the shootout that earned the Blackhawks a 3–2 win over the Panthers in South Florida, after Chicago squandered a 2–0 lead in the third period. Crawford has been in goal for four shootouts this season and he’s won the two that have been in Blackhawks road games while losing the two shootouts on home ice. Crawford has won four consecutive road shootouts dating back to last season, after posting a 3–8 record in 11 previous road tiebreakers.
Maple Leafs 4, Ducks 2
* Phil Kessel (TOR): 4th hat trick of his career (0 goals in previous 4 games)
* Maple Leafs: 34 goals leads Eastern Conference and is 2nd in NHL behind Sharks (40)
* Ducks: loss snapped 7-game win streak (was tied for longest in franchise history)
FROM ELIAS: Phil Kessel, who entered play on Tuesday having scored only two goals in nine games this season, recorded the fourth hat trick of his NHL career when he scored three goals to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4–2 win against the Ducks in Toronto. It was only the second hat trick by a Leafs player in a home game over the last five seasons. The other one was also by Kessel, in a Toronto 6–5 victory against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 8, 2011.