Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Tavares erupts; MacKinnon makes history
Islanders 7, Stars 3
FROM ELIAS: John Tavares recorded five points in a game for the second time in his NHL career when he tallied three goals and two assists in the Islanders’ 7–3 win over Stars. Tavares’ other five-point performance was on March 16, 2010, when he scored two goals and assisted on three in a 5–2 Islanders victory at Vancouver. Before Tavares did it against Dallas on Monday, the last Islanders player to register a five-point game that included a hat trick was Zigmund Palffy with three goals and two assists in a 7–2 win at Pittsburgh on April 17, 1999.
Flames 4, Avalanche 3
FROM ELIAS: Nathan MacKinnon, who scored a pair of goals in Colorado’s win over the Sharks on Saturday, became the youngest player in NHL history to score at least two goals in each of two consecutive team games when he tallied twice for the Avalanche against Calgary on Monday night. MacKinnon (age 18 years, 127 days) broke the record set by Dale Hawerchuk with the original Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 23–25, 1981 (age 18 years, 204 days).
Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 3 (F/SO)
FROM ELIAS: Rick Nash scored two goals for the Rangers in their shootout loss to the team he played for during the first nine seasons of his NHL career, the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was only the fourth time that a former Columbus player scored two goals in a game against the Blue Jackets. The other ex-Blue Jackets to do that were Mike Sillinger (March 13, 2004 for St. Louis), Francois Beauchemin (March 14, 2007 for Anaheim) and Raffi Torres (Dec. 23, 2010 for Vancouver).
Canadiens 2, Panthers 1
FROM ELIAS: Carey Price reached the 20-win mark with the Canadiens for the fourth consecutive season with his 2–1 victory against the Panthers on Monday night. Patrick Roy won at least 20 games for Montreal in each of nine consecutive seasons from 1985–86 through 1993–94, but since then only Price and Jose Theodore (2000–01 through 2003–04) have posted four straight 20-win seasons for the Canadiens.