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LECAVALIER REACHES MILESTONE
From Elias: Vincent Lecavalier scored the first goal for the Lightning to help them overcome a 2-0 deficit and beat the Sabres, 4-3, in Buffalo. Lecavalier's goal was the 800th regular-season point of a 13-year NHL career which has been spent entirely with Tampa Bay, since the Lightning made him the #1 overall pick in the 1998 draft. Lecavalier is one of five active NHL players who've scored at least 800 points, all for one club. The others are Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings), Daniel Alfredsson (Senators), Jarome Iginla (Flames) and Patrik Elias (Devils).
FLEURY BLANKS ISLANDERS FOR 20TH CAREER SHUTOUT
From Elias: Marc-Andre Fleury posted his first shutout of the season and the 20th shutout of his NHL career with a 3-0 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday. Fleury, who has spent his entire career with Pittsburgh, is now only two shutouts behind the all-time franchise leader in that category, Tom Barrasso, who recorded 22 clean sheets for the Penguins. Fleury has registered 13 shutouts over the last five seasons and eight of them have come against the three teams from the New York metropolitan area: the Islanders (3), Devils (3) and Rangers (2).
COLUMBUS DISCOVERS FIRST WIN
From Elias: The Blue Jackets ended their eight-game season-opening winless streak with a 4-1 victory against the Red Wings on Tuesday. The four goal scorers for Columbus, R.J. Umberger, Ryan Johansen, John Moore and Derek MacKenzie, each recorded their first goal of the season, and for Johansen and Moore it was their first goal ever in the NHL. This was the first time in Blue Jackets history that they had two players each register the first goal of their NHL career in the same game.
STREAKING SPEZZA SPARKS SENATORS
From Elias: The Senators extended their winning streak to three games with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Hurricanes in Raleigh. Jason Spezza scored one of Ottawa's two goals in regulation time and he was the only player on either team to score in the shootout. Spezza's second-period tally extended his goal-scoring streak to four games. It's the first time that Spezza has scored goals in each of four consecutive Senators games since the middle of the 2009-10 season, when he had an official six-game goal streak right after he came back from a knee injury that forced him to miss 20 games.
PAVELSKI POWERS SHARKS IN NASHVILLE
From Elias: Joe Pavelski scored two goals, a tiebreaker with 5:51 remaining in the period and the empty-net clincher, to lead the Sharks to a 3-1 win at Nashville. It was Pavelski's ninth two-goal game over the last three seasons but only his second multi-goal game on the road over that span. He scored twice in San Jose's 4-2 win at Colorado on October 21 last year.
TWO POINTS FOR KANE EQUALS TWO POINTS FOR CHICAGO
From Elias: Patrick Kane scored the shootout decider that gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory against the Ducks, after assisting on goals by Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp in regulation time. Since the start of the 2010-11 season Chicago has a 20-1-2 record in regular-season games in which Kane has recorded two or more points.