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NEAL EXTENDS HOME-ICE GOAL STREAK TO SEVEN GAMES
From Elias: James Neal scored a pair of goals to lead the Penguins to a 3-1 win over his former team, the Dallas Stars, in Pittsburgh on Friday. Neal has scored goals in all seven of the Penguins' games at CONSOL Energy Center this season. Over the last 80 years the only other NHL players to score goals in each of their team's first seven or more home games of a season were Kent Nilsson (1979-80 Atlanta Flames, seven), Dino Ciccarelli (1986-87 North Stars, eight), Bob Kudelski (1993-94 Senators, nine) and Simon Gagne (2005-06 Flyers, eight).
LIDSTROM IS FIRST NHL PLAYER TO REACH 900 CAREER WINS
From Elias: Nicklas Lidstrom did not score a point in the Red Wings' 3-0 victory over Edmonton but the 41-year-old defenseman logged more ice time (23:33) than any other skater on either team. It was a milestone victory for Lidstrom, who when the final buzzer sounded became the first man in NHL history to play in 900 regular-season wins by his team. On October 13, Lidstrom broke Chris Chelios' old NHL record of 894 regular-season wins.
JIMMY HOWARD'S THIRD HOME SHUTOUT
From Elias: Jimmy Howard posted his third shutout of the season with a 3-0 win against the Oilers in Detroit on Friday. All three of his shutouts have come at Joe Louis Arena. Howard has recorded more shutouts in his nine home starts this season than he did in 69 regular-season starts at "the Joe" prior to this season (two).
ADAM LARSSON'S FIRST NHL GOAL
From Elias: Devils defenseman Adam Larsson gave himself a present one day before his 19th birthday when he scored the first goal of his NHL career in New Jersey's game against Washington on Friday. Larsson, who turns 19 years old on Saturday, was the youngest player to score a goal for the Devils since Petr Sykora (age 18 years, 348 days) tallied his second goal in the NHL on Nov. 2, 1995 at San Jose. Coincidentally, Sykora, who rejoined the Devils this season, was one of the other skaters on ice for New Jersey when Larsson scored his goal. Larsson was the third 18-year-old defenseman to score a goal for the Devils franchise, joining Joe Cirella, who had seven goals at age 18 for the Colorado Rockies in 1981, and Craig Wolanin, who scored two goals at age 18 for the Devils in the 1985-86 season.
OVECHKIN HAS DONE ALL OF HIS SCORING ON THE ROAD
From Elias: Alex Ovechkin, who scored the first goal for the Capitals in their 3-1 win at New Jersey, has tallied seven goals this season and they've all come on the road. Ovechkin has scored half as many goals in seven road games this season as he did in 38 road games in the 2010-11 season.
TWO QUICK GOALS FOR THE RANGERS LEAD TO A 5-1 WIN
From Elias: The Rangers extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-1 victory against the Hurricanes on Friday. The game was tied 1-1 just past the midway point of the third period when the Rangers got goals nine seconds apart from Daniel Girardi and Brandon Dubinsky. It was the fastest two goals by the Rangers since Jan. 3, 1996, when Ray Ferraro and Alexei Kovalev scored in a nine-second span during the second period of a 7-4 Rangers win over the Canadiens.
SECOND STRAIGHT THREE-POINT GAME FOR DEREK ROY
From Elias: Derek Roy recorded one goal and two assists in the Sabres' 5-1 win over Ottawa on Friday, after scoring two goals and one assist in Buffalo's last game, an overtime victory against Winnipeg on Tuesday. It's the first time that Roy has had consecutive three-point games in his eight seasons in the NHL. He's the first Buffalo player with back-to-back three-point games since Thomas Vanek managed that feat late last season (April 5-8).
KEITH AND SEABROOK SCORE IN THE SAME GAME
From Elias: Defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook each scored their first goal of the season in the Blackhawks' 4-1 win against the Flames. Keith and Seabrook have been teammates since both players made their NHL debuts in Chicago's 2005-06 season opener but Friday marked only the third time that they scored goals in the same regular-season game. They also did that on Nov. 7, 2007 versus Columbus and April 10, 2011 against Detroit.