Date: October 23, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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The best 30-game goal-scoring stretch of Alex Ovechkin's career

From Elias: Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the Capitals in their 5-4 shootout victory over the Jets in Winnipeg. Ovechkin has tallied 31 goals over his last 30 regular-season games: 22 in his final 21 games last season and nine in nine games this season. That's Ovechkin's highest goal total over any span of 30 regular-season games in his NHL career (previous high: 29).

Washington Capitals


Oilers rookie Arcobello is keeping company with Crosby and Kane

From Elias: Oilers rookie Arcobello is keeping company with Crosby and Kane Mark Arcobello tallied two more assists in Edmonton's 4-3 win at Montreal, giving him a total of 10 assists in the Oilers' 10 games this season. Over the last 20 years the only other NHL rookies to register 10 or more assists in their team's first 10 games of a season were Sidney Crosby (12 in 2005-06) and Patrick Kane (10 in 2007-08).

Edmonton Oilers


Kessel's four career hat trick

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.

Toronto Maple Leafs


Wisniewski's three-point game ties his career high

From Elias: Defenseman James Wisniewski matched his his career high for points in one game (three) when he scored one goal and assisted on two others in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 win over the Devils. It was the first three-point game by a Columbus defenseman since Wisniewski recorded one goal and two assists in the Blue Jackets' final game of the 2011-12 season. Wisniewski has scored three points in a game at least once for each of the five teams he's played for in his NHL career: the Blackhawks (2), Ducks (2), Islanders (1), Canadiens (1) and Blue Jackets (2).

Columbus Blue Jackets


Josh Harding's first shutout of the season

From Elias: Minnesota's Josh Harding recorded his first shutout of the season with a 2-0 win against Nashville on Tuesday. He's notched eight shutouts in his NHL career and seven of them have been 1-0 or 2-0 victories. Harding has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his six starts this month, matching the longest such streak by an NHL goaltender this season. Antti Niemi did that in his first six starts for San Jose, but Niemi's streak was broken when he allowed three goals in his seventh start.

Minnesota Wild


Sedin twins are double trouble

From Elias: Daniel and Henrik Sedin each scored a goal in the Canucks' 5-4 overtime win against the Islanders. 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.

Vancouver Canucks


Crawford wins another road shootout

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.

Chicago Blackhawks