April 21, 2022
* Alex Ovechkin once again climbed multiple NHL all-time lists, this time with his ninth career 50-goal season and yet another multi-goal outing.
* Connor McDavid reclaimed the lead in the 2021-22 Art Ross Trophy Race and reached the 70-assist mark for the fourth time in his career – the first active player to do so.
* Twenty-two teams will be in action Thursday, including a national broadcast on ESPN between the Maple Leafs (51-20-6, 108 points) and Lightning (46-22-8, 100 points) in what could be a First Round preview.
OVECHKIN TIES NHL RECORD WITH NINTH CAREER 50-GOAL SEASON
Alex Ovechkin (2-1—3) scored goals No. 49 and 50 on the season to climb multiple all-time lists, cementing himself next to some of the greatest scorers in NHL history:
* With his first marker, Ovechkin surpassed Teemu Selanne (48 in 2006-07) for the most goals in a single season by an NHL player age 36 or older.
* Ovechkin reached the 50-goal mark with his second of the game – the ninth 50-goal campaign of his career. No other active skater has more than two (Leon Draisaitl & Steven Stamkos: 2). Ovechkin also boosted his 2021-22 totals to 50-40—90 (75 GP) for his sixth career 90-point season, matching Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby for the most among active players.
* The Capitals captain secured his 158th career multi-goal game, which tied Brett Hull for the second most in NHL history behind Wayne Gretzky (189).
McDAVID HITS 70-ASSIST MILESTONE AS OILERS EXTEND HOME POINT STREAK
Connor McDavid (1-2—3) hit the 70-assist mark for the fourth time in his career while Mike Smith (34 saves) posted his seventh straight win to help the Oilers extend their home point streak to 12 games dating to March 9 (11-0-1). Edmonton (45-26-6, 96 points) built a four-point cushion over idle Los Angeles (41-27-10, 92 points) for second place in the Pacific Division with a game in hand.
* Smith, who has been between the pipes five times during his team’s 12-game run at Rogers Place (5-0-0), became the first Oilers goaltender to post a win streak of seven-plus contests since Cam Talbot in 2017-18. Only three netminders in franchise history have recorded a longer run: Grant Fuhr (10 GP in 1985-86), Tommy Salo (9 GP in 2000-01) and Andy Moog (9 GP in 1982-83).
* McDavid (43-70—113 in 76 GP), who reclaimed the lead in the 2021-22 Art Ross Trophy Race from Jonathan Huberdeau (30-81—111 in 76 GP), recorded his 211th career multi-point outing to surpass Jaromir Jagr (210) for sole possession of the seventh most by a player before age 26 in NHL history.
THEODORE SCORES IN OVERTIME, GOLDEN KNIGHTS MOVE CLOSER TO WILD CARD SPOT
Shea Theodore (1-1—2) scored the overtime winner in a crucial victory for the Golden Knights (42-31-5, 89 points) who moved within two points of the Stars (43-29-5, 91 points), who lost in regulation Wednesday, for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
* Theodore recorded his seventh career overtime goal and sixth in a Golden Knights uniform, tied with Max Pacioretty (6) and Jonathan Marchessault (6) for the most in franchise history.
BENIERS CONTINUES NOTABLE START TO NHL CAREER ON #NHLSTATS: LIVE UPDATES
Matty Beniers (0-1—1) collected a point in his fourth straight NHL game to begin his career (2-2—4) and helped the Kraken (26-44-6, 58 points) skate to a win against the League-leading Avalanche (55-16-6, 116 points). This note and more can be found in Wednesday’s edition of #NHLStats: Live Updates.
* Penguins Name Amanda Kessel First Hire of Executive Management Program
* Auston Matthews compares favorably with Sittler as dynamic Maple Leafs forward
* Logan Cooley to lead United States in IIHF 2022 World U-18 Championship
* Alex DeBrincat scores goal No. 40, Blackhawks win in overtime
* Andrew Ladd Thrilled & Proud to Reach 1,000 NHL Games
The Lightning are currently led by their captain Steven Stamkos (33-54—87 in 75 GP) who could finish as Tampa Bay’s leading scorer for the fourth time in his career and first since 2014-15 (43-29—72 in 82 GP). Stamkos (472-481—953 in 916 GP) is one point shy of surpassing former captain Martin St. Louis (365-588—953 in 972 GP) for a historic mark – the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. The duo played together for parts of six seasons and combined for 216 points over that time.
* Michael Bunting (23-40—63 in 77 GP) continues to lead all rookies in scoring, six points more than the next-closest skater: Trevor Zegras (21-36—57 in 71 GP). Bunting is also two assists shy of matching Mitchell Marner (42 in 2016-17) for the most by a rookie in a single season in Maple Leafs history and continues to move up the franchise’s list for points. Should Bunting conclude the 2021-22 campaign as the NHL’s top rookie scorer, he would become the fourth Maple Leafs player to achieve the feat joining Auston Matthews in 2016-17, Syl Apps in 1936-37, Ace Bailey in 1926-27 and Reg Noble in 1917-18.