NHL MORNING SKATE – Nightly Info & Stats


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Sidney Crosby (2-1-3) contributed to all three of Pittsburgh’s goals as the Penguins swept their back-to-back home streak against the Sabers in the return of Kris Letang in alignment. Letang received thunderous applause from the fans at the PPG Paints Arena after missing just five games due to a stroke on Nov. 28, with Pittsburgh going 4-0-1 in his absence.

  • Crosby played the 165th three-point game of his NHL career and passed Jari Kurri (164) to hold the ninth place in league history. Crosby (290-512-802 in 565 GP) also became the second player in franchise history to record 800 points at home with the Penguins, joining Mario Lemieux (375-564-939 in 472 GP).
Franchise record for Marner

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner (11-19-30 in 22 GP) had a first-period assist and the game-winning goal in overtime to extend his franchise-record scoring streak to 22 games on the first Cree Hockey Night of the season. The national series will return on January 21 (EDM to VAN), February 25 (OTT to MTL), March 4 (EDM to WPG) and April 1 (TOR to OTT).

  • Marner became the 14th player in NHL history to post a point streak of at least 22 games, with the list also including Bryan Trottier, whose father was of Cree, Métis and Chippewa descent. Trottier, cornerstone of the Islanders dynasty in the early 1980s, recorded a 25-point streak in 1981-82 that helped New York win the third of four consecutive Stanley Cups.
  • William Nylander (2-3-5) featured in the overtime victory and recorded the first five-point game of his NHL career. Toronto improved to 11-0-3 in its last 14 games since Nov. 12 and is two games away from tying the franchise record for the longest point streak, a mark set from Nov. 22 to Dec. 26, 2003 (14-0-2 in 16 GP).
We extend the series

Mitchell Marner wasn’t the only player to extend a point streak on Saturday:

  • Steven Stamkos (8-12-20 in 13 games) scored to extend his point streak to 13 games – the second-longest active streak in the NHL behind Marner – and help the Lightning claim their 10th win in the last 14 matches. Stamkos (41-59-100 in 76 GP) became the 10th player to record 100 points in the 2022 calendar year and tied the second longest point streak in franchise history – a list he tops already after finding the score sheet in 18 straight games nearly 13 years ago.
  • Pyotr Kochetkov (16 saves) helped the Hurricanes shut out the Islanders at UBS Arena and improved to 8-0-4 in 12 career road games, including a 5-0-4 record in nine games this season. He became the fourth rookie goaltender in NHL history to post a streak of nine or more early in the season on the road, joining Pete Peeters (9-0-2 in 11 GP in 1979-80), Patrick Lalime (8-0-1 in 9 GP in 1996-97) and Grant Fuhr (3-0-6 in 9 GP in 1981-82).
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  • Nils Lundkvist pleased Dallas fans by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime, putting the Stars (16-7-5, 37 points) in a tie with the Jets (18-7-1, 37 points) for the highest number of points in the Central Division. In doing so, Lundkvist became the third rookie to score an overtime goal this season (Fabian Zetterlund and Matty Beniers).
  • Jamie Oleksiak and Jeff Skinner each suspended for three games

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