Karlsson reaches 400 points in 498 games
Erik Karlsson’s tiebreaking goal in the third period was the game-winning goal for the Ottawa Senators in their 4–3 victory at Montreal. Karlsson also assisted on the Senators’ first goal and that assist was the 400th point of his NHL career.
Karlsson reached the 400-point mark in his 498th game. That’s at least 154 fewer games than any other active NHL defenseman needed to reach the 400-point plateau. (Mike Green is second at 652 games). The last NHL defenseman before Karlsson to rack up his first 400 points in fewer than 500 games was Brian Leetch, who achieved that milestone on Dec. 4, 1993, in his 380th game.
Simmonds hits the 10-goal mark
Wayne Simmonds scored one goal and assisted on another in the Flyers’ 3–1 victory against the Panthers.
Simmonds is the Flyers’ team leader with 10 goals this season and he reached double-figures in his 20th game, quicker than in any of his eight other seasons in the NHL. (His previous best was 21 games in 2012–13).
This is the third time that Simmonds has been the first Flyers player to score 10 goals in his six seasons with the club. He also had that distinction in 2012–13 and 2014–15.
Busy night for Allen in Blues’ win
Blues goaltender Jake Allen stopped 39 of the Bruins’ 41 shots on goal, including all 17 in the third period, in his 4–2 win at Boston.
Allen has faced 40 or more shots on goal in a game four times in his four seasons in the NHL and he won all four games, with three of those wins coming on the road.
Allen is the third goaltender in Blues history to record a win over the Bruins in Boston in a game in which he faced 40 or more shots on goal. The others were Mike Liut in January 1980 and Jim Hrivnak in October 1993.
Special teams lead Canes to a win
The Hurricanes extended their winning streak to five games with a 2–1 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto in which both of Carolina’s goals were scored by its special teams.
Jeff Skinner’s power play goal late in the first period tied the score at 1–1 and Viktor Stalberg’s shorthanded goal in the second period gave the Hurricanes the 2–1 lead they protected for the remainder of the game.
Over the last three seasons, the only other game in which Carolina scored both a power play goal and a shorthanded goal was also against the Maple Leafs. That was a 4–1 Hurricanes win on Dec. 18, 2014 in Raleigh, with a shorthanded goal from Justin Faulk and a power play marker by Andrej Sekera.
Source: Elias Sports Bureau