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Stamkos Already At 30 Points

Friday, November 10, 2017


Seventeen games.  That’s how little time it took Steven Stamkos to reach the 30-point milestone this season.  He reached that mark on Thursday by scoring a goal and registering an assist.  Seventeen games is also all the time he got to play in 2016-17 before being shut down due to injury and in that season he finished with nine goals and 11 assists.

 

Stamkos tied Evgeni Malkin (2008-09) as the fastest centerman to 30 points in the salary cap era.  What’s impressive about Stamkos’ run is that he’s been doing it largely by contributing helpers as he leads the league with 22 assists thus far.  Stamkos has more goals than assists over his career and has won the Rocket Richard Trophy twice, including in 2011-12 when he scored 60 goals, but he’s never reached the 100-point mark or claimed the Art Ross Trophy.  As a result, Stamkos has also never won the Hart Trophy as he didn’t even get it for his 60-goal campaign (Malkin won it that season with 50 goals and 109 points).

 

We’re seeing a bit of a different Stamkos this season, in part because he has the luxury of feeding the puck to Nikita Kucherov now.  Kucherov has managed to score 16 goals in 17 contests and Stamkos has been credited with an assist on 12 of those markers.  That duo has led Tampa Bay to a 13-2-2 record and while it’s still very early in the campaign, it might lead to Stamkos winning the Art Ross Trophy for the first time.  At least so far his main competition has been linemate Kucherov as the next best player after him is a full eight points behind (Johnny Gaudreau ranks third in the scoring race with six goals and 22 points in 16 games).

 

 

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EDMONTON 3 NEW JERSEY 2 (OT)

 

With this victory, Edmonton has now won back-to-back games for the first time this season.  The Oilers still have a hole to dig out of given their 6-8-1 record, but at least there have been signs that they’ve turned a corner.

 

Milan Lucic scored a goal and registered an assist for the Oilers.  He’s up to three goals and nine points in 15 contests.

 

Leon Draisaitl netted the overtime winner.  He’s found the back of the net in four of his last five games.

 

Brian Boyle scored a goal for New Jersey.  It was his first marker since he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia.

 

Cory Schneider saved 29 of 32 shots last night.  He’s suffered three straight losses after opening the season with a 6-1-0 record.

 

Cam Talbot turned aside 32 of 34 Devils shots.  That makes it the fourth game in a row Talbot has made at least 30 saves.

 

PHILADELPHIA 3 CHICAGO 1

 

Connor Murphy scored the Blackhawks’ only goal.  It was his first marker and point in 13 games this season.

 

Claude Giroux scored a goal and registered two assists.  With that he’s reached the 20-point mark in just 16 games.

 

Jakub Voracek also had a goal and two assists for the Flyers.  He’s up to four goals and 21 points in 16 contests this season.  Voracek and Giroux are the only members of the Flyers to reach or surpass the 20-point milestone so far, but Sean Couturier, who also scored on Thursday, is just a point away.

 

Corey Crawford stopped 28 of 31 shots on Thursday.  It broke his run of four straight starts where he allowed two goals or less.

 

Brian Elliott kicked out 38 of 39 Blackhawks shots.  His last two starts have been against Chicago and he’s allowed just three goals over that span.  Unfortunately for Elliott, the two squads aren’t scheduled to face each other again this season.

 

MINNESOTA 3 MONTREAL 0

 

Charlie Lindgren suffered his first career loss after winning his first five career starts.  Still, it’s hard to blame the goaltender when he stopped 32 of 34 shots.

 

Jason Zucker was the hero tonight with a hat trick.  All three of his goals were scored in the third period.  He’s up to eight markers and 13 points in 15 contests.

 

Nino Niederreiter assisted on one of Zucker’s goals.  He’s gotten off to a somewhat quiet start with two goals and four points in nine games.

 

Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves to earn the shutout.  It was his first perfect game of the season and gives him a 2.77 GAA and .914 save percentage in 12 starts.

 

Alex Galchenyuk challenged Dubnyk the most with a team-high eight shots.  Galchenyuk has four goals in 40 SOG this season.

 

ST. LOUIS 3 ARIZONA 2 (SO)

 

Carter Hutton has only gotten to start in four games so far this season, including this one, but they’ve all been wins.  On Thursday he stopped 27 of 29 shots in regulation time and made another two saves in the shootout.

 

Antti Raanta saved 36 of 38 Blues shots prior to the skills competition.  He was beaten twice in three rounds during the shootout though to drop to 1-3-2 this season.

 

Brendan Perlini accounted for both of the Coyotes’ goals.  That gives him four goals and five points in 12 contests.

 

Alex Pietrangelo found the back of the net for the Blues in the third period to tie the game.  It was his seventh goal and 16th point in 17 contests.

 

Fellow St. Louis defenseman Joel Edmundson also found the back of the net.  He has five goals and six points in 17 games this season.

 

CALGARY 6 DETROIT 3

 

Jaromir Jagr scored a goal and registered an assist, giving him a marker and four points in seven games in 2017-18.  The 45-year-old has now scored at least a goal for nine different franchises.

 

Johnny Gaudreau netted two goals and registered an assist for Calgary.  He’s up to six goals and 22 points in 16 contests.

 

Mike Smith kicked out 39 of 42 shots last night.  He’s won two of his last three starts, but has surrendered 12 goals over that span.

 

Anthony Mantha scored a goal and registered two assists for the Red Wings.  That gives him eight goals and 16 points in 17 games this season.

 

Petr Mrazek surrendered five goals on 33 Flames shots.  It was an unfortunate regression after he earned a 36-save shutout against Edmonton in his previous outing.

 

ANAHEIM 4 VANCOUVER 1

 

The Ducks just haven’t gotten any luck on the injury front this season.  John Gibson was kept out of this game after going through the concussion protocol and Ryan Miller couldn’t get through Thursday’s contest due to a lower-body injury.  Miller stopped 13 of 14 shots before exiting midway through the third period and was replaced by Reto Berra, who made six saves to complete the win.

 

At the other end of the ice, Jacob Markstrom kicked out 31 of 35 shots.  He has a 5-5-2 record, 2.48 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 13 contests.

 

Sven Baertschi scored the Canucks’ lone goal.  He has five goals and 12 points in 16 games this season.

 

Jakob Silfverberg netted a pair of goals for Anaheim.  That gives him four markers and eight points in 16 contests.

 

Rickard Rakell assisted on three of the Ducks’ four goals.  He’s up to six goals and 14 points in 16 games in 2017-18.

 

TAMPA BAY 5 LOS ANGELES 2

 

Steven Stamkos scored a goal and registered an assist.  As mentioned above, Stamkos reached the 30-point milestone in just his 17th game.  This was also his 10th multi-point contest of the campaign.

 

Nikita Kucherov found the back of the net and registered two assists for the Lightning.  He has 16 goals and 29 points in 17 contests.  Even by the standards of this season he’s been hot lately as he’s recorded eight points in his last three games.

 

Peter Budaj saved 22 of 24 shots against his former team.  The Lightning goaltender has a 1-1-1 record, 3.33 GAA, and .873 save percentage in three starts this season.

 

Jonathan Quick allowed five goals on a staggering 43 shots.  He dropped to 9-3-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .932 save percentage in 13 starts.

 

Oscar Fantenberg found the back of the net for the Kings.  It was the 26-year-old rookie’s first career goal in his 13th game.



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