The Vancouver Canucks are a mediocre team this season, but their fans have been given a big reason to be excited about the future. Brock Boeser scored a goal and registered three assists on Thursday to extend his goal scoring streak to four games and reach the 25-goal milestone in just 44 career games.
That’s the fastest any Canucks player has ever gotten to the 25-goal mark, per TSN’s StatsCentre. If you look over the past 30 seasons, there are also only two examples of players 21-years-old or younger that had more goals over their first 44 games (Alex Ovechkin and Eric Lindros).
If we look at just Boeser’s rookie campaign, he now has 21 goals and 38 points in 35 contests. If he were able to maintain that point-per-game pace of 1.09 then he would tie Evgeni Malkin for third place among rookies dating back to the start of the salary cap era (excluding players who participated in just one or two games). Of course, there’s still more than half a season for Boeser to get through, but that does help to illustrate just how special he’s been thus far.
Of course, if we’re talking about Vancouver I also have to highlight Thomas Vanek scoring two goals and five points last night. He’s been a great addition to the Canucks this season with 12 goals and 28 points in 38 contests after some mixed showings with Minnesota, Detroit, and Florida in recent campaigns.
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WASHINGTON 4 BOSTON 3 (SO)
David Backes netted a pair of goals, making this his third straight multi-point game. He has seven goals and 13 points in 19 contests this season.
Danton Heinen assisted on two of the Bruins’ three goals. That gives him nine goals and 26 points in 32 games.
Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in the second period and then netted the lone goal in the shootout. The regulation time goal was Ovechkin’s 24th of the season.
Lars Eller found the back of the net and registered an assist Thursday night. He has five goals and 17 points in 38 games.
Braden Holtby surrendered three goals on 34 shots in regulation time. He then held off the Bruins for three shootout rounds.
Anton Khudobin saved 31 of 34 shots prior to the shootout. He allowed one goal in three shootout rounds.
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Brendan Gallagher scored Montreal’s lone goal. It was his 15th marker and 21st point in 38 contests in 2017-18.
Carey Price kicked out 31 of 34 Lightning shots. He has a 11-12-2 record, 3.00 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 25 starts.
Steven Stamkos netted a pair of goals on Thursday. That gives him 15 goals and 47 points in 36 games.
Ondrej Palat assisted on two of the Lightning’s three markers. He has seven goals and 23 points in 36 contests this season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 31 of 32 shots to earn his third straight victory. He’s allowed just four goals over that winning streak.
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FLORIDA 3 PHILADELPHIA 2
Nick Bjugstad assisted on two of the Panthers’ three goals. He’s up to nine goals and 20 points in 37 contests this season.
Jonathan Huberdeau netted the game-winning goal. He has 13 markers and 36 points in 37 games.
Brian Elliott saved 24 of 27 Florida shots. He’s allowed just six goals over his last three starts, but the Flyers have dropped all of those games.
Meanwhile, James Reimer extended his winning streak to four straight contests. He turned aside 29 of 31 shots last night.
Sean Couturier scored a goal for Philadelphia. It was his 17th goal and 33rd point in 37 games in 2017-18.
TORONTO 7 ARIZONA 4
Patrick Marleau led the charge for Toronto with two goals and an assist. He’s up to 14 markers and 22 points in 38 games.
Mitchell Marner came up big too with a goal and two assists. That gives the Maple Leafs forward five goals and 29 points in 38 contests.
Frederik Andersen turned aside 34 of 37 shots to pick up his third straight win. He’s 20-10-1 with a 2.64 GAA and .923 save percentage in 31 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Scott Wedgewood surrendered six goals on 32 shots. He has a 4-7-3 record, 3.23 GAA, and .897 save percentage in 16 games.
Jordan Martinook scored a goal and registered an assist for the Coyotes. He’s up to three goals and nine points in 39 contests.
VANCOUVER 5 CHICAGO 2
Thomas Vanek scored two goals and registered three assists last night. That’s a huge showing from him and it comes just nine days after he had a hat trick and an assist against Montreal.
Brock Boeser netted a goal and recorded three assists for Vancouver. The rookie forward has 21 goals and 38 points in 35 contests this season.
Jacob Markstrom kicked out 30 of 32 Blackhawks shots. He has a 10-12-4 record, 2.74 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 27 contests this season.
Anton Forsberg kicked out 26 of 31 shots last night. He has a 1-5-3 record, 3.33 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 12 games. Meanwhile, goaltender Corey Crawford is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.
Ryan Hartman found the back of the net for Chicago. It was his sixth goal and 16th point in 33 games in 2017-18.
VEGAS 3 LOS ANGELES 2 (OT)
David Perron scored the overtime winner Thursday night. He’s up to nine goals and 29 points in 30 contests.
Reilly Smith assisted on two of Vegas’ three goals. That gives him nine goals and 28 points in 36 games in 2017-18.
Drew Doughty scored a goal and registered an assist. The Kings blueliner now has six goals and 28 points in 38 contests.
Jonathan Quick surrendered three goals on 39 shots to drop his second straight start. He has a 17-11-2 record, 2.25 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 30 starts.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 of 30 Kings' shots. He improved to 7-1-1 with a 1.96 GAA and .938 save percentage in nine games.
SAN JOSE 3 CALGARY 2 (SO)
David Rittich turned aside 30 of 32 shots prior to the skills competition. Unfortunately for the Flames, he was then beaten in two of San Jose’s three shootout attempts.
Martin Jones saved 32 of 34 shots in regulation time. He was perfect in two shootout rounds to get the extra point.
Joe Pavelski scored in the first period and then found the back of the net again during the shootout. He’s recorded at least a point in five consecutive games.
Timo Meier accounted for the Sharks’ other regulation time goal. He has six goals and 10 points in 34 contests this season.
Mikael Backlund found the back of the net for the Flames in the first period. It was his eighth goal and 22nd point in 37 games.