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Kucherov already at 100 PTS

by Ryan Dadoun

Reaching the century mark by itself is an amazing achievement in hockey.  To get to 100 points in February, in this particularly era, is incredible.  The 2017-18 was Kucherov’s best season to date and he reached the 100-point milestone on April 6th, which was his second last game of the season.  He finished third in league scoring and finished sixth in Hart Trophy voting.

 

On Thursday he found the back of the net for the Lightning, giving him 30 goals and 100 points in just 62 games.  While scoring is up in general this season, Kucherov has an eight-point cushion in the scoring race and a 15-point edge over the third place Connor McDavid.

 

Over the last 30 seasons, only one winger has reached the 100-point milestone quicker and that was in 1995-96 when Jaromir Jagr got there in 52 games.  In 1990-91, Brett Hull matched Kucherov’s feat of 100 points in 62 games, per TSN’s StatsCentre.  It’s too early to say who will win the Hart Trophy this season, but it’s hard to see Kucherov as anything other than the frontrunner for that award at this point.

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WASHINGTON 3 TORONTO 2

 

Tom Wilson scored the game-winning goal shorthanded and registered an assist.  He has 16 goals and 30 points in 42 games this season.

 

Alex Ovechkin extended his goal scoring streak to four games.  He’s up to 43 goals and 70 points in 60 contests.

 

Braden Holtby stopped 40 of 42 Maple Leafs shots.  He improved to 21-15-4 with a 3.01 GAA and .908 save percentage in 43 games.

 

John Tavares found the back of the net for Toronto.  He has 34 goals and 64 points in 60 games.

 

Frederik Andersen turned aside 25 of 28 shots on Thursday.  He has a 27-13-3 record, 2.58 GAA, and .923 save percentage.

 

CAROLINA 4 FLORIDA 3

 

Justin Williams scored two goals, including the game-winner, and registered an assist.  He has 17 goals and 41 points in 61 games.

 

Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist.  He’s up to nine goals and 15 points in 15 games since being acquired by Carolina.

 

Jonathan Huberdeau found the back of the net and registered an assist.  That gives him 16 goals and 58 points in 59 games.

 

James Reimer stopped 21 of 25 Hurricanes shots.  He’s 13-11-5 with a 3.05 GAA and .901 save percentage in 34 games.

 

Petr Mrazek turned aside 27 of 30 shots last night.  He improved to 14-12-3 with a 2.65 GAA and .902 save percentage in 29 contests.

 

NEW JERSEY 4 OTTAWA 0

 

Cory Schneider posted a 30-save shutout.  After going nearly 14 months between wins, he’s now earned three straight victories.

 

Jean-Gabriel Pageau fired a team-high six shots against New Jersey.  He’s accumulated 13 shots over his last two games, but none of them were goals.

 

Travis Zajac scored the game-winning goal.  It was his 14th marker and 36th point in 59 games.

 

Miles Wood contributed a goal and an assist.  That gives him eight goals and 21 points in 54 contests.

 

Anders Nilsson stopped 27 of 31 shots last night.  He’s 10-15-1 with a 2.95 GAA and .908 save percentage in 27 games.

 

MINNESOTA 4 NY RANGERS 1

 

Pavel Buchnevich scored the Rangers’ lone goal.  He has 12 goals and 23 points in 43 games.

 

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 31 of 34 Wild shots.  That brings him down to 17-16-8 with a 2.97 GAA and .909 save percentage in 42 starts.

 

Zach Parise netted a goal and registered an assist.  That gives him 24 goals and 51 points in 60 contests.

 

Mikael Granlund scored the game-winning goal.  It was his 15th goal and 49th point in 61 games.

 

Devan Dubnyk stopped 33 of 34 shots to snap his four-game losing streak.  He has a 22-21-5 record, 2.65 GAA, and .910 save percentage in 50 contests.

 

SAN JOSE 4 PITTSBURGH 0

 

Martin Jones stopped 26 shots to earn his second shutout of the season.  He has a 29-11-5 record, 2.89 GAA, and .898 save percentage in 46 starts.

 

Kris Letang fired a team-high six shots against Jones.  That’s nothing unusual for Letang, who has recorded seven or more shots on four occasions this season.

 

Tomas Hertl scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner.  He has 28 goals and 55 points in 56 games.

 

Brent Burns found the back of the net and registered two assists.  That gives him 12 goals and 68 points in 61 contests.

 

Casey DeSmith turned aside 29 of 33 shots last night.  He’s 14-11-5 with a 2.86 GAA and .914 save percentage in 34 games.

 

MONTREAL 5 PHILADELPHIA 1

 

Brendan Gallagher led the charge for the Canadiens with a hat trick.  That gives him 26 goals and 40 points in 61 games.

 

Jesperi Kotkaniemi also scored a goal for Montreal.  He has 11 goals and 30 points in 61 contests.

 

Carey Price stopped 29 of 30 shots against the Flyers.  He’s up to 25-16-5 with a 2.53 GAA and .917 save percentage in 47 games.

 

Philadelphia’s only goal was scored by Michael Raffl.  It was his fifth marker and 13th point in 47 games.

 

Carter Hart stopped just six of nine shots before being pulled 10:33 minutes into the game.  This is the second straight start where he’s been yanked midway through the first period after allowing three goals.  That’s dropped him to 13-8-1 with a 2.79 GAA and .917 save percentage in 22 starts.

 

TAMPA BAY 2 BUFFALO 1 (SO)

 

Carter Hutton stopped 39 of 40 shots in regulation time.  He then allowed two goals in three shootout rounds to fall short of the extra point.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 29 of 30 shots prior to the skills competition.  He was perfect in two shootout rounds to earn his sixth straight win.

 

Rasmus Dahlin scored a goal for the Sabres.  The rookie defenseman has seven goals and 33 points in 60 contests.

 

Nikita Kucherov found the back at 11:10 of the second period.  With that, he’s reached the 30-goal and 100-point milestones in his 62nd game.  His next point would set a new career-high.

 

Tyler Johnson assisted on Kucherov’s goal.  Johnson has 21 goals and 38 points in 60 contests.

 

NASHVILLE 2 LOS ANGELES 1

 

Roman Josi scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  That gives him 14 goals and 51 points in 63 games.

 

Kyle Turris netted Nashville’s other goal.  It was his seventh goal and 20th point in 38 contests.

 

Los Angeles’ lone goal was scored by Michael Amadio.  He has four goals and eight points in 36 games.

 

Jonathan Quick stopped 27 of 29 Predators shots.  He has an 11-15-5 record, 3.06 GAA, and .900 save percentage in 31 starts.

 

At the other end of the ice, Pekka Rinne saved 28 of 29 shots.  He’s 22-15-3 with a 2.44 GAA and .917 save percentage in 43 games.

 

DALLAS 5 ST. LOUIS 2

 

Ryan O'Reilly found the back of the net and registered an assist.  That gives him 24 goals and 63 points in 60 contests.

 

Jamie Benn scored twice for the Stars.  He’s up to 21 goals and 41 points in 59 games.

 

Tyler Seguin contributed a goal and an assist for Dallas.  He has 26 goals and 57 points in 60 games.

 

Anton Khudobin stopped 43 of 45 shots to end his three-game losing streak.  He has an 11-13-3 record, 2.56 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 29 contests.

 

Jordan Binnington turned aside 20 of 24 shots, which snapped his nine-game winning streak.  He’s 13-2-1 with a 1.75 GAA and .931 save percentage in 18 games.

 

EDMONTON 4 NY ISLANDERS 3 (OT)

 

Connor McDavid scored the overtime winner and recorded an assist.  That gives him 32 goals and 85 points in 58 contests.

 

Leon Draisaitl found the back of the net and registered an assist.  He’s up to 36 goals and 73 points in 60 games.

 

Mikko Koskinen kicked out 20 of 23 shots Thursday night.  He’s up to 15-14-3 with a 2.87 GAA and .906 save percentage.

 

Brock Nelson scored a goal and registered an assist for the Islanders.  He has 19 goals and 40 points in 60 games.

 

Robin Lehner surrendered four goals on 41 shots.  He’s 18-9-5 with a 2.14 GAA and .928 save percentage in 33 contests.

 

ARIZONA 3 VANCOUVER 2 (OT)

 

Alex Galchenyuk netted the game-winner and registered an assist.  That gives him 14 goals and 34 points in 51 games.

 

Lawson Crouse found the back of the net for Arizona.  It was his ninth goal and 18th points in 60 games.

 

Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 of 32 Canucks shots.  He has a 16-14-5 record, 2.63 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 35 starts.

 

Antoine Roussel assisted on both of Vancouver’s goal.  He has seven goals and 27 points in 56 games.

 

Jacob Markstrom stopped 35 of 38 shots Thursday night.  He’s 22-17-7 with a 2.78 GAA and .911 save percentage in 46 starts.

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