NHL Roundup: Kucherov century, Ovechkin makes history

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Nikita Kucherov picked up his 100th point of the season with a goal in the second period to help the Tampa Bay Lightning extend their winning run to eight games with a 2-1 shootout victory against the Buffalo Sabres at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Kucherov, who has amassed 30 goals and 70 assists, is the first player to reach the mark in 62 or fewer games since Mario Lemieux in 1996/97.

Brendan Gallagher scored his first NHL hat trick for the Montreal Canadiens in a 5-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Bell Centre on Thursday. The Canadiens, who have now won two straight following a four-game losing streak, currently lead the Carolina Hurricanes by three points for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Patrick Kane scored twice to extend his points streak to an NHL season-best 19 games, in a Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday.

Boston Bruins made it seven games in a row, with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday. Jake DeBrusk scored in his fifth straight game, including four times on the road.


Meanwhile, Minnesota Wild have traded Charlie Coyle to the Bruins, for forward Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

The Tampa Bay Lightning won their seventh straight game, with a 5-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Centre on Tuesday. J.T Miller and Ryan McDonagh each had a goal and an assist in the win.

The prolific Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th goal for the Washington Capitals, but it was Ryan Miller who stole the limelight away from Ovechkin after setting a record for most wins by a US born goalie in the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 victory at Honda Centre on Sunday.

Ovechkin becomes the fourth player in NHL history to score 40 goals in at least ten seasons. The legend Wayne Gretzky did it in 12 seasons, with Mario Lemieux 10. It’s been a week to remember for the Russian, as he claimed his 650th NHL goal for the Washington Capitals in their 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

The red-hot St. Louis Blues tied their record of ten straight wins, including their third consecutive shutout, in a 4-0 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. The Blues also won ten in a row back in 2002, stretching from January 3rd until the 23rd.


On Tuesday, Blues set a team record with their 11th straight win when Ryan O’Reilly scored 34 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Looking to make it twelve on the spin, the Blues were thwarted by the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Stars ending up 5-2 victors, with Ryan O’Reilly grabbing a goal and an assist.

Aleksander Barkov, was the hero for the Florida Panthers on Sunday after bagging a hat-trick and an assist in the Panthers 6-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens. The Panthers victory also condemned the Canadiens to their fourth straight loss.


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