The Canucks have a new all-time goals leader, maybe Senators’ Anderson just wanted a night off, Crosby’s a wizard, the Blackhawks have a blemish in the year 2016 and more in six things we learned in the NHL.
Sedin set a Canucks record
Move over Markus Naslund, there’s a new leader in town.
Daniel Sedin scored twice in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins to move into first place on the Canucks’ all-time goals scored list.
Sedin scored both goals in the third period, with the eventual game-winner pushing him to 347 for his career to move past Naslund. He added No. 348 into an empty net later in the frame.
Also of note, the Canucks and Bruins played a penalty-free game.
This was not Anderson’s night
Remember, when it comes to numbers, it’s all about context. Otherwise, one might look at that .429 mark next to Craig Anderson‘s name and think, “hey, that’s a pretty darn good on-base percentage.”
Anderson surrendered four goals on seven shots in just under 14 minutes of work before handing over goaltending duties to Andrew Hammond for the rest of the evening.
With the win — their third straight — the Devils currently sit two points up on the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Crosby has that magic working
Well, Sidney Crosby’s slow start to the season sure was something. Remember that?
Crosby extended his points streak to five games with a goal and an assist in the Penguins’ 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night. Crosby’s 15th goal of the season was pure wizardry, eluding a slight gap over Steve Mason’s shoulder.
It’s like he doesn’t even have a release.
Bennett bagged a pair
Have you heard Sam Bennett is just 19 years old? There’s a national media mandate to mention it, or at least it seems that way.
Bennett has really found his groove offensively — after struggling to score earlier this season — despite turning in a pretty good effort on a nightly basis. He added two more goals to his season total Thursday in the Calgary Flames’ 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
That’s eight goals now in his past five games, bringing his season total to 13.
The Flames are 1-1-1 three games into a five-game road trip. They’ll meet the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday and wrap it up Monday versus the Dallas Stars.
The Blackhawks are no longer perfect in 2016
With a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday, the Chicago Blackhawks’ franchise-record winning streak came to a halt at 12 games.
Nikita Kucherov’s goal with 3:11 left in the second period put an end to another impressive Blackhawks’ run. Not only unbeaten in 2016, the Blackhawks had yet to trail in a game since the calendar flipped until Kucherov potted the eventual game winner.
The win marked the seventh straight for the Lightning, which is the franchise’s longest run since its Stanley Cup championship season in 2003-04.
Hendricks knows pain
Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks sacrificed his body in his club’s 3-2 loss to the Stars Thursday. Oh, did he sacrifice.
Hendricks took a puck right to the lower abominable area and crumpled over in a heap like a man who just took a puck to lower abominable area should.