Four former Stanley Cup matchups were renewed, everyone in a new sweater got a point, Henrik Lundqvist flipped his net and the Oilers have won three in a row. Here’s five things we learned in the NHL Thursday.
Jaromir Jagr ties Gordie Howe in all-time points
With an assist in Thursday’s game, Jaromir Jagr tied Gordie Howe on the all-time scoring list with his 1850th point.
The 44-year-old Jagr reached the milestone in 156 less games played in the NHL than Howe. But while some have pointed to Jagr’s three-year absence from the league when he instead played in Russia’s KHL, Howe similarly played in a rival league, the WHA, between NHL stints.
Jagr in the KHL: 146 points
Howe in the WHA: 508 points
The feat is nevertheless an enormous accomplishment for Jagr who is the only European player on the NHL’s top 10 all-time scoring list.
And he did it having given up the 10 daily coffees he drinks for Lent.
New kids on the puck
Just about every player that was dealt at the trade deadline seemed to grab a point Thursday.
Boston’s Lee Stempniak notched two assists while John-Michael Liles had one of his own in a 4-2 Bruins win over Chicago. Andrew Ladd, re-joining the Blackhawks via the Jets, also recorded an assist — his third point in two games with the defending champs while Tomas Fleischmann scored a goal as well.
*long intake of breath*
The newest Oiler, Patrick Maroon, endeared himself to Edmonton fans with his first goal in a new uniform. Devante Smith-Pelly recorded a goal and an assist with his new team, the Devils. And Mikkel Boedker scored this goal with the Avalanche after being traded by the Coyotes.
Oh, and Jamie McGinn had a goal and an assist with his new club, the Ducks.
I think I’m done now.
Henrik Lundqvist rattled in loss
While Henrik Lundqvist was hurt in Thursday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, his performance was worthy of Broadway.
Not in a good way.
The New York netminder was struck in the neck by his own player skating back to break up a rush and Lundqvist subsequently motioned to the referee to stop the play. When the play was not blown dead and with the puck rushing back toward the Rangers’ end, the King pulled this classic move.
He was later pulled from the game after two periods and did not return. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told reporters after the game that Lundqvist experienced neck spasms but that it wasn’t too serious.
That goalie community: always backing each other up.
McDavid, Hall use speed vs. Flyers
Speed kills and so do goals.
It was speed that got Connor McDavid into injury trouble early in the season against the Philadelphia Flyers but he didn’t shy away from using his rocket skates to burn them Thursday.
He blew by the Flyers for a breakaway chance that Nail Yakupov buried on the rebound — a game in which the Oilers shut out Philly 4-0.
Taylor Hall got into the (dangerous) action by speeding past Shayne Gostisbehere for this remarkabl…y cringe-worthy goal.
Stay safe, Taylor.
Cam Talbot recorded the 35-save shutout, his third against the Flyers in his career. This save was his best.
Ducks win record-tying 10th straight
What’s more startling? That the Anaheim Ducks were so mediocre in the first half of the NHL season or that they’ve tied a franchise record with a 10-game winning streak?
With a 5-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes Thursday, the Ducks won their 10th straight and temporarily leapfrogged the Los Angeles Kings for first place in the Pacific Division.
It’s been a long road.
Whether it was the scoring woes of Ryan Getzlaf, the mystifying failure of Carl Hagelin to fit into the lineup or Freddy Andersen’s struggles, the Ducks did seemingly everything wrong in the first half.
Since then, Getzlaf was named first star of the month of February, Hagelin was traded for David Perron — who’s scored 17 points in 20 games with his new team — and Andersen has 12 wins since Jan. 13.
The Stanley Cup-contending Anaheim Ducks, everyone.