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Five NHL team records that may never be matched

Tuesday, 01.12.2016 / 12:20 PM / NHL Insider


The Florida Panthers were as dominant as they ever have been in winning a franchise-best 12 games, a streak that ended Monday with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on the second night of a back-to-back swing through Western Canada.

During the dozen-game run the Panthers scored three or more goals eight times, allowed one or fewer goals eight times, posted two shutouts, won six one-goal games and won six games on the road. Yet they still came up five short of the record for the League's longest winning streak, a 17-game run by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.

In fact, despite all their dominance the Panthers only got 70 percent of the way to the Penguins' record win streak, becoming one of nine teams win 12 straight.

Domi, Eichel making adjustments to succeed in NHL

Tuesday, 01.12.2016 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

As much as NHL scouts and general managers would have you believe they knew all along their top NHL Draft choice would one day be a success story, the fact is each player has a different timetable to when that script actually begins to take shape.

Arizona Coyotes left wing Max Domi, chosen No. 12 in the 2013 NHL Draft, needed two more seasons with London in the Ontario Hockey League before finally earning a top-six role in the League this season.

It appears Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel, selected No. 2 in the 2015 draft, needed almost half an NHL season to discover his comfort level among the best hockey players in the world.

Stars' Sharp finally feels at home with new team

Tuesday, 01.12.2016 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Dallas Stars forward Patrick Sharp quickly befriended center Jason Spezza when he joined the team in July. Because why wouldn't he?

Sharp had just been traded to the Stars from the Chicago Blackhawks. He had spent 10 seasons in Chicago, winning the Stanley Cup three times and raising a family. He had to find someone who could relate. Spezza was about the only person who could.

One year earlier Spezza was trying to do the same thing after he got traded to the Stars from the Ottawa Senators, the only team he had known in his 11 NHL seasons.

'Soul on Ice' film tells story of black players in hockey

Tuesday, 01.12.2016 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

The history of black players in hockey, and the importance it can play in teaching aspiring players, is so important to Kwame Mason that he risked his own financial security to tell the story.

When the idea of telling a narrative about the black experience in hockey took hold in Mason's mind, the erstwhile radio DJ in Edmonton took the ultimate plunge.

"I sold my condo, which is not advice I would give a first-time filmmaker, took all my money out and started working on the project," said Mason, 42.

The result is "Soul on Ice: Past, Present & Future," which explores the experiences of black players at all levels of hockey. The film, which received the People's Choice Award for feature film at the Edmonton International Film Festival, delves into the black experience throughout the history of hockey and how those experiences have encouraged more participation in the game.

Selanne welcomes Ovechkin into the 500-goal club

Monday, 01.11.2016 / 12:49 PM / NHL Insider


Retired forward Teemu Selanne, a proud member of the 500-goal club, was happy to welcome Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin into the select fraternity.

Ovechkin became the 43rd player to score 500 NHL goals when he scored 16:19 into the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center on Sunday. He is the first player to reach 500 since Jarome Iginla on Jan. 7, 2012. He scored No. 501 later in the game. His 26 goals this season lead the League.

"Score No. 8, Alexander Ovechkin!" Selanne said in a video posted by the Anaheim Ducks. "Well done. Five hundred goals in the NHL. Welcome to the club and keep it going. Many, many to come."

Nash, Crosby among candidates to reach 500 goals

Monday, 01.11.2016 / 12:44 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the 43rd NHL player with 500 goals when he scored in the second period Sunday against the Ottawa Senators.

Later this season, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa could become the 44th player; he scored two goals Sunday against the Colorado Avalanche to give him 493. San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, who has 470 goals, likely will get there next season.

After them, who could be next? Vincent Lecavalier of the Los Angeles Kings (411) and Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils (409) are next on the active player list, but Lecavalier is 35 and has said this will be his final season, and Elias is 39 and has played 13 games this season -- none since Dec. 19 -- because of a knee injury.

Alex Ovechkin adds 500th goal to career timeline

Monday, 01.11.2016 / 9:05 AM / NHL Insider


Alex Ovechkin has earned his reputation as one of the best pure goal-scorers in NHL history. His elite performance during his 11 seasons, all with the Washington Capitals, has made him a generational talent.

The 30-year-old Russian forward is a seven-time First-Team All-Star, the 2006 Calder Trophy winner, a three-time Hart Trophy winner, a five-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner, a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner, and a three-time Ted Lindsay Award winner.

He’s now the 43rd player in NHL history to score 500 goals. Here's a look at some of the most important dates in Ovechkin's career:

12 things learned from first half of '15-16 NHL season

Monday, 01.11.2016 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The exact midpoint of the 2015-16 season took place Saturday at Wells Fargo Center when the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders played the 615th game of the NHL's 1,230-game regular season.

So much is still to come in coming months -- the Stanley Cup Playoff race will intensify, All-Star Weekend in Nashville, outdoor games in Minnesota and Denver, and the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline. But so much has already happened that has taught us all quite a bit about the teams and players this season.

What have we learned? Well, here are 12 things we didn't know before the puck dropped between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Oct. 7 for the first game of the season:

Capitals built to achieve more than Ovechkin feats

Sunday, 01.10.2016 / 11:05 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin was mobbed by his teammates, all of them celebrating with him for what he did. He later skated out to center ice, arms raised, circling around and clapping, applauding the fans celebrating him, waving to the crowd, presumably to his parents, his father, who was recording the entire scene on his phone.

This was special. This was memorable. This was Ovechkin at 16:19 of the second period at Verizon Center on Sunday, when he scored the 500th goal of his NHL career, making him the fifth-fastest player in League history to reach the milestone.

Ovechkin did it in 801 games. Four Hall of Fame players got to 500 goals faster -- Wayne Gretzky (575 games), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693).

The difference between Gretzky, Lemieux, Bossy and Hull is they won the Stanley Cup a combined 12 times, at least two each and four for Gretzky and Bossy. Ovechkin has never gotten close, never out of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

That could change this season.

Capitals thrilled taking Ovechkin over Malkin in '04

Sunday, 01.10.2016 / 8:53 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin always were considered the top two players entering the 2004 NHL Draft in Raleigh, N.C.

What appeared to be a difficult decision on paper wasn't so much for the Washington Capitals front office. Ovechkin was the player they targeted all along, and they never wavered in their decision to make him the No. 1 pick.

The leading advocate to select Ovechkin at the time was Capitals director of amateur scouting Ross Mahoney. He has proven prophetic; not only has Ovechkin scored more points than any player selected in the 2004 draft, but on Sunday against the Ottawa Senators, he became the fifth-fastest player in NHL history and first Russian-born to score 500 goals, doing so in his 801st game.

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