Andrei Vasilevskiy matched the longest winning streak of his NHL career and tied a League record when he made 30 saves for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 7-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Friday.
It was Vasilevskiy's 10th consecutive win, equaling the run he had last season from Feb. 9-March 5. He became the fourth goalie in NHL history to have a double-digit winning streak in consecutive seasons and has the longest winning streak by any goalie this season.
Vasilevskiy also improved to 11-0-1 in his past 12 appearances dating to Dec. 17, 2019. The longest point streak of his career is 14 games, set when he went 13-0-1 from Oct. 9-Nov. 16, 2017.
The reigning Vezina Trophy winner had plenty of help; Tampa Bay scored at least seven goals in a game for the sixth time this season, tying the Pittsburgh Penguins for the most such games. Three of the goals were scored by 22-year-old center Anthony Cirelli, who had his first NHL hat trick.
Crosby, Steel latest to join overtime parade
Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and Sam Steel of the Anaheim Ducks were the latest players to score game-winning goals in overtime. Nearly one-quarter of all games this season (176 of 742, 23.7 percent) have been decided after regulation. Of those games, nearly two-thirds (115 of 176, 65.3 percent) have ended with a goal during the five-minute overtime; the other 61 went to a shootout.
Crosby's power-play goal at 1:33 of OT gave the Penguins a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena, moving Pittsburgh (30-15-5) within four points of the League-leading Washington Capitals (32-11-5) for first place in the Metropolitan Division. It was the center's 15th regular-season overtime goal, the most in Penguins history. He's tied for sixth all-time in OT goals, trailing only Alex Ovechkin (23), Jaromir Jagr (19), Ilya Kovalchuk (16), Patrik Elias (16) and Daniel Sedin (16).
Steel's breakaway goal at 1:46 of overtime gave the Ducks a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. It was the 21-year-old rookie forward's first NHL overtime goal.
Kane closing in on 1,000th NHL point
Patrick Kane will try to become the youngest United States-born player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points when the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN1, SNO, SNW, SNP, NBCSCH, NHL.TV).
The 31-year-old forward enters the game with 998 points (380 goals, 618 assists) and needs two points to become the 10th player of U.S. nationality to have 1,000 as well as the sixth to reach the milestone in 1,000 games or fewer.