David Pastrnak is halfway to becoming the eighth active NHL player to score at least 50 goals in one season. The forward scored his League-leading 25th goal in his 27th game this season to help the Boston Bruins win 3-1 against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on Sunday and extend their winning streak to seven.
Pastrnak, who has 42 points (25 goals, 17 assists) would join Alex Ovechkin (eight times), Ilya Kovalchuk (twice), Steven Stamkos (twice), Sidney Crosby, Leon Draisaitl, Evgeni Malkin and Corey Perry (one each) if he reaches the 50-goal milestone; Ovechkin (51) and Draisaitl (50) each did so last season. Twenty-four of the 196 50-goal NHL seasons has seen that player score at least 25 through their first 27 games, including six in the past 30 years.
Three Bruins aside from Pastrnak and Cam Neely have scored 25 goals in 27 games or fewer: Phil Esposito with 25 in 23 games in 1973-74, Herb Cain with 26 in 24 games in 1943-44 and Cooney Weiland with 25 in 27 games in 1929-30. Pastrnak is the 11th NHL player with at least 25 goals through games played Dec. 1 and first since Mario Lemieux in 1992-93.
The Bruins (19-3-5) are 8-0-3 in their past 11 games and the only team in the NHL without a regulation home loss (11-0-4). It's their second-longest season-opening home point streak behind a 21-game run in 1973-74 (19-0, two ties).
Draisaitl, McDavid each reach 50 points for Oilers
Draisaitl and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers became the first players with 50 points this season in the Oilers' 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. McDavid had two assists and leads the NHL with 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists). Draisaitl scored his second power-play goal of the game 46 seconds into the third period and is second to McDavid with 50 (18 goals, 32 assists).
McDavid (2016-17) and Wayne Gretzky are the only Oilers players to be the first in the NHL with 50 points in one season (Gretzky did so in seven consecutive seasons from 1981-82 to 1987-88). McDavid and Draisaitl are the third and fourth players in the past 30 years with at least 50 points in one season through games played Dec. 1.
Two players in Oilers history were at least halfway to 100 points through Dec. 1: Gretzky (seven times) and Jari Kurri (once). McDavid and Draisaitl are the fourth set of NHL teammates with at least 50 points by Dec. 1, joining Gretzky and Kurri for the Oilers in 1983-84, Lemieux and Rob Brown for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1988-89, and Bernie Nicholls and Gretzky for the Los Angeles Kings in 1988-89.
Koivu pens dramatic end to 1,000th NHL game with Wild
Mikko Koivu ended his 1,000th game in the NHL by scoring the deciding goal in the fourth round of the shootout to help the Minnesota Wild extend their point streak to nine games (6-0-3) with a 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center.
The forward, chosen with the No. 6 pick in the 2001 NHL Draft, has played his entire NHL career with the Wild and his 700 points (203 goals, 497 assists) are first in their history. Koivu is the seventh Finland-born player to skate in 1,000 NHL games, joining his brother, Saku Koivu (1,124), along with Teemu Selanne (1,451), Teppo Numminen (1,372), Jari Kurri (1,251), Olli Jokinen (1,231) and Kimmo Timonen (1,108).
The Koivus are the sixth set of siblings to each skate in at least 1,000 regular-season games, joining Russ (1,029) and Geoff (1,048) Courtnall, Derian (1,045) and Kevin (1,157) Hatcher, Rob (1,153) and Scott (1,263) Niedermayer, Daniel (1,306) and Henrik (1,330) Sedin, and Ron (1,093) and Brent (1,111) Sutter.