Two 25-year-old goalies each extended their respective winning streaks for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
Elvis Merzlikins made 27 saves for Columbus in a 4-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre for his sixth consecutive victory since Jan. 11 (6-0-0, 1.34 goals-against average, .959 save percentage, three shutouts), the longest run by a rookie goalie in Blue Jackets history. His 10 wins since Dec. 31 are tied with Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning for most in the NHL during that span.
The Blue Jackets (28-16-9) are 7-0-1 in their past eight games and moved past the New York Islanders (29-15-6) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Matt Murray is 6-0-0 with a 2.63 GAA and .922 save percentage in his past six games since Dec. 28 after making 29 saves to help the Penguins defeat the Washington Capitals 4-3 at Capital One Arena. Murray's winning streak is tied with Tristan Jarry (6-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .939 save percentage, one shutout from Dec. 12-30) for the longest by a Penguins goalie this season.
The Penguins (33-14-5) are four points behind the Capitals (35-13-5) for first in the Metropolitan Division. Their sixth win (6-9-3) on Super Bowl Sunday is tied for sixth-most in NHL history. The Canadiens are first with 20, three ahead of the Capitals.
Pettersson scores 50th NHL goal for Canucks
Elias Pettersson scored the 50th and 51st goals in his 124th NHL game for the Vancouver Canucks in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Two other players who debuted with the Canucks needed 124 games or fewer to score their first 50 regular-season goals: Pavel Bure on Nov. 14, 1992 (82 games) and Brock Boeser on Feb. 2, 2019 (110 games).
Pettersson is also the seventh Sweden-born player in NHL history to score 50 goals in 124 games or less. The center leads the Canucks with 55 points (23 goals, 32 assists) in 53 games of his second NHL season to help Vancouver (30-18-5) hold a three-point lead over the Edmonton Oilers (28-18-6) for first in the Pacific Division.