Alexandar Georgiev celebrated his 23rd birthday by making an NHL career-high 55 saves for the New York Rangers in a 4-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
Georgiev is the sixth rookie goalie since 1955-56 to make at least 55 saves in a regular-season game and second for the Rangers after Mike Richter's team record 59 saves in a 3-3 tie with the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 31, 1991. He is also the second goalie to do it while celebrating a birthday. Al Rollins made 57 saves for the Chicago Black Hawks in a 3-1 victory against the Maple Leafs on Oct. 9, 1955.
Video: TOR@NYR: Georgiev sets new career high on birthday
Tarasenko sparks surging Blues
Vladimir Tarasenko completed his fourth regular-season hat trick with his 200th goal in the NHL 16 seconds into overtime to help the St. Louis Blues sweep their home-and-home series against the Nashville Predators with a 5-4 win at Bridgestone Arena.
The Blues (27-22-5) have won six in a row and hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Tarasenko has played a major role for St. Louis, which was tied for last with the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 1. He has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in an eight-game point streak, tying his NHL career high set from Dec. 12-26, 2015 and March 25-April 9, 2016.
Kane, Blackhawks extend streaks
The Blackhawks won their seventh consecutive game by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 at United Center. Patrick Kane had a goal and assist to extend his point streak to 14 games (11 goals, 20 assists), the longest current streak in the League. Only Florida Panthers forward Mike Hoffman has had a longer streak this season (17 games from Oct. 13-Nov. 21).
Video: DET@CHI: Kane adds to point streak with wrister
Kane, who has 81 points (33 goals, 48 assists), is second in the NHL behind Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (84) and is the third player to reach 80 points this season (Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid). The last time at least four players reached that mark through games played Feb. 10 was in 1995-96 (Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis and Joe Sakic).
Blackhawks forwards Alex DeBrincat (15 points; five goals, 10 assists) and Jonathan Toews (14 points; seven goals, seven assists) also extended their point streaks to eight and seven games, respectively.
Lightning achieve rare feat
The Lightning extended their point streak to six games (4-0-2) with a 5-2 win against the Panthers at BB&T Center for their 20th road win. Tampa Bay is the third team in NHL history with at least 20 wins both at home and on the road through 56 games of a season, joining the 2007-08 Red Wings and 2015-16 Washington Capitals.
Louis Domingue made 25 saves to earn his 10th consecutive victory (10-0-0, a 2.57 goals-against average, .912 save percentage), the longest personal winning streak in Lightning history, passing John Grahame (Nov. 14-Dec. 10, 2005) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Oct. 9-30, 2017), who each won nine in a row.