David Pastrnak is on track toward needing the fewest games to reach 100 points in one NHL season.
The Boston Bruins forward scored his NHL-leading 15th goal and became the first player to reach 30 points this season in a 5-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday. Pastrnak has 13 more points than Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (17 points; seven goals, 10 assists) had after 15 games last season. Kucherov got to 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists) in his 62nd game and finished with 128 (41 goals, 87 assists).
Kucherov needed the fewest games to reach 100 points since Mario Lemieux had 44 goals and 56 assists in 61 games en route to 122 (50 goals, 72 assists) for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1996-97. He had 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) after 15 games that season.
Pastrnak is the third Boston player with 30 points in 15 or fewer games, joining Phil Esposito in 1973-74 (31 points; 18 goals, 13 assists in 13 games) and Bobby Orr in 1974-75 (30 points; nine goals, 21 assists in 14 games). The 23-year-old is also the first Bruin to score 15 goals in 15 games since Peter McNab (21 points; 15 goals, six assists) in 1976-77. His 13-game point streak is the longest in Boston history since Phil Kessel's 18-game run (28 points; 14 goals, 14 assists) from Nov. 13-Dec. 21, 2008.
Julien moves up coaching wins list
Claude Julien won his 635th regular-season game to pass Darryl Sutter (634) for 14th place in NHL history when defenseman Victor Mete scored two goals to help the Canadiens end the Bruins' six-game winning streak.
Julien also became the 19th to coach 1,200 NHL games.
Islanders make it 10 straight
The New York Islanders won their 10th consecutive game by defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1 at Barclays Center. The winning streak is the second-longest in Islanders history; they won 15 straight from Jan. 21- Feb. 20, 1982. They are the third NHL team with a gap of at least 36 seasons between winning streaks of at least 10 games, joining the Bruins (40; 1930-31 to 1969-70) and Atlanta/Calgary Flames (36; 1979-80 to 2015-16).
Cole Bardreau, a 26-year-old undrafted forward playing his seventh NHL game, became the seventh player since 1934-35 to score his first NHL goal on a penalty shot; it gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead at 15:34 of the second period.
Blues climb to first in West
Forward Jaden Schwartz scored at 3:28 of overtime to give the St. Louis Blues their fifth straight win, 2-1 against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The defending Stanley Cup champions (10-3-3) moved past the Edmonton Oilers (10-4-2) for first place in the Western Conference and visit Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN, FS-MW, NHL.TV).
The Blues, who have won their past three games in OT, did not win 10 games last season until their 27th game on Dec. 7, 2018 (10-13-4).
Schwartz scored his fifth regular-season overtime goal to tie Brett Hull for fourth place in Blues history, trailing Vladimir Tarasenko (10), Pavol Demitra (seven) and Keith Tkachuk (six).