Just call Alex Ovechkin a road warrior.
The Washington Capitals forward scored the 346th road goal of his NHL career Friday in a 6-3 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center, tying Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne for sixth on the all-time list. Ovechkin needed 561 road games to reach 346 goals; Dionne scored his 346 road goals in 668 games.
Ovechkin leads the NHL with 16 road goals in 20 games this season; no other player has more than 12. He has led or tied for the League lead in road goals eight times, the most in NHL history.
The goal ended a three-game drought for Ovechkin, who hadn't scored since Dec. 9 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He's had a goal drought of at least four games during the regular season 10 times in his NHL career, most recently Dec. 19-27, 2017 (four games). That's tied for the fifth-lowest total in NHL history among players to skate in at least 1,000 career games.
Acciari's second straight hat trick powers Panthers
Noel Acciari scored three consecutive goals in a span of 3:59 in the second period, powering the Florida Panthers to a 7-4 win against the Dallas Stars at BB&T Center. The forward, who also scored three goals in a 6-1 victory against the Ottawa Senators on Monday, became the second player in Panthers history to score three goals in consecutive games, joining Hall of Famer Pavel Bure from Feb. 10-14, 2001.
Acciari is the eighth player in the NHL's modern era (since 1943-44) to have each of his first two career hat tricks in consecutive games. Before Friday, the last player to do so was Ziggy Palffy of the New York Islanders on March 3-5, 1996.
Five players in the League pre-modern era (before 1943-44) scored each of his first two career hat tricks in consecutive contests, including three during the first week of games in NHL history: Cy Denneny (Dec. 19-22, 1917), Joe Malone (Dec. 19-22, 1917), Reg Noble (Dec. 19-22, 1917), Billy Boucher (Feb. 22-25, 1922) and Hooley Smith (Jan. 26-28, 1926).
Acciari set a Panthers record for fastest three goals by one player, eclipsing the previous mark set by Steve Reinprecht, who had a natural hat trick in 5:11 on Oct. 30, 2009. The only other players to score a natural hat for the Florida are Bure (March 3, 1999 and Feb. 14, 2001), David Booth (Nov. 9, 2008) and Jonathan Marchessault (March 25, 2017).
Acciari wasn't the only player making history at BB&T Center.
Fellow forward Jonathan Huberdeau scored one goal and assisted on three others for his second straight four-point game. He's the second player in Panthers history to have four points in consecutive games, joining Jozef Stumpel from Dec. 16-19, 2006.
Defenseman Keith Yandle made history of a different kind by playing in his 831st consecutive regular-season game dating to March 26, 2009. He passed Andrew Cogliano (830 from Oct. 4, 2007-Jan. 13, 2018) for the fourth-longest consecutive-game streak in NHL history. Next up: Steve Larmer, who played in 884 consecutive games (Oct. 6, 1982-April 15, 1993), third all-time.
Doug Jarvis holds the NHL record with 964 consecutive games played, followed by Garry Unger with 914.
Stars forward Joe Pavelski, a seventh-round pick (No. 205) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2003 NHL Draft, had an assist playing in his 1,000th regular-season game. He's the 25th player selected in the seventh round or later of the NHL Draft to skate in 1,000 games; his 777 points are the ninth-most among that group.
Penguins continue domination of Oilers
The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their point streak against the Edmonton Oilers to 19 games with a 5-2 win at Rogers Place. Goalie Tristan Jarry, who won the Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League in 2014, made 26 saves for the Penguins. It's the longest regular-season point streak by Pittsburgh against a single opponent since entering the NHL in 1967 and the longest active run by any team in the League.
The Penguins are 15-0-4 against the Oilers since a 3-1 win by Edmonton in Pittsburgh on Jan. 10, 2006. The Oilers haven't defeated the Penguins in Edmonton since winning 4-3 on Dec. 6, 2003.