Patrick Marleau joined some elite NHL company by scoring two goals for the San Jose Sharks in a 4-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center on Tuesday.
The two goals gave Marleau 10 for the season, making him the fourth NHL player to reach double figures in at least 22 consecutive seasons (Gordie Howe, 24; Mark Messier, 22; Alex Delvecchio, 22).
Marleau also scored his 109th game-winning goal, tying Alex Ovechkin and Brendan Shanahan for sixth in NHL history.
Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson had an assist for his 600th NHL point. He joins teammate Brent Burns (681 points; 207 goals, 474 assists) and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins (655 points; 205 goals, 450 assists) as the only active defensemen to reach the milestone. Karlsson is the 11th NHL defenseman to do so in 730 games or fewer.
Canucks, Demko keep rolling at home
The Vancouver Canucks and goalie Thatcher Demko each extended a streak with a 3-1 win against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Arena.
The Canucks won their ninth in a row at home, tying the Blues (9-0-0 from Dec. 12-Jan. 13) for the longest home winning streak this season. Vancouver's team record for the longest run on home ice is 11 games set from Feb. 3-March 19, 2009.
Demko extended his personal point streak at home to eight games (7-0-1), passing Dan Cloutier for the longest in Canucks history (6-0-1 in 2003-04).
Maple Leafs filling net on road
The Toronto Maple Leafs continued their offensive success on the road this season with a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
The Maple Leafs lead the NHL with an average of 3.76 goals per game on the road and have scored at least four goals in each of their past seven road games. That equals the longest single-season stretch in team history set from Oct. 27-Nov. 18, 1981 and matched from Oct. 5-Nov. 2, 1983.
The only teams in the past 25 years with a higher goals-per-game average on the road are the Washington Capitals (3.83 in 2009-10), Colorado Avalanche (3.78 in 1995-96) and Detroit Red Wings (3.78 in 2005-06).
Toronto center Auston Matthews became the second player in the NHL this season to score 35 goals when he hit the empty net with 1:32 remaining in the third period. Matthews, who trails Boston's David Pastrnak (37), is the first Maple Leafs player to score at least 35 goals in his first 50 games of a season since Dave Andreychuk (39) and Wendel Clark (37) in 1993-94.
Vasilevskiy's winning streak ends, point streak continues
Andrei Vasilevskiy saw his personal 10-game winning streak end when Jamie Benn's goal at 2:07 of overtime gave the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at American Airlines Center. But Vasilevskiy's point streak reached 13 when Steven Stamkos scored the tying goal with 1:26 remaining in the third period.
Vasilevskiy is 11-0-2 since his last regulation loss, 5-2 to the Capitals on Dec. 14. It's the third point streak of at least 13 games in his NHL career (13-0-1 in 2017-18 and 11-0-2 in 2018-19). He is the fifth NHL goalie with three personal point streaks of at least 13 games, joining Hockey Hall of Fame members Martin Brodeur (1996-97, 1999-00 and 2000-01), Ken Dryden (1976-77, 1977-78 and 1978-79), Jacques Plante (1958-59, 1959-60 and 1961-62) and Tiny Thompson (1928-29 and twice in 1929-30).
Vrana helps Capitals to another comeback win
Jakub Vrana scored the winning goal for the second straight game in the Capitals' 4-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. The forward extended his point streak to nine (11 points; eight goals, three assists) and helped Washington win its fourth in a row.
It was the Capitals' NHL-leading 17th comeback win this season. They need 11 more such victories in their final 32 games to match their single-season record of 28 set in 2015-16. Washington has led the NHL in comeback wins five times (1985-86, 1991-92, 1997-98, 2010-11, 2015-16).