Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton each achieved a milestone for games played in the NHL when the San Jose Sharks defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 at SAP Center on Saturday.
Playing in his 1,700th game, Marleau scored his eighth goal of the season at 2:56 of the second period to break a 1-1 tie. He is the fifth in the NHL to reach the milestone (Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis) and youngest to do so (40 years, 118 days). Marleau also skated in his 831st consecutive regular-season game since April 9, 2009 and passed Andrew Cogliano (830 games from Oct. 4, 2007 to Jan. 13, 2018) for the fifth-longest streak in NHL history.
Thornton played his 1,613th game to pass Ray Bourque (1,612) for 11th place in NHL history.
Lightning can set team record with 11th straight win
The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to win their 11th consecutive game when they play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, SUN, NHL.TV).
The Lightning's 10-game run is tied for the longest in their history (Feb. 9-27, 2019) and longest in the NHL this season with the New York Islanders (Oct. 12-Nov. 5). Tampa Bay is the fourth team in NHL history with a double-digit winning streak in two straight seasons, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets (2016-17 and 2017-18), Pittsburgh Penguins (2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13) and Philadelphia Flyers (1984-85 and 1985-86)
Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves for his second straight shutout and 20th in the NHL in a 1-0 victory against the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. Vasilevskiy defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Jan. 9, has not allowed a goal in 145:55, and is 8-0-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in his past eight games.
Last Men In deliver for Blues, Canucks
St. Louis Blues forward David Perron (one goal) and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes (one assist), two of four players who won the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In presented by adidas fan vote and will compete in the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Jan. 25, each helped their respective teams earn victories Saturday.
Perron scored his NHL-leading eighth game-winning goal this season in a 5-2 win against the New York Rangers at Enterprise Center. The Blues have won eight in a row on home ice, the second-longest run in their history behind nine games from Jan. 26 to Feb. 26, 1991. Perron, St. Louis' leading scorer with 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists), is four game-winners from Brett Hull's Blues record of 12 set in 1989-90.
Hughes was one of 12 Canucks players with at least one point in a 6-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. His 31 points (four goals, 27 assists) are the third-most points among NHL rookies this season (Victor Olofsson, 35; Cale Makar, 33) and has helped Vancouver go 8-2-0 in its past 10 games.