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Facts and Figures: Golden Knights win 100th NHL game

Reached milestone in 173 games, second-fewest in history to 165 by Senators in 1917-18

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The Vegas Golden Knights won their 100th regular-season game in the NHL by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.

Vegas is 100-59-14 since joining the NHL in 2017-18 and needed 173 games to reach the milestone, second-fewest in history to the Ottawa Senators (165) in 1917-18. 

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @GoldenKnights required the second-fewest games by any franchise in NHL history to register their 100th regular-season win. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/FdFXkjxDXj

Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves for his 57th NHL shutout, tied with Clint Benedict for 20th on the all-time list, and his 445 wins are tied with Terry Sawchuk for seventh. The goalie is the sixth in NHL history with a shutout against 26 different teams, joining Ed Belfour (27), Dominik Hasek (27), Martin Brodeur (27), Tomas Vokoun (27) and Roberto Luongo (26). 

 

Avalanche stretch season-opening run to eight games

Tyson Jost's first NHL hat trick helped the Colorado Avalanche extend their season-opening point streak to eight games (7-0-1) with a 6-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. The run is the longest to start an NHL season since the Montreal Canadiens began 2016-17 by going 9-0-1 in 10 games.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Colorado extended their season-opening point streak to 7-0-1 and sit three games shy of matching their longest such run in @Avalanche / Nordiques franchise history (9-0-2 in 2000-01). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/rLQx00d10a

Nathan MacKinnon had an assist to give him points in his first eight games (11 points; four goals, seven assists) and make the forward the first player in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history with multiple season-opening point streaks of at least eight games. 

Pavel Francouz had 44 saves, Colorado's second 40-save performance in as many games (Philipp Grubauer: 40 on Oct. 18 against the Florida Panthers), the second time that's happened in team history (Patrick Roy: 46 and 41 saves on March 25-26, 1997).

The Avalanche also scored at least five goals in consecutive nights on the road for the fourth time since relocating to Denver in 1995 (March 19-20, 2006, Nov. 1-2, 2018 and Feb. 22-23, 2019).

 

Hughes scores first NHL goal for Devils against brother, Canucks

Jack Hughes' first NHL goal was enough for the New Jersey Devils to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 at Prudential Center. 

At 18 years, 158 days, Hughes did it against his brother, Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes, and is the second-youngest player in Devils/Colorado Rockies/Kansas City Scouts history to score his first NHL goal after Craig Wolanin, who was 18 years, 135 days. The No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft did so exactly two years after Devils teammate Nico Hischier, chosen No. 1 in the 2017 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal at the Senators. 

Jack Hughes is the ninth NHL player to score his first goal in a game against his brother, and first since Marcus Foligno for the Buffalo Sabres against Nick Foligno and the Senators on March 10, 2012. 

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Jack Hughes joined a select few and became the ninth player in NHL history to score his first career goal in a game against their brother. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/bQ9SJXooPp

 

Quick moves up U.S.-born goalie wins list

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for his first win of the season to help the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Calgary Flames 4-1 at Staples Center.

After Quick started 0-3-0 with a 6.44 goals-against average and .793 save percentage this season, he earned his 310th NHL victory to tie Kari Lehtonen for 30th place. The native of Milford, Connecticut is also fourth among United States-born goalies behind Ryan Miller (380; East Lansing, Michigan), John Vanbiesbrouck (374; Detroit) and Tom Barrasso (369; Boston).

 

Carlson looks to continue strong start for Capitals

John Carlson will try to become the first defenseman with three straight games of at least three points for the Washington Capitals when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSCH, NBCSWA, NHL.TV).

Carlson (17 points; three goals, 14 assists) is tied with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (five goals, 12 assists) for the NHL scoring lead. He is the sixth NHL defenseman with at least three points in three of nine games during one season, trailing Paul Coffey (four in 1988-89) and Paul Reinhart (four in 1989-90). Coffey (20 points; three goals, 17 assists with the Penguins in 1988-89) is also one of two NHL defensemen with at least 18 points after 10 games. Bobby Orr had 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) with the Boston Bruins in 1969-70 and 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) with the Bruins in 1973-74. 

Carlson takes a six-game assist streak into the game against the Blackhawks. The Capitals record for a defenseman is eight shared by Scott Stevens (Feb. 19-March 6, 1988) and Mike Green (Oct. 15-Nov. 1, 2009). The longest run with an assist by any Capitals player is nine, last accomplished by center Nicklas Backstrom in 2009-10.

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