Ilya Samsonov helped the Washington Capitals become the first NHL team to reach -- and pass -- the 60-point mark on Friday.
The rookie goalie made 38 saves in a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena to help the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals improve to 28-9-5. The 61 points in 42 games tied Washington's 2016-17 mark for second-fewest games needed to reach 60 points. The 2015-16 Capitals reached it in 39 games.
Samsonov, who stopped all 18 shots he faced in the first period, improved to 8-0-0 on the road this season (2.19 goals-against average, .919 save percentage, posting a save percentage of at least .925 in six of those games.
Grand night for Pavelski
After being honored for playing in his 1,000th NHL game on Dec. 20, Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski had one goal and one assist in a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center.
Dallas, which trailed 1-0, won its fourth straight. The Stars came from behind in all four wins, marking the fourth time in their history they have won four consecutive games they had trailed in. The others: 2005-06 (5-0-0 from Jan. 23-30, 2006; 4-0-0 from Jan. 4-9, 2006) and 2007-08 (4-0-0 from Nov. 21-26, 2007).
Svechnikov hits mark
Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov assisted on two of three Carolina third-period goals in the loss to Washington, giving the 19-year-old his 13th multipoint game this season and allowing him to reach 40 points (17-23-40) for the first time in the NHL.
One teenager in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history required fewer games to reach the 40-point mark in a season than Svechnikov (41 games played): Hartford's Ron Francis (28 games played in 1982-1983 and 32 in 1981-82).
Svechnikov, who turns 20 on March 26, has 77 points (37 goals, 40 assists) in 123 NHL games, all with Carolina. Three teenagers in Hurricanes/Whalers history have more points than Svechnikov: Francis (142 in 122 games), Jeff Skinner (107 in 146 games) and Sylvain Turgeon (101 in 101 games).