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Facts and Figures: Samsonov powers Capitals past 60-point mark

Stars win fourth straight via comeback; Svechnikov teen titan for Hurricanes

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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. 

Tweet from @PR_NHL: For the first time in franchise history, the @Capitals are the first NHL team to register 60 standings points in a season. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/p8rItmw9ay

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

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Ilya Samsonov made 18 first-period saves. Since being tracked in 1997-98, the most saves in a period on record by a @Capitals goaltender is 26 (Olie Kolzig on Oct. 20, 2005). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/2snt6MZUxe

 

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. 

Tweet from @DallasStars: Congratulations, @jpav8! #GoStars pic.twitter.com/fuX1QG6QCu

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).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @DallasStars rallied from a deficit to win four consecutive games for the fourth time in franchise history. The others: 2005-06 (5-0-0 and 4-0-0) and 2007-08 (4-0-0). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/D3iw4wnPpp

 

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).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Fewest games to 40 points in a season, teenagers in @Canes / Whalers history:Ron Francis: 28 GP in 1982-83Ron Francis: 32 GP in 1981-82@ASvechnikov_37: 41 GP in 2019-20#NHLStats pic.twitter.com/lPj67scOu7

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). 

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