Jacob Markstrom capped a big night for the Vancouver Canucks with a record-setting performance.
After the Canucks retired the numbers of Henrik Sedin (No. 33) and Daniel Sedin (No. 22), Markstrom made 49 saves in a 3-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena to break Kirk McLean's record for most saves by a Canucks goalie in a shutout since Vancouver entered the NHL in 1970. McLean made 45 saves in a 3-0 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 4, 1991.
Markstrom also set an NHL record for most saves in a shutout by a Sweden-born goalie. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (45 saves) was credited with a shutout in a 1-0 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 12, 2010. Anders Nilsson made 45 saves for the Ottawa Senators in a 4-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Canadian Tire Centre on Feb. 7, 2019.
Vancouver (32-21-5) moved three points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers (30-20-6) for first in the Pacific Division.
Pastrnak regains NHL goals lead in Bruins win
David Pastrnak moved back on top in the race for the Maurice Richard Trophy by scoring his 39th, 40th and 41st goals for his fourth hat trick of the season in the Boston Bruins' 4-1 victory against the Canadiens at TD Garden.
Pastrnak passed Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who had shared the NHL lead with 40 goals, and sits atop the NHL in goals for the first time since Feb. 3. He has led or been tied for the NHL lead in goals for 110 days this season; Ovechkin (11), Matthews (13) and James Neal of the Edmonton Oilers (14) are the other players who've led the goal-scoring race for more than 10 days.
Pastrnak also tied Ovechkin for the NHL lead in four hat tricks. It was his second against the Canadiens; he also scored three goals in an 8-1 win at Montreal on Nov. 26. The last NHL player with more than four hat tricks in one season was Jonathan Cheechoo of the San Jose Sharks, who had five in 2005-06. Phil Esposito holds the Bruins record with seven in 1970-71.
Pastrnak (23 years, 263 days), who will complete the season at 23 years old, also joined Ovechkin as the second active NHL player with nine hat tricks prior to his 24th birthday (including regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs). Wayne Gretzky leads all skaters with 36.
With 81 points (41 goals, 40 assists) in 58 games, Pastrnak is the fourth Bruins player in the past 40 years to require 58 games or fewer to reach the 80-point mark. The others: Adam Oates (54 games in 1993-94 and 48 in 1992-93), Barry Pederson (57 in 1983-84) and Rick Middleton (57 in 1980-81).
Kings head for Stadium Series after defeating Flames
Calgary native Austin Wagner scored the second of two goals in 29 seconds by the Los Angeles Kings in their 5-3 win against the Calgary Flames at Staples Center. It was the final game for the Kings before they play the Colorado Avalanche in the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN360, TVAS2, AFN|sports2).
Anze Kopitar, one of seven players on the current roster who played for the Kings in the 2015 Stadium Series, had two assists against Calgary and leads Los Angeles in scoring with 49 points (17 goals, 32 assists) in 58 games. He has led the Kings in scoring in 11 of his 13 NHL seasons, most in team history.
Ovechkin takes quest for 700th NHL goal on road
Ovechkin will try for the third time to become the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals when the Capitals visit the Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, ESPN+, SNP, SNE, ALT, NBCSWA, NHL.TV). He was held without a point in home losses to the Philadelphia Flyers (7-2 on Saturday) and New York Islanders (5-3 on Monday) after scoring his 696th, 697th and 698th goals in a 4-2 win against the Kings on Feb. 4.
He'll try to reach the milestone against one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Colorado has won five in a row and is 8-1-1 in its past 10 games. Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with 78 points (32 goals, 46 assists) in 55 games. If he has a multipoint game against Washington, he'll be the first Colorado player to have 80 points in his first 56 games played since Joe Sakic in 1995-96.