Center Connor McDavid had two assists for the Edmonton Oilers in a 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Place on Wednesday to become the 19th player in NHL history with at least three consecutive 100-point seasons.
McDavid (100 points; 34 goals, 66 assists), who won the NHL scoring championship in each of the past two seasons, is second in the scoring race to Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (111 points; 33 goals, 78 assists). This is the first season with two players each reaching 100 points before playing their 70th game since 2005-06, when Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers (67 games played) and Joe Thornton (67 games with the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks) did so.
In addition, McDavid joined Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (five), Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (four), Sharks center Thornton (three), Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (three) and Kucherov (two) as the only active NHL players with multiple 100-point seasons.
Forward Patrick Kane had an assist in the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena and is third in the NHL with 99 points (41 goals, 58 assists) in 69 games. If he gets one point in Chicago's next game, at the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNE, TVAS, WGN, NHL.TV), he would join McDavid and Kucherov in reaching 100 points in 70 or fewer personal games. That hasn't happened since 1995-96, when five players did it, including Mario Lemieux (44 games played), Jaromir Jagr (52) and Ron Francis (66) of the Penguins and Peter Forsberg (68) and Joe Sakic (70) of the Colorado Avalanche.
Blackhawks continue scoring surge
The Blackhawks raced out to a five-goal lead, then had to hold off a third-period barrage of 29 shots by the Maple Leafs and survive a last-minute flurry to win their fourth consecutive game.
Chicago (31-30-9), which has scored at least five goals in three of their past four games, moved within four points of the Arizona Coyotes (35-30-5) for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
Through games played March 13, there have been 179 instances (including two on Wednesday) of two teams combining for at least nine goals in a game this season (including shootout-deciding goals). That's the most such games through this point of the season since 1993-94, when there were 205.
Video: CHI@TOR: Perlini beats Andersen glove side
21-year-olds making their mark
Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat (21 years, 85 days) scored what proved to be the game-winner against Toronto. It was his 38th goal of the season; only Steve Larmer (43 in 1982-83), Jeremy Roenick (41 in 1990-91) and Bobby Hull (39 in 1959-60) have scored more goals in a season for Chicago before their 22nd birthday.
Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (21 years, 177 days) had a goal and an assist in his 200th NHL game. Matthews (195 points; 109 goals, 89 assists) trails only Charlie Conacher (131) for the most goals through 200 games by a player who began his NHL career with Toronto.
Video: CHI@TOR: Matthews banks puck in off defender
Forward Mitchell Marner (21 years, 312 days) assisted on the Maple Leafs' third and fourth goals against the Blackhawks, giving him 60 assists this season. He's the first Toronto player with at least 60 assists in a season since Doug Gilmour in back-to-back seasons (95 in 1992-93 and 84 in 1993-94).
Motte's quick goals power Canucks past Rangers
Forward Tyler Motte scored twice in 11 seconds midway through the second period to help the Vancouver Canucks defeat the New York Rangers 4-1 at Rogers Arena. Motte's two goals were the second-fastest pair by one player in Canucks history; Gerry O'Flaherty set the record by scoring twice in nine seconds against the Atlanta Flames on March 15, 1974.
Video: NYR@VAN: Motte tallies twice in 11 seconds
Bishop could make history with Stars
Ben Bishop could become the first goalie in Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars history and ninth in NHL history to have a shutout in at least four consecutive appearances when the Stars visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW, NHL.TV).
Bishop has shutouts in each of his past three appearances dating to March 5, tying the Stars/North Stars mark held by Cesare Maniago (Dec. 13-16, 1967) and Ed Belfour (Nov. 17-24, 2000). He would be the second goalie in the NHL's expansion era with at least four straight shutouts; Brian Boucher of the Coyotes had five in a row from Dec. 31, 2003 through Jan. 9, 2004.
Dallas (36-28-5) holds the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. The Stars are two points ahead of the Coyotes, who host the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena (10 p.m. ET; FS-A, PRIME, NHL.TV), and three in front of Minnesota. Dallas is two points behind the St. Louis Blues for third place in the Central Division; the Blues visit the Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, FS-MW, NHL.TV).