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Facts and Figures: 2018-19 has most goals in NHL history

Ovechkin leads League with 51, Draisaitl scores 50; Crosby reaches 100 points for sixth time

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner scored the 7,589th goal of the 2018-19 NHL season at 8:03 of the first period in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday to set a new single-season record.

There were 7,664 total goals scored this season, including 87 shootout-deciding goals, surpassing the previous mark of 7,588 in 2005-06. There was an average of 6.0 goals per game scored, the second-highest total in 22 years behind 6.2 in 2005-06.

 

Crosby reaches century mark again

Sidney Crosby had two points (one goal, one assist) for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers at PPG Paints Arena, giving him 100 points (35 goals, 65 assists) for the sixth time in his NHL career.

Five players have more 100-point seasons than Crosby: Wayne Gretzky (15), Mario Lemieux (10), Marcel Dionne (8), Mike Bossy (7) and Peter Stastny (7).

Crosby's most recent 100-point season was 2013-14 (104). He's one of six players to reach 100 points this season, joining Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (128 points), Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (116), Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (110), Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (105) and Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand (100).

Video: NYR@PIT: Guentzel connects with Crosby for goal

 

Draisaitl scores 50th goal

Draisaitl scored at 10:55 of the first period in the Oilers' 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome, giving him 50 goals for the first time in his NHL career.

He is the first Oilers player to score 50 goals since 1986-87, when Gretzky (62) and Jari Kurri (54) reached the mark.

Draisaitl, whose previous NHL high was 29 goals in 2016-17, finished second in goal scoring this season behind Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (51). Ovechkin won his eighth Rocket Richard Trophy and has led the NHL in goals more times than any other player.

This was the third time in the past 10 seasons that there were at least two 50-goal scorers. Lightning center Steven Stamkos and Penguins center Evgeni Malkin each accomplished the feat in 2011-12 and Stamkos, Crosby and Ovechkin each scored at least 50 in 2009-10.

Video: EDM@CGY: Draisaitl wires wrister to join 50-goal club

 

Three more multi-goal comeback wins

Three teams had multigoal comeback wins Saturday, bringing the season total to an all-time high of 138.

The Lightning rallied from down 2-0 to defeat the Bruins 6-3 at TD Garden. The win was Tampa Bay's 62nd of the season, tying the single-season record set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings.

The Nashville Predators also came back from down 2-0 to clinch the Central Division with a 5-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena.

The Canadiens allowed the first two goals before defeating the Maple Leafs.

This season, 41 percent of all games saw a team rally from down at least one goal to win (525 of 1,271 games), the second-most comeback victories in NHL history (537 in 2005-06).

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