John Carlson extended his NHL scoring lead and became the second-fastest defenseman in NHL history to reach 20 points by scoring two goals to help the Washington Capitals defeat the Calgary Flames 5-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.
Carlson is on and eight-game point streak (17 points; five goals, 12 assists) and the first player to get 20 points this season. He accomplished it in his 11th game, only Paul Coffey of the Pittsburgh Penguins (10 games in 1988-89) did it faster.
Carlson's 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) are three more than David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins (10 goals, seven assists in nine games) and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (five goals, 12 assists in 10 games), who are tied for second in scoring.
Eichel's OT goal keeps Sabres perfect at home
Jack Eichel completed the seventh four-point game of his NHL career by scoring in overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 win against the San Jose Sharks at KeyBank Center, where the Sabres are 5-0-0.
It's the fourth time since entering the NHL in 1970 that the Sabres have won their first five home games. They were 6-0-0 in 1975-76 and 5-0-0 in 1972-73 and 1984-85.
Eichel had his second four-point game of the season. He's the sixth different player in Sabres history to have multiple four-point performances in the first 10 games of a season. Pat LaFontaine (1992-93) and Gilbert Perreault (1972-73) are the only players with three.
Goalie Carter Hutton (6-0-0) made 25 saves. He is two victories shy of Ryan Miller (8-0-0 in 2005-06) for the longest season-opening winning streak in Sabres history.
Rasmus Dahlin had an assist to become the 10th different defenseman in NHL history with at least 10 points through his team's first 10 games in a season.
Fleury passes Sawchuk for seventh on wins list
Marc-Andre Fleury passed Terry Sawchuk for seventh place on the NHL wins list by helping the Vegas Golden Knights defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout at United Center.
Fleury made 31 saves through regulation and two more in the shootout for his 446th regular-season win; Sawchuk, a Hockey Hall of Famer, had 445. Fleury is four behind Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (450) for sixth place all-time and the top spot among active goalies.
Rask, Pastrnak carry Bruins to milestone win against Maple Leafs
Tuukka Rask made 28 saves in his 500th NHL game, helping the Boston Bruins defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 at TD Garden. It's the 300th regular-season win for the Bruins against the Maple Leafs, the most they've had against any team since entering the NHL in 1924.
Rask, who was selected by the Maple Leafs in the first round (No. 21) of the 2005 NHL Draft and acquired by the Bruins in a trade June 24, 2006, is the 28th goalie in NHL history to play at least 500 games with one team, a list led by Martin Brodeur, who played 1,259 games for the New Jersey Devils. The victory was Rask's 269th, the most in Bruins history. He is the seventh NHL goalie with at least 269 victories in his first 500 games.
Pastrnak continued his hot start with a one goal and one assist, giving him 301 points (142 goals, 159 assists) in 329 NHL games. He is the fourth player in Bruins history to reach 300 points in 350 games or fewer. The others: Barry Pederson (235), Bobby Orr (279) and Ray Bourque (316).
The three-time 30-goal scorer is also the first player in the NHL this season to score 10 goals, marking the second time in his six-season career that Pastrnak has required nine or fewer games to reach the 10-goal mark. He joined Phil Esposito as the second player in Bruins history to accomplish the feat on multiple occasions.