Zdeno Chara made NHL history when he scored the game-winning goal in the third period of the Boston Bruins’ 2-1 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre Wednesday, extending their point streak to nine games (6-0-3).
Boston’s captain became the first defenseman in NHL history age 42 or older to have multiple game-winning goals in the same season. Chara also scored the game-winner against the New York Rangers on Oct. 27. With points in each of his past four games, Chara (42 years, 248 days) also became the oldest defensemen in NHL history to have a four-game point streak (age at start of streak), eclipsing the previous mark held by Chris Chelios with the Detroit Red Wings in 2003-04 (42 years, 62 days).
The Bruins (17-3-5) are tied with the Washington Capitals (17-4-5) for the most points in the NHL. The 39 points through 25 games are Boston’s second-highest total since entering the NHL in 1924; only the 1929-30 Bruins (21-4-0) had more.
Maple Leafs stay perfect under Keefe
The Toronto Maple Leafs had their best offensive game in Detroit in more than 25 years when they defeated the Red Wings 6-0 at Little Caesars Arena to improve to 3-0-0 since Sheldon Keefe replaced Mike Babcock as coach. Keefe is the first coach in Maple Leafs history to win each of his first three career games.
It was the first time since March 4, 1994, and the 18th time overall, that the Maple Leafs scored at least six goals in Detroit.
Tyson Barrie scored a goal and had an assist, extending his point streak to five games (seven points; three goals, four assists); he had five points, all assists, in his first 21 games. Barrie is also the first defenseman in Toronto history to score a goal in three consecutive team games, all on the road. Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers is the only NHL defenseman to do so since 2013-14.
The Maple Leafs had 42 shots on goal through the first two periods. It’s the fourth time they’ve had at least 40 shots through two periods since 1965-66, when shots on goal in a period officially began being tracked.
Penguins score six in third, rally past Canucks
The Pittsburgh Penguins won after trailing by three goals in the third period for the second time in less than three weeks when they scored six unanswered goals to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 8-6 at PPG Paints Arena.
Evgeni Malkin capped the NHL’s seventh five-point game this season by scoring into an empty net to cap Pittsburgh’s comeback after the Penguins trailed 6-3. It came 20 days after they rallied from three goals down entering the third period for a 4-3 overtime win at the New York Islanders on Nov. 7 and was the 11th such comeback by Pittsburgh since entering the NHL in 1967. The only other time the Penguins had more than one three-goal, third-period comeback win in a season was 2008-09, when they won the Stanley Cup for the third time in their history.
The Penguins and Canucks combined for eight goals in the third period, the second time this season that two teams combined for eight goals in a single period. The Colorado Avalanche (six) and Nashville Predators (two) did it in the second period on Nov. 7.
Pittsburgh’s eight-goal outburst came one night after Boston scored eight times in an 8-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. The last time the NHL had consecutive nights with at least one team scoring eight goals came Nov. 14 and Nov. 15, 2017, when the Edmonton Oilers and Red Wings did it.
Malkin joined Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (twice) and Leon Draisaitl, as well as Boston’s Brad Marchand (twice) and David Pastrnak as the fifth player to have five points in a game this season. Malkin leads the League in five-point performances since his NHL debut in 2006-07 with eight, two more than runners-up Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and Marchand (six each).
Malkin has averaged 1.35 points per game without Crosby in the lineup (173 points; 70 goals, 103 assists in 128 games). He has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in the eight games since Pittsburgh’s captain was sidelined with a core muscle injury that required surgery. Only McDavid (17 points; seven goals, 10 assists) and Draisaitl (14 points; two goals, 12 assists) have more points since Nov. 12.
Golden Knights beat clock, Predators
Max Pacioretty scored the game-tying goal with 0.3 seconds remaining in the third period before Paul Stastny‘s overtime goal gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
Pacioretty’s game-tying goal was the latest by a Golden Knights player (59:59) since entering the NHL in 2017, surpassing Erik Haula‘s mark on Dec. 8, 2017 (59:20) — also against the Predators. It was the 13th game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation in the NHL this season and the latest by any player.
Stastny’s overtime goal was the 700th point of his NHL career (241 goals, 459 assists) in 901 games. He joined his father, Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Stastny (1,238 points; 450 goals, 789 assists in 977 games) as the third father-son duo in NHL history to each have at least 700 regular-season points. The others: Gordie Howe (1,850 points; 801 goals, 1,049 assists) and Mark Howe (742 points; 197 goals, 545 assists), as well as Bobby Hull (1,170 points; 610 goals 560 assists) and Brett Hull (1,391 points; 741 goals, 650 assists).