Connor McDavid (61 points; 21 goals, 40 assists) and Leon Draisaitl (60 points; 22 goals, 38 assists) each reached 60 points this season by combining for two goals and two assists in the Edmonton Oilers’ 4-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Place on Saturday.
The forwards are the first in the NHL to get to 60 this season and are the sixth set of teammates in the past 30 years to do so prior to the 40th game. Wayne Gretzky (eight seasons; 1980-81 to 1987-88) and Jari Kurri (three seasons; 1983-84 to 1985-86) are the other Oilers to reach 60 points in fewer than 40 games.
Kane reaches benchmark to lift Blackhawks
Patrick Kane scored the first of four third-period goals to help the Chicago Blackhawks rally for a 5-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.
The forward had one goal and one assist to become the 11th player, and second active skater, with 13 consecutive 20-goal seasons to start their NHL career. He’s also the first Blackhawks player to do so. Stan Mikita (14) and Bobby Hull (13) are the other Blackhawks with as many consecutive 20-goal seasons at any point in their NHL career.
Kane has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past five games and needs one goal to tie Denis Savard (377) for fourth in Blackhawks history.
Laine, Wheeler shine for Jets
Patrick Laine scored two goals for the Winnipeg Jets in a 6-0 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The victory ended the Wild’s 12-game home point streak (9-0-3) and moved the Jets (21-13-2) to within three points of the second-place Colorado Avalanche (22-11-3) in the Central Division. Winnipeg is 15-6-2 since Nov. 1, third behind the Washington Capitals (17-4-2) and St. Louis Blues (16-5-3) for most in the NHL during that span.
Laine (21 years, 246 days) has 218 points (123 goals, 95 assists) in 271 games. Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins are the only active NHL players to have scored more goals than Laine before their 22nd birthday. Gretzky scored 240 goals in 290 games before turning 22, most in NHL history.
Wheeler had one goal and one assist to give him 616 points (202 goals, 414 assists) in 675 games with the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers and pass Ilya Kovalchuk (615 points; 328 goals, 287 assists in 594 games) for most in franchise history.
Eichel keeps going for Sabres
Jack Eichel extended his personal point streak to 18 games for the Buffalo Sabres in a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at KeyBank Center. The center assisted on Victor Olofsson‘s empty-net goal at 18:27 of the third period to help the Sabres stretch the longest active home winning streak in the NHL to five games.
Buffalo’s captain has 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) during his streak. He did not play in a 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday because of an upper-body injury and fell one game short of Gilbert Perreault’s Sabres record of 18 (Oct. 24-Dec. 4, 1971).