Mikko Rantanen continued to pad his scoring lead, Alex Ovechkin helped the Washington Capitals earn a rare win in Arizona and Mitch Marner joined a couple of Toronto Maple Leafs legend with another milestone night.
Here are five things we learned in the NHL.
Rantanen continues to increase his scoring lead
With his 12th goal of the season, Rantanen extended his point streak to 10 games, showing no sign of giving up the top spot in the NHL scoring race.
Only two @Avalanche players since 2007-08 have recorded point streaks of 10+ games: Nathan MacKinnon (2017-18 and 2013-14) and Tyson Barrie (2017-18). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/KvBs8lK9Wl
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 7, 2018
His 10-game point streak is the second-longest active streak in the league behind Cam Atkinson, who extended his to 12 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Mike Hoffman’s 17-game point streak, which established a new franchise mark for the Florida Panthers, was the longest of the season so far.
Rantanen now has 12 goals 47 points in 29 games this season, which is three points up on linemate Nathan Mackinnon and four points up on Nikita Kucherov. The 22-year-old is among a star-studded restricted free agent class looking to get a big pay raise.
Ovechkin scores again as the Capitals earn rare win in Arizona
Not only did the Washington Capitals get back to their winning with a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes but they ended a slump in the desert dating back to the 2005-06 season.
A reminder: The Caps haven’t won here in regulation since the 2005-06 season, when Ovechkin scored a somewhat notable goal.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) December 7, 2018
Coming into this game, the Coyotes were 5-0-1 against the Capitals at home with their last regulation loss coming on Jan. 16, 2006. In that game, Ovechkin had one the more memorable goals of his career as he found a way to twist and score on his back.
Ovechkin did light the lamp for Washington, scoring his 21st of the season to tie Patrik Laine and Brayden Point for the league lead in goals. He also reached a new milestone, putting up 5000-plus career shots in his 1,031st career game, passing Marcel Dionne as the fastest player to accomplish the feat.
Alex Ovechkin has recorded his 5,000th career shot in his 1,031st career game. That sets the record …read more
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