HALL JOINS SHORT LISTS AS HE EXTENDS POINT STREAK
Taylor Hall (1-0—1) extended his point streak to 13 games (9-7—16) and has recorded at least one point in 20 consecutive appearances dating to Jan. 2 (14-14—28), the longest such run in Devils franchise history.
Hall, whose 13-game point streak is the longest in the NHL this season, became the fourth different player inDevils franchise history to record at least one point in 13 or more consecutive team games and first since Brian Gionta from March 21 – April 18, 2006 (12-13—25 in 15 GP). Hall also became the fifth player in the last 20 years (since 1997-98) to record at least one point in 20 or more consecutive appearances.
KUCHEROV, POINT EXTEND STREAKS AS LIGHTNING RECLAIM FIRST PLACE
Nikita Kucherov (5-9—14 in 8 GP) and Brayden Point (4-3—7 in 6 GP) each extended their point streaks to help the Lightning (41-17-3, 85 points) defeat the Senators and reclaim first place in the NHL standings.
Kucherov became the first player to hit the 80-point mark in 2017-18 (32-48—80), reaching the plateau for the second straight campaign. He tallied career highs in goals, assists and points last season (40-45—85 in 74 GP). Point notched his ninth game-winning goal of the season (and second in as many games) to remain two back of Calgary’s Sean Monahan (11) for the most in the NHL in 2017-18. Only one Lightning player has recorded more such goals in a season: Steven Stamkos had 12 GWG in 2011-12 (82 GP).
BARZAL RECORDS EIGHTH THREE-POINT GAME
Islanders forward Mathew Barzal collected 1-2—3 and leads all rookies in assists and points with 17-48—65 this season (62 GP). Barzal recorded at least three points in a game for the eighth time this season – a number highlighted by a trio of five-point efforts.
Barzal became the fourth rookie since 1993-94 to post three or more points in a game at least eight times in a season. Only one other Islanders rookie has posted at least eight outings of 3+ points in a season: Bryan Trottier achieved the feat nine times in 1975-76.
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