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Leon Draisaitl already has 20 goals on the season over a mere 19 appearances. The last player to hit the 20-goal mark in fewer contests was Mario Lemieux in 1995-96 when he accomplished the feat in 18 games.
Meanwhile, Edmonton teammate Connor McDavid, who had his season-opening 17-game point streak snapped on Tuesday, is only four points behind Draisaitl for the league lead with 36 (14 goals, 22 assists) through 19 outings.
McDavid topped 400 career assists on Wednesday night. He became the fourth-fastest player to reach the milestone after needing only 426 games.
No hockey games today (Thursday) and Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating. We will be back with another busy slate of games on Friday.
BOSTON 5 BUFFALO 1
The Bruins rebounded from Sunday’s shutout loss to Calgary with a decisive win over the Sabres.
After Kyle Okposo opened the scoring for Buffalo at the 10:56 mark of the first period, Boston struck back five unanswered.
Mike Reilly had the other goal for the Bruins along with a game-high six shots on target.
Jeremy Swayman stopped 24 shots for his sixth win in nine starts.
PHILADELPHIA 1 FLORIDA 2 (OT)
The Panthers have won four straight games and 11 consecutive contests on home ice to start the 2021-22 campaign.
Aaron Ekblad netted the game winner 2:29 into overtime.
Sean Couturier had a game-high eight shots on goal.
Martin Jones was excellent in the losing effort with 43 saves on 45 shots.
Sergei Bobrovsky blocked 32 shots for his ninth win in 12 starts.
MINNESOTA 3 NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)
The Wild snapped a two-game winless slide with a shootout victory over the Devils.
Hartman is up to 10 goals on the year.
Zacha got the Devils on the board at the 3:08 mark, while Sharangovich tied the game with just over two minutes remaining.
Nico Hischier assisted on both goals to give him 10 apples on the season.
Kevin Fiala was the lone goal scorer in the shootout.
Cam Talbot blocked 40 of 42 shots for his 10th win in 15 starts. He also didn’t allow a goal on three attempts in the shootout.
Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 25 of 27 shots in the loss.
VANCOUVER 1 PITTSBURGH 4
The Penguins won for a fourth straight time on Wednesday.
Brock McGinn notched one goal and one assist in the contest. He sealed the deal with an empty-netter in the third period.
Bryan Rust opened the scoring 49 seconds into the second stanza with a power-play goal.
Thatcher Demko allowed three goals on 36 shots in the loss. He only has six wins through 16 starts.
MONTREAL 3 WASHINGTON 6
The Capitals bounced back from Sunday’s loss to Seattle with a win over the Canadiens.
Alex Ovechkin compiled three assists in the match to give him three goals and four helpers over a three-game point streak.
Ilya Samsonov made 25 saves for his fourth straight win.
Jake Allen allowed six goals on 34 shots in his return from a concussion.
WINNIPEG 0 COLUMBUS 3
The Blue Jackets won for a second game in a row following a shutout triumph over the Jets.
Elvis Merzlikins turned aside all 36 shots he faced for first shutout of the season and his eighth win in 11 starts.
Gregory Hofmann got what held up as the game winner at the 15:09 mark of the first period when he opened the scoring.
Zach Werenski potted a power-play goal early in the third period to add to the Columbus lead.
Andrew Peeke’s second career NHL goal was an empty-netter.
Connor Hellebuyck, who has a three-game winless skid, shielded 29 of 31 shots in the loss.
ST. LOUIS 2 DETROIT 4
The Red Wings snapped a four-game winless streak with a victory over the Blues.
Dylan Larkin produced one goal, which was his 10th of the year, and one assist in the contest. He has accumulated one point in each of his past six appearances.
Robby Fabbri also had one goal and one helper in the match. He sealed the match with an empty-netter.
Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 35 shots for his fifth victory of the season.
Ville Husso made 19 saves on 22 shots for his first loss in three starts.
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NY RANGERS 4 NY ISLANDERS 1
The Rangers won for a second straight match, while extending the losing streak of the Islanders to seven straight contests.
Chris Kreider provided two goals. He opened the scoring 29 seconds into the second period during a Rangers power play. Kreider’s 15th goal of 2021-22 rounded out the scoring at the 11:02 mark of the third.
Igor Shesterkin stopped 20 shots for his 10th win of the season.
Semyon Varlamov made 17 saves on 21 shots in the loss. He is still looking for his first win of the year through five appearances, including four starts.
VEGAS 5 NASHVILLE 2
The Golden Knights rebounded from Monday’s 5-2 loss to St. Louis with a 5-2 win of their own.
Alex Pietrangelo netted a shorthanded goal in the third period.
Robin Lehner blocked 26 shots for his ninth win in 16 starts.
Juuse Saros made 30 saves in the defeat.
ANAHEIM 2 COLORADO 5
The Avalanche stretched their current win streak to six straight games on Wednesday night.
Nazem Kadri accounted for one goal, which came on the man advantage, and one assist to extend his point streak to 10 consecutive contests. He also has a multi-point performance in five straight matches.
Sonny Milano potted both goals for the Ducks in the loss. He scored both times on Anaheim power plays.
Darcy Kuemper made five saves on six shots in 14:11 of work because of skate malfunctions. Jonas Johansson ended up playing most of the match as a result and he stopped 19 of 20 shots.
John Gibson allowed five goals on 36 shots in the loss. He has posted three losses in a row.
TORONTO 6 LOS ANGELES 2
The Maple Leafs won for a second straight game and have seven victories in their past eight contests.
Dustin Brown had a game-high seven shots on goal.
Jack Campbell turned aside 30 shots for his 11th win of the season.
Jonathan Quick surrendered six goals on 38 shots in the loss.
CAROLINA 1 SEATTLE 2
The Kraken have two wins in a row for the second time this season following a surprising victory over the Hurricanes on Wednesday.
Marcus Johansson snapped a 1-1 tie at the 16:52 mark of the third period and it held up as the game winner.
Jared McCann had Seattle’s other goal during a second-period power play.
Brendan Smith had the lone goal of the match for Carolina.
Philipp Grubauer shielded 35 shots sixth win of the season.
Frederik Andersen stopped 20 shots for just his third loss through 14 starts.
EDMONTON 5 ARIZONA 3
The Oilers rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to Dallas with a victory over a Coyotes team that won two straight games for the first time this year.
Draisaitl had a game-high eight shots on goal and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was right behind him with seven.
Mikko Koskinen blocked 24 shots for his 10th win of the campaign.
Scott Wedgewood stopped 39 of 43 shots in the defeat.
OTTAWA 3 SAN JOSE 6
The Sharks won for a second straight time and handed the Senators a second straight loss following the team’s COVID-19 protocol pause.
Timo Meier led the way with three points, including two assists.
James Reimer turned aside 26 shots for his sixth win of the year.
Matt Murray made 23 saves on 27 shots in the loss. He is still searching for his first win of the year.