In doing so, the 25-year-old Scheifele set an NHL record for the most road goals in a single postseason. Of his 14 goals, 11 have come away from Bell MTS Place. He’s scored nine since the start of the second round. During the regular season, the Jets forward finished with 23 goals — only seven came on the road.
Scheifele could have had another, but pesky Marc-Andre Fleury got in the way … twice.
The road playoff goals record had been held by Joe Mullen (1989) and Sidney Crosby (2009), who scored 10 times on the road during Stanley Cup runs for the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively.
With the conference final only three games in and another potential series remaining in Scheifele’s season, he has a decent shot at the NHL’s all-time record for goals in an entire playoffs. Reggie Leach of the Philadelphia Flyers set that record with 19 during the 1976 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which was later tied by Jari Kurri of the Edmonton Oilers in 1985.
That performance would earn Leach the distinction of being the first and only skater to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in a losing effort. Scheifele is certainly hoping for a different outcome.
The Golden Knights would take Game 3, 4-2, to grab a 2-1 series lead.