Here's some interesting stats and facts from the weekend:
- Iginla scored the game winning goal against the Oilers Nikolai Khababilun on Saturday. It was Iginla's first goal against Khabibulin in 10 games. In his career Iginla, one of the NHL's top goal scorers, has only scored 6 times in 30 games against "The Bulin Wall."
- The Bruins Michael Ryder scored the game winning goal against New Jersey, with assists from Tyler Seguin (age 18 years, 258 days as of Saturday) and Mark Recchi (42 years, 257 days). That's the largest age gap between assisters on any NHL goal since Gordie Howe retired in 1980. In the 1980 playoffs Gordie and son Marty, almost 26 years younger, assisted on a goal by Ray Neufeld.
- With the Canadiens 4-3 win over Ottawa, the Canadiens became the fourth team in NHL history to begin a season with five straight one-goal games (without a shootout). The others were the 1935-36 Bruins, 2003-04 Red Wings and 2005-06 Stars.
- With Dallas' 3-2 shootout win over St. Louis on Saturday, goalie Kari Lehtonen upped his career record in shootouts to 23-8. That .742 win percentage is the best in NHL history amongst goalies with at least 25 shootout decisions.
- Bryan McCabe set a Florida Panthers' record with 4 assists Saturday night against Tampa Bay. McCabe has twice had 4-assist games in his career, both with the Toronto Maple Leafs
- The Panthers won 6-0 that night, equalling the largest winning margin the team has ever had against their cross state rivals.
- Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche has switched from wooden stick to composite. There's still a few players using wood, including (correct me if they have switched too) Adrian Aucoin and Fredrik Modin.
- The Islanders' Trevor Gillies played 9 seconds in a game on Friday.
- In the most under-reported hockey story of the weekend, AHL savior Jack Butterfield died on Saturday. He kept the AHL alive during the power struggle for professional hockey between the NHL and WHA in the 1970s.
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