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March 25, 2018

Pucks On The Nets: Hot Streaks and Women's Hockey

Connor McDavid will almost certainly hit the 40 goal makr this season. The last Edmonton Oilers player to do that was Petr Klima - yes!, Petr Klima! - way back in 1990-91.

Nicklas Backstrom had four assists in Washingtons' win over Montreal on the weekend. Backstrom has had four helpers in a single game an impressive eleven times in his career so far. Only Paul Coffey (14), Adam Oates (15, Wayne Gretzky (30) and Mario Lemieux (32) have done it more often.

How about this New York Rangers rookie rearguard Neal Pionk. He scored his first goal of his career on the weekend, in his 21st game. But he has 13 helpers. He's really starting to feel at home with 1-9-10 in his last 7 games.

Another hot rookie on a roll is Arizona's Clayton Keller. For the second time this season Keller is on an 8-game point scoring streak. He has scored 4 goals and 11 points in this last 8 game stretch.

Bruce Boudreau recorded his 500th career NHL victory, in just his 837 game. The only coach to reach 500 wins faster? Scotty Bowman who did it in 825 contests.

Congrats to the Markham Thunder for capturing the Clarkson Cup as champions of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, upsetting Kunlun Red Star - yes the team from China. But the biggest news in women's hockey right now is Cassie Campbell Pascall stepping down from the CWHL board of governors to demand the two women's pro hockey leagues - the US based National Women's Hockey League is the other - merge into one entity. Campbell Pascal has a lot of public and player support, but the powers that be in each league will not cooperate for the good of women's hockey.


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