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Milestones in abundance: how Kucherov made it to the 100, Ovechkin made the double, and Panarin scored three points in 601 seconds in the NHL

Nikita Kucherov is the first Russian to reach the 100 point mark in the current NHL regular season. Only Edmonton leaders Connor McDavid (128) and Leon Dreisaitl (104) have reached that mark before him.

Kucherov scored in his home game against New Jersey, marking the third time in his career. He previously scored exactly 100 points in the 2017/18 season and 128 points a year later.

Thus, the Russian became the sixth active player in the league to conquer the triple-digit mark three times, equaling Evgeny Malkin. Alexander Ovechkin and Dreisaitl each had four such seasons, while Sidney Crosby and McDavid had six.

Alas, all the bright impressions of Kucherov’s personal achievements were blurred by a 2-5 defeat to Tampa. Even goalie Andrei Vasilevsky’s 34 saves did not help the team. Nevertheless, the Russian forward was declared the third star of this meeting.

Artemiy Panarin made a significant contribution to the Rangers’ devastating win over Nashville. The team from New York devastated the opponent in the first period, scoring six unanswered goals, and the Russian noted with a great goal and two assists. After receiving a pass at the left tackle circle, Artemiy moved to the center, shook the guard, and then unexpectedly threw under him, catching Juuse Saros, who substituted for Kevin Lankinen, by surprise.

Before that, the Russian assisted in goals from Mickey Zibanejad and K’Andre Miller, moving up to 17th place in the scoring race. As a result, Panarin has scored three points in a single period for the 11th time in his career, passing club legends Rod Gilbert (13), as well as Brian Leach and Steve Vickers (both with 12).

On top of that, Artemiy now has 80 points in his scoring record after this game, marking the Russian forward’s third season surpassing that mark. In that aspect, the forward is second only to Gilbert with four such regular season points and Mark Messier with five. And as for the total points of his career (649 points in 577 games), he stilltook Igor Larionov in the list of Russian scorers and moved into the sole 15th place.

In addition, the Rangers’ phenomenal performance allowed the team to renew the club record held since 1979. The New York hockey players scored five goals for Nashville in 601 seconds, bettering the previous record of 690 seconds.

Alexander Ovechkin is doing everything he can to get the stalled Washington club into the playoffs. The Capitals captain is out for another game against Minnesota, probably still not fully recovered from a lower-body injury. His participation in the game was questionable until the last minutes, since he did not appear on the ice during the morning practice. But, as Alexander himself emphasized a few days earlier, it is not his style to skip games at this time of year. That is why he appeared on the ice and scored two goals, cutting the gap between him and Wayne Gretzky to 75 goals.

Alexander once again managed to upset Marc-Andre Fleury, who is referred to as the Russian’s favorite client. In his long NHL career, Ovechkin has hit the goal this goalie defends the most often. Moreover, the 38-year-old goalie has missed from Alexander for four different teams: Pittsburgh, Vegas, Chicago and Minnesota. After Ovi’s double-double in the game, the number of those goals rose to 27.

Alexander scored the first puck in his corporate style on the power play and the second one – from the same place, but not with the touch following a pass as he usually does, but directly after the throw-in with the hands. The Russian also had a hand in the Capitals’ third Dylan Strome puck, but it wasn’t enough to win the game. “Washington suffered its second straight loss and is still out of the playoff zone.

“We’re not giving up and trying to fight back. We’re trying our best to win, we don’t stop playing and fighting,” Ovechkin said after the game.

Meanwhile, Ovechkin scored his 38th and 39th goals in the regular season, surpassing NHL legend Brett Hull for the most goals for a player 37 years old. The 1990s star had 37. Only Gordie Howe and Johnny Butsik scored more than Ovechkin – 44 and 40 in 72-72/73 season.

Interestingly enough, Ovechkin has never left Minnesota without a point in his entire career. The Capitals captain has played 12 games away from the Wild, scoring in eight of them and limiting himself to assists in another four.

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