-Toronto captain Mats Sundin's two goals in his team's 3-2 home loss to the Flyers gave him 20 for the season- making it the 17th consecutive season the 35 year-old Swedish pivot has scored at least 20 in his brilliant NHL career.
Sundin, who was taken first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in 1989 has tallied 408 of his 543 with the Maple Leafs since coming over in a trade for Wendel Clark. No.543 last night moved him past Stan Mikita into sole possession for 25th on the NHL's all-time goalscoring list.
Swedish Finisher A Magnificent Mats (Most Consecutive Seasons of at least 20 goals-or-more)
Gordie Howe 22 seasons
*Brendan Shanahan 18 seasons
Marcel Dionne 17 seasons
Brett Hull 17 seasons
Mats Sundin 17 seasons
+Jaromir Jagr 16 seasons
*still active needing five goals to reach 19 straight
+active and needs nine more for 17 in a row
-Emergency third string goalie Ty Conklin continued his amazing story stopping all 35 Panthers shots in backstopping the suddenly surging Pens to a 3-0 shutout- their sixth consecutive win.
The 30 year-old journeymen who's with his third organization in two years has been utterly brilliant since being recalled from AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In six straight starts, he's allowed only eight goals. In fact, he's now seven-for-seven when he gets the nod in net for Pittsburgh, which trails first place New Jersey by just a point.
"Its nice, mostly because the team's been plying so well," Conklin told the Associated Press after yesterday's latest stellar performance. "Everything's a lot more fun when you win."
"When you have a goalie that can make the saves, he's giving you a chance to win, and this is what he's doing right now," Pens' coach Michel Therrien added.
It sure is a lot simpler when you've got a hot goalie. That it would come from such an unlikely source due to a high ankle sprain which has sidelined starter Marc-Andre Fleury makes it even more special for the Penguins.
Conk-ering All (Ty Conklin this season with Pens)
8 GP 7 GS Record: 7-0 2.00 GAA .939 Save Pct 2 SHO
-With another goal (No.32) plus two assists, Calgary captain Jarome Iginla remained red hot in leading his Flames to a 6-4 win over the NHL's worst team the LA Kings.
After a slow start under new coach Mike Keenan, the admirable 30 year-old power forward has turned it up carrying his team to wins in 11 of their last 14 to move up to 49 points- one fewer than division leader Vancouver.
In fact, when Iginla tallies, the Flames have a pretty good record this season improving to 16-4-3 after last night.
Iginla Lighting The Lamp With Regularity (A breakdown of Iginla's goalscoring this season)
October 12 GP 8 goals
November 14 GP 5 goals
Two month total 26 GP 13 goals
Since Dec. 1 17 GP 19 goals
-Iginla has only failed to score a goal in five of the 17 games.
-The Calgary franchise has six multi-goal games during the stretch including a hat trick in a 9-6 win over Tampa Bay on Dec.13.
-Included was a five-game goalscoring streak from 12/11 - 12/18 in which he lit the lamp eight times.
-The goal last night made it three straight games with a goal (5 total). He's tallied eight times in the last six contests.
More Iginla (Goalscoring leaders for 2007-08 season)
Ilya Kovalchuk, Atl 33 goals
Jarome Iginla, Cgy 32 goals
Alexander Ovechkin, Wsh 32 goals
-With his OT winner in a 2-1 victory over the Islanders, Marek Svatos continued his bounce back season. After scoring only 15 times in 2006-07, the 25 year-old Avs' right wing already has one more goal than he did in 66 games last year.
Svatos has three goals in his last two games and six in his past seven.
Marek's Turnaround In 2007-08
2006-07 66 GP 15 goals
2007-08 38 GP 16 goals