Sidney Crosby reached several stages in the fight against Philadelphia Flyers, Michael DiPietro was introduced to the action, and Alex Ovechkin continues to rise on the NHL ranking list.
Here are three things we've learned in the NHL.
Crosby still dominates in Flyers
Crosby scored his 40th goal against Philadelphia in the first period, becoming only the seventh player in NHL history to get so many against Flyers.
This is the only team where Crosby reached this point, and Mike Bossy is the only player who has reached 40 in 65 or fewer games. Ovechkin now leads all active players with 40 goals plus three teams, while Patrick Marleau has done so against two.
In 65 penalties against Philadelphia, Crosby has 40 goals, 57 assists and 97 points, which is the second in terms of number of points compared to one team, because Crosby has 113 points in 66 penalties against New York Islanders.
The 31-year-old has 24 goals and 40 assists in 53 matches this season. He also gave Sergey Fedorov 50th on the NHL's list of all-time points with 1.181 career points (483 goals, 696 assists) in 917 career games.
DiPietro made his debut as a rare feat
The surprise was the discovery that DiPietro intends to debut in the NHL against San Jose Sharks, because he became the second youngest goalkeeper in Canucks history.
DiPietro joined Rick DiPietro, Dan Blackburn, Marc-Andre Fleury and Jonathan Bernier as the only goalkeepers to start the NHL game before their 20th birthday. The main distinction these goals have on DiPietro is that they were all developed in the first round of the NHL project while the Canucks candidate was selected in the third round of the NHL project for 2017.
19-year-old shared his junior season between Ottawa 67 and Windsor Spitfire, publishing the record 18-10-1, saving 0.908 and 2.37 goals – in comparison to the average.
Ovechkin passes Brind & # 39; Amour
Ovechkin continued to climb the NHL all-time list, ahead of Roda Brind & # 39; Amoura in the 48th place.
With a goal and two assists against Los Angeles Kings, Ovechkin now has 645 goals, 541 assists and 1 186 points in 1058 career games. Brind & # 39; Armor had 452 goals, 732 assists and 1 184 points in 1.484 matches.
In 55 games this season, Owieczkin runs the NHL in goals from 38, adding another 26 assists for 64 points. He also became a top scorer among Russian NHL players on February 5 – passing past Fedorov – and only needs 14 points to draw Dino Ciccarelli to 47th place.
Thornton continues to collect milestones
Ovechkin was not the only player who managed to make a story because Joe Thornton defeated Gordi Howe & # 39; and was ninth on the all-time list.
With midfielder Kevin Labanca, the 39-year-old also tied Teemu Selanne in 15th place on the all-time list and moved to the top 15 in all-time competitions. In 48 games this season, Thornton has 10 goals, 20 assists and 30 points.
Not bad for a player who finished a seasonal operation last year to end the campaign for 2017-18 with 13 goals and 29 points in 47 games.