You can’t stop Patrick Marleau, you can only hope to contain him. So Marleau, who on Saturday tied an NHL record set in 1917 by recording his fourth consecutive two-goal game to begin the season, scored “only” one goal when the Sharks extended their season-opening winning streak to five games in San Jose’s victory over Vancouver on Sunday. Marleau is the first player in Sharks history to score goals in each of the team’s first five games of a season and he’s the first player on any NHL team to do that since 2008, when the Blues’ Keith Tkachuk (6 games) and the Sabres’ Thomas Vanek (5) both did it.
Eric Staal completed the 13th hat trick of his NHL career with an empty-net goal that wrapped up a 6-3 win for the Hurricanes against the Sabres on Thursday night. Staal did not have a three-goal game in his rookie season but his total of 13 hat tricks since 2005-06 is the highest in the NHL over the last eight seasons and three more than the players tied for second place on that list, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Ovechkin with 10 each.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was awarded the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. Quick’s consistency at a high level of performance was noteworthy: he posted a 1.59 GAA in the first round vs. Vancouver, 1.50 in the second round vs. St. Louis, 1.52 in the Conference Finals vs. Phoenix, and a 1.11 in the Final against New Jersey — becoming just the second goalie ever to post a sub-2 GAA in all four rounds of the playoffs. Martin Brodeur was the first do it, back in 2003.
The Penguins tied three NHL playoff records with their 10–3 win in Game 4 of their series against the Flyers in Philadelphia. They equaled the record for most goals in a Stanley Cup playoff game by a road team, a mark set by the Kings in a 10–8 win at Edmonton in 1982 and matched by the Oilers with a 10–2 victory at Calgary in 1983. Pittsburgh also equaled the records for most goals by one team in a playoff game in which it faced elimination (MTL 10, TOR 3 in 1945) and largest margin of victory by a team facing elimination (MTL 10, TOR 3 in 1945; VAN 7, CGY 0 in 1984; DET 7, COL 0 in 2002).
Alexander Semin ended a 17-game goal drought with a hat trick last night; it was the longest of his NHL career, surpassing the 15-game goalless streak he had as a rookie in Jan./Feb. 2004.
Semin has four hat tricks in 43 games this season; Dew Stafford had four hat tricks in his first 36 games of the season. Prior to this season, the last player to score four hat tricks in within his first 43 games of a season was Mario Lemieux in 1995-96 (four hat tricks in his first 32 games).