Thursday, November 02, 2006

Warning - boredom ahead

I realize that whenever I mention the Lord's Own Hockey, the Hive empties out... but anytime you have a kid do something for the first time in 89 years, it warrants some passing attention.
[Evgeni] Malkin also scored in the first period, beating Dan Cloutier with a wrist shot, to become the first NHL player in 89 years with goals in his first six games.

That was back in the day when there were only four teams in the whole darned league. (Click the proper year on this fabulous site for an idea of the hockey fashions pre-Depression - or even pre "Original Six.") He's in fairly impressive company, all the same.
Malkin became the first player since the 1917-18 season to begin his NHL career with goals in each of his first six games. That's when the Canadiens' Joe Malone established the all-time record by scoring goals in his first 14 NHL games.

Fourteen straight games. That is stupid good. Only six other players have ever gone for goals in 12 straight games EVER - start, end, or anywhere else in their careers.

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