October 27, 2010

Two Records Set Last Night in NHL Action

When the name "Kovalev" is uttered in the same sentence as the word "record", the mind almost automatically shifts to the word "broken", as in:

"It's like a broken record, hearing just how great and talented Alex Kovalev is... but when do I get to actually see it?"


"You mean Kovalev broke the record for most consecutive games played without actually showing up??? Good for him!"

But, alas, on Tuesday night, Kovalev was indeed a part of history for the better, at least Ottawa Senators history, as he and defenseman Erik Karlsson scored nine seconds apart against the Phoenix Coyotes to help pace their team to a 5-2 win and set a new team record for the fastest two goals. Kovalev actually had three points in the game, including a second goal. So, good on Kovalev for bringing that streak of his, likely up to 150 by now, to an end and actually performing one night in a Senators jersey. But you know what they say, don't you? Every end is a new beginning...

As for record number two, Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles broke the record, coincidentally set by Senator Filip Kuba in 2008-2009, for the most consecutive games to start the season with an assist. His assist on teammate Daniel Winnik's goal against the Vancouver Canucks (5-4 overtime loss for Colorado) gave him nine-straight games with at least one assist. He now has 11 to start the year. No goals, though.

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