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Domi off to historic start with Canadiens

Max Domi's exploits early in his first season with the Montreal Canadiens have placed his name in the legendary franchise's record books.

Domi is the first Canadiens player with 24 or more points in his first 20 games with the franchise since Odie Cleghorn posted 30 in 1918-19.

He's collected five goals and eight assists in his current nine-game point streak. He had one helper in Saturday's victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

In total, the 23-year-old has accrued 10 goals and 14 assists on the campaign.

The Canadiens acquired Domi in an offseason deal with the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk.

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Lundqvist notches 438th career win, passes Plante for 7th all time

New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 438th career victory during a win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday, moving him into seventh on the NHL's all-time wins list.

Jacques Plante, who suited up for the Rangers from 1963 to 1965, previously occupied the spot.

Rank Goalie Wins
1 Martin Brodeur 691
2 Patrick Roy 551
3 Ed Belfour 484
4 Roberto Luongo 475
5 Curtis Joseph 454
6 Terry Sawchuk 445
7 Henrik Lundqvist 438
8 Jacques Plante 437
9 Tony Esposito 423
10 Marc-Andre Fleury 412

Lundqvist could reach the top five with a strong finish to the 2018-19 season.

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Rangers’ Lundqvist moves into top 10 in all-time saves in NHL history

Henrik Lundqvist continues to climb the ranks of the greatest goalies in NHL history.

Lundqvist moved into the NHL's top 10 in all-time saves after stopping the first three shots against him versus the Florida Panthers on Saturday, according to the New York Rangers. He surpassed former great Grant Fuhr.

Lundqvist and Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo are the only active goaltenders in the top 10:

Rank Goalie Saves
1 Martin Brodeur 28928
2 Roberto Luongo 27486
3 Patrick Roy 25800
4 Tony Esposito 24761
5 Glenn Hall 24610
6 Curtis Joseph 24279
7 Ed Belfour 22433
8 John Vanbiesbrouck 22203
9 Gump Worsley 21766
10 Henrik Lundqvist 21616

The NHL first began tracking saves during the 1955-56 season.

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Rangers’ Skjei scratched vs. Panthers

New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei won't be in the lineup for Saturday night's contest against the Florida Panthers.

It's the first time Skjei has been made a healthy scratch since December 2016. Head coach David Quinn believes the 24-year-old could benefit from watching the game from the press box.

"He looks indecisive, really in all areas," Quinn told NHL.com's Jon Lane. "I think he's fighting it a little bit mentally. I've said this before, it's good for a guy to take a deep breath and watch and collect himself. He understands where we're at. When he's back in we fully expect him to be the player we know he's capable of being."

In 19 appearances this season, Skjei has collected one goal and six assists, trailing only Neal Pionk in scoring among Rangers defensemen. Skjei also ranks second in average ice time, coming in at 21:52 per game.

Skjei picked up 25 points across 82 games in 2017-18.

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Flyers’ Elliott exits with injury vs. Devils

More goaltending woes for the Philadelphia Flyers, as Brian Elliott left Thursday's contest against the New Jersey Devils with an undisclosed injury.

Elliott sustained the injury after Devils forward Kyle Palmieri scored a wraparound goal midway through the third period.

Calvin Pickard entered the game in place of Elliott, who was appearing in just his fourth game since missing time with an undisclosed injury.

Flyers backup Michal Neuvirth also remains sidelined with an undisclosed ailment, having played just one game this season.

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Hoffman sets Panthers record with 14-game point streak

It's never a bad day when you're mentioned in the same breath as former NHL superstar Pavel Bure.

That's the case for Florida Panthers forward Mike Hoffman, who on Thursday pushed his point streak to 14 games when he picked up an assist against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It moved him one past Bure's 13-game record set during the 1999-00 season.

Hoffman has registered seven goals and nine assists over the stretch.

The Panthers acquired Hoffman from the San Jose Sharks this offseason in exchange for three draft picks.

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Ducks’ Fowler sidelined with facial fracture

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler will have surgery Friday after suffering injuries to his orbital bone, cheekbone, and upper jaw bone, the team announced Wednesday.

A timetable for his return will be announced following the procedure.

Fowler suffered the injury Monday against the Nashville Predators when he was hit in the face with a puck.

He's picked up three goals and seven assists in 19 games this season.

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Kuznetsov leaves game with upper-body injury

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov did not return to Wednesday's contest against the Winnipeg Jets after suffering what the team announced was an upper-body injury.

Kuznetsov appeared to suffer the injury when he was elbowed in the head by Jets forward Brandon Tanev.

Kuznetsov is the Capitals' leading scorer with 21 points through 17 games.

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Coyotes sign Chychrun to 6-year extension

The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to a six-year contract extension with defenseman Jakob Chychrun, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal reportedly carries an average annual value of $4.6 million, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

"Jakob is a young, highly skilled defenseman with an incredibly bright future," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "He has battled through some adversity with injuries the last two years, but we remain confident that he has the necessary size, talent and work ethic to be one of our core players for many years to come."

Chychrun is set to make his season debut Tuesday after missing the first 16 games of the year while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

The 20-year-old is in the final year of his entry-level contract. In 50 games with Arizona last season, the blue-liner picked up four goals and 10 assists.

Arizona selected Chychrun with the 16th pick in the 2016 draft.

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Carey Price on struggles: ‘It’s all upstairs’

The Montreal Canadiens expect a lot from Carey Price, who makes $10.5 million annually. The struggling goaltender is demanding more from himself, too.

"Lets just cut to the chase, I just didn't play very good tonight," Price told reporters after allowing six goals on only 31 shots during his team's 6-5 loss Thursday to the Buffalo Sabres.

Despite plenty of scoring, the Canadiens weren't able to walk away with two points on Thursday, losing a crucial game in the surprisingly competitive Atlantic Division.

"I'm just not playing as well as I did earlier," Price added. "It's all upstairs, I gotta figure it out."

A breakdown of Price's performance this season shows that Thursday's poor outing wasn't a one-off result for the veteran:

Save percentage Games
Below .845 2
.846 - .890 5
.891 - .919 2
Above .920 3

Price's last two appearances have been his worst of the season, as he's turned aside just 52 of 63 shots.

He won't have much time to dwell on Thursday's loss. The Canadiens return to the ice on Saturday to take on the Vegas Golden Knights.

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