Brayden Point’s goal at 1:59 of the third period Monday night was the seventh Lightning goal scored in what would become an 8-0 victory over the Islanders in game five. However, that goal was significant because it became the eighth straight playoff game that Point scored, the second-longest streak in NHL history.
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— Full Press NHL (@FullPressNHL) June 22, 2021
Prior to Monday night, Point’s seven consecutive playoff games with a goal put him in the company of guys like Jean Beliveau, Pat LaFontaine, Maurice Richard, Mario Lemieux (twice), and Joe Sakic. Now, with the streak at eight, only Reggie Leach’s 10 consecutive games with a goal in 1976 rank higher than Point’s current run. With the Lightning holding a 3-2 series lead, Point will, at the very least, have an opportunity to match that record.
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When you drop the playoff qualifier, Point has just reached the halfway point to the overall consecutive games with a goal mark of 16 set by “Punch” Broadbent during the 1921-22 season with the Ottawa Senators. Other names with at least a double-digit game streak are Mike Bossy, Bobby Hull, LaFontaine, and Lemiuex (twice…again).
Needless to say, the goal-scoring streak is nice but with Point and the Lightning just one game away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final, the potential record is likely the least of their worries as they try to eliminate the Islanders when game five shifts to Long Island on Wednesday.