Friday, February 19, 2016

Gostisbehere Extends Points Streak to 14 with Assist

Break your own record. Rise, lather, repeat... Shayne Gostisbehere is like a broken record. And if you're a Philadelphia Flyers fan you can listen to it all day.

The rookie defensemen assisted on a third-period goal by Michael Rafl to extend his points scoring streak to 14 games (a pretty crisp helper, sent right to the tape of Rafl for a tap-in) during Montreal's 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers at Bell Centre on Friday. It is the longest such streak by an NHL defenseman in almost 20 years, since Brian Leetch had a 14-game streak for the New York Rangers (Oct. 30-Dec. 1, 1996).

Gostisbehere has already broken the points streak for rookie defenseman (that was 10) and for Flyers rookies (that was also ten).

Gostibehere currently possesses the third-longest rookie points streak of all-time, but he's got six games to go to break the record.

According to the NHL, the longest point streak by an NHL rookie since 1987-88 is 20 games by forward Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche (Feb. 3-March 17, 2007). Gostisbehere is tied for third-longest, and has the longest by a Flyers rookie.

The 78th overall pick in the 2012 draft now has 33 points in 39 games for the Flyers.