Petr Sykora scored two goals for the Devils in their win over the Sabres last Wednesday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the 43rd multiple-goal game of Sykora’s NHL career and his first multi-goal game for New Jersey since April 7th, 2002 vs. Boston.
Sykora, who played his first seven seasons in the NHL with the Devils (1995-96 through 2001-02) and recorded 22 multi-goal games over that span, is in his second stint with New Jersey.
The span of 9 years, 8 months and 21 days separating Sykora’s last two multiple-goal games for the Devils is the second-longest gap between multi-goal games for the franchise by one player. The only longer time period in club history belongs to Brian Rolston, who posted two-goal games for New Jersey more than 10 years apart (February 22nd, 1999 and November 21st, 2009).
Patrik Elias’ two assists in New Jersey’s win over Buffalo were the 499th and 500th of his NHL career, which has been spent entirely with the Devils. According to Elias, the Sports Bureau not the player himself, only four other active NHL players have at least 500 assists for their current team: Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit, 870), Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa, 650), Henrik Sedin (Vancouver, 545) and Jarome Iginla (Calgary, 538). (Totals thru 1/1)
Three of Sykora and Elias’ last four multiple-point games came in the same three contests, wins over Dallas (12/16), Montreal (12/17) and Buffalo (12/28). Elias is New Jersey’s all-time leader in multiple-point games while Sykora is now 5th in Devils’ history
And Patrik Elias will be playing his 1000th game as a Devil on Friday against the Florida Panthers (sucks that it won’t be against the Flyers since lifetime he’s got 29 goals against them and a crazy generic average) and you’ll know where I am because I’ll be wearing my Czech Elias (#25) shirt and screaming my heart out — only to be back on Jan. 17th for the next home game where I assume they’ll do a ceremony for him like they did for Zubrus.
(hopefully less creepy, but doubtful)
Finally my subject line says Holiks and not Holik because it was a great week for many of them! First, the one you all know about, Bobby Holik is now on twitter and it is my 2012 Resolution to get him to tweet back to me (once he figures out twitter and/or figures out 140 characters are not enough for him).
His nephew, David Musil played in the World Juniors Championship in Canada as did a Petr Holik who I’m not entirely sure is related or not but since he has been popping up in google alerts for a few years, I pretend that he is.
* This weeks terrible subject line is brought to you by Planes, Trains and Automobiles which is how a North Jersey girl feels on her trips to see the Devils play live during terrible winter conditions because there are no direct routes between my train station and Newark Penn (or even Newark Broad).