Patrik Laine capped off one of the greatest calendar months by a player in NHL history with a pair of goals in a 6-5 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. That’s not hyperbole – what Laine accomplished in November is mind-boggling.
Laine scored 18 goals in 12 games in the season’s second month. Only two other players have scored as many goals in as few games in a calendar month in NHL history and it hasn’t been done in almost 100 years.
Here’s another crazy stat for you – Laine had one assist in November. One! He’s the only player in NHL history to score 18 or more goals in a month with so few assists. If that’s not the all-time most pure sniper month in NHL history, I don’t know what is.
There’s only seven players in NHL history who have scored more goals in a calendar month than Laine’s 18. Their names are: Selanne, Malone, Bure, Lafontaine, Lemieux, Gretzky and Esposito. Not bad company to keep. So, what did Laine have to say about his crazy goal production in November….
“I guess I was just lucky.” What a beauty.
Here’s a breakdown his goal production in November.
Quite the contrast from the numbers Laine put up in October.
It’s impossible to put historic feats in proper context at the time they happen but what Patrik Laine accomplished in November will live as one of the greatest goal scoring months the NHL has ever seen. Oh ya, did we mention this kid is only 20-years old? Can’t wait to see what December holds for Laine and the Jets.
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