Brett Hull scored two goals -- becoming the third player in NHL history to score 50 goals in fewer than 50 games -- and added two assists, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 9-4 rout of the Red Wings last night in Detroit.
Hull, who got the goals in his 49th game, joined Wayne Gretzky (three times) and Mario Lemieux as the only players to accomplish the feat. Two other players, Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy, scored 50 goals in 50 games.
"I was a little nervous, because it seemed like it was taking forever to get the goal," Hull said. "It's hard to explain how much it means to me. If you look at the guys who have done it, and the guys who haven't, it's pretty amazing company."
Hull scored both goals during a five-minute St. Louis power play. His first came late in the second period, and the 50th came at 1:30 of the third.
Hull scored his 49th goal against Tim Cheveldae, then scored No. 50 against Dave Gagnon, making his NHL debut.
Gretzky had 50 goals in 39 games in 1981-1982, 50 in 42 games in 1983-84 and 50 in 49 games the following year. Lemieux scored 50 in the Pittsburgh Penguins' first 46 games in 1988-89.
Jets 8, Islanders 1:
Goaltender Bob Essensa set a team record for consecutive scoreless minutes as Winnipeg won at home.
Essensa, who recorded a shutout in Winnipeg's last game, had not been scored on for 141 minutes 29 seconds when the Islanders found the net early in the third period. The old Jets record was 139:51, set by Ed Staniowski in 1982.
Kings 5, Canucks 1:
Defenseman Steve Duchesne scored two goals in Vancouver.
Duchesne broke a 1-1 tie, scoring on a power play with 12 seconds left in the second period. He added another at 3:03 of the third for a three-goal lead.
Rangers 4, Oilers 3:
Kevin Miller scored twice and set up a goal as New York won in Edmonton.