Hertz so good
Viktor Hertzberg on verge of breaking rookie records
SYDNEY — Viktor Hertzberg is taking aim at a number of team rookie records as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles make stops in both Charlottetown and Halifax to begin four consecutive games on the road.
The 18-year-old native of Värnland, Sweden, has 19 goals and 26 assists in 53 games this season. His 45 points is tied for the single-season rookie scoring record set by James Sheppard during the 2004-05 campaign.
His 19 tallies is also tied for the singleseason rookie record for goals with a pair of fellow imports, Martin Kasik (2001-02) and Vladimir Kubus (2004-05). He’s five assists behind Sheppard as well for the rookie assist benchmark of 31.
Hertzberg will have the opportunity to etch his name into the franchise’s record books starting tonight, when the Eagles face the P.E.I. Rocket in a pivotal, Atlantic Division contest. The puck drops at the Charlottetown Civic Centre at 7 p.m.
Cape Breton (30-18-2-3, 65 points) sits a single point ahead of the Rocket (29-19-24) for third in the division, with the Eagles holding a game in hand. They’ll look to add some much-needed breathing space with a win tonight. Cape Breton’s record against P.E.I. this season is 2-2-0-1.
The Eagles are 6-4-0-0 in their last 10 games and are looking to build off a pair of home wins last weekend over the highlytouted Victoriaville Tigres.
Luke Adam and Hertzberg each have six-game point streaks heading into tonight’s game, with Adam scoring 10 goals and adding an assist and Hertzberg scoring three times and chipping in five helpers. Newly-acquired forward Maxime Legault (one goal, three assists) also has a four-game point streak on the line tonight.
Following tonight’s contest, the Eagles head to the Metro Centre in Halifax to challenge the Mooseheads Saturday at 7 p.m., where Cape Breton will look to continue their dominance over their provincial rivals this season. They’re 5-0-0-0 against the Herd and have outscored them 22-7.
The Eagles continue their road stint against the Atlantic Division-leading Saint John Sea Dogs next week for a pair of games at Harbour Station Friday and Sunday. They return home Feb. 17 to play the Shawinigan Cataractes. NOTES: Nick MacNeil enters tonight’s game with 92 career goals as a member of the Eagles, which is tied for third on the alltime list with Dominic Noel. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Steve Mason had 22 saves and R.J. Umberger scored an emptynetter while sliding on his gut as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Thursday night in Claude Noel’s coaching debut.
With the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 on Anton Stralman’s first-period goal, Umberger wedged between two Dallas players and then fell to the ice, sliding on his stomach while corralling the puck and scoring into the empty net.
That goal loomed large when Steve Ott scored by chopping a waist-high puck into the net with 43 seconds left. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Martin St. Louis scored a goal in his fifth consecutive game, Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Thursday night.
Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay also scored for the Lightning, who have won six of nine.
New York got goals from Matt Moulson and Jon Sim. The Islanders have lost six in a row. OTTAWA (CP)— Milan Michalek had a goal and an assist and Jason Spezza extended his team-record goal-scoring streak to eight games as the Ottawa Senators won their 11th straight on Thursday, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-1.
Brian Elliott stopped 29 shots before a crowd of 18,803 at Scotiabank Place to break his own team mark with his ninth win in a row. His teammates gave him some offensive support early on when Michalek beat surprise Canucks starter Andrew Raycroft on the power play just 94 seconds in.
Michalek then picked up an assist on Spezza’s goal, while Chris Kelly added an empty-net goal late and Daniel Alfredsson recorded three assists for the Senators.
Kyle Wellwood scored a late power-play goal for the Canucks (34-20-2).