Makar beats Hughes to rookie D-man playoff points record
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar and Vancouver Canucks blue-liner Quinn Hughes spent the regular season dueling it out in the Calder Trophy race, and now the two are battling for a spot in the postseason record book.
Makar set the NHL record for the most single-postseason points from a rookie defenseman on Wednesday, according to NHL Public Relations.
Hughes is just one point behind, and his Vancouver Canucks are back in action Thursday night, so he could easily pass Makar. However, Makar's Avs forced a Game 7 on Wednesday, so he'll get at least one more chance to add to his total.
Makar now also owns the rookie defenseman all-time playoff points record, according to StatsCentre. He made his NHL debut in the postseason last year and notched six points in 10 games. His 21 playoff points as a rookie blue-liner push him past Chris Chelios' previous record of 20, which he set in the 1984 and 1985 postseasons with the Montreal Canadiens.