Mike Hoffman extends Panthers franchise points streak to 15

Another game, another point for Mike Hoffman.

The Florida Panthers forward extended his franchise-record point streak to 15 straight games against the New York Rangers on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Hoffman tied the game at 1-1 just 4:40 into the first period as he rocketed a slap shot past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Hoffman’s eighth goal of the season made him the first player to record a point streak of at least 15 games in his first season with a team since 2005-06 when Dany Heatley had a 22-game run with Hoffman’s former team, the Ottawa Senators. The 28-year-old Kitchener, Ont., native also became the 11th player in NHL history to post a point streak of 15 games or more in his inaugural season with a team.

Mike Hoffman is the 11th different player in NHL history to record a point streak of at least 15 GP in his first season with a new team. #NHLStats #FLAvsNYR pic.twitter.com/qh2SM4QTsm

Hoffman spent parts of his first seven NHL seasons with the Senators prior to being traded this past summer. He was initially traded to the San Jose Sharks as part of a four-player deal before the Panthers acquired hours after he was traded by Ottawa. 

With the streak extended, Hoffman added another point over halfway through the first period as he assisted Aaron Ekblad. Ekblad’s third goal of the season gave the Panthers a temporary 2-1 lead.  

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