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The NHL's Top 10 Active Leaders in Career Playoff Goals, Points, Wins, Shutouts & More

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The NHL's Top 10 Active Leaders in Career Playoff Goals, Points, Wins & More

Pittsburgh Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby scored a natural hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of their first-round series in the 2018 NHL playoffs. Source: gett

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The NHL's Top 10 Active Leaders in Career Playoff Goals, Points, Wins, Shutouts & More

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Check out the NHL's top 10 active leaders in career playoff goals, points, points by defensemen, goalie wins and shutouts. The usual suspects -- Crosby, Kane, Doughty, Fleury -- are in place, plus a few names that might surprise you.

First things first: Jaromir Jagr and Marian Hossa, both of whom are still considered "active" NHL players, were not included in this exercise.

Jagr's NHL tenure effectively came to an end in Calgary this season, and he returned to his native Czech Republic to close out his superlative career. If he had been included, the 46-year-old mullet aficionado would easily rank first among active players in career playoff goals (75) and points (201). Hossa, meanwhile, hasn't retired but appears unlikely to suit up in the NHL again after sitting out this season due to side effects of medication to treat a skin disorder. If he had been included, the 39-year-old would rank sixth among active players in career playoff goals (47) and fourth in points (149).

OK, that's enough about old guys who aren't included. Let's take a look at who is included among the NHL's top 10 active leaders in playoff goals, points, points by defensemen, goalie wins and shutouts.

(Note: Statistics are through games played April 13, 2018.)

 

 Top 10 active players: CAREER PLAYOFF POINTS  GP  Points
 1. Sidney Crosby, Pit  150     167
 2. Evgeni Malkin, Pit  151     158
 T-3. Patrick Kane, Chi  127     123
 T-3. Joe Thornton, SJ  160     123
 T-5. Patrick Marleau, Tor  178     120
 T-5. Henrik Zetterberg, Det  137     120
 7. Ryan Getzlaf, Ana  122     118
 8. Jonathan Toews, Chi  128     110
 9. Justin Williams, Car  140       94
 10. Chris Kunitz, TB  162       92

Notable:
– Crosby and Malkin sit 1-2 in playoff points among active NHL players, with a big cushion over everybody else. They're both on the cusp of the top 20 all-time and could move up into the top five before all is said and done.
– Marleau is listed with Toronto, but all of his playoff points (so far) come from his 19-season stint in San Jose.
– Four of the 10 players listed above (Kane, Zetterberg, Toews, Williams) didn't qualify for the playoffs this year. Here are the next highest-scoring active NHLers who made it into the post-season: Washington's Alex Ovechkin (98 playoff GP, 90 points), Anaheim's Corey Perry (115 playoff GP, 89 points), San Jose's Joe Pavelski (112 playoff GP, 85 points), Boston's David Krejci (97 playoff GP, 79 points) and Philadelphia's Valtteri Filppula (154 playoff GP, 79 points).
Top 5 all-time leaders: Wayne Gretzky holds the NHL record with 382 playoff points, followed by Mark Messier (295), Jari Kurri (233), Glenn Anderson (214) and Jagr (201).

 

 Top 10 active players: CAREER PLAYOFF GOALS  GP  Goals
 1. Patrick Marleau, Tor  178     68
 2. Sidney Crosby, Pit  150     60
 3. Evgeni Malkin, Pit  151     59
 4. Henrik Zetterberg, Det  137     57
 5. Patrick Kane, Chi  127     50
 6. Alex Ovechkin, Wsh    98     46
 7. Joe Pavelski, SJ  112     42
 8. Jonathan Toews, Chi  128     40
 9. Jeff Carter, LA  118     39
 10. Ryan Getzlaf, Ana  122     37

Notable:
– Marleau has nearly a 10-goal bulge over second- and third-place Crosby and Malkin, albeit in about 30 more playoff games.
– Ovechkin, the only player with fewer than 100 playoff games to crack the top 10, comes in sixth.
– Three of the 10 players listed above (Zetterberg, Kane, Toews) didn't qualify for the playoffs this year. Here are the three next highest goal-scoring NHLers who made it into the post-season: Perry (115 playoff GP, 36 goals), Minnesota's Zach Parise (96 playoff GP, 34 goals) and Boston's Brian Gionta (112 playoff GP, 32 goals).
Top 5 all-time leaders: Gretzky holds the NHL record with 122 playoff goals, followed by Messier (109), Kurri (106), Brett Hull (103) and Anderson (93).

 

 Top 10 active defensemen: CAREER PLAYOFF POINTS  GP  Points
 1. Duncan Keith, Chi  126      81
 2. Kris Letang, Pit  118      69
 3. Zdeno Chara, Bos  148      60
 4. Brent Seabrook, Chi  123      59
 5. Drew Doughty, LA    82      51
 6. P.K. Subban, Nsh    78      50
 7. Niklas Kronwall, Det  109      47
 8. Paul Martin, SJ  116      46
 9. Ryan McDonagh, TB    97      42
 10. Brent Burns, SJ    65      40

Notable:
– It's amazing that Letang's second-place total doesn't include a single point from Pittsburgh's run to the Stanley Cup last year, as he missed the entire 2017 playoffs due to a neck injury. If the Penguins make a charge at a third straight Cup this spring, Letang has a chance to leapfrog Keith for top spot.
– Doughty, Subban and Burns appear poised to climb the list in the coming seasons.
– Three of the 10 defensemen listed above (Keith, Seabrook, Kronwall) didn't qualify for the playoffs this year. Here are the three next highest-scoring defensemen who made it into the post-season: Anaheim's Francois Beauchemin (98 playoff GP, 39 points), Washington's John Carlson (77 playoff GP, 38 points) and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman (66 playoff GP, 37 points).
Top 5 all-time leaders: Paul Coffey holds the NHL defenseman record with 196 playoff points, followed by Nicklas Lidstrom (183), Ray Bourque (180), Denis Potvin (164) and Al MacInnis (160).

 

 Top 10 active goalies: CAREER PLAYOFF WINS  GP  Wins
 1. Marc-Andre Fleury, Veg  117     64
 2. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR  128     61
 3. Corey Crawford, Chi    87     48
 4. Jonathan Quick, LA    83     46
 5. Pekka Rinne, Nsh    71     37
 6. Antti Niemi, Mtl    67     36
 7. Roberto Luongo, Fla    70     34
 8. Tuukka Rask, Bos    54     31
 9. Braden Holtby, Wsh    59     29
 10. Ryan Miller, Ana    56     28

Notable:
– Fleury has won 62 playoff games with Pittsburgh, two (and counting) with Vegas.
– Four of the 10 goalies listed above (Lundqvist, Crawford, Niemi, Luongo) didn't qualify for the playoffs this year. Here are the next four goalies with the most playoff wins who made it into the post-season: Pittsburgh's Matt Murray (34 playoff GP, 23 wins), Toronto's Frederik Andersen (35 playoff GP, 19 wins), San Jose's Martin Jones (33 playoff GP, 17 wins) and Philadelphia's Brian Elliott (43 playoff GP, 16 wins).
Top 5 all-time leaders: Patrick Roy holds the NHL record with 151 playoff wins, followed by Martin Brodeur (113), Grant Fuhr (92), Billy Smith (88) and Ed Belfour (88).

 

 Top 10 active goalies: CAREER PLAYOFF SHUTOUTS  GP  Shutouts
 1. Marc-Andre Fleury, Veg  117        11
 2. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR  128        10
 3. Jonathan Quick, LA    83          9
 T-4. Martin Jones, SJ    33          5
 T-4. Matt Murray, Pit    34          5
 T-4. Ben Bishop, Dal    36          5
 T-4. Tuukka Rask, Bos    54          5
 T-4. Carey Price, Mtl    60          5
 T-4. Roberto Luongo, Fla    70          5
 T-4. Corey Crawford, Chi    87          5

Notable:
– It's Fleury, Lundqvist and Quick, and then everybody else. Murray and Jones, with five clean sheets apiece, appear to have the most upward mobility.
– Five of the 10 goalies listed above (Lundqvist, Bishop, Price, Luongo, Crawford) didn't qualify for the playoffs this year. Here are the next five goalies with the most playoff shutouts who made it into the post-season: Holtby (59 playoff GP, four shutouts), Miller (56 playoff GP, three shutouts), Rinne (71 playoff GP, three shutouts), Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth (13 playoff GP, two shutouts) and Andersen (35 playoff GP, two shutouts).
Top 5 all-time leaders: Brodeur holds the NHL record with 24 playoff shutouts, followed by Roy (23), Curtis Joseph (16), Chris Osgood (15) and Clint Benedict (15).

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