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HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CELEBRATION
The Hockey Hall of Fame inducts five players and two builders – and also honors two media members (Bob McKenzie and Nick Nickson) – as part of its class of 2015 (7:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN2). Click on the below links for more information on each inductee.
2015 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees
Sergei Fedorov (Player)
Bill Hay (Builder)
Phil Housley (Player)
Peter Karmanos Jr. (Builder)
Nicklas Lidstrom (Player)
Chris Pronger (Player)
Angela Ruggiero (Player)
* ICYMI: Pavel Bure and Doug Gilmour captained two star-laden teams in the annual Haggar Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic at Air Canada Centre in advance of today’s induction ceremony. Click here to watch the members of the class of 2015 receive their official jackets prior to puck drop.
Home Team in Caps
Dallas 4, DETROIT 1
NEW JERSEY 4, Vancouver 3 (OT)
Boston 2, NY ISLANDERS 1
CHICAGO 4, Edmonton 2
TOP SCORERS PROPEL TEAMS TO VICTORIES
The top two scorers in the NHL – Stars forward Tyler Seguin (9-14—23 in 15 GP) and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (10-13—23 in 15 GP) – both registered multi-point games to power their teams to wins on Sunday:
* Seguin collected 1-1—2, including an insurance goal with 1:08 remaining in regulation, to guide the Stars to their third consecutive victory and sixth win in their past seven outings. Seguin, who has 5-8—13 during an eight-game point streak, has registered at least one point in 13 of his first 15 contests of the season and also paces the NHL with 14 assists.
* At 12-3-0 (24 points), Elias says that the Stars have recorded their best 15-game start to a season in franchise history. The Stars also improved to 7-2-0 in their first nine games as visitors; their seven road wins and 14 road points lead the NHL.
* Kane posted 1-3—4, equaling career highs for assists and points in one game, to help the Blackhawks stretch their point streak at United Center to eight contests (7-0-1). Kane, who has 7-10—17 during a 10-game point streak, also has collected at least one point in 13 of his first 15 contests of the season and shares the League lead with 10 goals (w/ Jamie Benn).
* Kane has notched one other four-point game in the regular season and it came in his ninth NHL appearance, on Oct. 23, 2007 vs. CBJ (2-2—4). He also has one such performance in the playoffs, in Game 5 of the 2014 Western Conference Final vs. LAK (0-4—4).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: STARS AND BLACKHAWKS
Other players who helped in the Stars’ and Blackhawks’ Sunday wins:
* Stars defenseman John Klingberg picked up two assists to move into first in scoring among defensemen (2-13—15 in 15 GP). Via Elias, Klingberg became the second defenseman in Stars/North Stars history to post 15 or more points in the team’s first 15 games of a season. The other: Craig Hartsburg, who notched 3-12—15 in the North Stars’ opening 15 contests of 1987-88.
* Stars forward Patrick Sharp registered 1-1—2; he has 6-3—9 in his past seven outings after collecting 0-3—3 in his first eight games with the team.
* Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin recorded 2-1—3, including two goals in the opening stanza, to move into first in scoring among rookies (4-11—15 in 15 GP). Panarin, who also has four more assists than any other rookie, notched his second three-point game. The other: Oct. 10 vs. NYI (1-2—3).
* Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 34 shots, including all 22 he faced in the second period, to improve to 7-4-1 overall this season (2.38 GAA, .920 SV%, 2 SO), with a 6-1-1 record at United Center (1.99 GAA, .930 SV%, 2 SO).
PALMIERI LIFTS DEVILS IN OVERTIME
The Canucks erased a 3-1 deficit in the second period, but Kyle Palmieri (1-1—2) scored at 3:33 of overtime to help the Devils improve to 8-2-0 in their past 10 games following a 0-3-1 start to the season.
* Palmieri – who grew up in Montvale, N.J., and starred at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, N.J. – recorded his third career overtime goal (first w/ NJD) and second at Prudential Center. On Dec. 20, 2013, Palmieri also scored an overtime goal at Prudential Center – with the Ducks in his first NHL visit to New Jersey.
* Palmieri, who also eclipsed 100 NHL points (48-53—101), has 5-7—12 in his first 14 games with the Devils – that includes 4-5—9 in his past six outings.
* Adam Henrique also collected 1-1—2, including his second shorthanded goal of the season (other Oct. 24 at BUF). Henrique shares the League lead with 11 shorthanded goals since playing his first full NHL campaign in 2011-12 (w/ Brad Marchand and Brandon Sutter).
3-ON-3 OVERTIME: DID YOU KNOW?
Twenty-nine of the 42 games that have required overtime this season have been decided in the extra period (69.0%).
Last season, under the 4-on-4 format, the percentage of overtime periods with goals was 44.4% (136 of 306).
BRUINS SNAP SKID, CONTINUE SUCCESS AGAINST ISLANDERS
Tuukka Rask made a season-high 36 saves, including 12 in the final period, to help the Bruins snap a three-game skid overall (0-3-0) and pick up their fourth consecutive victory over the Islanders dating to Jan. 29 (NYI: 0-4-0).
* Rask improved to 9-3-0 in 13 career appearances vs. NYI (2.23 GAA, .933 SV%). That includes a 4-0-0 record in road games (1.75 GAA, .955 SV%).
* Patrice Bergeron added 1-1—2 (including the GWG) for the Bruins, who improved to 12-2-1 in their last 15 road games against the Islanders dating to Dec. 3, 2007 (NYI: 3-12-0).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Devils forward Sergey Kalinin, who spent the past five seasons in the KHL, scored his first NHL goal (13 GP).
* Oilers defenseman Andrej Sekera recorded his first goal with his new club (15 GP).
* Blackhawks forward Artem Anisimov posted 1-1—2 to eclipse 200 NHL points (92-109—201).
* Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou, a fourth-round selection (110th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, made his League debut (9:36 TOI).
Stars captain Jamie Benn, who has at least one point in 12 of his first 15 games of the season, collected one assist. He ranks third overall with 10-11—21 . . . Bruins forward David Krejci, who has at least one point in 11 of his first 14 contests of the season, also picked up one assist. He shares fourth in the NHL with 7-10—17 . . . Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid made 28 saves for his first win of the season and the seventh of his NHL career (23 GP) . . . Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen turned aside 21 shots to improve to 6-1-0 in his first seven appearances of the season (2.37 GAA, .921 SV%).
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