NHL MORNING SKATE – NOV. 14, 2015
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Home Team in Caps
Columbus 2, PITTSBURGH 1
Calgary 3, WASHINGTON 2 (OT)
San Jose 3, DETROIT 2
NY Islanders 4, ANAHEIM 1
MONAHAN, FLAMES CONTINUE OVERTIME MASTERY
After his team’s 2-0 lead was erased in the third period, Sean Monahan (2-0—2) scored at 1:40 of overtime to secure a road win for the Flames at Washington.
* The Flames have excelled in the new 3-on-3 overtime format this season, winning four of five extra-time sessions and advancing to a shootout in the other:
10/10/15, CGY 3 at VAN 2 (OT) (GWG: Johnny Gaudreau at 3:03)
10/23/15, CGY 3 vs. DET 2 (OT) (GWG: Mark Giordano at 3:12)
10/28/15, CGY 4 at OTT 5 (SO)
11/05/15, CGY 2 vs. PHI 1 (OT) (GWG: Mikael Backlund at 0:35)
11/13/15, CGY 3 at WSH 2 (OT) (GWG: Sean Monahan at 1:40
* Monahan tallied his fifth career overtime goal (174 GP). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 21-year-old center tied Theo Fleury (5 in 791 GP) for second place on the franchise’s all-time regular-season overtime goals list and moved within one of Jarome Iginla (6 in 1,219 GP) for the all-time lead.
* Monahan also scored in regulation to post his first multi-goal game of the season. He has 4-1—5 in his last four outings after registering 2-6—8 in his first 14 games of the season.
ROAD TEAMS RACK UP TRAVEL POINTS
The Blue Jackets, Sharks and Islanders also collected road wins in a clean sweep for visiting clubs on the Friday slate:
* Visiting his home town of Pittsburgh, Blue Jackets forward Brandon Saad (1-1—2) scored the game-winning goal at 12:49 of the second period and Sergei Bobrovsky – who fell 58 seconds short of posting his first shutout of the season – denied 28 of 29 shots as Columbus improved to 4-1-0 in its last five games against the Penguins dating to Dec. 13, 2014. Saad’s marker was his fifth power-play goal of the season (16 GP). Prior to 2015-16, Saad scored five career power-play goals in 208 regular-season games w/ CHI.
* The Sharks reversed an early deficit by scoring three consecutive goals – including the game-winner by Joe Pavelski at 10:23 of the second period – en route to a 3-2 win over the Red Wings. The Sharks improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games at Detroit dating to Nov. 5, 2009, including an active streak of four consecutive wins. Pavelski scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season, tied for fourth place in the League overall.
* Leading 2-1 after two periods, the Islanders extended their advantage in the final frame with a pair of goals by Frans Nielsen as New York recorded its first regulation victory in Anaheim since March 12, 2004. Winning goaltender Thomas Greiss turned aside 24 of 25 shots to improve to 5-1-2 in his first eight appearances with the club (2.22 GAA, .930 SV%), while Josh Bailey (0-2—2) and Anders Lee (0-2—2) assisted on both Nielsen third-period markers.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Capitals head coach Barry Trotz coached his 1,294th career game, tying Jacques Martin for 10th place on the NHL’s all-time games coached list.
* Ducks forward Corey Perry scored his 301st career goal, passing Paul Kariya for sole possession of second place on the franchise’s all-time goals list. Teemu Selanne is Anaheim’s all-time leader with 457.
* With a goal, Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (237-262—499) moved within a point of becoming the third player in franchise history to reach the 500 milestone. The others: Patrick Marleau (460-537—997) and Joe Thornton (191-625—816).
* Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech made his NHL debut (13:19 TOI). A Toronto native who represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden, Pelech was a third-round pick by the Islanders (65th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.
NHL ISSUES SECURITY ADVISORY
The NHL released the following statement Friday after attacks in Paris that targeted areas with large crowds. “We have sent an advisory to our Clubs to be on heightened alert given today’s events in Paris,” Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.
Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell (1-0—1) has 5-2—7 in his last six outings after posting 3-3—6 in his first 11 games of the season… Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk made his season debut after being sidelined due to ankle surgery in the offseason (4 shots, 20:53 TOI)… Ducks forward Corey Perry (1-0—1) has 5-3—8 in his last six outings after posting 0-3—3 in his first 11 games of the season… Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay), Peter DeBoer (San Jose), Dave Tippett (Arizona) and Jay Woodcroft (Edmonton) were named assistant coaches for Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey… Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment)… Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Bruins forward Brad Marchand. Marchand was fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for subsequently roughing Landeskog.
SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Ottawa, 1:00 p.m., MSG, RDS, TSN5
Detroit @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, FS-D, NESN
San Jose @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., CSN-CA, MSG-B, BELL TV
Vancouver @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., CBC
Colorado @ Montreal, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, SN, ALT
Florida @ Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m., FS-F, SUN
Pittsburgh @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., ROOT, MSG+
Philadelphia @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., CSN-PH, FS-CR
Arizona @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., FS-A PLUS, FS-O
Winnipeg @ Nashville, 7:00 p.m., CITY, FS-TN
Chicago @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., WGN, FS-MW
Minnesota @ Dallas, 8:00 p.m., FS-N, FS-SW+
Edmonton @ Los Angeles, 10:00 p.m., CBC, SN, FS-W
BLACKHAWKS’ BLUELINE GETS BOOST FOR RIVALRY CLASH AT ST. LOUIS
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is expected to play tonight against the Central Division archrival Blues in St. Louis. The Blackhawks are 5-4-1 since the two-time Norris Trophy winner and reigning Conn Smythe Trophy recipient left the lineup with a knee injury. Chicago also activated defenseman Michal Rozsival, who is slated to make his season debut. The 37-year-old is set to play for the first time since fracturing his left ankle last season against Minnesota in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round.
In the clubs’ memorable first encounter of the season 10 days ago, a 6-5 St. Louis overtime win at Chicago, the Blues became the 11th team in NHL history to win a game in which it allowed five first-period goals.
OTHER CENTRAL DIVISION SHOWDOWN SEES STARS FACE WILD
The teams with the best points percentages in the Western Conference meet in Dallas tonight when the Stars (13-4-0, .765) play host to the Wild (10-3-2, .733) in the first of their five-game season series. The Stars boast the League’s top scoring tandem in forwards Tyler Seguin (9-16—25 in 17 GP) and Jamie Benn (11-11—22 in 17 GP), who are expected to face the NHL wins leader in Minnesota goaltender Devin Dubnyk (10-3-1), set to make his eighth consecutive start.
SHERO, HYNES FACE FORMER CLUB WHEN DEVILS PLAY HOST TO PENGUINS
Former Penguins General Manager Ray Shero faces his old team for the first time since becoming GM of the Devils in May. In addition, it will be New Jersey coach John Hynes‘ first game against his former organization; he spent five seasons coaching the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League before being hired to coach the Devils. The Penguins (10-6-0) and Devils (9-6-1) are separated by just one point in a tight Metropolitan Division race that has the top five clubs just seven points apart.