NHL MORNING SKATE – NOV. 15, 2015
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Home Team in Caps
NY Rangers 2, OTTAWA 1 (SO)
BOSTON 3, Detroit 1
San Jose 2, BUFFALO 1 (OT)
TORONTO 4, Vancouver 2
Colorado 6, MONTREAL 1
Florida 5, TAMPA BAY 4 (SO)
NEW JERSEY 4, Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 3, CAROLINA 2 (OT)
COLUMBUS 5, Arizona 2
NASHVILLE 7, Winnipeg 0
Chicago 4, ST. LOUIS 2
DALLAS 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)
LOS ANGELES 4, Edmonton 3
NHL TEAMS PAY TRIBUTE TO VICTIMS OF PARIS ATTACKS
Each of the 13 arenas that hosted an NHL game on Saturday honored victims of the recent Paris tragedy with a pregame moment of silence. Some also played the French national anthem “La Marseillaise” prior to puck-drop, including at Bell Centre, where the Canadiens hosted the Avalanche.
LUNDQVIST BACKS RANGERS TO EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN, TOP OF NHL STANDINGS
Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves through 65 minutes and denied two of three shooters in the shootout as the Rangers edged Ottawa, extending their winning streak to eight games and their point streak to 12 (10-0-2). Topping the League’s overall standings at 13-2-2 (28 points), the Rangers are off to their best 17-game start to a season – in terms of wins – in the franchise’s 89-year history. Their 28 points also equal a club record at this stage of the season, set in 1971-72 (12-1-4).
* Lundqvist won his sixth consecutive game and improved to 10-2-2 on the season with a 1.69 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and one shutout. His active point streak of nine games (7-0-2 dating to Oct. 18 vs. NJD) is a career high.
* Lundqvist registered his 51st career shootout win, second on the all-time list to Vancouver’s Ryan Miller (53).
DID YOU KNOW? Lundqvist has posted a 0.45 goals-against average and a .986 save percentage when the Rangers have either been tied or held a one-goal lead in the third period this season (73 saves on 74 shots in 130:27).
KLINGBERG A BREAKOUT STAR AS DALLAS EXTENDS LEAD IN WEST
* Defenseman John Klingberg (1-2—3) scored at 3:18 of overtime to help the Stars improve to 14-4-0 (28 points), extending their lead atop the Western Conference to five points. Dallas is off to its best 18-game start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in its 48-year franchise history.
* Klingberg upped his season scoring line to 4-16—20, leading all NHL blueliners in assists and points. The 23-year-old Gothenburg, Sweden native is playing in his second NHL season, having earned All-Rookie honors in 2014-15 with 11-29—40 in 65 games.
* Reigning Art Ross Trophy winner Jamie Benn also notched a goal and two assists for the Stars. Benn ranks third in the League scoring race with 12-13—25, one point behind teammate Tyler Seguin (9-17—26) and Chicago’s Patrick Kane (12-14—26).
* Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen (22 saves) earned his fifth consecutive win and improved to 8-1-0 (2.38 GAA, .921 SV%) on the season.
KANE POINT STREAK AT 12 GAMES FOLLOWING WINNING TALLY AT ST. LOUIS
* The Blackhawks overcame a 2-1 deficit via three unanswered goals – including the game-winner by Patrick Kane with 1:05 left in the middle stanza – to snap their three-game winless streak against St. Louis. Kane extended his point streak to 12 games (9-11—20) and his goal streak to a career-high six contests.
* Kane’s point streak is the longest in the NHL this season and two shy of his career high, set Nov. 30 – Dec. 28, 2013 (8-17—25 in 14 GP). He has five multi-point performances during the 12-game run. His goal streak also is the longest in the NHL this season. Recording points in 15 of his first 17 appearances, Kane (12-14—26) shares first place in the NHL in goals (w/ Dallas’ Jamie Benn) and points (w/ Dallas’ Tyler Seguin).
AROUND THE RINKS
* Cory Schneider (21 saves) posted his first shutout of the season as New Jersey improved to 10-3-0 in its past 13 games following a 0-3-1 start to the season. Mike Cammalleri (1-2—3) paced the Devils, who improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight home games vs. PIT dating to Feb. 9, 2013.
* James Reimer made 43 saves – including 24 in the final stanza – and Shawn Matthias scored the game-winning goal early in the same period against his former club as the Maple Leafs edged Vancouver and extended their point streak to five games (3-0-2). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Reimer improved to 14-2-2 in 18 career regular-season games when making 40 or more saves.
* Nathan MacKinnon (2-1—3), Mikhail Grigorenko (1-2—3) and Matt Duchene (1-2—3) all registered three points and Reto Berra made a season-high 39 saves to help the Avalanche snap their three-game winless streak against Montreal. MacKinnon scored consecutive first-period goals in a span of 13 seconds. Per Elias, he is the first Avalanche player to score two goals in a span of 13 seconds or faster since Milan Hejduk on Jan. 18, 2001 vs. VAN (0:10). Grigorenko recorded a career-high three points while Duchene has 4-4—8 in his last three outings.
* Pekka Rinne (20 saves) posted his second shutout of the season and eight different Nashville skaters registered multiple points in their 7-0 victory over the Jets. Per Elias, the Predators scored seven or more goals in a shutout victory for the first time since an 8-0 win on Feb. 28, 2009 against Detroit. Rinne improved to 8-1-0 in 10 all-time appearances against the Jets/Thrashers (1.84 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO).
* The Panthers overcame deficits of 2-1 and 4-3 – the latter via Aaron Ekblad scoring the game-tying goal with 38 seconds remaining in the contest – en route to their shootout victory over the cross-state rival Lightning. Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo earned his 406th career victory, moving within one of tying Glenn Hall (407) for eighth place on the NHL’s all-time wins list.
* Patrick Marleau scored at 2:59 of overtime to give the Sharks their first win at Buffalo since Dec. 2, 2005 and their second in franchise history (2-15-1). Marleau’s marker was his franchise-leading ninth career overtime goal. He also moved within two points of becoming the first player in franchise history to reach 1,000 points (461-537—998). Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (0-1—1) became the third player in franchise history to register 500 points (237-263—500). The others: Marleau and Joe Thornton (191-625—816).
* After their 2-0 lead was erased, the Blue Jackets scored three unanswered goals to improve to 6-1-0 in their last seven home games vs. ARI/PHX dating to Feb. 25, 2011. Boone Jenner (1-2—3) registered a career-high three points, including the game-winning goal, while Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves and added an assist. Bobrovsky improved to 4-1-0 in his last five outings following a 2-8-0 record in his first 10 appearances of the season.
VETERANS CLIMB ALL-TIME CHARTS
The three active leaders in games played – Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (1,565 GP), Coyotes captain Shane Doan (1,411 GP) and Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla (1,409 GP) –continued to move up the NHL’s all-time list:
* Jagr surpassed Nicklas Lidstrom (1,564 GP) for sole possession of 10th place. Ray Bourque (1,612 GP) holds the ninth spot.
* Doan surpassed Norm Ullman (1,410 GP) and tied Harry Howell for 30th place, while Iginla tied Paul Coffey for the 33rd spot.
ICYMI: Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, Jr. was honored in a pregame ceremony in recognition of his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Linesman Scott Driscoll (1,500 career games) and referee Tim Peel (1,000 games) each worked milestone games … Playing in his home town of Ottawa with his brother and a dozen friends in attendance, Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle tallied his third career game-deciding shootout goal … Jakub Voracek (1-1—2) scored 37 seconds into overtime as the Flyers overcame a 2-0 deficit and snapped a four-game losing streak against Carolina … David Krejci (GWG) led the Bruins to their fifth consecutive win over Detroit. Krejci has 8-10—18 in his first 16 games of the season … The Kings improved to 7-0-0 in their last seven home games against Edmonton dating to April 2, 2012 … Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (1-0—1) has scored in three straight games (3-2—5) and with 3-14—17 in 17 games ranks second among all blueliners in points … The Blackhawks welcomed defenseman Duncan Keith back to the lineup. Keith registered an assist, three shots and +2 rating in a game-high 27:34 of ice time in his first game since Oct. 17… Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (0-1—1) leads all rookies in assists and points with 5-12—17 in his first 17 appearances… Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (2-0—2) scored consecutive second-period goals in a span of 1:44… Blues goaltender Jake Allen submitted his bid for an early save of the year candidate on Blackhawks forward Marko Dano… Rangers forward Dominic Moore (700 GP), Kings forward Anze Kopitar (700 GP), Rangers forward Derick Brassard (500 GP), Avalanche forward Blake Comeau (500 GP) and Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker (400 GP) all skated in milestone games.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Toronto @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., NHL-US, TVAS, SN, MSG
Calgary @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., SN1, CSN-CH
HOMETOWN HOCKEY TRAVELS TO SYDNEY, N.S.
The Maple Leafs travel to Madison Square Garden for an Original Six contest with the Rangers as Rogers Hometown Hockey stops in Sydney, N.S. Host Ron MacLean takes a look at the careers of Hall of Fame defenseman Al MacInnis and broadcasting legend Danny Gallivan, two proud Nova Scotians who put their unique stamp on the game of hockey. Throughout 2015-16, Sunday games will be broadcast from a different community rink in various towns across Canada. Included in each telecast will be local NHL player profiles, grassroots stories and local entertainment features.
* Click here for more details about the festivities in Sydney.