NHL MORNING SKATE – NOV. 22, 2015
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Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 2, Toronto 0
OTTAWA 4, Philadelphia 0
TAMPA BAY 5, Anaheim 0
NY Rangers 5, FLORIDA 4 (OT)
San Jose 3, PITTSBURGH 1
WASHINGTON 7, Colorado 3
WINNIPEG 3, Arizona 2
Detroit 4, ST. LOUIS 3 (OT)
DALLAS 3, Buffalo 0
MINNESOTA 4, Nashville 0
VANCOUVER 6, Chicago 3
MARLEAU REACHES 1,000-POINT MILESTONE IN SHARKS’ WIN
Patrick Marleau collected a pair of assists to eclipse 1,000 NHL points (462-539—1,001 in 1,349 GP) and help the Sharks improve to 5-0-0 on their season-high, six-game road trip that concludes this afternoon in Columbus.
* Via Elias, the Sharks have won five consecutive games, all on the road, for the first time since Oct. 21-29, 2011 (also 5-0-0).
* Marleau, the second overall selection by San Jose in the 1997 NHL Draft, became the 83rd player in League history – and first in Sharks history – to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Marleau also is San Jose’s all-time leader in goals and games played and ranks second in club history in assists.
* Marleau, who reached the milestone at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, was drafted across the street at the former site of Civic Arena, the Penguins’ previous home. Only two other players from the 1997 NHL Draft have hit the 1,000-point milestone: current teammate Joe Thornton (361-912—1,273 in 1,305 GP) and Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (489-576—1,065 in 1,190 GP).
* “I guess just having everybody coming up and congratulating me and throwing different numbers out there, it starts to take a little bit of shape how big it kind of is,” Marleau said. “A lot of teammates are a part of it over the years and it wouldn’t happen without them.”
* Click here for a closer look at Marleau’s milestone performance.
HAT TRICKS POWER CANUCKS, RANGERS
Hat tricks by Daniel Sedin (3-1—4) and Rick Nash (3-0—3) powered the Canucks and Rangers, respectively, to wins on Saturday:
* D. Sedin posted his sixth career hat trick, including his 900th NHL point, and brother Henrik Sedin notched 1-4—5 to lift the Canucks to a victory in their return home following a 1-4-2 road trip. D. Sedin, the second overall selection by Vancouver in the 1999 NHL Draft, registered his first hat trick since Dec. 6, 2011 vs. COL (3-0—3) and became the second player in franchise history to reach 900 points (337-566—903 in 1,082 GP). The other: H. Sedin (217-718—935 in 1,113 GP).
* H. Sedin equaled and established career highs for assists and points in a game, respectively. He became the first Canucks player to record at least five points in a game since Feb. 6, 2007 at EDM, when he and his brother also combined for nine points (D. Sedin: 3-2—5, H. Sedin: 0-4—4). Overall, D. Sedin (10-12—22) and H. Sedin (6-14—20) rank first and second, respectively, on the Canucks in scoring this season (21 GP).
* The Panthers erased a two-goal deficit in the final 2:28 of regulation, but Nash completed his seventh career hat trick at 2:01 of overtime to lead the Rangers to their 10th win in their last 11 outings. At 15-3-2 (32 points), the Rangers are off to their best 20-game start to a season – in terms of wins – in the franchise’s 89-year history. Their 32 points also equal a club record, established in 1971-72 (14-2-4).
* Nash, who entered the contest with two goals in his first 17 outings of the season, notched his first hat trick since Dec. 23, 2014 vs. WSH (3-0—3). Per Elias, he became the fourth player in Rangers history to complete a hat trick with an overtime goal. The others: Cecil Dillon (Dec. 12, 1936 at TOR), Tomas Sandstrom (Dec. 31, 1986 vs. NYI) and Marian Gaborik (Jan. 23, 2013 vs. BOS).
DEFENSE, OFFENSE HELP STARS CONTINUE RECORD-SETTING START . . .
Antti Niemi stopped all 22 shots he faced and both Jamie Benn (2-0—2) and Tyler Seguin (0-2—2) collected two points to power the Stars to their fifth consecutive victory.
* At 17-4-0 (34 points), the League-leading Stars continued their best start to a season (through 21 GP) – in terms of wins and points – in the franchise’s 48-year history.
* Niemi earned his 34th career shutout and second of the season (also Oct. 8 vs. PIT: 37 SV). He turned aside 46 of 47 shots in Dallas’ two wins over Buffalo in the past week (.979 SV%).
* Benn notched his third multi-goal performance of the season to extend his point streak to five games (4-4—8) and reclaim the League lead in goals (14).
* Seguin also extended his point streak to five games (2-5—7). He and teammate John Klingberg (0-1—1) share first in the NHL with 19 assists (also tied w/ Patrick Kane).
. . . FOUR OTHER CLUBS STOP THEM ALL
Four other teams also recorded shutouts en route to wins on Saturday:
* Craig Anderson made 36 saves to pick up his second consecutive shutout (31st of his career) in helping the Senators extend their point streak to five games (3-0-2). Anderson has posted consecutive shutouts for the second time in his career – he also did so from March 2-4, 2008 (w/ FLA).
* Devan Dubnyk denied 23 shots to earn his third shutout of 2015-16, tied for first in the NHL, and help the Wild improve to 8-1-0 this season at Xcel Energy Center. Dubnyk has eight shutouts since joining Minnesota in January (57 GP); he had nine in his first 192 NHL appearances.
* Ben Bishop celebrated his 29th birthday by stopping 30 shots en route to his 13th career shutout (first this season) and the Lightning’s second straight victory following a 1-3-1 stretch. Bishop, who made 13 of his saves in the second period, improved to 5-0-1 in six career appearances vs. ANA (1.04 GAA, .965 SV%, 1 SO).
* Tuukka Rask turned aside 22 shots to record his second shutout of the season and lead the Bruins past the Maple Leafs in the first half of their home-and-home series. Rask improved to 12-3-1 in 18 career regular-season appearances vs. TOR, the team that drafted him 21st overall in 2005 (1.74 GAA, .938 SV%, 2 SO).
AROUND THE RINKS
* Seven different Capitals players scored – including a quartet of defensemen – to guide the club to a 5-2-1 record in its past eight outings. Four Capitals defensemen scored in the same game for the first time since Dec. 4, 1992 vs. NYR. ICYMI: Dmitry Orlov fooled the entire Avalanche team before notching his first goal of the season.
* The Blues tied the game with 2:10 remaining in regulation, but Teemu Pulkkinen scored with 18.8 seconds left in overtime to propel the Red Wings to a 3-0-1 record in their last four outings. Dylan Larkin scored for the fourth straight game (4-0—4); he shares first among rookies with eight goals this season (w/ Max Domi).
* Chris Thorburn notched the tiebreaking goal – while shorthanded – with 8:51 remaining in regulation to lift the Jets to their second straight victory following a 0-5-1 skid. Thorburn registered his fourth career shorthanded goal and first since Jan. 30, 2010 at NSH (w/ ATL).
* Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane collected one assist to extend his point streak to a career-high 16 games (10-16—26). Via Elias, Kane – who paces the League in assists (tied) and points this season (13-19—32 in 21 GP) – became the first player (on any team) to post a point streak of 16 or more games since March 7 – April 7, 2012, when Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis totaled 10-12—22 during a 17-game point streak. Kane also became the first Blackhawks player to record a point streak of 16 or more games since Dec. 12, 1987 – Jan. 13, 1988 (Denis Savard: 11-17—28 in 16 GP).
* Senators forward Bobby Ryan notched two assists to extend his point streak to a career-high eight games (3-7—10).
* Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron recorded one assist to extend his point streak to seven games (3-5—8).
* Avalanche forward Matt Duchene (6-6—12), Senators captain Erik Karlsson (5-5—10) and Wild captain Mikko Koivu (1-5—6) all extended their point streaks to six games.
* Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (2-5—7) and Blackhawks forward Artem Anisimov (3-3—6) both extended their point streaks to five games.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 730th career goal to move within one of tying Marcel Dionne (731 G) for fourth place in NHL history.
* Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk notched his first goal of the season (6 GP) to move within one of 300 in his NHL career (299-572—871 in 893 GP).
* Blues forward Kyle Brodziak recorded his 100th NHL goal (642 GP).
* Avalanche forward Andreas Martinsen posted his first NHL goal (6 GP).
* Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who played his first NHL season in Winnipeg, scored his first goal in the city since 1995-96. Doan (374 G) also moved within five goals of tying Dale Hawerchuk (379 G) for the most in franchise history.
* Avalanche forward Matt Duchene collected his 200th NHL assist (439 GP).
* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla played in his 1,412th career game to surpass Harry Howell (1,411 GP) and move into sole possession of 31st place in NHL history.
* Captain Mikko Koivu, who has spent his entire NHL career with the Wild, became the second player in franchise history to play in 700 games (also Nick Schultz: 743 GP).
* Blues forward Alexander Steen also played in his 700th NHL game.
Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (1-1—2) scored his 13th goal of the season, tied for second in the NHL (w/ Patrick Kane). He has 6-3—9 in his past six outings, including four multi-point performances . . . Lightning captain Steven Stamkos posted 2-1—3, including his 10th and 11th goals of the season – tied for fourth in the NHL (w/ Tyler Seguin) . . . Per Elias, Rangers forward Chris Kreider became the sixth player in NHL history to attempt a penalty shot in consecutive games. The others: Mike Walton (1967-68 Maple Leafs), Brent Peterson (1983-84 Sabres), Esa Pirnes (2003-04 Kings), Erik Cole (2005-06 Hurricanes) and Marian Hossa (2005-06 Thrashers) . . . Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, the seventh overall selection by the Predators in the 2003 NHL Draft, scored his first goal against his former club (1-11—12 in 15 GP). Suter (1-2—3) also matched a career high with his seventh three-point performance . . . Stars forward Antoine Roussel registered his third game-winning goal of the season (19 GP) while celebrating his 26th birthday. He had three game-winning goals in his first 200 NHL appearances prior to 2015-16 . . . Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer turned aside 35 of 36 shots, but saw his personal winning streak end at five games . . . Capitals forward Jason Chimera equaled a career high with three assists . . . ICYMI: Coyotes forward Max Domi, who was born in Winnipeg, spent time with a young fan who also has diabetes . . . The Penguins aired a video tribute for Sharks defenseman Paul Martin, who totaled 17-92—109 (297 GP) with Pittsburgh over the past five seasons.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Los Angeles @ Carolina, 1:00 p.m., FS-W, FS-CR
San Jose @ Columbus, 5:00 p.m., CSN-CA, FS-O
NY Islanders @ Montreal, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, SN, MSG+, RDS
New Jersey @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., MSG, SNP, SNV
HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN CORNER BROOK
The Canadiens and Islanders complete their home-and-home series as Rogers Hometown Hockey visits Corner Brook, Nfld. – the home province of former NHL players Keith Brown and Darren Langdon as well as the latest stop in the career of former NHL forward Arron Asham. 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 Corner Brook.