NHL MORNING SKATE – NOVEMBER 28, 2015

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NHL MORNING SKATE – NOVEMBER 28, 2015

Welcome to the “NHL Morning Skate,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 4, NY Rangers 3
PHILADELPHIA 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
Winnipeg 3, MINNESOTA 1
Chicago 3, ANAHEIM 2 (OT)
WASHINGTON 4, Tampa Bay 2
BUFFALO 4, Carolina 1
Montreal 3, NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)
COLUMBUS 2, Pittsburgh 1 (OT)
DETROIT 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)
FLORIDA 3, NY Islanders 2 (SO)
DALLAS 3, Vancouver 2 (SO)
ARIZONA 2, Calgary 1 (OT)

EXTRA HELPINGS OF HOCKEY

After a one-day break, the NHL returned with a 12-game schedule Friday highlighted by eight contests that required extra time.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, eight games went past regulation on the same day for the first time since Feb. 22, 2007 (also 8 of 12). Two teams secured victories after 60 minutes on both days: the Coyotes, who defeated the Flames in overtime on both occasions (GWG: Shane Doan in 2007, Oliver Ekman-Larsson in 2015); and the Canadiens, who posted shootout victories on both dates (6-5 W at NSH in 2007, 3-2 W at NJ in 2015).

* Ten games were tied or within one goal during the third period (NYR-BOS, NSH-PHI, WPG-MIN, CHI-ANA, MTL-NJD, PIT-CBJ, EDM-DET, NYI-FLA, VAN-DAL and CGY-ARI).

* Three teams overcame a multi-goal deficit to earn at least a point (CHI, MTL and NYI). Of those clubs, two earned victories: the Blackhawks and Canadiens.
* Two players scored a tying goal in the final minute of regulation: Predators forward Mike Fisher (19:40) and Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (19:33).

BLACKHAWKS STAGE RARE COMEBACK

Down 2-0 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Marian Hossa (18:19) and Duncan Keith (19:33) scored 74 seconds apart to force overtime, where Artem Anisimov completed the comeback for the Blackhawks.

* Via Elias, the Blackhawks won when trailing by two goals in the final two minutes of regulation for the second time in club history – and for the first time in 89 years (also Dec. 29, 1926 against the Montreal Maroons). They are the first team to accomplish the feat in the NHL since Jan. 7, 2014 when Sidney Crosby collected 1-1—2 in the final 1:11 of the third period and then scored the lone shootout goal to rally the Penguins past the Canucks (5-4 W SO).
* Anisimov, who was acquired from the Blue Jackets during the offseason, scored his fourth career overtime goal. He has 10-6—16 in his first 23 games with the Blackhawks.

KANE EXTENDS POINT STREAK TO 18 GAMES

Patrick Kane (0-1—1) notched an assist on the tying goal with 26.6 seconds left in the third period to extend his career-high point streak to 18 games (10-19—29).

* Via Elias, Kane – who paces the League in assists and points this season (13-22—35 in 23 GP) – became the first player (on any team) to post a point streak of 18 or more games since Nov. 5 – Dec. 28, 2010, when Penguins forward Sidney Crosby totaled 26-24—50 during a 25-game point streak.
* Elias adds that Kane’s point streak is tied for the third-longest in Blackhawks franchise history:

LONGEST SINGLE-SEASON POINT STREAK, BLACKHAWKS HISTORY

21 games – Bobby Hull from Dec. 5, 1971 – Jan. 23, 1972 (23-12—35)
19 games – Denis Savard from Dec. 6, 1985 – Jan. 15, 1986 (16-21—37)
18 games – Denis Savard from Jan. 10 – Feb. 15, 1982 (8-23—31)
18 games – Clint Smith from Nov. 4 – Dec. 22, 1943 (10-19—29)
18 games – Patrick Kane from Oct. 17 – Nov. 27, 2015 (10-19—29)

BRUINS ALSO RALLY LATE TO TAKE THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN

The Bruins scored twice in the final four minutes of regulation, including the game-winning goal by David Krejci with 1:43 left on the clock, to overcome a pair of one-goal deficits and defeat the Rangers in the 2015 Discover Thanksgiving Showdown.

* The Bruins extended their overall winning streak to five games, including three straight victories at TD Garden and four consecutive wins against an Original Six rival (TOR: 2-0 W, 4-3 W SO; DET: 3-2 W OT; and NYR: 4-3 W).
* Via Elias, the Bruins have won four consecutive team games, all against Original Six opponents, for the first time in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68). This marks the 28th time the club has played four or more straight games against Original Six teams within a season in the 48 years since expansion.
* The Bruins improved to 12-1-3 in their last 16 meetings with the Rangers dating to April 1, 2012 (NYR: 4-11-1), including a five-game series victory in the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

HOLTBY, CAPITALS CONTINUE WINNING WAYS

Braden Holtby made 32 saves, including 18 in the third period, to help the Capitals close their season-high five-game homestand with four straight wins (4-1-0) and improve to 8-2-1 in their last 11 contests overall.
* At 16-5-1 (33 points), the Capitals are off to their second-best 22-game start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in the franchise’s 41-year history. They went 17-5-0 (34 points) through 21 games in 1991-92.
* Holtby extended his personal winning streak to six games (1.83 GAA, .934 SV%, 1 SO), equaling the longest stretch of his career established in his rookie campaign from March 7-26, 2011 and matched from April 2-16, 2013. Overall, Holtby (14-4-0, 1.95 GAA, .925 SV%, 1 SO) leads the NHL in wins and goals-against average in 2015-16 (among goaltenders with at least 300:00 TOI).
* Jason Chimera (1-1—2), Evgeny Kuznetsov (0-2—2) and John Carlson (0-2—2) each had two points apiece. Kuznetsov leads the Capitals – and ranks fifth in the League – with 8-18—26 this season (22 GP), including seven multi-point efforts.
* The Capitals improved to 19-2-2 in their last 23 regular-season meetings with the Lightning at Verizon Center dating to March 18, 2007 (TBL: 4-15-4), including a 10-0-2 mark in their last 12 such contests.

CANADIENS, STARS KEEP PACE ATOP NHL STANDINGS

The top two teams in the NHL – the Canadiens (18-4-2, 38 points) and Stars (18-5-0, 36 points) – both earned shootout victories on Friday:

* Down 2-0 in the second period, Sven Andrighetto and Alex Galchenyuk scored in regulation, then added both shootout goals to rally the Canadiens to victory in the first half of a home-and-home series with the Devils. It was the fourth consecutive victory overall for the Canadiens, who lead the League in wins (tied w/ DAL) and points. Mike Condon made 25 saves through overtime and denied four of five shootout attempts to improve to 8-2-2 in his NHL career (2.14 GAA, .917 SV%).
* Tyler Seguin (0-1—1) scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Stars to their ninth consecutive victory over the Canucks dating to April 18, 2013 (VAN: 0-6-3). The Stars, who improved to 9-2-0 in their last 11 games overall, are off to their best 23-game start to a season in franchise history. Seguin (3-6—9) and Jamie Benn (7-5—12) stretched their point streaks to seven games. Overall, Benn (17-16—33) leads the League in goals and ranks second in points, one point ahead of Seguin (12-20—32).

OVERTIME MAGIC

The Flyers, Coyotes, Red Wings and Blue Jackets also earned overtime victories on Friday:

* Shayne Gostisbehere scored his second overtime goal in five days (also Monday vs. CAR) to lift the Flyers over the Predators. Gostisbehere – a third-round selection (78th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft who hails from Pembroke Pines, Fla – became the first rookie in Flyers history to score multiple overtime goals in one season. Elias adds that Gostisbehere (9 GP) is the fastest player to score multiple overtime goals – in terms of games played – since the NHL introduced the five-minute overtime format in 1983-84.
* Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored with 39.9 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Coyotes to their third consecutive home win. Ekman-Larsson, who paces the club with three game-winning goals in 2015-16, scored his fifth career overtime goal. Overall, Ekman-Larsson has collected 19 game-winning goals since entering the NHL in 2010-11 – two more than the next-closest defensemen in that span (Dustin Byfuglien: 17 GWG). The decisive tally also moved Ekman-Larsson into a tie with Teppo Numminen (19 GWG) for the most game-winning goals by a defenseman in Coyotes/Jets franchise history.
* Nicklas Kronwall scored his fourth career overtime goal 26 seconds into the extra frame to help the Red Wings improve to 16-1-1 in their last 18 meetings with the Oilers dating to March 30, 2010 (EDM: 2-12-4). Dylan Larkin (1-1—2), Gustav Nyquist (1-1—2), Tomas Tatar (1-1—2) and Henrik Zetterberg (0-2—2) all registered multiple points for the Red Wings. Larkin (9-8—17) leads all rookies with nine goals in 2015-16.
* Cam Atkinson scored his first career overtime goal (15th career game-winning goal) to lead the Blue Jackets to an 8-4-0 record in November. Only two players in Blue Jackets history have more game-winning goals than Atkinson: Rick Nash (44 GWG) and David Vyborny (17 GWG). Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves to improve to 8-2-0 in November, tied with Braden Holtby for the most wins this month.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Blue Jackets became the final NHL team to play past regulation this season. Via Elias, their franchise-record 23 consecutive games without an overtime contest to start the season was the longest such streak since 1998-99 (NYI: 27 GP).

SHOOTOUT THE LIGHTS

Aleksander Barkov scored the game-deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout to help the Panthers snap a three-game skid (0-2-1). Nine of the 10 combined shooters scored in the tiebreaker (FLA: 5 goals, NYI: 4 goals). Via Elias, it marked the first time in NHL history that all but one shooter scored in a shootout of at least five rounds.

MILESTONES AND BENCHMARKS

* Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo earned his 408th career win to surpass Glenn Hall (407) for sole possession of eighth place in NHL history; Tony Esposito holds the seventh position with 423 victories. Luongo also tied John Vanbiesbrouck for eighth place on the League’s all-time games played list (882 GP).
* Andrei Markov (0-1—1), a sixth-round selection by the Canadiens (162nd overall) in the 1998 NHL Draft, became the third defenseman in franchise history to record 400 assists. The others: Larry Robinson (686) and Guy Lapointe (406).
* Capitals head coach Barry Trotz earned his 618th career win to surpass Jacques Lemaire for sole possession of 11th place on the League’s all-time coaching wins list. He also became the 10th coach in NHL history to serve 1,300 games behind an NHL bench (618-531-151).
* Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett earned his 500th career win to become the ninth active coach to reach the milestone.
* The Predators contested the 1,300th regular-season game in franchise history (616-510-174), while goaltender Pekka Rinne (33 SV) became the fourth Finnish-born netminder to play in 400 career games (all w/ NSH). Other Finnish-born goaltenders to reach the milestone: Miikka Kiprusoff (623), Kari Lehtonen (520) and Niklas Backstrom (409).
* Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman played in his 500th career game.
* Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, a fifth-round selection (130th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, made 14 saves to earn a victory in his League debut. Via Elias, he is the second netminder in Jets/Thrashers history to win his NHL debut (Kari Lehtonen: March 19, 2004 vs. FLA).
* Canadiens forward Bud Holloway, a third-round selection (86th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft (by LAK), made his League debut (7:19 TOI).

LOOSE PUCKS

Jack Eichel scored the first of three unanswered goals to help the Sabres halt a six-game losing streak (0-4-2). Eichel, the second overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, has 8-4—12 in his first 23 career games and is tied for second in goals among all rookies . . . Dustin Byfuglien (1-1—2), who hails from Roseau, Minn., scored the game-winning goal in his home state to help the Jets snap a six-road game skid (0-5-1) . . . Brent Seabrook (0-3—3) registered at least three assists in a game for the fourth time in his career (last: Dec. 5, 2010 vs. CGY: 0-3—3) . . . Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (0-1—1) has 3-2—5 in his last four contests . . . Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season, tied for fourth in the League . . . Ovechkin has compiled 38-39—77 in 58 career appearances vs. TB, his second-highest point total against one opponent (43-42—85 in 58 GP vs. WPG/ATL) . . . Canucks teammates Daniel (1-1—2) and Henrik Sedin (1-0—1) extended their point streaks to seven and six games, respectively (D. Sedin: 6-6—12, H. Sedin: 3-7—10) . . . Flyers  captain Claude Giroux (0-2—2) has notched the primary assist on each of the club’s last two game-winning goals (both in overtime). He has 2-4—6 in his last three contests . . . Brett Connolly and Ryan Spooner both registered power-play tallies as the Bruins went 2-for-3 with the man advantage. Overall, the Bruins pace the NHL in power-play goals (22) and power-play percentage (32.4%) . . . Rangers forwards Rick Nash and Oscar Lindberg both scored their eighth goal of the season. Nash has six strikes in his last four contests (6-0—6), while Lindberg is one goal shy of the rookie lead . . . Islanders defenseman Marek Zidlicky (0-2—2) registered his first multi-point effort since March 15 at PIT (w/ DET: 1-2—3) . . . Oilers forward Iiro Pakarinen (2-0—2) registered his first career multi-goal game (32 GP) . . . Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby on Friday.

SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Philadelphia @ NY Rangers, 1:30 p.m., CSN-PH, MSG
Washington @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., CBC, NHLN-US, CSN-DC+
New Jersey @ Montreal, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, CITY, MSG
NY Islanders @ Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m., MSG+, SUN
Edmonton @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., SN, ROOT
Columbus @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., FS-O, FS-MW
Buffalo @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-TN
Dallas @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., FS-SW+, FS-N, FS-WI
Winnipeg @ Colorado, 10:00 p.m., SN, ALT
Ottawa @ Arizona, 10:00 p.m., CITY, FS-A
Calgary @ San Jose, 10:00 p.m., CBC, CSN-CA
Chicago @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., WGN, FS-W

WESTERN CONFERENCE POWERS HIGHLIGHT 12-GAME SATURDAY

For the second consecutive day the NHL schedule will feature a 12-game slate of games, highlighted by a key Western Conference match-up loaded with Stanley Cup champions when the Blackhawks visit the Kings at STAPLES Center on Saturday night.

* The Blackhawks and Kings have combined to capture the Stanley Cup in five of the last six seasons, including each of the last four (CHI: 2009-10, 2012-13, 2014-15; LAK: 2011-12, 2013-14).
* Chicago is led by Patrick Kane, who looks to extend his career-high point streak to 19 games (10-19—29 in 18 GP), while Tyler Toffoli of the Pacific Division-leading Kings has registered at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances (2-7—9).

SIX CANADIAN TEAMS FEATURED ON HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

Hockey Night in Canada will feature six games on Saturday night including Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, who have won four straight contests, visiting the Maple Leafs (5-2-3 in their last 10 GP). The League-leading Canadiens (18-4-2, 38 points) host the Devils in the second half of a home-and-home series after Montreal rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Devils in a shootout on Friday night in New Jersey. Other featured games include the Oilers visiting the Penguins, the Jets making a trip to Colorado to face the Avalanche, the Coyotes hosting the Senators and the Flames making a stop in San Jose to face the Sharks.

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