NHL MORNING SKATE – NOVEMBER 29, 2015
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Home Team in Caps
Philadelphia 3, NY RANGERS 0
Washington 4, TORONTO 2
New Jersey 3, MONTREAL 2 (OT)
NY Islanders 3, TAMPA BAY 2
Edmonton 3, PITTSBURGH 2 (SO)
ST. LOUIS 3, Columbus 1
Buffalo 4, NASHVILLE 1
Dallas 4, MINNESOTA 3 (OT)
COLORADO 5, Winnipeg 3
ARIZONA 4, Ottawa 3
SAN JOSE 5, Calgary 2
LOS ANGELES 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
The Stars, Devils, Kings and Islanders all staged multi-goal comebacks to earn a victory on Saturday night.
* Trailing 3-0 to begin the third period, the Stars rallied for three goals in the final frame before Tyler Seguin (1-1—2) scored his first career regular-season overtime winner to complete the comeback. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marked the first time in franchise history that the Stars/North Stars won a game after trailing by at least three goals while being shut out entering the third period.
* Trailing 2-0 in the third period, the Devils rallied for two goals in the final frame, including Kyle Palmieri’s (1-0—1) tying goal with 21.8 seconds on the clock to set the stage for John Moore’s (1-1—2) first career overtime marker. Per Elias, it was only the third time in franchise history that the Devils won a road game in regulation or overtime (excluding shootouts) in which they trailed by two goals in the final ten minutes of the third period. It earned the Devils a split in the home-and-home series after the Canadiens also rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Devils in a shootout on Friday.
* Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, Jeff Carter (1-0—1) and Marian Gaborik (2-0—2) tallied third period goals to force overtime, where Gaborik potted the winning goal to complete the comeback. With the win, the Kings overcame a two-goal deficit to win a game for the first time since Mar. 25, 2014 (5-4 W at WSH).
* The Islanders overcame a 2-0 deficit in the second period and captain John Tavares (1-0—1) scored the go-ahead goal with 3:36 left in regulation to improve to 7-1-2 in their last 10 games vs. TBL dating to Jan. 21, 2013 (TBL: 3-6-1). Tavares leads the Islanders in goals and points this season with 11-10—21 (21 GP) and also paces the club with four game-winning goals.
CAPITALS EARN FIFTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams scored back-to-back power-play goals 2:18 apart in the second period to lead the Capitals to their fifth consecutive win and a 9-2-1 record in their last 12 contests.
* Braden Holtby (31 saves), who leads the NHL with 15 wins, extended his personal winning streak to a career-high seven games (1.85 GAA, .935 SV%, 1 SO). Elias says Holtby has matched the longest personal winning streak by an NHL goaltender this season, set by Montreal’s Carey Price in his first seven games of the campaign (October 7-24). Holtby is also the first Capitals netminder to win at least seven consecutive decisions in one season since Jose Theodore did so on two occasions in 2009-10.
KANE SETS AMERICAN RECORD WITH 19-GAME POINT STREAK
Patrick Kane (1-1—2) notched a goal and an assist to extend his career-high point streak to 19 games (11-20—31).
* Per Elias, Kane’s point streak is the longest by an American-born player in NHL history and is tied for the second-longest in Blackhawks franchise history:
LONGEST SINGLE-SEASON POINT STREAK BY AMERICAN-BORN PLAYER, NHL HISTORY
19 games – Patrick Kane (CHI) from Oct. 17 – Nov. 28, 2015 (11-20—31)
18 games – Eddie Olczyk (TOR) from Dec. 2, 1989 – Jan. 8, 1990 (11-17—28)
18 games – Phil Kessel (BOS) from Nov. 13 – Dec. 21, 2008 (14-14—28)
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)
19 games – Patrick Kane from Oct. 17 – Nov. 28, 2015 (11-20—31)
MORE ACTIVE STREAKS
Other players who extended point streaks on Saturday night include:
* Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (5-9—14) extended his point streak to nine games.
* Stars forwards Tyler Seguin (4-7—11) and Jamie Benn (8-6—14) each extended their point streaks to eight games. Teammate John Klingberg extended his point streak to five games (1-6—7).
* Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (2-8—10) extended his point streak to eight games.
* Penguins forward Sidney Crosby (3-3—6) and Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog (2-6—8) each extended their point streaks to five games.
* Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk extended his point streak to five games (5-2—7), matching his career high from April 3 – 11, 2013 (3-3—6). Galchenyuk’s streak includes goals in a career-high four straight games.
THIS AND THAT
* Mikkel Boedker (3-0—3) posted his third career hat trick – and second of the season – to lead the Coyotes to their fourth consecutive home win. Both of Boedker’s three-goal games this season have come against the Senators. Per Elias, he is the first player in Coyotes/Jets history to post multiple hat tricks versus a single opponent in the same season, and first to do so in the League since Evgeni Malkin (vs. TBL) and Corey Perry (vs. CBJ) both did so during the 2011-12 season.
* Steve Mason (24 saves) posted his first shutout of 2015-16 and Wayne Simmonds (2-1—3) factored in on all three goals as the Flyers earned their first regular-season road win vs. NYR since Feb. 20, 2011 (4-2 W), snapping a 10-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden (0-10-0). Per Elias, Mason – who improved to 7-3-1 in 12 career regular-season appearances vs. NYR (2.19 GAA, .934 SV%, 1 SO) – was the first Flyers goaltender to post a road shutout vs. NYR since Michael Leighton (22 saves) on Dec. 30, 2009 (6-0 W).
* Matt Duchene (1-2—3) and Gabriel Landeskog (1-2—3) each registered three points to help the Avalanche improve to 5-0-1 in their last six home games vs. WPG dating to Oct. 27, 2013 (WPG: 1-2-3). Duchene has scored 11 of his 12 goals in November (13 GP). Per Elias, he is the first Avalanche player to score 11 or more goals in one calendar month since February 2003 (Milan Hejduk: 12).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Patrick Roy earned the 100th win of his career as a head coach (all w/ COL) and Lindy Ruff earned his 100th win as head coach of the Stars.
* Stars goaltender Antti Niemi (23 saves) earned his 200th career win and improved to 10-4-0 this season (2.60 GAA, .908 SV%, 2 SO).
* Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (600 GP), Islanders forward Mikhail Grabovski (500 GP) and Stars forward Patrick Eaves (500 GP) all skated in milestones games.
* Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira (10:02 TOI) and Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (20 saves) made NHL debuts.
Vladimir Tarasenko (1-1—2) and Alexander Steen (1-1—2) each registered a goal and an assist, while Jake Allen (23 saves) extended his personal point streak to six games (4-0-2)… Sharks goaltender Martin Jones made 25 saves to earn his sixth win in his last seven outings and improve to 12-6-0 overall (2.13 GAA, .925 SV%, 3 SO)… The Sharks have won seven of their last eight contests (7-1-0)… Sabres forward Sam Reinhart (2-0—2) recorded his first career multi-goal/point game in Buffalo’s 4-1 W at NSH… Anders Nilsson made 39 saves through 65 minutes and stopped both shooters in the shootout to backstop the Oilers to their first victory in Pittsburgh since Jan. 10, 2006 (3-1 W)… Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (1-0—1) has 8-10—18 in his first 14 games of the season… Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (20 saves) improved to 4-1-1 in his last six outings and 11-7-1 overall this season (2.28 GAA, .917 SV%, 1 SO)… Capitals forward Jason Chimera (1-1—2) recorded his second consecutive multi-point game and has 2-5—7 in his last five outings… Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (0-1—1) has 31-25—56 in 38 career games vs. TOR… Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta (31 saves) suffered the first regulation home loss of his career (17-1-3 in 24 career home appearances)… Devils goaltender Cory Schneider made 30 saves through regulation and overtime to improve to 11-6-2 (2.03 GAA, .928 SV%, 1 SO)… Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (2-0—2) made a nifty spin move to beat Oilers goaltender Anders Nilsson on his backhand. Malkin has scored in three straight games (4-1—5)… Also scoring in three consecutive games are Sharks forward Patrick Marleau (3-2—5) and Predators forward Mike Fisher (3-0—3)… Avalanche forward Chris Wagner (1-0—1) potted his first career game-winning goal (26 GP) and has scored in back-to-back games after not recording a point in the first 24 games of his career… The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced on Saturday that Blue Jackets’ forward Brandon Dubinsky has been suspended one game, without pay, for cross-checking…Former Sharks forward Ryane Clowe dropped the first puck as part of pre-game ceremonies before their game against the Flames on San Jose Sharks Alumni Night at SAP Center… The Predators and Sabres honored Phil Housley – who was recently inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame – prior to puck-drop at Bridgestone Arena.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Florida @ Detroit, 2:00 p.m., TVAS, SN, FS-F, FS-D
HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN WOLFVILLE
The Panthers visit the Red Wings for the first time this season in Sunday’s lone game as Rogers Hometown Hockey visits Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, who leads the team in goals (8) and points (18), remains one goal behind Marcel Dionne (731 career goals) for fourth place on the NHL’s all-time list. 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 Wolfville.