NHL MORNING SKATE – DEC. 10, 2015
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Home Team in Caps
Boston 3, MONTREAL 1
EDMONTON 4, San Jose 3 (OT)
Pittsburgh 4, COLORADO 2
VANCOUVER 2, NY Rangers 1
NEVER SAY NEVER
hree of Wednesday’s four games saw teams overcome third-period deficits en route to victories. Overall, there have been 159 comeback wins through 420 games played this season, including 66 in the third period.
BRUINS RALLY PAST CANADIENS IN FINAL WINTER CLASSIC TUNE-UP
The Bruins scored three unanswered goals in the third period, including a pair in 42 seconds that erased a 1-0 deficit, to defeat the Canadiens in their final meeting before the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on New Year’s Day.
* The Bruins and Canadiens met for the 732nd time in the regular season, the most of any two teams in NHL history (BOS: 272-348-112, MTL: 357-265-110). They also have faced off more than any two clubs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (177 GP).
* Despite that history, Elias notes that the Bruins overcame a third-period deficit to defeat the Canadiens in Montreal for just the fifth time in the regular season (366 GP) and second time since League expansion in 1967-68. The other instance: Feb. 6, 2013, when Tyler Seguin and David Krejci scored less than two minutes apart to rally the team to a 2-1 win.
* The Bruins snapped a seven-game skid in the head-to-head series with their first regular-season win against the Canadiens since March 12, 2014 (0-6-1). They had lost the last six in regulation following Montreal’s seven-game victory in the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* The Bruins improved to 7-1-2 in their past 10 contests overall and 5-0-2 in their last seven games as visitors. At 10-2-2 (22 points), they rank second in the NHL in both road wins (tied w/ SJS) and road points this season.
* Tuukka Rask made 32 saves, including 25 through the opening two periods, to extend his personal point streak to seven games (5-0-2, 1.61 GAA, .946 SV%, 2 SO). He also picked up his fourth victory in 22 career regular-season appearances vs. MTL, all of which have come at Bell Centre (11 GP).
HALL LIFTS OILERS IN McLELLAN’S FIRST GAME AGAINST SHARKS
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1-1—2) evened the game with 4:37 remaining in regulation and Taylor Hall (1-1—2) scored with 1:01 left in overtime to lift the Oilers over the Sharks in head coach Todd McLellan’s first game against his former team.
* McLellan, who became the 14th head coach in Oilers history on May 19, spent the past seven seasons in San Jose, where he compiled a 311-163-66 record and led the Sharks to six playoff appearances, four 40-plus win seasons, three division titles and one Presidents’ Trophy (2008-09).
* The Oilers picked up their season-high fourth consecutive victory overall and fifth straight win at Rexall Place, their longest such run since Feb. 4 – March 2, 2008 (7-0-0).
* Hall recorded his 20th career game-winning goal and fifth in overtime (all w/ EDM). Via Elias, Hall’s five overtime goals are tied for second place in Oilers history (w/ Ryan Smyth) and are just two behind franchise leader Jari Kurri (7).
* Hall, who has scored in each of his past three outings (3-2—5), paces the team and shares sixth in the NHL with 12-18—30 this season (29 GP).
BENNETT POWERS PENGUINS IN ROAD TRIP FINALE
The Penguins scored three unanswered goals in the third period, including a pair by Beau Bennett, to overcome a 2-1 deficit and finish their four-game road trip with a 2-2-0 record.
* Bennett (2-0—2) registered his first career multi-goal performance (118 GP). He also set a career high with his fifth goal of the season (5-5—10 in 22 GP).
* Patric Hornqvist (1-1—2) and Olli Maatta (0-2—2) added multi-point games. Hornqvist picked up his 28th career game-winning goal and third in 24 meetings with the Avalanche (both others in 2009-10 w/ NSH).
* The Penguins improved to 8-2-0 in their last 10 meetings with the Avalanche dating to Dec. 3, 2009 (COL: 2-5-3).
SEDINS (AGAIN) TEAM UP TO LEAD CANUCKS
The Rangers evened the game on a penalty shot midway through the third period, but Daniel Sedin (1-1—2) scored 30 seconds later to lead the Canucks to their second consecutive win on the heels of a five-game losing streak (0-3-2).
* D. Sedin added to his franchise record with his 75th career game-winning goal. He also moved into fourth place in the NHL with 13-20—33 this season (30 GP).
* Henrik Sedin collected 0-2—2 for his fifth multi-point performance of the season. He places ninth in the League with 9-20—29 overall (30 GP).
* D. Sedin and H. Sedin have recorded 10-14—24 and 7-16—23, respectively, in 19 games since Nov. 1 – that ranks second and third among all players in that span.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (214-361—576) registered his 576th career point (all w/ BOS) to move past Milt Schmidt (229-346—575) and into sole possession of 11th place on the franchise’s all-time points list.
* Canucks forward Jannik Hansen played in his 500th NHL game.
Avalanche forward Matt Duchene scored his 15th goal of the season to move into a share of fourth place in the NHL. He has scored a League-high 14 of those goals in 19 games since Nov. 1 (14-10—24) after registering just one goal in his first 10 outings (1-1—2) . . . Sharks defenseman Justin Braun snapped a 67-game drought with his first goal since Dec. 6, 2014 at CGY . . . Defenseman Dan Boyle became the first Rangers player to convert a penalty shot since Jan. 26, 2014, when forward Derek Stepan beat Devils goaltender Cory Schneider in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium. Overall, shooters improved to 6-for-26 (23.1%) on penalty shots this season . . . Oilers goaltender Anders Nilsson made 25 saves to extend his personal winning streak to four games. He owns a 9-7-1 record in 17 appearances this season (2.51 GAA, .921 SV%) . . . ICYMI: Sportsnet and RDS announced their broadcast schedules for Road to the NHL Winter Classic, a four-part series chronicling the Bruins and Canadiens as they prepare to face off in the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The series premieres next Wednesday, Dec. 16.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Montreal @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., CITYM, RDS, FS-D
Ottawa @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS2, SUN
Washington @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., CSN-DC, FS-F
Philadelphia @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., CSN-PH, FS-MW
Chicago @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., CSN-CH, FS-TN
Columbus @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., FS-O, TSN3
Buffalo @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., SN360, MSG-B
STREAKING TEAMS LOOK TO STAY HOT, CLIMB STANDINGS
A pair of streaking teams look to extend their runs when drop the puck on Thursday. The Red Wings – who have points in 11 straight overall (7-0-4) and eight in a row at Joe Louis Arena (5-0-3) – face an Original Six rival in the Canadiens, while the Capitals – who have points in eight straight overall (7-0-1) and 14 in a row vs. FLA (12-0-2) – visit the Panthers. Both clubs are vying to catch Montreal (19-7-3, 41 points) atop the Eastern Conference; Washington (19-5-2) ranks second in the conference with 40 points, while Detroit (15-8-5) places fifth with 35 points.