NHL MORNING SKATE – DEC. 13, 2015

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NHL MORNING SKATE – DEC. 13, 2015

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

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 3, Florida 1
BUFFALO 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)
MONTREAL 3, Ottawa 1
Washington 2, TAMPA BAY 1
NY Islanders 3, COLUMBUS 2 (OT)
ST. LOUIS 3, Dallas 0
Colorado 3, NASHVILLE 2
Carolina 5, ARIZONA 4 (OT)
CALGARY 5, NY Rangers 4 (OT)
Minnesota 2, SAN JOSE 0

FLAMES WITHSTAND RANGERS’ RALLY, COMPLETE PERFECT HOMESTAND . . .

The Rangers erased a 4-1 deficit in the third period (including the tying goal with 1:12 remaining in regulation), but TJ Brodie scored at 2:09 of overtime to power the Flames to their ninth consecutive win on home ice, one shy of the franchise record established Nov. 7 – Dec. 12, 2006 (10-0-0).

* The Flames also completed a perfect 5-0-0 homestand, with three of those victories coming after regulation (also Dec. 1 vs. DAL: 4-3 SO W and Dec. 4 vs. BOS: 5-4 OT W). Via Elias, they became the second team to sweep a five-game homestand this season; their provincial rivals, the Oilers, also achieved that feat on Friday with a win vs. NYR (5-0-0).
* The Flames improved to 7-1 in games that have been decided in overtime this season (1-1 in SO). Their seven such wins pace the NHL.
* Brodie registered his third career overtime goal to extend his point streak to six games (1-6—7), equaling a career high established Oct. 9-19, 2014 (3-4—7). He had 2-4—6 in his first 14 outings of the season prior to this run.
* Johnny Gaudreau posted 2-1—3, including an assist on the winning goal, to complete the five-game homestand with 7-3—10 and three multi-point performances. He has 10-14—24 on home ice this season (15 GP), tied for second in the NHL behind Patrick Kane (11-15—26 in 15 GP).

. . . MORE OVERTIME HEROICS

Three other clubs picked up overtime wins on Saturday:

* The Coyotes overcame a 4-1 deficit in the third period (including the tying goal with 15.7 seconds remaining in regulation), but Victor Rask (1-1—2) scored at 0:53 of overtime to lift the Hurricanes to a 4-1-0 record in their past five outings. Via Elias, the Hurricanes have recorded five or more goals in four consecutive games for the first time since March 1-7, 1987 (4 GP as HFD).
* Kyle Okposo registered 2-1—3, including the winning goal at 2:16 of overtime, to help the Islanders extend their point streak to nine games (7-0-2), their longest such run since April 1-23, 2013 (8-0-3). Okposo has collected two game-winning goals (also Nov. 25 vs. PHI), two game-deciding goals (Dec. 2 vs. NYR and Dec. 8 at PHI) and one game-clinching goal (Dec. 4 vs. STL) during the current nine-game streak.
* Ryan O’Reilly (1-1—2) scored his 100th NHL goal – while falling at 3:19 of overtime – to power the Sabres to their third straight victory at First Niagara Center and snap the Kings’ winning streak at six games. O’Reilly, who has 3-7—10 during a seven-game point streak, paces the team with 10-17—27 this season.

BUFFALO, NY – DECEMBER 12: Ryan O’Reilly #90 of the Buffalo Sabres scores the game winning overtime goal while falling to the ice against Jhonas Enroth #1 of the Los Angeles Kings during an NHL game on December 12, 2015 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo won, 2-1. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

DID YOU KNOW?

Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (1-1—2) scored his 12th goal of the season, all of which have come via the power play. He leads all defensemen in goals and also paces all skaters in power-play goals, two ahead of Patrick Kane (10). Elias adds that Faulk’s 12 power-play goals (in 30 GP) equal a Hurricanes/Whalers franchise record for a defenseman in one season, set by Risto Siltanen in 1983-84 (75 GP).

TOP EASTERN CONFERENCE CLUBS KEEP PACE WITH WINS

The top two clubs in the Eastern Conference – the Canadiens (20-8-3, 43 points) and Capitals (20-6-2, 42 points) – kept pace with wins on Saturday:

* Dustin Tokarski made 25 saves to pick up his first NHL win since March 17 (at FLA) and help the Canadiens snap a four-game skid (0-4-0). Montreal outshot Ottawa 42-26, including a 27-8 margin in the first period. The 27 shots on goal equaled a franchise record for any period, established Jan. 20, 1973 vs. PHI (1st period) and matched Feb. 5, 1977 at LAK (2nd period).
* Braden Holtby turned aside 35 shots to lead the Capitals to an 8-1-1 record in their last 10 games as well as a 5-1-1 clip in their past seven as visitors. Holtby extended his personal point streak to a career-high 11 games (10-0-1) – Elias notes that it is the longest such run by a Capitals goaltender since Jan. 13 – March 24, 2010 (Jose Theodore: 17-0-2).

SUPER SAVERS

Both the Blues (17-9-4, 38 points) and Wild (15-7-6, 36 points) earned shutout victories on Saturday to keep pace in the Central Division, where teams Nos. 2-5 are separated by just three points:

* Jake Allen made 26 saves, including 21 over the final two periods, to pick up his fourth shutout of the season and help the Blues snap the Stars’ overall point streak at seven games (5-0-2) and road point streak at nine games (7-0-2). Allen’s four shutouts share first in the NHL with Devan Dubnyk.
* Darcy Kuemper stopped all 25 shots he faced, including 19 over the final two periods, to earn his first shutout of the season and help the Wild extend their point streak to seven games (4-0-3), their longest such run since Jan. 20 – Feb. 14, 2014 (8-0-2).

MORE FROM SATURDAY . . .

* Tuukka Rask made 26 saves, including 13 in the third period, to help the Bruins improve to 8-1-2 in their last 11 games. Rask also extended his personal point streak to eight games (6-0-2) and improved to 14-2-1 in 17 career appearances vs. FLA (1.28 GAA, .955 SV%, 3 SO).
* Andreas Martinsen scored the tiebreaking goal with 10:24 remaining in regulation to power the Avalanche to a 4-2-0 record in their last six outings. Martinsen, who made his NHL debut on Nov. 10 at PHI, picked up his first career game-winning goal (14 GP).

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson (600) and Lightning forward Brian Boyle (500) both played in milestone games.
* Goaltender Semyon Varlamov (34 SV) appeared in his 226th career game with the Avalanche to move past Dan Bouchard (225 GP) and into sole possession of third place on the franchise’s all-time games played list among goaltenders.
* Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle became the 21st player in NHL history – and second defenseman – to play in 500 consecutive games. The only other defenseman to achieve that feat: Jay Bouwmeester (737).
* Linesman Steve Miller worked his 1,000th NHL game (LAK-BUF).

LOOSE PUCKS

Despite suffering overtime losses, the Kings extended their point streak to nine games (7-0-2) and the Coyotes extended their home point streak to six games (5-0-1) . . . The Islanders played their fifth consecutive overtime game, a franchise record . . . Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair (2-1—3) posted his second career multi-goal and three-point performances (also Oct. 14 at ANA: 3-0—3). He is tied for second among rookies with 10 goals and ranks fourth with 18 points . . . Bruins forward Ryan Spooner (2-0—2) registered his third career multi-goal game and first of the season . . . Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm (0-3—3) established a career high for assists in one game . . . Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak (28 SV) has earned at least one point in each of his past seven decisions (5-0-2) . . . Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau (1-0—1) has scored eight of his 26 career goals (regular season and playoffs) vs. MTL (30.8%) . . . Flames forward Sean Monahan (3-5—8) and Hurricanes forward Andrej Nestrasil (1-5—6) both extended their point streaks to five games . . . Kings goaltender Jhonas Enroth, a second-round selection (46th overall) by the Sabres in the 2006 NHL Draft, made 28 saves in his return to Buffalo . . . Panthers forward Reilly Smith, who spent the last two seasons with the Bruins (33-58—91 in 163 GP), scored in his return to Boston . . . ICYMI: The Penguins named Mike Sullivan their head coach following the dismissal of Mike Johnston . . . The Department of Player Safety announced that it will have a hearing with Ducks forward Nate Thompson on Monday for an illegal check to the head of Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk . . . The Blues hosted Captains Night, with 11 of their 20 all-time captains in attendance at Scottrade Center.

SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
New Jersey @ NY Islanders, 5:00 p.m., MSG, MSG+
Colorado @ St. Louis, 6:00 p.m., ALT, FS-MW
Vancouver @ Chicago, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, SN, TVAS, WGN

HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN SUMMERSIDE

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane looks to extend his 25-game point streak (16-23—39) as Rogers Hometown Hockey visits Summerside, P.E.I. – the home province of Red Wings forward Brad Richards; Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf; and former NHL head coach, general manager and executive Doug MacLean. 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 Summerside.

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