NHL MORNING SKATE – DEC. 15, 2015
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Home Team in Caps
Edmonton 3, BOSTON 2 (OT)
Washington 4, PITTSBURGH 1
Tampa Bay 2, COLUMBUS 1
OTTAWA 5, Los Angeles 3
Buffalo 2, DETROIT 1
HOLTBY, CAPITALS SPOIL SULLIVAN’S DEBUT WITH PENGUINS
Braden Holtby made a season-high 44 saves, including 30 over the final two periods, to spoil Mike Sullivan’s debut behind the Pittsburgh bench and lead the Capitals to a 9-1-1 record in their past 11 contests.
* At 21-6-2 (44 points), the Capitals continued their best start to a season in the franchise’s 41-year history. They also leapfrogged the idle Canadiens (20-8-3, 43 points) for first place in the Eastern Conference, where the top four clubs are separated by four points:
* Holtby, who leads all goaltenders with 19 wins and a 1.87 goals-against average this season (24 GP), extended his career-high point streak to 12 games (11-0-1). His 44 saves were two shy of his career high, established on Nov. 17, 2013 vs. STL (46 SV in 4-1 W).
* T.J. Oshie (2-1—3), Nicklas Backstrom (1-2—3) and John Carlson (1-1—2) all registered multi-point performances for the Capitals, who improved to 11-4-1 in their last 16 regular-season visits to Pittsburgh dating to Jan. 21, 2008 (PIT: 5-9-2).
TALBOT, SEKERA LEAD OILERS TO SIXTH CONSECUTIVE WIN . . .
Cam Talbot made a career-high 47 saves and Andrej Sekera scored the winning goal 41 seconds into overtime to lead the Oilers to their sixth consecutive victory, their longest such run since Oct. 22 – Nov. 3, 2011 (6-0-0).
* Talbot, who made his first start since Nov. 27 at DET, eclipsed his previous career high of 38 saves, last achieved on March 15 vs. FLA (2-1 W w/ NYR).
* Sekera recorded his fourth career game-winning goal and second in overtime. The other also came against the Bruins, on March 30, 2008 vs. BOS (w/ BUF).
* The Oilers have won their last three games against the Bruins – all after regulation – on the heels of a 13-game skid in the head-to-head series dating to Nov. 6, 2001 (0-10-3). They also snapped a 10-game drought with their first win in Boston since Nov. 7, 1996 (0-8-2).
. . . DID YOU KNOW?
Despite suffering the overtime loss, the Bruins extended their point streak against the Oilers to 16 games dating to Nov. 6, 2001 (13-0-3). Via Elias, that is the second-longest active point streak by an NHL team against one opponent:
Longest Active Point Streaks vs. One Opponent
19 – Coyotes vs. EDM (16-0-3; March 17, 2011 – Nov. 12, 2015)
16 – Bruins vs. EDM (13-0-3; Nov. 6, 2001 – Dec. 14, 2015)
11 – Lightning vs. ANA (7-0-4; Jan. 9, 2009 – Dec. 2, 2015)
11 – Penguins vs. EDM (8-0-3; Dec. 5, 2007 – Nov. 28, 2015)
11 – Blackhawks vs. CGY (7-0-4; Feb. 2, 2013 – Nov. 20, 2015)
Both the Sabres and Senators overcame deficits to earn regulation wins on Monday and snap the point streaks of the Red Wings (8-0-5) and Kings (7-0-2), respectively.
* Ryan O’Reilly and Johan Larsson scored 61 seconds apart to help the Sabres overcome a 1-0 deficit with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Buffalo snapped an eight-game drought with its first win in Detroit since Oct. 13, 2006 (0-6-2).
* Per Elias, the Sabres won in regulation when trailing in the final five minutes of the third period for the first time since April 2, 2003, when Daniel Briere and Tim Connolly scored 65 seconds apart to rally from a 3-2 deficit for a 4-3 victory vs. ATL.
* O’Reilly extended his point streak to eight games (4-7—11), equaling a career high established March 14-30 (5-8—13 w/ COL). He leads the Sabres in goals, assists and points this season (11-17—28 in 31 GP).
* The Senators scored four consecutive goals in the second period – powered by three-point performances from both Mike Hoffman (2-1—3) and Mika Zibanejad (1-2—3) – to overcome an early 1-0 deficit.
* Hoffman, who led all rookies with 27 goals in 2014-15 (79 GP), registered his 16th and 17th goals of the season (27 GP) to move into sole possession of fourth place in the NHL. He also picked up his seventh career game-winning goal and third of the season.
* Zibanejad posted his third career three-point game and second of the season (also Oct. 14 at CBJ: 1-2—3). Erik Karlsson added 1-1—2; his 27 assists are tied for first in the NHL this season (w/ Patrick Kane), while his 34 points lead all defenseman and share fourth overall (w/ Taylor Hall).
BOYLE’S SHORTHANDED GOAL POWERS LIGHTNING
Brian Boyle scored a shorthanded goal early in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and power the Lightning to their fourth victory in their past six outings.
* Boyle collected his fifth career shorthanded goal (501 GP), four of which have come since joining the Lightning last season (110 GP).
* Ben Bishop turned aside 25 of 26 shots to improve to 8-2-1 in his past 11 decisions. He began the season with a 5-7-1 record in his first 13 appearances.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, a third-round selection (62nd overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, made 27 saves in his League debut.
* Red Wings defenseman Mike Green played in his 600th NHL game.
* Senators forward Mark Stone (0-1—1) collected his 100th NHL point (37-63—100 in 132 GP).
* Darryl Sutter (LAK) coached his 1,151st career game to tie Marc Crawford for 15th place on the NHL’s all-time list among head coaches.
Despite suffering the overtime loss, the Bruins have earned at least one point in 11 of their past 12 games (8-1-3) . . . Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin scored his 14th goal of the season (29 GP), 12 of which have come on home ice (15 GP). He also raised his totals to 10-34—44 in 31 career regular-season games vs. WSH . . . Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson denied 32 shots, including a game-saving stop of Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist in the final seconds of regulation . . . Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (1-2—3) registered his first three-point game since March 16 vs. TOR (1-2—3) . . . Kings forward Tyler Toffoli notched his team-leading 12th goal of the season . . . Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron collected one assist to extend his point streak to five games (1-5—6) . . . The Penguins acquired defenseman Trevor Daley from the Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Rob Scuderi . . . ICYMI: The Department of Player Safety suspended Ducks forward Nate Thompson for three games for an illegal check to the head of Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk . . . Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, Oilers forward Taylor Hall and Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 13 . . . The Penguins honored forward Pascal Dupuis with a video tribute at CONSOL Energy Center.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
New Jersey @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., MSG+ 2, MSG-B, BELL TV
Florida @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m., FS-F, MSG+
Edmonton @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., SNW, MSG
Carolina @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m., FS-CR, CSN-PH
Tampa Bay @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, SUN, SNO
San Jose @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., CSN-CA, SNE, RDS
Calgary @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., SNF, FS-TN
Vancouver @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., SNP, FS-N+
St. Louis @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., FS-MW, TSN3
Colorado @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., NBCSN, CSN-CH
Columbus @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-O, FS-SW