NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 5, 2016
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Home Team in Caps
Detroit 1, NEW JERSEY 0
Ottawa 3, ST. LOUIS 2 (OT)
COLORADO 4, Los Angeles 1
EDMONTON 1, Carolina 0 (OT)
Arizona 3, VANCOUVER 2
IGINLA SCORES 600TH GOAL IN AVALANCHE’S VICTORY
Jarome Iginla scored his 600th career goal to power the Avalanche to a 7-2-2 record in their last 11 contests and snap the Kings’ winning streak at five games.
* Iginla became the 19th player in NHL history – and second active – to reach the 600-goal milestone. The only other active player to achieve the feat: Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, who ranks fourth all-time with 735 career goals.
Most Goals, NHL History
15. Joe Sakic: 625
16. Bobby Hull: 610
17. Dino Ciccarelli: 608
18. Jari Kurri: 601
19. Jarome Iginla: 600
* “It does feel good. You try not to think about it. The guys, my teammates, have been great. But we didn’t want it to be a distraction and the guys were real focused [Monday], they played great and it feels good. It’s something where you try not to think about getting close and every chance, every nice pass it’s, ‘Here maybe, maybe.’ You try and stay focused and stuff, but it was nice,” Iginla said. “It was a great bounce on the goal and I feel very blessed to get here. I’ve played with some great passers and now it’s just [about] going forward and winning games.”
* Iginla also played in his 1,432nd career game to move past Scott Mellanby and Luc Robitaille (1,431) and into a share of 24th place on the NHL’s all-time games played list (w/ Mike Gartner).
RED WINGS, SENATORS INCH UP ATLANTIC STANDINGS
The Red Wings (20-13-7, 47 points) and Senators (19-15-6, 44 points) both eked out wins to inch up the Atlantic Division standings, where the top six teams are separated by eight points:
* Petr Mrazek stopped all 22 shots he faced and Dylan Larkin scored a highlight-reel goal to lift the Red Wings to their second consecutive victory. Mrazek earned his seventh career shutout and second of the season; his lone other in 2015-16 also came in a 1-0 win, on Nov. 10 vs. WSH (38 SV). Larkin picked up his 14th overall goal and fourth game-winning goal of the season, both tops among rookies.
* Bobby Ryan posted 2-1—3, including the tying goal early in the third period and winner at 2:33 of overtime, to help the Senators overcome a 2-0 deficit and snap a three-game skid (0-3-0). Ryan, the second overall selection (by ANA) in the 2005 NHL Draft, became the third member of his draft class to reach the 200-goal milestone (201 in 565 GP). The others: Sidney Crosby (313 in 664 GP) and Anze Kopitar (228 in 722 GP).
DOAN STAYS HOT, AGAIN SCORES TWICE FOR COYOTES
Shane Doan (2-0—2) notched his fourth multi-goal performance in his past seven games to help the Coyotes improve to 5-1-2 in their last eight contests.
* Doan, who has 9-1—10 over the seven-game stretch, paces the Coyotes with 15 goals this season (30 GP), already one more than his total from 2014-15 (14 in 79 GP). Prior to this run, Doan had not registered a multi-goal game since Nov. 2, 2014 at WSH (2-1—3).
* Doan played in his 1,424th career game to tie Pat Verbeek for 28th place on the NHL’s all-time games played list.
* The Coyotes improved to 8-1-2 versus the Pacific Division this season. In 2014-15, they went 12-17-0 against divisional opponents.
OILERS EDGE HURRICANES ON SEKERA’S OT GOAL
Andrej Sekera scored at 2:47 of overtime and Cam Talbot turned aside all 29 shots he faced to power the Oilers to their second straight win.
* Sekera, who totaled 13-50—63 over the past two seasons with the Hurricanes (131 GP), picked up his second career goal against the team (20 GP) and first since departing via a midseason trade in 2014-15 (2 GP).
* Sekera registered his third career overtime goal and second of the season (also Dec. 14 at BOS). He has factored on four of the club’s six overtime goals in 2015-16 (2-2—4).
* Talbot earned his ninth career shutout and first since joining the Oilers via an offseason trade (22 GP).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Canucks forward Daniel Sedin scored his 344th career goal (all w/ VAN) to move within two of tying Markus Naslund (346) for the most in franchise history.
* Coyotes forward Laurent Dauphin, a second-round selection (39th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, recorded his first career goal (3 GP).
Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (2-2—4) established a career high for points in one game. He also registered his third career multi-goal performance and first since Feb. 20, 2015 at CHI (2-1—3) . . . Senators forward Mike Hoffman and Kings forward Tyler Toffoli both scored their 19th goals of the season, tied for seventh in the NHL . . . Senators captain Erik Karlsson picked up his 33rd assist of the season, one off the League lead held by Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (34) . . . Kings forward Anze Kopitar collected one assist to extend his assist/point streak to six games (1-9—10) . . . Senators defenseman Chris Wideman (St. Louis, Mo.) recorded an assist in his first NHL appearance in his hometown . . . ICYMI: Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of December . . . Ducks goaltender John Gibson was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for December . . . Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, Coyotes captain Shane Doan and Penguins defenseman Kris Letang were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 3.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Washington @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, CSN-DC, NESN
Florida @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., FS-F, MSG-B, BELL TV
Dallas @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., FS-SW+, MSG+
Chicago @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., SN1, SNO, SNP, CSN-CH, ROOT
Minnesota @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., FS-N, FS-O
Montreal @ Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SNE, RDS, CSN-PH
Winnipeg @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., TSN3, FS-TN
Tampa Bay @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., SUN, SNW
PANTHERS VISIT SABRES LOOKING FOR 10TH STRAIGHT WIN
The Panthers (23-12-4, 50 points), who have won a franchise-record nine consecutive games, look to extend that run when they visit the division rival Sabres (15-20-4, 34 points) at First Niagara Center. Three other clubs have posted nine-game winning streaks this season: the Canadiens (Oct. 7-24), Capitals (Dec. 12-30) and Rangers (Oct. 25 – Nov. 15). No team has won 10 straight since the 2013-14 campaign, when the Bruins reeled off 12 consecutive victories from March 2-22 (and the Ducks won 10 straight from Dec. 6-28).