NHL MORNING SKATE – APRIL 12, 2016

NHL MORNING SKATE – APRIL 12, 2016

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

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern

Detroit @ Tampa Bay, Game 1, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, FS-D, FS-F
NY Rangers @ Pittsburgh, Game 1, 8:00 p.m., USA, SN, TVAS, MSG, ROOT
Chicago @ St. Louis, Game 1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, CSN-CH, FS-MW

UPDATED STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS INFORMATION GUIDE

An updated version of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Information Guide, featuring series-by-series breakdowns of all eight First Round matchups, will be available on the NHL’s Media site later today.

Playoff guides for all 16 qualifying teams also will be posted on the Media site this afternoon.

REMINDER: 2016 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BRACKET CHALLENGE

Fans and media are encouraged to participate in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Samsung by signing up in English or French via NHL.com/Bracket or Sportsnet.ca/NHLBracket.

Participants can enter their predictions until 6:59 p.m. ET tomorrow, April 13 – just prior to the opening puck drop for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Media interested in joining the “Famous Hockey Fans” league should contact Jasmine Ghafour (jghafour@nhl.com).

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NHL ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OFFICIALS

The NHL announced the officials for the First Round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

NHL NETWORK UNVEILS NEW STUDIO, PROGRAMMING FOR PLAYOFFS

NHL Network unveiled a new studio and slate of programming in conjunction with the start of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“The Rink,” a 1,200-square-foot space dedicated solely to hockey coverage, made its debut on Monday. Inspired by hockey’s rich history and traditions, “The Rink” features 14-foot walls etched with the names of the last 10 Stanley Cup champions.

The back wall is lined with a 20-foot-wide LED display, while a 10-foot desk anchors the room. A custom 98-inch monitor also hangs within a ‘goal’ lined with lights along the crossbar.

NHL Network will air the following programs tonight in advance of the playoffs (all times ET):
5:00 p.m. – NHL Live
7:00 p.m. – NHL Tonight: 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview: Eastern Conference
8:00 p.m. – NHL Network Roundtable: State of the Game

NHL Network Channel Finder

TOEWS TOPS JERSEY SALES FOR 2015-16 SEASON

The NHL released the top 10 player jersey sales on Shop.NHL.com for the 2015-16 regular season:
1. Jonathan Toews (CHI)
2. Patrick Kane (CHI)
3. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)
4. Patrice Bergeron (BOS)
5. Carey Price (MTL)
6. Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
7. Zach Parise (MIN)
8. Sidney Crosby (PIT)
9. Ryan McDonagh (NYR)
10. Connor McDavid (EDM)

ICYMI: TAVARES LEADS “STARS” OF THE WEEK

Islanders captain John Tavares, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 10.

* Tavares led the NHL with 4-5—9 in four games, including a trio of multi-point performances, to power the Islanders to the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
* Kane shared second in the League with 3-3—6 in three games to become the first U.S.-born player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy (46-60—106).
* Ovechkin paced the NHL with five goals in three games to become the third player in League history to total seven or more 50-goal campaigns (50-21—71).

A QUICK LOOK BACK

Some of the highlights from the 2015-16 regular season:

* Average announced attendance of 17,481 (96.5% of capacity) represented a full-season record.
* Of the 1,230 games in the regular season, 823 (66.9%) were decided by two goals or fewer.
* The score was within one goal for 75% of the 74,758 minutes, 59 seconds of total playing time.
* The implementation of the 3-on-3 format led to decisions in 168 of the 275 overtime games – the most decisions since overtime returned to regular-season play in 1983-84.
* The 107 shootouts in 2015-16 represented the lowest total since the shootout was implemented in 2005-06.
* The number of 30-goal NHL scorers increased to 24 from the 11 in 2014-15.
* The Sabres showed the biggest improvement in points, from 54 to 81 (+27).
* The Sabres also reduced the number of times they were shorthanded from 257 to 218; reduced the number of power-play goals permitted to 38 from last season’s 64; and reduced their goal differential by 92, from -113 in 2014-15 to -21.

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NHL MORNING SKATE – MARCH 28, 2016

NHL MORNING SKATE – MARCH 28, 2016

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

TODAY’S CLINCHING SCENARIOS

* The Capitals will clinch the Presidents’ Trophy and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs if they get at least one point against the Blue Jackets.
* The Sharks will clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Kings in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Kings AND the Coyotes lose to the Flames in any fashion OR if the Coyotes lose to the Flames in regulation.
* The Predators will clinch a playoff berth if they defeat the Avalanche in regulation.

SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Winnipeg @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m., TSN3, CSN-PH
Columbus @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, CSN-DC
Buffalo @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-D
Toronto @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, SNO, SUN
Colorado @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., ALT, FS-TN
Anaheim @ Edmonton, 9:00 p.m., FS-W, SNW
Calgary @ Arizona, 10:00 p.m., SNF, FS-A
Los Angeles @ San Jose, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, SNE, SNP

SHARKS, PREDATORS ATTEMPT TO PUNCH PLAYOFF TICKETS

Both the Sharks and Predators will try to clinch playoff berths while facing division rivals:

* The Sharks (41-28-6, 88 points), who saw their 10-year playoff streak end in 2014-15, will attempt to return to the postseason when they welcome the Pacific Division-leading Kings (45-25-5, 95 points) to SAP Center. This marks the fifth and final meeting of 2015-16 between these California rivals, who have split their opening four matchups – with the road team winning each contest (SJS: 2-1-1, LAK: 2-2-0). That includes a 3-2 overtime victory by Los Angeles in their most recent head-to-head game on Jan. 24 in San Jose.
* The Predators (39-23-13, 91 points) will try to lock up their fifth postseason berth in the past seven years when they face the Avalanche (38-33-4, 80 points), the first team on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture, at Bridgestone Arena. This marks the fourth of five meetings in 2015-16 between these Central Division rivals, who will close their season series on April 5 – also in Nashville. Colorado has won two of their opening three matchups (COL: 2-1-0, NSH: 1-2-0).

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
CAROLINA 3, New Jersey 2
Pittsburgh 3, NY RANGERS 2 (OT)
Chicago 3, VANCOUVER 2

LADD, BLACKHAWKS CLINCH EIGHTH STRAIGHT PLAYOFF BERTH

Andrew Ladd scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:27 remaining in regulation to power the Blackhawks to their eighth consecutive playoff berth.

* At 44-25-7 (95 points), the Blackhawks moved four points ahead of the idle Predators (39-23-13, 91 points) for third place in the Central Division. They also climbed within four points of the idle division leaders – the Stars and Blues (both 45-22-9, 99 points).
* Ladd, who posted 2-1—3 in Saturday’s win at CGY, has 6-3—9 in 13 games since rejoining the Blackhawks. His six goals pace the team in the span, while his nine points are tied for second on the club – behind only Patrick Kane (4-6—10 in 13 GP).

CROSBY, PENGUINS INCH AHEAD IN METROPOLITAN DIVISION RACE

Sidney Crosby scored with 29.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the Penguins past the Rangers and to their eighth victory in their last nine games, including five straight on the road.

* The Penguins, who moved within three points of second place in the Metropolitan Division, closed their season series with a 3-1-0 record against the Rangers (NYR: 1-2-1).
* Crosby picked up his eighth career overtime goal and first of 2015-16. He ranks third in the NHL with 32-46—78 this season, including at least one point in 14 of his past 15 contests (7-15—22).

LOOSE PUCKS
Forward Victor Rask (2-0—2) registered his second multi-goal game of the season to lift the Hurricanes within four points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Rask, who scored for the third straight game (4-0—4), reached the 20-goal milestone for the first time in his career (20-25—45) . . . Forward Eric Staal (2-0—2) posted his 50th career multi-goal game – and first with the Rangers (14 GP) . . . Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (25 SV) improved to 7-1-0 in his last eight appearances (1.98 GAA, .915 SV%).

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NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 28, 2016

NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 28, 2016

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REMINDER: NHL ALL-STAR BREAK

The NHL’s All-Star break begins today and runs through Monday, Feb. 1.
There will no scheduled practices and dressing rooms must be closed through Sunday, Jan. 31.

2016 HONDA NHL ALL-STAR GAME INFORMATION GUIDE

The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game Interactive Information Guide is now available for download via the League’s Media site.

The guide features this weekend’s schedule of events as well as a roster of participants and rules for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition and 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game. It also includes a complete history of the NHL All-Star Game as well as records and a register for skaters, goaltenders and head coaches.

NHL ADDS KUZNETSOV, NEAL TO ALL-STAR GAME ROSTER

The NHL announced that Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and Predators forward James Neal have been added to the roster for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

Kuznetsov replaces Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin on the Metropolitan Division roster, while Neal replaces Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on the Central Division roster. Islanders captain John Tavares replaces Ovechkin as the captain of the Metropolitan Division team.

Click here for more information.

VOTING FOR BREAKAWAY CHALLENGE CLOSES TODAY

Voting for the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge – the second event in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition – closes today at 5:00 p.m. ET.

While five shooters for this event will be determined by team captains, one guaranteed participant will be selected by fans via the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge Fan Vote. The three eligible candidates are forwards Matt Duchene (COL), Dylan Larkin (DET) and Brandon Saad (CBJ).

Fans can vote via Twitter for their favorite eligible player by including his corresponding hashtag: #NHLBreakawayDuchene, #NHLBreakawayLarkin or #NHLBreakawaySaad.

ICYMI: SCHNEIDER UNVEILS ALL-STAR GAME PADS

Devils goaltender Cory Schneider, who will represent the Metropolitan Division at the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, unveiled his pads for the midseason showcase that pay homage to Music City:

2016 BMO CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME

The 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game takes place tonight at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver (9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, SN, TVAS). All 40 players scheduled to participate in the game – representing the OHL, QMJHL and WHL – are eligible for selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Click here for the full rosters.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
TAMPA BAY 1, Toronto 0
Philadelphia 4, WASHINGTON 3 (OT)
Nashville 2, CALGARY 1
Colorado 4, LOS ANGELES 3

VORACEK, FLYERS SNAP CAPITALS’ HOME WINNING STREAK AT 12 GAMES

Washington erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits, but Jakub Voracek (2-0—2) scored 38 seconds into overtime to help the Flyers end a three-game skid (0-3-0) and snap the Capitals’ home winning streak at 12 games.

* At 21-18-8 (50 points), the Flyers moved within five points of the idle Penguins (24-17-7, 55 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia holds one game in hand, but Pittsburgh owns the ROW tiebreaker (PIT: 23, PHI: 19).
* The Flyers earned their eighth overtime victory of the season (8-4), tied for first in the NHL with the Flames (8-1) and Blackhawks (8-4).
* Voracek recorded his sixth career overtime goal and second of the campaign (also Nov. 14 at CAR). He also posted his 14th career multi-goal game and first since Dec. 21, 2014 at WPG (2-0—2, including OT GWG).
* Voracek ranks second on the Flyers with 8-28—36 overall this season, including 4-6—10 in his past seven games.

VASILEVSKIY, STAMKOS POWER LIGHTNING PAST MAPLE LEAFS

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 30 shots he faced and Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal early in the first period to guide the Lightning to their eighth victory in their past nine games overall as well as their sixth straight win at Amalie Arena.

* At 27-18-4 (58 points), the Lightning climbed back into second place in the Atlantic Division, where teams Nos. 2-4 are separated by just one point. They also moved within five points of the idle Panthers (29-15-5, 63 points) for first place.
* Vasilevskiy – a native of Tyumen, Russia – earned his second career shutout (also March 3, 2015 vs. BUF: 28 SV) while playing his first NHL game in front of his parents.
* “It was their first NHL game and I did well . . . I showed them I can play in the NHL,” said Vasilevskiy, who won his sixth consecutive decision. “A shutout is always amazing for a goalie, but the most important thing is the win.”
* Stamkos notched his team-leading 21st goal of the season and 10th via the power play, tied for fifth in the NHL with Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin. He also picked up his fifth game-winning goal of the campaign.

AVALANCHE, PREDATORS CONTINUE WILD PLAYOFF PUSH

Both the Avalanche and Predators earned one-goal victories to head into the All-Star break occupying the two Wild Card spots in the Western Conference:

* Nathan MacKinnon scored the tiebreaking goal with 9:25 remaining in regulation to help the Avalanche rally from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits en route to their fifth victory in their last six games. Per Elias, Colorado overcame a two-goal deficit to win for the fourth time this season – second in the NHL behind Dallas (5x). MacKinnon posted his fifth game-winning goal of the campaign, while Gabriel Landeskog (2-0—2) registered his eighth career multi-goal game and second of 2015-16 (also Oct. 10 vs. DAL: 2-2—4).
* Shea Weber scored what stood as the game-winning goal and Carter Hutton made 26 saves to lead the Predators to a sweep of their four-game road trip through Western Canada. Weber ranks fifth among defensemen with 12 goals this season; his nine strikes via the power play also place second among blueliners, behind Carolina’s Justin Faulk (12). Hutton improved to 5-2-1 in eight appearances this season (2.36 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO).

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner played in his 423rd consecutive games (all w/ WSH) to pass Bobby Carpenter (422) for the longest such streak in franchise history.

LOOSE PUCKS

Despite suffering the overtime loss, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (28 SV) has earned at least one point in 25 of his past 26 decisions dating to Nov. 12 (22-1-3) . . . Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored his first career shorthanded goal (573 GP) . . . Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky (2-0—2) registered his second career multi-goal game (also Feb. 15, 2015 at ANA: 2-0—2) . . . Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier turned aside 28 of 29 shots . . . Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (0-1—1) extended his assist/point streak to a career-high five games (1-5—6) . . . ICYMI: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (15 SV) made a helicopter paddle save.

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NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 26, 2016

NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 26, 2016

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NHL ANNOUNCES SKILLS COMPETITION FORMAT . . .

The NHL announced the details and format of the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition, which will take place on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena (6:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Six events will make up the competition: Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge, DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting, Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay, AMP Energy NHL Hardest Shot and Discover NHL Shootout.

Click here for complete details on each event.

. . . DETAILS OF LIVE IN MUSIC CITY

The League also announced the details of NHL All-Star Friday Night: Live in Music City, which will take place on Friday from the Honda Stage at Bridgestone Winter Park in downtown Nashville (7:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN).

The one-hour primetime special will feature live roundtable discussions with NHL All-Stars, performances from top country music artists and a few surprises.

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NHL AND NHLPA RENEW PARTNERSHIP WITH GoPRO

The NHL and NHLPA announced a renewal of their partnership with GoPro to deliver hockey fans a behind-the-scenes look at the game. The extension includes NHL After Dark, an 11-part series filmed and produced by GoPro that will give hockey fans an immersive look at what happens on the ice during after-hours training sessions.

Click here to learn more and watch a trailer of NHL After Dark.

MONDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
Detroit 4, NY ISLANDERS 2
Boston 3, PHILADELPHIA 2
COLUMBUS 5, Montreal 2
NY RANGERS 6, Buffalo 3
DALLAS 2, Calgary 1
Arizona 2, MINNESOTA 1 (SO)

BRASSARD’S FIVE POINTS LIFT RANGERS OVER SABRES

Derick Brassard posted a career-high five points (2-3—5), including 2-2—4 in the third period, to propel the Rangers to their third victory in their last four games.

* At 27-17-5 (59 points), the Rangers moved three points ahead of the Islanders (25-16-6, 56 points) – who lost in regulation – for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers own the ROW tiebreaker (NYR: 25, NYI: 22), but the Islanders hold two games in hand.
* The Rangers improved to 18-5-2 (38 points) this season at Madison Square Garden, including points in six consecutive home games (5-0-1). Their 38 home points are tied for second in the NHL, behind only the Blackhawks (21-5-1, 43 points).
* Brassard, who leads the team with 17-19—36 this season, became the first Rangers player to record a five-point game since March 6, 2011 vs. PHI (Ryan Callahan: 4-1—5). Elias adds that Brassard became the first Rangers player to collect four points in the third period of one game since Nov. 25, 1992 at PIT (Mark Messier: 1-3—4).
* The Rangers earned their eighth consecutive victory over the Sabres dating to April 19, 2013 (BUF: 0-8-0). The teams face off two more times this season: March 8 at BUF and April 2 at NYR.

ATKINSON’S HAT TRICK POWERS BLUE JACKETS PAST CANADIENS

Cam Atkinson recorded his third career hat trick to lead the Blue Jackets past the Canadiens in the first half of their back-to-back, home-and-home series.

* Atkinson, who has spent his entire career with the Blue Jackets, became the third player in franchise history to collect three hat tricks. The others: Rick Nash (5) and Tyler Wright (3).
* Atkinson is tied for second on the Blue Jackets with 16 goals this season (49 GP), six shy of his career high established in 2014-15 (78 GP). His other two career hat tricks: April 5, 2012 at COL (3-0—3) and March 27, 2015 at CHI (3-0—3).
* Brandon Saad (2-0—2) added his third multi-goal game of the season. He paces the Blue Jackets with 18 goals overall (49 GP), five shy of his career high set in 2014-15 (82 GP w/ CHI).
* Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner both notched three assists. Dubinsky equaled a career high for assists in one game (5x total), while Jenner established a career high in that category.
* ICYMI: Atkinson helped a young fan win a puppy one night after Senators forward Bobby Ryan did the same at Canadian Tire Centre.

RED WINGS, BRUINS CLIMB ATLANTIC STANDINGS . . .

Both the Red Wings (25-16-8, 58 points) and Bruins (26-17-5, 57 points) won on Monday to keep pace in the Atlantic Division, where the top four teams are separated by just five points:

* Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser scored 71 seconds apart in the second period to break a 1-1 tie and help the Red Wings close January with a 7-1-0 road record. Via Elias, the team’s seven road wins equaled a franchise record for one calendar month, also achieved in April 1995 (7-3-0), March 2006 (7-0-0) and February 2011 (7-1-0). Petr Mrazek, who made 27 saves, won all seven of those games to improve to 18-9-4 overall this season (2.03 GAA, .932 SV%, 3 SO).
* Wayne Simmonds scored twice to help the Flyers erase a two-goal deficit, but Brett Connolly potted the winning tally with 1:54 remaining in regulation to lead the Bruins to their fifth victory in their last six games. Elias notes that Boston recorded its fourth tiebreaking goal in the final two minutes of regulation this season, tops in the NHL. The others: Nov. 27 vs. NYR (David Krejci – 18:17), Dec. 4 at CGY (Brad Marchand – 18:54) and Jan. 16 vs. TOR (Marchand – 19:13).

. . . STARS, COYOTES CONTINUE DIVISION PUSHES

The Stars and Coyotes also earned narrow wins to continue their climbs in their respective divisions:

* Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza scored 80 seconds apart in the second period to power the Stars to an 11-3-0 record in their last 14 games at American Airlines Center. At 31-14-5 (67 points), Dallas moved within three points of idle Chicago (33-15-4, 70 points) for first place in the Central Division. Benn registered his 28th goal of the campaign to tie Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin for second place in the NHL.
* Antoine Vermette scored the tying goal with 1:13 remaining in regulation – while shorthanded – and Anthony Duclair potted the lone tally in the shootout to lift the Coyotes to their second straight win on the heels of a four-game skid (0-3-1). At 24-19-5 (53 points), Arizona moved within one point of idle San Jose (25-18-4, 54 points) for second place in the Pacific Division, where teams Nos. 2-5 are separated by just five points.

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Coyotes captain Shane Doan played in his 1,433rd career game to move past Mike Gartner (1,432) and into sole possession of 25th place on the NHL’s all-time games played list.
* Sabres forward Evander Kane played in his 400th NHL game.
* Alain Vigneault (NYR) coached his 1,019th career game to tie Pat Burns for 19th place on the NHL’s all-time games coached list.

LOOSE PUCKS

MUST-SEE: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (1-1—2) scored from center ice. Subban, who ranks fourth among blueliners with 4-31—35 this season, has registered at least one point in 10 of his past 12 games (3-8—11) . . . Bruins forward Brad Marchand scored to extend his point streak to six games (5-1—6), including goals in a career-high five straight games. Marchand also reached the 20-goal milestone for the third consecutive season and fifth time in seven total NHL campaigns . . . Wild forward Charlie Coyle recorded his 13th goal of the season (49 GP) to eclipse his career high of 12 set in 2013-14 (70 GP). He also scored for the third straight game (3-0—3), equaling a career high set March 22-26, 2014 (3-1—4) . . . Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons (2-0—2) posted his fourth career multi-goal game and first since Jan. 17, 2015 vs. PHI (2-0—2) . . . Islanders forward Brock Nelson scored his 11th goal in his past 19 games and fifth in his past five outings . . . Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (1-0—1) extended his point streak to five games (4-2—6) . . . ICYMI: The Panthers signed forward Aleksander Barkov to a six-year contract extension . . . The Blackhawks signed senior vice president and general manager Stan Bowman to a three-year contract extension . . . Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, Devils forward Lee Stempniak and Blues goaltender Brian Elliott were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 24 . . . The Flyers hosted You Can Play Night at Wells Fargo Center . . . The NHL and MLBAM unveiled details for three of their redesigned platforms: NHL.com, the NHL app and NHL.tv.

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Anaheim @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, SNO, SNW, FS-W, NESN
New Jersey @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., MSG+, ROOT
Chicago @ Carolina, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, SN1, CSN-CH
Columbus @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., FS-O, SNE, RDS
Buffalo @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, TSN5, RDS2
Toronto @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., TSN4, FS-F
Arizona @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., FS-A, TSN3
Nashville @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., FS-TN, SNP
Colorado @ San Jose, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, SN1, SNE, SNO, SNW

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NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 22, 2016

NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 22, 2016

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

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
Vancouver 4, BOSTON 2
NEW JERSEY 6, Ottawa 3
PITTSBURGH 4, Philadelphia 3
Calgary 4, COLUMBUS 2
Carolina 1, TORONTO 0 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 2, Chicago 1
Nashville 4, WINNIPEG 1
DALLAS 3, Edmonton 2
San Jose 3, ARIZONA 1
Minnesota 3, LOS ANGELES 0

LIGHTNING RUN WINNING STREAK TO SEVEN, HALT BLACKHAWKS’ AT 12 . . .

Nikita Kucherov scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period to power the Lightning to their seventh consecutive victory and halt the Blackhawks’ franchise-record winning streak at 12 games.

* At 26-17-4 (56 points), the Lightning moved within one point of the idle Panthers (26-15-5, 57 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division. Florida holds one game in hand, but Tampa Bay owns the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 24, FLA: 21).
* The Lightning, who are one game shy of matching the longest winning streak in franchise history (Feb. 23 – March 6, 2004: 8-0-0), ranked sixth division and sat 12 points out of first place when their current seven-game run began on Jan. 8.
* Kucherov, who paces the Lightning in goals (t-20) and points (40) in 2015-16, reached the 20-goal milestone for the second consecutive season. He also extended his overall point streak to seven games (6-4—10) and home point streak to 12 contests (9-9—18).
* Ben Bishop made 17 saves to earn his fourth consecutive win. He ranks second in the NHL with a 1.94 goals-against average this season and also places eighth with a .928 save percentage.

. . . DID YOU KNOW?

Elias says that Thursday’s game between the Lightning (6 W) and Blackhawks (12 W) marked just the fourth contest in NHL history in which both teams entered on winning streaks of six or more games.

The other such instances:

Nov. 6, 1991: MTL (8 W) at NYR (6 W) – MTL won 4-1
Nov. 13, 1993: NYR (6 W) at WSH (6 W) – NYR won 2-0
Dec. 2, 2010: ATL (6 W) at PIT (7 W) – PIT won 3-2

D. SEDIN SETS FRANCHISE RECORD IN CANUCKS’ VICTORY

Daniel Sedin scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, to surpass Markus Naslund as the Canucks’ all-time leader in goals and help the team pick up points for the 12th time in its past 15 games (9-3-3).

* At 20-17-11 (51 points), the Canucks moved into third place in the Pacific Division, where teams Nos. 2-7 are separated by just eight points.
* Sedin, who now has 348 goals with the Canucks compared to Naslund’s 346, became the fifth active NHL player to become his franchise’s all-time leader in goals. The others: Arizona’s Shane Doan (384), New Jersey’s Patrik Elias (407), Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (503) and San Jose’s Patrick Marleau (470).
* Sedin, who has spent his entire career with the Canucks, also reached the 20-goal milestone for the 10th time in his 15 NHL seasons (21-22—43). Via Elias, Naslund is the only other player in franchise history to post 10 or more 20-goal seasons (also 10).
* Sedin added to another franchise record with his 78th career game-winning goal. His six such tallies in 2015-16 are one off the League lead, shared by San Jose’s Joe Pavelski and Chicago’s Jonathan Toews.

FIVE FIRST-PERIOD GOALS POWER DEVILS PAST SENATORS

The Devils scored five goals in the first period – led by 1-3—4 from Travis Zajac – to knock off the Senators and pick up their third consecutive victory.

* At 24-19-5 (53 points), the Devils tied the Bruins (24-17-5, 53 points) – in terms of points – for the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Boston, however, holds two games in hand. The Devils also moved within one point of the idle Islanders (24-15-6, 54 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
* Elias says that the Devils tied a franchise record for goals in the first period, last achieved on March 11, 1997 vs. EDM (5x total).
* Elias adds that Zajac became just the second player in Devils history to record four points in the first period of a game. The other: Patrik Elias, who posted 1-3—4 in the first period of a 4-1 win over the Stars on Dec. 20, 2000.
* Zajac, who totaled 0-4—4 in his last 16 games and had not scored since Nov. 6 vs. CHI, also equaled a career high for points in one contest, last achieved March 31, 2014 vs. FLA (3-1—4).

SLUMP BUSTERS

Several teams snapped losing streaks with victories on Thursday:

* The Penguins scored four consecutive goals to overcome an early 2-0 deficit and snap an eight-game head-to-head losing streak against the intrastate rival Flyers (0-6-2). Phil Kessel (2-0—2) and Sidney Crosby (1-1—2) both collected multiple points. Kessel recorded his third multi-goal performance of the season, while Crosby extended his point streak to five games (3-5—8) – he has 9-11—20 in his past 15 outings.
* Darcy Kuemper stopped all 32 shots he faced, including 13 in the final period, to earn his seventh career shutout (second this season) and help the Wild end a five-game skid (0-5-0). Zach Parise provided what stood as the game-winning goal, his fifth of the season. He paces the team with 17 total goals in 2015-16 despite missing nine contests due to injury.
* Antti Niemi made 23 saves to backstop the Stars past the Oilers, helping the team halt a four-game slide (0-3-1) and pick up its first victory in regulation since Dec. 31 vs. NSH (1-5-2). Niemi improved to 12-1-3 in 16 career games vs. EDM (2.39 GAA, .909 SV%). He also upped his record to 17-8-5 in 2015-16 (2.45 GAA, .913 SV%, 3 SO).

AROUND THE RINKS

* Martin Jones turned aside 23 shots to backstop the Sharks to a 6-0-1 record in their last seven games, their longest point streak since March 2-16, 2014 (7-0-1). Jones, who has won his past five starts, improved to 14-3-2 on the road this season (2.25 GAA, .923 SV%, 2 SO) – tied for the most such wins in the NHL (w/ Washington’s Braden Holtby: also 14-3-2).
* Down 1-0 less than five minutes after the opening face-off, the Predators scored four unanswered goals to earn their second win in their last three outings on the heels of a five-game skid (0-4-1). Ryan Johansen led the way with 1-1—2; he has recorded 3-6—9 in seven games since joining Nashville on Jan. 6.
* Eddie Lack denied all 32 shots he faced and Jordan Staal scored at 2:54 of overtime to lift the Hurricanes to a 5-1-1 record in their last seven games. Lack earned his seventh career shutout and first with Carolina. Staal established a Hurricanes/Whalers record with his third overtime goal of the season (also Nov. 7 vs. OTT and Jan. 9 at CBJ).
* Sam Bennett scored twice and Johnny Gaudreau provided the tiebreaking goal to propel the Flames to a 1-1-1 record on their current five-game road trip. Bennett has eight goals over his past five outings, three more than his total from his first 40 career appearances. Gaudreau reached the 20-goal milestone for the second time in as many NHL seasons (20-26—46).

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Devils forward Joseph Blandisi (1-2—3), a sixth-round selection (162nd overall) by the Avalanche in the 2012 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal (9 GP).
* Maple Leafs forward Brad Boyes (800) and Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (300) both played in milestone games.

LOOSE PUCKS

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (31 SV) saw his career-high winning streak end at nine games . . . Senators captain Erik Karlsson (0-2—2) reached the 40-assist milestone for the fourth time in his seven NHL seasons. Only Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (42) has more helpers in 2015-16 . . . Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 26 saves to snap a personal five-game losing streak (0-4-1) and improve to 9-2-1 in 13 career appearances vs. WPG/ATL (2.12 GAA, .920 SV%, 2 SO) . . . Sharks forward Joe Thornton (0-1—1) extended his point streak to seven games (2-7—9). He has posted at least one point in 15 of his past 16 outings (5-15—20) . . . Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer (40 SV) recorded his third 40-save performance of the season . . . The Kings aired a tribute video for Wild forward Jarret Stoll in his return to Los Angeles. Stoll won two Stanley Cups with the Kings over the past seven seasons (81-133—214 in 506 GP) . . . The Blackhawks acquired forward Jiri Sekac from the Ducks in exchange for forward Ryan Garbutt . . . The Rangers signed forward Daniel Paille . . . ICYMI: The NHL announced that country music stars Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Charles Kelley and Chris Young will serve as celebrity coaches for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game . . . Boston Pride forward Denna Laing, who was injured during the Outdoor Women’s Classic presented by Scotiabank, recorded an inspirational message for fans at TD Garden. Her sisters, Brianna and Lexie, then dropped the ceremonial opening puck prior to the Canucks-Bruins game. Visit BostonBruins.com/DennaLaing for more information about fundraising efforts . . . The Coyotes honored captain Shane Doan (384) for surpassing Dale Hawerchuk (379) as the franchise’s all-time leader in goals.

GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 21: Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes and Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Maloney pose with a painting during a ceremony celebrating Doan being the all-time franchise goal scoring leader before a game against the San Jose Sharks at Gila River Arena on January 21, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Anaheim @ Washington, 5:00 p.m., FS-W, CSN-DC
Detroit @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, FS-D, MSG-B, BELL TV
NY Rangers @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., MSG 2, FS-CR
NY Islanders @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., MSG+, TSN5, RDS
Chicago @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., CSN-CH, FS-F
St. Louis @ Colorado, 9:00 p.m., FS-MW, ALT

ICYMI: TIME CHANGE FOR DUCKS-CAPITALS GAME

The NHL announced that the start time for tonight’s game between the Ducks (20-18-7, 47 points) and Capitals (35-8-3, 73 points) at Verizon Center has been changed from 7:00 p.m. ET to 5:00 p.m. ET due to the severe snowstorm impacting the Washington, D.C., area and in light of Metro’s service changes.

All tickets for tonight’s game will be honored for the new start time.

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NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 19, 2016

NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 19, 2016

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SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Calgary @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., SNF, MSG+
Vancouver @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., SNP, MSG
Toronto @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, TSN4, CSN-PH
Washington @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., CSN-DC, FS-O
Boston @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., NESN, SNE, RDS
Edmonton @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SNW, SUN
Chicago @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, SN1, SNO, CSN-CH
Dallas @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SN, SN1, FS-SW, FS-W

BLACKHAWKS AIM FOR 12TH STRAIGHT WIN IN NASHVILLE

The Blackhawks (31-13-4, 66 points) – who have equaled a franchise record with 11 consecutive victories to move into first place in the Central Division and Western Conference – look to extend that run when they visit the rival Predators (20-17-8, 48 points) at Bridgestone Arena as part of a national broadcast in both the U.S. and Canada (NBCSN, SN1).

This marks the fourth of five meetings between Chicago and Nashville in 2015-16; the Blackhawks have won two of the first three, including a 3-2 triumph last Tuesday at United Center for the eighth victory during its current winning streak.

SHARKS HOST 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

One night after honoring forward Igor Larionov, the Sharks will host their 25th Anniversary Celebration at SAP Center. The evening will bring together San Jose’s roster of players, coaches, alumni and personalities to celebrate the history of the organization.

The program, hosted by Sharks play-by-play announcers Randy Hahn and Dan Rusanowsky, will include a series of speakers as well as a multimedia presentation covering several facets of the team’s history and heritage.

REMINDER: NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING MID-SEASON RANKINGS

NHL Central Scouting will release its mid-season rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft today at 11:00 a.m. ET. The rankings feature the top 210 skaters and 30 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 134 skaters and 15 goaltenders from Europe.

MONDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
Edmonton 4, FLORIDA 2
ST. LOUIS 5, Pittsburgh 2
Colorado 2, WINNIPEG 1
Buffalo 2, ARIZONA 1
Ottawa 4, SAN JOSE 3 (SO)

STASTNY’S FOUR POINTS LEAD BLUES OVER PENGUINS

The Blues scored four unanswered goals – powered by 1-3—4 from Paul Stastny – to overcome a 2-1 deficit en route to their fourth victory in their past five games.

* At 27-15-7 (61 points), the Blues moved within two points of the idle Stars (29-12-5, 63 points) for second place in the Central Division. Dallas, however, holds three games in hand and owns the ROW tiebreaker (DAL: 27, STL: 24).
* Stastny recorded his sixth career four-point game and first since Dec. 16, 2013 vs. DAL (2-2—4 w/ COL). He has 5-18—23 this season (31 GP), including 2-8—10 in his last nine outings.
* Brian Elliott made 36 saves, including 16 in the second period, to earn his fourth win in his past five starts and improve to 9-5-4 overall this season. Elliott also upped his record to 6-2-1 in 10 career regular-season appearances vs. PIT.

AROUND THE RINKS

* Taylor Hall (2-1—3) and Teddy Purcell (1-2—3) both registered three points to snap the Oilers’ road losing streak at seven games (0-4-3) and halt the Panthers’ franchise-record home-winning streak at seven contests. Hall – who paces Edmonton in goals (18), assists (27) and points (45) this season – recorded his 12th career multi-goal game and second of the campaign (also Dec. 11 vs. NYR: 2-2—4). He has collected three or more points seven times this season.
* The Senators yielded three consecutive goals, but Zack Smith tied the game via a shorthanded penalty shot – with 5:31 remaining in regulation – and Mika Zibanejad potted the lone tally in the shootout to snap the Sharks’ winning streak at five games. Ottawa, who has won three of its last five outings, registered its ninth shorthanded goal of the season, one ahead of Montreal for the League lead.
* Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves, including 15 in the final period, to backstop the Avalanche to their third victory in as many meetings with the Jets this season as well as a 10-3-1 record versus divisional opponents in 2015-16. At 23-21-3 (49 points), Colorado leapfrogged idle Nashville (20-17-8, 48 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, where six teams are within six points of its position.
* Jack Eichel posted 1-1—2 to power the Sabres to their fourth win in their last five games. Eichel, the second overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, shares second among rookies with 14 goals this season and ranks fourth with 15 assists and 29 points. Four of his six career multi-point performances have come since the NHL’s holiday break (5-8—13 in 12 GP).

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla (1-0—1) scored his 602nd career goal to move past Jari Kurri (601) and into sole possession of 18th place in NHL history. Iginla also recorded his 96th career game-winning goal; Elias says that is tied with Mats Sundin for ninth place in League history.
* Sharks forward Joe Thornton (0-1—1) registered his 927th career assist to move past Stan Mikita (926) and into sole possession of 17th place in NHL history. Thornton, who has 2-6—8 during a six-game point streak, has posted at least one point in 14 of his past 15 outings (5-14—19).
* Sabres forward David Legwand played in his 1,100th NHL game.
* Jets forward JC Lipon, a third-round selection (91st overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, made his League debut.

LOOSE PUCKS

Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 25th goal of the season to move into a tie for fourth place in the NHL (w/ Tyler Seguin) . . . Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin reached the 20-goal milestone for the eighth time in his 10 NHL seasons. Via Elias, he became the sixth player in Penguins history to record eight or more 20-goal seasons. The others: Mario Lemieux (12), Jaromir Jagr (11), Rick Kehoe (9), Jean Pronovost (9) and Sidney Crosby (8) . . . Senators captain Erik Karlsson posted his 38th assist of the season, two off the League lead (by Patrick Kane). Karlsson paces all defensemen with 9-38—47, six more points than the next-closest blueliner (Brent Burns: 18-23—41) . . . One day after signing a three-year contract extension, Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot made 31 saves for his ninth win of the season . . . ICYMI: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, Flames forward Sam Bennett and Kings forward Anze Kopitar were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 17 . . . Rogers announced that it will produce and broadcast the first-ever NHL game in 4K when the Maple Leafs face the Canadiens at Air Canada Centre this Saturday, Jan. 23 (7:00 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CBC, TVAS).

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NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 14, 2016

NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 14, 2016

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NHL ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR GAME PERFORMERS

The NHL announced that Grammy-award winning artists Vince Gill and Jennifer Nettles, CMA- and ACM-winning artist Lee Brice, and music duo and real-life sisters Lennon & Maisy will lead the entertainment for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday, Jan. 31 (4:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).

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SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, MSG, MSG+
Vancouver @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., SN360, CSN-DC
Chicago @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CSN-CH, SNE, RDS
Carolina @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., FS-SE, FS-MW
Nashville @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., FS-TN, TSN3
New Jersey @ Colorado, 9:00 p.m., MSG+ 2, ALT
Detroit @ Arizona, 9:00 p.m., FS-D+, FS-A
Edmonton @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., SNW, CSN-CA

BLACKHAWKS AIM FOR NINTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY

The Blackhawks (28-13-4, 60 points), who have won a season-high eight consecutive games to climb within two points of first place in the Central Division, look to continue that run when they visit the Canadiens (23-17-3, 49 points) at Bell Centre.

This marks the first of two meetings in four days between these Original Six rivals; they also will face off on Sunday at United Center. Chicago has collected at least one point in seven consecutive head-to-head matchups dating to Oct. 30, 2009 (5-0-2), including three straight wins.

BATTLE OF NEW YORK HEATS UP IN TIGHT DIVISION RACE

Crucial points are on the line when the Rangers (23-14-5, 51 points) play the Islanders (23-15-5, 51 points) at Barclays Center in the second of four meetings this season.

These clubs are tied – in terms of points – for second place in the Metropolitan Division, but the Rangers have played one fewer game and own the ROW tiebreaker (NYR: 22, NYI: 20).

The Islanders claimed their first matchup of the season – and first meeting ever in Brooklyn – with a 2-1 shootout victory on Dec. 2 at Barclays Center.

McLELLAN MAKES FIRST TRIP BACK TO SAN JOSE

Edmonton head coach Todd McLellan returns to San Jose for the first time when the Oilers (17-23-4, 38 points) visit the Sharks (21-18-2, 44 points) at SAP Center.

McLellan 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 a 4-3 victory in the first meeting between these teams this season, on Dec. 9 at Rexall Place, courtesy of an overtime goal by Taylor Hall.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
Columbus 3, TORONTO 1
PHILADELPHIA 3, Boston 2
CALGARY 6, Florida 0
ANAHEIM 4, Ottawa 1

BENNETT’S FOUR GOALS LIFT FLAMES OVER PANTHERS . . .

Sam Bennett scored four goals, including his first career hat trick (at the 17:01 mark of the first period), to power the Flames to their third win in their last five contests and snap the Panthers’ franchise-record point streak at 13 games (12-0-1).

* At 20-20-2 (42 points), the Flames moved within two points of the idle Sharks (21-18-2, 44 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. They also climbed within three points of the idle Predators (19-17-7, 45 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
* Bennett, the fourth overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, registered his first career multi-goal game (42 GP). He has scored five times in his past two outings (5-0—5), equaling his goal total from his first 40 NHL appearances (5-10—15).
* “It’s a great feeling,” Bennett said. “I think it’s big for my confidence. I knew I felt confident playing in this league and now I think I took another step in the right direction. It’ll just keep building on my confidence.”

CALGARY, AB – JANUARY 13: Sam Bennett #93 of the Calgary Flames holds up all four of his goal pucks against the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 13, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

. . . INSIDE THE NUMBERS

A statistical look at Sam Bennett’s four-goal performance, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau:

* At 19 years, 207 days, Bennett became the third-youngest player in NHL history to record a four-goal game. The only younger players to do so: Maple Leafs forward Jack Hamilton (18 years, 185 days; Dec. 4, 1943 vs. NYR) and Capitals forward Bobby Carpenter (18 years, 227 days; Feb. 25, 1982 vs. STL).
* Bennett also became the third-youngest player in NHL history to post a first-period hat trick. The only younger players to do so: Maple Leafs forward Ted ‘Teeder’ Kennedy (19 years, 28 days; Jan. 9, 1945 vs. NYR) and Sabres forward John Tucker (19 years, 185 days; April 1, 1984 vs. TOR).
* Bennett became the first Flames player to register a four-goal game since Jarome Iginla did so on Feb. 23, 2003 at PHX. He also became the third rookie in franchise history to notch a four-goal game. The others: Joe Nieuwendyk (2x; Nov. 19, 1987 vs. QUE and Dec. 13, 1987 at BUF) and Jiri Hrdina (Nov. 7, 1988 vs. HFD).
* Bennett became the first rookie to post a four-goal game for any team since Sharks forward Tomas Hertl did so on Oct. 8, 2013 vs. NYR.
* Bennett became the youngest player in Flames history to collect a hat trick. Jim Peplinski previously held that record, doing so at 21 years, 24 days on Nov. 17, 1981 vs. WPG.
* Bennett became the first player from any team to score three goals in the first period of a game since Lightning forward Martin St. Louis did so on Jan. 18, 2014 vs. SJS. Only three other players have accomplished that feat for the Flames: Paul Reinhart (Nov. 24, 1986 vs. EDM), Brian MacLellan (Jan. 14, 1990 at CHI) and Nieuwendyk (Dec. 14, 1993 vs. VAN).

DID YOU KNOW?

Sam Bennett became the fifth rookie to record a hat trick this season – and the third to do so in the past week. The others: Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair (Oct. 14 at ANA), Bruins forward Frank Vatrano (Dec. 18 at PIT), Sabres forward Sam Reinhart (Jan. 10 at WPG) and Coyotes forward Max Domi (Jan. 12 vs. EDM).

FLYERS, DUCKS INCH CLOSER TO PLAYOFF SPOTS

Both the Flyers and Ducks picked up wins to inch closer to playoff spots in their respective conferences:

* Jakub Voracek (1-2—3) and Claude Giroux (0-3—3) both collected three points to propel the Flyers to their fourth consecutive victory overall as well as their sixth straight win at Wells Fargo Center. At 19-15-7 (45 points), Philadelphia moved within two points of Boston (21-16-5, 47 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, where teams Nos. 3-13 are separated by just six points.
* The Ducks scored three unanswered goals in the final five minutes of regulation – including the tiebreaker by Shea Theodore (his first NHL goal) – to pick up points for the eighth time in their last 10 games (6-2-2). At 18-17-7 (43 points), Anaheim moved within one point of San Jose (21-18-2, 44 points) for third place in the Pacific Division and within two points of Nashville (19-17-7, 45 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Flyers defenseman Nick Schultz played in his 1,000th NHL game. Ducks forward Chris Stewart (500) also played in a milestone game.
* Defenseman Seth Jones (0-1—1) recorded his first point with the Blue Jackets (4 GP).

LOOSE PUCKS

Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo made a career-high 41 saves, including 31 over the final two periods, to help the Blue Jackets snap a four-game skid (0-3-1) . . . Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller stopped all 15 shots he faced to record a shutout in his first appearance since Dec. 12 . . . Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner (1-1—2) scored his 15th goal of the season (45 GP), one shy of equaling his career high established in 2013-14 (72 GP) . . . Flames captain Mark Giordano (0-1—1) extended his point streak to six games (1-6—7), including assists in five straight contests . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Devils forward Bobby Farnham for four games for interference against Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin . . . The Department of Player Safety also fined Jets defenseman Tyler Myers $5,000 for cross-checking Sharks forward Tommy Wingels . . . ICYMI: Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and Willie O’Ree attended the U.S. premiere of Soul on Ice: Past, Present & Future in support of the NHL’s Hockey Is for Everyone initiative.

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NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 13, 2016

NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 13, 2016

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TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 5, Columbus 2
CAROLINA 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT)
ST. LOUIS 5, New Jersey 2
Buffalo 3, MINNESOTA 2
San Jose 4, WINNIPEG 1
CHICAGO 3, Nashville 2
Tampa Bay 4, COLORADO 0
ARIZONA 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)

MILESTONE WINS HELP TEAMS CLIMB CENTRAL DIVISION STANDINGS

Both the Blackhawks (28-13-4, 60 points) and Blues (25-14-7, 57 points) earned milestone wins for their head coaches to inch closer to the idle Stars (29-11-4, 62 points) atop the Central Division:

* Andrew Shaw (2-0—2) posted his seventh career multi-goal performance and Brent Seabrook scored what stood as the game-winning goal to lift the Blackhawks to their eighth consecutive victory, their longest such run since Nov. 26 – Dec. 11, 2014 (also 8-0-0). Chicago also won its fifth straight game at United Center, where it is 19-5-1 (39 points) this season – the most home wins and home points of any team in the NHL.
* Hours after agreeing to a three-year contract extension, Joel Quenneville picked up his 782nd career victory to tie Al Arbour for the second-most wins by a head coach in NHL history. Only Scotty Bowman (1,244) has more career victories behind an NHL bench.
* The Blues scored four unanswered goals to overcome an early 2-1 deficit and extend their point streak to five games (2-0-3). Patrik Berglund (2-0—2), who missed the team’s first 40 games of the season, notched his 10th career multi-goal performance and first since April 3, 2015 at DAL (2-0—2). He also recorded his 15th career game-winning goal and first since March 15, 2014 at NSH (2-0—2).
* Ken Hitchcock, who ranks fourth in NHL history with 733 career victories, became the second head coach in Blues history to win 200 games, joining Quenneville (307). Elias adds that Hitchcock, who posted 277 victories w/ DAL, became the sixth head coach in NHL history to record 200 wins with multiple teams.

Most Wins by a Head Coach, NHL History
1. Scotty Bowman: 1,422
t-2. Al Arbour: 782
t-2. Joel Quenneville: 782^
4. Ken Hitchcock: 733^
5. Dick Irvin: 692
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FIRST CAREER HAT TRICKS POWER COYOTES, ISLANDERS

Max Domi (3-0—3) and Brock Nelson (3-1—4) both recorded their first career hat tricks to power the Coyotes and Islanders, respectively, to wins:

* Domi scored three times in regulation – including twice in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit – and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1-3—4) provided the winning tally with 8.9 seconds remaining in overtime to help the Coyotes pick up their fourth consecutive victory and improve to 5-0-1 in their last six outings. Arizona also extended its point streak against Edmonton to 21 games dating to March 17, 2011 (17-0-4), the longest active point streak against one opponent in the NHL.
* Domi, who snapped a 15-game drought with his first goals since Dec. 4 at BUF (2-0—2), shares third among rookies with 13 goals this season. Ekman-Larsson, who established a career high for points in one contest, posted his sixth game-winning goal of 2015-16 to move within one of the League lead (Joe Pavelski: 7). He paces the NHL with six overtime goals since the start of the 2013-14 season.
* Nelson also scored three times, including the game-winning goal, to help the Islanders improve to 8-3-0 in their last 11 games at Barclays Center. At 23-15-5 (51 points), the Islanders tied the rival Rangers (23-14-5, 51 points) – in terms of points – for second place in the Metropolitan Division; the Rangers, however, have played one fewer game and own the ROW tiebreaker (NYR: 22, NYI: 20). These teams will face off three more times this season, including Thursday at Barclays Center.
* Nelson equaled a career high for points in one game, also achieved on Oct. 10, 2014 at CAR (2-2—4). He paces the team with 17 goals this season (43 GP), three shy of his career high established in 2014-15 (82 GP).

AROUND THE RINKS

* Steven Stamkos scored twice to reach the 20-goal milestone for the eighth time in as many NHL seasons and propel the Lightning to their third consecutive victory. Via Elias, Stamkos became the third player in franchise history to record eight straight 20-goal seasons, joining Vincent Lecavalier (12; 1999-11) and Martin St. Louis (9; 2002-11).
* The Penguins erased a two-goal deficit, but Jeff Skinner scored at 3:02 of overtime to lift the Hurricanes to their third consecutive win overall as well as a 4-0-1 record in their past five games at PNC Arena. Skinner posted his 20th career game-winning goal (and fifth this season) as well as his second in overtime (also Jan. 2, 2014 at WSH).
* The Sharks scored three unanswered goals, including the tiebreaker by Joe Thornton, to earn their third straight victory overall and improve to 5-1-1 in their last seven games as visitors. At 15-6-2 (32 points), they rank second in the NHL in both road wins and road points. Thornton collected at least one point for the 11th time in his past 12 games (5-11—16).
* The Sabres raced to a 3-0 lead in the first period – aided by two goals in 20 seconds from Rasmus Ristolainen (17:30) and Brian Gionta (17:50) – to pick up their second consecutive win on the heels of a six-game skid. Linus Ullmark, who equaled a career high with 42 saves on Sunday at WPG, turned aside 28 shots to improve to 7-10-2.

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Goaltender Ben Bishop (21 SV) earned his 12th shutout with the Lightning – and 14th overall – to tie Daren Puppa for second place in franchise history, behind Nikolai Khabibulin (14).
* Blues forward Ty Rattie, a second-round selection (32nd overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal (19 GP).

LOOSE PUCKS

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made a season-high 41 saves to extend his winning streak to six games, his longest such run since a career-high eight-game stretch from Feb. 20 – March 5, 2011 . . .Coyotes goaltender Louis Domingue denied 25 shots to improve to 7-0-2 in nine starts this season, including four consecutive victories . . . Lightning forward Ondrej Palat (1-2—3), Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (0-3—3) and Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm (0-3—3) all registered three points . . . Penguins captain Sidney Crosby collected two assists, giving him 6-8—14 in his last 11 outings . . . Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (0-1—1) extended his point streak to a career-high eight games (6-6—12). He ranks second among defensemen with 18-22—40 overall this season . . . Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (1-1—2) scored his second career shorthanded goal – and first since Oct. 13, 2011 vs. PHX (w/ NSH) . . . Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa celebrated his 37th birthday with a pair of assists . . . The Lightning snapped a six-game drought with their first win in Colorado since March 1, 2004 (0-4-2) . . . ICYMI: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Ross Colton posted 3-2—5 to lift Team East to a 6-2 victory over Team West in the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Columbus @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., SN, FS-O
Boston @ Philadelphia, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TVAS
Florida @ Calgary, 9:30 p.m., SN1, FS-F
Ottawa @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., TSN5, RDS, FS-W

BRUINS VISIT FLYERS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY

Two teams on the playoff bubble face off when the Bruins (21-15-5, 47 points) visit the Flyers (18-15-7, 43 points) at Wells Fargo Center on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry. Boston currently occupies the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, but is trailed by five teams – including Philadelphia – within four points of its position.

This marks the second of three meetings between the Bruins and Flyers in 2015-16; Philadelphia scored three unanswered goals, including the overtime winner by Claude Giroux (2-0—2), to post a 5-4 win in their first matchup on Oct. 21 at TD Garden. These teams will play for a third and final time on Jan. 25, also at Wells Fargo Center.

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NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 12, 2016

NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 12, 2016

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

MONDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 2, Boston 1
San Jose 5, CALGARY 4
VANCOUVER 3, Florida 2 (OT)
LOS ANGELES 4, Detroit 2

D. SEDIN MATCHES RECORD, HELPS CANUCKS END PANTHERS’ STREAKS

Daniel Sedin scored twice, including the winning goal at 2:21 of overtime, to help the Canucks snap the Panthers’ franchise-record winning streaks at 12 games overall and six contests on the road.

* D. Sedin, who has spent his entire NHL career with the Canucks, posted his 345th and 346th goals to tie Markus Naslund for the most in franchise history. D. Sedin also ranks second in team history with 921 points, behind his brother Henrik Sedin (220-731—951).
* D. Sedin extended another club record with his 14th career overtime goal (and first of the season). He paces the Canucks in goals (19), points (40) and game-winning goals (5) in 2015-16.
* Jake Virtanen added the game-tying goal with 2:38 remaining in regulation. Virtanen, the sixth overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 2-3—5 through his first 21 outings.
* The Canucks have collected points eight of their last 10 games overall (6-2-2). They also are 6-2-1 in their past nine home games after beginning the season 3-6-3 at Rogers Arena.

KOPITAR (AGAIN) POSTS FOUR POINTS TO POWER KINGS

The Kings scored three unanswered goals, powered by 1-3—4 from Anze Kopitar, to improve to 7-1-1 in their last nine games and snap the Red Wings’ winning streak at four contests.

* At 27-12-3 (57 points), the Kings have recorded their most wins through the opening 42 games of a season in the franchise’s 49-year history.
* Kopitar posted his second four-point game of the season, also Dec. 28 at VAN (0-4—4). Per Elias, only two other players have notched multiple four-point games in 2015-16: Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (Nov. 10 at CBJ: 1-3—4 and Nov. 21 vs. CHI: 3-1—4) and Stars forward Tyler Seguin (Oct. 17 at FLA: 2-2—4 and Dec. 8 vs. CAR: 1-3—4).
* Overall, Kopitar paces the Kings with 23 assists and 35 points this season, including 3-12—15 in his last nine outings. His +17 rating ranks second on the team (behind League-leader Tyler Toffoli: +23) and shares seventh place in the NHL.
* Jonathan Quick, who ranks second in the League with 24 wins this season, made 25 saves to extend his personal point streak to eight games (7-0-1, 1.55 GAA, .950 SV%, 1 SO).

BURNS, THORNTON LIFT SHARKS OVER FLAMES

Brent Burns and Joe Thornton both collected 1-1—2 to propel the Sharks to their second straight win overall as well as a 4-1-1 record in their last six road contests.

* The Sharks improved to 14-6-2 (30 points) as visitors this season. Their 14 road wins and 30 road points rank second in the NHL, behind the Capitals (16-4-2, 34 points).
* Burns extended his point streak to a career-high seven games (6-5—11). His 18 total goals pace all defensemen in 2015-16, while his 39 points rank second among blueliners.
* Via Elias, Burns became the first defenseman to score 18 or more goals in his team’s opening 40 games of a season since 1990-91, when Al MacInnis posted an equal number with the Flames.
* Thornton, who ranks third on the team with 8-23—31 in 2015-16, has recorded at least one point in 10 of his past 11 games (4-11—15).

RANGERS RALLY PAST BRUINS, AIDED BY LUNDQVIST

Jesper Fast scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:42 remaining in regulation to help the Rangers overcome a 1-0 deficit entering the third period and improve to 4-2-1 in their last seven games.

* The Rangers improved to 16-5-2 (34 points) at Madison Square Garden this season. Their 34 home points are tied for second in the NHL (w/ DAL), while their 16 home wins share third overall (w/ WSH).
* MUST-SEE: Henrik Lundqvist (32 SV) made a scorpion save against Max Talbot to preserve a 1-1 tie in the third period. Lundqvist improved to 19-11-4 overall this season (2.49 GAA, .920 SV%, 2 SO).
* Fast posted his seventh goal of the season (40 GP) to surpass his rookie total of six in 2014-15 (58 GP). He also collected his second game-winning goal of the campaign (other Nov. 10 vs. CAR).

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (0-1—1), who extended his point streak to five games (4-2—6), moved within three assists of becoming the sixth player in NHL history to record 1,100 in his career.
* Sharks forward Patrick Marleau played in his 500th consecutive regular-season game dating to April 9, 2009.
* Alain Vigneault (NYR) coached his 1,012th career game to move into a tie with Terry Murray for 20th place on the NHL’s all-time games coached list.

LOOSE PUCKS

Despite suffering the overtime loss, the Panthers extended their overall point streak to 13 games (12-0-1) and road point streak to seven contests (6-0-1) . . . Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (27 SV) saw his career-high and franchise-record winning streak end at nine games . . . The Flames scored two power-play goals in 15 seconds. Via Elias, it marked the fastest pair of power-play goals by the Flames since Dec. 14, 1993 vs. VAN (0:11) . . . Bruins forward Jimmy Hayes registered his fifth goal in his past six games (5-1—6), equaling his total from his first 33 outings of the season (5-10—15) . . . Red Wings defenseman Alexey Marchenko posted his second career goal (50 GP) and first since Feb. 28, 2015 at NSH . . . Flames captain Mark Giordano (1-5—6) and Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov (1-4—5) both extended their point streaks to five games . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Oilers forward Matt Hendricks for three games for boarding Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad . . . Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek and Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 10 . . . Defenseman Robyn Regehr officially announced his retirement from the NHL . . . ICYMI: Various celebrities, including Jerry Bruckheimer and John McEnroe, attended the Red Wings-Kings game . . . The Flames wore camouflage jerseys during pregame warm-ups as part of their Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night.

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Columbus @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, MSG+
Pittsburgh @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, ROOT, FS-CR
New Jersey @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., MSG+ 2, FS-MW
Buffalo @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-N+
San Jose @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., CSN-CA, TSN3
Nashville @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-TN, CSN-CH+
Tampa Bay @ Colorado, 9:00 p.m., NBCSN
Edmonton @ Arizona, 9:00 p.m., SNW, FS-A+

2016 USHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME

The 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game takes place tonight at Ralston Arena in Omaha, Neb. (8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT). All 40 players scheduled to participate in the game are eligible for selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, including 27 who are in their first year of eligibility.
Click here for the full rosters.

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NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 11, 2016

NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 11, 2016

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

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Buffalo 4, WINNIPEG 2
WASHINGTON 7, Ottawa 1
CHICAGO 6, Colorado 3
New Jersey 2, MINNESOTA 1
Detroit 2, ANAHEIM 1
Florida 2, EDMONTON

OVECHKIN ECLIPSES 500-GOAL MILESTONE IN CAPITALS’ WIN

Alex Ovechkin scored twice, including his 500th and 501st career goals, to become the fifth-fastest player in NHL history to reach the milestone and lift the Capitals to their fourth consecutive victory.

* At 32-7-3 (67 points), the League-leading Capitals continued their best start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in the franchise’s 41-year history. They improved to 20-2-2 in their last 24 games dating to Nov. 21, including 10 straight wins at Verizon Center.
* Ovechkin became the 43rd player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal milestone, doing so in his 801st career game (501-433—934). Only four players have achieved the milestone in fewer contests: Wayne Gretzky (575), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693).
* Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Ovechkin (501) has 184 more goals than the next-closest player (Patrick Marleau: 317). Ovechkin (934) also has 50 more points than anyone else in that span (Sidney Crosby: 884).
* Overall, Ovechkin’s average of 0.625 goals per game ranks fourth in NHL history among players with a minimum of 300 games played, behind Bossy (0.762), Cy Denneny (0.755) and Lemieux (0.754).
* Ovechkin, who registered his second multi-goal game in as many days (also Saturday at NYR: 2-0—2), has scored in three consecutive outings (5-0—5) to move into first place in the NHL with 26 goals this season.
* “It is a special moment,” Ovechkin said. “It is nice to be in that category. It is really hard to score in this league right now, system-wise . . . Without my teammates’ help, without the system, how we play, it is very hard to do.”

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 10: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals poses with the puck commemorating his 500th career NHL goal that he scored in the second period during an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center on January 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

MONTOYA, PANTHERS PUSH RECORD WINNING STREAK TO 12 GAMES . . .

Al Montoya made 24 saves, including 21 over the final two periods, to help the Panthers extend their franchise-record winning streak to 12 games and establish another club record with their sixth consecutive road victory.

* At 26-12-4 (56 points), the Panthers maintained a five-point cushion atop the Atlantic Division. The team ranked sixth in the division and was 11 points out of first place when its streak began on Dec. 15.
* The Panthers improved to 13-6-2 (28 points) as visitors this season. Their 13 road wins and 28 road points rank second in the NHL, behind only the Capitals (16-4-2, 34 points).
* Montoya earned his career-high fifth consecutive victory to improve to 7-1-1 this season (1.62 GAA, .940 SV%). That includes a 5-1-0 record on the road (1.65 GAA, .935 SV%).
* Jaromir Jagr scored 3:22 after the opening face-off, his team-leading 15th goal of the season and fourth in his past four games (4-1—5). With 737 career goals, Jagr is four shy of tying Brett Hull (741) for third place in NHL history.
* ICYMI: The Panthers’ neighbors, the NBA’s Miami Heat, celebrated the team’s 12th straight win with a special tweet:

. . . KANE, HOSSA POWER BLACKHAWKS TO SEVENTH STRAIGHT VICTORY

Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa each scored twice to power the Blackhawks to their seventh consecutive victory, their longest winning streak since Nov. 26 – Dec. 11, 2014 (8-0-0).

* At 27-13-4 (58 points), the Blackhawks climbed within four points of the idle Stars (29-11-4, 62 points) for first place in the Central Division. The team ranked fourth in the division and was 13 points out of first place when its streak began on Dec. 29.
* Via Elias, Kane and Hossa became the first set of Blackhawks teammates to each score twice in the same game since March 17, 2015 vs. NYI (Hossa: 2-0—2, Jonathan Toews: 2-2—4).
* Kane registered his second multi-goal game of the season (also Oct. 9 at NYI: 2-0—2) to maintain a share of second place in the NHL with 25 goals overall (w/ Jamie Benn). He has posted at least one point in 38 of 44 outings, pacing the League in assists (37) and points (62).
* Hossa notched his first multi-goal game since March 17, 2015 vs. NYI (2-0—2). He has 7-12—19 overall in 2015-16 (39 GP).
* Toews added 1-2—3 for his second three-point game of the season (also Dec. 17 vs. EDM: 1-2—3). He has 5-5—10 in his past eight outings.

AROUND THE RINKS

* Sam Reinhart recorded his first career hat trick to help the Sabres snap a six-game losing streak (0-6-0). Per Elias, Reinhart became the first Sabres rookie to post a hat trick since Jan. 14, 2006 vs. LAK (Jason Pominville: 3-0—3). At 20 years, 65 days, he also became the fifth-youngest player in franchise history to collect a hat trick.
* Riley Sheahan scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:44 remaining in regulation to propel the Red Wings to their fourth consecutive win (all on the road). Petr Mrazek, who has been in net for all four games during the streak, made 30 saves to improve to 15-8-3 in 28 appearances this season (2.16 GAA, .930 SV%, 2 SO).
* Jon Merrill recorded the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period – his first goal since Dec. 13, 2014 at DAL – to help the Devils snap a three-game skid (0-3-0). Merrill has tallied five goals in his NHL career (151 GP), three of which have stood as game-winners (also Feb. 7, 2014 vs. EDM and March 23, 2014 vs. TOR).

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith played in his 800th NHL game.
* Forward Zach Sill scored his first goal with the Capitals (5 GP) – and second goal in 88 career NHL appearances (also Jan. 21, 2015 w/ PIT vs. CHI).

LOOSE PUCKS

Avalanche forward Matt Duchene (2-1—3) recorded his fourth three-point game of the season. He shares sixth in the NHL with 21 goals in 2015-16 (w/ Joe Pavelski) . . . Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom collected three assists to extend his point streak to six games (3-6—9) . . . Teammate Jason Chimera also posted three assists, equaling a career high for the second time this season (also Nov. 21 vs. COL: 0-3—3) . . . Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin registered one assist to extend his point streak to five games (1-4—5). He ranks second among rookies with 14-15—29 overall . . . Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (34 SV) earned his fifth consecutive victory. He shares second in the NHL with 23 wins this season (w/ Jonathan Quick) . . . Sabres forward Evander Kane collected one assist in his return to Winnipeg. Kane, the fourth overall selection by the Thrashers in the 2009 NHL Draft, totaled 109-113—222 over six seasons with the Jets/Thrashers (361 GP) . . . Teammate Zach Bogosian logged 23:23 in his return to Winnipeg. Bogosian, the third overall selection by the Thrashers in the 2008 NHL Draft, totaled 40-87—127 over seven seasons with the Jets/Thrashers (393 GP) . . . Wild forward Zach Parise registered his first goal against his former team, the Devils. Parise, who compiled 194-216—410 over seven seasons with New Jersey (502 GP), now has scored against every NHL team.

SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Boston @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, SN, TVAS, NESN, MSG
San Jose @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., CSN-CA, SNW
Florida @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., FS-F, SNP
Detroit @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-D, FS-W

PANTHERS AIM FOR 13TH STRAIGHT WIN AGAINST CANUCKS

The Panthers (26-12-4, 56 points), who have won a franchise-record 12 consecutive games overall as well as six straight on the road, look to extend those marks when they visit the Canucks (16-16-10, 42 points) at Rogers Arena.

Florida’s 12-game winning streak equals the longest such run in the NHL since the 2013-14 season, when Boston also went 12-0-0 from March 2-22. No team has won 13 straight since the 2012-13 campaign, when the Penguins reeled off 15 consecutive victories from March 2-30 to match the 1981-82 Islanders for the second-longest winning streak in NHL history.

Roberto Luongo, who compiled a 252-137-50 record over eight seasons with the Canucks (448 GP), is expected to get the start for the Panthers. Luongo has won a career-high and franchise-record nine consecutive games dating to Dec. 15 (1.31 GAA, .954 SV%, 2 SO), the longest such run in the NHL this season.

With 420 career victories, he also is three wins shy of tying Tony Esposito (423) for seventh place in League history.

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