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Posted 17 February 2016 - 01:33 PM

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Ducks victorious again on road

Five different players score in win at Edmonton

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

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Lindholm's goal breaks tie
ANA@EDM: Rakell sets up Lindholm to provide the lead

2/16/16: On the rush, Rickard Rakell finds Hampus Lindholm who tips it past Cam Talbot, giving the Ducks a 3-2 lead in the 3rd period

 

EDMONTON -- Hampus Lindholm scored the first of three goals in the third period to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Tuesday.

 

David Perron, Jakob Silfverberg, Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry had goals for Anaheim (29-19-8), which moved within three points of the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division. Frederik Andersen made 24 saves for the Ducks, who are 17-4-2 in their past 23 games.

 

Anaheim is 4-1-1 on its seven-game road trip, which concludes Thursday at the Vancouver Canucks.

Leon Draisaitl, Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot scored for Edmonton (22-30-6), which has lost five of its past six games. Cam Talbot made 25 saves.  

 

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Silfverberg's goal breaks tie
ANA@EDM: Silfverberg rifles it home to provide lead
 

Cogliano scored an empty-net goal with 1:31 left to put Anaheim up 4-2. He intercepted a pass at the Ducks blue line and sent a shot down the ice into an empty net.  

 

But Pouliot scored with 24 seconds later, getting credit for a goal that bounced in off the head of Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler and past Andersen.  

 

Perry scored an empty-net goal with 13 seconds left.

 

Perron's power-play goal gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with 51.7 seconds remaining in the first period. The former Oilers forward was stopped by Talbot in front, but dove at the rebound and was able to force the puck into the net.

 

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Perron's PPG opens the scoring
ANA@EDM: Puck trickles in for Perron to provide lead
 

The goal was reviewed twice, once to determine whether Perron kicked the puck in, and the other on a coach's challenge for goaltender interference. But the goal stood.  

 

Edmonton tied the game 1-1 on the power play at 2:16 of the second period. Draisaitl took a pass from Lauri Korpikoski, got a step on Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa on a rush down the wing and sent a low shot past Andersen.  

 

Silfverberg put Anaheim up 2-1 at 14:54 of the second when he took a pass from Ryan Kesler and beat Talbot with a shot over the shoulder.

 

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Hall's goal ties it up
ANA@EDM: Hall puts home rebound chance to tie game
 
Hall tied the game at 16:29 with his first goal in 11 games. He was first to a rebound on a shot from Jordan Eberle and poked the puck past Andersen.
 

The Oilers were forced to play the final two periods with five defenseman; Eric Gryba left the game because of a lower-body injury.

 

Lindholm gave the Ducks at 3-2 lead at 5:35 of the third period, converting an excellent passing play with Rickard Rakell. Lindholm gained the zone with Rakell, sent a pass to the latter, then tipped the return feed past Talbot.

 



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 03:01 PM

Thanks Guns for starting this thread! It gives Manila Tonight users who are hockey fans a place to talk/rant about the game! To be honest, I think hockey could easily be a top 5 sport in the Philippines in terms of popularity if we weren't located in the tropics but at the latitude of Korea/Japan/northern China. It's got a lot of things Filipinos want in a sport - physicality, skill, drama, more scoring than most football/soccer games, and there's the fact you don't have to be freakishly tall to do well in it (a lot of our basketball players are of NHL height). :)

 

I can't wait to see how the race to the NHL playoffs is gonna pan out! Go Wild Go! And hopefully the northern teams make a strong push to a playoff spot! 


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Posted 17 February 2016 - 09:51 PM

...boring game...



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Posted 18 February 2016 - 05:41 AM

used to follow NHL nung may pinapalabas pa sa ESPN... Used to like the Detroit Red Wings especially Steve Yzerman... Tsaka si The Dominator Dominick Hasek lupit magbantay ng goal!!



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Posted 18 February 2016 - 12:11 PM

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New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, recap Rookie scores game-winner with 3:00 left in third period

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

 

 

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Panarin completes hat trick
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2/17/16: Artemi Panarin speeds down the ice and smacks in the puck on an empty net to collect his third goal and complete a hat trick

 

NEW YORK -- Artemi Panarin had his first NHL hat trick, including the game-winning goal with 3:00 remaining in the third period, to help the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-3 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. 

 

Andrew Shaw erased a one-goal deficit earlier in the third period and Andrew Desjardins had a first-period goal for Chicago (38-18-5), which faces the Minnesota Wild at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday as part of the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. Corey Crawford made 31 saves. 

 

Kevin Hayes, Derick Brassard and Dan Boyle scored for New York (32-19-6), which lost in regulation at home for the first time since Dec. 20. Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves. 

 

Chicago opened the scoring 3:30 into the game. Desjardins outmuscled Boyle in front of the net and redirected Teuvo Teravainen's feed from the right corner past Lundqvist to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. 

 

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Panarin's go-ahead goal
CHI@NYR: Panarin gives Blackhawks the lead in the 3rd

The Rangers thought they tied the game at 1:52 of the second period when defenseman Dan Girardi beat Crawford with a slap shot from the right point. But Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville challenged that Crawford was interfered with, and replays concluded forward Chris Kreider made contact with the Blackhawks goaltender. 

 

Panarin extended Chicago's lead with a power-play goal at 10:05 of the second. After Kreider took an offensive-zone holding penalty, Panarin took a pass from Erik Gustafsson and beat a screened Lundqvist with a wrist shot from the left circle to make it 2-0. It was Panarin's 20th goal of the season. 

 

Hayes got the Rangers on the board with his 10th goal of the season at 13:45 of the second period. New York capitalized after Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival failed to clear the puck out of the zone, and Oscar Lindberg sent a pass in front to Hayes, who one-timed it past Crawford to make it 2-1. Hayes has three goals in his past four games. 

 

Lundqvist kept it a one-goal game with under five minutes left in the second period, denying Teravainen's wrist shot from the left circle and Brandon Mashinter's rebound chance on the doorstep during a 2-on-0. 

 

New York received a four-minute power play when Blackhawks forward Vincent Hinostroza got his stick up in the face of Rangers center Dominic Moore at 19:34 of the second period.  

 

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Shaw knots things up in the 3rd
CHI@NYR: Shaw scores on power play to tie the game  
The Rangers converted on the power play when Brassard scored his 20th goal of the season 24 seconds into the third period. Brassard took a pass from Keith Yandle and let go a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Crawford under the crossbar to make it 2-2. 

Boyle then gave New York its first lead of the game at 2:17. Hayes sent a pass from behind the net in front to Boyle, who failed to stuff it past Crawford on his first attempt but jammed the rebound over the goal line. It was Boyle's first goal since Dec. 30, a span of 18 games. 

 

Shaw tied it with a power-play goal at 9:53 of the third. After Rangers forward Viktor Stalberg was whistled for holding, Shaw put Teravainen's cross-ice feed past Lundqvist to make it 3-3. 

 

Panarin put the Blackhawks back in front at 17:00 with a power-play goal. With Yandle in the box for holding, Panarin one-timed Patrick Kane's feed from behind the net past Lundqvist to give Chicago a 4-3 lead. He completed the hat trick with 1:11 left with an empty-net goal. 

 

Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games because of a concussion. Defenseman Marc Staal did not play; the Rangers announced during the game that his wife delivered their second child, a daughter. 

 

New York visits the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. 


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Posted 18 February 2016 - 12:17 PM

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Two goals by Iginla give Avalanche win Forward breaks third-period tie against Canadiens

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

 
 
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DENVER -- Jarome Iginla scored his second goal with 2:03 remaining in the third period to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Pepsi Center on Wednesday. 

 

Iginla was in front of the net when he put Mikhail Grigorenko's pass behind goalie Ben Scrivens for his 17th goal of the season and 606th of his NHL career. 

 

Grigorenko started the play when he knocked the puck away from Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who fell in the Montreal end. Grigorenko passed to Matt Duchene and accepted a return pass before setting up Iginla. 

 

The Avalanche (30-26-4) were 0-3-1 in their four previous home games and 2-4-1 since the NHL All-Star break. 

 

The Canadiens (27-27-4) lost all three games of their road trip and are 3-7-0 in their past 10 games. 

 

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Iginla's PPG ties it up
MTL@COL: Iginla ties the game on power play

 

Iginla tied the game 2-2 with a power-play goal at 16:46 of the second period. Duchene won a faceoff in the right circle and slid the puck back to Tyson Barrie, who fed Iginla at the left point for a one-timer past Scrivens. 

Iginla's goal came nine seconds after Montreal's Lars Eller was penalized for holding Barrie's stick. Iginla has three goals and five assists in the past seven games. 

 

It also came a little less than three minutes after Iginla converted the rebound of Erik Johnson's point shot, only to be penalized for knocking down Scrivens. The Avalanche argued that Canadiens defenseman Greg Pateryn bumped Iginla into Scrivens, but coach Patrick Roy didn't use his challenge. 

 

Johnson scored a shorthanded goal at 3:31 of the second period to tie the game 1-1 with Avalanche defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk in the box for cross-checking Torrey Mitchell. Gabriel Landeskog led a rush into the Canadiens zone and passed back to Johnson, who shot the puck by Scrivens' right arm for his ninth goal.

 

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Varlamov shuts the door
MTL@COL: Varlamov stuffs Canadiens on power play

 

Eller scored at 6:38. Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov went behind the net to retrieve the puck and attempted to clear it into the corner. Montreal's Max Pacioretty beat Barrie to the puck and passed to Eller in front for a point-blank shot and his 10th goal. 

 

Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov made it 1-0 at 7:40 of the first period. Tomas Plekanec led a 3-on-2 rush into the Avalanche end and passed back to Markov for his fourth goal.


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Posted 18 February 2016 - 03:06 PM

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Wild hand Flames 3rd straight defeat on strength of special teams

Disappointing start follows tough news on Wideman, Ramo

 

By Darren Haynes, The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 18, 2016 1:01 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 18, 2016 2:00 AM ET

 
 
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Wild defeat Flames in Calgary Jason Pominville snapped out of a slump with a goal and an assist Wednesday night to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames.

 

In year two of a five-year, $26.5 million US deal, Pominville entered the game with just one goal and one helper in his last 23 outings.

 

He matched that output by setting up Erik Haula for the game's first goal 10:22 into the contest, then was set-up by Haula for a one-timer at 18:16 of the second that made it 4-2. It was just the seventh goal and 23rd point this season for Pominville.

 

Jason Zucker, Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle, into an empty net, also scored for Minnesota (25-22-10) and Nino Neiderreiter had two assists.

After a 1-11-2 record culminated in the firing of coach Mike Yeo, the Wild have won their first two games under interim coach John Torchetti and are within two points of Nashville and the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

 

Deryk Engelland, with his first of the season, David Jones and Mikeal Backlund scored for Calgary (25-28-3), which has lost three straight.

The loss capped off a bad day for the organization. First it was learned that starting goaltender Karri Ramo was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Then, the NHL announced it was upholding the 20-game suspension for defenceman Dennis Wideman.

 

The Wild surged in front 2-0 with a short-handed goal with 26 seconds left in the first when Zucker ripped a shot over the shoulder of Jonas Hiller.

Minnesota went up by three at 3:09 of the second on Koivu's 12th goal. It was the 10th power-play goal allowed in the last four games for the Flames, who are the NHL's 30th ranked penalty k*ll.

 

Calgary got on the scoreboard at 11:28 of the second on Engelland's first goal in 56 games.

 

Jones made it 3-2 at 16:38 on a weird one, his shot deflecting into the air off the stick of Wild defenceman Mike Reilly, hitting his defence partner Matt Dumba in the face, and fluttering over goalie Devan Dubnyk.

 

Backlund scored on the power play with 4:11 left but Calgary's couldn't get it back to even.

 

Dubnyk had 25 stops for Minnesota. Hiller had 19 saves for Calgary. The veteran has lost all three starts since Ramo's injury, giving up 12 goals.


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Posted 20 February 2016 - 01:30 AM

Credits to NHL.com (Game results, Feb. 18) Around the League notebook: Thursday, Feb. 18 Williams' overtime goal leads NHL-best Capitals past Islanders

by NHL Public Relations @NHL / NHL.com

February 19th, 2016

 

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THURSDAY'S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Washington 3, NY ISLANDERS 2 (OT)
PITTSBURGH 6, Detroit 3
NY Rangers 4, TORONTO 2
OTTAWA 4, Carolina 2
TAMPA BAY 6, Winnipeg 5 (SO)
San Jose 2, FLORIDA 1 (SO)
ST. LOUIS 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)
NASHVILLE 2, Boston 0
Minnesota 5, EDMONTON 2
ARIZONA 6, Dallas 3
Anaheim 5, VANCOUVER 2

WILLIAMS LIFTS NHL-LEADING CAPITALS OVER ISLANDERS

The New York Islanders tied the game late in the third period, but Justin Williams (1-1-2) scored with 43.2 seconds left in overtime to power the Washington Capitals to their seventh win in their last eight games (7-1-0).

 

* At 42-10-4 for 88 points, the NHL-leading Capitals continued their best start to a season in terms of wins and points. Their 42 victories through 56 games are three shy of equaling their total from 2014-15 (45-26-11).

 

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* The Capitals improved to 21-6-2 on the road this season. They're first in the NHL in road wins (21) and road points (44).

* Williams scored his first overtime goal of the season and his third NHL regular-season goal (also Jan. 16, 2007 at FLA w/ CAR and Nov. 30, 2002 at MTL w/ PHI). He added an assist for his 10th multipoint game in 56 games this season.

* Braden Holtby (20 saves) improved to 8-1-1 in his past 10 games and 36-6-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts this season. Holtby leads the NHL with 36 victories this season, four more than the next-closest goalie (Corey Crawford : 32).

* Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in a span of 1:27 for his sixth multigoal game of the season. He has scored eight times in his last six games (8-0-8) and leads the NHL with 37 goals in 54 games this season.

RAANTA, STEPAN LIFT RANGERS OVER MAPLE LEAFS
 

Antti Raanta made 35 saves and Derek Stepan (1-1-2) scored the go-ahead goal with 1:31 left in the third period as the New York Rangers improved to 6-1-1 in their past eight games.

* At 33-19-6 for 72 points, the Rangers increased their lead to five points on the Islanders (30-19-7, 67 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

* Raanta halted a personal six-game losing streak (0-4-2) following a 4-0-0 start to the season. For the season he's 5-4-2 with a 2.52 GAA, .907 save percentage and one shutout.

* Stepan scored his third game-winning goal of the season (also Feb. 14 vs. PHI and Oct. 7 at CHI) and added an assist for his third multipoint game in his past four (4-2-6).

* Mats Zuccarello (1-2-3) scored his 20th goal of the season in 58 games and eclipsed his career high of 19 in 77 games in 2013-14. He added two assists for his fifth three-point game of the season and third against the Maple Leafs (also Nov. 15 vs. TOR: 1-2-3 and Oct. 30 vs. TOR: 3-0-3). Zuccarello leads the Rangers with 46 points.

* Zuccarello has nine goals and 14 points in 10 career games against the Toronto Maple Leafs, including five goals and nine points in three games this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Zuccarello became the first member of the Rangers with three games with three or more points against a single opponent in a season since 2005-06 (Jaromir Jagr vs. NYI and PHI, Martin Straka vs. NYI).

* Derick Brassard (2-0-2) had his fifth multigoal game of the season and has scored in three straight games (4-1-5). He leads the Rangers with 22 goals in 57 games.

COYOTES INCH CLOSER TO WILD CARD POSITION ...
 

Max Domi (2-1-3), Martin Hanzal (1-2-3) and Anthony Duclair (0-3-3) each had three-point games to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-2-1 record in their past seven home games, including three straight wins.

* At 27-24-6 for 60 points, the Coyotes moved within four points of the idle Colorado Avalanche (30-26-4, 64 points) for the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference.

* Domi had his fourth multigoal and second three-point game of the season. He is tied for second among all rookies with 39 points in 57 games.

* Hanzal has back-to-back three-point games (also Feb. 15 vs. MTL: 1-2-3). Duclair had his third three-point game of the season (also Dec. 12 vs. CAR: 2-1-3 and Oct. 14 at ANA: 3-0-3).

* Louis Domingue (36 saves) has wins in three of his past four games (3-1-0) and improved to 12-8-4 with a 2.55 GAA, .916 save percentage and two shutouts this season.

... WILD, SENATORS KEEP PACE

The Minnesota Wild and Ottawa Senators won Thursday to move closer to the final wild cards in the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively:

* Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves to backstop the Wild to their third straight win under interim coach John Torchetti on the heels of an eight-game losing streak (0-6-2). Kuemper halted a personal three-game losing streak (0-2-1) and improved to 6-3-5 with a 2.26 GAA, .920 save percentage and two shutouts this season. Thomas Vanek (1-1-2) scored the game-winning goal and had an assist for his seventh multipoint game in 57 games this season. Mike Reilly had two assists for his first NHL multi-point game, while Mikael Granlund (1-1-2), Matt Dumba (1-1-2) and Mikko Koivu (0-2-2) also had multipoint games. At 26-22-10 for 62 points, the Wild moved within two points of the idle Avalanche (30-26-4, 64 points) for the final wild card in the Western Conference.

* Tied 2-2 through 40 minutes, the Senators scored two goals in the third period, including the game-winning goal by Cody Ceci , to earn their fourth victory in their past five games at Canadian Tire Centre (4-1-0). Craig Anderson made 30 saves and had his second assist of the season to improve to 4-0-0 in his past four home games and 24-19-4 with a 2.78 GAA, .917 save percentage and three shutouts on the season. Erik Karlsson had two assists. He leads all players with 54 assists and all defensemen with 65 points in 59 games. At 27-26-6 for 60 points, the Senators moved within six points of the Tampa Bay Lightning (31-22-4, 66 points) for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference.

CLUBS CLAIM WILD CARDS
The Pittsburgh Penguins, Lightning and Nashville Predators won Thursday and claimed possession of wild cards in their respective conferences:

* Phil Kessel scored two goals and Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves as the Penguins improved to 9-1-2 in their past 12 home games dating to Dec. 21. Kessel had his fourth multigoal game of the season. Fleury improved to 8-2-1 in his past 11 games; for the season he's 23-13-6 with a 2.35 GAA, .922 save percentage and four shutout. Sidney Crosby (1-1-2) had his 17th multi-point game of the season; he's tied for seventh in the NHL with 55 points in 55 games. Matt Cullen (1-1-2), Chris Kunitz (0-2-2) and Patric Hornqvist (0-2-2) each had two points. At 29-19-8 for 66 points, the Penguins leapfrogged the idle New Jersey Devils (29-22-7, 65 points) for the first wild card in the Eastern Conference. They also moved within one point of the Islanders (30-19-7, 67 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

* The Lightning allowed four consecutive goals in the third period, but Nikita Kucherov scored the game-tying goal with 4:56 left in regulation and Steven Stamkos (1-0-1) scored the game-deciding shootout goal as the Lightning improved to 10-2-0 in their past 12 home games. Kucherov continues to lead the Lightning in goals (24) and points (49) in 57 games this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy (36 saves) improved to 7-1-0 in his past eight decisions; for the season he's 9-5-0 with a 2.88 GAA, .907 save percentage and one shutout. At 31-22-4 for 66 points, the Lightning leapfrogged the idle Devils (29-22-7, 65 points) for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference.

* Pekka Rinne turned aside all 29 shots he faced to backstop the Predators to a 5-1-0 record in their past six home games against the Boston Bruins dating to Dec. 30, 2006 (BOS: 1-2-3). Rinne, who had his third shutout of the season and 39th in the NHL, improved to 21-18-8 with a 2.51 GAA, .904 save percentage and three shutouts on the season. And in five career games against the Bruins he's 4-0-1 with a 1.89 GAA, .940 save percentage and one shutout. Filip Forsberg (1-1-2) had his 10th multipoint game in 58 games this season and has scored six times in his past six games (6-2-8). He also reached the 20-goal mark for the second straight season. At 27-21-10 for 64 points, the Predators tied the idle Avalanche (30-26-4, 64 points) in terms of points for the first wild card in the Western Conference. Nashville, however, holds two games in hand.

AROUND THE RINKS

* Martin Jones made 19 saves through 65 minutes and denied two of three shooters in the shootout to backstop the San Jose Sharks to a 4-0-1 record in their past five games, including three straight wins. Jones had his fourth consecutive victory and improved to 28-15-3 with a 2.30 GAA, .917 save percentage and five shutouts this season. The Sharks improved to 20-8-2 in 30 road games this season and lead the Western Conference in road wins (20) and road points (42). At 31-20-5 for 67 points, the Sharks maintained a seven-point lead on the Coyotes (27-24-6, 60 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. They also remained one point behind the Anaheim Ducks (30-19-8, 68 points) for second.

* Brian Elliott made 34 saves and Jaden Schwartz scored at 1:40 of overtime as the St. Louis Blues pushed their point streak to six games (5-0-1), including four consecutive wins. Elliot stretched his personal point streak to six games (5-0-1), which includes four straight victories. Overall, Elliot improved to 16-7-6 with a 1.99 GAA, .934 save percentage and one shutout this season. Schwartz scored his second NHL overtime goal (also Feb. 3, 2015 vs. TBL) and has scored three times in four games (3-1-4) since his return from a 49-game absence because of a broken ankle. At 34-17-9 for 77 points, the Blues maintained a 13-point lead on the Predators (27-21-10, 64 points) for third place in the Central Division. They also climbed within three points of the Dallas Stars (37-16-6, 80 points) for second.

 

 

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* Five Ducks scored to defeat the Vancouver Canucks and conclude their seven-game road trip with a 5-1-1 record, including wins in their past four games. Ryan Getzlaf (1-1-2) scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to stretch his point streak to seven games (3-9-12) and his road point streak to 10 (4-13-17). Getzlaf had his 12th multipoint game in 53 games this season and leads the Ducks in assists (39) and points (46). Rickard Rakell (1-1-2) and Sami Vatanen (1-1-2) each had a goal and an assist. John Gibson (19 saves) improved to 4-1-0 in his past five decisions; for the season he's 13-8-2 with a 2.10 GAA, .917 save percentage and four shutouts. At 30-19-8 for 68 points, the Ducks maintained a one-point lead on the Sharks (31-20-5, 67 points) for second place in the Pacific Division. They also climbed within three points of the Los Angeles Kings (33-20-4, 70 points) for first.

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 740th career goal and moved within one of tying Brett Hull (741) for third on the NHL all-time list. Jagr (740-1,103-1,843) also moved within seven points of tying Gordie Howe (801-1,049-1,850) for third place in NHL history.

 

 

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  • * Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano skated in his 679th consecutive game since making his NHL debut Oct. 4, 2007 (w/ EDM), tying Henrik Sedin (679 games from March 21, 2004 - Jan. 18, 2014) for the sixth-longest consecutive games played streak in NHL history.

    * Jets captain Andrew Ladd (2-0-2) had his first multigoal game of the season to reach the 200-goal milestone.

    * Forward Colin Greening scored his first goal in a Maple Leafs uniform (4 GP).

    * Maple Leafs defenseman Viktor Loov had an assist and 8:41 of ice time in his NHL debut.

    * Wild forward Thomas Vanek (800), Stars forward Ales Hemsky (800), Ducks forward Nate Thompson (500) and Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier (200) each played in milestone games.

    * Penguins forward Scott Wilson scored his first NHL goal in his 14th game, and it stood as the game-winner. Coyotes forward Tyler Gaudet scored his first NHL goal in his 12th game.

 

 

 

 

LOOSE PUCKS

The Capitals improved to 6-0-2 in their past eight regular-season games against the New York Islanders dating to April 5, 2014 (NYI: 2-3-3), including four straight wins. ... Islanders captain John Tavares (5-6-11), Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk (6-5-11) and Sharks forward Joe Thornton (3-7-10) stretched their point streaks to seven games. ... Rangers forward J.T. Miller (0-3-3) had single-game NHL career highs with three assists/points. ... Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (0-1-1) stretched his assist/point streak to five games (0-5-5). ... The Rangers improved to 7-2-1 in their past 10 games against the Maple Leafs dating to April 10, 2013 (TOR: 3-5-2), including four straight wins. ... Carolina Hurricanes forward Riley Nash (3-1-4) and Wild forward Charlie Coyle (3-0-3) extended their goal-scoring streaks to three games. ... Kings forward Tyler Toffoli scored his 24th goal of the season in 57 games, eclipsing his NHL career high of 23 in 76 games in 2014-15. ... The Wild improved to 11-1-0 in their past 12 road games against the Edmonton Oilers dating to Oct. 21, 2010 (EDM: 1-9-2), including six straight wins. ... Oilers forward Connor McDavid (1-0-1), the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, has 5-10-15 in nine games since making his return to the lineup Feb. 2 and is 10-16-26 in 22 games this season. ... Stars captain Jamie Benn (1-1-2) had his 18th multipoint game in 59 games this season and is second with 66 points. Benn reached the 30-goal mark for the third straight season. ... Stars forward Tyler Seguin (1-1-2) had his 21st multipoint game in 59 games this season and is tied for third in the NHL with 65 points. ... Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (0-1-1) is fourth among defensemen with 45 points in 57 games and eclipsed his NHL career high of 44 points in 80 games in 2013-14. ... The Coyotes improved to 7-2-1 in their past 10 home games against the Stars dating to March 29, 2011 (DAL: 3-5-2). ... The Ducks improved to 11-1-3 in their past 15 games against the Canucks dating to April 25, 2013 (VAN: 4-8-3). ... Canucks forward Jannik Hansen scored his 17th goal in 53 games this season, eclipsing his career high of 16 in 81 games in 2014-15 and in 82 games in 2011-12. ... The 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series outdoor game between the Wild and Blackhawks on Feb. 21 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota will feature performances by recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Cheap Trick, alternative rock band Soul Asylum, singer/songwriter Jazmine Sullivan and the University of Minnesota marching band. ... The Blackhawks were honored for winning the 2015 Stanley Cup with a ceremony at the White House hosted by President Barack Obama. It's the third time during Obama's two-term presidency that the Blackhawks have taken the Cup to the White House.

 



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Posted 21 February 2016 - 02:21 AM

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Around the League notebook: Friday, Feb. 19

 

by NHL Public Relations

 

February 20th, 2016

 
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FRIDAY'S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
 

NY Islanders 1, NEW JERSEY 0
CAROLINA 5, San Jose 2
Buffalo 4, COLUMBUS 0
MONTREAL 3, Philadelphia 2 (SO)
CALGARY 5, Vancouver 2

 

 

SKINNER'S TWO GOALS LEAD HURRICANES CLOSER TO WILD-CARD SPOT
 

Jeff Skinner   (2-0-2) scored twice in the third period, including the game-winner at the 39-second mark, to help the Carolina Hurricanes defeat the San Jose Sharks. The Hurricanes are 11-4-3 in their past 18 games and 4-1-2 in their past seven.

 

* At 27-22-10 (64 points), the Hurricanes moved within two points of the idle Pittsburgh Penguins (29-19-8, 66 points) and Tampa Bay Lightning (31-22-4, 66 points), who hold the two wild cards into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

 

* The Hurricanes improved to 13-4-3 in their past 20 games at PNC Arena, dating to Nov. 22, after going 2-5-3 in their first 10 home games. Their 13 home wins in that span are one off the League lead, behind the Washington Capitals, Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, each of whom has 14.

 

* Skinner registered his fourth multigoal game of the season; it was his first since doing it feat three times during a 10-day span in December (Dec. 5 vs. the Montreal Canadiens: 2-0-2, Dec. 11 at the Anaheim Ducks: 3-0-3 and Dec. 15 at the Philadelphia Flyers: 3-0-3).

 

* Skinner leads the Hurricanes with 21 goals (59 GP) and has reached the 20-goal mark for the fourth time in six seasons. That includes a career-high seven game-winning goals, one more than he had in 2013-14 (71 GP) and one behind League leaders Joe Pavelski   and Jonathan Toews  .

 

CANADIENS, FLAMES GAIN GROUND IN WILD CARD CHASES

The Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames both earned wins to improve their positions in their respective playoff races:

 

* Max Pacioretty   tied the game at 8:35 of the third period and scored in the shootout to help the Canadiens end a three-game losing streak (0-3-0) and earn their fourth consecutive victory at Bell Centre. Mike Condon   made 35 saves through overtime and stopped four of five shots in the tiebreaker to halt a personal five-game losing streak. At 28-27-4 (60 points), the Canadiens are one of seven clubs separated by six points in the chase for a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

 

* Trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes, the Flames scored four unanswered goals to snap a three-game losing streak (0-3-0) and improve to 3-1-0 against the Vancouver Canucks this season (Vancouver is 1-2-1). Prior to 2015-16, the Flames had three victories in their previous 14 regular-season meetings in this head-to-head series dating to Jan. 23, 2013 (CGY: 3-7-4, VAN: 11-3-0). Linemates Michael Frolik , Mikael Backlund and Joe Colborne   each had 1-1-2 for the Flames (26-28-3, 55 points), who moved within nine points of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

 

STRONG BETWEEN THE PIPES

The New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres each had a shutout victory on the road:

 

* Jaroslav Halak   made 27 saves and Casey Cizikas scored 1:59 into the game against the New Jersey Devils. The islanders are 5-1-1 in their past seven games overall and 13-3-1 in their past 17 games against the Devils dating to Jan. 31, 2013 (NJD: 4-7-6). Halak had his 39th career shutout and ninth since joining the Islanders (90 GP), including three this season (also Oct. 20 at the Columbus Blue Jackets and Oct. 26 vs. the Calgary Flames). At 31-19-7 (69 points), the Islanders moved within three points of the idle New York Rangers (33-19-6, 72 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

 

* Robin Lehner   made 38 saves, 15 in the third period, to help the Sabres beat the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Sabres are 5-2-3 in their past 10 games, including 3-0-1 in their past four. Lehner earned his third career shutout and first since Jan. 14, 2014, when he played for the Ottawa Senators. He improved to 4-4-2 in 12 appearances this season (2.30 GAA, .932 SV%, 1 SO), his first with the Sabres. David Legwand   flipped a shot from the defensive zone that skipped into the Blue Jackets' goal to put the Sabres ahead 2-0 late in the first period.

 

GOSTISBEHERE PUSHES POINT STREAK TO 14 GAMES

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere   had an assist to extend his point streak to 14 games (4-13-17), adding to his NHL record for a rookie defenseman as well as his franchise record for any rookie.

 

* The Elias Sports Bureau says Gostisbehere became the first defenseman to have a 14-game point streak for any team since Brian Leetch had a 14-game streak with the Rangers from Oct. 30 - Dec. 1, 1996 (6-14-20).

 

* Gostisbehere also became the first Flyers player (forward or defenseman) to have points in at least 14 consecutive games since Eric Lindros had an 18-game streak from Jan. 7 - Feb. 18, 1999 (14-21-35).

 

* Gostisbehere leads first-year defensemen and is tied for fifth among all rookies with 11-22-33 this season (39 GP). Via Elias, his 14-game point streak is tied for the third-longest by any rookie since the start of the 1987-88 season:

 

Longest Rookie Point Streaks, Since 1987-88
20 - Paul Stastny (COL) from Feb. 3 - March 17, 2007 (11-18-29)
17 - Teemu Selanne (WPG) from March 9 - April 15, 1993 (20-14-34)
14 - Joe Nieuwendyk (CGY) from Dec. 20, 1987 - Jan. 21, 1988 (15-14-29)
14 - Joe Juneau (BOS) from Oct. 8 - Nov. 12, 1992 (7-15-22)
14 - Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) from Jan. 19 - Feb. 16, 2016 (4-13-17)

 

LOOSE PUCKS

Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward   made 22 saves and is 6-0-4 in his last 10 games (1.90 GAA, .930 SV%), tying his career-high point streak established from March 14-April 7, 2009 (9-0-1). … Flames captain Mark Giordano   scored his 14th goal of the season (57 GP) to equal the career high he set in 2013-14 (64 GP). … Sabres forward Sam Reinhart   scored his 18th goal of the season to take sole possession of the team lead and move into third place among all rookies, behind Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin   (22) and Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin   (19) . … Sharks defenseman Brent Burns   scored his 19th goal of the season, tops among defensemen. He is three goals shy of his career-high, established in 2013-14 (22 goals in 69 GP). … Flames defenseman TJ Brodie   had three assists to match a career-high established at Montreal on Nov. 2, 2014 (also 0-3-3). … Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy   had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (1-4-5). … The Department of Player Safety suspended Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov   for three games for elbowing Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh   on Thursday.



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Posted 21 February 2016 - 12:42 PM

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Stamkos' 300th goal leads Lightning past Penguins

 

Tampa Bay captain second-fastest active player to reach milestone

 

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

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Stamkos' 300th goal TBL@PIT: Stamkos nets rebound for 300th goal

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PITTSBURGH - Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos wanted to get his 300th goal out of the way quickly, and did against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. 

Stamkos scored for the second straight game to reach the milestone and help the Lightning defeat the Penguins 4-2 at Consol Energy Center. 

After Anton Stralman opened the scoring for Tampa Bay, Stamkos extended the lead to 2-0 at 11:20 of the first period. Alex Killorn began the play by fluttering a shot through goalie Jeff Zatkoff and off the left post, where it bounced through the crease. Stamkos beat defenseman Kris Letang to the puck and flicked it over the goal line before Zatkoff could recover. 

"It's pretty special," Stamkos said. "First of all, it means you've been around for a while, and secondly, I've been fortunate to play with a lot of good players. I've been able to be put in positions to score goals, and obviously it was special coming in a big win for our team."

 

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Stralman snipes goal in TBL@PIT: Stralman snipes goal from point

Stamkos, who scored his 299th goal in a 6-5 shootout win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, became the third Tampa Bay player to score 300, joining Vincent Lecavalier (383) and Martin St. Louis (365). Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (349) is the only player who has scored more goals than Stamkos since he entered the NHL in 2008-09. 

At 26 years, 13 days old, Stamkos is the ninth-youngest player to score 300 goals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He's the second-youngest active player to get there after Ovechkin, who was 25 years, 200 days old when he scored No. 300 on April 5, 2011. Stamkos also is the first player from the 2008 NHL Draft to reach the mark; he has 162 more goals than Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle, the next-closest player from his draft class.

"I'm usually pretty aware [when a milestone is approaching]," Stamkos said. "I knew coming in I had 299, so it's not a crazy number where you're losing sleep over it, but when you're close to something like that it's nice to get it and get it out of the way and just focus on what you have to do to win." 

Tampa Bay (32-22-4) won a regular-season game at Consol Energy Center for the first time since it opened in October 2010. 

"I didn't think we gave them a whole lot," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "When we did give them something, it was either we were on a power play or it was 4-on-4. But other than that, I thought 5-on-5 we played pretty steady. We got the lead. We played D. That was pretty much it." 

 

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Lightning tally on tic-tac-toe TBL@PIT: Lightning score on slick tic-tac-toe passing

 

Tom Kuhnhackl and Scott Wilson scored for the Penguins. Zatkoff, who started in place of Marc-Andre Fleury, made 16 saves. The Penguins announced during pre-game warmup that Fleury was ill. 

"I thought we played hard," Zatkoff said. "I thought we were resilient. I thought we were in the game. … We kept battling back. The guys played really hard." 

After Stamkos' goal, the Lightning maintained a multi-goal lead for the remainder of the game.

Earlier in the first period, after Penguins forward Kevin Porter sent a shot off the crossbar, Stralman scored at the other end to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. Vladislav Namestnikov fed Stralman from below the goal line. Stralman faked a slap shot to freeze Wilson before sending a wrist shot through traffic and Zatkoff at 9:08 of the first period. The goal was Stralman's ninth of the season and fourth in three games against the Penguins. 

Following Stamkos' goal, Lightning defenseman Matthew Carle pushed the lead to 3-0 with a knuckling shot between Zatkoff's pads for his first goal of the season 3:14 into the second period.

 

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Zatkoff turns away wrister TBL@PIT: Zatkoff turns away quick wrister

Kuhnhackl scored his first NHL goal on a shorthanded 2-on-1 to cut the deficit to 3-1 at 5:35 of the second, but Tyler Johnson put the Lightning ahead 4-1 on his ninth goal of the season at 11:53 of the second. 

Wilson scored his second NHL goal with 3:59 left in the second to close the scoring. 

The Penguins had an opportunity to pull within one goal when they had a 5-on-3 power play for the final 1:08 of the second period but they attempted one shot, which Letang sent wide of the net. The power play expired 17 seconds into the third period without goalie Ben Bishop making a save. 

"I think that was a big moment for us," Sullivan said. "I told our guys that after the game. I think if we score in that circumstance, we're going into the third period down one. It's a real game. It's close. We're one shot away." 

 

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Carle sneaks one in from point TBL@PIT: Carle sneaks one in from point on deflection

"I thought we did a good job of responding after they got that shorthanded goal. We got another one shortly after," Bishop said. "That stuff's going to happen. Obviously, we want to clean that up a little bit. On the power play, we can't be giving up shorthanded goals like that. Other than that, the guys responded pretty well. A little bit of bend there, but definitely no break." 

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said defenseman Ben Lovejoy sustained an upper-body injury during the game and will not play Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Lightning forward Cedric Paquette was injured late in the third period after blocking a shot and was helped off the ice and did not return. Cooper did not have an update.


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 12:45 PM

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Senators rally, top Red Wings in shootout

 

Extend winning streak to three, longest since November

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

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2/20/16: Kyle Turris waits out Petr Mrazek and eventually puts a wrist shot through the five hole, helping secure a win for the Senators

 

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

The Senators (28-26-6) trailed 2-1 with four minutes left in the third period but tied the game at 16:09 on defenseman Dion Phaneuf's first goal with Ottawa.

Kyle Turris scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Senators their first three-game winning streak since November.

The Red Wings (29-20-10) have lost three in a row. Andreas Athanasiou and Brad Richards scored for the Red Wings, taking advantage of mistakes by Senators captain Erik Karlsson.

 

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Karlsson's pass into the slot in the Ottawa zone led to the goal by Athanasiou at 10:46 of the second period. Richards was credited with a goal at 17:52 when Karlsson deflected his pass behind Anderson.

Karlsson's tough second period started when he spun after winning a battle along the end boards and passed the puck into the slot. Athanasiou stepped into it and scored his second of the season on a slap shot.

Smith tied the game 1-1 at 11:46 when he barged through the slot and redirected a pass by Jean-Gabriel Pageau behind Mrazek. That came after Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith turned over the puck when his stick broke.

 

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The Red Wings went ahead 2-1 when, playing 4-on-4, Karlsson extended his stick to stop a pass by Richards intended for Mike Green at the back door and deflected the puck between Anderson's pads.

Mrazek was hit by a hard shot near the right side of his neck from Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch at 4:05 of the first period but stayed in the game and made 25 saves.

The Red Wings played without leading goal-scorer Dylan Larkin, who was sick. Teemu Pulkkinen, who was scratched for the past eight games, replaced him.


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 12:57 PM

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Capitals top Devils on Orpik's late goal

 

Defenseman breaks tie by scoring with 3:58 remaining

 

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WASHINGTON -- It took 13 NHL seasons and 798 regular-season games, but Brooks Orpik finally has a game-winning goal.

At first he wasn't sure if it was really his.

"There was so much traffic in front," Orpik said after his goal with 3:58 remaining in the third period gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center on Saturday. "I put it on net, I knew [Devils goaltender Cory] Schneider probably couldn't see it either. Either [T.J. Oshie] or [Alex Ovechkin] started celebrating, so I knew it was in."

Orpik, who missed more than three months with a lower-body injury before returning earlier this week, worked his way into the left circle, took a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov and one-timed it past Schneider for his second goal of the season, breaking a 3-3 tie. His other goal came on Oct. 10, also against New Jersey.

 

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As a stay-at-home defenseman, Orpik isn't known for his scoring prowess; this was his 15th career goal. However, the Capitals' system makes it easier for any defenseman to jump into the play. Orpik has three points in three games since his return.  

"When you have defensemen [that] are aggressive against the walls and with the forwards that we have, we can make plays down low," said Orpik, who did score a series-clinching overtime goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. "You get rewarded sometimes when you find those holes, the way those guys can pass the puck."

The Capitals (43-10-4) have won three consecutive games and have points in 21 of their past 23 home games.

"Nobody really gets caught up in [streaks]," Orpik said. "We have the standings posted in the room so everybody's well aware of where we are in the standings but when it comes to streaks …. when you start worrying about stuff like that you start to lose focus on the process that you're trying to accomplish."

 

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"I think we played terrible [in the] first period," Ovechkin said. "[Holtby] keeps us in the game and give us a chance to rebuild our game in the second, and that's what we did."

Forwards Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri had first-period goals for the Devils (29-24-7), who have lost three in a row. Schneider made 28 saves in his 50th start of the season and second in as many nights.

"I thought it was pretty competitive game either way," Devils coach John Hynes said. "I thought we had a couple of situations in the d-zone that weren't handled as sharply, as correctly as they needed to be, and they wound up in the back of our net."

 

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Palmieri's sweet goal NJD@WSH: Palmieri scores from impossible angle

Zajac opened the scoring at 15:28 of the first period. Palmieri put the initial shot on net and Zajac knocked in the rebound with Holtby out of position for his ninth of the season.

Ovechkin tied the game at 17:02. Defenseman Dmitry Orlov sent a cross-ice pass to Ovechkin, who had time to settle the puck and beat Schneider from the left circle. Ovechkin leads the NHL with 38 goals and has 17 in his past 17 games. It was the 513th goal of his career, tying Jeremy Roenick for 37th on the NHL's all-time list.

Palmieri put the Devils back in front with 28 seconds remaining in the period. His sharp-angled shot from below the right circle squeezed between Holtby's right shoulder and the post. The goal was Palmieri's 22nd of the season.

Kuznetsov tied it at 9:16 of the second period. Schneider stopped Michael Latta's stuff attempt, but Kuznetsov buried the rebound for his 17th goal of the season. Kuznetsov has 23 points in his past 16 games and leads the Capitals in scoring with 60 points.

Boucher beat Holtby with a shot from the point for his fourth goal of the season to put New Jersey back in front.

 

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But the Capitals turned up the offensive pressure and Oshie, playing his 500th NHL game, tied the game for the third time when his shot banked off the skates of two Devils defensemen and went past Schneider for his 17th goal of the season.

"That's a group character in this locker room," Ovechkin said. "Starts from our goaltending … everybody was all in in the third. We just have to be better in the first period and if not [for Holtby], it would be really hard to come back."

It was the first of four consecutive home games for the Capitals, who play the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.

The Devils, who lost 1-0 at home to the New York Islanders on Friday, are off until they host the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

"I think we have a chance to win any game," Hynes said. "We want to continue to win and be a competitive team. We didn't do that tonight, so there's nothing to be frustrated about. We've got to be better than what we were. We know what we need to fix, and that's what the process needs to be over the next couple days."


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 01:00 PM

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Pearson OT goal lifts Kings

 

Quick makes 33 saves vs. Predators

 

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NASHVILLE -- Tanner Pearson scored 1:18 into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Pearson received the pass from defenseman Alec Martinez and took a shot from the slot that beat Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne for his eighth goal.

The Kings (34-20-4) were 3-3-1 on their seven-game road trip and are 19-10-3 on the road.

Jake Muzzin gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 15:57 of the first period on a wrist shot from the point. He took the pass from forward Dwight King and shot it through traffic past Rinne for his seventh goal.

Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis tied it 1-1 on the power play with 26.6 seconds remaining in the first. Forward James Neal took the original shot that was stopped by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, but Ellis got to the rebound and scored his seventh goal.

 

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Quick made 33 saves; Rinne had 28.

Predators defenseman Barret Jackman left the game in the second period after falling into the boards in a battle for the puck. He did not return.

Kings center Anze Kopitar missed the game because of a lower-body injury. He left a 2-1 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday after the first period and is day-to-day.

Los Angeles will host the Calgary Flames on Tuesday; Nashville will play at the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 01:06 PM

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Gostisbehere extends streak to 15 games with OT goal

 

Flyers rookie has longest run by defenseman since 1995

 

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Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers extended his record point streak by an NHL rookie defenseman to 15 games Saturday with an overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

He scored at 29 seconds to give the Flyers a 5-4 win.

Gostisbehere has the third-longest streak by any NHL rookie since 1987-88, behind Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets (17 games; March 9-April 15, 1993) and record-holder Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche (20 games; Feb. 3-March 17, 2007).

Gostisbehere's streak is the longest by an NHL defenseman in more than 20 years, since Chris Chelios had a 15-game streak for the Chicago Blackhawks (Oct. 26-Nov. 28, 1995).

The streak, which started Jan. 19, is the second-longest in the NHL this season, behind the 26 games of Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (Oct.17-Dec. 13).

Gostisbehere has 12 goals and 22 assists in 40 games this season.


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 01:12 PM

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Jagr passes Hull, Panthers defeat Jets

 

Scores Nos. 741, 742, moves into third on all-time list

 

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Jagr moves to third all time WPG@FLA: Jagr scores 742nd goal to move ahead of Hull

2/20/16: Jaromir Jagr finds a loose puck and smacks in a wrister for his 472nd career goal, putting him ahead of Brett Hull for third all time

 

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jaromir Jagr had two goals to move past Brett Hull into third place on the NHL's all-time list when the Florida Panthers defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 at BB&T Center on Saturday.

Jagr tied Hull with his 741st goal in the second period to tie the game 1-1 and scored his 742nd at 13:37 of the third period to give Florida a 3-1 lead.

"It's great, but I don't really think about it, to be honest with you," Jagr said. "I don't feel like I played really well for a few games, so I wanted to make sure I play a little bit better today. I had a little more jump, so it was pretty good."

Jagr, who had a goal in Florida's 2-1 shootout loss against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, leads the Panthers with 20 goals. It's his 19th season with 20 goals or more.

 

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Jagr ties Hull for third all time WPG@FLA: Jagr scores 741st goal to tie Hull

"It's awesome for him to score those two goals and go ahead of Brett Hull," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "It's unbelievable. He had great chances and great jump to his legs. We were happy to see that. We were hoping to get him that hat trick, but it just didn't happen."

Reilly Smith broke a 1-1 tie at 3:58 of the third, ending a streak of 24 failed power-play opportunities for the Panthers.

Smith scored on a wrist shot from the right circle.

"We were working the puck pretty well, and it hasn't been that way lately," Smith said. "I think the puck had eyes getting through there."

Dmitry Kulikov and Jussi Jokinen, who played in his 800th NHL game, each had two assists.

Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.

 

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Luongo, who had allowed at least three goals in each of his five starts after appearing in the NHL All-Star Game, denied two breakaways in the second period, making a glove save on a wrist shot by Blake Wheeler and poking the puck away from Mathieu Perreault on a deke attempt.

 

He also denied Chris Thorburn on a partial breakaway in that second period.

"Sometimes you feel like you're following the play well and you're on top of it," Luongo said. "Tonight was one of those games where my body was going toward the puck. That's what I've been trying to do all week, and I'm happy I was able to come through with a couple of big saves in the second and the boys rewarded me in the third."

Florida (34-18-7) is 2-2-1 on a six-game homestand that concludes against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

The Panthers won for the third time in eight games (3-3-2). They came in with a five-point lead over the Boston Bruins atop the Atlantic Division.

 

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Luongo gloves Wheeler's wrister WPG@FLA: Luongo keeps Wheeler from scoring breakaway

 

Nikolaj Ehlers scored for Winnipeg (25-29-4). Michael Hutchinson made 28 saves in his first start since Feb. 6.

"We had a bunch (of chances) there in the second, went in alone a couple of times," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "But that's what that guy (Luongo) does so well, he's gonna clean up those mistakes and keep you in that tight game. They've got enough firepower up front.

"Sixty-eight (Jagr), you give a good player a little bit of room, he's going to make you pay. You give a great player too much room, he's going to hurt you bad."

Jagr tied Hull at 4:53 of the second period. As Kulikov carried the puck into the Jets zone, Jagr skated toward the slot before redirecting Kulikov's pass. The deflection beat Hutchinson over the glove side.

Jagr's second goal came off a pass from Jussi Jokinen. With his back to the net, Jagr lifted the stick of Jets defenseman Tyler Myers and spun around to flick a shot into the upper left corner.

"You've gotta have great teammates to pass you the puck, and they did it," Jagr said. "I got 20 goals at age 44 because of them. Thank you, guys."

The Jets played without their second-leading scorer, Bryan Little, who is day-to-day because of an upper-body injury.

 

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Ehlers' tip-in WPG@FLA: Ehlers tips in Byfuglien's shot for PPG

 

Already missing center Aleksander Barkov and three other injured forwards, the Panthers lost Jonathan Huberdeau when he sustained an upper-body injury in the first period.

Huberdeau was injured 5:46 into the game when he crashed into the boards behind the Winnipeg net after being checked by defenseman Jacob Trouba. Huberdeau stayed on the ice for several seconds before being escorted to the dressing room.

"It wasn't a dirty hit," Gallant said. "He pushed him into the boards and he banged the back of his head. A little whiplash; I hope he's going to be OK. I don't think it's real serious. It's hockey, it happens to every team, but we're probably going to get a few guys back next week."

Defenseman Michael Matheson, Florida's first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, and forward Kyle Rau each made his NHL debut. Rau screened Hutchinson on Smith's go-ahead goal.

 

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Ehlers opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 14:35 of the first period. With Garrett Wilson in the penalty box for hooking, Dustin Byfuglien's wrist shot from the point went off Ehlers' body as he was fighting for position in front of the net.

"The second period wasn't what we wanted it to be," Smith said. "We gave away too many chances. I think they had two or three breakaways, and [Luongo] did a great job standing on his head. It was great to see [Jagr] kind of take over the game and become third all-time. It's definitely an honor to be a part of this team and history."


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 01:28 PM

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Bruins rally for win against Stars

 

Boston scores six straight goals after falling behind by two

 

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

12:47 PM
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DALLAS -- Brad Marchand scored two goals to help the Boston Bruins to a 7-3 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for Boston (32-21-6), which trailed 3-1 after the first period before scoring six straight goals.

Kevan Miller, Loui Eriksson, David Krejci, Brett Connolly and Matt Beleskey each had a goal for the Bruins, who went 4-2-0 on their season-high six-game road trip.

Connolly scored an empty-net goal to put Boston ahead 6-3 with 2:44 remaining after Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen headed to the bench for the extra attacker. Beleskey capped the Bruins outburst by scoring off a rebound on the power play with 23 seconds remaining.

 

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Patrice Bergeron, Dennis Seidenberg, Zdeno Chara and Joe Morrow each had two assists, and Connolly and Krejci each had one for Boston, which went 3-for-7 on the power play. Entering Saturday, the Bruins were 1-for-32 on the power play since the All-Star break.

Dallas (37-17-6), which lost its third straight (0-2-1), got goals from Ales Hemsky, Antoine Roussel and Patrick Sharp. Jason Demers had two assists, and Lehtonen made 35 saves.

After Jamie Benn was denied by Rask on an early breakaway and Demers hit the right goal post, Dallas took the lead 11:59 into the first period when Hemsky beat the Boston goalie top shelf and to the short side on a wrist shot from the left circle.

Marchand tied it at 13:24 of the first when he scored on a backhand after he got behind Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski and Connolly hit in stride in the slot.

 

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Krejci's long power-play goal BOS@DAL: Krejci scores from blue line, pads lead

Dallas regained the lead at 15:44 of the first when Roussel redirected a wrist shot by Johnny Oduya from near the Boston blue line for his ninth goal.

The Stars went ahead 3-1 when Sharp ended an 18-game goal drought with his 17th of the season at 16:28 of the first. Sharp's wrist shot from the slot on a breakaway got through Rask, who prevented the puck from crossing the line. It was Sharp's first goal since Jan. 3 at the New York Islanders.

Boston responded with three goals in the second period to take a 4-3 lead into the third. Marchand scored his second of the game and 30th of the season at 13:24 to pull the Bruins within one. His wrist shot from just outside the left circle beat Lehtonen to the far post on the power play.

Miller tied it 35 seconds later with a wrist shot from the right point that bounced inside the slot before landing inside the right post.

 

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Eriksson's go-ahead stuff-in goal BOS@DAL: Eriksson jams the puck into the net

The Bruins took their first lead with 52 seconds remaining in the second when Eriksson scored his 21st goal by poking in a loose puck that was sitting between Lehtonen's legs. Lehtonen made the save after Dennis Seidenberg's pass deflected off Eriksson's right skate, but Eriksson, who played for the Stars from 2006-13, alertly knocked it in.

Krejci, who played his 600th NHL game, put the Bruins ahead 5-3 when he scored on the power play 4:50 into the third period. His wrist shot from near the Dallas blue line deflected in off Oduya's right knee.


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 01:35 PM

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Blues make it five in a row

 

Quick start helps St. Louis defeat Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The St. Louis Blues scored four goals in the first 10:06 and rolled to their fifth straight win, a 6-4 victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

The Blues, who scored two or fewer goals in nine of their past 11 games, tied a season high with six goals and got four from Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen, Jaden Schwartz and Carl Gunnarsson in a span of 9:02 to continue their recent success against the Coyotes.

Steen left the game because of an upper-body injury later in the first period and did not return. He was checked into the boards by Arizona defenseman Kevin Connauton and his left shoulder crashed into the boards as he went down.

Patrik Berglund and David Backes scored in the third period goal for St. Louis (35-17-9), which has won seven straight games against Arizona, outscoring the Coyotes 29-9. The Blues have won seven straight games at Gila River Arena dating back to March 22, 2011.

 

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Blues goalie Brian Elliott made 30 saves and is 12-3-3 since taking over for the injured Jake Allen on Jan. 8. He has allowed two or fewer goals in six of the past seven games.

Arizona (27-25-6) lost the game and top defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who sustained a lower-body injury in the first minute of the game while committing a tripping penalty against Tarasenko.

Ekman-Larsson, who has 17 goals and a career-high 45 points, came back for one short shift before leaving for the rest of the game.

The Coyotes, who have scored 12 goals in the past two games, got two goals from Max Domi and one from Connauton and Shane Doan. But a good start quickly deteriorated.

 

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Doan's wrap-around goal STL@ARI: Doan goes around the net to score a wrister

Twenty-three seconds into the game, Doan came out from the behind the net and slid a backhand shot between Elliott's pads. Doan has 24 points in the past 29 games since coming back from an injury on Dec. 12.

But the lead lasted less than a minute; the Blues scored against Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue four times on 10 shots before he was pulled for the rest of the period. Domingue returned and finished with 18 saves.

Tarasenko started it on the power play at 1:08 with a shot through traffic from above the circle through traffic that beat Domingue over the shoulder.

Steen put the Blues in front at 4:22 when Domingue left room off the near post and Steen picked the high corner from a sharp angle.

Then at 7:49, Domingue lost the handle on an innocent-looking shot from Tarasenko and dropped the puck behind him near the goal line. Schwartz was able to get his stick down and get just enough to push it over the line.

 

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Domi's second goal STL@ARI: Domi cuts the deficit to one goal in the 3rd

Schwartz, who missed 49 games because of an ankle injury, has scored four goals in five games since returning.

Gunnarsson completed the run at 10:06 with a shot from the point that was inadvertently redirected by Connauton and past Domingue to give the Blues a 4-1 lead.

Domingue was replaced by another rookie, Niklas Treutle, for the rest of the period. But he came back and settled down while Arizona got back in the game.

Connauton made it 4-2 at 9:21 of the second period, taking advantage of a screen by teammate Martin Hanzal to put a shot that Elliott got a piece of but couldn't stop.

 

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Berglund's tip-in STL@ARI: Upshall sets up Berglund for a pretty score

Then 50 seconds into the third, Connauton fought hard to gain possession and put a shot to the net that was deflected into the slot. Domi pounced on the puck and worked his way around a sprawling Elliott to pull Arizona within 4-3.

But Berglund restored the two-goal lead at 7:18, redirecting a feed from Scottie Upshall past Domingue for his fifth goal.

Domi got his second of the game with an extra attacker at 19:26 before Backes scored into an empty net with 0.3 seconds remaining.


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Posted 21 February 2016 - 02:15 PM

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Barrie's two goals help Avalanche edge Oilers    

 

Win is fourth in five games for Colorado

 

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

1:56 PM

 

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2/20/16: After some nifty passing, Tyson Barrie gets the puck on the doorstep and hammers it home to give the Avalanche their first lead

 

EDMONTON -- Defenseman Tyson Barrie scored two goals to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Saturday.

John Mitchell also scored for Colorado (31-26-4) and goaltender Calvin Pickard made 25 saves for his fourth win of the season. The victory moved Colorado ahead of the Nashville Predators into the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. The Avalanche have won four of their past five games.

Forwards Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot scored and Cam Talbot made 26 saves for the Oilers (22-32-6), who have lost four in a row and fell to last place in the overall standings.

Hall opened the scoring 7:14 into the first period when he buried a rebound past Pickard after the goaltender made an excellent pad save on Leon Draisaitl.

 

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Mitchell tied the game at 11:19. He was left unattended at the edge of the crease and tapped a centering pass from Blake Comeau into a wide-open net.

Barrie put Colorado ahead to stay 1:23 into the second period when he jumped into a rush and tipped a cross-ice pass from Jarome Iginla past Talbot.  

The Avalanche had an excellent opportunity to extend their lead later in the second period when Oilers defensemen Mark Fayne and Darnell Nurse took minor penalties 42 seconds apart. Colorado came close to scoring during the two-man advantage when Barrie hit the crossbar on a one-time shot from the point. Talbot slid across to make a good save on Comeau on a cross-crease pass from Matt Duchene during the 5-on-4 portion of the power play.

Barrie gave Colorado a 3-1 lead at 3:49 of the third period, firing a shot through traffic and past Talbot.

 

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Teddy Purcell scored for Edmonton at 8:46, but the goal was waived off and a goaltender interference penalty was assessed to Hall, who crashed into Pickard at the top of the crease. The Oilers challenged the call, claiming Hall had been pushed into the goaltender, but the call stood.

Pouliot scored with 1:41 remaining to cut the lead to 3-2, converting a centering pass from Jordan Eberle with Talbot on the bench for an extra attacker.

The Oilers conclude a six-game homestand Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators. The Avalanche are at the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday in the second of a two-game road trip.


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 04:11 PM

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Letang helps Penguins defeat Sabres

 

Defenseman has three assists; Fleury makes 24 saves for Pittsburgh

 

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2/21/16: Kris Letang fakes a shot from the right boards and sends a perfect pass over to Phil Kessel, who flips the puck into a wide open net

 

BUFFALO - Kris Letang and the Pittsburgh Penguins got the bounce-back effort they were looking for on Sunday. 

Letang had three assists and helped the Penguins to a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center.

Letang set up second period goals from Scott Wilson and Phil Kessel and a shorthanded breakaway goal by Matt Cullen in the third period. 

"It was really important," Letang said. "I think we didn't play a great game against Tampa Bay [on Saturday], but it's just in our mind right now it's a back-to-back game, afternoon game, and we have to get a lot better. It got a lot better and I think one thing we need to improve is our start of a game; it's not where it needs to be." 

Letang had an assist and took three minor penalties in the Penguins 4-2 loss to the Lightning on Saturday. 

"He's obviously an important player for us," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He logs a lot of minutes. He's such a good player when he plays the game the right way and when he has control over his emotions. I love the fact that he's a passionate guy. He's a competitive guy. He really cares. That's why he's emotional but I love that about him, and that's what I told him. But obviously he's got to channel it the right way and I thought he did that tonight." 

 

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The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and the Sabres had a 15-6 advantage in shots. The Penguins (30-20-8) took over in the second period. 

Wilson made it 2-1 and extended his goal scoring streak to three games. He received a cross-crease pass from Letang and took a snap shot that beat Sabres goalie Robin Lehner up high for his third goal of the season 5:28 into the period. 

"I'll take what I can get," said Wilson, who was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Feb. 1. "Just the confidence thing has helped me a lot. In the American League you can kind of pick your spots more and I think [Sullivan] has put me in good situations. ... I think that, confidence-wise, has helped me a lot."

Kessel made it 3-1 with his 19th goal of the season with 2:10 left in the second when he received a cross-ice pass from Letang near the side of the Sabres net and put a wrist shot past Lehner. 

"I was going to shoot and I saw him open, so I just slid the puck in on the back door," Letang said. 

 

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Cullen made it 4-1 with a shorthanded breakaway goal, his eighth of the season, 7:52 into the third period after he received a pass from Carl Hagelin. Letang chipped the puck to Hagelin who flipped the puck ahead to Cullen for the breakaway. Cullen's shot was trapped by Lehner momentarily before is slid out underneath him and into the net. 

"I felt it. I squeezed it, but I didn't really feel if it went through or not," said Lehner, who made 27 saves. "I don't know. It's unfortunate because I felt like I played well and I wanted to make that stop for the team. But sometimes things happen and I regret that one." 

Sabres forward Brian Gionta scored 13 seconds later on the power play when he tipped a Zach Bogosian shot past Fleury for his eighth of the season to make it 4-2. 

Bogosian scored two goals including his third of the season with 21.4 seconds left in the third to conclude the scoring. 

 

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The Penguins have won eight straight games against Buffalo. 

The Sabres (24-29-7) have lost two of their past three games. 

Patric Hornqvist gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 9:09 into the first period. Sidney Crosby got an assist on the goal. He has 48 points in 30 career games against the Sabres. 

"You don't want to lose a couple in a row," Crosby said. "There's going to be times where you lose. We had a decent game yesterday. We could've been on the other side of it easily, but we've got to regroup and get two points here today, and we found a way." 

Bogosian made it 1-1 with 6:12 remaining in the first period with a power-play goal. With Hornqvist off for slashing, Bogosian took a slap shot that beat Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury low to the right side for his second goal of the season. It was Bogosian's first power play goal since Dec. 31, 2011. 

Fleury made 24 saves after not starting on Saturday because of an illness. 

 

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"That was good actually just to get back into it," Fleury said. "I didn't face a shot [Saturday]. It's good to get into it quick, get some shots, feel the game a little bit. I felt pretty good after." 

Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly missed the game with a lower-body injury he sustained in the Sabres 4-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday and will be out the next 3-4 weeks. Justin Bailey was recalled from Rochester on Sunday to take his place in the lineup. 

"He's a guy who plays in every situation for our team, so he plays in the offensive zone, he plays in the defensive zone, he's playing power play, he's playing penalty k*ll," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "You need a big draw, he's somebody stepping over the boards, and that's something that we're going to miss and we're going to have to replace. I think you see the importance of that in our game tonight."


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 04:24 PM

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Wild defeat Blackhawks in Stadium Series game

 

Minnesota has quick start, wins fourth straight

 

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It was a moment the State of Hockey had waited for ever since Minnesota re-entered the League 15 seasons ago.

The first professional hockey game held outdoors in the state on Sunday was everything Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold had envisioned when he petitioned for the type of outdoor event that exemplifies what is near and dear to every Minnesotan.

In the end, the Wild capped it off with a 6-1 win against the rival Chicago Blackhawks in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Game before 50,426 at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

It became evident that by the time the State of Hockey anthem was played and those in attendance were serenading their team with chants of 'Let's Go Wild!', Minnesota had long drained whatever life remained in the Blackhawks.

Perhaps Brooks Suter, the 5-year-old son of Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, summed it up best when asked by a reporter his favorite part of the day while sitting on dad's lap during the postgame press conference.

 

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"The win," he said.

Minnesota's third line of Erik Haula centering left wing Nino Niederreiter and right wing Jason Pominville combined for three goals and eight points. Pominville had a goal and two assists.

"Our line has been playing with confidence," Pominville said. "I think at one point [in the season] I was just thinking too much and not going out there and playing. And I just said go out there and play and have fun and that's what we've been doing."

Along with Pominville, Haula also had a goal and two assists to equal the record for points in a regular-season outdoor NHL game achieved by seven other players. Matt Dumba, Thomas Vanek and Ryan Carter also scored for the Wild (27-22-10), who extended their franchise-best streak of scoring five goals in a game to four straight games.

Goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who made 31 saves for the Wild, had his shutout end with 7:55 left in the third when Patrick Kane scored along the goal line below the right circle. The goal by Kane was his 35th of the season for the Blackhawks (38-19-5).

 

Full report at

 

https://www.nhl.com/...0?tid=278839676


Edited by Guns of the Patriots, 22 February 2016 - 04:29 PM.





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