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Matt Niskanen  #2

Washington Capitals  Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: December 6, 1986  (AGE 27)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Virginia, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 209 DRAFTED: DAL / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (28th overall)

2014 POSTSEASON:

Home: 7GP 2G-3A-5PTS  -2   Even Strength: 0G-3A-3PTS  Shorthanded: 0G-0A-0PTS

Road: 6GP 0G-4A-4PTS   E  Power Play: 2G-4A-6PTS

 

2014 POSTSEASON:

* Had a career-high 9 playoff points (2G-7A).

* Led team w/6 power-play pts.

* 1st among team D-men w/29 hits.

* Had a postseason career-high 3-game assist streak (4A) from Apr. 23-28.

* Notched his 2nd career multi-point playoff game vs. CBJ Apr. 16 (1G-1A).

 

2013-14 REGULAR SEASON:

* Led all NHL D-men and team w/+33.

* Led team and NHL D-men w/6 GWG (tied).

* Had a career-high 10 goals.

* Led all D-men w/a career-high 46 pts.

* Plus or even in 68 of 81 GP.

* 3rd among team D-men w/ 124 hits.

* Won Penguins Defensive Player of the Year and Baz Bastien "Good Guy" awards.

 

2013-14 REGULAR SEASON:

Home: 40GP 5G-21A-26PTS  +24          Even Strength: 7G-24A-31PTS         

Road: 41GP 5G-15A-20PTS  +9             Power Play: 3G-12A-15PTS

 

PLAYOFF NUMBERS WITH PITTSBURGH: 39GP 3G-12A-15PTS

REGULAR-SEASON NUMBERS WITH PITTSBURGH: 213GP 19G-66A-85PTS

WCHA First All-Star Team (2007) Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas with James Neal for Alex Goligoski, February 21, 2011.
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