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Around the League notebook for Fri., Jan. 30

by NHL Public Relations /


Home Team in Caps

Pittsburgh 2, NEW JERSEY 1 (OT)

St. Louis 3, CAROLINA 2 (SO)

COLORADO 3, Nashville 0

VANCOUVER 5, Buffalo 2

Chicago 4, ANAHEIM 1


Jarome Iginla
Right Wing - COL
GOALS: 16 | ASST: 17 | PTS: 33
SOG: 107 | +/-: -1
Jarome Iginla (1-0—1) recorded the 1,200th point of his NHL career in the Colorado Avalanche’s 3-0 shutout victory over the Nashville Predators. The Avalanche improved to 21-18-11 (53 points) this season and passed the idle Dallas Stars for sole possession of fifth in the Central Division standings. With the win, Colorado also extended their season-high home winning streak to four straight games and are 6-1-0 in their last seven games at Pepsi Center.

* With his team-leading 16th goal of the season, Iginla became the 47th player in NHL history to record 1,200 points (576-624—1,200) and tied Dino Ciccarelli for 46th on the NHL’s all-time points list. With 576 career goals, Iginla is also one shy of tying Mark Recchi for 19th on the NHL’s all-time goals list.

* Iginla has scored in three consecutive games and netted a team-high seven goals in the month of January. Additionally, Iginla has recorded 60 points (35-25—60) in 55 career games against Nashville and passed Nicklas Lidstrom for sole possession of second-most points all-time against the Predators franchise, trailing only Pavel Datsyuk (71 points).

* Semyon Varlamov stopped all 23 shots he faced to record his fourth shutout of the season, which tied a career-high set during the 2011-12 season, and improved to 13-10-7 with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. Varlamov has started in 14 of the club’s last 15 games and improved to 8-4-2 during this span. Varlamov also improved to 7-3-2 in the month of January.

* Nathan MacKinnon (0-2—2) posted his fourth multi-assist game and is tied for third on the club in helpers this season (20). Maxime Talbot (1-0—1) opened the scoring with his fourth goal which also stood as his first game-winning goal of the season.


Patrick Sharp (0-4—4) assisted on all four Chicago Blackhawks goals in their 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Blackhawks improved to 31-16-2 (64 points) this season, which includes a record of 20-11-1 versus Western Conference opponents and 8-4-1 versus Pacific Division opponents.

* The performance matched a career-high assist total for Sharp and was the third time in his career that he has posted four assists; his last such performance was on Nov. 9, 2013 when he also recorded four assists in a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Sharp has recorded nine points (1-8—9) in his last five games.

* Patrick Kane (2-1—2) scored twice and added his 31st assist to record his eighth three-point game of the season. Kane, who has nine points (5-4—9) in his last five games, ranks second among League-leaders in points this season (25-31—56).

* With his seventh goal of the season, Duncan Keith (1-0—1) brought his career point total to 400 points (72-328—400) and extended his point streak to four games (1-3—4). The marker also stood as the first game-winning goal of the season for Keith, who leads club defenseman in points (7-23—30) this season.

* Corey Crawford stopped all but one of 22 shots he faced to improve to 19-11-2 this season with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. With the victory, Crawford also improved to 9-4-1 in 14 career games against Anaheim.


Chris Higgins
Left Wing - VAN
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 20
SOG: 105 | +/-: 8
Chris Higgins (1-1—2) posted his fifth multi-point performance of the season to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Canucks improved to 27-17-3 (57 points) this season and passed the idle Calgary Flames for sole possession of third in the Central Division standings. With the victory, Vancouver also improved to 4-1-1 in their last six games against Buffalo.

* Christopher Tanev (0-2—2) and Henrik Sedin (0-2—2) each recorded two assists to post their second and sixth multi-assist performances of the season, respectively. H. Sedin’s two helpers brought his season total to 31, allowing him to tie his brother Daniel Sedin for the club-lead in both assists and points (9-31—40).

* Yannick Weber (1-0—1) and Nick Bonino (1-0—1) both scored their first power-play goals of the season. The latter tally was also the fifth game-winning goal of the season for Bonino.

* Ryan Miller made 20 saves against his former team to improve to 24-11-1 this season with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.


St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (shootout-winner) and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Simon Despres (overtime-winner) helped lead their clubs to victory over the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils, respectively.

* The Blues’ first win in Carolina since Oct. 28, 2009 improved their record to 31-13-4 (66 points) this season and extended their season-best point streak to 10 games (9-0-1). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Blues earned a point in 10 or more consecutive games was Dec. 19, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014 when they also posted a record of 9-0-1 through 10 games.

* Shattenkirk has converted on both of his shootout attempts this season, which have both stood as game-deciding goals. In fact, his other shootout-winner this season came in a 5-4 victory against the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

* Jake Allen made 26 saves through 65 minutes and additionally stopped all three Carolina shooters in the shootout to record his third straight win. Allen improved to 14-5-2 this season with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage and also improved to 3-1 in shootout scenarios where he has stopped 13 of 16 shots for a .769 shootout save percentage.

* David Backes (1-0—1) scored his 17th goal of the season and extended his career-best point streak to nine games (8-8—16) which is also the League’s top active point streak. Backes also skated in his 615th career game and passed Barclay Plager for sole possession of seventh on the franchise’s all-time games played list.

* Ryan Reaves (1-0—1) opened the scoring early in the first period with his career-high fifth goal of the season. Reaves has scored in consecutive games for the second time in his career; he also scored in back-to-back games Jan.12-13, 2011.

* Despres’ overtime goal, which was also the first game-winner of his career, allowed the Penguins to improve to 28-13-8 (64 points) this season.

* Facing a 1-0 deficit late in the third period, Chris Kunitz (1-0—1) tied the score on a power-play with his 15th goal of the season. The marker stood as the eighth power-play goal of the season for Kunitz, who also skated in his 700th career NHL game.

* Kris Letang (0-2—2) recorded his ninth multi-assist game of the season, which brought his career assist total to 206 and allowed him to pass Sergei Gonchar for sole possession of fifth on the franchise’s all-time assists list among defensemen. Letang leads Pittsburgh blueliners in assists (30) and points (9-30—39) this season.

* Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 13 of 14 shots he faced to improve to 23-10-5 this season with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.


Kris Letang
Defense - PIT
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 30 | PTS: 39
SOG: 127 | +/-: 4
Letang has recorded 16 points (1-15—16) in the month of January and established a new career-high for assists (15) in a calendar month.

* Letang’s 16 points are the third-most amassed by a Pittsburgh defenseman in January after Paul Coffey posted 7-15—22 in Jan. 1989 and 5-12—17 in Jan. 1990.

* Letang is the first Penguins blueliner to record 15 assists in a single calendar month since Norm Maciver also recorded 15 assists in Nov. 1995.

* Letang is the first Pittsburgh defenseman to record 16 points in a single calendar month since Dick Tarnstrom recorded 5-11—16 in March 2004.


New Jersey forward Steve Bernier (1-0—1) has netted four of his seven goals this season in his last five games... New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider made a season-high 41 saves in his League-leading 43rd start of the season... New Jersey defenseman Andy Green skated in his 196th consecutive game dating to March 6, 2012 and tied Scott Stevens for second on the franchise’s longest consecutive games played list among defensemen. Stevens skated in 196 consecutive games with the club from Nov. 23, 1993 to Oct. 5, 1996... St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (0-1—1) recorded the 200th point of his NHL career... St. Louis forward T.J. Oshie (0-1—1) extended his point streak to four games (3-1—4)... St. Louis forward Marcel Goc (0-1—1) registered his first point as a member of the Blues... Carolina forward Jordan Staal (0-1—1) has posted five assists in his last three games (0-5—5)... Colorado forward Matt Duchene (0-1—1) extended his point streak to a season-high four games (1-3—4)... Buffalo forward Chris Stewart (2-0—2) posted his first multi-goal performance of the season via two power-play markers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the performance was the fourth time in Stewart’s career where he has scored more than one power-play goal in a game and his first such performance since Jan. 19, 2013 in a 6-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings as a member of the St. Louis Blues (also two power-play goals)... Anaheim forward Patrick Maroon (0-1—1) extended his point streak to a career-high six games (4-4—8).

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