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Around the League notebook for Friday, Feb. 13 @NHL


Home Team in Caps

COLUMBUS 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT) | HIGHLIGHTS






Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks and Shawn Matthias of the Vancouver Canucks each had hat tricks to help their clubs keep pace in the Pacific Division. The Sharks (29-20-8, 66 points) and Canucks (31-20-3, 65 points) maintained their rank in the division and increased their leads over the idle Calgary Flames (30-22-3, 63 points) and Los Angeles Kings (24-18-12, 60 points).

* Pavelski had his fourth career hat trick to help the Sharks erase an early 2-0 deficit against the Arizona Coyotes and snap their three-game skid in Arizona.

* Pavelski leads the Sharks with 31-21—52 in 57 GP and trails only Rick Nash (34) and Alex Ovechkin (33) for the NHL goals lead. Pavelski had his other three career hat tricks last season, finishing with a career-high 41 goals (82 GP); he also reached the 30-goal plateau in 2011-12 (31; 82 GP).

* Joe Thornton (12-38—50 in 53 GP) and Logan Couture (20-30—50 GP) joined Pavelski in reaching the 50-point mark on Friday. Thornton had his second three-assist performance of the season (also Feb. 2 vs. the Edmonton Oilers); he ranks fifth in the NHL in assists with 38. Couture has 2-5—7 on his five-game point streak.

* Todd McLellan became the second-fastest coach in NHL history to reach 300 wins (515 games, 300-150-65), behind only Bruce Boudreau (496, 300-137-59).

* Matthias scored twice in the opening 5:03 before completing his first NHL hat trick in the third period to power the Canucks to their second straight win.

* Matthias registered his first multiple-goal game with the Canucks and first since March 2, 2014, at the New York Islanders while with the Florida Panthers. He is the second Canucks player to record a hat trick this season; Jannik Hansen had one on Nov. 23 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

* Radim Vrbata had the game-winning goal to extend his point streak to a career-high eight games (3-6—9). He leads the Canucks with 21 goals in 51 GP, surpassing his 81-game total from last season.

* Zack Kassian (0-2—2) registered his first multiple-point game since April 12, 2014 at Edmonton. He has 3-3—6 on his current five-game point streak, surpassing his total from his first 25 games of the season (2-3—5).

* Playing in his 600th NHL game, Ryan Miller made 21 saves to improve to improve to 26-14-1 in 41 GP, surpassing his win total from last season (59 GP).


Kari Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots he faced, including 17 in the final period, to backstop the Dallas Stars to their third straight win and their first home win over the Panthers since Dec. 7, 2005 (0-3-1 since).

* At 26-21-8 (60 points), the Stars moved within three points of the idle Flames (30-22-3, 63 points) for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Calgary holds the ROW tiebreaker (CGY: 27, DAL: 24).

* Lehtonen earned his 31st career shutout and fourth of the season. His 37 saves equal his second-highest total in a shutout, behind only a 40-save performance in a 2-0 win on March 21, 2013, at Los Angeles. He improved to 5-1-1 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in his last seven appearances.

* Jamie Benn scored his eighth career shorthanded goal and second this season (also Jan. 29 at the Ottawa Senators). He has 6-4—10 in his last nine games and is second on the club with 19-31—50 in 55 GP.

* The Stars have three shorthanded goals in their past two games to take the NHL lead with nine. They set a franchise record with 13 shorthanded goals in 1982-83 and last scored at least nine such goals in 1997-98 (11).

* Jason Spezza also found the back of the net for the Stars to stretch his point streak to four games (2-4—6). He ranks third on the club with 11-32—43


Marian Hossa tallied 1-1—2 to help the Chicago Blackhawks erase a 1-0 deficit with three unanswered goals in the third period to snap a two-game skid and earn their fourth straight win against the New Jersey Devils (dating to Dec. 23, 2013).

* The Blackhawks (34-18-4, 72 points) widened their lead for third place in the Central Division to six points over the idle Winnipeg Jets (28-19-10, 66 points). Chicago has one game in hand and owns the ROW tiebreaker (CHI: 28, WPG: 24).

* Hossa had multiple points for the fourth straight game (7-1—8), the fourth such streak of his career (last: Nov. 8-14, 2008, four games). His four-game goal streak is one shy of his career-high.

* Jonathan Toews scored the 40th game-winning goal of his career and third this season. He ranks second on the club with 16-30—46. Brent Seabrook (0-2—2) also posted multiple points for the Blackhawks.


After falling behind 3-1 early in the third period, Jared Boll and Cam Atkinson scored to force overtime before Artem Anisimov scored the winner to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to their sixth straight home win against the Philadelphia Flyers (dating to Dec. 27, 2008).

* Excluding shootouts, Elias says the Blue Jackets rallied for a victory when facing a multiple-goal deficit in the third period for the first time since Nov. 5, 2008, a 5-4 regulation win vs. Edmonton.

* Anisimov scored his third career overtime goal (also Nov. 11, 2010, vs. the Buffalo Sabres while with the New York Rangers and March 3, 2013 vs. the Colorado Avalanche) and found the back of the net for the first time since Oct. 11. He has 1-3—4 in seven games since returning from a 23-game absence on Jan. 29.

* Atkinson scored for the third time in his last four outings while Boll found the back of the net for the first time since Nov. 12, 2013, at the Washington Capitals, ending a 63-game goal drought. Brandon Dubinsky contributed 1-1---2.

* Nick Foligno extended his point streak to four games (3-3—6) to take the team lead with 21-30—51 in 52 GP. Scott Hartnell also had an assist to stretch his point streak to five games (3-4—7).

* ICYMI: The Blue Jackets honored Hartnell for playing in his 1,000th NHL game Monday vs. LAK. He has totaled 263-309—572 in his career, including 157-169—326 in 517 GP with Philadelphia from 2007-14.


Mark Arcobello scored while making his debut with the Coyotes, his fourth team this season (EDM: 36 GP; NSH: 4 GP; PIT: 10 GP). He is just the third player in NHL history to suit up for four teams in one season, following Dennis O’Brien (1977-78; Minnesota, Colorado, Cleveland, Boston) and Dave McLlwain (1991-92; Winnipeg, N.Y. Islanders, Buffalo, Toronto). Arcobello and O’Brien are the only players to record a point with four different teams in a season.


Despite their overtime loss, the Flyers extended their point streak to eight games (5-0-3), their longest run since an equal stretch from Oct. 29 to Nov. 17, 2011 (6-0-2). … Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds (2-1—3) had his ninth career three-point performance and second this season (also 2-1—3 on Oct. 9 vs. New Jersey). He is 5-4—9 in his last seven games and has reached the 20-goal milestone for the third time in his NHL career. …The Devils lost in regulation for the first time this season when leading after 40 minutes (15-1-6). … Devils forward Jaromir Jagr played in his 1,524th NHL game, tying Brendan Shanahan for 13th in NHL history. … Teammate Patrik Elias played in his 1,200th NHL game, becoming the 103rd player in NHL history to reach the milestone. … Defenseman Ryan Hartman, the 30th player taken in the 2013 NHL Draft, registered two hits and three shots in his NHL debut with the Blackhawks. He is a product of the Chicago Mission minor hockey program. … Chicago's Patrick Kane had his League-leading 63rd point (27-36—63). Jakub Voracek of the Flyers tallied an assist to move into sole possession of second in the scoring race with 18-42—60. … Arizona’s Keith Yandle had a power-play assist; he leads all defensemen with 36 assists and ranks second overall with 26 power-play points. … Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney stopped 22 shots to improve to 7-3-0 in his last 10 decisions and 4-1-0 all-time vs. Philadelphia. … To enhance the fan experience at the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, the NHL announced that it has taken over the Levi’s Stadium App. The app is designed to be the ultimate game day concierge for fans attending the outdoor game between the Kings and Sharks on Feb. 21. Click here to learn more . . . Click here to watch a time-lapse of the rink build at Levi’s Stadium.

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