Home Team in Caps
CAROLINA 2, Toronto 1
NEW JERSEY 4, Vancouver 2
NY Rangers 3, BUFFALO 1
ST. LOUIS 5, Boston 1
Colorado 4, CHICAGO 1
Minnesota 4, EDMONTON 0
Anaheim 6, CALGARY 3
DUBNYK BACKSTOPS WILD TO SHUTOUT VICTORY OVER OILERS
Devan Dubnyk stopped all 15 shots he faced to backstop the Minnesota Wild to a 4-0 shutout victory against the Edmonton Oilers. The Wild, who have earned points in 14 of their last 16 games (12-2-2), improved to 30-21-7 (67 points) and moved within one point of the idle San Jose Sharks, who occupy the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference with a record of 30-22-8 (68 points).
* Dubnyk recorded his sixth shutout and his career-high 21st win of the season. Dubnyk is 21-7-3 overall with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. Since being acquired by Minnesota from the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 15, Dubnyk has a record of 12-2-1, which includes five shutouts. Dubnyk also improved to 5-0-0 this season against the Oilers, his former club.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, in 16 games Dubnyk is the fastest goaltender to post five shutouts with a club among goaltenders who debuted since the 1967-68 season. With five shutouts in 16 games, Dubnyk also ranks tied for second for most shutouts in a single season in franchise history.
* Justin Fontaine (2-0—2) posted his first multiple-goal performance of the season. The first was also the first game-winning goal of the season for Fontaine, who has scored three times in his last two games (3-0—3).
* Mikko Koivu (0-2—2) recorded his fifth multiple-assist game of the season. The performance was also Koivu’s 113th career multipoint game, tying Marian Gaborik for the franchise record. Zach Parise (0-2—2) recorded his fourth multiple-assist game of the season.
* Minnesota’s 21 wins in Edmonton and 45 wins overall are the club’s most against any franchise. The Wild also improved to 10-1-0 in their past 11 games in Edmonton.
* Jonas Brodin (0-1—1) registered his eighth assist of the season and extended his point streak to a career-high three games (0-3—3).
SKAPSKI EARNS WIN IN NHL DEBUT AS RANGERS DEFEAT SABRES
Mackenzie Skapski made 24 saves in his NHL debut to backstop the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers, who have earned a point in seven straight games (5-0-2), improved to 35-16-6 (76 points) and moved within three points of the idle New York Islanders, who lead the Metropolitan Division with a record of 39-19-1 (79 points). The Rangers have won five consecutive road games.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Skapski is the first Rangers goaltender to earn a win in his NHL debut since Dan Cloutier did so on Jan. 3, 1998. Elias also says that at 20 years, 250 days old, Skapski is the third-youngest goaltender in franchise history to record a victory in his NHL debut after John Vanbiesbrouck on Dec. 5, 1981 (18 years, 92 days) and Lorne Anderson on March 19, 1952 (20 years, 237 days).
* Rick Nash (1-1—2) scored his team-leading 37th goal and added his 21st assist to record his 15th multipoint game of the season and extended his point streak against Buffalo to five games (5-3—8). Nash’s goal also stood as his seventh game-winning goal of the season. He is one behind Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who leads the League in goals with 38.
* Nash has scored a goal in 30 of 57 games this season. He is the first member of the Rangers to record a goal in 30 of the first 57 games of a season since Adam Graves scored in 30 of his first 56 games during the 1993-94 season.
* Derick Brassard (0-2—2) recorded his eighth multiple-assist game of the season and extended his point streak to a career-high six games (0-8—8). Mats Zuccarello (1-0—1) scored his 12th goal of the season and extended his point streak against the Sabres to six games (2-5—7).
* The Rangers have won six consecutive games against the Sabres dating to April 19, 2013, and have won three straight games in Buffalo for the first time since 1995.
* Coach Alain Vigneault earned the 502nd win of his NHL career and passed Pat Burns for sole possession of 19th on the NHL’s all-time wins list.
DUCKS INCREASE PACIFIC DIVISION LEAD WITH WIN OVER FLAMES
The Anaheim Ducks scored five goals in the third period en route to a 6-3 victory against the Calgary Flames. The Ducks improved to 36-16-7 (79 points) this season and extended their Pacific Division lead to 10 points. The Vancouver Canucks are second in the division with a record of 33-22-3 (69 points).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Anaheim’s five goals in the third period matched the franchise record for most goals in a third period; the club scored five goals in the third period of a 6-2 win against Minnesota on Jan. 23, 2004. The franchise record for most goals in any period is six, set during the second period of a 6-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche on March 14, 2014.
* Ryan Getzlaf (1-1—2) scored his 18th goal and added his team-leading 38th assist for his 19th multiple-point performance of the season. Getzlaf leads the club in points (18-38—56) and is tied for 10th in the NHL.
* Andrew Cogliano (1-1—2) scored his ninth goal and added his 10th assist to record his second multiple-point game of the season. Cogliano has skated in all 59 games for the Ducks; his two multiple-point performances have come during the past three games.
* Hampus Lindholm (1-1—2) scored his sixth goal and added his 21st assist for his fourth multiple-point game of the season. Lindholm has four points (1-3—4) in his last two games.
* Patrick Maroon (0-2—2) recorded his second multiple-assist game of the season.
* Kyle Palmieri (1-0—1) scored his 12th goal of the season; it was his fourth game-winning goal.
* John Gibson stopped 25 of 28 shots he faced for his fourth win of the season (4-4-0).
ST. LOUIS DEFEATS BOSTON, INCH CLOSER TO CENTRAL DIVISION LEAD
The St. Louis Blues scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Boston Bruins 5-1 at Scottrade Center. St. Louis improved to 38-16-4 (80 points) and moved within four points of the idle Nashville Predators, who lead the Central Division with a record of 39-13-6 (84 points). The Blues have earned points in 17 of their 21 games during the 2015 calendar year (16-4-1).
* Vladimir Tarasenko (2-0—2) posted his fifth multiple-goal performance of the season and brought his team-leading goal total to 31. Tarasenko, whose first goal was his career-high sixth power-play goal, reached the 30-goal milestone for the first time in his career. At 23 years, 70 days, Tarasenko is the franchise’s youngest 30-goal scorer since Brendan Shanahan reached 30 goals at 23 years, 63 days during the 1991-92 season.
* Jake Allen made 26 saves to win his career-best sixth straight decision and improved to 17-5-2 with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. With 17 wins, Allen moved into a tie with Michael Hutchinson of the Winnipeg Jets for the League lead in wins among rookie goaltenders.
* T.J. Oshie (1-1—2) scored his 16th goal and added his 23rd assist in his ninth multiple-point performance of the season.
* Alexander Steen (0-3—3) had his third three-assist performance of the season, and Jaden Schwartz (0-2—2) recorded his fourth multiple-assist game.
* Alex Pietrangelo (1-0—1) scored his fifth goal and first game-winning goal of the season.
DID YOU KNOW?
St. Louis defenseman Petteri Lindbohm (1-0—1) scored the first goal of his NHL career on Boston goaltender Malcolm Subban, who gave up his first career goal in his NHL debut.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lindbohm is the first player in franchise history to score the first goal of his career on a goaltender who gave up his first career goal in his NHL debut. Elias also says Lindbohm is the first NHL player to score the first goal of his career on a goaltender who gave up his first career goal in his NHL debut since Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks scored on Jonathan Bernier of the Los Angeles Kings on Sept. 29, 2007. Lindbohm is the first NHL defenseman to do so since Mike Wilson of the Buffalo Sabres scored on Eric Fichaud of the New York Islanders on Jan. 30, 1996.
AROUND THE RINKS
Highlights from the rest of Friday’s action:
* Eric Staal (1-1—2) posted his sixth-multipoint performance of the season and Jiri Tlusty (0-2—2) recorded his first multiple-assist game of the season to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jordan Staal (1-0—1) scored his third goal and first game-winner of the season. Cam Ward made 23 saves for the Hurricanes, who swept the season series versus Toronto and have won eight of their past nine games against Toronto on home ice.
* Adam Larsson (0-3—3) had the first three-assist performance of his career to lead the New Jersey Devils to their first home win against the Vancouver Canucks since a 3-0 victory on Jan. 13, 2006. Mike Cammalleri (2-0—2) recorded his third multiple-goal game of the season, which included the first shorthanded goal of his career and his eighth power-play goal of the season. He also had his eighth game-winning goal of the season, tying a career high. Cory Schneider made 21 saves and had his second assist of the season to earn his career-high 21st win (21-22-5). New Jersey has points in 12 of its past 14 home games (9-2-3).
* Tyson Barrie (2-1—3) had his third three-point game of the season to propel the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-1 road victory against the Chicago Blackhawks. Barrie’s second goal was also his second power-play goal of the season. Gabriel Landeskog (1-1—2) scored his 15th goal, also on a power play, and added his 22nd assist for his seventh multiple-point performance. It was the fourth power-play goal and the first game-winning goal of the season for Landeskog, who has scored in a career-high five consecutive games (5-1—6). Landeskog’s five-game point streak is the longest streak by an Avalanche player this season. In his career-high 15th consecutive start, Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves to earn the win. Varlamov is the first Colorado goaltender to make 15 straight starts since Craig Anderson started in 23 consecutive games from Jan. 9 to March 14, 2010.
Friday's game between the Rangers and Sabres was originally scheduled for Nov. 21, 2014, but was postponed due to snow. … Toronto forward Brandon Kozun (1-0—1) scored the first goal of his NHL career. ... New Jersey forward Patrik Elias (1-0—1) has 17 points (10-7—17) in his career against Vancouver and tied John MacLean (7-10—17) for the franchise record. ... Vancouver forward Zack Kassian (2-0—2) had his first multiple-goal game this season. ... Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin (0-2—2) registered his seventh multiple-assist game of the season and extended his point streak to three games (0-5—5); twin brother Henrik Sedin (0-2—2) recorded his eighth multiple-assist game this and extended his point streak to three games (3-3—6). ... Buffalo forward Matt Moulson (1-0—1) opened the scoring just 14 seconds into the first period against the Rangers and brought his career point total to 300 (150-150—300). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Moulson’s marker was the fastest game-opening goal of his career; he eclipsed his previous best of 55 seconds on Oct. 28, 2009, as a member of the Islanders. Elias also says the last member of the Sabres to score a game-opening goal in 14 seconds or less was Tyler Ennis, who did so in 10 seconds on Nov. 19, 2013, against the St. Louis Blues. ... Boston forwards Brad Marchand (1-0—1) and Reilly Smith (1-0—1) extended their point streaks to three games (2-1—3 and 1-2—3, respectively). ... Boston goaltender Malcolm Subban made his NHL debut. ... Minnesota forward Kyle Brodziak skated in the 600th game of his NHL career. ... Calgary forward Sean Monahan (1-0—1) extended his point streak to four games (3-3—6) and has reached the 20-goal mark in each of his two NHL seasons. ... The NHL announced a multi-year North American partnership with SAP SE, the enterprise application software and database leader. As the official cloud software provider of the NHL, SAP collaborated with the League on the transformation of the NHL's statistics platform on NHL.com and the introduction of new and enhanced statistics.