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Around the League notebook for Friday, Oct. 24

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

Dallas 3, NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)

Tampa Bay 4, WINNIPEG 2

COLORADO 7, Vancouver 3

EDMONTON 6, Carolina 3

ANAHEIM 4, Columbus 1


Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Sami Vatanen each notched a goal and an assist, including Vatanen’s first career winning tally, to lead the Ducks to their seventh consecutive victory.

* At 7-1-0, the Ducks have matched their best eight-game start in franchise history in terms of both wins (7; 2013-14) and points (14; 2006-07 and 2013-14). Anaheim won seven straight games on three occasions in 2013-14, including a club record 10-game stretch from Dec. 6 to 28, 2013.

* Anaheim has won each of its four home games this season after posting a franchise-best 29-8-4 mark at Honda Center last season.

* Perry (9-3—12) took sole possession of the League lead in goals; Getzlaf (3-9—12) did the same for the assist category. The pair share the overall points lead.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Perry and Getzlaf have matched Paul Kariya’s franchise record for points in the team’s opening eight games; Kariya tallied 5-7—12 to start the 1998-99 season.

* John Gibson stopped 16 shots for his first win of the season and fourth of his career.


The past two No. 3 picks -- Jonathan Drouin (2013) and Leon Draisaitl (2014) -- each potted their first NHL goal in wins on Friday.

* Down 1-0 after 20 minutes, the Lightning scored three goals in the middle frame, including Jonathan Drouin’s first NHL goal, en route to a 4-2 win over the Jets. Tampa Bay improved to 3-1-0 on their current five-game road trip.

* Drouin also notched an assist on Steven Stamkos opening tally. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Drouin, 19, is the just the third teenager in the last 10 years to record a multipoint game for the Lightning, following Stamkos (first on Oct. 30, 2008) and Victor Hedman (Feb. 11, 2010).

* Elias also says that Drouin is the fifth Lightning player in that span to score a goal before his 20th birthday (also: Stamkos, first on Feb. 17, 2009; James Wright, Oct. 22, 2009; Hedman, Dec. 2, 2010; and Brett Connolly, Nov. 1, 2011).

* In Edmonton, Leon Draisaitl broke a 3-3 deadlock with his first NHL goal as the Oilers scored four times in the final frame – including three in the last 7:05 of regulation – en route to their third consecutive victory.

* Jordan Eberle (2-1—3) paced all players with three points and now has 61 career multipoint games. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has a goal in three straight games for the first time in his career (3-0—3).

* After making a season-high 32 saves on Wednesday, Ben Scrivens turned aside 27 shots to even his record at 3-3-0 this season. He holds a .920 save percentage in his past three games (all wins) compared to an .848 save percentage in his first four outings.


Three different players posted three points – Jarome Iginla (2-1—3), Matt Duchene (1-2—3) and Tyson Barrie (0-3—3) – as the Avalanche overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring six of the final seven goals en route to their second win of the season.

* Iginla has points in three straight games after netting his first two goals in an Avalanche uniform and tallied his highest point total since Jan. 25 (2-2—4 with Boston). With his goals, Iginla passed Guy Lafleur (560) and Mike Modano (561) into sole possession of 23rd on the all-time list.

* Duchene posted three points for the 14th time in his career (last: 1-2—3 on Dec. 19 vs. Edmonton), extending his point streak to three games (2-3—5).

* Barrie’s three assists/points match a career high and extend his point streak to three games (1-4—5). He also netted three assists on Feb. 8 against the Islanders.

* Alex Tanguay had an assist on Iginla’s second goal to extend his point streak to four games (3-1—4). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Iginla (31-47—78, 92 GP) and Tanguay (21-38—59, 66 GP) lead all active players in points against the Canucks.

* Daniel Briere’s goal at 2:05 of the third period stood as the winning tally, his second such goal of the season. His other winning marker came with less than one second left in regulation in Colorado’s first win of the season on Oct. 13 at Boston. Elias says the last player to score each of the club’s first two winning tallies was Marek Svatos in 2005-06.

* The Avalanche fired a season-high 48 shots on net and Semyon Varlamov returned from injury to stop 26 of 29 shots for his first win of the season.

* Erik Johnson (1-1—2) also had multiple points as 14 of Colorado’s 18 skaters made the scoresheet.

* The victory was the franchise’s 70th against Vancouver, matching its most wins against one club (also 70 vs. Carolina/Hartford).


Leading 2-1 entering the third period, the Stars surrendered a tying goal with 11:42 left in regulation before Jason Spezza (0-1—1) potted the game-deciding goal in the shootout to lift Dallas to a 4-0-1 mark in their past five outings.

* Spezza has converted on 23 of 59 shootout attempts (39.0%), including 10 game-deciding goals. His second-period assist extended his point streak to four games (1-7—8) and boosted his career point total versus the Devils to 30 (6-24—30, 31 GP).

* With the Stars trailing 1-0 in the second period, Jamie Benn netted his fifth goal of the season. The power-play tally extended his point streak to five games (5-4—9). He also potted a shootout goal to improve to 11-for-32 in his career (34.4%).

* Patrick Eaves scored his first goal in a Stars uniform while teammate Tyler Seguin (0-1—1) collected at least one point for the fifth straight game (5-6—11).


To honor the brave soldiers who lost their lives this past week in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec and Ottawa, and to show appreciation for the men and women whose selfless actions stopped the attackers and aided the victims, the Senators, Canadiens and Maple Leafs will stage a coordinated tribute Saturday immediately preceding the 7 p.m. ET puck drops at their respective arenas.

The show of solidarity, to be staged simultaneously by the three Canadian teams hosting 7 p.m. ET games at Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, Ontario, Bell Centre in Montreal and Air Canada Centre in Toronto, will be broadcast live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada and on NHL Network in the United States.


Stars defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka made his NHL debut . . . Devils forward Jacob Josefson tallied an assist in his season debut . . . Stamkos has 25-17—42 in 29 career games vs. Winnipeg/Atlanta, his highest total against any opponent . . . Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop stopped 40 of 42 shots. He leads all goalies since the start of 2013-14 with 46 games where he has allowed two goals or fewer . . . Patrik Elias assisted on Damien Brunner’s tying goal and now has 25 points (6-19—25) in 21 career games against the Stars . . . Carolina’s Jeff Skinner scored his first goal of the season to move within two of 100 in his career. He now has 4-3—7 in five games vs. Edmonton . . . Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen extended his season-long point streak to seven games (5-5—10). Teammate Scott Hartnell has a three-game point streak (1-5—6) . . . Colorado’s Jan Hejda recorded his 100th NHL assist . . . Oilers defenseman Nikita Nikitin (0-1—1) set a career-high with a plus-4 rating and teammate Justin Schultz matched his best rating (plus-3) . . . Henrik Sedin’s goal 10 seconds after the opening faceoff was the third-fastest goal to start a game by a Canucks player (Alexandre Burrows: 0:06 on March 16, 2013; Trevor Linden: 0:09 on Jan. 16, 1994) . . . Ondrej Palat (1-1—2) and Tyler Johnson (0-2—2) had multiple points for the Lightning. Johnson has an assist in each of his past five games (0-6—6) . . . Nikita Kucherov set a career high with three assists/points, besting his previous mark of 0-2—2 accomplished twice, most recently on Oct. 13 vs. Montreal . . . The Devils honored former player/broadcaster Glenn "Chico" Resch with a pregame ceremony before their game vs. Dallas.

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