NHL TO HOST FIRST OUTDOOR WOMEN'S CLASSIC PRESENTED BY SCOTIABANK
As part of the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic festivities, the NHL will host the first-ever Outdoor Women's Classic presented by Scotiabank, an abbreviated exhibition game on the outdoor rink at Gillette Stadium.
* The outdoor game will feature the Boston Pride of the newly-formed National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) versus Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL).
* "Two days with three Boston-Montreal rival matchups is a great way to celebrate hockey," said Bill Daly, NHL Deputy Commissioner. "A new year signifies a new chapter and we look forward to sharing the ice for the first time with two professional women's teams on the League's biggest stage."
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Home Team in Caps
Washington 2, BUFFALO 0
Montreal 4, TAMPA BAY 3 (SO)
NASHVILLE 5, NY Rangers 3
MINNESOTA 3, Detroit 1
Los Angeles 5, VANCOUVER 0
Colorado 6, SAN JOSE 3
QUICK TIES RECORD FOR SHUTOUTS AMONG AMERICAN-BORN GOALTENDERS
Jonathan Quick made 27 saves to pick up his 40th career shutout and guide the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings to a 5-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks and a 10-3-2 record in their past 15 games.
* Quick (Milford, Conn.) moved into a tie with John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich.) and Frank Brimsek (Eveleth, Minn.) for the most shutouts in NHL history by a U.S.-born goaltender.
* Quick earned his third shutout of the season and improved to 19-9-1 overall (2.20 goals-against average, .919 save percentage, three shutouts).
* Tyler Toffoli (3-0—3) had the second hat trick of his NHL career. The other: Feb. 12 vs. CGY (3-1—4). Toffoli has two of his four multigoal games this season in his past three games (5-1—6) and leads the Kings in goals with 17 (35 GP).
* Anze Kopitar (0-4—4) matched a career-high with four assists, last achieved Dec. 18, 2014 vs. STL (1-4—5) and has 1-5—6 in his past two games.
* Kopitar had assists on all three of Toffoli's goals. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, a Kings player had a hat trick and another player provided assists on all three goals for the first time since Feb. 21, 2008, when Alex Frolov (3-0—3) scored three times with Mike Cammalleri (0-3—3) and Patrick O'Sullivan (1-4—5) each assisting on all three goals.
HOLTBY (SHUTOUT) LEADS CAPITALS TO EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN
Braden Holtby made 31 saves as the Washington Capitals defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 and earned a win in the first half of their home-and-home series. It was their eighth consecutive victory overall and their fifth straight win on the road.
* At 27-6-2 (56 points), the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals continued their best start to a season in terms of wins and points in the franchise's 41-year history and have earned at least one point in 16 of their past 17 games dating to Nov. 21 (15-1-1). Washington moved within a point of the idle Dallas Stars (27-7-3, 57 points) for first place in the NHL standings. The Capitals hold two games in hand.
* Holtby picked up his second shutout of the season and his League-leading 23rd win (29 GP), including a 15-0-1 record his past 17 appearances dating to Nov. 12.
* Holtby is 10-2-1 in 13 road games (1.84 GAA, .939 save percentage, one shutout). His 10 road victories rank second among goalies, trailing only Martin Jones (12-3-0 w/ SJS).
* Alex Ovechkin (1-0—1) scored the game-winning goal 19 seconds into the second period, his team-leading 18th goal of the season (34 GP). Ovechkin leads the NHL with 83 game-winning goals since beginning his career in 2005-06, 17 more than the next closest player in that span (Daniel Sedin: 66 w/ VAN).
CANADIENS RALLY TO END SKID, RECLAIM FIRST IN ATLANTIC DIVISION
Dale Weise scored the game-tying goal and Max Pacioretty had the decisive goal in the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first game since the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (4-2 TBL series win). The Lightning had taken a 3-2 lead with consecutive third-period goals in a span of 21 seconds.
* The Canadiens snapped a six-game losing streak dating to Dec. 15 (0-6-0) and a six-game road losing streak dating to Dec. 5 (0-6-0).
* At 21-14-3 (45 points), the Canadiens passed the Detroit Red Wings (18-11-7, 43 points), who lost in regulation at MIN, and the idle Florida Panthers (20-12-4, 44 points) to take sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division standings.
* Mike Condon made a career-high 36 saves through 65 minutes and stopped two of three shooters in the shootout to pick up his first win since Dec. 1 vs. CBJ (0-7-0 since). Overall, Condon improved to 10-9-3 (2.48 GAA, .904 save percentage) since making his NHL debut on Oct. 11.
CLUBS CLIMB CENTRAL DIVISION STANDINGS
The Minnesota Wild (19-10-6, 44 points), Nashville Predators (18-12-6, 42 points) and Colorado Avalanche (18-17-2, 38 points) earned victories on Monday to make ground in the Central Division, where teams Nos. 3-6 are separated by six points.
* Mikko Koivu (2-0—2) scored twice in a span of 1:14, including the game-winning goal at 17:42 of the third period, and Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves as the Wild defeated the Red Wings 3-1 and earned their sixth win in their past eight games at Xcel Energy Center (14-5-1 at home overall). Koivu had his second multigoal game of the season and leads the Wild with 10-21—31 (35 GP). Dubnyk halted a personal three-game losing skid and improved to 15-10-2 this season (2.37 GAA, .917 save percentage, four shutouts).
* The Predators scored four consecutive goals, including two by James Neal (2-0—2), en route to their 5-3 victory against the New York Rangers, their third win in their past four games. Neal had his fourth multigoal game of 2015-16 and leads the Predators with 15 goals (36 GP). Pekka Rinne (26 saves) has earned wins in three of his past four appearances and is 15-10-6 overall (2.38 GAA, .910 save percentage, two shutouts).
* Nathan MacKinnon (3-0—3) had the second hat trick of his NHL career to power the Avalanche to a 6-3 win against the San Jose Sharks and a 6-1-1 record in their past eight games. MacKinnon's first hat trick came Feb. 22 vs. TBL (3-0—3) and he leads the Avalanche with 13-20—33 in 2015-16 (37 GP). The Avalanche earned their first regular-season win in San Jose since Feb. 6, 2008 (3-1 W), snapping a 13-game regular-season road losing skid (0-9-4).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Kings defenseman Derek Forbort (1-0—1), a first-round selection (No. 15) in the 2010 NHL Draft, scored the first goal of his NHL career (11 GP).
* Forward Rick Nash (1-0—1) scored his 100th goal as a member of the Rangers (223 GP).
* Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (0-1—1) had the 217th assist of his NHL career (all w/ LAK) and passed Steve Duchesne (216) for sole possession of third on the franchise's all-time assists list among defensemen.
* Canucks forward Chris Higgins (700) and Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop (200) each appeared in milestone games.
The Capitals improved to 7-1-2 in their past 10 games vs. BUF dating to Jan. 27, 2013 (BUF: 3-4-3). … Capitals defenseman Connor Carrick made his season debut (9:19 TOI), his first NHL appearance since April 13, 2014 vs. TBL. … The Canadiens picked up their first regular-season win vs. TBL since exactly two years ago on Dec. 28, 2013 (2-1 SO W), ending a seven-game regular-season skid (0-5-2). … Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (1-0—1) extended his point streak to a career-high six games (2-7—9). … The Lightning are 8-0-2 in their past 10 regular-season games vs. MTL dating to Nov. 12, 2013 (MTL: 2-5-3). … Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is 10-1-3 in 15 career regular-season appearances vs. MTL. … Predators forward Mike Ribeiro (0-3—3) had his first three-point game of the season and has seven assists in his past four games (1-7—8). … Predators forward Filip Forsberg (1-0—1) extended his season-high point streak to five games (4-2—6), which includes three goals in his past two games. … Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg (1-2—3) matched a career-high with three points last achieved Dec. 19, 2014 vs. DET (1-2—3 w/ BOS). … Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard (35 saves) earned his first win of the season. … Sharks forward Joe Thornton (0-1—1) stretched his point streak to six games (2-6—8) and has 14-40—54 in 47 regular-season games vs. COL. … The Montreal Canadiens acquired goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Zack Kassian. … Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, Dallas Stars goaltender Antti Niemi and Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 27.