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Boston 3, PHILADELPHIA 1
Nashville 3, MINNESOTA 1
COLORADO 4, Dallas 3
Pittsburgh 2, MONTREAL 1 (OT)
WASHINGTON 3, Detroit 1
NY Islanders 5, COLUMBUS 2
Ottawa 5, ARIZONA 1
ST. LOUIS 5, Carolina 4 (SO)
Calgary 1, VANCOUVER 0
Winnipeg 5, LOS ANGELES 4 (SO)
NY Rangers 3, SAN JOSE 1
NHL ANNOUNCES 36 ALL-STARS, SIX ROOKIES FOR NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND
The NHL announced the full roster of players named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be held Jan. 23-25 in Columbus. A total of 36 All-Stars and six Rookies were selected by the NHL, joining the first six players elected by fans in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM: Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres and Corey Crawford, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.
The 42 All-Stars will play in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Nationwide Arena (5:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The six Rookies, along with the 42 All-Stars, will participate in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 24, also at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
Click here to see the full roster.
RANGERS STAY HOT, COMPLETE CALIFORNIA SWEEP . . .
Chris Kreider posted 1-1—2, including the eventual game-winning goal to help the New York Rangers improve to 13-1-0 in their last 14 games, their best 14-game stretch since Jan. 7 to Feb. 10, 1973 (14-0-1).
ROW = total number of regulation plus overtime wins. For tie-breaking purposes, wins obtained in a shootout are not counted. For full standings tiebreakers, click here.
* The Rangers (24-11-4, 52 points) continue to occupy third place in the crowded Metropolitan Division, behind the New York Islanders (28-13-1, 57 points) and Pittsburgh Penguins (25-10-6, 56 points); they also are tied – in terms of points with the Washington Capitals (22-11-8, 52 points). All four teams earned victories on Saturday.
* The Rangers have won each of their last five games, including a perfect 3-0-0 mark on their swing through California. Per Elias, the Rangers swept a road trip against the Ducks, Kings and Sharks for the first time in franchise history.
* Elias also says the Rangers are just the second Eastern Conference team in NHL history to earn road wins against the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers in one season. The 1997-98 Montreal Canadiens, who also were coached by Alain Vigneault, were the first club to accomplish the feat.
* Henrik Lundqvist earned his 20th win of the season to become the first goaltender in NHL history to post at least 20 wins in each of his first 10 seasons. Over his last 12 games, Lundqvist has registered an 11-1-0 record with a 1.57 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and one shutout.
* Rick Nash scored his 26th goal into the empty net to move into a share of the League lead with Tyler Seguin. Nash has 3-2—5 on his four-game point streak.
* Derek Stepan (0-2—2) ranks second on the Rangers with 21 assists despite playing in only 27 of the club’s 39 games.
. . . ISLANDERS, PENGUINS ALSO POST VICTORIES . . .
The Islanders (28-13-1, 57 points) and Penguins (25-10-6, 56 points) each earned victories on Saturday to advance their position in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders maintain a two-point lead over the Penguins for the division lead.
* Five different players found the back of the net, including goals by Matt Martin, Anders Lee and Brian Strait in the second period, to help the Islanders match their best 42-game start in terms of wins (also 28 in 1978-79) in franchise history.
Defense - NYI
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 4
SOG: 22 | +/-: -7
* Strait (1-1—2) posted his first multi-point game since Jan. 18, 2014 at PHI (1-1—2) while Ryan Strome
and Thomas Hickey
each contributed two assists. Nikolay Kulemin
and Kyle Okposo
also scored for the Islanders. Okposo ranks second on the club with 9-28—37 in 42 games.
* Making his first start since Dec. 23, Chad Johnson (16 saves) earned his sixth win of the season and first since Nov. 21 at PIT.
* The Islanders earned just their second all-time win in Columbus (2-7-2) and first since Mar. 27, 2010. They improved to 4-2-0 on their current seven-game road trip, which ends Tuesday against the Rangers.
* Evgeni Malkin tied the game late in the third period and recorded the primary assist on Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal to lift the Penguins to their ninth win in their last 12 meetings with the Canadiens (9-1-2 dating to Oct. 20, 2011).
* Per Elias, the Penguins have won 25 of their first 41 games for the eighth time in franchise history. They have earned at least 56 points through 41 games for the first time since 1995-96 (57 points).
* Malkin posted his 13th multi-point game of the season to move into third in League scoring with 19-28—47 in 41 GP. He has registered at least one point in 31 games this season, tied with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek for the most in the NHL.
* Crosby scored his seventh career overtime goal to move into a share of second in franchise history with Mario Lemieux and Malkin; Jaromir Jagr leads with nine. Crosby has registered a point in 10 of his last 11 games against the Canadiens and has totaled 17-21—38 in 28 career matchups.
* The Penguins snapped a five game road skid to earn their first win as visitors since Nov. 29. They improved to 12-2-3 against the Atlantic Division.
* Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots to improve to 4-1-1 in his last five visits to the Bell Centre.
. . . CAPITALS, BRUINS CONTINUE WILD CARD BATTLE
The Capitals (22-11-8, 52 points) and Boston Bruins (22-15-6, 50 points) also earned victories on Saturday to improve their position in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race.
* Making his 24th consecutive appearance, Braden Holtby stopped 26 shots to guide the Capitals to their fifth straight win at Verizon Center. Overall, the Capitals have earned points in six consecutive games since Dec. 27 at PIT (4-0-2).
* Holtby improved to 20-8-7 to record his third consecutive season with at least 20 victories. He has posted a 15-4-5 record over his span of 24 consecutive appearances. Overall, Holtby ranks among the top 10 in wins (t-7th), save percentage (t-9th; .921) and shutouts (t-3rd; 3).
* Troy Brouwer, John Carlson and Eric Fehr each found the back of the net for the Capitals. Carlson notched his fourth career game-winning goal and first since Jan. 16, 2011 vs. OTT.
* After earning five wins in their first 10 meetings with Eastern Conference foes, the Capitals have posted a 12-2-5 record in their past 19 intra-conference games. They are 5-1-0 in their last six home games against the Red Wings.
* David Pastrnak, Boston’s first-round selection (25th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, scored twice – including his first NHL goal and the game-winner – to help the Bruins win their third straight game and improve to 4-0-3 since Dec. 29.
* Per Elias, Pastrnak (18 years, 320 days) is the eighth 18-year-old in Bruins history to record a multi-goal game and first since Patrice Bergeron (18 years, 172 days) on Jan. 12, 2004 vs. BUF. He is the third 18-year-old to find the back of the net in the NHL this season (also Leon Draisaitl and Aaron Ekblad) and the first two score two goals in a game since Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon had three such performances last season.
* Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots to improve to 8-1-1 with a 1.81 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in 11 career games against the Philadelphia Flyers.
* The Bruins have won three straight games at Wells Fargo Center and have earned points in 17 of their last 20 road games against the Flyers dating to Feb. 19, 2004 (15-3-2).
RINNE (AGAIN) BACKSTOPS PREDATORS TO VICTORY . . .
Goalie - NSH
GAA: 1.98 | SVP: .930
Pekka Rinne stopped 36 shots, including 14 in the third period, to record his League-leading 28th win and help the Nashville Predators
earn their third straight victory.
* The Predators (28-9-4, 60 points) improved to 12-3-2 against Central Division foes this season to remain atop the NHL standings; they hold a four-point lead on both the
Ducks (26-10-6, 58 points) and Tampa Lightning (27-12-4, 58 points).
* Per Elias, this marks Nashville’s best 41-game start by wins and points in franchise history, besting the previous mark of 27 wins and 57 points in 2006-07.
* Elias also says that Rinne is the second goalie since 2008-09 to backstop his team to each of their first 28 wins in a season. Miikka Kiprusoff accomplished the feat with the Flames in both 2007-08 and 2008-09.
* Rinne also ranks in the top five in goals-against average (3rd; 1.98), save percentage (4th; .930) and shutouts (t-3rd; 3). He improved to 11-4-2 in 18 career appearances against the Minnesota Wild.
* Colin Wilson (1-1—2) posted his seventh multi-point outing of the season. He is tied for third on the team with 12 goals in 39 GP, surpassing his 81-game total from 2013-14. Calle Jarnkrok scored his first career game-winning goal while Mike Fisher also found the back of the net.
. . . BLUES RALLY TO KEEP PACE IN CENTRAL
The St. Louis Blues faced deficits of 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3, before Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 6:46 of the third period to force extra time where T.J. Oshie potted the game-deciding goal in the shootout. Oshie shares fifth all-time with 15 game-deciding shootout goals; he is 28-for-52 (53.8%) in tiebreakers.
* Tarasenko scored his 23rd goal to set a new career high with 44 points this season (42 GP); he trails only Tyler Seguin and Rick Nash for the League lead in goals (both have 26).
* Jaden Schwartz scored his 14th goal of the season to stretch his point streak to four games (3-4—7). Overall, he has points in each of his last seven appearances dating to Dec. 11 (5-6—11; missed games due to injury).
* Kevin Shattenkirk became the fifth player to reach 30 assists this season, joining Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. He paces all defensemen with 37 points this season.
* Alexander Steen scored to stretch his point streak to six games (4-8—12) while Paul Stastny notched an assist to push his point streak to five games (2-6—8). Patrik Berglund also found the back of the net for the second straight game.
* David Backes (5-3—8) and Alex Pietrangelo (0-4—4) each contributed two assists to stretch their point streaks to three games.
* Jake Allen made 19 saves – and added three saves in the shootout – in relief of Brian Elliott to earn his victory since Dec. 16 and improve to 12-5-2 this season.
JETS ESCAPE LOS ANGELES WITH RARE WIN
After opening a 3-0 lead on their first three shots of the game, the Winnipeg Jets fell behind 4-3 before Zach Bogosian tied the game at 14:04 of the third period and Bryan Little clinched a win in the fourth round of the shootout.
* With the victory, the Jets (21-14-7, 49 points) overtook the Kings (19-13-10, 48 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
* Per Elias, the Jets last won a game in which they surrendered a three-goal lead on Oct. 27, 2011 against the Flyers when they had leads of 5-1 and 6-2 erased before earning a 9-8 victory on the strength of Andrew Ladd’s late game-winner.
* Bogosian, who scored his first goal since Jan. 31, 2014 vs. VAN, also played a role in the franchise’s last victory in Los Angeles on Feb. 16, 2009. In that game, Bogosian (0-3—3) and Ilya Kovalchuk (2-1—3) each recorded three points before Erik Christensen netted the shootout winner to lift the Thrashers to a 7-6 victory.
* In fact, Saturday marked just the franchise’s third win in 10 all-time visits to Los Angeles (also 7-6 OT win on Dec. 19, 2000).
* Blake Wheeler (1-1—2) and Mathieu Perreault (1-1—2) each recorded a goal and an assist in the opening frame. Wheeler’s assist was the 200th of his NHL career.
* Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg’s representative for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, added two assists. Ladd also posted a helper to push his point streak to five games (3-4—7).
* Michael Hutchinson stopped 25 shots and all four attempts in the tiebreaker to improve to 11-4-2 this season. He leads all goaltenders with a .936 save percentage and ranks second with a 1.88 goals against average.
ROCK SOLID IN GOAL
Calgary's Joni Ortio, the Colorado Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov and the Ottawa Senators' Craig Anderson each posted strong performances to backstop their clubs to victories:
* Making his season debut, Joni Ortio denied all 36 shots he faced to record his first career shutout and backstop the Flames to their first win in Vancouver since Dec. 23, 2011 (snapping an eight-game skid, 0-4-4). Per Elias, Ortio is the first Flames goaltender to earn his first NHL shutout in a 1-0 win since Fred Brathwaite on Jan. 8, 1999 vs. DAL. Ortio, who was recalled from the AHL on Jan. 8, had posted 17 wins in 27 games with the Adirondack Flames and was named to the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic just two days before his recall. He posted a 4-4-0 record in nine NHL appearances last season.
* Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots, including 16 in the second period, to backstop the Avalanche to their third straight victory and eighth win in their last 11 games since Dec. 20. Varlamov improved to 15-3-5 when facing at least 40 shots during his regular-season career. The Avalanche erased an early 2-0 deficit with four straight goals during a span of 12:54 over the final two periods, capped by Matt Duchene’s game-winner 12 seconds into the third. It marked his second game-winning goal of the season (also Nov. 15 at NJD) and first multi-point game since Dec. 11, 2014 (1-1—2 vs. WPG).
* Craig Anderson stopped 31 shots, including 12 in the final frame, to improve to 11-10-6 this season; his .928 save percentage is tied for fifth in the NHL. Clarke MacArthur (1-1—2) and Mika Zibanejad (0-2—2) each posted multiple points to help the Senators erase a 1-0 deficit with five unanswered goals and snap a three-game skid. MacArthur scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season, which shares fifth in the League.
Flames forward Mikael Backlund scored his second game-winning goal of the season to stretch his goal/point streak to three games (3-2—5) since returning from a 29-game absence. He posted a three-game goal streak once before: Jan. 11-14, 2014 . . . Blue Jackets teammates Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno both extended point streaks after being name to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game earlier Saturday. Johansen stretched his point streak to 10 games (6-6—12) to match a franchise record for the second time this season; Foligno set a career high with a point in his seventh straight contest (2-8—10) . . . Brothers Michael (ARI) and Mark Stone (OTT) faced off against each other for the first time in their NHL careers . . . Flyers forward Jakub Voracek notched an assist to become the first player to 50 points this season (16-34—50 in 42 GP) . . . After being selected to participate in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, Carey Price stopped 35 shots, including a dazzling glove save late in the third period, to help the Canadiens earn a point . . . Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle logged 18:58 TOI and was honored by fans at SAP Center in his return to San Jose, where he played from 2008-14. Sharks . . . ICYMI: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick sprawled out for a highlight-reel save in the shootout . . . Sharks forward Melker Karlsson stretched his goal streak to five games, matching the franchise rookie record first set by Jeff Friesen in 1994-95 . . . Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty stretched his goal streak to four games (4-1—5) to set a new career high . . . Penguins forward Marcel Goc played in his 600th NHL game.