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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Dec. 6

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SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

PITTSBURGH 3, Ottawa 2

St. Louis 6, NY ISLANDERS 4

Philadelphia 2, LOS ANGELES 1

TORONTO 5, Vancouver 2

DETROIT 3, NY Rangers 2

Columbus 3, TAMPA BAY 1

FLORIDA 3, Buffalo 2

Washington 4, NEW JERSEY 1

Chicago 3, NASHVILLE 1

DALLAS 4, Montreal 1

Boston 5, ARIZONA 2

San Jose 3, CALGARY 2

BLACKHAWKS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT, TAKE CENTRAL DIVISION LEAD

Marian Hossa
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 19
SOG: 84 | +/-: 2
Marian Hossa (2-0—2) and Brandon Saad (1-1—2) each had two points as the Chicago Blackhawks picked up a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators. The victory extended Chicago’s winning streak to six games, its longest since a six-game stretch from Nov. 21 to 30, 2013, and halted Nashville’s home winning streak at seven games.

The Blackhawks (18-8-1, 37 points) have won nine of their past 10 contests – the lone exception a 4-1 loss at VAN on Nov. 23 – and now sit alone atop the Central Division standings, one point ahead of the Predators (17-7-2, 36 points) and Blues (17-8-2, 36 points).

Rookie netminder Scott Darling stopped 32 shots to improve to 3-1-0 with a 1.74 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in his career. Chicago has allowed only nine goals on its winning streak and lead the League with an average of 1.96 goals-against per game this season.

Hossa posted his first game-winner since Feb. 5 and first multi-goal game since Jan. 17 (both against ANA). He ranks fifth among active skaters with 75 career game-winning goals, behind Jaromir Jagr (125), Jarome Iginla (92), Patrick Marleau (85) and Patrik Elias (79).

Saad recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season to extend his point streak to four games (3-2—5). He shares fourth on the club with 6-13—19 in 27 games this season (tied with Hossa).

BRODUER BACKSTOPS BLUES IN COMEBACK WIN

Down 3-0 after 20 minutes and 4-3 to start the third period, T.J. Oshie (1-1—2), Paul Stastny (2-0—2) and Vladimir Tarasenko (1-0—1) scored in the final frame to rally the St. Louis Blues to a 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders. Martin Brodeur stopped 14 of 15 shots over two periods in relief of Jake Allen to pick up his 689th career victory (adding to his NHL-record total) and first win with St. Louis.

St. Louis rallied from a three-goal deficit to win in regulation for the first time since Oct. 21, 2003 at EDM. In that game, Chris Pronger (0-3—3) paced all players with three points as the Blues rallied from a 3-0 hole to win 6-4.

Via Elias, Brodeur made his first relief appearance since Jan. 8, 2011 at PHI and just the 16th such appearance of his 1,261-game NHL career. He has earned a decision in nine of those 16 relief appearances, including five victories (5-3-1).

Stastny scored his first power-play goal of the season to start the Blues’ second-period rally and scored the game-winner for his first two-goal game with the team. Stastny now has 5-5—10 this season, including two decisive tallies.

Kevin Shattenkirk (1-2--3), a native of New Rochelle, NY (approximately 30 miles from Nassau Coliseum), notched three power-play points to match a career-high for total points in one game (last: Oct. 11 vs. CGY).

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Shattenkirk is the first Blues defenseman with three power-play points in one game since Eric Brewer on Feb. 17, 2008 vs. CBJ. Shattenkirk leads all players in power-play assists (12) and ranks fourth in points (14) with the man advantage, one point behind Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and Evgeni Malkin.

Vladimir Tarasenko registered his 17th goal of the season to remain tied with Rick Nash for second in the League, behind Tyler Seguin (21).

Joakim Lindstrom (0-3—3) recorded three assists/points for the first time in his career.

The Islanders suffered just its third loss in the past 16 games (13-3-0) and had its home winning streak halted at seven games. Jaroslav Halak also had his career-high 11-game winning streak snapped despite making 34 saves in his first game against St. Louis since being dealt to Washington at the 2014 Trade Deadline.

EHRHOFF LIFTS PENGUINS INTO TOP SPOT IN METROPOLITAN

Christian Ehrhoff
Defense - PIT
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 7 | PTS: 9
SOG: 53 | +/-: 13
Christian Ehrhoff broke a 2-2 tie with 1:50 remaining in regulation to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. With the victory, the Penguins (18-6-2, 38 points) leapfrogged the Islanders (19-8-0, 38 points) into first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins also moved within one point of the Ducks (17-6-5, 39 points) and Lightning (18-6-3, 39 points) for the most points in the NHL.

Ehrhoff has scored the game-winning goals in two of Pittsburgh’s past three wins (also Nov. 29 at CAR) to match his season total from both 2013-14 (79 GP) and 2012-13 (47 GP).

Evgeni Malkin (2-0—2) scored his League-leading eighth power-play goal of the season at 18:03 of the second period to tie the score at 2-2. Malkin leads the team with 14 goals this season and is tied for fourth in the NHL with 32 points.

Sidney Crosby recorded the primary assist on Ehrhoff’s goal to take sole possession of the League-lead for assists (25), and is second points (34).

Playing in his 314th consecutive game, Craig Adams recorded an assist on the game-winning goal. His streak is the longest consecutive games played stretch in franchise history, surpassing Ron Schock’s previous mark of 313. Adams also notched an assist against Ottawa in the first game of his streak on Oct. 18, 2010 (5-2 win for PIT).

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots to improve to 15-4-1 with 2.07 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage this season.

RED WINGS RALLY PAST RANGERS FOR BABCOCK’S 500TH WIN

After falling behind 2-0 before the game’s 15-minute mark, the Detroit Red Wings scored three unanswered goals – including Darren Helm’s game-winner at 7:40 of the third period – to pick up its first win against the New York Rangers since Feb. 7, 2011.

Overall the Red Wings have won eight of its past 10 games. At 16-6-5 (37 points), the Red Wings sit two points behind the Lightning (18-7-3, 39 points) and Ducks (17-6-5, 39 points) for the most points in the NHL. Detroit has a game in hand on both Tampa Bay and Anaheim.

Mike Babcock earned his 500th NHL head-coaching victory to tie Toe Blake for 18th all-time. Babcock reached the milestone in his 895th game behind an NHL bench (500-280-115), following longtime Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman (825 games) as the only coaches in NHL history to reach 500 wins in fewer than 900 games.

Stephen Weiss picked up an assist for the third straight game and now has 4-6—10 in eight games this season.

Tomas Tatar recorded the primary assist on Helm’s game-winning goal to push his point streak to four games (1-4—5).

The Red Wings improved to 11-3-2 at Joe Louis Arena this season. No team has more points on home ice and only three other clubs have as many wins on home ice (TB, NSH, LA – 11).

SHARKS PICK UP FOURTH STRAIGHT VICTORY

Patrick Marleau
Left Wing - SJS
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 17 | PTS: 24
SOG: 88 | +/-: -3
Patrick Marleau broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period and Antti Niemi stopped 33 shots as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2 for their fourth straight win. Niemi has been in goal for the entire streak, posting a 2.75 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in that span.

Marleau scored his first goal since Nov. 20 to extend his point streak to four games (1-5—6). His game-winning goal was the 85th of his career, tying him with Glenn Anderson for 21st on the all-time list; he ranks third among active players, behind Jaromir Jagr (125) and Jarome Iginla (92).

Logan Couture posted 1-1—2 and now has 8-11—19 in 18 career games vs. CGY. He has 11-13—24 in 28 games this season and shares the team points lead with Marleau (7-17—24).

Justin Braun (1-1—2) recorded his sixth career multi-point game and first since Dec. 17, 2013 at STL while Tommy Wingels notched two assists to push his point streak to four games (3-6—9).

The Flames suffered just their third loss in the past 11 games (8-3-0) and netminder Karri Ramo had his career-high six-game winning streak snapped.

SEGUIN POWERS STARS, TAKES SCORING LEAD

Tyler Seguin (2-1—3) scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season, including the eventual game-winner on the power-play, to help the Dallas Stars end a four-game skid with a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

With his fourth three-point performance of the season, Seguin (21-14—35) passed Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (9-25—34) and Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek (9-24—33) for the overall points lead. Since the start of last season, only Crosby (138 points) has more points than Seguin (119)

After setting a career-high with eight decisive tallies in 2013-14, Seguin now shares the League-lead with four game-winners this season (tied with Montreal’s Lars Eller and the Washington CapitalsAlex Ovechkin).

Jamie Benn (0-2—2) recorded the primary assist on each of Seguin’s goals for his sixth multi-point game of the season. He paces all Stars with 17 assists and ranks second on the club with 25 points.

Kari Lehtonen allowed one goal or fewer for the third time this season to boost his record to 10-6-5.

MAPLE LEAFS STAY HOT AT HOME

Peter Holland, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson also had 1-1—2 as the Toronto Maple Leafs opened a 4-0 lead before the six-minute mark of the second period en route to a 5-2 win over the Canucks Canucks. Toronto improved to 5-1-1 in its past seven contests and 11-0-0 when scoring first this season.

Toronto won its third game of its current five-game homestand (3-0-1) and moved to 10-7-0 at Air Canada Centre this season. Only the Red Wings (11-3-2) and Lightning (11-3-1) have more home-ice victories among Eastern Conference teams.

Making his eighth consecutive start, Jonathan Bernier stopped a season-high 44 shots – just four stops shy of his career high – to improve to 10-6-3 this season.

Holland’s goal stood as his second game-winning goal of 2014-15 (a new career-high). Before this season, his only other decisive tally was his first NHL goal on Nov. 11, 2011 vs. VAN while with the Anaheim Ducks. Holland also has set new career-highs for goals (6) and points (11) in a season.

The Maple Leafs have won consecutive games against the Canucks for the first time since a stretch of three straight wins from Mar. 15 to Nov. 24, 2003 (0-10-1 between winning streaks).

Joffrey Lupul scored his sixth goal of the season to push his point streak to four games (4-3—7)

David Booth (0-1—1) registered his first point with the Maple Leafs against his former club; he tallied 26-25—51 in 134 games with the Canucks from 2011-14.

DID YOU KNOW?

Aaron Ekblad
Defense - FLA
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 17
SOG: 50 | +/-: 6
Aaron Ekblad notched an assist on each of the Florida Panthers’ goals in their 3-2 win over Buffalo. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ekblad is the first rookie defenseman in franchise history to post three assists in a game. In addition, he is just the second rookie blueliner to post three points in a game for the Panthers, following Dan Boyle who tallied 1-2—3 on Feb. 24, 1999 vs. PHI.

The multi-point performance was the third of Ekblad’s career and gave him his second four-game point streak of the season (0-6—6); he had 1-4—5 during a four-game stretch from Nov. 8 to 16. Overall Ekblad ranks third among all rookies with 4-13—17 in 25 games.

STRONG BETWEEN THE PIPES

Steve Mason stopped 37 shots, including 30 over the final two periods, as the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a nine-game road skid (0-7-2) and six-game slide overall (0-4-2) with a 2-1 win in Los Angeles. The Flyers improved to 8-1-1 record all-time at STAPLES Center since the building opened for the 1999-2000 season, and have not dropped a regulation decision there since a 4-0 loss on Oct. 21, 2003. Claude Giroux halted the Los Angeles Kings’ team shutout streak at 126:24 with his goal 4:35 into the game, and Wayne Simmonds’ team-leading 11th goal counted as his second game-winner this season.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 of 34 shots he faced – including 26 stops through the first 40 minutes – and David Savard notched his second career game-winning goal (also Dec. 12, 2013 at NYR) to power the Columbus Blue Jackets to its third consecutive victory. Boone Jenner also found the back of the net for his third goal in as many games, marking the longest goal streak of his career. The Blue Jackets earned its first road win against the Tampa Bay Lightning since Jan. 2, 2004 and improved to 2-5-2 in nine all-time visits to Tampa Bay.

Braden Holtby turned aside all 15 shots he faced in the third period and finished with 33 stops to backstop the Capitals to a 4-1 over the New Jersey Devils. In his past four games vs. NJ, Holtby is 3-1-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .965 save percentage. Brooks Laich (1-1—2) and Joel Ward (0-2—2) each recorded two points to surpass 300 and 200 career point milestones, respectively.

Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots to backstop the Boston Bruins a 5-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, and improved to 12-8-1 this season. The Bruins snapped a three-game slide and now have won five straight games over the Coyotes dating to a 3-0 win in the Premiere game on Oct. 10, 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic. Three different players had multi-point performances - Brad Marchand (2-0—2), Dougie Hamilton (0-2—2) and Reilly Smith (0-2—2) – and Simon Gagne netted his first game-winning goal since Nov. 8, 2011 with the Kings (vs. NSH).

LOOSE PUCKS

Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau each scored for the Flames to extend their point streaks to four games (1-3—4 and 2-4—6, respectively). Giordano leads all defensemen – and shares eighth among all players – with 7-21—28 and Gaudreau ranks second among all rookies with 5-16—21 . . . Rangers forward Rick Nash scored his 17th goal of the season to push his point streak to seven games (5-3—8) . . . Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad (1-1—2) tallied his fourth multi-point game of the season and now has 8-6—14 in his past 11 games. His team-leading 11th goal of the season stood as his third game-winner, which is tied for second in the League . . . Canucks forwards Daniel (1-0—1) and Henrik Sedin (0-1—1) each found the scoresheet and now have 10-12—22 and 4-17—21 in 22 career games vs. TOR, respectively . . . Capitals defenseman John Carlson played in his 322nd consecutive game to tie Kelly Miller for the second-longest consecutive games streak in franchise history . . . Forward Rob Klinkhammer recorded one shot and five hits in 11:01 of TOI in his first game with the Penguins . . . Stars forwards Shawn Horcoff (900) and Travis Moen (700), Lightning forward Brett Connolly (100) and Arizona’s Jordan Martinook (NHL debut) all played in milestone games . . . Moen and Canadiens defenseman Sergei Gonchar faced their former clubs for the first time since being traded for each other on Nov. 11 . . . Canadiens forward Sven Andrighetto scored in his NHL debut . . . Islanders forward Michael Grabner (2 GP) scored his first goal since Mar. 4 when he had 1-1—2, including the overtime winner in a 3-2 win at WPG . . . The Islanders honored franchise legend Bobby Nystrom during a pregame ceremony.

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