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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Feb. 7

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com

SATURDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

NASHVILLE 3, NY Rangers 2

Los Angeles 4, TAMPA BAY 2

BOSTON 2, NY Islanders 1

BUFFALO 3, Dallas 2

TORONTO 5, Edmonton 1

MONTREAL 6, New Jersey 2

Columbus 4, OTTAWA 1

MINNESOTA 1, Colorado 0

Detroit 3, ARIZONA 1

VANCOUVER 5, Pittsburgh 0

Carolina 5, SAN JOSE 4

RED WINGS SOAR TO TOP OF EAST . . .

Tomas Tatar
Left Wing - DET
GOALS: 23 | ASST: 16 | PTS: 39
SOG: 136 | +/-: 8
Tomas Tatar (1-2—3) matched a career-high with three points (Jan. 17 against the Nashville Predators) and Petr Mrazek made 22 saves to guide the Detroit Red Wings to their third straight victory and propel the, into first place in the Eastern Conference.

* At 31-12-9 (71 points), the Red Wings leapfrogged the Tampa Bay Lightning (33-16-5, 71 points) – who lost in regulation against Los Angeles – for the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. Detroit holds two games in hand, but Tampa Bay owns the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 31, DET: 29).

* Tatar is tied for second on the Red Wings with 23-16—39 in 52 GP, matching a career high set in 73 games last season (19-20—39). His team-leading 23rd goal was his sixth game-winner, placing him one off the NHL lead shared by four players.

* Mrazek improved to 8-1-0 in 10 starts since Jimmy Howard was injured on Jan. 10, matching his win total from his first 20 career games (8-8-1). He is 13-4-1 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 19 appearances this season.

* Darren Helm (1-1—2) had his fourth multi-point game of 2014-15. He has three goals and four points in his past four outings and is one goal shy of matching his career-high, established in 2010-11 and equaled last season.

* Pavel Datsyuk stretched his assist/point streak to four games (0-4---4) to bring his career total against the Arizona Coyotes to 15-44—59 in 44 GP. He shares second on the Red Wigns in assists (24) and points (39) despite playing in only 41 games.

. . . SUBBAN, DESHARNAIS IGNITE CANADIENS

Six different players had multiple points – including 0-3—3 by P.K. Subban and David Desharnais – and the Montreal Canadiens scored three goals in each of the final two periods to snap a two-game skid and close their homestand with a 2-2-0 record.

* The Canadiens (33-15-3, 69 points) climbed into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference behind a pair of Atlantic Division rivals, the Red Wings (31-12-9, 71 points) and Lightning (33-15-3, 71 points). Montreal holds one game in hand on Detroit and three on Tampa Bay, but trail each team in the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 31, DET: 29, MTL: 28).

* Subban matched a career high for assists in one game, achieved six previous times, most recently on Jan. 2 at the New Jersey Devils. Desharnais also equaled a career high for assists/points in a game, last achieved on Dec. 31, 2013 at the Carolina Hurricanes (0-3—3).

* Carey Price (21 saves) earned his 207th career win to move within one of tying Bill Durnan for fourth on the franchise's all-time list. Price ranks among the League's top five in wins (28 – 3rd), save percentage (.931 – 1st) and goals-against average (2.06 – 2nd) in 41 appearances this season.

* Dale Weise (2-0—2) and Tomas Plekanec (2-0—2) each scored their first goals since Jan. 17 against the New York Islanders, snapping six-game skids. Andrei Markov (1-1—2) and Max Pacioretty (0-2—2) also had multiple points.

* Montreal has won three of its past four home games against New Jersey, following a 0-6-2 stretch at the Bell Centre from 2008-09 to 2011-12.

PREDATORS REGAIN CONTROL IN CENTRAL

Mike Ribeiro
Center - NSH
GOALS: 11 | ASST: 33 | PTS: 44
SOG: 63 | +/-: 16
Mike Ribeiro broke a 2-2 deadlock at 12:46 of the third period to lift the Predators to their first home win against the New York Rangers since Feb. 28, 2004 (0-3-1 since).

* The Predators (34-12-6, 74 points) took sole possession of first place in the Central Division and the No. 2 seed in the League, one point behind the Anaheim Ducks (34-12-7, 75 points). Nashville has one game in hand and owns the ROW tiebreaker over Anaheim (NSH: 30, ANA: 27).

* The Predators won for the 10th time in their past 11 games at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville (21-3-1) is tied with the St. Louis Blues (21-5-1) in home wins (21) and home points (43) this season.

* Roman Josi (1-1—2) and Shea Weber scored 41 seconds apart late in the second period. Josi (10-27—37 in 52 GP) and Weber (12-24—36 in 52 GP) rank third and fourth (tied), respectively, in Predators scoring. Josi equaled a career high in assists and is within three goals/points of matching personal bests in those categories, all achieved in 2013-14 (13-27—40 in 72 GP).

* Ribeiro scored his 31st career game-winning goal to reach 700 career points (213-487—700 in 917 GP). He ranks second on the Predators with 11-33—44 in 52 GP.

* Pekka Rinne made 30 saves for his League-leading 30th win (39 GP), reaching the mark for the fourth time in his career and first since 2011-12 when he had a career-high 43 victories (73 GP). He also leads the League in goals-against average (2.02) and ranks second in save percentage (.929).

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rinne (26 ROW, 4 in SO) is the fastest – in terms of games played – to record 30 wins since the NHL adopted the shootout in 2005-06. Only two other goaltenders have recorded 30 wins in 39 games or fewer in the NHL's expansion era: Eddie Johnston (1970-71) and Chris Osgood (1995-96), both in 38 GP.

* Filip Forsberg stretched his assist/point streak to four games (0-5—5). He continues to lead NHL rookies with 17-30—47 in 52 games.

DUBNYK, WILD (AGAIN) STYMIE OPPONENTS

Devan Dubnyk (18 saves) earned his 13th career shutout to guide the Minnesota Wild to their second straight blank sheet (3-0 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday) and their third shutout in three games against the Colorado Avalanche this season.

* Minnesota has won five straight games and improved to 7-1-1 since Dubnyk's debut on Jan. 15. At 25-20-6 (56 points), the Wild kept pace with the Canucks (29-19-3, 61 points) in the race for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

* Dubnyk is 7-1-0 with a 1.31 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and four shutouts in nine games with the Wild. He has three shutouts in his past four appearances and five this season (Nov. 14 at VAN w/ ARI).

* Per Elias, Dubnyk (9 GP) is fastest to post four shutouts with a team among goalies who debuted in the expansion era (1967-68 or later).

* This marks the second time this season the Wild have earned back-to-back shutouts after beginning 2014-15 with 5-0 and 3-0 wins against the Avalanche. Prior to this season, Minnesota had five shutouts in their first 79 games against Colorado.

* Per Elias, the Wild have shut out the same opponent in three consecutive games in one season for the first time in franchise history. The only other time they posted three blank sheets against one opponent in a season was 2006-07 (three in eight games against the Edmonton Oilers). Elias also says the Wild are the first team to have three straight shutouts against the same opponent in a single season since 2007-08 (Three each for DET vs. COL and SJS vs. ARI).

* Charlie Coyle scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season (51 GP), matching his total from his first 107 career games.

MILLER HELPS CANUCKS BLANK PENS (AGAIN)

Ryan Miller
Goalie - VAN
RECORD: 25-13-1
GAA: 2.35 | SVP: .916
Ryan Miller turned aside all 31 shots he faced to help the Vancouver Canucks close their homestand with a 3-3-0 record. The Canucks shut out the Pittsburgh Penguins in each game this season, following Eddie Lack's 22-save performance on Dec. 4 at CONSOL Energy Center. Prior to this season, Kirk McLean had the only Canucks shutout in 108 all-time games between the teams (5-0 W, Feb. 17, 1988).

* The Canucks (29-19-3, 61 points) leapfrogged the idle Calgary Flames (29-21-3, 61 points) into third place in the Pacific Division and moved within two points of the second-place San Jose Sharks (28-19-7, 63 points), who lost in regulation to Carolina. Vancouver has multiple games in hand on each team and holds the ROW tiebreaker (VAN: 27, SJS/CGY: 26).

* Miller is tied for second in the League with six shutouts this season (39 GP), equaling his career high set in 2011-12 (61 GP). He earned his 35th career shutout (first against the Penguins) to tie Rinne for fifth among active goaltenders.

* Alexandre Burrows (1-1—2) and Radim Vrbata (0-2—2) each had multiple points for the Canucks. Vrbata eclipsed 500 career points (235-266—501 in 840 GP) and has two goals and six points in his past five games.

* Bo Horvat, Shawn Matthias, Zack Kassian and Daniel Sedin also scored for the Canucks. Kassian's goal was his first since Oct. 21, ending a 21-game drought.

* The Canucks have points in 15 of 22 games with Eastern Conference opponents this season, including a 9-1-0 against Metropolitan Division foes.

BRUINS KEEP PACE IN ATLANTIC

Tuukka Rask made 39 saves, four shy of his season-high, to lead the Boston Bruins to their first win in their past four home games against the New York Islanders and to an 8-1-3 record in their past 12 games at TD Garden.

* With the victory, the Bruins (28-17-7, 63 points) kept pace in the Atlantic Division and moved within one point of the Rangers (30-16-4, 64 points) for the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

* Rask earned his 23rd win of the season to improve to 11-2-4 in his past 17 decisions. He is 8-3-0 with a 2.34 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 12 career appearances against the Islanders.

* Loui Eriksson broke a 1-1 tie at 12:26 of the third period for his third decisive goal of the season and 25th of his career. Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins; he paces them with 35 points and ranks second with 14 goals in 51 games.

* The Bruins improved to 10-5-2 against Metropolitan Division foes this season. Boston is 10-2-4 in its past 16 since Dec. 29 vs. DET.

SATURDAY NOTABLES

Highlights from the rest of the day's action:

* The Los Angeles Kings scored three goals in the first period, including Drew Doughty's eventual game-winner with 1.5 seconds left, and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves to help Los Angeles snap a three-game skid. The Kings (22-18-12, 56 points) kept pace with the Canucks (29-19-3, 61 points) for third place in the Pacific Division and pulled within five points of the Flames (29-21-3, 61 points) for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Los Angeles, however, trails each team in terms of the ROW tiebreaker (VAN: 27, CGY: 26, LAK: 21). Doughty scored his 15th career decisive marker and first since Mar. 27, 2014 at Pittsburgh. Justin Williams (2-0—2) and Robyn Regehr (0-2—2) each had multiple points for the Kings.

* Chris Stewart matched a career-high with three assists (Mar. 7, 2013 at ARI) to propel the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-0 lead and Jhonas Enroth made 38 saves to help the Sabres improve to 9-2-1 at home against the Dallas Stars dating to Nov. 15, 1995. The Sabres also won at First Niagara Center for the first time since Dec. 27, ending a six-game skid, and earned their first home win in regulation since Dec. 11 against Calgary. Zemgus Girgensons (1-1—2) scored his team-leading 14th goal and second career winning goal (Jan. 30, 2014 at ARI).

* Cam Atkinson and Scott Hartnell each had 1-1—2 and the Columbus Blue Jackets scored four goals on nine shots in the final period to earn their first win against the Ottawa Senators since Nov. 17, 2013 (0-3-0 since). Columbus has won its past two games by a combined score of 11-2 (7-1 win Friday against St. Louis) after totaling 11 goals in their previous six games. Nick Foligno (1-0—1) and Ryan Johansen (0-1—1) each found the score sheet to keep pace for the Blue Jackets scoring lead with 21-28—49 (50 GP) and 20-29—49 (51 GP), respectively.

* Peter Holland (1-1—2) and Jake Gardiner (0-2—2) each scored multiple points when the Toronto Maple Leafs opened a 5-0 lead en route to their first win since Jan. 9, ending an 11-game slide (0-10-1). James Reimer made 31 saves to improve to 4-0-0 with a 1.74 goals-against average and .949 save percentage in four career starts against the Edmonton Oilers. Morgan Rielly scored a highlight-reel goal, his first since Dec. 13, against Detroit, to complete a three-goal second period for the Maple Leafs.

* After surrendering a two-goal lead early in the third period, Andrej Sekera broke a 3-3 deadlock and Victor Rask scored into an empty net to lift the Hurricanes to their fifth win in their past eight games (5-1-2). Rask's goal stood as his second career game-winner; the Hurricanes rookie has 2-1—3 in his past three games and eight goals and 18 points in 52 games. Justin Faulk had three assists to set and match career highs for assists and points in a game, respectively, to eclipse 100 career points (28-73—101 in 232 GP). The Hurricanes improved to 5-1-0 in their past six games against the Sharks (since Oct. 19, 2010) and goaltender Cam Ward made 23 saves to improve to 4-1-0 in five career games against San Jose.

LOOSE PUCKS

The Lightning sustained their first loss at Amalie Arena since Dec. 9, ending their franchise-record home-winning streak at 10 contests . . . Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness was behind the bench for in his 2,000th NHL game . . . Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (46 GP) had an assist to match and set career highs in assists (19) and points (25), respectively. He had five goals and 24 points in 76 GP last season . . . Rangers forward Rick Nash stretched his goal/point streak to four games (5-1—6) to move into first place in the League with 33 goals. Teammate Mats Zuccarello also earned a point for the fourth straight game (1-4—5) . . . Stars forward Tyler Seguin ended a six-game goal drought to tie Jakub Voracek and Patrick Kane for the NHL lead with 29-29—58 in 52 GP. His 29 goals rank third behind Nash (33) and Alex Ovechkin (32) . . . Coyotes defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson (16 goals) and Keith Yandle (34 assists) each found the score sheet to increase their lead among NHL defensemen in goals and assists, respectively. Ekman-Larsson set a career high for goals in a season while Yandle stretched his assist/point streak to six games (0-8—8) . . . Kevin Klein, who began his career with the Predators (403 GP, 2005-06 to 2013-14), faced his former team for the first time since joining the Rangers via trade on Jan. 22, 2014. He was honored with a video tribute and standing ovation from the Bridgestone Arena crowd just moments after making a goal line stop for New York . . . Stars defenseman John Klingberg (0-2—2) had his eighth multi-point game of the season. He has 4-5—9 in his past five games and ranks sixth among rookies with 10-17—27 in 38 GP . . . Devils forward Jaromir Jagr had one assist to extend his point streak to four games (2-2—4) . . . Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (100) and Senators defenseman Cody Ceci (100) played in milestone games . . . The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command simulated a real life operation to deliver the ceremonial puck as part of the Maple Leafs' Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night . . . Members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots were honored at TD Garden prior to the Islanders-Bruins game. Tight end Rob Gronkowski spiked the puck into the crowd after the ceremonial puck drop.

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