Home Team in Caps
Boston 5, NY ISLANDERS 2
Montreal 1, NY RANGERS 0
PHILADELPHIA 5, Winnipeg 2
Arizona 3, TORONTO 1
Dallas 6, OTTAWA 3
TAMPA BAY 5, Detroit 1
FLORIDA 3, Columbus 2
ST. LOUIS 5, Nashville 4 (SO)
Minnesota 1, CALGARY 0
EDMONTON 3, Buffalo 2
SAN JOSE 6, Anaheim 3
BRODEUR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT, JOINS BLUES STAFF
Goaltender Martin Brodeur, who signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 2, officially announced his retirement after 22 NHL seasons. He will remain with St. Louis as a senior adviser to the general manager.
Brodeur, 42, had a 3-3-0 record in seven appearances with the Blues this season, including a 16-save shutout in his final NHL victory on Dec. 29 against the Colorado Avalanche.
A first-round pick (No. 20) of the New Jersey Devils in the 1990 NHL Draft, Brodeur spent the first 21 seasons of his career with the Devils, winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1994.
Brodeur finishes his career with a 691-397-176 record with a 2.24 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 125 shutouts in 1,266 regular-season games. He is the NHL's all-time leader in wins, shutouts, games played and minutes played (74,438).
He led the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final on five occasions, most recently in 2012, winning three times (1995, 2000 and 2003). He is the NHL's all-time leader in postseason starts (204) and shutouts (24) and ranks second with 113 wins.
Brodeur, who played at least 70 games in 10 consecutive seasons from 1997-98 to 2007-08, won the Vezina Trophy four times (2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008) and Jennings Trophy five times (1997, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2010). He also won two Olympic gold medals with Canada (2002 and 2010).
Brodeur received a standing ovation while dropping the ceremonial puck before the Blues game against the Nashville Predators.
PAQUETTE, PRICE PROPEL CLUBS INTO TOP SPOTS IN EAST
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette (hat trick) and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (shutout) helped their clubs climb into the top two spots in the crowded Eastern Conference.
* Paquette scored his first career hat trick, including the eventual game-winner at 19:23 of the first period, to propel the Lightning to their franchise-record ninth consecutive home win, 5-1 against the Detroit Red Wings. The Lightning lead the NHL in home wins (20) and home points (41).
* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Paquette (21) became the fifth player in Lightning history, and second this season after Nikita Kucherov (Oct. 28 vs. ARI), to register a hat trick before his 22nd birthday. The others: Steve Stamkos (five times), Chris Gratton and Jason Wiemer.
* Paquette is the fourth Lightning player to score a hat trick this season, following Stamkos (Oct. 13 vs. MTL), Kucherov and Tyler Johnson (Dec. 23 vs. PIT). This marks the third time the franchise has had four different players score a hat trick in a season. The others: 1992-93 (Mikael Andersson, Brian Bradley, Doug Crossman and Chris Kontos) and 2011-12 (Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, two times; Teddy Purcell and Ryan Malone).
* The Lightning are 11-2-2 (.800) against Atlantic Division opponents this season. Per Elias, their intra-division point percentage is the seventh-highest in the NHL since the 2005-06 season.
* Ben Bishop made 27 saves to earn his 25th win of the season (39 GP) and improve to 6-1-0 with a 1.60 GAA and .939 save percentage in eight games against the Red Wings.
* After making 40 saves on Tuesday vs. DAL, Price made 24 saves in a 1-0 win against the New York Rangers to record his third shutout of the season and backstop the Canadiens to their fourth consecutive victory.
* Price is 10-5-1 with a 1.86 GAA, a .940 save percentage and six shutouts in 17 games against the Rangers. He has more shutouts against New York than any other opponent.
* According to Elias, Price joins Jacques Plante (nine), Bill Durnan, George Hainsworth and Charlie Hodge as the only Canadiens goaltenders with six shutouts against the Rangers.
* Price recorded the 28th shutout of his career, all with the Canadiens, to tie Gerry McNeil for sixth on the franchise's all-time list; Patrick Roy ranks fifth with 29.
* Max Pacioretty scored his team-leading 22nd goal at 15:43 of the third period for his fourth game-winner of the season.
BLUES EDGE PREDATORS IN CENTRAL DIVISION CLASH
The Blues edged the Nashville Predators 5-4 in a shootout, rallying from a 2-0 deficit and survived James Neal's tying goal with 2:38 to improve to 8-0-1 since Jan. 3 and win the final game with their Central Division rival (STL: 2-3-0, NSH: 3-1-1).
* The Blues closed their seven-game homestand with a 6-0-1 record and have won seven of their past eight at home.
* Overall, the Blues are 30-13-4 (64 points), moving to within four points of the Predators (31-10-6, 68 points) for top spot in the Central.
* T.J. Oshie (1-0—1) and Kevin Shattenkirk (0-1—1) each scored in the shootout. Oshie improved to 29-for-53 (54.7 percent) in the tiebreaker while Shattenkirk scored his fifth career game-deciding goal.
* David Backes had an assist on Oshie's goal to extend his career-high point streak to eight games (7-8—15). Per Elias, Backes has 16 points in January (7-9—16 in 10 GP), tied for second-most in the NHL behind teammate Alexander Steen (7-10—17 in 10 GP), who had his point streak end at 10 games.
* In total, the line of Backes (8-11—19), Steen (7-12—19) and Oshie (9-8—17) has combined for 24-31—55 in the Blues past 13 games.
* Brian Elliott made 33 saves through regulation and overtime and kept the puck out on three of four shootout attempts to improve 40-10-5 at Scottrade Center since joining the Blues in 2011-12.
SHARKS TAKE BITE OUT OF DUCKS
The San Jose Sharks scored six consecutive goals, including five during the second period, to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 and stretch their home winning streak against the Ducks to seven games (dating to Jan. 29, 2013). San Jose earned a point in all five games against their Pacific Division rival, posting a 4-0-1 record in the season series (ANA: 1-4-0).
* San Jose's five second-period goals came in a span of 13:52. Per Elias, the shortest span for five goals in one period in franchise history was 11:21 of the first period in a 7-2 win against Tampa Bay on Dec. 21, 2011.
* The Sharks scored five goals in a period for the first time since Feb. 27, 2014 when they scored five times in the second period of a 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. The franchise record of six goals in one period was last accomplished during the first period of a 6-4 win at EDM on Jan. 22, 2013.
* Patrick Marleau (1-1—2), James Sheppard (1-1—2), Barclay Goodrow (1-1—2), Joe Thornton (0-2—2) and Tomas Hertl (0-2—2) each had multiple points for the Sharks. Thornton stretched his point streak to four games (1-4—5).
* Joe Pavelski scored his 25th goal of the season to take sole possession of fifth in the NHL and extend his point streak to four games (3-2—5). He scored six goals in five games vs. ANA this season after scoring only seven times in his first 45 games against the club.
RASK LIFTS BRUINS INTO FIRST WILD-CARD SPOT
Tuukka Rask stopped a season-high 43 shots, including a sensational paddle stop in the second period, to guide the Bruins to a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders, their sixth consecutive road game with a point (4-0-2).
* The Bruins are 26-16-7 (59 points) and passed the Rangers (27-15-4, 58 points), who lost in regulation to Montreal, into the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Boston has earned points in 12 of its past 13 games dating to Dec. 29 vs. DET (8-1-4).
* Rask was six saves shy of his career high of 49 set on March 30, 2014 at PHI (4-3 SO win). He is 8-0-0 in his career when making 40-plus saves. Overall, Rask has a 21-11-7 record in 40 games this season, including 9-1-4 in his past 15 outings.
* Milan Lucic (1-2—3) had his second three-point game of the season (0-3—3 on Oct. 21 vs SJS). Reilly Smith (1-2—3) had three points to match a career-high set Dec. 23, 2013 at NSH (1-2—3).
STARS WIN IN SPEZZA'S RETURN
The Dallas Stars defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-3, opening up a 3-0 lead before the 12-minute mark of the first period. John Klingberg's goal with 9:09 left in regulation stood as the game-winner as the Stars won in Jason Spezza's return to Ottawa.
* Klingberg (1-1—2) had his sixth career multipoint game and second game-winner. He ranks second among rookie defensemen and seventh among all rookies with 7-13—20 in 34 GP.
* Per Elias, Klingberg joins Matt Niskanen (24 points in 2007-08) as the only Stars rookie defensemen with at least 20 points since the club moved to Dallas. Overall, he is just the fourth rookie defenseman to post at least 20 points for the franchise, following Brad Maxwell (47 in 1977-78) and Shawn Chambers (24 in 1988-89).
* Trevor Daley (1-2—3) matched a career high with three points (also 1-2—3 vs. BOS on Dec. 31, 2011), including his first career shorthanded goal. His 12 goals this season are a personal best and share second in the League among defensemen, behind only the Arizona Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson (13).
* Colton Sceviour (1-1—2) and Jamie Benn (2-0—2) had multipoint games for the Stars. Benn has 4-4—8 in his past five games.
* Spezza, the No. 2 pick by the Senators in the 2001 NHL Draft, was held off the score sheet in his return to Ottawa but finished 5-for-10 in the faceoff circle while logging 16:17 TOI. He had 251-436—687 in 686 games with the Senators before being dealt to Dallas in the offseason.
* ICYMI: Fans at Canadian Tire Centre welcomed Spezza with a standing ovation after watching a video tribute chronicling his time in Ottawa.
* Dallas improved to 10-1-2 in its past 13 games against Ottawa, including seven consecutive wins. The Stars have earned points in each of their past six visits to Ottawa dating to Feb. 27, 2003 (4-0-2).
AROUND THE RINKS
Highlights from the rest of games Thursday:
* Devan Dubnyk stopped all 30 shots he faced to record his third shutout of the season and guide the Minnesota Wild to a 1-0 win against the Calgary Flames, their fourth win in their past six games (4-1-1). Dubnyk is 4-1-0 with a 1.66 GAA, .931 save percentage and two shutouts in six games since joining the Wild on Jan. 14. Zach Parise reached the 20-goal milestone for the seventh time in his career; he has 6-1—7 in his past six games.
* Roberto Luongo made 31 saves and Sean Bergenheim broke a deadlock at 13:08 of the third period to help the Florida Panthers defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 and earn their first win against the Blue Jackets since Nov. 21, 2007 (snapping a 0-7-3 skid). Overall, the Panthers (21-15-10, 52 points) ended a five-game slide (0-4-1) and pulled within six points of the Rangers (27-15-4, 58 points) for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
* Steve Mason stopped 36 shots and Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds each had 1-1—2 to guide the Flyers past the Winnipeg Jets 5-2, their fourth win in their past five games (4-1-0). Mason is 4-0-1 with a 1.11 GAA, a .963 save percentage and one shutout in six career games against the Jets/Thrashers. Defenseman Nick Schultz snapped a 125-game goal drought goal with his first game-winning goal since Nov. 2, 2006 vs. VAN (while w/ MIN).
* Oliver Ekman-Larsson erased a one-goal deficit with his goal five seconds into the third period and Martin Hanzal scored the game-winner less than four minutes later to help the Coyotes defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 and halt a seven-game skid (0-5-2). Per Elias, Ekman-Larsson's goal matched a franchise record for fastest goal to start a period; Doug Smail scored five seconds into the first period of a 5-4 win vs. STL on Dec. 20, 1981. Ekman-Larsson's goal was one second shy of the NHL record for fastest goal to start a period (0:04 3x; last: Toronto's James van Riemsdyk on Mar. 28, 2014 vs. PHI). Ekman-Larsson scored his second career shorthanded goal; he leads all defenseman with 13 goals this season.
* Anton Lander (1-2—3) and Matt Fraser (1-2—3) each had a career-high three points to power the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres, their third win in their past four games. Lander had his first career multipoint game, including his first goal since Jan. 17, 2012 at CBJ. Fraser had his second career multipoint game, following 2-0—2 on Nov. 1 at BOS. Edmonton snapped a four-game home skid against Buffalo dating to Jan. 16, 2006; the Oilers had posted a 21-5-3 home-ice record against the Sabres prior to that stretch.
The Predators have earned points in 13 of their past 14 games dating to Dec. 27 (9-1-4). At 31-10-6 (68 points), the Predators are within two points of the Ducks (32-11-6, 70 points) for first place in the NHL. Nashville has two games in hand and the ROW tiebreaker (NSH: 27, ANA: 25) . . . Flyers forward Jakub Voracek stretched his point streak to five games (0-6—6) with his League-leading 41st assist and 58th point. Teammate Michael Del Zotto also has a five-game point streak (2-4—6) . . . Predators forward Filip Forsberg scored his rookie-leading 17th goal of the season . . . Lightning forward Steven Stamkos scored his 27th goal of the season, two behind League leader Alex Ovechkin (29) . . . Islanders forward John Tavares (1-1—2) scored his 23rd goal of the season to stretch his goal streak to four games, one shy of his career high set from Feb. 7-16, 2013. Overall, Tavares has points in a season-high five straight games (4-5—9) . . . Ducks forward Patrick Maroon scored to stretch his point streak to five games (4-3—7). Teammate Kyle Palmieri scored his career high 19th goal of the season to tie Corey Perry for the team lead . . . Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen (25 saves) earned his 20th win of the season . . . Stars coach Lindy Ruff was behind the bench for his 1,295th game, surpassing Jacques Martin for sole possession of eighth on the NHL's all-time list . . . Blues coach Ken Hitchcock earned his 154th victory with the team, surpassing Brian Sutter for second in franchise history . . . Predators forward Mike Fisher had 2-1—3, including his first shorthanded goal since April 7, 2009, to match a career high with three points and surpass 500 NHL points (237-265—502 in 913 GP) . . . Wild forward Thomas Vanek had his 300th NHL assist . . . Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk had his 100th point . . . Flyers forward Petr Straka had his first NHL point in his second game . . . Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette played in his 800th NHL game . . . Forward Marcel Goc logged 12:56 TOI and finished 13-for-18 (72.2 percent) in the faceoff circle in his Blues debut . . . The Kings will be honored by President Barack Obama on Monday during a visit to the White House . . . Mike Bossy dropped the ceremonial puck before the Bruins-Islanders game . . . The Lightning reunited Master Sergeant Christopher Aaron McKeen with his family during the first intermission.