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Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Dec. 2

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

NY ISLANDERS 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)

PITTSBURGH 1, New Jersey 0

Vancouver 4, WASHINGTON 3

CAROLINA 2, Nashville 1

BUFFALO 2, Tampa Bay 1 (SO)

TORONTO 5, Dallas 3

Florida 4, DETROIT 3

CALGARY 5, Arizona 2

SAN JOSE 2, Philadelphia 1

LOS ANGELES 2, Boston 0


The Montreal Canadiens announced that Hockey Hall-of-Famer Jean Beliveau died Tuesday at age 83. Béliveau played 20 seasons with Montreal from 1950 to 1971, serving as the longest-tenured captain in team history over his final 10 seasons. He won the Stanley Cup 10 times with the club, including five consecutive championships from 1956 to 1960. He ranks second on the Canadiens all-time regular-season scoring list (1,219 points), third in goals (507) and second in assists (712). In addition, he owns the Canadiens record with 176 career playoff points (79 goals, 97 assists), in 162 contests.


Of the 10 games contested Tuesday:

* Nine were tied or within one goal entering the third period (OTT-NYI, NJD-PIT, VAN-WSH, NSH-CAR, TBL-BUF, FLA-DET, ARI-CGY, PHI-SJS, BOS-LAK).

* Seven featured one-goal margins (OTT-NYI, NJD-PIT, VAN-WSH, NSH-CAR, TBL-BUF, FLA-DET, PHI-SJS) and one other contest ended with a two-goal margin following an empty-net goal in the final minute (BOS-LAK).

* Seven featured a tying or winning goal in the third period, including two in the final five minutes: Zemgus Girgensons scored with 3:54 remaining to force overtime in TBL-BUF and Matt Nieto netted the game-winning goal with 11.5 seconds left in PHI-SJS.

* Two required extra time, with Thomas Hickey scoring the overtime winner for the New York Islanders and Cody Hodgson netting the game-deciding shootout goal for the Buffalo Sabres.


Daniel Sedin (2-1—3) scored twice, including the decisive goal with the game tied at 3-3 midway through the third period, to help the Vancouver Canucks survive a pair of Washington Capitals rallies en route to a 4-3 victory.

* With the win, the Canucks (17-7-1, 35 points) moved into top spot in the Western Conference and within two points of the Tampa Bay Lightning (17-6-3, 37 points) for first place in the NHL. The Canucks have a game in hand on the Anaheim Ducks, who also have 35 points.

* Sedin posted his third three-point game of the season (also Oct. 11 and Nov. 19, both vs. EDM). His brother, Henrik Sedin, assisted on both of his goals; the pair share the team lead with 6-18—24.

* Radim Vrbata (1-1—2) posted multiple points for the fifth time this season and ranks third on the club with 11-9—20.

* The Sedin-Sedin-Vrbata line notched all of its points on the power play as the Canucks finished the contest 3-for-4 with the man advantage. Overall the trio has combined for 9-23—32 on the power play this season.

* Ryan Miller improved to 16-4-0 to move into a share of the overall wins League (tied with Pekka Rinne).


Josh Jooris recorded his first NHL hat trick and Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots as the Calgary Flames picked up their third straight win with a 5-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes. Calgary improved to 8-2-1 in its past 11 home games against the Coyotes, including a seven-game winning streak.

* Overall the Flames (16-8-2, 34 points) have won 11 of their past 15 games (11-4-0) and sit one point behind the Canucks (17-7-1, 35 points) and Ducks (15-6-5, 35 points) for top spot in the Western Conference.

* Per Elias, Jooris is just the third Flames rookie to record a hat trick in the past 26 years, following Jiri Hrdina (4-0—4 on Nov. 7, 1988 vs. HFD) and Matthew Lombardi (3-1—4 on Nov. 12, 2003 at CHI). He is the first rookie to accomplish the feat in the NHL this season.

* Ramo surrendered his first goal against since Nov. 22 when Oliver Ekman-Larsson found the back of the net at 8:25 of the first period, ending Ramo's career-best shutout streak at 142:59. The goal also halted Calgary's team shutout streak at 148:41, just 12:30 shy of the team record set in April 2006.

* Ramo is 4-0-0 with a 1.25 goals-against average and .957 save percentage in his career vs. ARI. Overall he has won five consecutive games to improve to 7-2-1 this season.

* Jiri Hudler notched two assists to stretch his point streak to five games (5-5—10), including three straight multipoint games. He ranks second on the team with 11-14—25 this season.

* Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau and Curtis Glencross also notched two assists while Sean Monahan scored to push his point streak to four games (1-3—4).


Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside all 29 shots he faced for his 33rd career shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New Jersey Devils 1-0. With five shutouts through his first 19 starts, Fleury has matched his single-season high for a second straight year (2006-07 in 67 GP; 2013-14 in 64 GP).

* Overall the Penguins improved to 17-5-2 (36 points) and maintain their spot atop the Metropolitan Division while moving within one point of the Lightning (17-6-3, 37 points) for top spot in the NHL. Via Elias, the Penguins have won 17 of their first 24 games for the first time in franchise history.

* Elias also says that Fleury is the first netminder to post five shutouts his first 19 starts since Tim Thomas also accomplished the feat with the Boston Bruins in 2010-11. At 14-4-1, Fleury leads the League in shutouts, shares fourth in wins and seventh in GAA (2.08) and save percentage (.928). He now has more shutouts against the Devils (five) than against any other opponent.

* Evgeni Malkin scored his 42nd career game-winning goal to tie Jean Pronovost for third on the franchise's all-time list

* The Penguins have won 10 of 13 contests against the Devils at Consol Energy Center all-time.


Thomas Hickey (1-1—2) scored his second career game-winning goal at 3:06 of overtime to lift the Islanders to their 12th win in their past 14 games, 3-2 against the Ottawa Senators. The Islanders (18-7-0, 36 points) have won 18 of their first 25 games for the first time in franchise history and are in a points-tie with the Penguins (17-5-2) and Canadiens (17-7-2) for second place in the NHL standings.

* Jaroslav Halak won his career-high 10th consecutive game to match Billy Smith's franchise record for longest personal winning streak. Smith set the record with 10 straight wins from Jan. 23-Feb. 25, 1982.

* Halak ranks among the top-10 goalies in wins (13; sixth), goals-against average (2.12; eighth), save percentage (.925; ninth) and shutouts (3; tied for third).

* Hickey's only other game-winning goal also came in overtime on Feb. 21, 2013 at Montreal when he notched his first NHL goal.

* The Islanders improved to 11-1-0 in one-goal games this season, including a perfect 8-0-0 record in games that have gone past regulation (3-0 in overtime).

* Brock Nelson scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season and assisted on the overtime winner. He shares second in team scoring with 11-11—22 this season (tied with Kyle Okposo).


Nazem Kadri (1-2—3) and Mike Santorelli (0-3—3) each notched three points and Joffrey Lupul scored twice, including the eventual game-winner, as the Toronto Maple Leafs skated to a 5-3 win against the Dallas Stars. The Maple Leafs have earned a point in each of their past five games (4-0-1).

* Santorelli set a career-high with three assists and pushed his assist/point streak to four games. The three-point performance was the second such outing of Santorelli's career (also Dec. 8, 2013 vs. BOS while with VAN).

* Tyler Bozak scored the game's first goal 27 seconds after the opening faceoff to extend his point streak to five games (6-2—8), including a career-best four-game goal streak. Phil Kessel also found the back of the net; the two share the team goals lead with 12 this season.

* Kadri posted his first three-point game since Jan. 30 vs. FLA and now has a point in each of his past three outings (1-4—5). Dion Phaneuf (0-2—2) and Cody Franson (0-2—2) also contributed multiple points.

* Jonathan Bernier stopped 35 shots in his sixth straight start to improve to 9-5-3 this season.


Matt Nieto scored his third career game-winning goal with 11.5 seconds left in the third period as the San Jose Sharks rallied from an early 1-0 deficit for a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. San Jose improved to 13-1-2 in its past 16 head-to-head matchups dating to a 5-2 win on Jan. 2, 2002.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Sharks scored a game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation after rallying from a deficit (at any point in the game) was exactly eight years ago on Dec. 2, 2006. In that game, rookie Joe Pavelski scored with 5.9 seconds left in regulation as the Sharks overcame a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 win against the Red Wings.

* Nieto is the first player to score a final-minute game-winning goal on home-ice this season and the seventh player to accomplish the feat overall, following Montreal's Tomas Plekanec (19:17, Oct. 8), Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf (19:36, Oct. 11), Colorado's Daniel Briere (19:59, Oct. 13), Dallas' Tyler Seguin (19:57, Oct. 16), Columbus' Mark Letestu (19:39, Oct. 23) and Minnesota's Jason Zucker (19:14, Nov. 20).

* Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots, including 13 in the second period, to pick up his second straight win and ninth overall this season.


After surrendering the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, Zemgus Girgensons tied the game with 3:54 left in regulation and Cody Hodgson notched the game-deciding shootout tally as the Sabres rallied for a 2-1 win in the first half of a home-and-home with the Lightning.

* Jhonas Enroth turned aside 26 shots, including 16 in the second period, and stopped both shootout attempts to improve to 5-1-0 with a 1.55 GAA and .953 save percentage in his past six games. He has allowed just one goal on 15 shootout attempts and improved to 3-0 in tiebreakers this season.

* Enroth improved to 4-1-0 with a 1.56 GAA and a .951 save percentage in five career games against the Lightning.

* Girgensons, the top vote-getter through two weeks in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM, has not gone two games without a point since Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 and now has 6-5—11 in his 13 games since then.

* The Sabres have earned points in six straight divisional matchups (4-0-2) for the first time since a nine-game run against Northeast Division opponents from Dec. 4, 2010 to Feb. 15, 2011 (8-0-1).

* Buffalo's record of 51-24-7 (.665) against Tampa Bay is the franchise's best all-time record against any Eastern Conference opponent.


* Jonathan Quick stopped all 31 shots he faced and Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli each found the back of the net for the 10th time this season as the Los Angeles Kings skated to a 2-0 win against the Bruins. Quick improved to 10-1-1 with a 1.25 GAA and .958 save percentage in his past 12 home games; overall the Kings lead the NHL with a record of 11-3-1 at home this season.

* After falling behind 1-0 in the opening period, the Florida Panthers scored four straight goals, including Aaron Ekblad's eventual game-winner, and Roberto Luongo stopped 38 shots as Florida halted the Detroit Red Wings' four-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory. Vincent Trocheck (1-2—3) set a career-high with three points to bring his season total to 2-9—11 in 14 games, surpassing his total from his first 20 career games (5-3—8). The Panthers have won three of their past four outings and are 6-3-2 in their past 11 games.

* Jeff Skinner (1-1—2) notched two points and Cam Ward stopped 32 of 33 shots to guide the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators. Victor Rask's goal 55 seconds into the third period stood as his first game-winner and pushed his point streak to three games (1-3—4).


Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons is the top vote-getter after two weeks in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM with 399,356 total votes. The leader last week, Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, occupies the second spot with 240,362 votes while Blackhawks teammates Patrick Kane (216,261), Jonathan Toews (212,994), Duncan Keith (208,086), Corey Crawford (174,466) and Brent Seabrook (154,865) continue to dominate the top 10. Nearly 8.5 million votes from more than 170 countries have been cast to date.

The top vote-getters by position are forwards Girgensons, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (218,672) and Kane; defensemen Subban and Keith; and Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (204,923).

Click here for the complete results from week two. The real-time leaderboard of the top vote-getters is available at


The Lightning (17-6-3, 37 points) picked up one point to move into sole possession of first in the NHL standings . . . Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson (2-4—6) and Nikita Kucherov (2-2—4) each notched an assist to extend point streaks to four games . . . Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges recorded his 100th NHL point . . . Capitals defenseman John Carlson matched a career-high with three points (three times; last: 1-2—3 on Dec. 7, 2011 at OTT). He has 0-3—3 on his three-game point streak, including back-to-back multipoint performances . . . Flyers forward Scott Laughton recorded his first NHL assist/point . . . Capitals forward Eric Fehr (400) and Penguins forwards Scott Wilson (NHL debut) played in milestone games . . . Nicklas Backstrom notched an assist to stretch his point streak to six games (1-8—9) . . . Jaromir Jagr (5,160 career shots) recorded three shots on net to surpass Al MacInnis (5,157) for sole possession of third on the NHL's all-time list . . . Stars forward Jason Spezza scored his fifth goal of the season and now has 18-39—57 in 57 career games against the Maple Leafs . . . Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg stretched his point streak to five games (1-6—7). Teammate Pavel Datsyuk (1-1—2) posted his sixth multipoint game of the season and now has 10-7—17 in 14 games . . . The Blues signed four-time Vezina Trophy winner (2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008) Martin Brodeur to a one-year contract. Brodeur joins the Blues after 21 seasons with the Devils where he compiled a 688-394-105-71 regular-season record and won three Stanley Cups (1995, 2000 and 2003). The 42-year-old netminder is the NHL's all-time leader in regular-season wins, shutouts (124) and games-played (1,259; among goaltenders); he also ranks first all-time in postseason shutouts (24) and is second in wins (113).

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