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Around the League notebook: Friday, Nov. 27

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Home Team in Caps

BOSTON 4, NY Rangers 3

PHILADELPHIA 3, Nashville 2 (OT)

Winnipeg 3, MINNESOTA 1

Chicago 3, ANAHEIM 2 (OT)

WASHINGTON 4, Tampa Bay 2

BUFFALO 4, Carolina 1

Montreal 3, NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)

COLUMBUS 2, Pittsburgh 1 (OT)

DETROIT 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)

FLORIDA 3, NY Islanders 2 (SO)

DALLAS 3, Vancouver 2 (SO)

ARIZONA 2, Calgary 1 (OT)


After a one-day break, the NHL returned Friday with 12 games, eight of which required overtime. Overall, 77 games have (22.6%) have gone past regulation; 52 have been decided in the 3-on-3 overtime period (67.5%).

* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, eight games went past regulation on the same day for the first time since Feb. 22, 2007 (also 8 of 12). Two teams secured victories after 60 minutes on both days: the Arizona Coyotes, who defeated the Calgary Flames in overtime on both occasions (GWG: Shane Doan in 2007, Oliver Ekman-Larsson in 2015); and the Montreal Canadiens, who had shootout victories on both dates (6-5 W at the Nashville Predators in 2007, 3-2 W at the New Jersey Devils in 2015).

* Ten games were tied or within one goal during the third period (NYR-BOS, NSH-PHI, WPG-MIN, CHI-ANA, MTL-NJD, PIT-CBJ, EDM-DET, NYI-FLA, VAN-DAL and CGY-ARI).

* Three teams overcame a multiple-goal deficit to earn at least a point (CHI, MTL and NYI). Of those clubs, two earned victories: the Blackhawks and Canadiens.

* Two players scored a game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation: Predators forward Mike Fisher (19:40) and Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (19:33).


Down 2-0 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Marian Hossa (18:19) and Duncan Keith (19:33) scored 74 seconds apart to force overtime, where Artem Anisimov completed the comeback for the Chicago Blackhawks.

* Via Elias, the Blackhawks won when trailing by two goals in the final two minutes of regulation for the second time in club history and for the first time in 89 years (also Dec. 29, 1926, against the Montreal Maroons). They are the first team to accomplish the feat in the NHL since Jan. 7, 2014, when Sidney Crosby collected 1-1—2 in the final 1:11 of the third period and then scored the lone shootout goal to rally the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Vancouver Canucks (5-4 W SO).

* Anisimov, who was acquired from Columbus during the offseason, scored his fourth career overtime goal. He has 10-6—16 in his first 23 games with the Blackhawks.

* Brent Seabrook (0-3—3) had at least three assists in a game for the fourth time in his career (last: Dec. 5, 2010 vs. Calgary: 0-3—3). Keith (1-1—2) has 4-2—6 in seven games since returning to the lineup on Nov. 14, compared to 0-2—2 in his first six contests of the season.


Patrick Kane (0-1—1) had an assist on Keith's game-tying goal with 26.6 seconds left in the third period to extend his career-high point streak to 18 games (10-19—29).

* Via Elias, Kane, who leads the League in assists and points this season (13-22—35 in 23 GP), became the first player (on any team) to post a point streak of 18 or more games since Nov. 5-Dec. 28, 2010, when Penguins forward Sidney Crosby totaled 26-24—50 during a 25-game point streak.

* Elias adds that Kane's point streak is tied for the third-longest in Blackhawks franchise history:

Longest Single-Season Point Streak, Blackhawks history

21 games – Bobby Hull from Dec. 5, 1971 – Jan. 23, 1972 (23-12—35)

19 games – Denis Savard from Dec. 6, 1985 – Jan. 15, 1986 (16-21—37)

18 games – Denis Savard from Jan. 10 – Feb. 15, 1982 (8-23—31)

18 games – Clint Smith from Nov. 4 – Dec. 22, 1943 (10-19—29)

18 games – Patrick Kane from Oct. 17 – Nov. 27, 2015 (10-19—29)

* Kane, the first player taken in the 2007 NHL Draft, has compiled 218-374—592 in 599 career games; it's the most goals, assists and points of any player from his draft class. Overall, Kane ranks ninth in the League in assists and points since making his debut in 2007-08.


The Boston Bruins scored twice in the final four minutes of regulation, including the game-winning goal by David Krejci with 1:43 left, to overcome a pair of one-goal deficits and defeat the New York Rangers in the 2015 Discover Thanksgiving Showdown.

* The Bruins extended their winning streak to five games, including three straight victories at TD Garden and four consecutive wins against Original Six rivals (TOR: 2-0 W, 4-3 W SO; DET: 3-2 W OT; and NYR: 4-3 W).

* Via Elias, the Bruins have won four consecutive games, all against Original Six opponents, for the first time in the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68). This marks the 28th time Boston has played four or more consecutive games against Original Six teams within a season in the 48 years since expansion.

* Krejci leads the Bruins with 9-15—24 in 2015-16 (22 GP) and also paces Boston with three game-winners. He had 7-24—31 and one game-winning goal in 2014-15 (47 GP).

* The Bruins improved to 12-1-3 in their last 16 games against the Rangers dating to April 1, 2012 (NYR: 4-11-1), including a five-game series victory in the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Braden Holtby made 32 saves, including 18 in the third period, to help the Washington Capitals close their season-high five-game homestand with four straight wins (4-1-0) and improve to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games overall.

* At 16-5-1 (33 points), the Capitals are off to their second-best 22-game start to a season (in terms of wins and points) in the franchise's 41-year history. They went 17-5-0 (34 points) through 21 games in 1991-92.

* Holtby extended his personal winning streak to six games, equaling the longest stretch of his career established in his rookie campaign from March 7-26, 2011 and matched from April 2-16, 2013. Overall, Holtby (14-4-0, 1.95 GAA, .925 SV%, 1 SO) leads the NHL in wins and goals-against average (among goaltenders with at least 300:00 TOI).

* Jason Chimera (1-1—2), Evgeny Kuznetsov (0-2—2) and John Carlson (0-2—2) each had two points. Kuznetsov leads the Capitals and ranks fifth in the League with 8-18—26 (22 GP), including seven multipoint efforts.

* The Capitals improved to 19-2-2 in their last 23 regular-season games against the Lightning at Verizon Center dating to March 18, 2007 (TBL: 4-15-4), including 10-0-2 in their last 12.


Capitals coach Barry Trotz earned his 618th career win to surpass Jacques Lemaire for sole possession of 11th place on the League's all-time coaching wins list. He also became the 10th coach to serve 1,300 games behind an NHL bench. Active coaches are denoted with an asterisk and their current team in brackets:

Most Regular Season Wins as Head Coach, NHL History

Scotty Bowman: 1,244

Al Arbour: 782

*Joel Quenneville (CHI): 767

*Ken Hitchcock (STL): 722

Dick Irvin: 692

Pat Quinn: 684

Mike Keenan: 672

*Lindy Ruff (DAL): 670

Ron Wilson: 648

Bryan Murray: 620

*Barry Trotz (WSH): 618

Most Regular Season Games as Head Coach, NHL History

Scotty Bowman: 2,141

Al Arbour: 1,607

Dick Irvin: 1,449

Ron Wilson: 1,401

Pat Quinn: 1,400

*Joel Quenneville (CHI): 1,398

Mike Keenan: 1,386

*Lindy Ruff (DAL): 1,352

*Ken Hitchcock (STL): 1,345

*Barry Trotz (WSH): 1,300


The top two teams in the NHL – the Canadiens (18-4-2, 38 points) and Dallas Stars (18-5-0, 36 points) – each earned shootout victories on Friday:

* Down 2-0 in the second period, Sven Andrighetto and Alex Galchenyuk scored in regulation and again in the shootout to rally the Canadiens to victory in the first half of a home-and-home series with the New Jersey Devils. It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Canadiens, who lead the League in wins (tied w/ DAL) and points. Andrighetto has 2-0—2 since being recalled from the AHL's St. John's IceCaps on Nov. 20 (3 GP); Galchenyuk has 3-2—5 in his past four games. Mike Condon made 25 saves through overtime and denied four of five shootout attempts to improve to 8-2-2 in his NHL career.

* The Vancouver Canucks tied the game with 4:10 remaining in regulation, but Tyler Seguin (0-1—1) scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Stars to their ninth consecutive victory against the Canucks dating to April 18, 2013 (VAN: 0-6-3). The Stars, who improved to 9-2-0 in their past 11 games, are off to their best 23-game start to a season in franchise history. Seguin (3-6—9) and Jamie Benn (7-5—12) teamed up for a goal in the opening period to stretch their point streaks to seven games. Benn (17-16—33) leads the League in goals and ranks second in points, one ahead of Seguin (12-20—32).


The Flyers, Coyotes, Red Wings and Blue Jackets also earned overtime victories on Friday:

* The Nashville Predators forced overtime with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, but Shayne Gostisbehere scored his second overtime goal in five days (also Monday vs. the Carolina Hurricanes) to lift the Flyers to a 2-0-2 mark in their last four contests at Wells Fargo Center. Gostisbehere – a third-round selection (No. 78) in the 2012 NHL Draft who hails from Pembroke Pines, Fla – became the first rookie in Flyers history to score multiple overtime goals in one season. Elias adds that Gostisbehere (9 GP) is the fastest player to score multiple overtime goals (in terms of games played) since the NHL introduced the five-minute overtime format in 1983-84.

* Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored with 39.9 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Coyotes to their third consecutive home win. Ekman-Larsson, who leads the club with three game-winning goals in 2015-16, scored his fifth career overtime goal. Overall, Ekman-Larsson has collected 19 game-winning goals since entering the NHL in 2010-11, two more than the next-closest defensemen in that span (Dustin Byfuglien: 17 GWG). The decisive tally also moved Ekman-Larsson into a tie with Teppo Numminen (19 GWG) for the most game-winning goals by a defenseman in Coyotes/Jets franchise history.

* Nicklas Kronwall scored his fourth career overtime goal 26 seconds into OT to help the Red Wings improve to 16-1-1 in their last 18 games against the Edmonton Oilers dating to March 30, 2010 (EDM: 2-12-4). Dylan Larkin (1-1—2), Gustav Nyquist (1-1—2), Tomas Tatar (1-1—2) and Henrik Zetterberg (0-2—2) all registered multiple points for the Red Wings. Larkin (9-8—17) leads all rookies with nine goals.

* Ryan Johansen tied the game less than three minutes after the Penguins opened the scoring and Cam Atkinson scored his first career overtime goal (and 15th game-winning goal) to lead the Blue Jackets to an 8-4-0 record in November. Only two players in Blue Jackets history have more game-winning goals than Atkinson: Rick Nash (44) and David Vyborny (17). Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves to improve to 8-2-0 in November, tying him with Braden Holtby for the most wins this month.


The Blue Jackets became the final NHL team to play past regulation this season. Via Elias, their franchise-record 23 consecutive games without going into overtime to start the season was the longest such streak since 1998-99, when the New York Islanders went 27 games without going past regulation.


The Islanders scored twice in the third period to force overtime, but Aleksander Barkov scored the game-deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout to help the Florida Panthers snap a three-game skid (0-2-1).

* Nine of the 10 combined shooters scored in the tiebreaker (FLA: 5 goals, NYI: 4 goals). Via Elias, it marked the first time in NHL history that all but one shooter scored in a shootout of at least five rounds.


* Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo earned his 408th career win to surpass Glenn Hall (407) for sole possession of eighth place in NHL history; Tony Esposito is seventh with 423 victories. Luongo also tied John Vanbiesbrouck for eighth place on the League's all-time games played list (882).

* Andrei Markov (0-1—1), a sixth-round selection by the Canadiens (No. 162) in the 1998 NHL Draft, became the third defenseman in franchise history to record 400 assists. The others: Larry Robinson (686) and Guy Lapointe (406).

* Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, a fifth-round selection (No. 130) in the 2012 NHL Draft, made 14 saves to earn a victory in his NHL debut. Via Elias, he is the second netminder in Jets/Thrashers history to win his NHL debut (Kari Lehtonen: March 19, 2004 vs. Florida).

* The Predators played the 1,300th regular-season game in franchise history, and goaltender Pekka Rinne (33 SV), a native of Kempele, Finland, became the fourth Finnish-born goalie to play in 400 career games (all w/ Nashville). The other Finnish-born goaltenders to reach the milestone: Miikka Kiprusoff (623), Kari Lehtonen (520) and Niklas Backstrom (409).

* Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman played in his 500th career game.

* Canadiens forward Bud Holloway, a third-round selection (No. 86) in the 2006 NHL Draft (by the Los Angeles Kings), made his League debut (7:19 TOI).

* Coyotes coach Dave Tippett earned his 500th career win to become the ninth active coach to reach the milestone.


Jack Eichel scored the first of three unanswered goals to help the Buffalo Sabres halt a six-game losing streak (0-4-2). Eichel, the second player taken in the 2015 NHL Draft, has 8-4—12 in his first 23 career games and is tied for second in goals among all rookies. … Dustin Byfuglien (1-1—2), who hails from Roseau, Minn., scored the game-winning goal in his home state to help the Jets snap a six-road game skid (0-5-1). … Flyers captain Claude Giroux (0-2—2) has the primary assist on each of the club's last two game-winning goals (both in overtime). He has 2-4—6 in his last three games. …Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season, tied for fourth in the NHL. … Ovechkin has compiled 38-39—77 in 58 career games vs. Tampa Bay, his second-highest point total against one opponent (43-42—85 in 58 GP vs. WPG/ATL). … Brett Connolly and Ryan Spooner had registered power-play goals as the Bruins went 2-for-3 with the man advantage. Overall, the Bruins lead the NHL in power-play goals (22) and power-play percentage (32.4%; 22-for-68) . . . Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (0-1—1) has 3-2—5 in his last four contests. … Islanders defenseman Marek Zidlicky (0-2—2) registered his first multiple-point effort since March 15 at Pittsburgh (w/ Detroit: 1-2—3). … Rangers forwards Rick Nash and Oscar Lindberg each scored his eighth goal of the season. Nash has six goals in his past four games (6-0—6), while Lindberg is one goal shy of the rookie lead. … Flyers teammates Colin McDonald and Michael Del Zotto each had his first goal of the season. McDonald's was his first with the club (2 GP). … Oilers forward Iiro Pakarinen (2-0—2) had his first career multigoal game (32 GP). … Canucks teammates Daniel Sedin (1-1—2) and Henrik Sedin (1-0—1) extended their point streaks to seven and six games, respectively (D. Sedin: 6-6—12, H. Sedin: 3-7—10). .. The Flames lost in overtime for the first time this season (1-5 OT, 0-1 SO).

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