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Around the League notebook: Monday, Oct. 26

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

NY ISLANDERS 4, Calgary 0

Arizona 4, TORONTO 3

CHICAGO 1, Anaheim 0 (OT)


Corey Crawford earned a shutout, and Jonathan Toews scored in overtime – for the second consecutive game – to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Anaheimi Ducks in their first game since the Western Conference Final, a seven-game series victory by Chicago that featured three overtime games.

* The Blackhawks, who defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by the same margin on Saturday, earned their fourth consecutive victory and extended their shutout streak to 133:34 dating to the third period of their game against the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blackhawks are the first defending Stanley Cup champion in NHL history to blank their Cup Final opponent (TBL) and conference final opponent (ANA) in their first game against each team the next season.

* Crawford, who made a season-high 39 saves for his 14th career NHL shutout, has been in goal for Chicago's entire winning streak (4-0-0, 0.75 GAA, .970 SV%, 2 SO). He also was the goaltender the last time Chicago earned consecutive shutouts, Jan. 9 and 12, 2011 (29 SV vs. the New York Islanders and 24 SV vs. the Colorado Avalanche).

* Toews, who scored 17 seconds into overtime vs. Tampa Bay on Saturday, ended the game 51 seconds into the extra period. His fifth career overtime goal moved him past Marian Hossa into third place in franchise history (since OT was re-introduced in 1983-84), behind Patrick Sharp (eight) and Brent Seabrook (six).

* According to Elias, the Blackhawks are the third team in the past 61 years – and the second in the past two seasons – to have back-to-back 1-0 wins with the same goaltender earning the shutout and same player scoring the lone goal in each game. The other two instances: the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 29 and 31, 2015 (Carey Price: 2 SO; Max Pacioretty: 2 GWG) and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 11 and 13, 1954 (Harry Lumley: 2 SO; Sid Smith: 2 GWG).

* The Blackhawks have won five of their past six regular-season games against the Ducks dating to Jan. 17, 2014 (ANA: 1-4-1).


Max Domi, whose father Tie Domi played 12 seasons for the Maple Leafs, scored 6:31 into his first NHL game at Air Canada Centre to help the Arizona Coyotes improve to 9-1-1 in their past 11 games against the Maple Leafs dating to Jan. 14, 2006, including 5-0-1 on the road.

* Domi leads all rookies with 4-6—10 in nine games this season. Via Elias, Domi is the fourth rookie in Jets/Coyotes franchise history with at least 10 points in his first nine games in a season. The others: Dave Christian (11 in 1980-81), Dale Hawerchuk (14 in 1981-82) and Teemu Selanne (12 in 1992-93).

* ICYMI: The Coyotes pranked Domi by letting him skate around the ice by himself for 33 seconds at the start of warmups.

* Martin Hanzal got his League-leading 10th assist of the season (9 GP) – six shy of his 37-game total from 2014-15 and three shy of the Jets/Coyotes franchise record for the month of October. Via Elias, Paul MacLean set the record with 13 assists in October 1982, and Phil Housley equaled it in October 1991.

* Kyle Chipchura (1-1—2) scored his second career game-winning goal and first since Feb. 3, 2010, vs. the Detroit Red Wings (w/ ANA). Oliver Ekman-Larsson (0-2—2) and Mikkel Boedker (0-2—2) also had multipoint games for Arizona.


Jaroslav Halak made saves on all 29 shots he faced, including 11 in the third period, to earn his second shutout of the season and help the Islanders improve to 6-1-0 in their past seven games and 5-1-0 in their past six home games against the Calgary Flames dating to Jan. 12, 2006.

* It was Halak's 38th career NHL shutout – and eighth with the Islanders – to tie Jonathan Quick for fourth among active goaltenders, behind Roberto Luongo (68), Henrik Lundqvist (55) and Marc-Andre Fleury (39).

* The Islanders shut out the Flames for the first time since Jan. 20, 1981, when Chico Resch made 21 saves, and Bryan Trottier (2-1—3) and Clark Gillies (1-2—3) each had three points in a 5-0 Islanders victory.

* Mikhail Grabovski, who scored in overtime on Saturday at the St. Louis Blues, scored his second game-winning goal in as many games to help the Islanders move to 4-1-1 in their first six games at Barclays Center.


* Via Elias, Coyotes captain Shane Doan scored his 114th career power-play goal, tying Keith Tkachuk for the second most in Jets/Coyotes history behind Hawerchuk's 122.

* Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano played in his 630th consecutive game since making his League debut with the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 4, 2007, tying Andy Hebenton (1955-64) for the second-longest consecutive games played streak to begin a career. Doug Jarvis, who did not miss a game during his entire NHL career, holds the League's all-time consecutive games played record (1975-88: 964 GP).


Flames goaltender Joni Ortio (31 SV), who made saves on all five shots he faced in relief Sunday at the New York Rangers, made his first start of the season . . . Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen (23 SV) has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his six appearances this season . . . Shawn Matthias, a Mississauga, Ontario, native, scored his first goal in a Maple Leafs uniform (7 GP) . . . The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a six-year contract extension . . . Winnipeg Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov has been fined $4,166.67 for elbowing Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon . . . ICYMI: Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick were the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 25 . . . The Maple Leafs hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.

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