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Around the League notebook: Sunday, Dec. 20

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

FLORIDA 5, Vancouver 4 (SO)

BOSTON 2, New Jersey 1 (SO)

TAMPA BAY 5, Ottawa 2

DETROIT 4, Calgary 2

Washington 7, NY RANGERS 3

CHICAGO 4, San Jose 3 (OT)


Jaromir Jagr (1-1—2) scored his 732nd career goal to pass Marcel Dionne (731) for sole possession of fourth place in NHL history in the Florida Panthers' 5-4 shootout victory against the Vancouver Canucks, the fourth consecutive win for the Panthers.

* Jagr moved within nine goals of tying Brett Hull (741) for third place in NHL history. His 732 goals are 134 more than any other active player (Jarome Iginla: 598).

Most Goals, NHL History

1. Wayne Gretzky: 894

2. Gordie Howe: 801

3. Brett Hull: 741

4. Jaromir Jagr: 732

5. Marcel Dionne: 731

Most Goals, Active Players

1. Jaromir Jagr: 732

2. Jarome Iginla: 598

3. Alex Ovechkin: 492

4. Marian Hossa: 491

5. Patrick Marleau: 469


The Capitals overcame a 3-1 deficit via six unanswered goals for a 7-3 win against the New York Rangers. Washington is 12-1-1 in its past 14 games, including five consecutive wins.

* At 24-6-2 (50 points), the Capitals continued their best start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in their 41-year history. They moved into a tie with the idle Dallas Stars (24-7-2, 50 points) for first place in the NHL standings. Washington holds a game in hand.

* On Friday, Washington overcame a multi-goal deficit to earn a 5-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the Capitals overcame multi-goal deficits to win consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 24 and 27, 2009 (3-2 OT W at New York Islanders and 4-2 W vs. Philadelphia Flyers, respectively).

* Justin Williams (2-1—3), Marcus Johansson (1-2—3) and Nicklas Backstrom (0-3—3) each had three points. Johansson equaled his career high from Oct. 3, 2013 vs. the Calgary Flames (0-3—3); Backstrom has 1-6—7 in his past four games. Evgeny Kuznetsov (1-1—2) and Dmitry Orlov (0-2—2) each had two points.

* Braden Holtby (33 saves) leads all goaltenders with 21 wins (27 GP) and extended his point streak to 14 consecutive decisions (13-0-1), which includes victories in five straight.


After the Chicago Blackhawks overcame 2-1 and 3-2 deficits, Jonathan Toews (1-0—1) scored at 2:21 of overtime to rally past the San Jose Sharks and pick up their third straight win.

* Patrick Kane (1-1—2), who continues to pace the NHL with 21-29—50 (35 GP), has at least one point in 32 of 35 games this season.

* Corey Crawford (33 saves) is 7-1-0 in his past eight games and 18-8-2 overall (2.15 GAA, .927 SV%, 5 SO).

* Toews shares multi-player tie for the NHL-lead in game-winning goals (5) and overtime goals (3). Per Elias Sports Bureau, Toews (48 GWG) moved within one of tying Steve Larmer for third on the Blackhawks' all-time game-winning goals list:

Most Game-Winning Goals in Blackhawks History

98 – Bobby Hull

84 – Stan Mikita

49 – Steve Larmer

48 – Jonathan Toews

46 – Denis Savard


In addition to the Panthers, the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Lightning of the Atlantic Division each earned wins Sunday to inch closer to the idle, division-leading Montreal Canadiens (20-11-3, 43 points). A closer look at the Atlantic Division standings, where the top six teams are separated by six points:

* Jonas Gustavsson (29 saves) denied all three shooters in the shootout to help the Bruins pick up points for the 14th time in their past 15 games (11-1-3), which includes three straight wins. Gustavsson is 6-2-1 overall this season (2.43 GAA, .912 SV%) and 6-1-1 in nine career games vs. the New Jersey Devils. At 19-9-4 (42 points), the Bruins moved within one point of the idle Canadiens (20-11-3, 43 points) – their opponent in the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic – for first place in the Atlantic Division. Boston holds two games in hand.

* Down 1-0, the Red Wings scored three consecutive second-period goals – including two in a span of 45 seconds – in their 4-2 win against the Flames, ending a three-game losing streak. Petr Mrazek (26 saves) has won four of his past five decisions and is 10-5-3 overall (2.35 GAA, .925 SV%, 1 SO).

* Steven Stamkos (2-0—2) and Alex Killorn (1-1—2) each had two points to lead the Lightning to their third win in their past four games and a 7-0-2 record in their past nine home games vs. the Ottawa Senators dating to Jan. 25, 2013 (OTT: 2-6-1). Ben Bishop (23 saves), who went 11-8-2 over parts of two seasons with the Senators (23 GP), is 8-0-3 in 12 career games against his former team.


* Jagr's goal was his 207th career power-play goal. Per Elias Sports Bureau, he moved within four of tying Gordie Howe (211) for 13th on the NHL's all-time power-play goals list.

* Jagr added the primary assist on an Aaron Ekblad's (1-0—1) power-play goal to bring his career power-play point total to 592 (207-385—592). Per Elias Sports Bureau, he passed Nicklas Lidstrom (132-548—590) for sole possession of 11th on the NHL's all-time power-play points list and moved within two of tying Steve Yzerman (202-392—594) for 10th place.

* Jagr (732-1,094—1,826) moved within six assists of becoming the sixth player in NHL history to record 1,100 assists.

* Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (30 saves) picked up his third straight win and the 414th victory of his NHL career, nine shy of tying Tony Esposito (423) for seventh on the NHL's all-time wins list among goaltenders.

* Lightning forward Mike Angelidis (1-0—1) scored the first game-winning goal of his NHL career (12 GP) and Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi (1-1—2) had his first career multi-point game (28 GP).

* Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews skated in the 600th game of his NHL career.


The Bruins are 16-3-0 in their past 19 games vs. NJD dating to March 30, 2010 (NJD: 3-11-5), which includes a record of 9-1-0 on home ice. ... Forwards Zack Smith (OTT) and Jason Chimera (WSH) scored their second shorthanded goals of the season. ... Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (1-0—1) logged a TOI of 36:34. Per Elias Sports Bureau, he was the first player to log 36:34 TOI in a non-overtime, regular-season game since Dan Boyle (37:03) on Feb. 23, 2008 vs. BOS (w/ TBL). Karlsson paces all defenseman and ranks fourth among all skaters with 9-28—37 this season (34 GP). ... Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin (1-0—1) leads all rookies with 12 goals this season (33 GP). ... Capitals forward T.J. Oshie (1-0—1) has 5-3—8 in his past four games. ... Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (1-0—1) has scored three power-play goals in his past two games (3-2—5). ... Capitals defenseman John Carlson (0-1—1) extended his point streak to a career-high six games (2-5—7). ... Rangers goaltender Magnus Hellberg made his season debut (20:00 TOI). ... The Blackhawks are 8-0-1 in their past nine home games vs. SJS dating to March 14, 2011 (SJS: 1-6-2). ... Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (1-0—1) has 3-4—7 in his past four games. ... Canada set its 23-man roster for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. ... ICYMI: Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov (0-1—1) scored the decisive marker in the shootout after playing the puck off his skate and beating Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom.

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