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Around the League notebook: Sunday, Dec. 27

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

OTTAWA 3, Boston 1

FLORIDA 3, Columbus 2

Toronto 3, NY ISLANDERS 1

DALLAS 3, St. Louis 0

Carolina 2, CHICAGO 1

WINNIPEG 1, Pittsburgh 0

Arizona 2, COLORADO 1 (OT)

ANAHEIM 4, Philadelphia 2

CALGARY 5, Edmonton 3


The Calgary Flames overcame a 3-1 deficit via four unanswered goals to post their franchise-record 11th consecutive home win, eclipsing their previous best of 10 straight from Nov. 7 – Dec. 12, 2006.

* Overall, Calgary has won 12 of its past 13 homes games after beginning the season with four straight losses at Scotiabank Saddledome.

* Johnny Gaudreau (2-0—2) scored twice – including the game-winning goal late in the second period – and has five goals in his past two games following his third career hat trick on Dec. 22 vs. WPG (5-0—5). Gaudreau ranks seventh among all skaters with 15-22—37 this season (34 GP).


Kari Lehtonen denied all 22 shots he faced to lead the Dallas Stars to their seventh win in their past 10 games (7-2-1), avoiding a home-and-home sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Blues.

* At 27-7-3 (57 points), the Stars rank first in the NHL standings. Their 57 points are three more than the idle Washington Capitals (26-6-2, 54 points), who hold three games in hand.

* The Stars have won three consecutive games at American Airlines Center and seven of their past eight. Dallas ranks first in the NHL for the most wins and points on home ice this season (15-4-0, 30 points).

* Lehtonen picked up his first shutout of the season and the 33rd of his NHL career. He is 12-2-0 in 2015-16 (2.48 GAA, .915 SV%, 1 SO).

* Jamie Benn (1-1—2) and Patrick Sharp (1-1—2) each recorded a goal and an assist to stretch their point streaks to five games (3-5—8 each). Benn (23-26—49) leads the NHL with 23 goals this season and ranks second in points behind Patrick Kane (21-29—50).


The Florida Panthers (20-12-4, 44 points) and Ottawa Senators (18-12-6, 42 points) won on Sunday to shake up the order of the tightly packed Atlantic Division, where the top six clubs are separated by five points:

* Aleksander Barkov (2-0—2) posted his first multi-goal game of 2015-16 (26 GP) to lead the Panthers to their sixth consecutive win. Roberto Luongo (15 saves) picked up his fifth straight victory and is 15-11-3 (2.20 GAA, .924 SV%, 2 SO). At 20-12-4 (44 points), the Panthers took sole possession of first in the Atlantic Division standings.

* The Senators scored goals in the final 90 seconds of each period to win the first half of their home-and-home series with the Boston Bruins and pick up their fifth straight win at Canadian Tire Centre. Mark Stone (2-0—2) had his first multi-goal game of the season (34 GP) and Craig Anderson (38 saves) stretched his personal point streak to four games (3-0-1), improving to 16-9-4 (2.67 GAA, .921 SV%, 2 SO). At 18-12-6 (42 points), the Senators kept pace with the Panthers and moved into a tie with the Bruins (19-12-4, 42 points) for fourth in the Atlantic Division standings. Boston holds a game in hand.


Connor Hellebuyck turned aside all 30 shots he faced and Bryan Little (1-0—1) scored the only goal of the contest on a first-period penalty shot to help the Winnipeg Jets pick up their fifth win in their past six home games and end a six-game losing streak vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins dating to Feb. 15, 2013 (0-5-1).

* Per Elias, the Jets became the third team in NHL history to earn a 1-0 regulation win with their one goal scored on a penalty shot. The others: TOR on March 19, 2006 at PIT (Chad Kilger scored on Marc-Andre Fleury) and NYR on Jan. 16, 1936 vs. TOR (Bert Connelly scored on George Hainsworth).

* Hellebuyck, who made his NHL debut on Nov. 27, posted his first career shutout and is 6-3-0 (2.13 GAA, .926 SV%, 1 SO).

* ICYMI: Defenseman Tyler Myers made back-to-back goal line stops late in the third period to preserve Winnipeg's shutout victory.


* Tied 1-1 through 60 minutes, Mikkel Boedker (1-1—2) scored his third overtime goal of the season with 42.1 seconds remaining in the extra frame to help the Arizona Coyotes extend their point streak to four games (3-0-1). Per Elias, Boedker – who shares the NHL-lead with three overtime goals in 2015-16 – equaled a Coyotes/Jets record for overtime goals in one season (35 GP), set by Oliver Ekman-Larsson in 2014-15 (82 GP), Shane Doan in 2009-10 (82 GP) and Paul MacLean in 1983-84 (76 GP). At 17-15-3 (37 points), the Coyotes tied the idle Vancouver Canucks (14-14-9, 37 points) for second in the Pacific Division standings. Arizona holds two games in hand.

* Eddie Lack made a season-high 35 saves – including 18 in the final period – to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 7-3-1 record in their past 11 games. Lack, who fell three seconds short of shutting out the defending Stanley Cup champions, pushed his personal point streak to four games (3-0-1) on the heels of a 1-6-1 start to the season. Justin Faulk (1-0—1) scored his 14th goal of the season and moved into a tie with Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks) for the NHL-lead among defensemen.

* Jonathan Bernier turned aside 25 of 26 shots to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-1-2 record in their past eight games and a 6-1-2 record in their past nine road games vs. the New York Islanders dating to Feb. 8, 2011 (NYI: 3-4-2). Bernier has picked up victories in three of his past four games and has earned points in five of six games since making his return to the Maple Leafs lineup on Dec. 15 (3-1-2).

* Corey Perry (2-0—2) scored twice – including the game-winning goal 58 seconds into the third period – to lead the Anaheim Ducks to their third win in their past four games at Honda Center. John Gibson (24 saves) is 5-4-2 this season (1.98 GAA, .923 SV%, 2 SO). The Ducks are 8-0-2 in their past 10 games vs. the Philadelphia Flyers dating to Jan. 2, 2009 (PHI: 2-5-3), including five straight overall wins and a record of 5-0-2 on home ice.


* Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla (1-0—1) moved within one goal of becoming the 19th player in NHL history to reach the 600-goal milestone and two of tying Jari Kurri (601) at 18th on the NHL's all-time goals list.

* Iginla's goal was also the 181st power-play goal of his career. Per Elias, he tied Mike Bossy for 26th on the NHL's all-time power-play goals list.

* Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf (1-1—2) became the second player in franchise history to reach the 700-point milestone (210-490—700). The other: Teemu Selanne (457-531—988).

* Maple Leafs forward Michael Grabner (1-0—1) scored the 100th goal of his NHL career (349 GP), which stood as the game-winner against his former club. Ninety of Grabner's 100 career goals were scored as a member of the Islanders across five seasons from 2010 to 2015 (297 GP).

* Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo earned his 416th career win to move within seven of tying Tony Esposito (423) for seventh place on the NHL's all-time wins list among goalies.

* Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (1-0—1) scored while skating in his 800th career game. Maple Leafs forward Daniel Winnik skated in his 600th career game.


Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (0-2—2) stretched his point streak to six games (3-5—8). Karlsson leads all skaters in assists and all defensemen in points with 9-31—40 this season (36 GP). ... Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak (1-0—1) has four goals in his past three games (4-1—5) and teammate James van Riemsdyk (1-0—1) has scored six times in his past seven (6-3—9), a stretch which includes two three-game goal streaks. ... Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri (0-2—2) extended his point streak to five games (1-6—7). ... Flyers forward Jakub Voracek (1-0—1) extended his point streak to six games (3-6—9). ... Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindback made a season-high 38 saves and got an assist on Boedker's overtime goal. He is 5-5-1 this season (2.95 GAA, .900 SV%). ... Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot (2-0—2) scored back-to-back first-period goals in a span of 1:50. ... Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (2-0—2) scored two power-play goals and has 3-4—7 in his past four games. ... Flames goaltender Karri Ramo (28 saves) picked up his seventh win in his past nine games and is 13-10-1 (2.75 GAA, .907 SV%). ...The Flames are 9-1-0 in their past 10 games vs. EDM dating to March 1, 2014 (EDM: 1-7-2). ... Blues goaltender Brian Elliot made a sensational glove save in the second period to rob Stars forward Ales Hemsky of an open net. ... Family members of the late Al Arbour participated in a ceremonial puck drop at Barclays Center and Dallas native/Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw dropped the ceremonial puck at American Airlines Center. ... The Avalanche hosted their Star Wars night at Pepsi Center.

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