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Around the League notebook: Sunday, Nov. 22

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in CAPS

CAROLINA 4, Los Angeles 3

San Jose 5, COLUMBUS 3

MONTREAL 4, NY Islanders 2

New Jersey 3, VANCOUVER 2


The Montreal Canadiens and the New Jersey Devils earned wins on Sunday to sweep their season series versus the New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks, respectively.

* The Canadiens, who earned victories against the Islanders on Nov. 5 (4-1 W) and Nov. 20 (5-3 W), swept their season series vs. NYI for the second straight season. They are 6-0-0 in their past six games vs. NYI dating to Dec. 23, 2014 (NYI: 0-6-0).

* Per Elias, the Devils – following their 4-3 overtime win against the Canucks on Nov. 8 – swept a season series of at least two games vs. VAN for the first time in their history.


The Hurricanes and the Sharks posted victories on Sunday to evade a season series sweep versus the Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets, respectively.

* The Hurricanes, who suffered a 3-0 loss at LAK on Oct. 23, avoided a sweep at the hands of the Kings and are 6-1-2 in their past nine home games vs. LAK dating to Oct. 28, 2001 (LAK: 2-4-3).

* After dropping a 5-2 decision to Columbus on Nov. 3, the Sharks dodged a second straight season sweep by the Blue Jackets, ending a three-game winless streak vs. CBJ dating to Oct. 23, 2014 (0-3-0).


Tied 2-2, Alex Galchenyuk scored the go-ahead goal with 3:29 remaining in the third period to lead the Canadiens to a home-and-home sweep of the Islanders.

* At 16-4-2 (34 points), the Canadiens moved into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. They also tied the idle Dallas Stars (17-4-0, 34 points) – in terms of points – for first place in the NHL standings.

* Carey Price made 21 saves – including a sensational stop on Kyle Okposo (0-1—1) in the second period – to pick up his second straight victory since making his return to the Canadiens lineup.

* Price – the reigning Hart Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina Trophy and William M. Jennings Trophy winner – is 9-2-0 in his first 11 games of the season (2.10 GAA, .933 SV%, 2 SO). Price is 11-3-3 in 17 career games vs. NYI.


Down 3-1 in the third period, the San Jose Sharks scored four unanswered goals to rally past the Blue Jackets and conclude their season-high, six-game road trip with an unbeaten record. The Sharks have won seven consecutive road games dating to Nov. 1 at COL.

Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau:

* The Sharks swept a road trip longer than four games for the first time in their history.

* The Sharks won six consecutive games, all on the road, for the first time in their history.

* The Sharks won seven consecutive road games for the first time since winning nine straight from Dec. 21, 2009 to Jan. 8, 2010.

* The Sharks overcame a multi-goal deficit in the third period and won in regulation for the first time since Nov. 8, 2014 at DAL (5-3 W).


Mike Cammalleri (1-2—3) factored on all three New Jersey goals to lead the Devils past the Canucks.

* Cammalleri – who recorded his fourth three-point game of the season – has 2-5—7 in his past four games. He leads the Devils in assists and points with 7-14—21 in his first 20 games of the season.

* Cory Schneider made a season-high 36 saves against his former club – including denying Radim Vrbata (1-0—1) on a penalty shot attempt and making an acrobatic stop on Alexandre Burrows in the third period – to improve to 10-5-1 (2.05 GAA, .928 SV%, 1 SO).


Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk (2-0—2) and Brett Pesce (1-1—2) combined for three of their four goals and Carolina edged the Kings and ended a five-game losing streak (0-2-3).

* Faulk scored two power-play goals in the second period and extended his point streak to a career-high five games (3-3—6). Faulk leads the NHL with eight power-play goals (20 GP) and eclipsed his single-season career high of seven in 2014-15 (82 GP).

* Per Elias, Faulk is the first defenseman in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history to score eight power-play goals in his first 20 games of a season. In fact, Faulk is the second skater in their history to accomplish the feat, joining Ron Francis (HFD) who did so in 1987-88.

* Elias adds that Faulk is the first defenseman to score eight power-play goals in his first 20 games of a season since Andy Delmore (NSH) in 2002-03.

* Faulk – who posted his first career multi-goal game – also leads all defensemen in goals with eight (all PPG).

* Pesce, a third-round selection (66th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, scored the first goal of his career (13 GP). He also had an assist to record his first career multi-point game.


* Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (0-1—1) is one helper shy of becoming the third defenseman in their history to get 400 assists. The others: Larry Robinson (686) and Guy Lapointe (406).

* Kings defenseman Drew Doughty registered an assist to tie Lubomir Visnovsky (70-209—279 in 499 GP) for fourth on their all-time points list among defensemen (68-211—279 in 544 GP).

* Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty scored for the 300th point of his NHL career (155-145—300 in 421 GP).


The Canadiens scored all four of their goals via special teams (3 PPG, 1 SHG). ... Kings forward Anze Kopitar (2-0—2) posted his first multi-goal game of the season. ... Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (2-0—2) scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season to move into sole possession of fourth among NHL leaders. ... San Jose forwards Patrick Marleau (1-1—2) and Joel Ward (0-2—2) had multi-point. ... Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (0-2—2) trails John Klingberg (DAL) by one for the League-lead among defensemen with 18 assists. ... Canadiens forward Tomas Fleischmann scored his second career shorthanded goal. The other: Jan. 29, 2013 at TBL (w/ FLA). ... Islanders forward Kyle Okposo (0-1—1) extended his assist streak to five games (0-7—7). ... Canucks forward Henrik Sedin scored his first shorthanded goal of the season and has 2-4—6 in his past two games. ... Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (0-1—1) extended his point streak to five games (5-3—8).

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