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Around the League notebook: Sunday, Oct. 18

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in CAPS

New Jersey 2, NY RANGERS 1 (OT)

St. Louis 4, WINNIPEG 2

ANAHEIM 4, Minnesota 1

Edmonton 2, VANCOUVER 1 (OT)

LOS ANGELES 2, Colorado 1


The New Jersey Devils (1-3-1) and Anaheim Ducks (1-3-1) each earned their first victory of 2015-16 on Sunday.

* With the score tied at 1-1 through 60 minutes, Lee Stempniak scored at 3:07 of overtime to lead the Devils to a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers.

* The goal was Stempniak's fourth career overtime goal (Last: Nov. 21, 2008 vs. ANA w/ STL) and his first goal as a member of the Devils (5 GP). Stempniak skated in 53 games with the Rangers in 2014-15.

* Adam Henrique (1-1—2) scored New Jersey's first goal of the contest at 1:52 of the second period and had the primary assist on Stempniak's goal.

* Cory Schneider made 26 saves and is 1-1-1 with a 1.63 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage. Schneider has allowed one goal in each of his past two games.

* The Devils ended a six-game winless streak vs. NYR dating to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 26, 2014 (0-5-1).

* ICYMI: Devils captain Andy Greene (0-1—1) cleared the puck off the New Jersey goal line in the opening minute of overtime.

* Anton Khudobin made 34 saves to lead the Ducks to a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild. The win was Khudobin's first victory as a member of the Ducks (1-1-0, 3.29 GAA, .907 SV%).

* Rickard Rakell scored the eventual game-winner late in the opening period and Hampus Lindholm (1-1—2) registered multiple points.

* The Ducks are 4-0-0 in their past four games vs. MIN dating to Oct. 17, 2014 (2-1 W) and 10-1-0 in their past 11 dating to Feb. 14, 2012 (2-1 W).


Vladimir Tarasenko (2-0—2) scored twice – including the game-winning goal at 9:50 of the third period – to lead the St. Louis Blues past the Winnipeg Jets. The Blues have won four consecutive games on their season-high six-game road trip, all which have been contested against Canadian teams.

* Tarasenko has collected at least one point in each of the Blues' first six games to begin the season (5-4—9). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tarasenko is the first Blues player to have points in each of their first six games of a season since Paul Kariya (1-9—10), Brad Boyes (5-4—9) and Keith Tkachuk (7-0—7) all did so from Oct. 10-22, 2008.

* Brian Elliott made 27 saves and is 5-0-2 in his past seven starts vs. WPG. Elliott is 4-0-0 in 2015-16 with a 2.01 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.


* With the score tied at 1-1 through 60 minutes, Lauri Korpikoski scored his first career overtime goal on a breakaway at 1:46 of overtime to propel the Edmonton Oilers to their second consecutive victory (2-4-0). Nail Yakupov (1-0—1) has scored in back-to-back games (2-1—3) and rookie Connor McDavid (0-1—1) has 2-2—4 in his past two outings. Anders Nilsson made 33 saves to earn his first victory as a member of the Oilers (1-1-0, 1.98 GAA, .953 SV%). The Oilers ended a five-game losing streak vs. VAN dating to Oct. 11, 2014 (0-3-2).

* Tyler Toffoli scored the eventual game-winner on a breakaway late in the second period to lead the Los Angeles Kings against the Colorado Avalanche. Toffoli has goals in back-to-back games (2-0—2). Jonathan Quick made 22 saves and is 13-4-1 in 19 career games vs. COL. The Kings are 6-0-0 in their past six games vs. COL dating to Dec. 21, 2013 (3-2 SO W).


* Jets forward Blake Wheeler (0-1—1) has at least one point in each of their first six games to begin the season (3-5—8). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wheeler is the second player in Jets history to have points in each of their first six or more games of a season. The other is Donald Audette, who did so through the Atlanta Thrashers' first seven games from Oct. 7-25, 2000 (7-7—14). Wheeler's six-game point streak also matched a career-high.

* Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson (0-1—1) had the first assist/point of his NHL career (5 GP). Teammate Colton Parayko (0-1—1) had the first assist of his NHL career (6 GP).

* Rangers forward Oscar Lindberg (0-1—1) had the first assist of his NHL career and has 4-1—5 in his first six games of the season.

* Vancouver Canucks defenseman Matt Bartkowski scored the first regular-season goal of his NHL career (137 GP). He had one goal during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs w/ BOS.

* Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla (0-1—1) got his 1,229th career point (591-638—1,229) and tied Norm Ullman (490-739—1,229) for 39th on the NHL's all-time points list.

* Kings coach Darryl Sutter earned the 549th win of his NHL career and tied Marc Crawford for 14th on the NHL's all-time wins list.

* Devils coach John Hynes earned the first win of his NHL career.


Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (1-1—2) has back-to-back multi-point games for the first time in his career (1-3—4). ... Blues forward Jori Lehtera (0-1—1) extended his point streak to four games (2-3—5). ... Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin (0-2—2) had a career-high two points. ... Jets forward Bryan Little (0-1—1) extended his point streak to three games (2-3—5). ... Jets rookie Nikolaj Ehlers (0-1—1) has 1-3—4 in his first six career games. ... Wild forward Mikko Koivu (0-1—1) extended his point streak to three games (2-1—3). ... Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller suffered his first career loss vs. EDM, ending a 12-game win streak dating to Jan. 16, 2006 w/ BUF (12-0-1). ... Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra (38 saves) allowed his first goals since April 3 at ANA, amassing a shutout streak of 203:02 dating to last season.

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