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Around the League notebook: Tuesday, Dec. 15

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

New Jersey 2, BUFFALO 0

Florida 5, NY ISLANDERS 1

NY RANGERS 4, Edmonton 2

PHILADELPHIA 4, Carolina 3 (OT)

Tampa Bay 5, TORONTO 4 (OT)

San Jose 3, MONTREAL 1

Calgary 2, NASHVILLE 1 (OT)

MINNESOTA 6, Vancouver 2

St. Louis 4, WINNIPEG 3

Colorado 3, CHICAGO 0

DALLAS 5, Columbus 1


Kris Russell (1-1—2) scored at 1:23 of the overtime to lead the Calgary Flames to their sixth consecutive victory, their longest winning streak since an equal stretch from Jan. 21 – Feb. 3, 2011.

* The Flames, who earned their second straight overtime win, are 8-1 in games that have been decided in the three-on-three session this season (1-1 in SO). Their eight wins lead the NHL.

* Russell picked up his third career overtime goal (and sixth game-winning goal) and first since Nov. 3, 2013 at CHI. He scored his other such goal on Jan. 30, 2010 at STL (w/ CBJ).

* TJ Brodie (1-0—1), who scored in the extra frame Saturday against the New York Rangers, stretched his goal streak to four games and point streak to a career-high seven (2-6—8). He had two goals and six points in his first 14 games of the season prior to this run.

* Johnny Gaudreau, who had the primary assist in overtime, has four points in the extra frame during the Flames' winning streak (2-2—4) and scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout on Dec. 1 against the Dallas Stars. He has seven goals and 11 points during Calgary's winning streak.

* Karri Ramo made 21 saves, including 11 in the first period, to extend his personal point streak to five games (4-0-1, 2.31 GAA, .916 SV%). He's 10-8-1 in 19 appearances this season.


Semyon Varlamov turned aside all 29 shots he faced, including 20 over the final two periods, to pick up his 19th career shutout and backstop the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-2-0 mark in their past eight games, including a perfect 3-0-0 clip on their three-game road trip.

* Varlamov, who has won four straight decisions, has stopped 189 of 196 shots in his past six games (.964 SV%). He's 10-8-1 record in 20 appearances this season (2.60 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO).

* Varlamov also improved to 11-3-0 in 15 career appearances against the Blackhawks (1.80 GAA, .949 SV%, 3 SO), including wins in each of his past eight decisions since the start of the 2013-14 season.

* Matt Duchene (1-0—1) scored what stood as his third game-winning goal of the season. Duchene, who leads the Avalanche with 16 goals, has 15 goals and 26 points since the beginning of November (22 GP) after scoring a goal and an assist through the first 10 games of 2015-16.

* The Avalanche are 7-2-0 in their past nine games against the Blackhawks since Jan 14, 2014 (CHI: 2-6-1), including five straight wins at United Center.


Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane saw his point streak end at 26 games, a franchise record and the longest by any U.S.-born player in NHL history. His streak also was the longest by any player since Oct. 8 – Dec. 10, 1992, when Quebec Nordiques forward Mats Sundin had a 30-game point streak (21-25—46).

* Tuesday also marked the first time Kane was held without a point at United Center this season. Via Elias, Kane's 16-game home point streak to start 2015-16 tied Denis Savard (1981-82) for the franchise record for longest home point streak to begin a season.

* Kane, who continues to lead the NHL with 19 goals and 46 points, has at least one point in 29 of 32 appearances this season.

* Kane had 10 multi-point efforts during his streak, including five multi-assist games, two three-point efforts (Oct. 22 vs. FLA: 1-2—3 and Dec. 3 at OTT: 1-2—3) and one four-point performance (Nov. 8 vs. EDM: 1-3—4), which equaled a career high.


With the game tied 3-3 through 60 minutes, rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (1-1—2) scored at 1:42 of overtime to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-2-1 record in their past nine games.

* Gostisbehere, a third-round selection (No. 78) in the 2012 NHL Draft from Pembroke Pines, Fla., shares the League lead with three overtime goals (tied w/Gaudreau), two of which have come against the Carolina Hurricanes (also Nov. 23).

* Elias notes that Gostisbehere, who already became the only rookie in Flyers history to score multiple overtime goals in a season, is the fourth rookie in NHL history to score three overtime goals in one season (since 1983-84). The others all finished the season with three such goals: Ryan Malone (PIT) in 2003-04, Sidney Crosby (PIT) in 2005-06 and Andrew Cogliano (EDM) in 2007-08.

* Elias adds that Gostisbehere (17 GP) is the fastest player in NHL history to score three overtime goals – in terms of games played – since the NHL introduced the five-minute overtime format in 1983-84.


Jeff Skinner (3-0-3) scored all three Hurricanes goals to earn his second hat trick in the past three games (also Dec. 11 at ANA: 3-0—3). He has nine goals and 10 points in his past six games, compared to 5-2-7 in his first 25 appearances in 2015-16.

* Via Elias, Skinner is the first Hurricanes/Whalers player to earn multiple hat tricks in a span of three or fewer team games. The last player from any team to score multiple hat tricks in three or fewer teams games was Drew Stafford, who accomplished the feat over three games with the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 8 and Feb. 13, 2011 (3-0—3 at TBL and 3-0—3 vs. NYI, respectively).

* Skinner, who also scored his two other NHL hat tricks in 2013-14 (also both on the road), is the second player to score multiple hat tricks this season. The other: Mikkel Boedker of the Arizona Coyotes (Oct. 24 at OTT and Nov. 28 vs. OTT: 3-0—3 in both).


The New York Rangers and Florida Panthers both earned regulation wins to halt their respective opponents' streaks:

* Rick Nash (1-1—2) scored the tiebreaking goal at 19:56 of the second period to help the Rangers end a three-game skid (0-2-1) and halt the Edmonton Oilers' winning streak at six games. Nash scored his 23rd game-winning goal (67th of his career) since 2012-13 when he joined the Rangers, third in the League in that span behind Alex Ovechkin (26 GWG) and Max Pacioretty (25 GWG). The Rangers lead the League in home wins (13) and home points (27) this season.

* Aleksander Barkov (1-2—3) earned his third career three-point game and Roberto Luongo made 33 saves to help the Panthers end the New York Islanders' home winning streak at five games and halt their point streak at 10 games (8-0-2). Luongo, who was selected fourth by the Islanders in the 1997 NHL Draft, is 10-10-4 in 27 career appearances against New York (2.60 GAA, .920 SV%). The Panthers also moved to 7-3-0 in their past 10 games and 6-1-1 in their past eight games against the Islanders since Jan. 14, 2014 (NYI: 2-4-2).


The Dallas Stars scored four unanswered goals, including goals 30 seconds apart by Tyler Seguin, to end a four-game home losing streak against the Columbus Blue Jackets since Dec. 29, 2011 (0-4-0) and pick up their fourth straight win at American Airlines Center.

* At 23-6-2 (48 points), the League-leading Stars continued their best start to a season in their 48-year history.

* Seguin (17-25—42) pulled ahead of teammate Jamie Benn (20-21—41) into sole possession of second place in League scoring, four points behind Patrick Kane (19-27—46). His 17 goals share fourth with Mike Hoffman).

* Kari Lehtonen made 34 saves, including 16 in the first period, to improve to 11-1-0 in 14 appearances (2.50 GAA, .916 SV%).


St. Louis Blues forwards Vladimir Tarasenko (1-2—3) and Alexander Steen (1-2—3), and Minnesota Wild teammates Thomas Vanek (1-3—4), Mikko Koivu (1-3—4) and Zach Parise (1-2—3), each had multiple points to help their respective teams keep pace in the Central Division standings:

* Trailing 3-1 in the second period, Tarasenko and Steen factored on three unanswered goals to help St. Louis improve to 6-0-2 in their past eight visits to the Winnipeg Jets. At 18-10-4 (40 points), the Blues also pulled into sole possession of second place in the Central Division.

* Tarasenko scored his 19th goal of the season to pull into a share of second in the League, one back of Jamie Benn. He five goals and 10 points in 11 career games against the Jets, including 4-3—7 in three games this season.

* Steen, a Winnipeg native, has 11 goals and 22 points in 28 career games against the Jets/Thrashers franchise, including five goals and 10 points in 12 games since the franchise relocated to his hometown.

* The trio of Vanek, Koivu and Parise combined for three goals and 11 points to power the Wild to their second straight win and eighth straight game with a point (5-0-3) – their longest point streak since Jan. 20 – Feb. 14, 2014 (8-0-2). At 16-7-6 (38 points), the Wild also pulled into third place in the Central Division.

* Vanek had his first four-point outing since Jan. 31, 2013 at BOS (3-2—5 w/ BUF). He leads the Wild with 11 goals this season.

* Koivu, who had four points for the first time since Jan. 2, 2011 vs. PHX (0-4—4), has registered 6-19—25 this season to pace the Wild in assists and points.

* Parise – who picked up his 300th career assist (284-300—584) – has three goals and nine points in his past seven games, including 3-5—8 during a five-game point streak.


* Vladislav Namestnikov (1-1—2) scored his first career overtime goal at 2:01 of the extra frame to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to their fifth victory in their past six games. Nikita Kucherov (1-0—1) has six goals (6-0—6) in his past six games after scoring six goals and 13 points in his first 26 appearances of the season; he leads the Lightning with 12 goals in 2015-16.

* Cory Schneider denied all 25 shots he faced to help the New Jersey Devils improve to 10-1-4 in their past 15 games against the Sabres since Nov. 16, 2011 (BUF: 5-7-3), including five straight victories. Schneider earned his 19th career shutout and 10th since joining the Devils in 2013-14. He's 5-2-2 in nine career appearances against the Sabres (1.52 GAA, .936 SV%, 2 SO).

* The San Jose Sharks opened a 3-0 lead before the midway point of the game to end a six-game skid (0-5-1) and earn their League-leading 11th road win of the season (tied w/ DAL and COL). Joe Pavelski (1-1—2) scored 36 seconds into the second period for what stood as his 40th career game-winning goal and fifth this season, tied for tops in the NHL (w/ Taylor Hall and Evgeni Malkin).


* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla appeared in his 1,424th career game to tie Pat Verbeek for 27th place on the NHL's all-time games played list.

* Stars captain Jamie Benn (0-1—1), a fifth-round selection (No. 129) in the 2007 NHL Draft, scored his 400th career point (171-229—400) to become the second player from his draft class to reach the milestone. The other: Patrick Kane (224-379—603).

* Forward Chris Thorburn played in his 594th game with the Jets/Thrashers to tie Ilya Kovalchuk for first place on the franchise's all-time games played list.

* Rangers forward Dylan McIlrath, the 10th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, scored his first career goal, while teammate Brady Skjei, the 28th selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut. Via Elias, the Rangers had five of their own first-round picks – Marc Staal (No. 12, 2005), Chris Kreider (19th, 2009), McIlrath (10th, 2010), J.T. Miller (15th, 2011) and Skjei (28th, 2012) – all in the lineup for a game for the first time since Nov. 21, 1998 (Brian Leetch, Alex Kovalev, Niklas Sundstrom, Dan Cloutier and Manny Malhotra).

* Lightning forward Yanni Gourde (0-1—1) made his NHL debut while celebrating his 24th birthday.

* Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak (1-1—2) scored his 100th career goal.


Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper (29 SV) improved to 3-0-4 in eight appearances this season (2.29 GAA, .922 SV%, 1 SO) . . . Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth (29 SV) improved to 5-1-1 in his past seven games . . . Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau (1-0—1) scored his first career shorthanded goal (227 GP) . . . Flyers forward Jakub Voracek (1-2—3) earned his first three-point game since March 21 at EDM (0-3—3) . . . Rangers teammates Mats Zuccarello (1-1—2), Keith Yandle (0-2—2) and Dominic Moore (0-2—2) all scored multiple points. Zuccarello leads the Rangers with 14-13—27 in 2015-16, while Yandle leads New York with 16 assists . . . Hurricanes defenseman Phillip Di Giuseppe (0-2—2) has two goals and five points in six games since making his NHL debut on Dec. 5 . . . Blues teammates Kevin Shattenkirk (0-2—2) and David Backes (0-1—1) each extended their point streaks to five games (1-6—7 and 3-3—6, respectively) . . . Wild forward Jason Pominville (1-4—5) and Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (4-4—8) also pushed point streaks to five games . . . Sharks forward Dainius Zubrus (9 GP) and Lightning forward Mike Blunden (7 GP) each scored their first goal with their respective teams . . . Forward Corban Knight, a fifth-round selection (No. 135) by the Panthers in the 2009 NHL Draft, made his debut with Florida. He played nine games with the Flames before being reacquired by the Panthers in January 2015 . . . The NHL announced Brad Shaw will serve as an assistant coach for Team Europe for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 . . . Canadiens goaltender Carey Price – the reigning Hart Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina Trophy and William M. Jennings Trophy winner – was named the winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year . . . The Canadiens acquired forward Lucas Lessio from the Coyotes for forward Christian Thomas . . . Defenseman Frank Corrado, a Toronto native, made his debut with the Maple Leafs.

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