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Around the League notebook: Tuesday, Dec. 2

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

WINNIPEG 6, Toronto 1

NY ISLANDERS 2, NY Rangers 1 (SO)

EDMONTON 3, Boston 2 (SO)

Tampa Bay 2, ANAHEIM 1


Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves through 65 minutes and stopped all three shooters in the shootout as the New York Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 in their first game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

* The Islanders earned their third consecutive victory and extended their point streak to five games (4-0-1).

* Halak extended his personal point streak to four games (3-0-1) and improved to 7-4-2 with a 1.93 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and two shutouts on the season. Halak also improved to 11-6-0 in 18 career games against the Rangers.

* John Tavares scored in regulation and leads the Islanders in goals (12) and points (22) in 23 games this season.


* The Rangers played their first game as the visiting team in a New York City arena since March 3, 1942, a 4-4 tie with the Brooklyn Americans, who played their home games at Madison Square Garden.

* Prior to Wednesday, the Rangers played one regular-season road game against the Islanders which did not take place at Nassau Coliseum (2-1 win Jan. 29, 2014 at Yankee Stadium in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series).


Anders Nilsson made 38 saves through regulation and overtime and denied all three shooters in the shootout to help the Edmonton Oilers end the Boston Bruins' five-game win streak.

* The Oilers have earned shootout victories in their last two games against the Bruins (4-3 SO win Feb. 18) following a 13-game losing streak against the Bruins dating to Nov. 6, 2001 (0-10-3).

* Nilsson improved to 6-0 in six NHL shootouts; he has denied 13 of 16 shooters for an .813 shootout save percentage.

* Mark Letestu scored his first shorthanded goal of the season and added an assist for his first multipoint game of 2015-16. Matt Hendricks (1-1—2) also had his first multipoint game of the season.

* ICYMI: The Oilers honored the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League prior to puck-drop at Rexall Place. The Eskimos recently won the 103rd Grey Cup.


The Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets earned victories Wednesday to extend their point streaks vs. the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively:

* Jonathan Marchessault scored his first NHL game-winning goal at 16:22 of the second period as the Lightning swept their season series with the Ducks, following a 5-0 win Nov. 21, and improved to 7-0-4 in their past 11 games against the Ducks, dating to Jan. 9, 2009 (ANA: 4-7-0), which includes four straight wins and a record of 3-0-3 in their past six visits to Orange County.

* Ben Bishop made 32 saves to improve to 5-1-1 in his past seven games and 10-8-2 with a 1.99 GAA, .929 save percentage and one shutout this season. Bishop also improved to 6-0-1 in seven career games against the Ducks.

* Jonathan Drouin (1-1—2) had his third multipoint game of the season, snapping a nine-game streak without a point.

* Down 1-0 early in the first period, the Jets scored six unanswered goals to sweep their season series with the Maple Leafs, following a 4-2 win Nov. 4 and improve to 7-0-1 in their past eight games against the Maple Leafs dating to March 12, 2013 (TOR: 1-5-2), which includes four straight victories at MTS Centre.

* Connor Hellebuyck, a fifth-round selection (No. 130) in the 2012 NHL Draft, made 32 saves to earn the win following a victory in his NHL debut Nov. 27, a 3-1 win at the Minnesota Wild. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the second goalie in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers history to win his first two career starts. The other: Kari Lehtonen, who won his first four with the Thrashers from March 19-April 3, 2004.

* Drew Stafford (2-0—2) scored two goals in the first period, the latter standing as the game-winning goal, for his third multigoal game of the season. Mark Scheifele (1-2—3) had his second three-point game of the season.


By virtue of a shootout loss to the Oilers, the Bruins extended their point streak to six games (5-0-1) and their regular-season point streak against the Oilers to 15 (13-0-2), dating to Nov. 6, 2001 (EDM: 2-10-3).

* Per Elias, Boston's 13-0-2 record in their last 15 games against the Oilers is the League's second-longest active regular-season point streak vs. a single opponent:

Longest Active Regular-Season Point Streaks versus a Single Opponent

19 games – Arizona/Phoenix Coyotes vs. EDM dating to March 17, 2011 (16-0-3)

15 games – Boston Bruins vs. EDM dating to Nov. 6, 2001 (13-0-2)

14 games – Washington Capitals vs. FLA dating to Feb. 7, 2012 (12-0-2)


Jets forward Blake Wheeler (0-1—1) extended his point streak to five games (1-4—5). ... Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (0-1—1) has 4-11—15 in 15 career games against the Maple Leafs. ... Forward Michael Grabner scored his first goal as a member of the Maple Leafs. ... Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (34 saves) fell to 4-0-2 in six career games against the Oilers. ... Ducks forwards Corey Perry (1-0—1) and Ryan Getzlaf (0-1—1) have 4-2—6 and 0-8—8 in their past five games, respectively. ... Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli faced his old team for the first time. Chiarelli spent the past eight seasons as the general manager of the Bruins, guiding the team to the Stanley Cup in 2011. ... Simon Stransky, a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, is among the 33 players invited by the Czech Ice Hockey Association to an evaluation camp for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. ... Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad. ... The Ducks and Lightning observed a moment of silence prior to puck-drop at Honda Center for the victims of the San Bernardino tragedy. ... ICYMI: Several fans in attendance at Honda Center were dressed in Star Wars-themed costumes as part of Anaheim’s Star Wars Night.

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