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Around the League notebook: Tuesday, Nov. 17

by NHL Public Relations /


Home Team in Caps

San Jose 5, BOSTON 4

Dallas 3, BUFFALO 1

Los Angeles 3, PHILADELPHIA 2 (SO)

COLUMBUS 3, St. Louis 1

PITTSBURGH 4, Minnesota 3

TORONTO 5, Colorado 1

NASHVILLE 3, Anaheim 2

CALGARY 3, New Jersey 2


Jason Spezza scored the eventual game-winning goal at 7:35 of the third period to help the Dallas Stars earn their third consecutive victory and continue their record-setting start to the season.

* At 15-4-0 (30 points), the Stars are off to their best 19-game start (in terms of wins and points) in the franchise's 48-year history. Their 15 wins lead the NHL and their 30 points share top spot with the New York Rangers (14-2-2, 30 points) and Montreal Canadiens (14-3-2, 30 points).

* The Stars also improved to 8-2-0 (16 points) away from American Airlines Center this season, the most road wins and road points in the League.

* Tyler Seguin (1-0—1) and Jamie Benn (0-1—1) combined for an insurance goal late in the game. Seguin (10-17—27) and Benn (12-14—26) are second and third in the League scoring race, respectively, behind Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (13-15—28).


Evgeni Malkin (2-2—4) factored on all four Pittsburgh Penguins goals, and pulled off an incredible deke before scoring the game-winning goal, to guide his team to its fifth win in the past six games with the Minnesota Wild dating to Oct. 18, 2011 (MIN: 1-5-0).

* Malkin had his 20th career game with at least four points; it was his first since March 22, 2014 vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning (2-2—4 in 4-3 W). The Penguins are 20-0-0 when he has four or more points.

* Malkin leads the Penguins with 6-10—16 in 18 games this season, including four game-winning goals, tied for the League lead with Patrick Kane (Blackhawks), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) and Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks). He had four game-winners all of last season (69 GP).

* Malkin also scored his 100th career power-play goal (all w/ Pittsburgh) to become the fourth player in franchise history to reach the mark. The others: Mario Lemieux (236 PPG), Jaromir Jagr (110 PPG) and Kevin Stevens (110 PPG). Only Alex Ovechkin (156 PPG) and Thomas Vanek (108 PPG) have more power-play goals since Malkin entered the League in 2006-07.


Down 3-2 in the second period, the San Jose Sharks scored three straight goals, including power-play strikes 25 seconds apart by Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, to improve to 3-0-0 on their season-high six-game road trip.

* Marleau, who also scored in overtime Saturday in a 2-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres, moved within one point of becoming the first player in franchise history to reach 1,000 points (462-537—999 in 1,347 GP).

* Thornton (1-2—3) scored his 58th career game-winning goal and second in 18 games this season (also Oct. 13 at Washington). He had three game-winners in his previous 160 games before 2015-16.

* Joe Pavelski (1-2—3) posted his second three-point effort of the season (also Oct. 7 at the Los Angeles Kings: 1-2—3). He leads the Sharks with 10-8—18 in 18 games.


James Reimer made 34 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs scored all five goals via special teams en route to their fourth win in five games after a 2-8-4 start to the season.

* Reimer, the NHL's Third Star for the week ending Nov. 15, earned his fourth consecutive victory and improved to 4-0-2 in his last six games (1.61 GAA, .949 SV%). He also moved to 4-0-1 in five career appearances vs. Colorado (2.19 GAA, .926 SV%).

* The Maple Leafs converted on four of five power-play attempts and Leo Komarov scored the team's first shorthanded goal of the season. Via Elias, the Maple Leafs scored at least four power-play goals and one shorthanded goal in the same game for the first time since Feb. 16, 2004 at Pittsburgh (8-4 W; 4 PPG, 1 SHG).

* Tyler Bozak (1-2—3) and Peter Holland (0-3—3) each had three points. Bozak, who has 2-5—7 in his last five games, and Morgan Reilly (0-1—1) share the team scoring lead with 3-9—12.


The Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames also earned wins to continue their recent strings of success:

* Milan Lucic scored the tying goal at 19:04 of the third period and Anze Kopitar scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Kings to their third consecutive victory. The Kings also moved to 12-3-0 in their last 15 games following an 0-3-0 start to the season. Jonathan Quick denied 36 shots and all three shootout attempts by the Philadelphia Flyers to improve to 4-0-1 in five career appearances at Wells Fargo Center (1.74 GAA, .952 SV%, 1 SO).

* Pekka Rinne made a season-high 38 saves, including 19 in the middle period, to help the Predators win their season series with the Anaheim Ducks (NSH: 2-1-0, ANA: 1-2-0). The Predators also improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games, with Rinne earning the decision in each of those contests. Overall, Rinne (10-2-3, 2.11 GAA, .921 SV%, 2 SO) shares the League lead with 10 wins (w/ Henrik Lundqvist and Devan Dubnyk).

* The Blue Jackets scored three unanswered goals, two by Brandon Saad, to earn their third straight victory and improve to 5-2-0 in their last seven games following a 2-10-0 start. Saad has 4-1—5 during the three-game winning streak, including a pair of game-winning goals. Overall, Saad (9-4—13) shares the team lead in goals and is tied for second in points.

* David Jones (1-1—2), Matt Stajan (1-1—2) and Joe Colborne (0-2—2) each collected multiple points to guide the Flames to their third straight win at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames also improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight meetings with the New Jersey Devils dating to March 5, 2010 (NJD: 1-6-1), including six consecutive wins overall and five straight wins on home ice. Jones (GWG) leads the Flames with seven goals this season.


* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla played in his 1,410th career game to surpass Paul Coffey (1,409 GP) and tie Norm Ullman for 32nd place on the NHL's all-time games played list.

* Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg collected 0-2—2 while playing in his 700th NHL game. Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll (500) and Wild forward Michael Keranen (NHL debut) also played in milestone games.

* Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, a third-round selection (No. 78) in the 2012 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal (4 GP).

* Flames forward David Jones scored his 100th career goal.

* Kings forward Tyler Toffoli (0-1—1) earned his 100th career point (47-53—100 in 166 GP).


Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (0:42) and Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin (0:51) each scored in the opening minute of his team's game. Via Elias, there have been 62 goals scored in the opening minute of any period this season (274 GP); 13 in the first period, 26 in the second period, 15 in the third period and eight in overtime. … Wild captain Mikko Koivu (1-0—1) has at least one point 14 of 17 games this season (4-12—16). … Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (21:03 TOI) made his season debut after missing most of training camp and the team's first 17 games due to a lower-body injury. … Wild forward Brett Bulmer played in his first NHL game since Jan. 4, 2014. … Stars goaltender Antti Niemi (24 SV) earned his first career victory vs. Buffalo (1-3-1 in 5 GP). … Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (3-3—6) and Kings forward Tyler Toffoli (1-5—6) stretched their point streaks to five games. … Kevin Shattenkirk, who led St. Louis Blues defensemen with eight goals in 2014-15, hit the back of the net for the first time since Jan. 17, ending a 19-game drought. … Avalanche forward Matt Duchene (0-1—1) has 4-5—9 in his past four games. … Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (1-0—1) extended his point streak to six games (2-5—7). … Predators forward Miikka Salomaki, a second-round selection (No. 52) in the 2011 NHL Draft, scored his first career game-winning goal (2-0—2 in 8 GP). … The Flyers hosted a retirement ceremony for forward Simon Gagne prior to their game against the Kings.

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