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Around the League notebook: Wednesday, Nov. 18

by NHL Public Relations /


Home Team in Caps

WINNIPEG 4, Vancouver 1

Washington 2, DETROIT 1 (OT)

Chicago 4, EDMONTON 3 (OT)


The Edmonton Oilers tied the game twice in the third period, but Marian Hossa scored his 12th career overtime goal 68 seconds into overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to their third consecutive victory.

* Linemates Patrick Kane (0-2—2) and Artemi Panarin (1-2—3) each had multiple points to extend his point streak: Kane stretched his to 14 games (10-14—24), and Panarin pushed his to six (5-5—10).

* Kane has matched the longest point streak of his career, established from Nov. 30-Dec. 28, 2013 (8-17—25 in 14 GP). Via the Elias Sports Bureau, only one Blackhawks player other than Kane has recorded a point streak of at least 14 games in the last 20 years: Chris Chelios (Oct. 26-Nov. 28, 1995: 4-16—20 in 15 GP).

* Kane, who had his career-high seven-game goal streak halted, has had at least one point in 17 of 19 games this season. He has six multipoint performances in his last eight games and leads the NHL in that category with a total of nine in 2015-16 – one more than Dallas Stars teammates Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

* Panarin had three points in a game for the third time in his career (19 GP). Via Elias, he is the first Blackhawks rookie to have a point in six consecutive team games since Bryan Bickell from Dec. 13-26, 2010 (4-3—7 in 6 GP).

* Overall, Kane has 13-17—30 this season to lead the NHL in goals, assists (tied w/ Seguin) and points. Panarin leads all rookies and is tied for fourth in the entire League with 7-14—21.


Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 34 saves – highlighted by a game-saving glove stop in overtime – to improve to 4-1-0 in seven career appearances at Rexall Place (2.27 GAA, .919 SV%). Overall, he is 9-5-1 with a 2.44 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and two shutouts in 2015-16.


Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Washington Capitals past the Detroit Red Wings in their second visit to Joe Louis Arena in eight days (also Nov. 10: 1-0 L).

* At 12-4-1 (25 points), the Capitals have equaled their second-best 17-game start to a season in their history (also 2010-11: 12-4-1). In 1991-92, Washington opened with a 13-4-0 record (26 points) in its first 17 games.

* Kuznetsov has scored three game-winning goals in his regular-season career (114 GP), all of which have come in overtime. His others were March 26 vs. NJD (1:13 of OT) and Oct. 31 at FLA (3:44 of OT).

* Of the 58 games that have required overtime this season, 40 have been decided in the extra period (69.0%). Nine overtime games have ended within the first 60 seconds:

Goals in the first minute of overtime, 2015-16 season

0:17 – Jonathan Toews (CHI): Oct. 24 vs. TB

0:34 – Kyle Turris (OTT): Nov. 3 at MTL

0:35 – Mikael Backlund (CGY): Nov. 5 vs. PHI

0:36 – Ondrej Palat (TB): Oct. 23 at WPG

0:37 – Jakub Voracek (PHI): Nov. 14 at CAR

0:41 – Phil Kessel (PIT): Oct. 24 at NSH

0:43 – Adam Larsson (NJ): Oct. 20 vs. ARI

0:45 – Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH), Nov. 18 at DET

0:51 – Jonathan Toews (CHI): Oct. 26 vs. ANA


The line of Drew Stafford (2-1—3), Mark Scheifele (2-1—3) and Mathieu Perreault (0-3—3) combined for 4-5—9 to help the Winnipeg Jets end a six-game losing streak (0-5-1) in their return to MTS Centre after a four-game road trip.

* Stafford had his second multigoal game of the season (also Oct. 25 vs. MIN: 2-0—2) to end an 11-game goal and point drought. He leads the Jets with three game-winning goals this season (20 GP) – one more than he totaled over the previous three seasons (192 GP).

* Scheifele and Perreault each equaled his career high for points and assists in a game. Perreault shares the Jets lead with 13 assists (w/ Blake Wheeler).


The NHL and NHLPA announced the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament among the NHL's most talented players from each division.

* The new format will divide the All-Star Game into three 20-minute games, with players from each division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan.

* The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star celebration will include the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 30, and the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 31, when players will face off in a winner-takes-all $1 million interdivision tournament.

* In addition to the new format, the NHL announced that Honda, the exclusive automotive partner of the NHL, will expand its League support as title sponsor for the 2016 NHL All-Star festivities in Nashville.

Click here for more details.


* Capitals coach Barry Trotz coached his 1,295th career game, passing Jacques Martin for sole possession of 10th place on the NHL's all-time games coached list. Trotz also earned his 614th career victory (614-509-172) to surpass Martin for 12th place all-time in coaching wins.

* Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Grenier, a third-round selection (No. 90) by the Canucks in the 2011 NHL Draft, made his League debut (4 shots, 8:52 TOI).

* Capitals forward Brooks Laich played in his 700th career game.

* Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (1-0—1) moved within one point of 900 in his NHL career (334-565—899).


Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl scored with 2:46 remaining in regulation to force overtime. He has 6-8—14 in nine games this season, including 3-4—7 in his past four . . . Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby improved to 5-2-0 in seven career appearances vs. DET, including a 4-1-0 record at Joe Louis Arena (1.78 GAA, .943 SV%). He shares the League lead with 10 wins this season (Pekka Rinne, Devan Dubnyk and Henrik Lundqvist) . . . Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin scored his sixth goal of the season, two back of rookie leader Max Domi (ARI) . . . Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk (0-1—1) had his first point of the season (4 GP) . . . Oilers forward Taylor Hall (0-1—1) has compiled 9-13—22 in 17 career appearances vs. CHI . . . Canucks forward Daniel Sedin has 9-8—17 in 17 career games against the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers . . . Hockey Hall of Fame member and five-time Stanley Cup champion Bert Olmstead died at age 89.

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