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Around the League notebook: Wednesday, Nov. 25

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Nashville 3, BUFFALO 2

Columbus 2, NEW JERSEY 1

Montreal 5, NY RANGERS 1

PITTSBURGH 4, St. Louis 3 (OT)

WASHINGTON 5, Winnipeg 3

CAROLINA 4, Edmonton 1

Vancouver 3, MINNESOTA 2

NY ISLANDERS 3, Philadelphia 1

Boston 3, DETROIT 2 (OT)

TAMPA BAY 2, Los Angeles 1 (SO)

ARIZONA 4, Anaheim 2

Ottawa 5, COLORADO 3

Chicago 5, SAN JOSE 2

CANADIENS TAKE CONTROL OF TOP SPOT IN NHL

Leading 2-1 after 40 minutes, the Montreal Canadiens scored three unanswered goals in the third period to earn their third consecutive victory, pull into sole possession of top spot in the NHL standings and halt the New York Rangers' home winning streak at nine games (their longest such streak since 1971-72).

* At 17-4-2 (36 points), the Canadiens lead the League in wins (tied w/ DAL) and points. The victory propelled them ahead of the Rangers (16-4-2, 34 points) and idle Stars (17-5-0, 34 points), who share second place in terms of points.

* Carey Price made 22 saves before being replaced by Mike Condon (11 SV) to start the third period. Price earned the decision to improve to 12-5-1 in 19 career regular-season appearances against the Rangers (1.74 GAA, .943 SV%, 7 SO).

* Devante Smith-Pelly (2-0-2) had the first multigoal game of his NHL career and his first multipoint performance since Oct. 31, 2013, at BOS (1-1-2).

* Tomas Plekanec (0-3-3) had his ninth career three-assist game and second this season (also Oct. 23 at BUF). He leads the Canadiens with 7-16-23 this season (23 GP), including 0-6-6 in his past four games.

* Alex Galchenyuk (1-1-2) and Max Pacioretty (1-1-2) also had multiple points for the Canadiens, who scored at least five goals in a game for the sixth time this season. They lead all NHL teams with 83 goals in 2015-16.

* The Canadiens improved to 11-3-0 in their past 14 regular-season games with the Rangers dating to Nov. 19, 2011 (NYR: 3-10-1).

CAPITALS CONTINUE BEST START IN 24 YEARS

Dmitry Orlov (1-1-2) scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Evgeny Kuznetsov (1-2-3) scored an insurance goal in the final period to help the Washington Capitals improve to 7-2-1 in their past 10 games overall.

* At 15-5-1 (31 points), the Capitals are off to their second-best 21-game start to a season - in terms of wins and points - in their 41-year history. They went 16-5-0 (32 points) through 21 games in 1991-92.

* Orlov pushed his career-high point streak to four games (3-2-5) and his goal streak to three, including back-to-back decisive goals. He had six goals - and only one GWG (Jan. 15, 2012 vs. CAR) - in his first 137 NHL games before his current three-game stretch (three goals each in 2011-12 and 2013-14).

* Kuznetsov had his fourth three-point performance of the season and second in his past three games (also Nov. 21 vs. COL: 1-2-3). He leads the Capitals with 8-16-24 this season (21 GP), including 3-6-9 in his past seven games.

* Braden Holtby made 23 saves to earn his fifth consecutive victory and League-leading 13th win (13-4-1, 1.95 GAA, .924 SV%, 1 SO).

KANE EXTENDS STREAK, GUIDES BLACKHAWKS TO VICTORY

Patrick Kane had two assists to extend his point streak to a career-high 17 games (10-18-28) and help the Chicago Blackhawks improve to 2-1-1 on their season-high six-game road trip.

* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, Kane, who leads the League in assists and points (13-21-34 in 22 GP), became the first player with a point streak of at least 17 games since March 7-April 7, 2012, when Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis totaled 10-12-22 during a 17-game point streak.

* Elias adds that Kane's point streak is the fifth longest in Blackhawks history:

Longest Single-Season Point Streak, Blackhawks history

21 games - Bobby Hull in 1971-72 (23-12-35)

19 games - Denis Savard in 1985-86 (16-21-37)

18 games - Denis Savard in 1981-82 (8-23-31)

18 games - Clint Smith in 1943-44 (10-19-29)

17 games - Patrick Kane in 2015-16 (10-18-28)

* Kane is tied for the League lead with 10 multipoint games (w/ Jamie Benn); he had 18 such performances in 2014-15.

* Artemi Panarin also had two assists for the fifth multipoint game of his career. The Korkino, Russia, native has 7-16-23 in 2015-16 (22 GP) to lead rookies in assists and points.

STREAKING THROUGH NOVEMBER

In addition to Kane and Panarin, several other players extended a point streak Wednesday:

* Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (0-1-1) pushed his point streak to eight games (5-7-12), equaling a career high last achieved March 10-25, 2014 (3-9-12 in 8 GP).

* Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu (0-2-2) extended his point streak to seven games (1-7-8), one shy of his career high established earlier this season (Oct. 15-30: 3-7-10 in 8 GP).

* Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (0-2-2) extended his career-high point streak to seven games (3-6-9).

* St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (0-1-1) also stretched his point streak to seven games (2-7-9).

* Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel Sedin (5-5-10) and Henrik Sedin (2-7-9) each extended his point streak, Daniel to six games and Henrik to seven games.

* New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo (GWG) stretched his point streak to six games (1-7-8).

* Arizona Coyotes rookie forward Anthony Duclair (1-0-1) stretched his point streak to a career-high five games (2-4-6).

OT HEROICS

The Penguins, led by two veterans, and Boston Bruins, led by two rookies, each earned an overtime win:

* Evgeni Malkin (1-1-2) scored his League-leading fifth GWG - and second in overtime (also Oct. 20 vs. FLA) - to help the Penguins finish their homestand with a 3-1-0 record. Elias says Malkin, who scored his ninth career overtime goal (all w/ PIT), pulled into a tie with Jaromir Jagr for second place in Penguins history behind Mario Lemieux (11 OTG). Sidney Crosby (2-0-2) had his first multigoal game in the regular season since Feb. 12 at OTT (also 2-0-2). The goals were the first by Crosby against the Blues (2-5-7 in 11 GP); he now has at least one goal against all 29 NHL teams he has faced.

* Rookie defenseman Colin Miller (1-1-2) scored with 1:44 remaining in regulation to force overtime, when fellow rookie Frank Vatrano (2-0-2) scored his first career GWG to lift the Bruins to their fourth consecutive victory overall and an 8-2-0 road record. The multipoint performances were career firsts for Miller (18 GP) and Vatrano (7 GP). The Bruins have won six consecutive games with the Detroit Red Wings dating to Oct. 15, 2014 (DET: 0-4-2), including a 2-0-0 record in 2015-16.

ROOKIES (AGAIN) LEAD COYOTES PAST DUCKS

Duclair (1-0-1) scored the eventual GWG, and Max Domi (0-2-2) had two assists to help the Coyotes improve to 3-0-0 against the Anaheim Ducks in 2015-16 (also wins on Oct. 14 at ANA: 4-0 and Nov. 9 at ANA: 4-3 in OT).

* Via Elias, the Coyotes have earned three consecutive victories against the Ducks in one season for the first time since Nov. 7, 2007-March 11, 2008 (4-0-0).

* Duclair (8-6-14) and Domi (8-10-18) share first among rookies in goals (w/ Dylan Larkin, DET). Domi also ranks second among rookies in assists and points, behind Panarin (7-16-23). Duclair has scored five of his eight goals this season against the Ducks, including a hat trick on Oct. 14.

* Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette (2-0-2), who won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks after being acquired at the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline, scored his first regular-season goals since Feb. 14 vs. NYR (w/ ARI). He had 4-3-7, including three GWG in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

GUIDED BY THE GOALIE

* Craig Anderson, who played with the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-11 (51-40-10 in 104 GP), made 40 saves, including a 20 in the third period, to lead the Senators to their fourth consecutive victory overall and first win in Denver since Dec. 12, 2005 (0-1-3).

* Ben Bishop made 37 saves through overtime and stopped two shootout attempts to help the Lightning to their third consecutive victory and extend his personal point streak to five games (4-0-1, 1.36 GAA, .951 SV%, 1 SO).

* Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves to help the Columbus Blue Jackets past the New Jersey Devils and improve to 7-4-0 in November, following a 2-10-0 start to the season. Bobrovsky has been in goal for all seven wins this month, when he is 7-2-0 record with a 1.89 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and one shutout.

* Carter Hutton made 30 saves to help the Nashville Predators end a three-game skid overall and improve to 8-1-1 all-time at the Buffalo Sabres, including five consecutive victories. Hutton also improved to 4-0-0 in four career appearances vs. BUF (1.23 GAA, .953 SV%).

* Jaroslav Halak made 17 saves, and the Islanders scored three unanswered goals to bounce back from consecutive losses (each vs. MTL). Halak moved to 8-3-0 in 11 career appearances vs. PHI (2.30 GAA, .935 SV%, 2 SO).

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Senators forward Shane Prince (2-1-3) scored his first NHL goals and had his first three-point game in the League (15 GP). Via Elias, Prince is the first Senators player to have at least three points in the same game in which he scored his first NHL goal since Dec. 9, 1998 (Marian Hossa: 1-2-3 at FLA).

* Avalanche forward Chris Wagner (1-0-1), a fifth-round selection (No. 122) in the 2010 NHL Draft (by ANA), scored a goal for his first NHL point (25 GP).

* Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk (1-0-1) scored his 300th career goal to become the ninth player in Detroit history to reach the milestone.

* Rangers forward Derick Brassard (0-1-1) registered his 300th NHL point (106-194-300).

* Wild forward Mikael Granlund, the ninth overall selection in the 2010 NHL Draft, recorded his 100th career point (21-79-100).

* Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov (0-1-1), the No. 1 selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, earned his 100th NHL point (44-56-100) with an assist on Benoit Pouliot's 100th goal in the League.

* Capitals coach Barry Trotz earned his 617th NHL win to tie Jacques Lemaire for 11th place on the NHL's all-time wins list. It was his 1,299th game as an NHL coach.

* Coyotes coach Dave Tippett earned his 499th win behind an NHL bench.

DID YOU KNOW?

Thursday marks NHL Founders Day. On Nov. 26, 1917, the National Hockey League was formed in Montreal following the suspension of operations by the National Hockey Association of Canada Limited (NHA). The first NHL games were played on Dec. 19, 1917.

LOOSE PUCKS

The Hurricanes scored four unanswered goals - Jordan Staal and Andrej Nestrasil each had 1-1-2 - in their fourth consecutive game with at least one point (2-0-2) . . . Radim Vrbata (2-0-2) and Jannik Hansen (GWG) combined to lead the Canucks past the Wild and open their four-game road trip with a victory . . . Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (1-1-2) scored for the third straight game (4-0-4). He leads NHL defensemen with nine goals in 2015-16 . . . Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each had 1-1-2 for the Avalanche. MacKinnon leads Colorado with 10-13-23 this season (22 GP) . . . Bruins goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (32 SV), who spent the past three seasons with the Red Wings, made 32 saves in his return to Detroit to improve to 5-1-0 in six appearances this season (2.15 GAA, .920 SV%) . . . Predators forward Cody Hodgson, who played with the Sabres from 2011-15, scored the GWG against his former team . . . The lone Rangers goal was scored by Rick Nash, who has five goals in his past three games (5-0-5) . . .Sharks forward Dainius Zubrus, who signed a one-year, two-way contract after spending the past eight seasons w/ NJD, made his season debut (10:13 TOI) . . . Mike Fisher scored 13:52 after the opening faceoff to halt Nashville's goal drought at 227:39 dating to Nov. 17 vs. ANA . . . Bruins forward Landon Ferraro, who was claimed off waivers from the Red Wings on Sunday, had an assist against his former team . . . Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and Wild forward Thomas Vanek each scored via the power play. Since they entered the League in 2005-06, Ovechkin (178 PPG) and Vanek (121 PPG) rank first and second, respectively, among all players in power-play goals . . . Ovechkin (1-0-1) has 43-42-85 in 58 career games against the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers, his highest point total against one team.

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