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Around the League notebook: Wednesday, Oct. 28

by NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

OTTAWA 5, Calgary 4 (SO)

Pittsburgh 3, WASHINGTON 1

Nashville 2, SAN JOSE 1


The Washington Capitals opened the scoring at 1:28 of the third period, but Beau Bennett tied the game 24 seconds later and Phil Kessel scored the go-ahead goal less than two minutes after that to help the Pittsburgh Penguins improve to 5-1-0 in their last six games following a 0-3-0 start to the season.

* Kessel, who scored the overtime winner on Saturday at Nashville, has the winning goal in consecutive games for the second time in his career. He also accomplished the feat with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 8 and Oct. 15, 2011 (3-1—4 vs. the Ottawa Senators and 2-1—3 vs. Calgary Flames, respectively).

* Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves, including 27 in the first two periods, to improve to 11-4-2 in 17 regular-season appearances at Verizon Center (2.54 GAA, .913 SV%, 1 SO). Fleury started his ninth consecutive game to begin the season, the second-longest such streak of his career (11 in 2006-07).

* The Penguins improved to 11-4-0 in the past 15 games of this head-to-head series dating to Dec. 1, 2011 (WSH: 4-10-1).


After the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames combined for five goals in the third period, Mika Zibanejad had the game-deciding goal in the shootout to help Ottawa snap a four-game slide (0-2-2).

* Via Elias, Zibanejad (10-for-20) is one of six active players with a shootout shooting percentage of at least 50 percent (min. 20 shots). The others: Jakob Silfverberg (15-for-24, 62.5%), Frans Nielsen (38-for-72, 52.8%), T.J. Oshie (31-for-59, 52.5%), PA Parenteau (17-for-33, 51.5%) and Jonathan Toews (40-for-80, 50.0%).

* Craig Anderson made 34 saves, including a game-saving glove stop in overtime, and stopped two attempts in the shootout to improve to 4-2-1 (2.78 GAA, .914 SV%).

* The Flames (Joe Colborne and Kris Russell, 57 seconds apart) and Senators (Kyle Turris and Jean Gabriel Pageau, 18 seconds apart) scored two goals within a one-minute span during the third period. Via Elias, the last time both teams scored two goals in less than minute during the third period was on Feb. 8, 2014, when the New York Islanders (0:57 apart) and Colorado Avalanche (0:45 apart) did it.


Ahead 1-0 to start the third period, the Nashville Predators yielded the tying goal to the San Jose Sharks less than 90 seconds after the opening faceoff. But Calle Jarnkrok scored the go-ahead goal at 8:52 to help the Predators kick off their four-game road trip with a win.

The Predators improved to 7-1-1 (15 points), marking the second-best nine-game start (in terms of points) in franchise history. In 2005-06, Nashville went 8-0-1 (17 points) in its first nine contests, including a club-record eight consecutive wins to start the season.

* Pekka Rinne made 20 saves to earn his first win in San Jose since Feb. 2, 2013, snapping a personal three-game skid at SAP Center. He is 9-5-4 in 19 career appearances against the Sharks (1.79 GAA, .946 SV%).

* Rinne has been in goal for eight of Nashville's games this season. He is 6-1-1 with a 1.74 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout.


* Flames forward Sam Bennett (1-1—2) registered his first regular-season NHL goal and multi-point effort (10 GP). Bennett, the fourth player taken in the 2014 NHL Draft, collected 3-1—4 in 11 games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Penguins defenseman Kris Letang played in his 500th NHL game (all w/ Pittsburgh), becoming the fourth defenseman to reach the milestone with the club.


Senators captain Erik Karlsson had his ninth assist of the season, tied for tops among defensemen. … Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the lone goal for the Capitals to extend his point streak to four games (4-6—10), including a career-high five-point outing on Friday at the Edmonton Oilers (3-2—5). … The Senators and Capitals hosted special guests as part of their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Nights. … ICYMI: Islanders forward Matt Martin met with 12-year-old Leanna Pastolero and nine-year-old Dylan Beach before taking discussing Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month and his new foundation during a Q&A at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store.

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