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Around the League notebook for Friday, Feb. 12

Coyotes' Doan becomes franchise's leading scorer in win vs. Flames

by NHL Public Relations @nhl / NHL.com

DOAN PASSES HAWERCHUK FOR MOST POINTS IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
Captain Shane Doan (2-1-3) factored on three of his the Arizona Coyotes' four goals in a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames that ended a five-game losing skid (0-4-1). 

* At 25-23-6 (56 points), the Coyotes moved within three points of the Nashville Predators (25-21-9, 59 points) for the final wild card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and within four points of the idle Anaheim Ducks (26-19-8, 60 points) for third place in the Pacific Division.

* With 389-542-931 (1,439 GP), Doan passed Dale Hawerchuk (379-550-929 in 713 GP) for the most points in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise history. Doan's second goal of the game was his 123rd career power-play goal, which also passed Hawerchuk (122) for first on the franchise's all-time list. 

* Doan, who posted his fifth multigoal and fourth three-point game of the season (45 GP), leads the Coyotes with 21 goals and reached the 20-goal mark for the 13th time in his 20 NHL seasons. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the fifth active player to record 13 or more 20-goal seasons: 

Most 20-Goal Seasons, Active Players 
18: Jaromir Jagr  
16: Jarome Iginla  
14: Marian Hossa  
13: Vincent Lecavalier  
13: Shane Doan  

* Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1-2-3) scored his team-leading seventh game-winning goal of the season (54 GP), matching his career high from 2014-15 (82 GP) and the NHL record for the most game-winning goals by a defenseman in a single season. 

* Ekman-Larsson had two assists for his fourth three-point game of the season. He leads Coyotes defensemen in goals (16), assists (25) and points (41). 

* Louis Domingue (26 saves) halted a four-game personal losing skid (0-3-1) and improved to 10-7-4 overall (2.53 goals-against average, .917 save percentage, two shutouts). 

STAMKOS, JOHNSON LEAD LIGHTNING TO NINTH STRAIGHT HOME VICTORY
Steven Stamkos (1-1-2) tied the game on a power play with 26.6 seconds remaining in regulation and Tyler Johnson scored at 1:04 of overtime to guide the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators, their ninth consecutive home win dating to Jan. 2. 

* At 30-20-4 (64 points), the Lightning tied the idle Boston Bruins (29-19-6, 64 points) in terms of points for third place in the Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay, however, owns the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 28, BOS: 25). 

* The Lightning's nine-game home winning streak is one shy of equaling the franchise record set last season (Dec. 11, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015: 10-0-0). 

* Johnson scored his first overtime goal of the season and the third such regular-season goal of his NHL career (also April 9, 2015 vs. NJD and March 10, 2015 at MTL). 

* Stamkos had an assist to register his 11th multipoint game of the season (54 GP) and leads the Lightning with 11 power-play goals. Nikita Kucherov (1-1-2) had his 15th multipoint game of the season (54 GP) and leads the Lightning with 22-25-47. 

* Ben Bishop made 27 saves and had his seventh career regular-season assist for his seventh win in his past nine games (7-2-0) and improved to 22-15-3 overall (2.09 GAA, .923 save percentage, two shutouts). Bishop has also won five consecutive home games dating to Jan. 17. 

KOPITAR (HAT TRICK), PEARSON (OT-WINNER) LEAD KINGS OVER RANGERS 
Anze Kopitar (3-0-3) completed the hat trick with 29.7 seconds remaining in regulation and Tanner Pearson scored his first career overtime goal at 3:10 to power the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-4 win against the New York Rangers, their fourth win in their past five road games (4-1-0). 

* At 33-18-3 (69 points), the Kings increased their lead to eight points over the idle San Jose Sharks (28-20-5, 61 points) atop the Pacific Division standings. 

* Kopitar registered his first hat trick of the season and the third of his NHL career (also March 11, 2011 at CBJ: 3-0-3 and Oct. 22, 2009 vs. DAL: 3-0-3). Kopitar has at least one point in six of his past seven games (3-7-10) and leads the Kings with 16-34-50 this season (54 GP). 

* Kopitar opened the scoring 33 seconds into the game. Per Elias, there have been 24 game-tying goals scored in the final minute of regulation (including two Friday) and 41 goals scored in the opening minute of a game this season. 

* Peter Budaj (24 saves) earned the victory in his debut with the Kings, his first regular-season NHL appearance since April 9, 2014 at CHI (w/ MTL). 

AROUND THE RINKS
* Vladimir Tarasenko (1-1-2) scored his team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season at 8:00 of the second period to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 5-3 win against the Florida Panthers. Tarasenko added an assist for his 13th multipoint game of 2015-16 (55 GP) and leads the Blues in goals (27) and points (49). David Backes (1-1-2) and Jaden Schwartz (1-1-2), who made his first appearance since Oct. 20, had a goal and an assist each. Brian Elliott (29 saves) improved to 3-1-1 in his past five outings and 13-7-6 overall (2.11 GAA, .931 save percentage, one shutout). At 31-17-9 (71 points), the Blues increased their lead to nine points over the Colorado Avalanche (29-25-4, 62 points) for third place in the Central Division and climbed within four points of the idle Dallas Stars (35-15-5, 75 points) for second place. 

* Blake Comeau (1-0-1) scored in regulation and netted the decisive goal in the shootout to propel the Avalanche to a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings in a preview of the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, which will be contested on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Coors Field in Denver. Semyon Varlamov made a season-high 43 saves through 65 minutes and stopped three of four shooters in the shootout to pick up his sixth win in his past eight games (6-2-0) and improve to 21-14-3 overall (2.64 GAA, .917 save percentage, one shutout). Per Elias, Varlamov is 14-3-3 in 20 career regular-season games when making 40 or more saves. His 14 such victories, all with the Avalanche, are a franchise record and six more than the next-closest goaltender (Patrick Roy: 8). At 29-25-4 (62 points), the Avalanche, who have three straight road wins, increased their lead to three points over the Predators (25-21-9, 59 points) for the first wild card in the Western Conference. 

* Kris Letang scored the decisive goal in the shootout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes, their seventh win in their past nine games (7-2-0). Andrej Nestrasil tied the game with 5:18 left in regulation for Carolina. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves through 65 minutes and denied all three shooters in the shootout to improve to 8-2-2 in his past 12 games and 22-13-5 overall (2.37 GAA, .921 save percentage, four shutouts). At 28-19-7 (63 points), the Penguins hold the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and moved within a point of the idle New York Islanders (29-18-6, 64 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division. 

* Marcus Foligno (2-1-3) had the first three-point game of his NHL career, which included converting on his first career penalty shot attempt, to help the Buffalo Sabres defeat the Montreal Canadiens 6-4 and snap a four-game winless streak (0-2-2). Evander Kane (2-0-2) recorded his third multigoal game of the season (also Dec. 1 at DET: 2-0-2 and Dec. 4 vs. ARI: 2-0-2). Chad Johnson (26 saves) snapped a personal three-game slide (0-2-1) and improved to 13-14-3 (2.50 GAA, .916 save percentage, one shutout). The Sabres improved to 5-1-0 in their past six games vs. MTL dating to Nov. 28, 2014 (MTL: 1-4-1).

Video: MTL@BUF: Foligno waits in front of net, nets tip-in

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (739-1,103-1,842) had two assists to move within eight points of tying Gordie Howe (801-1,049-1,850) for third place in NHL history. 

* Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo played in his 907th career game and passed Glenn Hall (906 GP) for sole possession of sixth on the NHL's all-time list among goaltenders. 

* With his three-goal performance, Kings forward Anze Kopitar (234-426-660 in 737 GP) passed Robert Goring (275-384-659 in 736 GP) for sole possession of sixth on the franchise's all-time points list. 

* Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (0-2-2) reached 409 career assists and passed Elmer Lach (408) for sole possession of ninth on the franchise's all-time list. 

* Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk (1-0-1) moved within a point of 900 in his career (307-592-899 in 927 GP). 

* Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (700) and Lightning forward Ryan Callahan (600) each skated in milestone games. 

LOOSE PUCKS 
While celebrating his 22nd birthday, Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk (2-0-2) scored two power-play goals to register his second multigoal game of the season (also Nov. 28 vs. NJD: 2-0-2). … Canadiens forward Sven Andrighetto (2-0-2) had the first multipoint game of his NHL career. … Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (0-1-1) stretched his career-high assist/point streak to eight games (2-9-11). He has notched at least one point in 14 of his past 15 games (4-13-17). … Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (1-1-2) scored his team-leading 19th goal of the season (55 GP), matching his career high from 2013-14 (77 GP). … Predators forward James Neal scored his team-leading 20th goal of the season and has reached the 20-goal mark in all eight of his NHL seasons since beginning his career in 2008-09. … Predators forward Filip Forsberg (1-0-1) has scored in a season-high three consecutive games (4-2-6). … Flames defenseman TJ Brodie (0-1-1) stretched his assist/point streak to five games (0-6-6). … The Hurricanes began a three-day reunion celebration of their 2005-06 Stanley Cup championship. … Multi-platinum recording artist Andy Grammer, Denver-based rock band The Fray, actress/singer Amber Riley and The United States Air Force Marching Band will lead the entertainment for the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series outdoor game between the Avalanche and Red Wings on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Coors Field in Denver.

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