NHL UNVEILS SLATE OF 2016-17 OUTDOOR GAMES
The NHL announced the participating clubs, locations and dates for the remainder of the regular-season outdoor games scheduled for 2016-17.
* A new event comes to the NHL calendar Sunday, Jan. 1, when the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Detroit Red Wings at BMO Field in Toronto in the first-ever NHL Centennial Classic.
* The 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will feature the St. Louis Blues, who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary, and Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Monday, Jan. 2.
* The 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will shine the light on Pennsylvania when the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Feb. 18.
* As previously announced, the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic will feature the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers in a regular-season outdoor game at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Sunday, Oct. 23.
Click here for additional details relating to each outdoor game.
Home Team in Caps
TORONTO 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)
ST. LOUIS 3, Chicago 2 (SO)
CALGARY 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
VANCOUVER 3, Arizona 2 (OT)
COLORADO 3, Anaheim 0
LOS ANGELES 4, Washington 3 (OT)
VARLAMOV, AVALANCHE SNAP DUCKS' STREAKS VIA SHUTOUT WIN
Semyon Varlamov stopped all 37 shots he faced as the Colorado Avalanche ended the Anaheim Ducks' point streak at 14 games (12-0-2) and their road win streak at six games (6-0-0).
* At 35-20-4 (74 points), the Avalanche increased their lead to two points on the idle Minnesota Wild (31-26-10, 72 points) for the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference.
* Varlamov had his 20th NHL shutout and second of the season (also Dec. 15 at CHI) to improve to 24-17-3 with a 2.68 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and two shutouts on the season. Varlamov also improved to 10-4-1 when facing 35 or more shots this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
* Nathan MacKinnon had his sixth game-winning goal of the season in his 69th game, passing his NHL best of five in 82 games in 2013-14.
Video: ANA@COL: Varlamov shuts out Ducks on 37 saves
60 IS NOT ENOUGH
Five of six games Wednesday required extra time, with the home team winning each time. Per Elias, home teams improved to 64-78 in games decided in overtime this season and 50-43 in games decided in a shootout.
* After the Blackhawks tied the game with 1:17 left in regulation, Kevin Shattenkirk (0-1-1) scored the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout to lead the Blues to their fourth consecutive victory. Jake Allen (33 saves) denied four of six shooters in the shootout for his fourth straight win. He improved to 22-13-3 with a 2.24 GAA, .923 save percentage and five shutouts for the season, including 4-0 in shootouts in this season. With 22 victories in 2015-16, Allen matched his NHL best from 2014-15 (22-7-4). At 39-20-9 (87 points), the Blues climbed within a point of the Blackhawks (41-21-6, 88 points) and idle Dallas Stars (40-20-8, 88 points) for first place in the Central Division.
* The Washington Capitals overcame a 3-0 deficit with three consecutive goals in the third period, but Jeff Carter (1-1-2) scored at 2:50 of overtime to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-1-0 record in their past seven home games. Carter scored his second overtime goal of the season (also Oct. 31 vs. NSH) and the seventh of his NHL career. He added an assist for his ninth multipoint game of the season. Jonathan Quick (29 saves) improved to 6-2-0 in his past eight games and 34-17-3 with a 2.19 GAA, .919 save percentage and three shutouts on the season. His 34 victories this season rank third in the NHL. At 40-22-4 (84 points), the Kings leapfrogged the Ducks (37-20-9, 83 points), the only team to lose in regulation Wednesday, to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.
* The Vancouver Canucks overcame a 2-0 deficit in regulation and Markus Granlund scored his first NHL overtime goal at 1:42 of the extra period to lead the Canucks to a 6-1-1 record in their last eight games against the Coyotes dating to Dec. 22, 2014 (ARI: 2-5-1). Granlund's goal was also his first in a Canucks uniform, in his seventh game. Jacob Markstrom (32 saves) had his second straight win on the heels of a three-game slide (0-3-0) and improved to 11-8-4 with a 2.55 GAA and .918 save percentage this season.
Video: ARI@VAN: Granlund wins the game in overtime
* William Nylander tied the game with 1:13 left in regulation and fellow rookie Nikita Soshnikov scored the game-deciding goal on his first NHL shootout attempt as the Maple Leafs ended a six-game losing streak (0-5-1). Garret Sparks (24 saves) turned aside all four shooters in the shootout to end a personal three-game losing streak (0-2-1) and improve to 4-3-1 with a 2.51 GAA, .910 save percentage and one shutout on the season. Rookie Zach Hyman also scored in regulation, his second goal in as many games.
* After the Nashville Predators tied the game with 1:18 left in regulation, Mikael Backlund scored at 1:12 of overtime to power the Calgary Flames to a 5-1-0 record in their past six games against the Predators dating to Oct. 14, 2014 (NSH: 1-2-3). Backlund scored his second overtime goal of the season (also Nov. 5 vs. PHI) and the fourth of his NHL career. The Flames improved to 9-3 in games that have been decided in overtime this season (2-2 in SO). Their nine such wins are tied for second in the NHL, behind the Kings (10-2).
DID YOU KNOW?
Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau scored two goals in 10 seconds and added an assist in overtime for his seventh multigoal and eighth three-point game of the season. With 26-40-66 in 66 games this season, Gaudreau matched his NHL high for assists and eclipsed his NHL highs for goals (24) and points (64), all from 2014-15 (80 GP).
* Gaudreau's two goals were four seconds shy of the Flames record for the fastest two goals by one player, set by Lanny McDonald (0:06) on March 22, 1984 vs. DET.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Coyotes captain Shane Doan skated in his 1,452nd NHL game and passed Teemu Selanne (1,451 GP) for sole possession of 23rd on the all-time list.
* Predators defenseman Anthony Bitetto, the 168th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, scored his first goal in his 30th game.
Video: NSH@CGY: Bitetto nets first NHL goal, cuts deficit
* Coach Darryl Sutter earned his 178th win with the Kings and tied Bob Pulford for second on the Kings' all-time wins list among coaches.
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly scored while celebrating his 22nd birthday. ... New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (1-1-2) has three consecutive games with multiple points (1-5-6). ... Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (1-0-1) continues to lead all rookies in goals (25) and points (62) this season. ... Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (0-1-1) stretched his point streak to five games (3-2-5). ... Despite their overtime loss, the Predators extended their point streak to 14 games (9-0-5) and road point streak to 13 games (10-0-3), both franchise records. ... The Kings improved to 9-2-0 in their past 11 games against the Capitals dating to Nov. 20, 2008 (WSH: 2-6-3), including six consecutive home wins. ...The Canucks signed defenseman Nikita Tryamkin to a two-year, entry-level contract. ... Coyotes defenseman Jarred Tinordi has been suspended for 20 games without pay for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. ... Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for an incident with San Jose Sharks defenseman Roman Polak during a game Tuesday at Rexall Place. ... Boston Bruins defenseman John-Michael Liles will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for an incident with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov during a game Tuesday at Amalie Arena. ... New Jersey Devils forward Tuomo Ruutu has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slew-footing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cullen on Sunday, March 6. ... The Kings honored former players and current members of the Capitals Justin Williams and Mike Richards during stoppages in play at Staples Center. ... The Canucks for Kids fund presented $1 million to the B.C. Children's Hospital in a pregame ceremony at Rogers Arena.