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Around the League notebook: Tuesday, Feb. 9

Get caught up on yesterday's NHL action

by NHL Public Relations @nhl

Schneider's gorgeous save in 1st

EDM@NJD: Schneider robs Hall on breakaway in 1st

2/9/16: Taylor Hall is robbed on a breakaway by Cory Schneider's beautiful right pad save in the first minute of play in a scoreless game

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Cory Schneider made 19 saves, including a sensational pad stop to preserve a tie in the second period, to backstop the New Jersey Devils to victory on a night when the club honored Martin Brodeur, the winningest goaltender in NHL history.

* The Devils (27-21-7, 61 points), who extended their home point streak to five games (4-0-1), moved into a tie with the idle Pittsburgh Penguins (27-18-7, 61 points) in terms of points for the final wild card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh, however, holds three games in hand and owns the regulation/overtime win tiebreaker (PIT: 26, NJD: 25).

* The Devils capped a four-day celebration of Brodeur with a pregame ceremony attended by his friends, family and many former teammates. The crowd watched as his No. 30 became the fourth number to be retired by the Devils, joining Scott Stevens' No. 4, Ken Daneyko's No. 3 and Scott Niedermayer's No. 27 in the rafters of Prudential Center.

* "It was great. The response from the fans was something special for me," said Brodeur of the Devils fans, who chanted 'Marty, Marty, Marty' one last time. "I got to know these fans a lot throughout my career, and the ovation, I expected it I guess a little bit, but it was pretty overwhelming."

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Video: EDM@NJD: Brodeur honored by Devils, number retired

Milan Lucic (1-1-2) scored one of nine Los Angeles Kings goals to help the Kings kick off their seven-game road trip and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the franchise with a victory at the Boston Bruins.

* At 32-17-3 for 67 points, the Kings maintained a seven-point lead on the San Jose Sharks (28-20-4, 60 points), who also won Tuesday, for first place in the Pacific Division.

* The Kings scored at least nine goals in a game for the second time in the past 19 seasons; they previously beat the Chicago Blackhawks 9-2 on Jan. 1, 2008. They also became the first team to score nine goals in one game since the Nashville Predators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 9-2 on Nov. 18, 2014.

* Fifteen players had a point for the Kings, including nine who scored a goal. It marked the fifth time the Kings had nine goal scorers in one game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, and first time since nine players scored in a 10-5 defeat of the Penguins on Jan. 21, 1987. The last team to accomplish that feat was the Winnipeg Jets in a 9-8 victory at the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 27, 2011.

* Lucic, who has 13 goals and 32 points in his first 51 games with the Kings, received a standing ovation as he thanked fans in his return to TD Garden. A second-round selection (No. 50) by the Bruins in the 2006 NHL Draft, Lucic had 139 goals and 342 points in 566 games with the Bruins and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2010-11.

* The Kings had 57 shots on goal, their highest single-game total since April 30, 1995 against the Anaheim Ducks (66 SOG). According to Elias, the combined 94 shots on goal were the most in one game since the Bruins (50) and Senators (47) had 97 shots April 2, 2013.

The Sharks, Ducks and Vancouver Canucks also won Tuesday on the strength of strong goaltending to keep pace in the Pacific, where teams Nos. 2-4 are separated by six points:

* Frederik Andersen made 28 saves, including 14 in the third period, to help the Ducks improve to 7-1-0 in their past eight games. Andersen, who has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last nine games, stretched his personal winning streak to six consecutive decisions, one shy of his NHL-best win streak set last season (7-0-0, Jan. 2-27, 2015). Rickard Rakell scored two goals in the first period for his third NHL multigoal game and second this season; he also scored two goals Nov. 24 against the Calgary Flames. 
* Martin Jones stopped all 33 shots he faced for his personal NHL-best fifth shutout of the season and 12th of his NHL career to lead the Sharks to a 10-2-2 record since Jan. 9 and halt the Blackhawks' home winning streak at seven games. Joe Thornton (1-1-2), who has at least one point in 21 of his past 23 games (8-22-30), factored on both goals and had his 935th NHL assist to move past Al MacInnis (934) into sole possession of 15th place in NHL history.

* Jacob Markstrom made 29 saves in his first game since Jan. 21 to help the Canucks end a four-game losing streak (0-3-1). Markstrom, who had personal NHL-best ninth victory of the season, improved to 5-0-1 in his past six games, including four straight wins. Bo Horvat (1-1-2) has eight goals and 15 points in his past 14 games, including four multipoint games, compared to two goals and 10 points through his first 39 games of the season.

After the Minnesota Wild tied the game in the third period, John Klingberg scored at 2:39 of overtime to lift the Dallas Stars to their fourth victory in their past five games (4-1-0).

* At 34-15-5 (73 points), the Stars increased their lead to four points on the St. Louis Blues (30-17-9, 69 points), who lost in a shootout Tuesday, for second place in the Central Division. They also climbed within three points of the Blackhawks (36-17-4, 76 points) for first place in the division and Western Conference.

* Klingberg scored his third overtime goal of the season, tied for second in the League, and second this month (also Nov. 14 vs. MIN and Feb. 4 at COL). According to Elias, Klingberg, who had one overtime goal last season as a rookie, became the first defenseman in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history to score four NHL overtime goals.

* Klingberg, who is second among defensemen 44 points in 54 games this season, has scored a goal in three of his past four games (3-1-4).

* Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin each had two assists. Benn is second in the NHL with 61 points in 54 games and Seguin is fourth 58 points in 54 games.

Marcus Johansson (1-2-3) had three points, including the game-winning goal at 8:03 of the third period, to guide the Washington Capitals to a 6-1-1 record in their past eight games, including four straight wins.

* At 39-9-4 (82 points), the Capitals increased their lead on the Blackhawks (36-17-4, 76 points), who lost in regulation Tuesday, atop the NHL standings. Washington improved to 19-5-2 (40 points) in 26 road games this season; their 19 wins and 40 points as visitors rank first in the NHL.

Video: WSH@NSH: Johansson capitalizes on opportune rebound 

* Johansson had his second three-point game of the season and the third in the NHL (also Dec. 20, 2015 at NYR: 1-2-3 and Oct. 3, 2013 vs. CGY: 0-3-3). Johansson, who has a goal in four of his past five games (4-3-7), is third in the NHL with seven game-winning goals this season in 45 games, which is one shy of his total from his first 345 games.

* Braden Holtby made 23 saves for his fourth consecutive victory and extended his personal point streak to seven games (6-0-1). Holtby is 34-5-3 with a 2.08 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and two shutouts this season. He leads the NHL with 34 victories, three more than the next-closest goaltender, Corey Crawford of the Blackhawks with 31.

The Florida Panthers matched season-high with seven goals (also Oct. 10 vs. PHI: 7-1 W) to defeat the Buffalo Sabres and improve to 6-1-1 in their past eight games.

* At 32-16-6 (70 points), the Panthers increased their lead on the Tampa Bay Lightning (29-20-4, 62 points), Bruins (28-19-6, 62 points) and idle Detroit Red Wings (27-18-8, 62 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division

* Reilly Smith (2-1-3) had his first three-point and second multigoal game of the season (also Oct. 10 vs. PHI: 2-0-2). Jussi Jokinen (1-2-3) had his first three-point game of the season and has at least one point in seven of his past eight games (3-9-12).

* Roberto Luongo made 30 saves and pushed his personal point streak to six games (5-0-1). For the season he's 24-13-5 with a 2.17 GAA, .928 save percentage and four shutouts. Luongo also is 17-7-2 in 27 career games against the Sabres.

* Frans Nielsen (0-1-1) and Cal Clutterbuck each scored in the shootout to propel the New York Islanders to a 6-0-2 record in their past eight games against the Columbus Blue Jackets dating to Jan 10, 2015 (CBJ: 2-4-2), including four straight wins. Nielsen leads the NHL with 42 career shootout goals. At 28-18-6 (62 points), the Islanders leapfrogged the idle Penguins (27-18-7, 61 points) for sole possession of third place in the Metropolitan Division. They also climbed within three points of the idle New York Rangers (30-18-5, 65 points) for second place. 

* Tomas Plekanec had two goals and an assist to lead the Montreal Canadiens to their third consecutive victory. Plekanec had his third three-point game of the season (also Feb. 6 vs. EDM: 1-3-4 and Nov. 25 at NYR: 0-3-3). Ben Scrivens made a season-high 37 saves for his third straight win following a 0-4-0 start to the season. At 27-24-4 (58 points), the Canadiens moved within three points of the idle Penguins (27-18-7, 61 points) for the final wild card spot in in the Eastern Conference. 

* Mikael Granlund and Dougie Hamilton each had one goal and one assist to lead the Calgary Flames to their third win in their past four games. Jonas Hiller made 33 saves for his fifth consecutive victory at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames are 9-1-0 in their past 10 home games against the Maple Leafs dating to March 13, 2003 (TOR: 1-7-2). 

* Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves through 65 minutes and turned aside all four shots in the shootout to help the Winnipeg Jets stretch their road point streak to five games (4-0-1), including three straight wins. Hellebuyck is 13-10-1 with a 2.25 GAA, .921 save percentage and two shutouts this season. He's tied for first among all rookie goalies with 13 victories (w/ Mike Condon).  


* Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (739-1,101-1,840) moved within two goals of tying Brett Hull (741) for third place all-time and within 10 points of tying Gordie Howe (801-1,049-1,850) for third place in NHL history. With 17 goals in 51 games this season, Jagr equaled his total from 77 games last season.

Video: FLA@BUF: Jagr joins scoring spree with goal No. 739

* Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo played in his 906th NHL game to tie Glenn Hall for sixth on the NHL all-time games played list among goalies. He also won his 425th game to move within 12 of tying Jacques Plante (437) for sixth place all-time. 

* Kings defenseman Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to five games and also reach 300 NHL points (77-223-300 in 576 GP). 

* Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 504th NHL goal to move within one of equaling Jean Beliveau (505) for 39th place in NHL history. His 31 goals this season rank second in the League behind Patrick Kane, who has 32. 

* Patrick Marleau, who has spent his entire career with the Sharks, scored his 91st NHL game-winning goal and fourth this season. According to Elias, Marleau ranks sixth in NHL history for game-winning goals with one franchise, behind Gordie Howe (121 w/ DET), Bobby Hull (98 w/ CHI), Steve Yzerman (94 w/ DET), Guy Lafleur (93 w/ MTL) and Mike Modano (92 w/ DAL/MNS). 

* Flames defenseman Jakub Nakladal, who signed a one-year contract with the Flames during the offseason, made his NHL debut at age 28. 


* Shayne Gostisbehere had an assist to extend his point streak to nine games (2-10-12), one shy of the longest run by a Flyers rookie (Mikael Renberg: 10 GP in 1993-94). Elias adds that Gostisbehere is the first rookie defenseman with a nine-game point streak since Kevin Shattenkirk w/ COL from Nov. 17 - Dec. 4, 2010 (4-9-13 in 9 GP). 

* Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky had an assist to extend his career-high point streak to eight games (6-4-10). 

* Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (0-1-1) extended his point streak to seven games (2-8-10) and has at least one point in 13 of his past 14 games (4-12-16). 

* Kings forward Anze Kopitar (0-7-7) and Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (0-5-5) both stretched their assist streaks to five games. 

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart (2-0-2) had his third multigoal game of the season. He is third among rookies with 16 goals (tied w/ teammate Jack Eichel), two behind leaders Artemi Panarin and Dylan Larkin. … Bruins forward Brad Marchand scored his 10th goal in as many games (10-0-10). He leads the Bruins with 25 goals in 48 games this season, three shy of his personal NHL best, in 76 games in 2011-12. … The Panthers improved to 8-0-2 in their past 10 road games against the Sabres, dating to Oct. 29, 2011 (BUF: 2-7-1). … Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov (0-1-1) had at least one assist for the seventh time in his past eight games (0-13-13). … Predators forward Filip Forsberg (2-0-2) had his third multigoal game in 54 games this season. … Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves and improved to 14-5-0 with a 2.82 GAA, .909 save percentage and one shutout this season. … Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (0-1-1) has two goals and seven points in five games since making his return to the lineup Feb. 2 and has seven goals and 19 points in 18 games this season. … ICYMI: The Predators honored forward Mike Ribeiro for playing in his 1,000th NHL game. … The NHL unveiled an architectural rendering of the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Wild and Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. … The truck for the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Avalanche and Red Wings arrived at Coors Field in Denver. … The Ottawa Senators acquired Dion Phaneuf as part of a nine-player trade with the Maple Leafs. … The Kings, Blues, Penguins and Flyers all unveiled logos and plans for their 50th anniversary season. Click here for more details.

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