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Panthers take over third place in Atlantic Division

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
PANTHERS SWEEP FIVE-GAME ROAD TRIP, CLIMB ATLANTIC DIVISION

Vincent Trocheck scored the go-ahead goal with 4.6 seconds remaining in the third period to help the Florida Panthers defeat the St. Louis Blues and conclude their road trip at 5-0-0. Elias notes that Florida swept a road trip of at least five games for the first time in its 24-year history.

* Trocheck scored his second game-winning goal of the season (also Nov. 3 vs. NJD) and extended his point streak to six games (3-5-8). Per Elias, Trocheck (59:55) scored the latest game-winning goal in Panthers history, besting the mark set by Kristian Huselius (59:46) on March 28, 2002 at the Ottawa Senators (4-3 W).

* At 28-20-10 (66 points), the Panthers passed the idle Toronto Maple Leafs (27-20-11, 65 points) and Boston Bruins (30-23-6, 66 points) to move into third place in the Atlantic Division.

* James Reimer (26 saves) has earned wins in his past five decisions and is 8-1-1 in his past 10 games since Dec. 31 (2.01 goals-against average, .933 save percentage).

Video: Panthers edge Blues, 2-1, on Trocheck's late goal

 

MONDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Florida 2, ST. LOUIS 1
ARIZONA 3, Anaheim 2

 

COYOTES HOLD OFF DUCKS TO EARN VICTORY

The Arizona Coyotes built a 3-0 lead in the first period and held off a late Anaheim Ducks rally to improve to 5-2-1 in their past eight games. The Coyotes earned their first win against the Ducks since Nov. 25, 2015 (4-2 W), ending a five-game slide (0-4-1).

* Radim Vrbata scored his first game-winning goal of the season (45th career) and extended his point streak to six games (1-5-6). He leads the Coyotes with 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) 12-29-41 this season (58 GP).

* Marek Langhamer, a seventh-round selection (No. 184) in the 2012 NHL Draft, entered the game in the third period and made seven saves in his NHL debut (15:31 TOI), including a last-second stop to preserve the victory.

Video: Langhamer preserves Coyotes' 3-2 win vs. Ducks

 

LOOSE PUCKS

Coyotes captain Shane Doan skated in his 1,524th NHL game to tie Brendan Shanahan for 15th on the all-time list . . . Blues forward Alexander Steen skated in the 800th game of his NHL career . . . The Coyotes hosted Women's Hockey Night at Gila River Arena . . . The Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins each hosted events in support of Hockey Is For Everyone month . . . The starting time of the Nashville Predators-Blues game at Scottrade Center on April 2 was changed to 3 p.m. CT (originally scheduled for 5 p.m. CT) . . . The Coyotes traded defenseman Michael Stone to the Flames for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2018 . . . Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine, Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri and Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 19 . . . Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba was suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head of Senators forward Mark Stone . . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris unveiled portraits of legends Red Kelly and Alex Delvecchio as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration.

 

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY'S ACTION

All Times Eastern

Pittsburgh @ Carolina, 7 p.m., SNO, TVA Sports, FS-CR, ROOT
Montreal @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., MSG, SNE, RDS
Ottawa @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, RDS2, TSN5
NY Islanders @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., FS-D, MSG+ 2
Edmonton @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SUN, SNW
Winnipeg @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN4, TSN3
Chicago @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., NBCSN, FS-N, FS-WI, CSN-CH
Calgary @ Nashville, 8 p.m., SN1, SNP, FS-TN
Los Angeles @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, FS-W

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TOP TWO TEAMS IN WEST SQUARE OFF IN CENTRAL DIVISION SHOWDOWN

The top two teams in the Western Conference square off in a Central Division showdown when the Minnesota Wild (39-13-6, 84 points) play the Chicago Blackhawks (36-18-5, 77 points) at Xcel Energy Center. Elias notes that Chicago, winners of six consecutive road games, aim to match the longest single-season road win streak in its history originally set Dec. 9-29, 1964 (7-0-0). Meanwhile, Minnesota looks to reach the 40-win mark in its 59th game of the season, 12 games fewer than any other season in the franchise's 17-year history (71 GP in 2006-07: 40-24-7, 87 points).

 

LAINE, JETS FACE MATTHEWS, MAPLE LEAFS FOR SECOND TIME

The top two picks from the 2016 NHL Draft go head-to-head for the second and final time this season when Patrik Laine (28-24-52) and the Jets visit Auston Matthews (28-21-49) and the Maple Leafs. Winnipeg rallied from a 4-0 deficit helped by Laine's first NHL hat trick to defeat Toronto in their first game this season and is 8-0-1 record in its past nine games against the Maple Leafs since March 13, 2013 (TOR: 1-5-3). Laine is one goal shy of tying the Jets/Thrashers record for most in a season by a rookie (Ilya Kovalchuk: 29 in 2001-02), while Matthews needs six to match the Maple Leafs' single-season record (Wendel Clark: 34 in 1985-86).

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