Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/09/14 at 10:15 AM ET
SEGUIN LEADS STARS ON MODANO NIGHT
On the night the Dallas Stars retired Mike Modano’s No. 9, the home team came from behind in the third period to earn a 4-3 victory and improve to 5-1-1 in their last seven home games. Tyler Seguin, fresh off a five-point performance on Thursday, scored 1-2—3, marking his seventh game this season scoring three or more points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Seguin's total of eight points over the last two games matches the high for any NHL player over a two-game span this season, previously done by the Penguins' James Neal (Dec. 27-29) and the Islanders' John Tavares (Jan. 6-7). It is also the highest point total by a Stars player over a two-game span since Feb. 1-3, 1993, when Mike Modano registered eight points for the Minnesota North Stars in a pair of games at Vancouver and San Jose. Seguin has tied a career-high with his 29th goal of the season, and his 37 assists are one shy of his previous best. He sits fifth in League scoring with 66 points.
* In a lavish pre-game ceremony, an emotional Modano watched as his No. 9 raised to the rafters of American Airlines Center. Modano played 20 of his 21 NHL seasons with the Stars / North Stars and is the all-time franchise leader in multiple categories including games played (1,459), goals (557), assists (802) and points (1,359).
MILLER MAKES IT FOUR
Ryan Miller improved to 4-0-0 since joining the Blues, stopping 26 shots in a 2-1 victory over Colorado. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Miller is the first goaltender in Blues history to win his first four games with the team. Three other goaltenders won their first four (or more) decisions with St. Louis: Curtis Sanford (5), Reinhard Divis (5) and Brian Elliott (4). With their fourth consecutive victory, St. Louis moved to within one point of the idle Ducks for first place in the League standings (43-14-6, 92 points) and improved to 17-0-1 in divisional play.
* Miller has allowed only six goals in his four appearances since joining the Blues, and has won his last five starts overall.
* Ken Hitchcock earned his 648th win behind the bench, moving into a tie with Ron Wilson for seventh place all-time.
HENRIQUE STAYS HOT FOR DEVILS
Adam Henrique continued his current hot streak, notching two goals for the second straight game to help the Devils hang on for a 5-4 win. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Henrique has scored nine goals in New Jersey's six games since the Olympic break, with at least one goal in each game. He's the first player to score at least nine goals over a six-game span for the Devils since John MacLean tallied nine times over a six-game stretch in December 1988. Henrique has also matched the record for the longest single-season goal-scoring streak by a Devils player since the Colorado Rockies relocated to New Jersey in 1982. It was done six other times and most recently by Zach Parise in November 2009.
* Acquired at the trade deadline, Tuomo Ruutu (1-1—2) picked up his first points as a Devil including the eventual game winner.
* Travis Zajac tallied 1-2—3 for his first three-point performance since February 6, 2011. His assist on the game-winner was the 200th of his career.
* Patrik Elias picked up an assist to extend his point streak to six games (3-6—9).
HEMSKY HELPS IN OTTAWA VICTORY
Ales Hemsky tallied three assists in his second game with Ottawa and Craig Anderson tied a season high with 46 saves on 49 shots, including 21 in the third period, as the Senators wrapped up their four-game Western Canadian road trip (2-2-0) with a 5-3 win in Winnipeg. Hemsky, who scored twice against the Senators in his final game with Edmonton on Tuesday, posted three assists for the first time since going 0-4—4 on January 13, 2011. His career-high is five points, established Oct. 22, 2009 (1-4—5).
* The trio of Milan Michalek (1-2—3), Jason Spezza (0-3—3) and Ales Hemsky (0-3—3) each had a three-point night. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time that three Ottawa players each registered three or more points in one game since March 24, 2012, when Michalek, Daniel Alfredsson and Nick Foligno did so in an 8-4 home-ice win against the Penguins. Saturday marked the first time that three different Senators each posted three or more points in a road game since a 7-2 win at Tampa Bay on March 24, 2007 (Dany Heatley, Joe Corvo and Christoph Schubert).
* Mike Hoffman (1-1—2) earned his first NHL point with an assist on the eventual winning tally before netting his first career goal just 38 seconds later.
* Ottawa improved to 31-14-8 all-time versus the Jets/Thrashers.
LUPUL LIFTS LEAFS
Joffrey Lupul’s goal 2:21 into overtime gave the Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory against the Flyers, and Lupul his first career regular-season overtime winner. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, prior to last night’s game-winner, Lupul's career total of 180 goals was the fifth-highest among active players who had never scored a regular-season goal in overtime behind Radek Dvorark (226 goals), Chris Kunitz (201), Joe Pavelski (182) and Milan Michalek (181).
* The Maple Leafs have had four of their last five games end in overtime, and have earned at least a point in 16 of their last 19 games (13-3-3).
* Jonathan Bernier made 28 saves to improve to 11-2-3 in his last 16 decisions.
ANOTHER BIG GOAL FOR ANISIMOV
Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves to earn his third shutout of the season and Artem Anisimov’s 19th goal of the season was the lone goal of the game in Columbus’ 1-0 win over Nashville. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Anisimov has been credited with the game-winner in four of the Blue Jackets' five games this month. Over the last 12 seasons, only two other players tallied four game-winning goals over a five game span within one season: Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson in January 2007 and Nashville's Mike Fisher in January/February 2012.
Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi posted his third shutout of the season, stopping all 27 shots he faced to improve to 31-13-6 on the season. He is four wins shy of his career best, set in 2010-2011… Avalanche forward Matt Duchene extended his point streak to a career-high seven games (3-8—11) and Ryan O’Reilly extended his point streak to six (3-7—10) on his six… Nathan Gerbe’s second shorthanded goal of the season for Carolina was the 100th point of his NHL career…Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle earned the 199th and 200th assists of his NHL career… Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves to earn a victory in his Washington debut…Canucks forward Darren Archibald scored his first career NHL goal… Flames defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon assisted on Calgary’s lone goal for his first career NHL point…Canadiens veteran Daniel Briere skated in his 900th career game… Sharks defenseman Justin Braun played in his 200th career game…Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon had his point streak end at 13 games (5-13—18), the second-longest stretch by a rookie since 1993-94.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Detroit @ NY Rangers, 12:30 p.m., NBC, TSN2, RDS2
Boston @ Florida, 5:00 p.m., NHLN-CA, NESN, FS-F
Chicago @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m., TSN2, NBCSN
St. Louis @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., FS-MW, FS-N
Los Angeles @ Edmonton, 8:00 p.m., FS-W, SNET-W
ORIGINAL SIX RIVALS FACE-OFF ON NBC
The New York Rangers will attempt to continue their winning ways versus the Detroit Red Wings when the teams face-off today at Madison Square Garden. New York took the first two meetings this season, a 3-2 overtime victory at Joe Louis Arena on October 26th and a 1-0 win at Madison Square Garden on January 16th. Both teams find themselves in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, with the Rangers (34-26-4, 72 points) currently sitting third in the Metropolitan Division and the Red Wings (29-21-13, 71 points) clinging to the final Wild Card position.
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