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by Paul on 03/10/14 at 10:18 AM ET
BLUES TAKE OVER TOP SPOT
T.J. Oshie continued his shootout magic with his fourth game-deciding goal of the season as the St. Louis Blues (94 points) won their fifth straight game to leapfrog the idle Anaheim Ducks (93 points) and move into the League's top spot with a 3-2 decision over the Minnesota Wild. The victory marked the 19th straight divisional match-up in which the Blues recorded at least one point (18-0-1), matching a club record set during the 1968-69 campaign.
* Oshie has scored a League-leading eight shootout goals this season and has tallied 13 career deciding goals, two behind Sidney Crosby for the all-time lead.
* St. Louis improved to 7-0-0 in its past seven contests versus Minnesota, with its last loss coming Nov. 19, 2011.
* The win moved Blues coach Ken Hitchcock into sole possession of seventh on the League’s all-time wins list (649).
KING HENRIK STYMIES RED WINGS…AGAIN
Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to tie one franchise record and move to within a victory of matching another as the New York Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-0.
* Lundqvist recorded his 49th career shutout equaling the club record set by Eddie Giacomin. He earned his 300th career win, one away from Mike Richter’s record 301 victories in a Rangers’ uniform.
* New York’s win was their second consecutive shutout of Detroit and gives them a sweep of the season-series (3-0-0). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers last shut out the Red Wings in consecutive meetings on Dec. 26, 1951 and Jan. 2, 1952. New York has not allowed a goal versus Detroit in 144:58.
* Derek Stepan (0-2—2) extended his assist/point streak to six games (1-8—9).
* Ryan McDonagh (0-2—2) extended his point streak to four games (3-2—5).
STREAKING BRUINS STAY HOT IN FLORIDA
Patrice Bergeron (1-2--3) earned points on Boston’s first three goals, including scoring the eventual winning goal, as the Bruins extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 5-2 decision in Florida. Boston (89 points) has posted an 8-1-2 record in its past 11 games and moved into sole possession of first in the Eastern Conference, passing the idle Penguins (88 points).
* Jarome Iginla scored his 20th goal, the 15th time in his career he has reached that milestone.
Iginla’s goal was the 550th of his career, moving past Ron Francis into 26th on the League’s all-time list. He ranks third in goals among active skaters, behind only Jaromir Jagr (701) and Teemu Selanne (682).
* Boston improved to 7-0-3 in its past 10 road games, the team's longest point streak away from TD Garden since a 6-0-5 stretch from Jan. 20 to Feb. 24, 2004. The franchise record for consecutive road games with at least a point is 15, established during a 9-0-6 run in 1940-41.
* Newly acquired defenseman Andrej Meszaros tallied in his Boston debut.
* Torey Krug scored his 13th goal, tying Bobby Orr’s rookie total in 1966-67. Ray Bourque scored 17 goals in 1979-80 and that stands as the franchise record for most goals by a first year defenseman.
KINGS MAKE IT SEVEN STRAIGHT
Jeff Carter scored his team-leading 23rd and 24th goals of the season and added an assist as the Kings peppered their former netminder Ben Scrivens with 50 shots en route to their seventh consecutive victory. The seven-game winning streak is the club’s longest since a franchise record nine game stretch from Jan. 21 to Feb. 6, 2010.
* The Kings have outscored their opponents 22-10 on their current seven-game stretch after being outscored 19-6 in their previous seven contests.
* Los Angeles has won nine of its past 11 games in Edmonton (9-0-2) and has a 14-1-4 record in their last 19 meetings overall against the Oilers, dating to Apr. 7, 2009.
* Alec Martinez scored his career-high seventh goal to extend his point streak to four games (3-1—4)
KANE AND TOEWS LEAD THE BLACKHAWKS
Patrick Kane scored 3:12 after the opening face-off and Jonathan Toews broke a 1-1 tie at 1:34 of the third as the Blackhawks skated to a 2-1 win over the Sabres. Kane visited Buffalo for the first time since Oct. 11, 2010 and now has a point in each of his four games in his hometown (3-1--4). Toews’ goal gives him 6-1--7 in his past four games and marked his fourth winning goal this season.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time in Chicago’s last 40 games that Kane and Toews both scored goals, after both players tallied in six of the Blackhawks’ first 25 games.
* The Blackhawks won their fifth straight game against the Sabres, with their last loss coming on Dec. 11, 2009. Chicago's winning streak against Buffalo is its longest since winning the first five meetings between the clubs from Oct. 25, 1970 to Feb. 17, 1971.
Jimmy Hayes scored two goals, posting his first career multi-goal game. . .Dominic Moore recorded his 200th NHL point with an assist on New York’s opening goal. . . Matt Moulson scored his first goal as a member of the Wild, it’s the third different team he has scored a goal for this season (Sabres, Islanders, Wild). . .Ilya Bryzgalov made 20 saves in his debut for Minnesota. . . Cory Conacher tallied an assist in his Sabres debut after being claimed off waivers by the club on Mar. 5. . . Sam Gagner (1-5--6) and Taylor Hall (2-3--5) each tallied 1-1--2 for the Oilers, extending their point streaks to four and three games, respectively. . .Carlo Colaiacovo scored his first goal since February 11, 2012. . . Defenseman David Rundblad made his Blackhawks debut.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Pittsburgh @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, ROOT, CSN-DC
Nashville @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN, FS-TN
Phoenix @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., FS-A, SUN
Columbus @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-O, FS-SW
Winnipeg @ Colorado, 9:00 p.m., TSN-JETS, ALT
Los Angeles @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., FS-W, SNET-W
NY Islanders @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, SNET-P
Toronto @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., LEAFS TV, KDOC
CROSBY VS OVECHKIN ON NHLN-US
The Washington Capitals (30-25-10—70 pts) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (42-17-4—90 pts) in the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home set. Alex Ovechkin has earned 41 points (23-18--41) in 33 regular-season games against the Penguins. Sidney Crosby enters tonight leading the NHL with 84 points - 14 more than the players tied for second place. Seven of the last 10 games between the teams have been decided by one goal.
RED HOT SEGUIN IN ACTION AS STARS HOST BLUE JACKETS
The Columbus Blue Jackets (33-26-5—71 pts) will have to contend with the league’s hottest player as they visit the Dallas Stars (31-23-10—72 pts). Tyler Seguin (4-4---8), has eight points in his last two games. He is currently ranked third in the NHL with 36 points (16-20--36) at home. Acquired on trade deadline day, Tim Thomas, is expected to make his first start for the Stars. The Blue Jackets are 15-6-1 in their last 22 games.
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