Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/11/14 at 11:17 AM ET
ISLES ERUPT FOR SEVEN IN THIRD
The Islanders set a franchise record for goals in the third period, scoring seven times on 15 shots in the final frame to overcome a 3-0 deficit en route to a 7-4 win in Vancouver. New York had tallied seven goals in a period only once before, in the second period of a 9-4 win against the Rangers on Dec. 23, 1978.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, seven goals matched the most surrendered in one period by the Canucks, most recently on Nov. 27, 1998 versus Detroit.
* Seven different scorers tallied for the Islanders.
* Kyle Okposo paced the team with three points (0-3--3).
* The Islanders improved to 12-4-1 in their past 17 road games.
KINGS KEEP WINNING
The Kings extended their winning streak to eight games with a 3-2 decision in Calgary. Los Angeles is one win shy of the franchise record of nine consecutive victories, set from Jan. 21 to Feb. 6, 2010. The team improved to 21-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes this season, the only club yet to lose when starting the final period with a lead.
* Martin Jones made 24 saves in recording the first victory of his NHL career at Scotiabank Saddledome, his home arena for four seasons with the WHL Calgary Hitmen. The 24-year-old rookie netminder is 10-4-0 with a 1.89 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in 15 appearances for Los Angeles this season.
Longest Winning Streaks in 2013-14:
10 - Anaheim (Dec. 6-28)
* 8 - Los Angeles (Feb. 6 - Mar. 10)
8 - Anaheim (Dec. 31 - Jan. 15)
8 - Columbus (Jan. 6-23)
KUNITZ AND CROSBY PACE PENS
Chris Kunitz scored twice and Sidney Crosby registered three points as Pittsburgh took the first half of a home-and-home series with a 3-2 win at Washington.
* Kunitz’s goals were his 30th and 31st of the season, marking the first time in his career that he has reached the 30-goal mark.
* Crosby also tallied his 30th marker, hitting the milestone for the sixth time in nine NHL seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he has recorded 16-33--49 in 28 career regular-season games against the Capitals.
* Pittsburgh won its seventh consecutive game against Washington and picked up its 20th road win of the season.
* The Penguins and Capitals will wrap up their home-and-home Tuesday at CONSOL Energy Center before Pittsburgh travels to Philadelphia to open a second-straight back-to-back series.
PREDS HOLD OFF SENS
The Predators and Senators featured the League’s top-scoring defensemen in Ottawa's Erik Karlsson (17 goals) and Nashville's Shea Weber (15 goals), but it was rookie defenseman Seth Jones who scored the decisive tally in Nashville’s 4-3 overtime win in Ottawa. The Predators held a 3-0 lead after a three-goal second period but Jason Spezza’s tying-goal with 1:07 on the clock set the stage for Jones’ first NHL overtime marker.
* Jason Spezza (1-2--3) and Ales Hemsky (0-3--3) keyed the Senators' rally with three points each. Hemsky posted three assists for the second consecutive game, giving him six points in three games since joining Ottawa. He last recorded consecutive multi-point games from Feb. 15 to 19, 2011 (4-3--7 over a three-game span).
Phil Kessel factored on all three Maple Leafs goals (1-2--3) as Toronto kicked off its five-game road trip with a 3-1 victory in coach Randy Carlyle’s return to Anaheim. Carlyle was behind the Ducks bench for seven seasons from 2005-06 to 2011-12, leading the team to its first Stanley Cup championship in 2007.
* Kessel briefly moved into a tie for second place among League goal-scorers with his 34th tally of the season but Anaheim's Corey Perry later reclaimed the position with his 35th score.
* Jonathan Bernier turned aside 43 of 44 shots for his third consecutive victory, improving to 5-0-2 in his past seven decisions.
LIGHTNING ROOKIES STRIKE
Tampa Bay rookies Ondrej Palat (2-1--3) and Tyler Johnson (20th goal of season) strengthened their hold on second and third place, respectively, on the NHL rookie scoring list in the Lightning's shootout loss versus Phoenix. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Johnson is the third rookie in Lightning history to reach the 20-goal plateau, joining Brad Richards (21 in 2000-01) and Steven Stamkos (23 in 2008-09).
* Tampa Bay registered a shorthanded goal for the third consecutive game as Johnson netted his fourth such goal of the season. The Lightning are tied for second in the League with nine shorthanded tallies, matching their total from the previous five seasons combined (zero in 2012-13, two in 2011-12, one in 2010-11, two in 2009-10, four in 2008-09). Johnson shares the NHL shorthanded goals lead with Boston's Brad Marchand.
Matt Duchene’s goal at 2:33 of overtime lifted the Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Jets and extended his point streak to eight games (4-8--12), matching a career high. Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves in picking up his 32nd win of the season, placing him second among all netminders. . . Anze Kopitar reached the 20-goal mark for the seventh time in his eight NHL seasons. . . Capitals defenseman John Carlson recorded an assist in his 300th NHL game. . . A pair of 2010 first round picks began their NHL careers Monday - Brandon Gormley (13th overall) skated in his first game with Phoenix while Evgeny Kuznetsov (26th overall) made his debut with Washington. . . Vancouver’s Nicklas Jensen recorded his first NHL point in his third career game. . . Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf passed Steve Rucchin into sole possession of third place on the franchise’s all-time games played list with his 617th appearance. Only Teemu Selanne (953) and Corey Perry (639) have skated in more games with the club.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Nashville @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., TS-TN, MSG-B, BELL TV
New Jersey @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m., RDS, MSG PLUS, CSN-PH
NY Rangers @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., MSG, FS-CR
Detroit @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., FS-D+, FS-O
Phoenix @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-A, FS-F
Washington @ Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m., TSN2, NBCSN, ROOT
Dallas @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., FS-SW+, FS-MW
Edmonton @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., TSN, FS-WI, FS-N+
Toronto @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., SNET-O, CSN-CA
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