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by Paul on 11/14/13 at 11:12 AM ET
PARISE, HARDING HELP WILD E-XCEL
Zach Parise scored the tying goal with 4:17 remaining in regulation and potted the first marker in the shootout to help the Wild improve to 11-4-4, including an 8-1-2 record in their past 11 games and 5-0-1 mark in their last six. Minnesota’s 26 points through its opening 19 contests are a franchise record, surpassing the previous mark of 25 accomplished four times (most recently in 2011-12).
Parise recorded his ninth goal of the season and 16th point, both of which lead the Wild. He also scored his 10th career game-deciding goal in the shootout and improved to 34-for-73 (46.6%) all-time in the tiebreaker, the most career shootout goals among active players.
Josh Harding (10-2-2) made 19 saves, plus another in the tiebreaker, in relief of an injured Niklas Backstrom, who exited the game midway through the first period. Harding ranks first in the NHL with a 1.21 goals-against average and second with a .947 save percentage, and has yielded two or fewer goals in 14 of his 15 appearances this season.
Harding also improved to 8-0-0 at Xcel Energy Center, where he has a 1.06 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and two shutouts.
BIG MINUTES FOR SUTER
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter logged a game-high 36:00, his fourth consecutive game topping 30:00 and ninth such contest this season. Suter has totaled 108:19 in his last three games, the most over any three-game span since time on ice started being tracked for the 2000-01 season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Suter leads the NHL in average time on ice at 29:43, over two minutes more than the next-closest player (Calgary’s Dennis Wideman, 27:24).
Brayden Schenn scored twice to lead the Flyers to their third consecutive victory and seventh win in their past nine visits to CONSOL Energy Center. Schenn paces Philadelphia with 12 points (6-6—12) in 18 games this season. His last multi-goal game was on Feb. 23, when he totaled 2-1—3 in a 5-3 victory over the Jets.
The Flyers improved to 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, earning points in five of their past six (4-1-1), following a 1-7-0 start to the season. Philadelphia is 7-3-1 when scoring first and 0-7-0 when yielding the first goal.
LEHTONEN SHUTS THE DOOR
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves, including a highlight-reel glove stop, to record his first shutout of the season and the 23rd of his career. Lehtonen improved to 6-1-0 on the road this season, including a 1.91 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored his ninth goal of the season to take sole possession of the League lead in points (9-15—24) . . . Stars forward Tyler Seguin recorded his team-leading eighth goal of the season. He also paces the club with 17 points . . . Phil Kessel played in his 300th game as a Maple Leaf (129-143—272) . . . Stars forward Shawn Horcoff logged 14:49 of ice-time and a +1 rating in his return to Edmonton . . . The Wild improved to 8-1-2 on home ice. They played their 500th all-time game at Xcel Energy Center (regular season and playoffs), moving to 263-163-74 . . . The Stars have won 12 of their last 14 games versus the Oilers, including five straight at Rexall Place.
Thanks to the NHL PR department for the above information
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