Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/18/14 at 10:35 AM ET
IGINLA POWERS BRUINS TO NINTH STRAIGHT VICTORY
Jarome Iginla (2-0—2) recorded his second consecutive multi-goal game to power the Bruins to their ninth straight victory, their longest winning streak since Nov. 1-23, 2011 (10-0-0).
* The Bruins improved to 17-2-3 in their last 22 games, including a 12-1-2 mark in their past 15.
* The Bruins also improved to 10-2-0 in their last 12 games at TD Garden, including five consecutive victories. They lead the NHL with 28 wins and 58 points on home ice this season (28-7-2).
* Iginla extended his point streak to five games (6-1—7), his fourth such streak of 2013-14. He also became the fifth active player (Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, Ray Whitney, Shane Doan) – and 55th overall – to play in 1,300 NHL games.
* Tuukka Rask made 33 saves to extend his personal winning streak to six games. He has a 1.48 goals-against average, .947 save percentage and one shutout in that span.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rask improved to 7-1-2 with a 1.17 goals-against average in his 10 home games against Western Conference teams this season. He has yielded a total of 12 goals in those games, with no more than two goals allowed in any contest.
* The Bruins picked up their third victory in 13 all-time meetings with the Wild, including their first in seven matchups at TD Garden.
BLUES BECOME FIRST TEAM TO REACH CENTURY MARK
David Backes scored the tiebreaking and insurance goals late in the third period to help the Blues (47-14-7, 101 points) become the first team to reach 100 points this season.
* The Blues hit the 100-point milestone for the sixth time in franchise history (1980-81, 1990-91, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2011-12). The club record for points in one season is 114, set in 1999-00 (51-19-12).
* The Blues improved to 8-0-1 in their past nine games, including three consecutive victories. They also improved to 20-0-2 this season against divisional opponents, extending a franchise record.
* Backes scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season, tying a career high set in 2011-12.
* Ryan Miller made 16 saves to improve to 7-0-1 with a 1.61 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in eight games since joining the Blues. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first goaltender in franchise history to record at least one point in each of his first eight starts with the team.
* Ken Hitchcock earned his 119th win behind the Blues’ bench, passing Andy Murray for third in franchise history.
* The Blues improved to 7-0-2 in their last nine meetings with the Jets, including four consecutive victories.
LIGHTNING HONOR 2004 CUP TEAM, DEFEAT CANUCKS
The Lightning surrendered three third-period goals, but held on to pick up their third consecutive victory and post their fifth straight game with at least one point (3-0-2).
* With the win, the Lightning (37-24-7, 81 points) leapfrogged the idle Canadiens (37-25-7, 81 points) and Maple Leafs (36-25-8, 80 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division.
* Ondrej Palat recorded 1-1—2 to extend his assist/point streak to five games (4-5—9). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he leads all rookies with 13 multi-point games this season, one more than Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon.
* Valtteri Filppula scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the season to stretch his point streak to five games (2-6—8).
COYOTES PICK UP RARE WIN OVER KINGS
Trailing 3-2 after 40 minutes, the Coyotes scored a pair of third-period goals – including Jeff Halpern’s game-winner with 3:05 remaining – to earn their fourth victory in their last five games.
* With the win, the Coyotes (33-25-11, 77 points) leapfrogged the idle Stars (32-24-11, 75 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The Stars, however, hold two games in hand and own the ROW tiebreaker (DAL: 29, PHX: 28).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Kings hadn’t lost a home game in which they led entering the third period since Dec. 1, 2008, when the Maple Leafs scored three times in the final 20 minutes to pick up a 3-1 victory.
* Keith Yandle posted 1-1—2, including the tying goal, for his second consecutive multi-point game. He now has 2-12—14 in his past 13 outings.
Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows collected 2-1—3 for his second consecutive three-point game after going more than three years without one (Dec. 23, 2010). He has 5-4—9 in his past five games after totaling 0-5—5 in his first 34 outings this season . . . Wild forward Jason Pominville scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season to extend his point streak to five games (4-2—6).
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Boston @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., NESN, MSG PLUS
Minnesota @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m., FS-N, MSG PLUS 2
Dallas @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., TXA 21, ROOT
Carolina @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., FS-CR, FS-O
Colorado @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., RDS, ALT, TSN-HABS
NY Rangers @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., MSG, SNET-E, TVA
Toronto @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., SNET-O, FS-D
Chicago @ Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2, CSN-CH, CSN-PH
Buffalo @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, SNET-CGY
Nashville @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., FS-TN, SNET-W
Washington @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., CSN-DC, PRIME
Florida @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., FS-F, CSN-CA
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