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by Paul on 03/19/14 at 09:55 AM ET
IGINLA, BRUINS MAKE IT 10 IN A ROW
Jarome Iginla scored the winning goal for the third time in the past four games to lead the Bruins to their 10th consecutive victory, their longest winning streak since Nov. 1-23, 2011 (10-0-0).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Bruins’ 10-game winning streak is tied for the fourth-longest such run in franchise history. The club record for consecutive wins is 14, set during the 1929-30 season.
* The Bruins also extended their road point streak to 12 games (9-0-3), their longest such stretch since a 14-game run during the 1975-76 season (10-0-4).
* The Bruins improved the 18-2-3 in their last 23 games overall, including a 13-1-2 mark in their past 16.
* Iginla extended his point streak to six games (7-1—8), including goals in four straight. He leads the Bruins and is tied for sixth in the NHL with seven game-winning goals this season, his highest output since 2007-08 (9).
* Iginla now has 556 career goals, tied for 25th place in NHL history with Bruins legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk.
* Brad Marchand scored his fifth shorthanded goal of the season to tie a career high (2010-11) and take over sole possession of first place in the NHL.
* Chad Johnson made 22 saves to improve to 15-3-1 with a 2.14 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and one shutout in 22 appearances this season.
VANEK, CANADIENS SPOIL ROY’S RETURN TO MONTREAL
In his sixth game since being acquired at the Trade Deadline, Thomas Vanek recorded his ninth career hat trick – and first with a team other than the Sabres – to power the Canadiens to their third consecutive victory and spoil Patrick Roy’s return to Montreal.
* With the win, the Canadiens (38-25-7, 83 points) leapfrogged the idle Lightning (37-24-7, 81 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning, however, hold two games in hand.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Vanek is the first player to score his first three goals with the Canadiens in the same game since Jan. 14, 1943, when Alex Smart did so in his NHL debut.
* Vanek (Sabres, Islanders, Canadiens) became the second player this season to score a goal for three different teams, following Matt Moulson (Islanders, Sabres, Wild). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that feat hadn’t been accomplished by anyone since 2006-07, when both Pascal Dupuis (Wild, Rangers, Thrashers) and Alexei Zhitnik (Islanders, Flyers, Thrashers) did so.
GIROUX, FLYERS CONTINUE HOME DOMINANCE AGAINST BLACKHAWKS
Claude Giroux (1-1—2) scored the winning goal with 4.2 seconds remaining in overtime to help the Flyers rally from an early two-goal deficit and pick up their 10th consecutive regular-season home victory over the Blackhawks (dating to March 31, 1998).
* With the win, the Flyers (36-25-7, 79 points) maintained second place in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the Rangers (37-29-4, 78 points) and three points ahead of the Blue Jackets (35-27-6, 76 points).
* Giroux now ranks fourth in the NHL with 24-47—71 in 68 games this season, including 5-9—14 in eight games during March and 1-6—7 during a four-game point streak. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he places second in the League with 34 points since Jan. 4:
MOST POINTS IN THE NHL, SINCE JAN. 4
1. Phil Kessel (TOR): 14-21—35 in 28 GP
2. Claude Giroux (PHI): 13-21—34 in 27 GP
t-3. Sidney Crosby (PIT): 10-19—29 in 25 GP
t-3. Nathan MacKinnon (COL): 13-16—29 in 29 GP
t-3. Matt Duchene (COL): 6-23—29 in 29 GP
* The Flyers improved to 29-12-3 when Giroux registers at least one point this season, including 13 consecutive victories (9-17—26 in those games). They also improved to 18-2-1 when Giroux scores a goal.
* Scott Hartnell recorded 2-0—2 for his second multi-goal game and seventh multi-point performance of the season.
MOULSON POWERS WILD IN RETURN TO LONG ISLAND
In his first visit to Long Island since an Oct. 27 trade, Matt Moulson posted 2-1—3, including the game-winning goal, to help the Wild pick up points for the 11th time in their past 13 outings (7-2-4).
* With the win, the Wild (36-23-10, 82 points) stretched their lead for the top Wild Card spot in the Western Conference to five points over the idle Coyotes (33-25-11, 77 points).
* Moulson (20-23—43 in 62 GP) reached the 20-goal milestone for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
* Nino Niederreiter collected an assist in his first visit to Long Island since an offseason trade. He has 12-21—33 in 69 games this season after totaling 2-1—3 over two seasons (64 GP) with the Islanders.
* Mikko Koivu registered three assists to become the Wild’s all-time leader in points (127-311—438), one ahead of Marian Gaborik (219-218—437).
* Jason Pominville posted an assist to extend his point streak to six games (4-3—7).
LUNDQVIST SETS FRANCHISE MARK FOR RANGERS
The Rangers (37-29-4, 78 points) scored a season-high eight goals to earn their second victory in their last three games and leapfrog the Blue Jackets (35-27-6, 76 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
* Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to record his 302nd career victory, passing Mike Richter for sole possession of first place in franchise history.
* Lundqvist improved to 11-3-1 with a 2.26 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and two shutouts when making 30 or more saves this season.
* Rick Nash (2-0—2) and Derick Brassard (2-1—3) both posted multi-goal games, their fourth and first such performances of the season, respectively.
* The Rangers improved to 9-3-1 in their last 13 visits to Ottawa, including wins in eight of their past 11 trips.
CROSBY, STEMPNIAK POWER PENGUINS
Sidney Crosby (2-1—3) and Lee Stempniak (1-2—3) both recorded three-point games to lead the Penguins to their sixth consecutive home-ice victory over the Stars.
* With the win, the Penguins improved to 18-2-2 in their last 22 games at CONSOL Energy Center dating to Nov. 15. They also improved to 12-2-0 at home against Western Conference opponents this season.
* Crosby leads the NHL with 33-58—91 in 68 games this season, 17 more points than the next-closest player (Ryan Getzlaf: 29-45—74 in 65 GP). He also paces the NHL with 27 multi-point performances and 12 games of three or more points.
* The Penguins improved to 25-0-2 when Crosby records two or more points this season.
* Chris Kunitz (1-1—2) scored his eighth game-winning goal of the season, tied for third in the NHL with Alexander Steen and Max Pacioretty. He also registered his 61st point, matching a career high set in 2011-12.
NYQUIST, ALFREDSSON HELP RED WINGS NIP MAPLE LEAFS
Gustav Nyquist (2-0—2) recorded his third multi-goal game of the season and Daniel Alfredsson potted the eventual game-winner to lead the Red Wings to their second victory in their last three outings.
* With the win, the Red Wings (31-24-13, 75 points) moved within one point of the Blue Jackets (35-27-6, 76 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets, however, own the ROW tiebreaker (CBJ: 30, DET: 26).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nyquist leads the NHL with 14 goals in 20 games since Jan. 20.
* Alfredsson tallied his 71st career game-winning goal, which ranks seventh among active players and three behind Marian Hossa.
The Panthers, Hurricanes and Capitals were outshot a combined 146-74, but all three clubs picked up victories thanks to stellar goaltending:
* Roberto Luongo made 52 saves, including 28 in the third period, to backstop the Panthers to their third consecutive game with at least one point (2-0-1). Luongo recorded 50-plus saves for the sixth time in his regular-season career and finished five shy of his single-game high (57) set Feb. 27, 2002, in a 3-2 Panthers loss to the Red Wings.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Luongo’s 28 saves in the third period were the most by any goaltender in one period since March 2, 2008, when Panthers netminder Craig Anderson stopped all 29 shots he faced in the second period en route to a 1-0 victory over the Islanders.
* Anton Khudobin made a career-high 46 saves, including 18 in the third period, to lift the Hurricanes to their first win in Columbus since March 8, 2004.
* Jaroslav Halak made 43 saves, including 18 in the third period, to lead the Capitals to their third consecutive victory. He improved to 4-2-0 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in six games since joining the Capitals.
Mike Cammalleri scored his fifth game-winning goal of the season to power the Flames to their third victory in their last four outings and extend his point streak to five games (5-2—7) . . . Jordan Eberle (2-1—3) recorded his first three-point game of the season to lift the Oilers to their third win in their past five contests (3-1-1) . . . Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his League-leading 46th goal of the season and ninth game-winner (tied with Corey Perry) . . . Stars forward Tyler Seguin potted his 31st goal of the season to stretch his point streak to six games (6-6—12) . . . The Sharks set a franchise record for shots on goal in a single period with 29 in the final frame . . . Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov played in his 300th NHL game . . . Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin skated in his 200th career game . . . Red Wings forward Landon Ferraro (son of Ray) and Panthers forward Garrett Wilson made their NHL debuts.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Tampa Bay @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., TSN, RDS2, SUN
St. Louis @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
Colorado @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., ALT2, TSN-JETS
Nashville @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., FS-TN, SNET-P
WEDNESDAY’S CLINCHING SCENARIOS
* The Blues would become the first team to clinch a berth in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win of any fashion over the Blackhawks.
above information via the NHL PR Department
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