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Home Team in Caps

St. Louis 5, NASHVILLE 4 (OT)

BOSTON 2, Colorado 1 (OT)

Winnipeg 3, BUFFALO 1

NEW JERSEY 3, Carolina 2

NY ISLANDERS 2, Minnesota 1

CHICAGO 5, Detroit 2

Tampa Bay 5, FLORIDA 2

NY RANGERS 4, Toronto 1

NHL Morning Skate – Feb. 11, 2019


Alexandar Georgiev, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Sunday, made a career-high 55 saves to backstop the Rangers past the Maple Leafs.


* Georgiev became the sixth rookie goaltender since 1955-56 to record 55 or more saves in a regular-season game and second to do so with the Rangers; he joined Mike Richter, who turned aside 59 shots on Jan. 31, 1991 against the Canucks (3-3 T).

^Richter’s 59 saves are also the most in a game by a Rangers goaltender, regardless of status


* Georgiev became the second goaltender since 1955-56 to record 55 or more saves in a game while celebrating a birthday; he joined Al Rollins, who made 57 to backstop the Black Hawks past the Maple Leafs on Oct. 9, 1955 (3-1 W).


* Georgiev became the second Rangers goaltender to earn a win against the Maple Leafs franchise while celebrating a birthday, joining Ken McAuley on Jan. 9, 1945 (5-4 W).




Vladimir Tarasenko scored his third goal of the game, franchise-record 10th career regular-season overtime goal and 200th goal of his NHL career 16 seconds into the extra frame as the Blues swept their home-and-home set with the Predators and extended their win streak to six contests. The surging Blues improved to 27-22-5 (59 points) this season and moved past the Wild (27-24-5, 59 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference standings.


Tarasenko scored his fourth career regular-season hat trick and second which included an overtime goal (also 3-1—4 on Oct. 28, 2014 at DAL). He became the first player in franchise history to score multiple regular-season hat tricks which included an overtime goal and the second active NHL player to do so; he joined Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who has accomplished the feat three times.

^Only one other player in franchise history has scored a regular-season hat trick which included an overtime goal: Brett Hull on Oct. 9, 1997 (3-0—3 vs. LAK)


* Tarasenko (200-191—391 in 474 GP) became the eighth player in franchise history to score 200 or more career regular-season goals with theBlues. He required the fewest games to score his first 200 NHL goals among players to debut with the franchise (all w/ STL), eclipsing the previous low of 496 contests set by Brian Sutter against the Canucks on Oct. 11, 1983.


* Tarasenko scored his team-leading 20th, 21st and 22nd goals of the season and has collected at least one point in each of the Blues’ last eight games (7-5—12). He matched his career high for longest point streak, a mark set from Dec. 12-26, 2015 (6-6—12) and equaled from March 25 – April 9, 2016 (6-5—11).


* Tarasenko has scored at least 20 goals in each of his last six seasons. He became the sixth player in franchise history to record at least six consecutive 20-goal seasons with the Blues.




Patrick Kane (1-1—2), Alex DeBrincat (0-3—3) and Jonathan Toews (1-1—2) each found the score sheet to help the Blackhawks extend their win streak to seven games, the longest active run in the NHL. Kane (11-20—31 in 14 GP), DeBrincat (5-10—15 in 8 GP) and Toews (7-7—14 in 7 GP) extended their point streaks to 14, eight and seven games, respectively.



* Kane ranks second in the NHL with 81 points this season (33-48—81 in 55 GP) and owns the League’s longest active point streak. Only one player has recorded a point streak longer than 14 games this season: Panthers forward Mike Hoffman from Oct. 13 – Nov. 21, 2018 (10-10—20 in 17 GP).


* Kane extended his assist streak to 13 games (10-20—30), the longest by a player on any team since Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin had an equal run from Oct. 16 – Nov. 15, 2008 (6-21—27). The only player to record a longer assist streak with the Blackhawks is Stan Mikita, who collected at least one helper in 14 consecutive games from Nov. 26 – Dec. 25, 1967 (9-18—27).



Patrick Kane became the third player to reach the 80-point mark this season, joining Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (24-60—84 in 56 GP) and Oilers captain Connor McDavid (31-49—80 in 54 GP). The last season to feature three or more 80-point getters through games played Feb. 10 was 1995-96, when four players had reached the plateau (Mario LemieuxJaromir JagrRon Francis and Joe Sakic).



Louis Domingue made 25 saves to help the League-leading Lightning (41-11-4, 86 points) extend their point streak to six games (4-0-2).


* Tampa Bay, which is 21-5-2 (44 points) at AMALIE Arena this season, improved to 20-6-2 (42 points) as visitors in 2018-19. The Lightning became the third team in NHL history to record at least 20 home wins and 20 road wins within their first 56 games of a season, joining the Red Wings in 2007-08 and Capitals in 2015-16.


* Domingue improved to 10-0-0 in his last 10 appearances dating to Nov. 29, 2018 (2.57 GAA, .912 SV%). He established a franchise record for longest personal win streak by a goaltender, eclipsing the previous mark of nine games set by John Grahame from Nov. 14 – Dec. 10, 2005 and matched by Andrei Vasilevskiy from Oct. 9-30, 2017.



Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (9 saves) made the 1,030th regular-season appearance of his NHL career and passed Patrick Roy (1,029) for sole possession of second place on the League’s all-time list.


Photo via Panthers



Brad Marchand (1-1—2) scored his franchise-record 14th career regular-season overtime goal to power the Bruins to their first home victory against the Avalanche since March 30, 1998 (4-1 W), snapping a 12-game winless stretch (0-10-2). Boston (31-17-8, 70 points) extended its point streak to seven games (4-0-3) and leapfrogged idle Montreal (31-18-7, 69 points) for third place in the Atlantic Division standings.


* The Bruins earned their second overtime win in as many days (also 5-4 OT W on Feb. 9 vs. LAK). Boston recorded overtime victories in consecutive days for the second time in franchise history and first since March 7-8, 2016 (5-4 OT W at FLA and 1-0 OT W at TBL, respectively).


* Marchand recorded his fourth consecutive game with multiple points (2-6—8) and has found the score sheet in 10 of his last 11 outings dating to Jan. 14 (5-13—18). He ranks second on the Bruins with 65 points this season (21-44—65 in 55 GP), behind only David Pastrnak (31-35—66 in 56 GP).


* Only eight players in NHL history have scored more career regular-season overtime goals than Marchand – a list topped by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who has 22.



The Central Division-leading Jets (35-18-3, 73 points) and Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders (33-16-6, 72 points) each secured wins on Sunday:


Blake Wheeler (1-1—2) scored the go-ahead goal with 3:55 remaining in regulation to lift the Jets past the Sabres. Wheeler scored his 27th career game-winning goal in a Jets uniform, the most among all players since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season.


* Thomas Greiss made 26 saves to help the Islanders extend their home point streak to eight games (7-0-1). Greiss improved to 4-0-1 in his last five appearances dating to Jan. 13 (0.58 GAA, .981 SV%, 2 SO), allowing one goal or fewer in each contest.




Black History Month spotlight: P.K. Subban wins Norris Trophy

Canadiens raise expectations in resurgent season (via Dave Stubbs)

Claude Giroux proved doubters wrong on way to becoming Flyers fixture

Sled Classic provides 'greatest feeling' on final day

Marcus Johansson, Devils end Hurricanes' three-game winning streak




Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.


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