Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/31/14 at 10:38 AM ET
BERGERON, RASK HELP BRUINS SET ROAD RECORDS
Patrice Bergeron scored for the seventh straight game and Tuukka Rask made a season-high 49 saves, plus another four in the shootout, to lead the Bruins to their ninth consecutive road victory, breaking the previous franchise record of eight set in 1971-72 and matched in 1992-93.
* With the win, the Bruins (52-17-6, 110 points) moved three points ahead of the Blues (50-17-7, 107 points) in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy. St. Louis, however, holds one game in hand.
* The Bruins also extended their road point streak to 16 games (13-0-3), breaking the previous club mark of 15 set in 1940-41 (9-0-6).
* The Bruins improved to 15-0-1 in their past 16 games overall. They are 23-2-4 in their last 29 contests dating to Jan. 16, including an 18-1-3 mark in their past 22.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bergeron became the first Bruins player to score in seven consecutive team games since Cam Neely, who found the back of the net in eight straight from Dec. 9-23, 1990. Bergeron also now has 8-3—11 during an eight-game point streak.
* Rask became the seventh Finnish-born goaltender in NHL history to reach 100 wins. He improved to 9-0-1 with a 1.46 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and two shutouts in his last 10 starts.
NYQUIST, RED WINGS TAKE OVER TOP WILD CARD SPOT
Gustav Nyquist scored for the 11th time in the past nine games to help the Red Wings pick up their second consecutive victory and improve to 5-2-1 in their last eight.
* With the win, the Red Wings (35-26-14, 84 points) leapfrogged the idle Blue Jackets (38-30-6, 82 points) for the top Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Columbus, however, holds one game in hand and leads in ROW (CBJ: 33, DET: 30).
* The Red Wings also moved three points ahead of the Capitals (34-28-13), who lost in a shootout, and four points ahead of the idle Maple Leafs (36-32-8, 80 points) in the race for the Eastern Conference Wild Cards.
* Nyquist has found the back of the net in eight of his past nine outings, posting 11-2—13 during a nine-game point streak. He leads all players with 22 goals in 27 games since Jan. 20, after totaling five goals in his first 23 contests of the season.
* Nyquist finished March with 12 goals in 15 games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the most goals by a Red Wings player in one calendar month since March 2008, when Johan Franzen scored 14 times.
* Jonas Gustavsson made 26 saves to improve to 8-1-1 in his last 10 decisions, including three consecutive wins.
* Mike Babcock earned his 411th victory behind the Red Wings’ bench to pass Scotty Bowman and move into sole possession of second place in franchise history. He now trails Jack Adams (413) by two wins for the most in club history.
TALBOT, RANGERS MOVE AHEAD IN METROPOLITAN
Cam Talbot stopped all 26 shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the season and help the Rangers improve to 6-1-0 in their last seven games.
* With the win, the Rangers (42-30-4, 88 points) moved two points ahead of the Flyers (39-27-8, 86 points), who lost in a shootout, for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Philadelphia, however, holds two games in hand.
* The Rangers improved to 24-14-0 on the road this season, including a 5-1-0 mark in their last six as visitors. Their 24 road victories are tied for the most in the NHL (with the Blues: 24-11-3) and also equal a franchise mark achieved three other times (most recently in 2011-12).
* Talbot improved to 12-6-0 in 20 total appearances this season, including an 8-3-0 mark with a 1.41 goals-against average, .947 save percentage and three shutouts in 12 games on the road. He became the first Rangers goaltender other than Henrik Lundqvist to record three shutouts in one season since 2002-03, when Mike Dunham had five clean sheets in 43 appearances.
* Mats Zuccarello (2-1—3) and Rick Nash (2-0—2) recorded their second and fifth multi-goal games of the season, respectively. Zuccarello is tied for the team lead with 53 points (17-36—53), while Nash paces the club with 25 goals (25-12—37).
* Derek Stepan posted three assists, including two while shorthanded, to establish a career high in points (15-38—53). He now has 5-13—18 in his past 17 contests.
CROSBY LEADS PENGUINS PAST CENTURY MARK
Sidney Crosby (2-0—2) registered his fifth multi-goal game of the season to power the Penguins to their second consecutive victory following a three-game skid.
* With the win, the Penguins (48-22-5, 101 points) eclipsed the 100-point milestone for the ninth time in franchise history and sixth time in the past eight seasons.
* Crosby leads the League with 99 points (36-63—99), 18 more than the next-closest player (Ryan Getzlaf: 30-51—81). He has reached the 100-point milestone four times in his NHL career, most recently in 2009-10 (51-58—109).
* The Penguins improved to 7-0-3 in their last 10 home games versus the Blackhawks.
THE BEST OFFENSE IS . . .
* Predators defenseman Shea Weber registered 1-1—2 to reach the 50-point milestone for the second time in his NHL career (21-29—50). He now has 12-16—28, including three game-winning goals, in his past 36 contests. The Predators are 15-1-2 when he finds the back of the net this season.
* Weber now leads the Predators with 21 goals, one more than forward Craig Smith. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a defenseman led his team in goal-scoring was in 2008-09, when Sheldon Souray tallied 23 times for the Oilers (tied with Ales Hemsky).
* Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson collected an assist to reach the 50-assist and 70-point milestones for the second time in his NHL career (20-50—70). He also became the first blueliner to record 20 goals and 50 assists in the same season since 2000-01, when Brian Leetch posted 21-58—79 for the Rangers.
* Karlsson leads all defensemen with 70 points this season, 13 more than the next-closest player (Duncan Keith: 6-51—57). He also ranks second among blueliners in goals, assists, power-play assists (23), power-play points (28) and shots on goal (236).
Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier scored twice, including the tying marker with 24.1 seconds remaining in regulation, to eclipse 400 career goals . . . Kyle Turris posted 2-1—3 to help the Senators improve to 3-0-1 in their last four outings . . . Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula tallied his 25th goal of the season to extend his career-long point streak to 12 games (5-11—16) . . . Sean Monahan became the first rookie forward to reach the 20-goal mark for the Flames since Jarome Iginla in 1996-97 . . . Predators forward Patric Hornqvist (2-0—2) scored his 100th NHL goal and now has 4-4—8 in his past five games . . . Capitals defenseman Mike Green played in his 500th career game . . . Predators forward Mark Van Guilder made his NHL debut (at age 30) . . . After serving in an interim capacity since Nov. 13, the Sabres named Ted Nolan the team’s head coach and signed him to a contract extension.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Carolina @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., FS-CR, SNET-E, SNET-OTT, TVA
Florida @ New Jersey, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, RDS2
Winnipeg @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., TSN-JETS, KDOC
Minnesota @ Los Angeles, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN
MINNESOTA LOOKS TO EXTEND WILD CARD LEAD
The Wild (38-26-11, 87 points) visit the Kings (44-25-6, 94 points) at STAPLES Center in a national telecast on NBCSN. Minnesota will try to build its lead in the Western Conference Wild Card race – the team currently has a three-point cushion over Phoenix for the top Wild Card spot following a 3-1 victory against the Coyotes on Saturday night. Los Angeles, however, enters tonight’s matchup on a six-game winning streak and has won 14 of its past 17, outscoring opponents 50-32 in that span. The Kings also are 3-1-1 in their last five home games versus the Wild dating Feb. 24, 2011.
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