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by Paul on 11/22/13 at 11:29 AM ET
Jaromir Jagr scored the winning goal at 2:30 of overtime, propelling the Devils to their third consecutive victory and sixth win in their past eight contests (6-1-1) while adding to his legacy in the NHL record books:
* Jagr tied Gordie Howe for the most game-winning goals in League history (121).
* It also was the 690th goal of Jagr’s career (1,413 GP), matching former teammate Mario Lemieux (915 GP) for ninth all-time.
* Jagr added to his NHL record for regular-season overtime goals (18). Three players are tied for second with 15: Patrik Elias, Sergei Fedorov and Mats Sundin.
* The 41-year-old Jagr leads the Devils with 9-9—18 in 22 games this season, including 6-2—8 over his last eight games. He also is tied for fourth in the NHL with three game-winning goals.
BLUES OUTLAST BRUINS, EXTEND RECORD START
Jaroslav Halak made a season-high 29 saves, plus another three in the shootout, to help the Blues improve to 15-3-3 (33 points), continuing their best start to a season in franchise history.
* Derek Roy scored in regulation and also potted the deciding goal in the tiebreaker; he is 11-for-32 (34.4%), including six game-deciding goals, all-time in shootouts.
* The Blues improved to 32-9-5 versus the Eastern Conference since the start of the 2010-11 season, the NHL’s best inter-conference record in that span.
* St. Louis has won six consecutive games at TD Garden, tied for the longest active streak in the League.
* Head coach Ken Hitchcock recorded his 620th career win, tying Bryan Murray for eighth in NHL history.
TOEWS LEADS BLACKHAWKS IN (SECOND) HOMECOMING
In his second visit to his hometown of Winnipeg, Jonathan Toews matched a career high with four points (1-3—4) in leading the Blackhawks to their ninth win in their past 12 contests (9-2-1). With the victory, Chicago (15-4-4, 34 points) jumped to the top of the NHL standings, one point ahead of Anaheim, San Jose and St. Louis.
Toews has two four-point games in 23 contests this season (also 3-1—4 Oct. 29 vs. Ottawa), matching his total from his first 408 regular-season games prior to 2013-14. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Blackhawks player to post two four-point games in one season since 2006-07, when Jeff Hamilton did so in his only campaign with Chicago.
NYQUIST GETS THE CALL, SPARKS RED WINGS
Called up from the AHL Thursday morning and playing in his first game of the season, Gustav Nyquist scored two goals, including his first 17 seconds after the opening face-off as well as the eventual game-winner, to help the Red Wings snap a seven-game losing streak (0-2-5) and eight-game winless streak at Joe Louis Arena (0-2-6).
Captain Henrik Zetterberg (0-3—3) assisted on both of Nyquist’s goals and added another helper, raising his point total to 15 (9-6—15) in 11 career games versus the Hurricanes. Zetterberg paces Detroit with 16 assists, 26 points and a +10 rating in 23 games this season.
AVALANCHE OF RICHES
Ryan O’Reilly scored the game-winning goal with 41.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Avalanche to a 16-5-0 record (32 points), their best 21-game start in franchise history. Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves, his third victory this season when facing 40 or more shots on goal (tied with Sabres netminder Ryan Miller for the most in the NHL).
NASH, LUNDQVIST STAR IN BIG D
Rick Nash scored his first goal of the season and Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves, including 23 in the first period (a career high for a single period), to lead the Rangers to their fifth consecutive road victory.
Nash was awarded a penalty shot in the third period, but failed to score. The Rangers also took a penalty shot in their previous game, when Chris Kreider failed to convert against the Bruins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks just the second time in franchise history – and first time in 79 years – the Rangers have been awarded penalty shots in consecutive games (Nov. 19-22, 1934). The most recent NHL team to attempt penalty shots in consecutive games was the Canucks on March 14-16 of last season.
CULLEN POWERS PREDATORS
Matt Cullen (1-3—4) factored on all four Predators goals to help the team pick up its third consecutive victory. Cullen had recorded four points in a game only twice before in his 16-season NHL career, most recently with the Ducks on Dec. 15, 2002 (0-4—4). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at age 37 Cullen is the oldest player to score four or more points in a game this season and the oldest player in Predators history to do so, breaking the mark set by 36-year-old Cliff Ronning on Dec. 20, 2001 (1-3—4).
DID YOU KNOW?
The Oilers scored 14 consecutive goals without yielding one to their opponents (dating to Nov. 16) before Scottie Upshall found the back of the net for the Panthers late in the second period Thursday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Edmonton’s run of 14 unanswered goals tied a franchise record set Nov. 6-8, 1985, when the team scored the last marker in a 4-4 tie at Los Angeles and then defeated Vancouver, 13-0.
Matt Read scored twice in a 1:40 span of the second period to help the Flyers extend their point streak to a season-high six games (5-0-1) . . . The Sharks tallied five consecutive goals, including two from Tommy Wingels, to pick up their fourth win in their past five games . . . Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane posted 1-1—2 to extend his point streak to nine games (5-8—13), the longest active streak in the NHL . . . Coyotes captain Shane Doan collected an assist to stretch his point streak to seven games (6-3—9) . . . Maple Leafs forward Mason Raymond recorded an assist to extend his point streak to five games (3-3—6) . . . Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien posted 1-1—2 to stretch his goal/point streak to four games (5-2—7) . . . Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk recorded his 100th career assist . . . Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore scored his first NHL goal . . . Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller played in his first NHL game . . . Newly-acquired forward Peter Holland scored his first goal with the Maple Leafs . . . Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera (2-0—2) potted his first career shorthanded goal . . . Sharks forward Logan Couture collected a career-high three assists . . . The Ducks acquired forward Tim Jackman from the Flames in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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