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by Paul on 11/28/13 at 11:42 AM ET
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
The Penguins trailed 4-1 in the second period and 5-3 to start the third, but a goal by Evgeni Malkin, his second of the night, tied the game with 12:19 left in regulation. Malkin added a shootout marker to help Pittsburgh outlast Toronto, 6-5. Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff stopped 11 of 13 shots for the victory in relief of Marc-Andre Fleury. Pittsburgh posted a season-high 48 shots, including 17 in both the first and third periods.
*James Neal (1-1--2) posted his fifth straight multi-point game and has 6-5--11 in that span. Since his return from injury on Nov. 9, Neal and linemate Evgeni Malkin (2-1--3) have combined for a League-high 30 points (Neal, 7-7--14; Malkin 3-13--16).
*Malkin leads the NHL in both assists (17) and points (20) for the month of November. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Malkin’s 17 assists match his career high for a calendar month (set in February 2008), and his 20 points are the most he's registered in one month since March 2012 (23).
*Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang (1-2--3) and Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk (2-1--3) each finished with three points while Sidney Crosby recorded 0-2--2 to add to his League scoring lead (13-20--33).
STEEN’S 20TH LEADS BLUES
St. Louis forward Alexander Steen scored his 20th goal of the season helping the Blues open a 3-1 first-period lead en route to a 4-1 win over the Avalanche. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steen is the second-fastest player in Blues history to reach the 20-goal mark, doing so in 24 games. Brett Hull scored 20 goals in his first 20 games in 1990-91. The goal moved Steen back into a tie for first in League goal-scoring with Washington's Alex Ovechkin (20-8--28).
*Steen’s goal was his fifth game-winner of the season tying him with Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Anaheim’s Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf for the League lead.
*The Blues posted their season-high fifth straight victory and are 10-1-1 in their past 12 games. The win was St. Louis’ first in Colorado since a 1-0 decision on Apr. 12, 2009.
TAMPA WINS SEVENTH STRAIGHT AT HOME
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman tied a career-high with three points (2-1--3) and Anders Lindback made 19 saves as the Lightning won their seventh consecutive game at Tampa Bay Times Forum spoiling Vincent Lecavalier’s homecoming. Hedman’s two-goal game matched his career-high and gives him six goals this season (6-9--15), a career best.
*Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier scored in his return to Tampa Bay, the city where he played 14 seasons. Lecavalier was honored as the 12th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period and received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program for the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation, an organization he started in 2003. Lecavalier is the franchise’s all-time leader for games played (1,037) and goals (383) and helped the team to its only Stanley Cup in 2004.
KANE LEADS BLACKHAWKS RALLY
Chicago forward Patrick Kane scored twice, including the game-winner with 18 seconds remaining, as the Blackhawks tallied three-straight third period goals to overcome a 2-0 deficit. Kane extended his point streak to a career-high 12 games (8-9--17) while goalie Antti Raanta made 20 saves for a win in his first career NHL start – Raanta made his NHL debut in relief of Corey Crawford on Nov. 19 (vs. Colorado).
Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi stopped 38 shots and turned aside another five in an eight-round shootout as the Sharks defeated the Kings on the strength of captain Joe Thornton’s second-career game-deciding shootout goal. The Sharks' captain hadn't taken a shootout attempt since Dec. 11, 2009, in the ninth round against the Dallas Stars.
*The Sharks improved to 7-0-0 in their last seven regular-season home games versus the Kings, dating back to a 4-0 loss on Dec. 27, 2010. The victory moved San Jose into first place in the Pacific Division (37 points in 24 games) with three games in hand on Anaheim (37 points in 27 games). The Kings, who have earned at least a point in their last 11 games (7-0-4), are in third place, just one point back of the Sharks and Ducks (36 points in 26 games).
SENS WIN CAPITAL SHOWDOWN
The Senators rallied from a 3-1 first-period deficit and Zack Smith scored to break a 4-4 tie with 2:23 left in the third as Ottawa earned its first regulation win in Washington since Mar. 12, 2006. Bobby Ryan scored one of his two goals on the power-play as the teams combined for five goals with the man-advantage (Senators 3-for-6; Washington 2-for-4). Ryan now has 13 goals this season (13-11---24), surpassing his 46-game total of 11 in 2012-13.
ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE
Carolina forward Patrick Dwyer scored the game-winning goal shorthanded to help the Hurricanes hold off a third period rally by the Devils to win the first half of their home-and-home series. Dwyer’s goal, his second shorthanded goal of the season and third in his last three games, was Carolina’s League-leading fifth shorthanded tally this season (all on the road).
*Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made 19 saves, including a highlight-reel glove stop on Adam Henrique, to improve to 2-1-1 since returning from injury. Ward, who returned to the Carolina lineup from injury on Nov. 18, also had a highlight-reel save on Colin Greening earlier in the week.
*Carolina captain Eric Staal recorded an assist to extend his season-high point streak to seven games (3-6--9).
POWER-PLAY PACES MONTREAL
The Canadiens scored a pair of power-play goals, including David Desharnais’ eventual game-winner in the second period, to win their fourth straight contest. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this marks the first time in franchise history that Montreal has scored at least one power-play goal in 11 or more consecutive road games at any point in the season.
*Canadiens goalie Carey Price allowed one goal on 25 shots. Price has surrendered two goals or less in each of his past six games (4-1-1 with a .952 save percentage and 1.50 goals-against average).
*Defenseman Andrei Markov assisted on all three Montreal goals for the second time this month (0-3-3 against Minnesota on Nov. 1) and ninth time in his career.
WINGS ROUT BRUINS
Six different players scored for the Red Wings, including three goals in a span of 3:56 in the second period, as Detroit beat Original Six rival Boston, 6-1. Johan Franzen led the Red Wings with three points (0-3--3) as the team posted its highest offensive output since an 8-3 win on Feb. 24 versus Vancouver.
*According the Elias Sports Bureau the 6-1 win by Detroit matched the largest margin of victory by either side in a game between these two teams over the last 20 years – the Red Wings also posted a 6-1 win on Feb. 11, 2011. The last time the Bruins defeated the Red Wings by as many as five goals was a 6-1 win at Boston Garden in 1991 (January).
Devils forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 691st career goal late in the third period to pass former Penguins teammate Mario Lemieux for ninth on the NHL’s all-time list… Islanders captain John Tavares recorded 1-1--2 and ranks fifth in League scoring with 11-18—29 in 25 games… Predators’ rookie goalie Marek Mazanec (5-3-0) made 19 saves for his second career shutout… David Legwand scored his fifth of the season and now has 13 points (4-9--13) in his last 13 games – he leads Nashville with 5-15--20 this season… The Rangers improved to 7-1-0 in their last eight road games and are tied with Chicago for the League lead with a total of nine road wins this season. They also improved to 12-1-0 overall when scoring the game’s first goal (.923 winning percentage, tied for third)… Phoenix improved to 6-0-2 at Minnesota since 2009-10… Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette recorded his 200th career assist… Blues forward Jaden Schwartz scored to extend his point streak to five games (2-3--5).
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