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by Paul on 12/24/13 at 10:46 AM ET
SHARKS OUTLAST AVS IN SEESAW AFFAIR
The Avalanche scored two goals in 12 seconds to take the lead with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, but Joe Pavelski tied the game with 19.6 seconds left on the clock and Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored in the shootout to power the Sharks to their third victory in their last four outings.
* The Sharks improved to 11-0-0 in their last 11 regular-season meetings with the Avalanche at SAP Center.
* The Sharks also improved to 8-0-1 in their past nine games overall at home, including three straight victories. They are 13-1-3 at SAP Center this season, tied for the second-most home-ice wins in the Western Conference.
* Joe Thornton (0-3—3) recorded his eighth multi-point game of the season. He now leads the League with 35 assists in 37 contests.
* Thornton also extended his point streak versus the Avalanche to 11 games (2-14—16). He has 14-35—49 in 40 career games versus Colorado.
* Brent Burns posted 1-2—3 for his fourth multi-point game of the season and second with three or more points (Nov. 29: 3-1—4).
DUCKS RALLY FOR NINTH STRAIGHT WIN
The Ducks overcame a two-goal deficit for the second time in as many games to pick up their franchise-record ninth consecutive victory. The team also improved to 10-0-2 in its past 12 games, its longest point streak since Feb. 27-March 20 (9-0-3), and 6-0-0 in its last six as visitors, its longest road winning streak since Jan. 22-Feb. 13, 2011 (6-0-0).
* The Ducks lead the NHL with 59 points in 39 games. The team’s 27-7-5 record is its second-best 39-game start in franchise history, trailing only the 2006-07 Stanley Cup-winning squad (28-5-6, 62 points).
* The Ducks also lead the NHL in road victories (14) and points (31).
* Nineteen-year-old Hampus Lindholm (1-1—2) became the third teenage defenseman to score a game-winning goal this season, joining Nashville’s Seth Jones (Oct. 19) and Ottawa’s Cody Ceci (Dec. 16).
KANE, BLACKHAWKS STAY HOT
Patrick Kane scored his 22nd goal of the season to help the Blackhawks improve to 6-1-2 in their last nine games. With the goal, Kane extended his point streak to 12 games (7-14—21), matching a career long set earlier this season (Nov. 3-27: 8-9—17). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kane is the first player to record multiple point streaks of 10 or more games in the same season since 2005-06, when Jaromir Jagr posted a pair of 12-game streaks (Oct. 10-Nov. 5: 12-7—19, March 12-April 4: 9-14—23).
* The Blackhawks allowed a season-low 12 shots on goal, improving to 18-4-5 when outshooting their opponents. The team also improved to 19-0-4 when scoring first and 10-1-2 versus the Eastern Conference, including a 5-0-0 mark against the Metropolitan Division.
* Kane ranks second in the NHL with 22-27—49 in 39 games this season, five points behind League leader Sidney Crosby (20-34—54).
* Patrick Sharp (2-0—2) recorded his ninth multi-point game of the season. He has 7-5—12 over his last eight contests and ranks second on the team with 18-18—36 in 39 games.
FLYERS GO WILD
Wayne Simmonds (2-1—3) posted his second consecutive multi-goal game to lead the Flyers to their ninth straight victory at Wells Fargo Center, their longest home winning streak since Oct. 7-Nov. 12, 2006 (9-0-0).
* Simmonds has 5-2—7 during a four-game point streak, his second such streak this season (Nov. 12-19: 2-2—4).
* Jakub Voracek recorded two assists to extend his career-long point streak to eight games (6-7—13).
* Claude Giroux tallied 1-1—2 to stretch his assist/point streak to a career-long seven games (5-8—13).
* Steve Mason made 26 saves to earn his third consecutive victory and improve to 4-0-2 in his last six starts. Mason is 11-2-4 in his past 17 decisions dating to Nov. 5.
ST. LOUIS POWERS LIGHTNING
The Lightning scored six unanswered goals, powered by Martin St. Louis’ 1-2—3 performance, to record their fifth consecutive victory and improve to 7-0-2 in their last nine visits to BB&T Center. St. Louis has 3-4—7 during a five-game point streak, his second such streak this season (Oct. 5-15: 4-6—10). He leads the Lightning with 16 goals, 21 assists and 37 points in 37 games.
* St. Louis has 31-40—71 in 73 career games versus the Panthers, including 9-9—18 in his last 10 against them. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the most points by any opponent in Florida history, surpassing Vincent Lecavalier (26-43—69 in 80 GP) and Ilya Kovalchuk (35-33—68 in 59 GP).
* Ben Bishop made 28 saves to become the second goaltender to reach 20 wins this season. He also ranks fifth in the NHL with a 1.93 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in 28 appearances.
* J.T. Brown (2-0—2) recorded his first multi-goal game. He has 3-3—6 in his last eight outings after totaling 1-2—3 in the first 17 games of his NHL career.
* Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 27 saves to record his 24th career shutout (second this season) and snap the Penguins’ seven-game winning streak.
* Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 23 pucks he faced to earn his first shutout of 2013-14. He ranks third among active netminders and 19th all-time with 56 career blank sheets.
DID YOU SEE THAT?
* The Sabres improved to 7-3-1 in their last 11 games overall versus the Coyotes and 23-7-6 all-time at home against the Coyotes/Jets franchise.
* Ryan Miller improved to 5-0-0 with a 0.98 goals-against average, .966 save percentage and one shutout in five career starts versus the Coyotes.
AROUND THE RINKS
The Stars scored three unanswered goals to hand Kings goaltender Martin Jones his first career loss (8-1-0, 1.31 GAA, .953 SV%, 3 SO) . . . Ryan Johansen and Jack Skille each scored in the final five minutes of regulation to help the Blue Jackets overcome a one-goal deficit and pick up their sixth consecutive victory over the Hurricanes . . . The Flames rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit, highlighted by Mark Giordano’s tying score with 4.2 seconds left on the clock, en route to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Blues . . . Nazem Kadri tied the game with 1:24 remaining in regulation, but Derek Stepan scored the decisive goal in the shootout and Cam Talbot made 25 saves to lead the Rangers to a victory in the finale of their franchise-record, nine-game homestand (3-4-2) . . . Four Bruins recorded multi-point games, highlighted by Jarome Iginla’s two-goal performance, to help the team improve to 7-2-0 in its last nine outings . . . The Oilers scored six times, their fifth game this season with five or more goals, to snap a six-game losing streak.
Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (1-2—3) posted his second three-point game of the season. He leads all blueliners with 10 goals and 37 points in 39 contests . . . Wild defenseman Ryan Suter recorded a helper to extend his assist/point streak to a career-long seven games (0-7—7) . . . Predators captain Shea Weber posted an assist to stretch his point streak to six games (2-6—8) . . . Avalanche forward Matt Duchene collected an assist to push his assist/point streak to five games (2-8—10) . . . Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula registered 1-1—2 to extend his point streak to five games (3-5—8) . . . NY Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot recorded an assist to stretch his point streak to five games (2-3—5) . . . Flyers forward Scott Hartnell collected an assist for his 500th NHL point . . . Bruins head coach Claude Julien recorded his 400th career victory . . . Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester played in his 800th NHL game and 671st consecutive contest, the longest active streak in the League . . . Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner skated in his 300th career game.
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