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by Paul on 01/09/14 at 10:13 AM ET
FLYING AT HOME
Three different players scored and Steve Mason made 19 saves to lead the Flyers to their 10th consecutive victory at Wells Fargo Center, their longest home winning streak since an 11-game run Oct. 27-Dec. 5, 2003.
* All 10 wins have come in regulation. The Flyers haven’t done that since Feb. 10-April 4, 1985, when they won their last 14 home games of the regular season – all in regulation – en route to a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
* The Flyers haven’t lost at home since Nov. 7 (a 3-0 loss to the Devils) and are 12-7-0 at Wells Fargo Center this season.
* The Flyers have collected points in 11 of their past 13 games overall (10-2-1), including a 5-1-0 mark on their recently completed six-game holiday road trip.
* Andrej Meszaros matched a career high with three assists, last accomplished March 2, 2006.
* Zac Rinaldo scored his first career game-winning goal, snapping a 54-game goal drought.
RANGERS EDGE BLACKHAWKS IN ORIGINAL SIX BATTLE
Carl Hagelin scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:57 remaining in regulation and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to power the Rangers to their first win at United Center since Jan. 16, 2009.
* The Rangers have earned points in nine of their past 12 games (7-3-2), including a 4-1-1 mark in their last six.
* The Rangers also recorded their 12th victory in their past 16 road contests. They are 14-10-0 as visitors this season, the most road wins of any Eastern Conference club and tied for the League lead (with the Blackhawks and Ducks).
* Lundqvist improved to 4-1-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in his last five road appearances. He also recorded an assist, his second of the season and the 14th of his career.
STASTNY POWERS AVALANCHE
Paul Stastny scored the tying goal with 2:20 remaining in regulation and posted the primary assist on Tyson Barrie’s game-winner 33 seconds into overtime to lead the Avalanche to their fourth victory on their season-long, seven-game homestand (4-1-1).
* Stastny (1-2—3) has posted multiple points in each of the past three games, totaling 2-6—8 over that span. He ranks third on the team with 13-20—33 in 41 games this season.
* Barrie recorded his second career game-winning goal, both of which have come in overtime (also March 30, 2013).
* Gabriel Landeksog collected a career-high three assists, extending his career-long point streak to eight games (3-8—11). It is the longest point streak by a member of the Avalanche since 2010-11, when Kevin Shattenkirk posted points in nine consecutive games Nov. 17-Dec. 4 (4-9—13).
* The Avalanche recorded their sixth consecutive victory over the Senators and improved to 15-3-1 all-time against Ottawa at home.
KEITH COLLECTS 40TH ASSIST
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith became the first blueliner – and third player (Joe Thornton, Sidney Crosby) – to reach 40 assists this season with a helper on Jonathan Toews’ goal. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Keith, who has played in all of Chicago’s 46 games this season, hit the 40-assist mark in fewer team games than any defenseman in Blackhawks history, breaking the old standard of 52 games set by Chris Chelios in 1995-96.
Keith also became the fastest blueliner on any team to reach the 40-assist plateau since 2000-01, when Brian Leetch did so in the Rangers’ 45th game of the season.
Keith leads all defenseman, and is tied for 12th in the League, with 3-40—43 this season.
LOS ANGELES STADIUM SERIES PERFORMERS
The NHL announced that chart-topping singer/songwriter John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks, and the USC Trojan Marching Band will join legendary rockers KISS as featured performers at the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 25 (6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, SiriusXM Radio).
The musical performances will take place on two stages on the field. One stage will feature a special design created by Los Angeles art legend Mister Cartoon with help from his star pupils at Para Los Niños, a local nonprofit that provides high-quality education, family support services and community engagement programs to 7,500 children and families each year.
The Blackhawks suffered their first regulation loss since Dec. 14, snapping a 10-game run (6-0-4) . . . Senators forward Clarke MacArthur scored for the fourth consecutive game (4-1—5). He ranks second on the team with 15 goals this season (44 GP), six shy of his career high (21 goals in 82 GP in 2010-11) . . . The Canadiens recorded their fifth shorthanded goal of the season, tied for the fourth-most in the NHL (with the Ducks) . . . Senators captain Jason Spezza scored his 12th goal of the season in his return to the lineup following a four-game absence.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Florida @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., FS-F, MSG-B, BELL TV
Dallas @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., FS-SW, MSG PLUS
Toronto @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., SNET-O, SPSO
Washington @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., NHLN-US, RDS, CSN-DC, SUN
Anaheim @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., PRIME, FS-TN
St. Louis @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., FS-MW, SNET-W
Minnesota @ Phoenix, 9:00 p.m., FS-N, FS-A
Boston @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., NESN, FS-W
Detroit @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., FS-D, CSN-CA
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