Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/10/14 at 11:16 AM ET
SELANNE CLIMBS THE LADDER, HELPS DUCKS STAY HOT
Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period to lead the Ducks to their 15th victory in their past 16 games, including five straight. The goal marked the 109th game-winner of Selanne’s career, tying him with Brendan Shanahan for fifth all-time:
MOST GAME-WINNING GOALS, NHL HISTORY
1. Jaromir Jagr: 122
2. Gordie Howe: 121
3. Phil Esposito: 118
4. Brett Hull: 110
t-5. Teemu Selanne, Brendan Shanahan: 109
* Selanne’s tally also marked the 253rd power-play goal of his career, third all-time and 12 behind Brett Hull for second place.
* Ryan Getzlaf posted 2-1—3, his sixth game this season with three or more points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has more such games in 2013-14 (eight).
* Corey Perry scored his 25th goal of the season, tying Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp for second in the NHL. He has reached the 25-goal plateau in six of the past seven seasons, including a League-leading and career-high 50 in 2010-11.
* Matt Beleskey collected two assists to extend his point streak to five games (2-5—7).
* The Ducks improved to 7-1-0 in their last eight road games. They lead the NHL with 15 road victories and 33 road points this season (15-8-3).
* The Ducks also improved to a League-leading 14-5-1 record (.700 winning percentage) when allowing the first goal and 18-3-2 mark (.826 points percentage) versus the Western Conference this season.
HALAK BACKSTOPS BLUES TO SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN
Jaroslav Halak made a season-high 33 saves to record his 28th career shutout – and third of the season – in backstopping the Blues to their seventh consecutive victory, the longest active streak in the NHL.
* The Blues have earned points in 14 of their past 15 games overall (12-1-2) as well as nine straight on the road (7-0-2). Their seven-game winning streak is the club’s longest since Oct. 22-Nov. 7, 2010, when they also won seven in a row.
* Halak improved to 18-6-3 with a 2.31 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 29 appearances this season. Nineteen of his 28 career shutouts have come in a Blues uniform, a franchise record.
* Vladimir Tarasenko posted 1-1—2 to extend his point streak to five games (3-5—8), matching a career long (Jan. 24-Feb. 1, 2013: 2-3—5).
* Vladimir Sobotka also recorded 1-1—2, giving him 2-7—9 in his past six outings following a six-game absence.
STAAL, HURRICANES GROUND MAPLE LEAFS
Jordan Staal (1-3—4) matched a career high with four points to help the Hurricanes pick up their season-high fifth consecutive victory, their longest winning streak since Feb. 5-March 4, 2010 (7-0-0).
* Staal’s only other four-point game came on Nov. 11, 2008, when he recorded 3-1—4 for the Penguins in a 7-6 victory over the Red Wings.
* Staal scored his 14th career shorthanded goal and first since Feb. 25, 2012. The Hurricanes lead the NHL with eight shorthanded goals this season.
* Staal’s first assist marked the 300th point of his NHL career. He has 140-163—303 in 523 career games.
* Jeff Skinner posted 1-1—2 to extend his point streak to a career-long six games (7-5—12). He has 17 goals and 24 points, including eight multi-point efforts, in his past 17 outings.
* Elias Lindholm collected 1-2—3 in his first game since Dec. 12 following a trip to the World Junior Championship.
* Anton Khudobin made 25 saves to improve to 6-0-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in seven appearances this season.
* John-Michael Liles, who was acquired from the Maple Leafs Jan. 1, scored his first goal/point of the season. He has 6-3—9 in seven career games versus Toronto.
HATS OFF FOR FONTAINE
Justin Fontaine scored his first career hat trick and Niklas Backstrom made a season-high 39 saves to lead the Wild to their fourth consecutive victory. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Fontaine is the first rookie in franchise history to record three goals in a game. At 26 years old, he also is the oldest player to register a hat trick for any team in his rookie season since March 22, 2003, when Oilers forward Fernando Pisani did so at the same age.
FEHR CAPITALIZES AGAINST LIGHTNING
Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal, his second of the game, with 51.5 seconds remaining in regulation to power the Capitals to their fifth consecutive victory over the Lightning. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Fehr is the first Capitals player to score a tiebreaking goal in the final minute of regulation since Nov. 6, 2008, when Alexander Semin did so in a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.
* Mike Green collected two helpers to record the 200th assist and 300th point of his NHL career.
MILESTONE NIGHT FOR WILLIAMS
Playing in his 800th career game, Justin Williams scored his 14th goal of the season and added his 14th assist to help the Kings improve to 13-3-3 in their last 19 games at STAPLES Center.
* The Kings also improved to 20-4-3 when scoring first and 18-2-0 when scoring three or more goals this season.
* Jeff Carter recorded his team-leading 16th goal of the season and has 9-7—16 in his past 14 outings.
* Jonathan Quick made 20 saves to improve to 2-0-1 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .940 save percentage since coming off the injured reserve list. He also posted his seventh career assist.
SABRES-HURRICANES GAME RESCHEDULED
Tuesday’s postponed game between the Sabres and Hurricanes has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25, at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The game will start at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The game will be played on the final day of the 17-day break in the regular-season schedule (Feb. 9-25) allowing 150 of the NHL’s top players to participate in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The appropriate date for the rescheduled game was identified in consultation with the two participating clubs and the NHLPA.
Broadcast information for the game, NHL Game No. 647, will be announced when available.
SABRES HIRE MURRAY AS GM, PATRICK AS ADVISOR
The Sabres hired Tim Murray, a 20-year veteran of NHL front offices, as their new general manager and Craig Patrick, a Hockey Hall of Famer and former general manager of the Penguins, as a special assistant and advisor to the hockey department.
Murray joins the Sabres after serving as the assistant general manager of the Senators for seven years. Part of his duties included working as general manager of Ottawa’s AHL affiliate, the 2010-11 Calder Cup champion Binghamton Senators.
Patrick, whose career as a hockey executive spans more than three decades, comes to the Sabres after serving as a senior advisor in the Blue Jackets’ front office since December 2011.
Devils goaltender Cory Schneider made 26 saves to record his 12th career shutout and third of the season. Five of his 12 career shutouts have been by a 1-0 margin, including two this season . . . Brad Boyes scored the tying goal in the third period and the lone marker in the shootout to lead the Panthers to their fourth victory in their past six games. He has 3-4—7 during a five-game point streak . . . Sharks captain Joe Thornton collected two assists. He leads the NHL with 45 helpers in 45 games this season . . . Lightning forward Ondrej Palat posted 1-1—2 to extend his point streak to eight games (4-6—10), the longest by a rookie this season . . . Teammate Matthew Carle collected an assist to stretch his assist/point streak to five games (0-6—6) . . . Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell played in his 800th career game, facing the team that selected him in the sixth round (156th overall) of the 1997 NHL Draft – the Sabres . . . Bruins forward Justin Florek scored his first NHL goal in his third career game . . . Defenseman Wade Redden, the No. 2 overall selection in the 1995 NHL Draft, announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after 14 seasons. Redden, 36, played in 1,023 regular-season games with the Senators, Rangers, Blues and Bruins, compiling 109-348—457 with a +160 rating.
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