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by Paul on 03/02/14 at 11:35 AM ET
TOEWS SPARKS 'HAWKS TO STADIUM SERIES WIN
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews earned First Star honors in Chicago's 5-1 win over Pittsburgh in the finale to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at a packed, jubilant and snowy Soldier Field Saturday. Toews tallied a pair of goals, including the game-winner in highlight-reel fashion, and earned an assist on Patrick Sharp's game-opening goal. He also posted a +3 rating, won 15 face-offs and recorded a game-high seven shots on goal (tied with Pittsburgh's James Neal).
* Toews' 2-1--3 performance tied the records for most goals and points in a regular-season NHL outdoor game.
* Toews notched his 20th and 21st goals of the season, reaching the 20-goal plateau for the seventh time in as many NHL seasons.
* Toews has tallied eight points (6-2--8) in five career games against Pittsburgh.
JAGR CONTINUES HIS CLIMB
Jaromir Jagr scored his 700th NHL goal and moved into a tie with Marcel Dionne on the all-time assist list (1,040) as he notched his 15th multi-point game of the season in New Jersey's 6-1 win on Long Island. Jagr has 19 goals this season, matching his highest total since returning to the NHL in 2011-12, and sits eight goals behind Mike Gartner for sixth on the all-time list. At 42, Jagr is the oldest player in League history to score 700 goals (Elias):
AGE AT TIME OF 700th NHL GOAL
Jaromir Jagr - 42 years, 12 days
Gordie Howe - 40 years, 245 days
Brett Hull - 38 years, 183 days
Mike Gartner - 38 years, 44 days
Phil Esposito - 37 years, 345 days
Marcel Dionne - 36 years, 86 days
Wayne Gretzky - 29 years, 341 days
* Jagr also increased his NHL-record game-winning goals total to 123 with his fifth decisive tally of the season.
THE GREAT 800
Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of power-play goals in Washington’s 4-2 win in Boston, giving him 800 career NHL points (414-386--800). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ovechkin, a native of Moscow, is the fastest Russian and sixth-fastest European-born player to reach the milestone.
FASTEST EUROPEAN-BORN PLAYERS TO 800 NHL POINTS
1. Peter Stastny (Slovakia) - 531 games
2. Jari Kurri (Finland) - 558 games
3. Peter Forsberg (Sweden) - 619 games
4. Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic) - 626 games
5. Teemu Selanne (Finland) - 636 games
6. Alex Ovechkin (Russia) - 658 games
* Ovechkin leads the League with 43 goals this season, 17 of which have come with the man advantage (also a League high). He has registered 17 points in his last 11 games (9-8--17 since Jan. 19) and, dating back to last season, has scored 66 goals in his last 80 contests.
OT THRILLERS ON HNIC
A pair of all-Canadian matchups highlighted the Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader in advance of Sunday’s 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic between the Canucks and Senators at BC Place.
* The Canadiens took an early 2-0 lead against the Maple Leafs then overcame a late deficit as Max Pacioretty’s second goal of the game at 3:28 of overtime was the winner in a 4-3 decision at Bell Centre. Pacioretty has 29 goals this season, bringing him within four of his single-season high established in 2011-12.
* Sean Monahan scored his second goal of the game at 1:50 of overtime to give the Flames a 2-1 win in the Battle of Alberta. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Monahan, 19, is the youngest player in franchise history to score an overtime goal. Robert Reichel (20 years, 129 days) established the previous record with his tally on Nov. 1, 1991 against Winnipeg. Monahan has 18 goals this season, ranking him second among rookies behind 18-year-old Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon (22 goals).
* Winnipeg (30-26-6; 66 points) skated to a 3-1 win at Nashville, joining Dallas (28-22-10; 66 points) and Vancouver (28-24-10; 66 points) on level points for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. Dallas holds the tie-breaker, having played two fewer games.
* The Flyers (31-24-6; 68 points) skated to a 4-2 win over the Rangers (33-25-3; 69 points) moving within one point of their rival for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers will also play divisional opponents in five of their next six games.
* The Capitals (29-23-9; 67 points) inched closer to a playoff position with their victory in Boston while the Blue Jackets (29-23-9; 67 points) and Devils (26-22-13; 65 points) also kept pace in the East.
STRONG IN NET
* Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of 25 shots to lead the Kings to their fourth consecutive win, a 3-1 decision over the Hurricanes. Quick has a 1.84 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and three shutouts in his past 18 games and is four victories from tying Rogie Vachon (171) for first place on the franchise's all-time wins list.
* Ondrej Pavelec backstopped Winnipeg to its second straight victory despite being outshot 40-20. Pavelec has stopped 73 of 76 shots in two wins since the Olympic break.
* Lightning netminder Ben Bishop stopped 39 of 41 shots en route to a 4-2 win in Dallas. His 29 wins this season are tied for second place in the League.
Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 354th career assist on Ovechkin’s first goal, moving him past Peter Bondra for seventh on the Capitals’ all-time assists list. . . Tampa Bay captain Martin St. Louis (2-0--2), 38, became the oldest player to post consecutive multi-goal games since Daniel Alfredsson, then 39, on Mar. 24 and 26, 2012 (Elias). . . The Blue Jackets matched a season high with six goals, including three power-play markers (3-for-4), en route to a 6-3 win over the Panthers. Nick Foligno scored into an empty net for his 200th NHL point (83-117--200) as Columbus improved to 12-5-1 in its past 18 games. . . Nashville's Simon Moser scored his first NHL goal in his fifth career game. . . Rich Clune (NSH) and Dmitry Orlov (WSH) each played in his 100th NHL game. . . Derick Brassard scored to extend his point streak to eight games (5-5--10), the longest by a Rangers player this season. . . Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov recorded three assists, giving him seven helpers in his past five games. . . Toronto’s Phil Kessel (3-5--8) and James van Riemsdyk (4-3--7) each finished with two points to extend their point streaks to four games.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Philadelphia @ Washington, 12:30 p.m., NBC
San Jose @ New Jersey, 3:00 p.m., CSN-CA, MSG
Florida @ NY Islanders, 3:00 p.m., FS-F, MSG PLUS
Ottawa @ Vancouver, 4:00 p.m., CBC, RDS, NBCSN
Boston @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., TSN2, RDS2, NBCSN
Tampa Bay @ Colorado, 8:00 p.m., SUN, ALT
St. Louis @ Phoenix, 8:00 p.m., FS-MW, FS-A PLUS
Carolina @ Anaheim, 8:00 p.m., FS-CR, PRIME
HERITAGE CLASSIC QUICK HITS
* The Canucks and Senators face off this afternoon at BC Place in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic (4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, CBC, RDS, NBCSN, SiriusXM Radio).
* The Canucks become the first NHL team to host a game in a retractable-roof facility and the third Canadian NHL team to host a regular-season outdoor game, following the Edmonton Oilers in 2003 and Calgary Flames in 2011, each of whom hosted the Montreal Canadiens.
* The Canucks have won six consecutive games versus the Senators dating to the 2009-10 season and 10 of the last 11 dating to 2005-06.
* The Canucks and Senators already have played once this season, a 5-2 Vancouver win at Ottawa on Nov. 28. Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin recorded his 300th career goal early in the second period as Vancouver scored four times in a span of 8:51 to take control of the game.
* The 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic features the two most recent Canadian-based Stanley Cup Finalists – the Canucks (2011) and Senators (2007).
* The Canucks and Senators will become the 17th and 18th NHL clubs to play in a regular-season outdoor NHL game.
* Teams from Vancouver and Ottawa met in the 1915 Stanley Cup Final, three seasons before the founding of the NHL. The Vancouver Millionaires, champions of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, faced the Ottawa Senators, who had captured top honors in the National Hockey Association. The Millionaires swept a best-of-five series to claim the trophy.
* The Senators turned the tables on the Millionaires in the 1921 Stanley Cup Final as Ottawa won the series 3-2.
* British Columbia natives on the Canucks’ and Senators’ active rosters: Vancouver’s Jason Garrison (White Rock) and Dan Hamhuis (Smithers); Ottawa’s Kyle Turris (New Westminster) and Patrick Wiercioch (Burnaby). Canucks forward and Vancouver native Mike Santorelli is on injured reserve.
Above information via the NHL PR department
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