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NHL NEWS FEB 15 – LAINE, MATTHEWS CALDER TROPHY RACE

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NHL NEWS FEB 15 – LAINE, MATTHEWS KEEP PACE IN CALDER TROPHY RACE

Jets forward Patrik Laine (3-0—3) and Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (2-0—2) each registered multi-goal performances to leads their respective clubs to victory and keep pace in the tightly-contested race for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Laine registered his third hat trick of the season to help the Jets snap a four-game slide (0-4-0). The second overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft ranks second among rookies with 26-21—47 this season (51 GP), trailing only Toronto’s Mitchell Marner (15-33—48 in 55 GP). Elias notes that Laine became the first NHL rookie to register three hat tricks in a season since Teemu Selanne (5) and Eric Lindros (3) in 1992-93.

Matthews registered his fourth multi-goal game of the season to help the Maple Leafs earn a 7-1 win over the Islanders. The first overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft leads all rookies with 27 goals this season (55 GP) and trails Marner and Laine with 27-19—46 overall. Elias notes that Matthews climbed within seven goals of the franchise record for most in a single season by a Maple Leafs rookie, set by Wendel Clark (34) in 1985-86.

NHL NEWS AND MUSINGS

  • Kyle Palmieri scored the 20th game-winning goal of his NHL career as the Devils improved to 4-1-1 in their last six contests
  • Robin Lehner made 39 saves against his former club as the Sabres improved to 6-0-2 in their last eight games vs. OTT dating to Jan. 26, 2016 (OTT: 2-6-0)
  • Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (0-1—1) ranks second in the NHL with 30-31—61 this season (49 GP) and moved within a point of the 1,000-point milestone (368-631—999)
  • Stars captain Jamie Benn (211-290—501) collected 1-1—2 to become the second player from the 2007 NHL Draft class to eclipse the 500-point milestone (also Patrick Kane)
  • Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (33 saves) registered the 100th win of his NHL career
  • Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (1,200), Coyotes forward Jamie McGinn (500) and Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog (400) each skated in milestone games
  • Sabres forward Kyle Okposo (0-1—1) extended his point streak to seven games (3-4—7)
  • The Oilers, Red Wings and Senators and each hosted events in support of Hockey Is For Everyone month
  • Stars play-by-play announcer Dave Strader will return to the broadcast booth during the team’s upcoming homestand
  • The Canadiens hired Claude Julien as head coach of the club.

TUESDAY’S NHL RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NEW JERSEY 3, Colorado 2
PITTSBURGH 4, Vancouver 0
TORONTO 7, NY Islanders 1
Buffalo 3, OTTAWA 2
Anaheim 1, MINNESOTA 0
WINNIPEG 5, Dallas 2
EDMONTON 5, Arizona 2

WEDNESDAY’S NHL ACTION
All Times Eastern
Toronto @ Columbus, 7 p.m.
St. Louis @ Detroit, 8 p.m.
Philadelphia @ Calgary, 9:30 p.m.
Florida @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m.