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NHL NEWS JANUARY 23, 2023 – ULLMARK EARNS 25TH WIN AS BRUINS BLANK SHARKS

Linus Ullmark stopped all 17 shots he faced while defensemen Charlie McAvoy (1-1—2) and Hampus Lindholm (1-1—2) chipped in offensively to help the Bruins (37-5-4, 78 points) earn their fifth straight win and bolster their lead atop the NHL standings.

  • Ullmark improved to 25-2-1 and ranks as the NHL leader in wins, save percentage (.938) and goals against average (1.82) among all goaltenders (min. 5 GP). The Bruins netminder, who made his League debut with the Sabres in 2015-16, is set to appear in his first NHL All-Star Game.
  • The Bruins have received goals from their blueline in five straight games dating to Jan. 14. The last time Boston had a streak of as many contests in the regular season was from March 8-15, 2014 (5 GP).

2023 NHL ALL-STARS HUGHES, CROSBY TRADE GOALS IN DEVILS WIN

With the NHL All-Star Game headed to Florida in less than two weeks, soon-to-be Metropolitan Division teammates Jack Hughes and Sidney Crosby each scored during their head-to-head matchup Sunday.

  • Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) became the first Florida-born player in League history to score 30 goals in a season. He will soon become the first player born in the state to skate in more than one NHL All-Star Game (also 2022).
  • Hughes (21 years, 253 days) followed Brendan Shanahan as the second player in Devils team history to reach the 30-goal mark in a season before his 22nd birthday. Shanahan netted his 30th goal of the 1989-90 campaign on March 29, 1990, at age 21 years, 65 days.
  • Crosby, who was 18 when he hit the 30-goal mark for the first time during his rookie season (2005-06), netted his 539th career goal to overtake Keith Tkachuk (538) for sole possession of 33rd place in NHL history. Crosby – set to play in his fifth NHL All-Star Game – is one of two All-Star MVPs among the group headed to South Florida next month (also David Pastrnak).

KELLER NETS HAT TRICK AT MULLETT ARENA

Noteworthy performances from players on Western Conference clubs, included the Coyotes’ Clayton Keller who posted a hat trick in his team’s win against the Golden Knights at Mullett Arena.

  • Keller, who became the first Coyotes player to record multiple hat tricks in a single season since Mikkel Boedker (2x) in 2015-16, reached the 40-point mark in a campaign for the fifth time in his career (18-23—41 in 47 GP). Since the franchise relocated to Arizona, only Shane Doan (14x) and Radim Vrbata (6x) have posted more 40-point seasons with the club.

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF RACE, TOP GOAL SCORERS OPEN MONDAY’S SLATE…

Three of four clubs in action during the first half of Monday’s schedule are among a group of five teams that are separated by only six points in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings.

  • The TVAS doubleheader begins at Madison Square Garden where the Rangers (25-14-7, 57 points) will look to pad their lead on the No. 3 spot in the Metropolitan Division – a position they have held since Jan. 10. New York will be hosting the reigning Presidents’ Trophy-winning Panthers (23-20-5, 51 points), who own an active five-game point streak (4-0-1) and have won seven of their past 10 games, including two straight. Florida’s stretch since Jan. 3 has helped them narrow the gap between them and a playoff spot from eight to three points as they aim to move into a Wild Card spot for the first time since Dec. 3.
  • The Islanders share an identical record with the Panthers as they visit their former captain John Tavares and the Maple Leafs (28-11-8, 64 points), who have held the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division since Nov. 12. Toronto Maple Leafs Mitchell Marner (8-21—29 in 20 home GP dating to Nov. 2) will look to continue his franchise-record home point streak, which includes nine multi-point showings and stands as the longest by any player since 2000-01 (Joe Sakic: 23 home GP w/ COL).
  • The third game of the night is expected to include two of the top five goal scorers in the NHL in Sabres forward Tage Thompson (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Stars forward Jason Robertson (Arcadia, Calif.). Last season was the eighth campaign in League history to include multiple U.S.-born players among the top five goal scorers in the NHL.

GAUDREAU PRIMED FOR RETURN TO CALGARY ON ESPN+

An ESPN+ and HULU exclusive in the U.S. will see Johnny Gaudreau on the ice in Calgary as a visitor for the first time as he returns to the city where he collected 609 points with the Flames crest on his chest from 2013-14 to 2021-22.

  • Gaudreau’s final campaign in Calgary saw him post a career-high 115 points, the second-highest single-season total in franchise history, and lead the Flames to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth time during his tenure. In addition to ranking among the top five on franchise lists for career regular-season assists (5th) and points (5th), Gaudreau collected 33 playoff points in a Flames sweater to top all Calgary skaters during his time with the club.
  • While a lot has changed for Gaudreau in recent months – now a father, after he and wife Meredith welcomed daughter Noa in October – he continues to shine on the ice as he paces the Blue Jackets in goals (tied), assists and points this season (13-31—44 in 46 GP). The 29-year-old told NHL.com that he is expecting some jeers when he hits the ice Monday but overall is looking forward to the experience.
  • The “Legend of Johnny Hockey” extends beyond his on-ice performance during nearly a decade in the Canadian Rockies. Gaudreau, who was on the ice for the first time when he was just a few days old, battled adversity throughout his hockey journey – often because of his size – to reach the NHL where he made a point to give back to the Calgary community by regularly hosting kids at games. An “NHL Skates Off” feature from October 2018 profiled “Johnny Hockey,” who learned to skate by chasing Skittles around the ice.

Hyman, Stamkos and Zegras Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week

Edmonton Oilers left wing Zach Hyman, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 22, 2023.

FIRST STAR – ZACH HYMAN, LW, EDMONTON OILERS

Hyman paced the NHL with 4-5—9 and a +8 rating, recording multiple points in each of his three outings to help the Oilers (27-18-3, 57 points) post a perfect week and extend their overall winning streak to six contests dating to Jan. 11. He registered 1-2—3, including an assist on Warren Foegele’s decisive goal, in a 5-2 triumph over the Seattle Kraken Jan. 17. Hyman then scored twice (his 19th career multi-goal performance) in a 5-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning Jan. 19. He capped the week with his second career four-point game (1-3—4), factoring on all four Edmonton goals in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Jan. 21. The 30-year-old Hyman has points in five straight contests dating to Jan. 13 (4-8—12), including multiple points in a career-best four consecutive games since Jan. 14 (4-7—11). He ranks 14th in the NHL with 24-32—56 overall in 2022-23 (47 GP), already surpassing his career high of 27-27—54 set in 76 appearances last season (his first with the Oilers).

SECOND STAR – STEVEN STAMKOS, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Stamkos, who became the 47th player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal milestone, shared the League lead with five goals in four contests (5-1—6) to guide the Lightning (29-15-1, 59 points) to a 2-2-0 week. He collected one assist as Tampa Bay snapped the Seattle Kraken’s eight-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory Jan. 16. Stamkos then potted his 11th career hat trick, highlighted by his 500th goal, in a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Jan. 18. He became the eighth player in League history to reach the milestone and record a hat trick in the same game – and first since Mats Sundin on Oct. 14, 2006 (w/ TOR). Stamkos finished the week with one goal in each of his next two contests, a 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers Jan. 19 and a 6-3 defeat versus the Calgary Flames Jan. 21. The 32-year-old Lightning captain and two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner sits 16th in the League with 23-31—54 in 45 total outings this season.

THIRD STAR – TREVOR ZEGRAS, C, ANAHEIM DUCKS

Zegras ranked second in the NHL with 4-4—8 in four games as the Ducks (13-29-5, 31 points) went 1-2-1. He notched 1-1—2 in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Jan. 16, followed by one assist in a 5-2 defeat against the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 17. Zegras then posted 1-1—2 (including the game-winning goal) in a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 19 before closing the week with 2-1—3 (his fifth career three-point performance) in a 6-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Jan. 21. The 21-year-old Zegras, who finished second in Calder Memorial Trophy voting in 2021-22 (23-38—61 in 75 GP), leads Anaheim with 17 goals and 40 points through 47 total contests this season (17-23—40).

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