NHL NEWS JANUARY 24, 2023 – NYLANDER POSTS FOUR-POINT PERIOD WHILE SAMSONOV EXTENDS HOME POINT STREAK
William Nylander (2-2—4) factored on four goals in the second period and Ilya Samsonov made 31 saves as the Maple Leafs (29-11-8, 66 points) erased two one-goal deficits to earn a 5-2 comeback win and strengthened their grip on second place in the Atlantic Division standings.
- Nylander, who moved within one point of 400 in his career (163-236—399 in 487 GP), became the first Toronto Maple Leafs player to post four points in a period this season. Only three players in franchise history have had more in a single frame: Mickey Roach (5 in P2 on March 6, 1920), Darryl Sittler (5 in P2 on Feb. 7, 1976) and Goldie Prodgers (5 in P2 on Feb. 18, 1920).
- Samsonov, who has yet to lose a game in regulation at Scotiabank Arena in 2022-23 (13-0-1), became the fifth goaltender in Maple Leafs history to record a 14-game home point streak (at any point in a season), joining Harry Lumley (18 GP in 1953-54), George Hainsworth (18 GP in 1933-34), Jacques Plante (15 GP in 1970-71) and Turk Broda (14 GP in 1947-48).
BUFFALO DEFENSEMEN DAHLIN, POWER PROPEL SABRES TO OVERTIME WIN
Rasmus Dahlin (1-0—1) put Buffalo on the board in the first period with his career-best 14th goal of the season, but with the game tied 2-2 headed into overtime, it was rookie defenseman Owen Power (1-0—1) who scored the winner as the Sabres (24-19-3, 51 points) inched closer to the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot.
- Dahlin became the first Sabres defenseman since Alexei Zhitnik (15 in 1997-98) to score at least 14 goals in a campaign and is now on track to tally 25 by the end of 2022-23 – a total that only one other blueliner in franchise history has hit: Phil Housley (31 in 1983-84, 29 in 1987-88 & 26 in 1988-89).
- Power became just the fifth rookie defenseman to score in overtime with the Sabres, following Nikita Zadorov (Dec. 13, 2014), Mark Pysyk (Dec. 23, 2013), Marc-Andre Gragnani (April 3, 2011) and Andrej Sekera (March 30, 2008).
VLADAR, FLAMES SPOIL GAUDREAU’S RETURN TO CALGARY WITH OT WIN
Despite Johnny Gaudreau (0-2—2) putting up a multi-point performance in his return to Calgary, Dan Vladar made 22 saves to extend his point streak to 12 games (9-0-3) and Andrew Mangiapane (1-2—3) factored on three goals – including Dillon Dube’s winner – to help the Flames defeat the Blue Jackets in overtime.
2023 NHL ALL-STARS SET TO FACE OFF
Eleven games are on tap for Tuesday, including a HULU and ESPN+ exclusive that will pit the Devils (30-12-6, 64 points), who hold the second spot in the Metropolitan Division, against the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights (29-17-2, 60 points).
- Jack Hughes, who has scored a goal in each of his past four games at Prudential Center, needs two points to hit 60 in 2022-23 (30-28—58 in 46 GP). Should the 2023 NHL All-Star reach the mark Tuesday, he will have required the fewest games in Devils/Rockies/Scouts history to do so, eclipsing the previous best of 52 contests accomplished by Taylor Hall (2017-18), Zach Parise (2008-09), John MacLean (1988-89) and Wilf Paiement (1977-78).
- Fellow 2023 NHL All-Star Logan Thompson leads all rookie goaltenders with 19 wins through 33 appearances this season (19-13-1). Should he tend the crease Tuesday, Thompson can become the seventh rookie netminder in the past decade to reach the 20-win mark in 34 or fewer games – he would join Jordan Binnington (27 GP in 2018-19), Frederik Andersen (28 GP in 2013-14), Matt Murray (30 GP in 2016-17), Jeremy Swayman (33 GP in 2021-22), Jake Allen (34 GP in 2014-15) and Michael Hutchinson (34 GP in 2014-15).
KUEMPER RETURNS TO COLORADO FOR FIRST TIME SINCE WINNING STANLEY CUP
For the first time since hoisting the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche last season, Darcy Kuemper is set to take to the ice at Ball Arena when Washington (25-18-6, 56 points) clashes with Colorado (25-17-3, 53 points).
- Kuemper posted a 37-12-4 record with the Avalanche in 2021-22, claiming fifth place on the franchise’s all-time list for most wins in a single season. During the club’s championship run, Kuemper became the second goaltender in Avalanche/Nordiques history to post 10 or more wins in a single playoff year, joining Patrick Roy (6x).
RED WINGS ACTIVATE MATT LUFF FROM INJURED RESERVE; ASSIGN HIM TO GRAND RAPIDS
The Detroit Red Wings today activated right wing Matt Luff from injured reserve and assigned him to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Luff, 25, has skated in seven games with the Red Wings this season, recording one goal, five shots and seven hits in 8:26 average time on ice. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound forward has also tallied seven points (3-4-7) and a plus-three rating in five games with the Griffins. Luff was signed as a free agent by the Red Wings on July 13, 2022 after splitting the previous season between the Nashville Predators and AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, notching six points (3-3-6) and four penalty minutes in 23 games with the Predators while totaling 31 points (14-17-31) and 16 penalty minutes in 30 appearances for the Admirals. Luff has played parts of five NHL seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, Predators and Red Wings, recording 24 points (14-10-24) and 20 penalty minutes in 94 games since 2018-19. He has also compiled 127 points (52-75-127), a plus-18 rating and 110 penalty minutes in 174 AHL games with the Ontario Reign, Admirals and Griffins since 2016-17.
A native of Oakville, Ont., Luff was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Los Angeles on Sept. 23, 2016 and made his professional debut with one assist in two appearances for Ontario at the end of the 2016-17 season. Prior to turning professional, Luff played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Belleville Bulls and Hamilton Bulldogs from 2014-17, recording 137 points (61-76-137) and 96 penalty minutes in 170 games, in addition to 11 points (5-6-11) in 11 postseason contests.