NHL Recap December 2 2018
SUNDAY’S RESULTS – Home Team in Caps
- Anaheim 6, WASHINGTON 5
- Winnipeg 4, NY RANGERS 3 (SO)
- San Jose 3, MONTREAL 1
- Colorado 2, DETROIT 0
- Calgary 3, CHICAGO 2
- LOS ANGELES 2, Carolina 0
DUCKS, JETS DRAW COMMON THREAD WITH THRILLING COMEBACK WINS
The Ducks erased a four-goal deficit to win in Washington, while the Jets overcame a three-goal, third-period deficit en route to victory in New York City – one day after the Lightning climbed from a 4-1 hole to win Florida.
- Anaheim’s four-goal comeback win was the first by any NHL team in more than two years, with Winnipeg the last to achieve the feat on Oct. 19, 2016 vs. TOR. The Jets trailed 4-0 in that contest – the first NHL showdown between Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews – but Laine scored in both the opening and closing minute of the third period before netting the winner in overtime to complete the comeback and his first career hat trick.
- That contest in 2016 also marked the last time the Jets won a game in which they trailed by three or more goals in the third period – a feat they now have achieved six times as a franchise. The only other such instance since the club relocated to Winnipeg came six days prior to the aforementioned game against the Maple Leafs, when Mark Scheifele capped a Jets rally with an overtime goal against the Hurricanes on Oct. 13, 2016.
DUCKS RALLY FROM FOUR-GOAL DEFICIT IN VICTORY OVER CAPITALS
Trailing 5-1 in the second period, Ryan Getzlaf (1-2–3) and Pontus Aberg (2-1–3) helped the Ducks tally five unanswered goals – including three in the final frame – to erase a four-goal deficit in Washington and complete a sweep of their four-game road trip.
- The Ducks became the 31st road team in NHL history to overcome a deficit of at least four goals to win – and the 19th visiting club to do so in regulation (last: COL won 7-5 on March 3, 1999 at FLA). The Capitals actually were the last road team to win in any fashion after trailing by four or more goals, doing so on Dec. 23, 2008 at Madison Square Garden (5-4 OT W).
- Anaheim’s comeback marked the first time in NHL history that a team overcame a deficit of four or more goals to the defeat the defending Stanley Cup champion.
- The Ducks, who swept a road trip of at least four games for the fifth time in franchise history, won after trailing by four goals for the second time. Their first instance went past regulation, with Andrew Cogliano notching an assist on the overtime winner by Stephane Robidas at Honda Center on March 31, 2014 vs. WPG. Getzlaf also had multiple points in that contest (1-1–2).
- Overall, Sunday’s contest marked the 71st instance in NHL history of a team overcoming a deficit of four or more goals to win a regular-season game in any fashion. It was the 41st to be resolved in regulation, and just the fifth since 1995-96.
JETS POST THREE-GOAL THIRD PERIOD TO RALLY PAST RANGERS
The Jets erased a 3-0 deficit in the third period en route to their third straight win, with Mark Scheifele (1-0—1) netting the decisive shootout marker one night after scoring in overtime. The three-goal comeback win came on the heels of a victory Saturday in New Jersey in which the Jets relinquished a 3-1 lead in the third period.
- It marked the first time in Jets/Thrashers franchise history that the club surrendered a multi-goal lead in a win on one day and overcame a multi-goal deficit to win the next day. It was the 40th such instance in the 101-year history of the NHL, with four of those coming over the past three seasons (last: SJS on Feb. 10-11, 2018).
- Jets captain Blake Wheeler collected an assist on Scheifele’s 16th goal of the season to extend his point streak to five contests (1-8—9) and boost his season totals to 4-30—34 in 26 GP. He became the first player in Jets/Thrashers franchise history to record 30 assists in 26 team games or fewer.
NO LEAD IS SAFE
With wins this weekend by the Lightning, Ducks and Jets, there now have been seven instances this season of a team winning a game in which it trailed by three or more goals at any point – with five of those coming on the road.
- Winnipeg became the third team in 2018-19 to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win, joining Edmonton and Calgary noted above. There were only four such comebacks all of last season, and none until Jan. 5.
- To date, 19% of games this season have witnessed a third-period comeback win of any margin (79 of 412 GP), tied for the highest such percentage at this stage of a campaign in NHL history (78 of 412 GP in 2012-13). It also marks a 27% increase over 2017-18 (62 of 412 GP).
- Overall, 2018-19 has featured 181 comeback wins, tied for the most at this point of a season in NHL history (also 181 in 2009-10).
- There also have been 58 instances of a team winning after trailing by multiple goals at any point – tied for the most such contests at this point in any NHL season (also 58 in 1985-86).
RANTANEN REACHES 45-POINT MARK AS AVALANCHE EXTEND STREAK
Mikko Rantanen (0-2—2) assisted on both Avalanche goals – scored by Nathan MacKinnon (1-1—2) and Gabriel Landeskog (1-1—2) – to reach the 45-point mark and help the club extend its point streak to 11 games (9-0-2). This marks Colorado’s longest such run since a 12-game stretch in 2006-07 (10-0-2 from Feb. 27 – March 25, 2007).
- Rantanen (11-34—45), who has held at least a share of the League lead in points since Oct. 23, became just the ninth different player since 1993-94 to record at least 45 points through his team’s first 27 games of a season.
RANGERS RETIRE VIC HADFIELD’S NO. 11 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
The Rangers raised Vic Hadfield’s No. 11 to the Madison Square Garden rafters prior to Sunday’s game. He became the 10th player in franchise history to have his number retired.
- In 1971-72, Hadfield became the fourth different player in NHL history – and first Ranger – to score at least 50 goals and 100 points in the same season (50-56—106 in 78 GP). He remains one of six players in franchise history to reach the 100-point mark in a season and one of three to score at least 50 goals in a single campaign.
NHL OFFICIALS RECOGNIZED FOR MILESTONE GAMES
Linesmen Derek Nansen and Michel Cormier each celebrated their 1,000th regular-season NHL game over the weekend, with Nansen hitting the mark in the Sharks-Senators contest Saturday. Cormier, who recently reached the milestone, was honored prior to the Sharks-Canadiens game Sunday.
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Scheifele, Hill and Huberdeau Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week Ending December 2 2018
|Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill and Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending December 2 2018.|
FIRST STAR – MARK SCHEIFELE, C, WINNIPEG JETS
Scheifele shared the League lead with five goals and ranked second overall with eight points in four games (5-3—8) as the Jets (16-8-2, 34 points) picked up three wins to move into third place in the Central Division. Scheifele potted two goals in a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Nov. 27. He then matched a career high with three assists in a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Nov. 29. Scheifele capped the week with back-to-back decisive goals, scoring twice (including his fifth career overtime tally) in a 4-3 triumph against the New Jersey Devils Dec. 1 and then recording one goal in regulation as well as his fifth career shootout winner in a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers Dec. 2. The latter completed a three-goal, third-period comeback for Winnipeg, the sixth such win in franchise history (and first since Oct. 19, 2016 vs. TOR). The 25-year-old Kitchener, Ont., native ranks 11th in the NHL with 16-16—32 in 26 contests this season, including 19 points in his past 12 games (10-9—19).
SECOND STAR – ADIN HILL, G, ARIZONA COYOTES
Hill stopped 59 of the 60 shots he faced, compiling a 3-0-0 record with a 0.43 goals-against average, .983 save percentage and one shutout to lift the Coyotes (12‑11‑2, 26 points) to a perfect week. Hill turned aside all five shots he faced in 20 minutes of relief, guiding Arizona to a 4-3 comeback win over the Minnesota Wild Nov. 27. He then registered his first career shutout, making 29 saves in a 3-0 triumph against the Nashville Predators Nov. 29. Hill finished the week with 25 stops in a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues Dec. 1. The 22-year-old Comox, B.C., native – who made his season debut Nov. 25 – owns a 4-3-0 record in eight career NHL appearances (2.27 GAA, .921 SV%, 1 SO).
THIRD STAR – JONATHAN HUBERDEAU, LW, FLORIDA PANTHERS
Huberdeau topped the NHL with 2-7—9 in four outings to power the Panthers (10-10-5, 25 points) to five out of eight possible standings points. He collected 1-2—3, including an assist on the overtime winner, in a 4-3 triumph against the New Jersey Devils Nov. 26. Huberdeau then picked up two assists in both a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 28 and a 3-2 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 30. He added 1-1—2 in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Dec. 1. The 25-year-old Saint-Jerome, Que., native – who leads Florida with 6-22—28 in 25 contests this season – has posted multiple points in five consecutive games (2-9—11), two shy of the franchise record set by Pavel Bure from March 11-23, 2001 (13-4—17 in 7 GP).
Laine, MacKinnon and Fleury Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ for November
Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of November.
FIRST STAR – PATRIK LAINE, RW, WINNIPEG JETS
Laine registered a League-leading 18 goals in 12 games (18-1—19) – the most by any NHL player in one calendar month since March 1994 (Pavel Bure: 19-11—30 in 16 GP w/ VAN) – to power the Jets (14-8-2, 30 points) to a 7-4-1 November. Laine scored in his eight of his 12 appearances, highlighted by a trio of hat tricks: Nov. 1 at FLA (3-0—3 in his native Finland as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series), Nov. 19 at VAN (3-0—3) and Nov. 24 at STL (5-0—5). The latter marked the 57th five-goal performance in League history as well as the first since Feb. 2, 2011 (Johan Franzen: 5-0—5 w/ DET). Laine, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, reached the 100-goal milestone in his final contest of the month, Nov. 29 vs. CHI (2-0—2). At 20 years, 224 days, he became the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to score 100 career goals, behind only Wayne Gretzky (20 years, 40 days), Jimmy Carson (20 years, 116 days) and Brian Bellows (20 years, 179 days). The Tampere, Finland, native – who shares first place with 101 total goals since his League debut in 2016-17 (101-57—158 in 179 GP) – also ranks first in the NHL with 21 goals in 24 outings this season (21-3—24).
SECOND STAR – NATHAN MacKINNON, C, COLORADO AVALANCHE
MacKinnon topped the NHL with 9-14—23 in 14 games to the propel the Avalanche (15‑6‑5, 35 points) to an 8-3-3 November. MacKinnon collected points in 10 of his 14 outings, highlighted by nine multi-point performances. That included a run of six straight multi-point games from Nov. 18-28 (6-9—15), capped by his fourth career four-point effort Nov. 28 vs. PIT (1-3—4). MacKinnon and linemate Mikko Rantanen, who registered 3-10—13 during that same stretch, became the first set of teammates to post simultaneous multi-point streaks of at least six contests since Dec. 31 – Jan. 10, 1993 (Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny w/ BUF). MacKinnon, the No. 1 overall selection from the 2013 NHL Draft, places second in the League – behind only Rantanen – with 18-23—41 in 26 appearances this season. The 23-year-old Halifax, N.S., native finished November by playing in his 400th NHL game, raising his career totals to 132-212—344. That includes 57-81—138, for a League-best 1.38 points per game, in 100 contests since the start of 2017-18.
THIRD STAR – MARC-ANDRE FLEURY, G, VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Fleury led the NHL with nine wins and four shutouts in November (13 GP), compiling a 2.32 goals-against average and .920 save percentage to backstop the Golden Knights (14-12-1, 29 points) to a 9-6-0 month. Fleury yielded three or fewer goals in 10 of his 13 appearances, highlighted by shutouts Nov. 3 vs. CAR (34 SV), Nov. 14 vs. ANA (29 SV), Nov. 23 vs. CGY (29 SV) and Nov. 24 vs. SJS (33 SV). The final such performance moved Fleury into a tie – with Nashville’s Pekka Rinne – for 23rd place on the NHL’s all-time shutouts list. Fleury, who won his final six starts of the month, now also sits five victories shy of tying Tony Esposito for ninth place on the League’s all-time wins list among goaltenders. The 34-year-old Sorel, Que., native paces the NHL with five shutouts and shares the League lead with 14 victories in 23 contests this season (2.39 GAA, .911 SV%). He is 43-21-5 (2.29 GAA, .922 SV%, 9 SO) in 69 total regular-season appearances since joining the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.
Sabres’ Dahlin Named NHL ‘Rookie of the Month’ for November
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who topped first-year blueliners and ranked fourth among all rookies with 1-9—10 in 15 games, has been named the NHL’s “Rookie of the Month” for November.
Dahlin edged Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson (6-6—12 in 14 GP), Ottawa Senators teammates Brady Tkachuk (6-4—10 in 11 GP) and Colin White (5-5—10 in 14 GP), and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Cal Petersen (4-4-0, 2.41 GAA, .929 SV%, 1 SO in 9 GP) for the honor.
Dahlin logged an average of 19:54 for a Buffalo team that completed an 11-3-1 November to move into second place in the NHL’s overall standings (17-7-3, 37 points). That included a 10-game winning streak from Nov. 8-27, equaling a franchise record also achieved from Jan. 4-23, 1984, and Oct. 4-26, 2006.
Dahlin, the No. 1 overall pick in 2018 NHL Draft, also ranked second among all rookies with a +9 rating, logging an even or positive plus/minus in 12 of his 15 November appearances. The 18-year-old Lidkoping, Sweden, native – who has 2-12—14 in his first 27 career games – joins Pettersson (October) as a Rookie of the Month winner in 2018-19.