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NHL Recap February 12 2019

NHL Recap February 12 2019

TUESDAY’S RESULTS – Home Team in Caps

  • BOSTON 6, Chicago 3
  • BUFFALO 3, NY Islanders 1
  • Dallas 3, FLORIDA 0
  • COLUMBUS 3, Washington 0
  • Carolina 4, OTTAWA 1
  • TAMPA BAY 6, Calgary 3
  • ST. LOUIS 8, New Jersey 3
  • Detroit 3, NASHVILLE 2
  • Philadelphia 5, MINNESOTA 4
  • WINNIPEG 4, NY Rangers 3
  • Toronto 5, COLORADO 2
  • Arizona 5, VEGAS 2

TARASENKO, BINNINGTON EXTEND STREAKS AS SURGING BLUES SCORE EIGHT
Vladimir Tarasenko assisted on two of the Blues’ season-high eight goals as St. Louis extended its win streak to seven games, the longest active run in the NHL. The surging Blues improved to 28-22-5 (61 points) this season and occupy the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference standings.

* Tarasenko has collected at least one point in each of St. Louis’ last nine games (7-7—14). He established a career high for longest point streak, eclipsing his previous mark of eight games set from Dec. 12-26, 2015 (6-6—12) and equaled from March 25 – April 9, 2016 (6-5—11).

* Jordan Binnington (20 saves) improved to 10-1-1 since making the first start of his NHL career on Jan. 7 (1.66 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO), including wins in each of his last six appearances. He became the second different rookie goaltender in franchise history to record a personal win streak of at least six games; he joined Brent Johnson, who went 7-0-0 from Oct. 6 – Nov. 18, 2000 and again from Nov. 29, 2000 – Jan. 1, 2001.

* St. Louis improved to 10-0-0 in its last 10 games against New Jersey dating to Jan. 28, 2014 (NJD: 0-9-1). The Blues’ longest regular-season win streak versus one opponent is 12 games, a mark set against the Canucks from Jan. 23, 1997 – Feb. 3, 2000 and Coyotes from Jan. 14, 2014 – Nov. 9, 2017.

DID YOU KNOW?
Jordan Binnington is two games shy of matching the longest win streak by a rookie goaltender this season, a mark set by Flyers netminder Carter Hart from Jan. 14 – Feb. 9 (8-0-0).

* The 2018-19 campaign would mark just the fifth season in NHL history to feature multiple rookie goaltenders each with win streaks of seven or more games. The only such campaigns: 1950-51 (Al Rollins and Terry Sawchuk), 1964-65 (Denis DeJordy and Roger Crozier), 1982-83 (Bob Froese and Pelle Lindbergh) and 2009-10 (Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson).

MARCHAND, RASK HELP BRUINS SNAP BLACKHAWKS’ SEVEN-GAME RUN

Brad Marchand (1-3—4) matched a season high with four points (also 0-4—4 on Oct. 4, 2018 at BUF) and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves as the Bruins snapped the Blackhawks’ win streak at seven games. Boston, which extended his point streak to eight games (5-0-3), improved to 32-17-8 (72 points) overall this season and occupies third place in the Atlantic Division standings.

* Marchand (3-9—12 in 5 GP) became the second Bruins player to collect multiple points in five or more consecutive team games this season, joining Patrice Bergeron from Oct. 4-17, 2018 (6-7—13 in 5 GP). The 2018-19 season is the first to feature at least two Bruins players each with multiple points in five or more consecutive games since 1992-93, when Adam Oates (3x), Ray Bourque and Joe Juneau combined for the feat.

* Rask, meanwhile, improved to 10-0-2 in his last 13 appearances dating to Dec. 29, 2018 (1.93 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO), including four consecutive wins. He has earned at least one point in 12 or more consecutive decisions on one prior occasion, doing so last season from Nov. 29, 2017 – Feb. 6, 2018 (19-0-2).

* Bruce Cassidy earned his 100th regular-season win since officially beginning his tenure as head coach of the Bruins on Feb. 7, 2017 (100-45-21). He required the second-fewest games among Bruins head coaches to record his first 100 wins with the franchise (166 GP); he trailed only Tom Johnson, who earned win No. 100 in his 138th game with Boston on Feb. 20, 1972 (3-1 W at CHI).

KUCHEROV AND POINT LEAD LIGHTNING PAST FLAMES

Nikita Kucherov (1-3—4) and Brayden Point (1-2—3) combined for 2-5—7 to lead the League-leading Lightning (42-11-4, 88 points) past the Flames (34-16-6, 74 points), who occupied third place in the NHL standings entering Tuesday. Tampa Bay extended its point streak to seven games (5-0-2), including three consecutive wins.

* Kucherov (25-63—88 in 57 GP) recorded his League-leading fifth game with at least four points this season to open a six-point lead in the Art Ross Trophy race. He can become the second player in franchise history to win the Art Ross Trophy; he would join Martin St. Louis, who did so in 2003-04 (38-56—94 in 82 GP) and again in 2012-13 (17-43—60 in 48 GP).

* Point (33-39—72 in 56 GP) scored his League-leading 16th power-play goal of the season and eclipsed the 70-point mark for the first time in his NHL career. He can become the third player in franchise history to conclude a season leading the League in power-play goals; he would join Steven Stamkos in 2009-10 (24 PPG) and Kucherov in 2016-17 (17 PPG).

* The Lightning featured multiple 70-point getters within their first 57 games of a season for the second time in franchise history and first since 2006-07, when St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier combined for the feat.

YOUTH CONTINUING TO SCORE AT SIGNIFICANT PACE . . .

Brayden Point (22 years old) became the seventh player to reach the 70-point mark this season and sixth age 25 or younger. The last season to feature six or more 70-point getters age 25 or younger through games played Feb. 12 was 1992-93, when 11 players had reached the plateau (Alexander Mogilny, Mark Recchi, Pierre Turgeon, Pavel Bure, Teemu Selanne, Craig Janney, Jeremy Roenick, Vincent Damphousse, Stephan Lebeau, Joe Juneau and Mats Sundin).

* Jets forward Mark Scheifele (25 years old) scored twice to boost his season totals to 30-38—68 in 57 GP and become the 12th player to reach the 30-goal mark this season; fifth aged 25 or younger. The last campaign to feature five or more 30-goal scorers age 25 or younger at this stage of the season was 2005-06, when seven players had reached the plateau (Simon Gagne, Ilya Kovalchuk, Eric Staal, Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Cheechoo, Dany Heatley and Marek Svatos).

. . . WHILE 35-YEAR-OLD GIORDANO REACHES 55-POINT MARK
Flames captain Mark Giordano scored to become the third defenseman to reach the 55-point mark this season (12-43—55 in 53 GP). He became the 10th different blueliner in NHL history age 35 or older to record at least 55 points in a season and first since Red Wings legend Nicklas Lidstrom in 2010-11, who accomplished the feat at age 40 (16-46—62 in 82 GP).

* Giordano is one point shy of matching his single-season career high, a mark set in 2015-16 (21-35—56 in 82 GP). Only 36 players in League history have set a career high in points at age 35 or older – that includes only 12 who have done so by recording at least 50 points in season, with four such instances since 1975-76: Brian Rafalski in 2008-09, Lidstrom in 2005-06, Mathieu Schneider in 2005-06 and Vaclav Nedomansky in 1979-80.

KANE EXTENDS POINT, ASSIST STREAKS

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (0-1—1) extended his point streak to 15 games (11-21—32), the longest active run in the NHL. He also matched the franchise record for longest assist streak (10-21—31 in 14 GP), a mark set by Stan Mikita from Nov. 26 – Dec. 25, 1967 (9-18—27 in 14 GP).

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

[email protected] Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Anaheim 10:30 PM ET

CROSBY AND McDAVID SET TO FACEOFF IN PITTSBURGH

Wednesday is expected to be the sixth all-time meeting between Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Oilers captain Connor McDavid, with Pittsburgh holding a 5-0-0 edge in the previous five contests (EDM: 0-2-3). McDavid has 3-6—9 in those games compared to 2-1—3 for Crosby.

* McDavid is on pace to finish second in League scoring (on pace for 46-75—122) – one point back of Nikita Kucherov (on pace for 36-91—127) – while Crosby also is on track to finish among a projected group of 22 players with at least 90 points (on pace for 36-61—97).

* Only four different players have recorded at least 120 points in a season since McDavid was born (for a total of six instances since 1996-97). Crosby was the last to do so, posting a career-high 36-84—120 during his second NHL season in 2006-07 (79 GP).

* The 2006-07 campaign was one of five times that Crosby has recorded at least 90 points in a season, finishing with three-figure point totals each time. His last such season came in 2013-14 when he totaled 36-68—104 (80 GP).

* McDavid, meanwhile, is nine points shy of becoming the seventh player in NHL history to record at least three consecutive 90-point seasons before age 23. The only players to do so: Wayne Gretzky (4x), Dale Hawerchuk (4x), Mario Lemieux (4x), Joe Sakic (3x), Alex Ovechkin (3x) and Steven Stamkos (3x).

^Age based on final day of season

Penguins’ Malkin Suspended One Game For High-Sticking

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin has been suspended for one game, without pay, for high-sticking Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl during NHL Game No. 860 in Philadelphia on Monday, Feb. 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:03 of the third period. Malkin was assessed a match penalty for high-sticking.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Malkin will forfeit $51,075.27. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, watch the video.

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