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NHL Recap February 22 2019

NHL Recap February 22 2019

FRIDAY’S RESULTS – Home Team in Caps

  • Columbus 3, OTTAWA 0
  • Minnesota 3, DETROIT 2
  • Colorado 5, CHICAGO 3
  • CALGARY 2, Anaheim 1
  • Winnipeg 6, VEGAS 3

PENGUINS, FLYERS TO TAKE RIVALRY OUTDOORS AT STADIUM SERIES

The Penguins (32-22-7, 71 points) and Flyers (28-26-7, 63 points) will contest the latest chapter in the Battle of Pennsylvania outdoors at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (8 p.m. ET on NBC, SN1, SN360, TVAS2 & NHL.TV).

* The 27th regular-season outdoor game in League history – and 10th under the Stadium Series banner – will mark the 288th all-time meeting between the clubs since entering the NHL together in 1967-68. The Flyers have posted more regular-season wins against Pittsburgh (154-93-40) than any other NHL opponent. The Penguins’ 287 games against Philadelphia (103-147-37) are their most versus any NHL team.

* The Flyers and Penguins are playing outdoors for the second time in three seasons, following their meeting in the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field (PIT: 4-2 W). The Red Wings and Maple Leafs are the only other teams that have faced off multiple times outdoors.

* Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk is set to participate in his sixth regular-season outdoor game, which would tie four Blackhawks for the most outdoor game appearances in NHL history – Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each skated in their sixth such game in the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

KANE EXTENDS POINT STREAK TO 20 GAMES . . .

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored to extend his point streak to 20 games (17-26—43), the longest run in the NHL this season. Kane, who has also scored in five straight contests (6-5—11), boosted his 2018-19 totals to 39-54—93 (61 GP) and trails only Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (30-70—100 in 62 GP) in the Art Ross Trophy race.

* Kane collected at least one point in 20 or more consecutive team games for the second time in his NHL career and first since Oct. 17 – Dec. 13, 2015 (16-24—40 in 26 GP). He became the seventh player in NHL history to record multiple point streaks of 20 or more games – a list topped by Wayne Gretzky, who had seven such runs.

* Kane moved within one tally of reaching the 40-goal mark for the second time in his NHL career and first since 2015-16, when he had 46 en route to capturing the Art Ross Trophy (46-60—106 in 82 GP). Kane (born Nov. 19, 1988) can become the third player in franchise history to record a 40-goal season at age 30 or older; he would join Bobby Hull (1968-69, 1970-71, 1971-72) and Jim Pappin (1972-73).

. . . BUT AVALANCHE HANG ON TO DEFEAT BLACKHAWKS

The Blackhawks overcame deficits of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, but J.T. Compher (2-1—3) scored the go-ahead goal with 5:22 remaining in regulation as the Avalanche moved to 4-1-0 in their last five games dating to Feb. 14. Colorado improved to 26-24-11 (63 points) overall this season and remained one point back of Minnesota (29-27-6, 64 points) – which also won on Friday – for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference standings.

* Carl Soderberg scored twice to reach the 20-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career (21-18—39 in 61 GP). Soderberg (born Oct. 12, 1985) became the ninth player in NHL history to record his first 20-goal season at age 33 or older and first since Joel Ward in 2013-14 (w/ WSH).

MAURICE PASSES QUINN ON ALL-TIME WINS LIST

Patrik Laine scored twice to snap a 15-game goal drought and help the Jets defeat the Golden Knights. Winnipeg, which halted a three-game slide (0-2-1), improved to 37-20-4 (78 points) this season and moved past idle Nashville (36-22-5, 77 points) for first place in the Central Division standings.

* Paul Maurice earned the 685th regular-season win of his NHL career and passed Pat Quinn (684) for sole possession of eighth place on the League’s all-time list among head coaches. Ken Hitchcock (838) of the Oilers and Barry Trotz (795) of the Islanders, who rank third and fourth all-time, respectively, are the only active head coaches with more wins.

BLUE JACKETS BLANK SENATORS TO CLIMB METROPOLITAN DIVISION

Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside all 22 shots he faced as the Blue Jackets blanked the Senators and moved to 5-1-0 in their last six road games dating to Feb. 5. Columbus improved to 34-23-3 (71 points) overall this season and moved past idle Carolina (32-23-6, 70 points) and Pittsburgh (32-22-7, 71 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division standings.

* Bobrovsky recorded his 16th regular-season shutout since the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign, tied for the most among all goaltenders in that span (w/ Andrei Vasilevskiy).

SATURDAY’S GAMES

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 New [email protected] NY Rangers 1:00 PM ET
 [email protected] St. Louis 4:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Dallas 5:00 PM ET
 Los [email protected] Florida 5:00 PM ET
 San [email protected] Columbus 5:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Nashville 5:30 PM ET
 Montré[email protected] Toronto 7:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Philadelphia 8:00 PM ET
 NY [email protected] Vancouver 10:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Edmonton 10:00 PM ET

Oilers’ McDavid Suspended Two Games for Illegal Check to the Head

Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy during NHL Game No. 938 in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 21, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:32 of the first period. McDavid was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, McDavid will forfeit $134,408.60. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, please click on the video.

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