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NHL Recap February 6 2019

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NHL Recap February 6 2019


TORONTO 5, Ottawa 4
NY RANGERS 4, Boston 3 (SO)


The Senators rallied from a multi-goal deficit to tie the game with a pair of goals in the first 3:59 of the third period, before Morgan Rielly answered with his fourth game-winning goal of the season – Toronto’s fifth even-strength goal of the contest – to lead the Maple Leafs (33-17-3, 69 points) to their third straight win.

* The Maple Leafs lead the League with 160 even-strength goals this season, 13 more than the next closest club. John Tavares (1-1—2) tops Toronto with 26 even-strength goals, one shy of Alex Ovechkin (27) for the League lead in 2018-19.

* Toronto has concluded a season leading all teams in even-strength goals only once in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68), doing so in 1998-99 when they scored 208. Mats Sundin and Sergei Berezin shared the team lead with 27 even-strength goals each that season, which saw the Maple Leafs reach the Eastern Conference Final before falling to the Sabres.

* Rielly improved his season totals to 14-39—53 in 53 games to set a new career high for points, besting last season’s total (6-46—52 in 76 GP). He is the first Maple Leafs defenseman to score 14 goals in a season since Pavel Kubina in 2008-09 (14 in 82 GP) and first Toronto blueliner to record four game-winning goals in a season since Kubina in 2008-09 (4).

* Rielly is averaging 1.00 points per game in 2018-19. Only one Maple Leafs blueliner (min. 20 GP) has finished a season averaging 1.00 P/GP or higher in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68): Borje Salming (1.03 P/GP in 1976-77).

* Mitch Marner (20-45—65) recorded a pair of helpers to hit the 45-assist mark for the second consecutive season. In doing so, he became the first Maple Leafs player to record consecutive 45-assist seasons since Sundin and Tomas Kaberle, who each accomplished the feat in three straight campaigns from 2005-06 to 2007-08.


Kevin Hayes and Filip Chytil each scored in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and Tony DeAngelo (0-1—1) notched the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout to lift the Rangers (23-22-8, 54 points) to victory.

* The Rangers rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to win for the first time this season. New York accomplished the feat twice in 2017-18: Oct. 31, 2017 and March 14, 2018.

* This marked the 27th time in 2018-19 a team has rallied from a multi-goal deficit in the third period to win in any fashion – tied for the eighth highest total through 822 games of a season in NHL history and the highest such total since 2014-15 (29 in 822 GP).

* In 2018-19, there have been 102 instances of a team rallying from a multi-goal deficit at any point to win. Only two other NHL campaigns have seen as many such comebacks through 822 games: 1985-86 (117) and 1987-88 (102).


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Carter Hart and the Flyers (24-23-6, 54 points) welcome the Kings (22-27-4, 48 points) to Wells Fargo Center Thursday with their sights set on extending the League’s longest active win streak to nine contests.

* Hart, who has won seven straight outings as part of the Flyers’ streak, has allowed three or fewer goals in five of those outings (2.40 GAA and .934 SV%). Only one goaltender in NHL history has won eight straight starts prior to his 21st birthday: Jocelyn Thibault (March 6-26, 1995 w/ QUE).

* When Philadelphia’s current win streak started on Jan. 14, they were last in the overall NHL standings (16-23-6, 38 points) and 15 points back of a playoff position. The Flyers have since leapfrogged five teams in the Eastern Conference and sit seven points back of a postseason spot.

* The Flyers are the 12th team in NHL history to record both a winless stretch of eight or more games (0-6-2 from Dec. 27 – Jan. 8) and a winning streak of eight or more contests in the same season. Nine of the previous 11 clubs to do so reached the playoffs.

* Streaks have been a familiar part of the Flyers’ story over each of the past three campaigns. In 2017-18, the Flyers became the fourth team in NHL history to rebound from a winless streak of at least 10 games (0-5-5 from Nov. 11 – Dec. 2, 2017) and make the playoffs. Contrarily, in 2016-17, Philadelphia won 10 straight before falling short of a playoff spot – the only team ever to do so.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Stars forward Tyler Seguin each look to continue their recent strings of success as their clubs eye a sixth consecutive victory on Thursday. It would mark Chicago’s first six-game winning streak since a seven-game run from Feb. 19 – March 4, 2017 and Dallas’ first such stretch since March 2-13, 2012 (6-0-0).

* Kane currently boasts the NHL’s longest active point streak at 12 games (10-18—28). He can become the sixth player to record a point streak of 13 games or more in 2018-19, a list paced by Panthers forward Mike Hoffman (17 GP from Oct. 13 – Nov. 21).

* There have been 18 campaigns in NHL history to feature six or more point streaks of at least 13 contests, with the last such occurrence in 2007-08: Sidney Crosby (19 GP), Henrik Zetterberg (17 GP), J-P Dumont (16 GP), Evgeni Malkin (15 GP), Ryan Getzlaf (15 GP) and Scott Gomez (13 GP).

* The Blackhawks are one of three teams currently within seven points of a playoff position that have occupied last place in the entire League in the 2019 calendar year. Chicago was in last place overall from Jan. 17-19, while St. Louis (Jan. 2) and Philadelphia (Jan. 9 and Jan. 12-13) also spent time as the No. 31 seed before recent hot streaks.

* In the expansion era, only six teams have made the playoffs after occupying last place in the League after their 20th game of the season: the 1976-77 North Stars, 1979-80 Oilers, 1982-83 Maple Leafs, 1987-88 Kings, 1987-88 Maple Leafs and 1996-97 Senators.

* The Stars, who currently hold the third seed in the Central Division, have been led by Seguin’s seven points (5-2—7) over the course of their five-game run. Seguin has recorded 11-5—16 in 13 GP since Jan. 1, with Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson (12 G in 15 GP) the only player to score more goals in the 2019 calendar year.

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