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NHL Recap February 8 2019

NHL Recap February 8 2019

FRIDAY’S RESULT – Home Team in Caps

Carolina 3, NY RANGERS 0

HURRICANES HALT SKID AT MSG, CONTINUE IMPRESSIVE RUN TO BEGIN 2019
Three different players scored and Petr Mrazek turned aside all 27 shots he faced to help the Hurricanes (28-21-6, 62 points) snap their 16-game winless skid vs. the Rangers at Madison Square Garden dating to Jan. 5, 2011 (CAR: 0-13-3).

* Carolina, who earned its third straight win, improved to 12-4-1 since the turn of the calendar and moved within one point of idle Pittsburgh (28-19-7, 63 points) for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Its 12 wins and 25 points over that span pace all other clubs.

* The Hurricanes, who posted a 4-0 victory over the aforementioned Penguins Tuesday, have collected two shutout wins in a three-game span for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign; between Nov. 5-11, 2005, when Martin Gerber posted 27 and 26-save performances against the Panthers.

* Mrazek became the fifth Hurricanes goaltender in the last 20 years to post multiple shutouts while appearing in his first season with the club. The others: Eddie Lack (2 in 2015-16), Gerber (3 in 2005-06), Tom Barrasso (2 in 2001-02) and Arturs Irbe (6 in 1998-99).

RANGERS HONOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1994 STANLEY CUP
The Rangers held a pre-game ceremony to honor the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Stanley Cup-winning team. It included a speech from former captain Mark Messier, who scored three goals in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final after famously guaranteeing a victory ahead of the contest.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Los [email protected] Boston 1:00 PM ET
 Detroit@ Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
 [email protected] New Jersey 1:00 PM ET
 [email protected] NY Islanders 1:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Philadelphia 1:00 PM ET
 [email protected] St. Louis 2:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Ottawa 2:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Arizona 4:00 PM ET
 San [email protected] Edmonton 7:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Montréal 7:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Tampa Bay 7:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Washington 7:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Vancouver 10:00 PM ET
 [email protected] Vegas 10:00 PM ET

ALL SEVEN CANADIAN CLUBS IN ACTION FOR SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA

With two Canadian clubs atop their division this late in a season for just the second time in the last seven years (also 2016-17: MTL & EDM on April 1), all seven Canadian clubs will take the ice Saturday to celebrate the 19th annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.

A few things to watch for during Sportsnet’s live national broadcast from Riverdene Park in Swift Current, Sask., which will include a trio of all-Canadian matchups:

* Joe Thornton (London, Ont.), Canada’s highest-scoring active player, is two regular-season assists shy of tying Gordie Howe (1,049) for ninth place on the NHL’s all-time list and three points from matching Teemu Selanne (1,457) for 15th place in League history. Howe hails from Floral, Saskatchewan, less than 150 kilometres from Swift Current.

* Jets captain Blake Wheeler enters Saturday’s action ranked second in the NHL with 54 assists, trailing Nikita Kucherov (59). Through only 54 games, Wheeler already holds the fourth-highest single-season assists total in Jets/Thrashers franchise history. In 2017-18, he posted 68 assists to finish one shy of tying the club record set by Marc Savard (69 in 2005-06); Marian Hossa is the only other player with at least 54 helpers in a season for Winnipeg/Atlanta (57 in 2006-07).

* Sharks forward Evander Kane ranks second in the NHL with 12 goals since Jan. 1 (12-7—19 in 14 GP), trailing only Viktor Arvidsson (13-2—15 in 16 GP). Meanwhile, Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has found the back of the net at least once in three consecutive games (5-0—5) and shares third in the NHL with 11 goals in the 2019 calendar year (11-6—17 in 15 GP).

* Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (Anahim Lake, B.C.) sits one game shy of 600 for his NHL career (as does Ottawa’s Craig Anderson). Price owns the second-most career regular-season wins in League history among British Columbia-born goaltenders, trailing only Andy Moog (372; Penticton, B.C.). Price will become the 13th netminder to skate at least 600 games with one franchise.

* Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi (18 years, 218 days as of Feb. 9) can become the seventh different 18-year-old in NHL history to record a goal in five or more consecutive games. The only players to do so: Jordan Staal (5 GP in 2006-07), Sidney Crosby (5 GP in 2005-06), Jeff Friesen (5 GP in 1994-95), Jimmy Carson (7 GP in 1986-87), Steve Yzerman (2x; 6 GP and 5 GP in 1983-84) and Dale Hawerchuk (2x; 6 GP and 5 GP in 1981-82).

* Saturday’s game marks the finale of Montreal’s franchise record-tying seven-game homestand (4-1-1). The only other time the Canadiens played seven consecutive games at home within a regular-season was from Nov. 29 – Dec. 13, 2008 (4-2-1).

* Flames captaincy Mark Giordano (11-43—54 in 52 GP) sits three points shy of establishing a single-season career high. The 35-year-old also needs only one point to become the 11th different defenseman in NHL history to record at least 55 points in a season at age 35 or older.

Flyers’ van Riemsdyk Fined for High-Sticking

Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for high-sticking Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez during NHL Game No. 826 in Philadelphia on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. The incident occurred at 1:04 of the first period. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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