NHL Recap March 10 2019
SUNDAY’S RESULTS – Home Team in Caps
- FLORIDA 6, Detroit 1
- WASHINGTON 3, Winnipeg 1
- PITTSBURGH 4, Boston 2
- CALGARY 6, Vegas 3
- Los Angeles 3, ANAHEIM 2
TKACHUK’S FIRST CAREER HAT TRICK IGNITES FLAMES PAST GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Matthew Tkachuk (3-1—4) collected his first career hat trick to help the Flames (42-20-7, 91 points) eclipse the 90-point benchmark and reclaim top spot in the Western Conference standings.
* Tkachuk (21 years, 89 days) required 120 fewer days than his father Keith (21 years, 209 days) to score his first career hat trick. His three-goal outing was the 80th such performance of the season, 11 of which have been scored by players aged 21 or younger.
* The 2018-19 (69 GP) campaign marks the second season in franchise history that the Flames have recorded at least 90 points prior to their 70th game. The other: 1988-89 (60 GP), en route to capturing the Stanley Cup.
* The Flames improved to 3-5-0 in eight all-time games against the Golden Knights (VGK: 5-3-0). Calgary and Vegas have combined for 51 goals over those contests (CGY: 26, VGK: 25), an average of 6.4 per game.
BARKOV SCORES 30TH TALLY IN ANOTHER PANTHERS SIX-GOAL OUTING
Captain Aleksander Barkov (1-1—2) netted his 30th goal of the season as the Panthers (30-27-12, 72 points) scored six goals in a game for the second time in as many contests (also vs. MIN on March 8). Barkov (30-47—77) joined Mike Hoffman (31-30—61) as the second Panthers player to score 30 goals in 2018-19.
* Barkov joined Mikko Rantanen (30-56—86) and Sebastian Aho (30-47—77) as the third Finnish-born player to score 30 goals this season. Only five campaigns in NHL history have concluded with three Finnish-born 30-goal scorers, most recently in 2005-06 when Teemu Selanne (40-50—90 in 80 GP), Olli Jokinen (38-51—89 in 82 GP) and Jere Lehtinen (33-19—52 in 80 GP) combined for the feat.
* Additionally, rookies Dryden Hunt and Josh Brown each found the back of the net in Sunday’s six-goal performance. The duo became just the third set of Panthers teammates to each score their first NHL goals in the same game. The others: Stephen Weiss, Eric Beaudoin (April 3, 2002) and Janis Sprukts, Kamil Kreps (April 6, 2007).
METROPOLITAN CLUBS SECURE HOME VICTORIES AS PLAYOFF PUSH INTENSIFIES
The Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals (41-21-7, 89 points) and third-seeded Penguins (37-23-9, 83 points) each survived tightly-contested games to benefit their respective playoff pushes. Since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Washington (110) and Pittsburgh (107) rank first and second in home wins, respectively.
* Washington, which owns the League’s longest active win streak (7-0-0 dating to Feb. 24), also posted a seven-game run earlier this season (Nov. 16-30). The Capitals have recorded multiple win streaks of at least seven games in a single season for the second time in franchise history. The other: 7-0-0 from Nov. 30 – Dec. 12, 1992 and Feb. 9-23, 1993.
* John Carlson (0-1—1) recorded his second 50-assist and 60-point campaigns in as many seasons to boost his totals to 10-50—60 in 68 GP. Carlson became only the fourth defenseman in Capitals franchise history to record consecutive 60-point seasons, joining Scott Stevens (3 from 1986-89), Larry Murphy (3 from 1985-88) and Mike Green (2 from 2008-10). Additionally, only four other active blueliners have accomplished the feat.
* Jake Guentzel (1-1—2) netted his team-leading 34th goal and Jared McCann scored twice to help the Penguins halt the Bruins’ 19-game point streak. Pittsburgh, which improved to 5-0-0 in its last five home games against Boston, overtook idle Carolina (37-24-7, 81 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
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ATLANTIC DIVISION FOES FACE OFF IN TORONTO
Fresh off establishing a single-season franchise record for points, Nikita Kucherov (33-77—110) and the League-leading Lightning (52-13-4, 108 points) travel to Toronto to face off against John Tavares (38-38—76) and the Maple Leafs (42-21-5, 89 points).
* The Lightning look to add another chapter to their historic 2018-19 campaign Monday with their sights set on their 110th point. Only three different teams in NHL history have collected at least 110 points through 70 games: Montreal (67 GP in 1976-77, 69 GP in 1977-78 and 69 GP in 1975-76), Boston (69 GP in 1970-71 and 70 GP in 1971-72) and Detroit (69 GP in 1995-96).
* Tavares netted his 38th goal of the season Saturday in Edmonton to match his career high set during the 2014-15 campaign (38-48—86 in 82 GP w/ NYI). Tavares, who is on pace to record 46 goals, can become just the third player in Maple Leafs franchise history to score 40 goals in his first season with the franchise. The only players to do so: Eddie Olczyk (42 in 1987-88) and Auston Matthews (40 in 2016-17).
* The Maple Leafs, who sit four points behind the Bruins (42-18-9, 93 points) for second in the Atlantic Division, are one point shy of becoming the third Eastern Conference club to reach the 90-point mark. Toronto (68 GP) has recorded 90 points in 70 GP or fewer on only two occasions in franchise history: 1950-51 (68 GP) and 1960-61 (70 GP).
COYOTES LOOK TO CONTINUE UNPRECEDENTED PUSH TO THE POSTSEASON
The Coyotes (34-29-5, 73 points) enter tonight’s contest against the Blackhawks (29-30-9, 67 points) within one point of the Wild (33-28-8, 74 points) for the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference – who are also in action Monday.
* With wins in eight of the its last nine contests, Arizona sits tied with St. Louis for the fewest goals allowed (188, including shootout-deciding markers) among Western Conference clubs this season. Only the Islanders (168), Bruins (173) and Lightning (181) have allowed fewer goals against this season.
* Thirty-four year-old Brad Richardson has netted a team-best 16 tallies through 52 GP in 2018-19 and is on pace to score 20 goals. While participating in a full season schedule, a team who possessed a goal scorer with fewer than 20 markers has never qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The lowest such total by a team who clinched a postseason berth was also the Coyotes, who captured the sixth seed in the Western Conference in 2011 after Shane Doan collected 20-40—60 in 72 GP.
DRAISAITL AIMS TO EXTEND POINT STREAK
Leon Draisaitl (41-45—86) puts the NHL’s longest active point streak on the line when the Oilers matchup against the Rangers at Rogers Place. Draisaitl, who has collected a point in each of his last 13 contests, can become the second Oilers player in three seasons to record a 14-game point streak. The other: Connor McDavid in 2016-17 (7-18—25 in 14 GP).
Commissioner Bettman Statement on the Passing of Harry Howell
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement regarding the passing of Harry Howell:
The National Hockey League mourns the passing of legendary defenseman, consummate professional, and Hockey Hall of Famer Harry Howell. He will be remembered not only for his consistency and leadership on the ice but the ultimate class with which he carried himself.
As the New York Rangers’ all-time leader in games played, Harry the Horse was the definition of dependability, missing only 17 games in his first 16 seasons with the Blueshirts. Howell won the Norris Trophy in 1966-67 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 following an NHL career that comprised 1,411 games over 21 seasons. In 2009, the Rangers retired his jersey No. 3 to the rafters of Madison Square Garden.
The pride of Hamilton, Ontario, Howell was humble and kind. He and his beloved wife of 64 years, Marilyn, who passed away last month, were pillars of the communities in which they resided. We send our deepest condolences to the Howell family as they – along with the entire hockey world – grieve the loss of a universally-admired player and gentleman.
Huberdeau, Bishop and Terry Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week
FIRST STAR – JONATHAN HUBERDEAU, LW, FLORIDA PANTHERS
Huberdeau led the NHL with 4-5—9 and a +6 rating in four games to power the Panthers (30-27-12, 72 points) to a 2-1-1 week and within seven points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. After being held off the scoresheet in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins March 5, Huberdeau (2-1—3) factored on all three Florida goals in a 4-3 defeat versus the Boston Bruins March 7. He then posted 1-3—4, his fourth career four-point performance and second of the season (also Feb. 28 at VGK: 1-3—4), as well as a career-best +5 rating in 6-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild March 8. Huberdeau added 1-1—2 in a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings March 10. The 25-year-old Saint-Jerome, Que., native and 2012-13 Calder Memorial Trophy winner ranks second on the Panthers with 22-52—74 through 69 outings this season, already establishing personal highs for assists and points.
SECOND STAR – BEN BISHOP, G, DALLAS STARS
Bishop stopped all 59 shots he faced over two appearances to help the Stars (35-28-5, 75 points) earn two wins and maintain the first Wild Card position in the Western Conference. Bishop, who registered consecutive shutouts for the first time in his NHL career (362 GP), made 28 saves in a 1-0 triumph over the New York Rangers March 5 and 31 stops in a 4-0 victory against the Colorado Avalanche March 7. In doing so, he became the first Dallas goaltender to post shutouts in consecutive team games since Kari Lehtonen from March 10-13, 2012. The 32-year-old Denver native has compiled a 22-14-2 record in 39 total contests this season, ranking second in the League in both goals-against average (2.13) and save percentage (.930) while sharing third place in shutouts (5).
THIRD STAR – TROY TERRY, RW, ANAHEIM DUCKS
Terry collected 2-5—7 in four outings to lift the Ducks (27-34-9, 63 points) to a pair of wins. He scored once in a 3-1 victory against the Arizona Coyotes March 5. Terry then recorded consecutive three-point games, notching three assists in a 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues March 6 and 1-2—3 in an 8-2 triumph over the Montreal Canadiens March 8. He became the first rookie in Anaheim history to register consecutive three-point performances as well as the first rookie to achieve that feat for any team since Mathew Barzal from Jan. 13-15, 2018 (3-5—8 w/ NYI). Terry finished the week with one shot on goal and 17:42 of ice time in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings March 10. The 21-year-old Denver native, who played in two games in 2017-18, has totaled 4-6—10 through 23 contests this season.
Flyers’ Voracek Suspended Two Games for Interference
Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has been suspended for two games, without pay, for interference against New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk during NHL Game No. 1052 on Long Island on Saturday, March 9, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 5:41 of the third period. Voracek was assessed a major penalty for interference.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Voracek will forfeit $88,709.68. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video.
Sabres’ Eichel Suspended Two Games for Illegal Check to the Head
Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg during NHL Game No. 1048 in Denver on Saturday, March 9, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 14:48 of the second period. Eichel 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, Eichel will forfeit $107,526.88. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video.