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NHL Review March 11 2018 – Fleury of Wins

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NHL Review March 11 2018 – Fleury of Wins

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
CHICAGO 3, Boston 1
NY Islanders 5, CALGARY 2
PITTSBURGH 3, Dallas 1
ARIZONA 1, Vancouver 0

FLEURY CLOSES IN ON 400-WIN MILESTONE

Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury can earn the 400th win of his NHL career when the Golden Knights (44-19-5, 93 points) conclude their five-game road trip against the Flyers (35-23-11, 81 points).

Fleury would become the 13th netminder in League history (third active) to reach the 400-win milestone. Since beginning his NHL career in 2003-04, only two goaltenders have earned more regular-season wins than Fleury: Henrik Lundqvist (430) and Roberto Luongo (412).

MALKIN CONTINUES CHASE FOR ART ROSS, RICHARD IN PENGUINS WIN  

Evgeni Malkin collected 1-1—2 to guide the Penguins (40-26-4, 84 points) to their League-leading 26th home victory of the season (26-8-1, 53 points). Overall, Pittsburgh became the seventh team to reach the 40-win mark this season and leapfrogged Washington (38-23-7, 83 points) for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Malkin extended his assist/point streak to six games (3-8—11) and leads the NHL with 25-26—51 in 2018 (30 GP). Since Jan. 1, he has moved from a share of 22nd to second place in the tightly-contested Art Ross Trophy race – where only four points separate Nikita Kucherov, Malkin and Connor McDavid.

Malkin’s 39 goals trail only Patrik Laine (40) and Alex Ovechkin (40) for the most in the NHL this season. He moved within one tally of reaching the 40-goal mark for the third time in his NHL career (47 in 2007-08, 50 in 2011-12).

GIBSON MAKES 50 SAVES AS ISLANDERS SNAP SLIDE

In his seventh NHL appearance, Christopher Gibson made a career-high 50 saves to help the Islanders (30-29-10, 70 points) snap an eight-game slide (0-4-4). New York sits seven points behind Columbus (36-28-5, 77 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Gibson became the ninth goaltender in franchise history to make at least 50 saves in a game and just the second rookie to do so, joining Billy Smith on Nov. 22, 1972 at PHI (55).

In fact, Gibson became just the 21st different rookie goaltender to make 50 or more saves in a game (since 1955-56 when shots on goal became an official NHL statistic) and first since 2009-10, when Jimmy Howard(51) and Devan Dubnyk (52) did so.

NHL THREE STARS OF THE WEEK

Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 11.

FIRST STAR – PATRIK LAINE, RW, WINNIPEG JETS

Laine led the NHL with five goals in three games to propel the Jets (41-18-9, 91 points) to a 2-1-0 week. He registered his fourth career hat trick, including the winning goal, in a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers March 6. In doing so, Laine became the third player in League history to post four hat tricks prior to his 20th birthday, joining Jimmy Carson (5) and Dale Hawerchuk (5). Laine then added one tally in both a 3-2 triumph against the New Jersey Devils March 8 and a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers March 10 to join Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin atop the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race and become the ninth player in NHL history to score 40 goals in one season as a teenager (40-23—63 in 68 GP). The 19-year-old Tampere, Finland, native has collected at least one point in a franchise-record 11 consecutive games (15-6—21), including goals in five straight (9-1—10).

SECOND STAR – BRAD MARCHAND, LW, BOSTON BRUINS

Marchand paced the NHL with 4-4—8 in three games as the Bruins (43-16-8, 94 points) earned three wins in four contests. He notched 3-2—5, including his third career hat trick, fourth career five-point performance and franchise-record 11th career overtime goal, in a 6-5 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings March 6. Marchand then scored his third straight game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers March 8, becoming the seventh player in Bruins history to register the decisive tally in three consecutive team games (and first since Tyler Seguin from Nov. 5-10, 2011). He added two assists in a 7-4 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks March 10 before missing a 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks March 11. The 29-year-old Halifax, N.S., native ranks fourth in the League with 1.30 points per game this season, sitting 16th overall with 29-40—69 in 53 outings.

THIRD STAR – EVGENI MALKIN, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Malkin ranked second in the NHL with 3-5—8 in four games to lift the Penguins (40-26-4, 84 points) to a 3-1-0 week and back into first place in the Metropolitan Division. He registered 1-2—3, his League-best 12th three-point effort of the season, in a 4-3 overtime win against the Calgary Flames March 5. Malkin then posted 1-1—2 in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers March 7, one assist in a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs March 10 and 1-1—2 in a 3-1 triumph against the Dallas Stars March 11. The 31-year-old Magnitogorsk, Russia, native places second in the NHL with 87 points and third with 39 goals in 66 appearances this season. That includes a League-high 51 points and 25 goals in 30 contests during the calendar year as well as 3-8—11 during an active six-game point streak.

NHL Schedule for Monday, Mar 12 2018

Matchup

Time

 Carolina@ NY Rangers

7:00 PM ET

 Vegas@ Philadelphia

7:00 PM ET

 Winnipeg@ Washington

7:00 PM ET

 Montréal@ Columbus

7:00 PM ET

 Ottawa@ Florida

7:30 PM ET

 St. Louis@ Anaheim

10:00 PM ET

 Vancouver@ Los Angeles

10:30 PM ET

 Detroit@ San Jose

10:30 PM ET