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NHL Review Monday December 4 2017

Home Team in Caps
WASHINGTON 4, San Jose 1
NY Islanders 5, FLORIDA 4 (SO)
NASHVILLE 5, Boston 3
Philadelphia 5, CALGARY 2

Alex Ovechkin (1-1—2) scored the game-winning goal to become the first NHL player to reach 20 goals this season and propel the Capitals (16-11-1, 33 points) to their fifth win in their last six contests.

Ovechkin, a six-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner, scored his 578th career goal to surpass Mark Recchi and move into the top 20 on the NHL’s all-time list. Flames forward Jaromir Jagr (766) is the only active player with more career goals.

Ovechkin also notched his 97th career game-winning goal to pass Mats Sundin (96) for sole possession of 11th on the NHL’s all-time list. Jagr (135) – who holds the all-time record – and Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau (103) are the only active skaters with more career game-winning tallies.

Ovechkin – who has never scored less than 32 goals in a season entering 2017-18 – became the 11th player in NHL history to begin his career with 13 consecutive 20-goal seasons. He tallied his 20th marker while skating in his 28th contest, the fourth-fastest span in terms of games played he has reached the 20-goal mark in a single season (22 GP in 2013, 22 GP in 2009-10 and 27 GP in 2007-08).

Since entering the League in 2005-06, Ovechkin leads all NHL players in goals (578), points (1,063), game-winning goals (97) and power-play goals (218).

The Islanders (16-8-2, 34 points) and Flyers (9-11-7, 25 points) both secured victories on Monday.

The Islanders and Panthers each held the lead on two separate occasions in a seesaw affair before Mathew Barzal notched the shootout-clinching goal to propel New York to 8-2-0 in its last 10 contests. John Tavaresscored to boost his career totals to 252-315—567 and pass Pat LaFontaine (287-279—566) for sole possession of sixth place on the franchise’s all-time points list. 

Jakub Voracek (0-3—3) led the offense with three points and Michael Raffl 1-1—2 notched the game-winning goal to help the Flyers snap a 10-game slide (0-5-5). Voracek, who recorded his fourth three-point game of the season, ranks second in the League in assists (26; tied) and sixth in points (7-26—33; tied).

The Kings (17-8-3, 37 points), Stars (16-10-1, 33 points) and Canadiens (13-12-3, 29 points) each look to push their winning streak to six games, which would match the longest such stretch in the NHL this season (CBJ: 6-0-0 from Nov. 11 – Nov. 24; TOR: 6-0-0 from Nov. 6 – Nov. 18; NY Rangers: 6-0-0 from Oct. 31 – Nov. 11).

All three clubs have used strong offensive showings to outscore their opponents by at least 12 goals over the five-game streak (MTL: 24-6; DAL: 23-11; LAK: 18-6).

Goaltenders Carey Price of the Canadiens (5-0-0, 1.20 GAA, .962 SV%, 1 SO), Jonathan Quick of the Kings (4-0-0, 1.23 GAA, .952 SV%, 1 SO) and Ben Bishop of the Stars (4-0-0, 2.20 GAA, .930 SV%, 1 SO) have each padded their personal winning streaks while playing a major role in their respective club’s five-game run.

NHL Schedule for Tuesday, Dec 5



New Jersey@ Columbus

7:00 PM ET

NY Rangers@ Pittsburgh

7:30 PM ET

St. Louis@ Montréal

7:30 PM ET

Winnipeg@ Detroit

7:30 PM ET

NY Islanders@ Tampa Bay

7:30 PM ET

Nashville@ Dallas

8:30 PM ET

Buffalo@ Colorado

9:00 PM ET

Carolina@ Vancouver

10:00 PM ET

Anaheim@ Vegas

10:00 PM ET

Minnesota@ Los Angeles

10:00 PM ET