NHL Review November 22, 2021
FLAMES CONTINUE TO STIFLE OPPOSITION WITH SEVENTH SHUTOUT OF 2021-22
After the Flames (11-3-5, 27 points) tallied first on the road for the 12th consecutive game, Andrew Mangiapane continued his goal-scoring ways and Dan Vladar (27 saves) blanked his former club to help Calgary record its seventh shutout of the season.
- Mangiapane (15-2—17 in 19 GP) became the third player in NHL history to score at least 14 of his first 15 goals of a season on the road, joining John LeClair (14 in 1994-95 w/ MTL & PHI) and Paul Gardner (14 in 1976-77 w/ CLR).
- Vladar, who improved to 4-0-1 this season (1.57 GAA, .945 SV%, 2 SO), posted his second shutout in as many appearances. Only four rookie goaltenders in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) required fewer games to record their second shutout of a season: Martin Jones (3 GP in 2013-14 w/ LAK), Jake Allen (4 GP in 2014-15 w/ STL), Robbie Moore (4 GP in 1978-79 w/ PHI) and Glenn Resch (4 GP in 1975-76 w/ NYI).
RANGERS STUN SABRES WITH WINNER IN FINAL SECOND
In a back-and-forth affair that included four goals in a span of 1:22 during the second period, Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren provided a fitting conclusion to the contest and scored the game-winning goal with 0.7 seconds left on the clock.
- Lindgren, the ninth NHL player to score a go-ahead goal in the final second of regulation since 2001-02, became the fourth Rangers skater to accomplish the feat. The others: Brad Richards (Dec. 17, 2011), Dean Prentice (Nov. 16, 1960) and Grant Warwick (March 18, 1945).
- Artemi Panarin (0-3—3), who contributed an assist during the four-goal flurry, recorded his 11th game with three or more helpers since joining the Rangers in 2019-20 and trails only Connor McDavid (16) for the most among all players over that span.
- On the night the Empire State Building was glowing purple for Hockey Fights Cancer, the Rangers honored retired NYPD detective Robert Jordan. Jordan, who beat throat cancer, helped the city recover from 9/11.
FLEURY, WOLL SHUTOUTS
Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (40 saves) and Toronto Maple Leafs netminder Joseph Woll (20 saves) each earned a shutout Sunday, with the former recording the 68th of his career and the latter posting his first.
MANTHA OFFICIATES SECOND AHL GAME, HOLDS DEEP NHL TIES
Elizabeth Mantha, one of 10 female officials debuting in the AHL this season, officiated her second AHL game Sunday (also Oct. 29). Her brother, Anthony Mantha, is a member of the Capitals and her grandfather, Andre Pronovost, won four straight Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens from 1956-57 to 1959-60.
HURRICANES, AVALANCHE AIM FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN
A six-game Monday in the NHL will feature the Avalanche (8-5-1, 17 points) and Hurricanes (14-2-0, 28 points) each vying for their fifth straight win when they battle the Senators (4-10-1, 9 points) and Sharks (8-8-1, 17 points), respectively.
- Nazem Kadri has points in each of his last eight games (4-11—15), the third-longest active point streak in the NHL behind Connor McDavid (17 GP w/ EDM) and Troy Terry (16 GP w/ ANA), who is also in action Monday.
- The Avalanche are averaging 6.0 goals per game over their four-game win streak, outscoring their opponents by a 24-8 margin. Should Colorado tally six Monday, it would mark the first time the franchise has scored 30 or more goals over a five-game span (including shootout-deciding goals) since 1995-96 (30 G in 5 GP from Dec. 5-13, 1995).
- The Hurricanes will look to win their fifth contest in a row and improve to 4-0-0 in the first four outings of their six-game road trip. Carolina enters Monday with an 8-1-0 mark on the road and can become the sixth team in NHL history to win nine of its first 10 road games from the start of a season.
JETS, BLUES READY TO HOST HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHTS
A pair of Central Division clubs will host their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night when the Jets (9-4-4, 22 points) and Blues (9-6-2, 20 points) welcome the Golden Knights (11-7-0, 22 points) and Penguins (7-6-4, 18 points) to town, respectively.
- Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck sports a 6-2-4 record in 2021-22, including a 6-0-4 stretch in his last 10 contests dating to Oct. 19. Should Hellebuyck avoid another regulation loss Monday, the 2019-20 Vezina Trophy winner can establish the longest point streak by a goaltender in Jets/Thrashers history.
- Ryan O’Reilly has recorded 7-9—16 in 17 career games against the Golden Knights. Since its inaugural season in 2017-18, only three players have registered more points than the Blues’ captain in head-to-head meetings against Vegas: Anze Kopitar (11-15—26 in 22 GP), Connor McDavid (7-10—17 in 11 GP) and Alex Iafallo (4-13—17 in 22 GP).
Wild’s Hartman Fined for Slew-Footing
Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman has been fined $4,250, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slew-footing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ross Colton during NHL Game No. 275 in Tampa on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. The incident occurred at 16:28 of the first period. Hartman was assessed a minor penalty for tripping. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Gaudreau, Samsonov and Makar Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week
Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 21, 2021.
FIRST STAR – JOHNNY GAUDREAU, LW, CALGARY FLAMES
Gaudreau led the NHL with 4-3—7, including two game-winning goals, in four contests to help the Flames (11-3-5, 27 points) post a 3-0-1 week en route to climbing into first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference. He collected the primary assist on Calgary’s lone goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 16. Gaudreau then recorded 2-1—3, marking his 39th career three-point outing, 28th career multi-goal performance and 34th career game-winning goal, in a 5-0 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 18. He followed that with 1-1—2 as the Flames spoiled the opening of UBS Arena, the new home of the New York Islanders, with a 5-2 victory Nov. 20. Gaudreau capped the week with his third game-winning goal of the season, tied for fourth in the League, in a 4-0 triumph against the Boston Bruins Nov. 21. The 28-year-old Salem, N.J., native – who has found the scoresheet in 13 of his 19 appearances – ranks sixth in the NHL with 8-14—22 overall in 2021-22.
SECOND STAR – ILYA SAMSONOV, G, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Samsonov stopped all 56 shots he faced across two starts, going 2-0-0 with two shutouts as the Capitals (11-3-5, 27 points) registered a 2-1-1 week to maintain second place in the Metropolitan Division. He made 34 saves, including 14 in the opening period, in a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings Nov. 17. Samsonov then registered his second consecutive shutout, and the sixth of his NHL career (53 GP), with 22 stops in a 4-0 victory against the San Jose Sharks Nov. 20. The 24-year-old Magnitogorsk, Russia, native – who has an active 151:27 shutout streak dating to Nov. 12 – has played in eight total games in 2021-22, compiling a 6-0-1 record, 2.11 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and three shutouts. It marks the second consecutive season that Samsonov has earned at least one point in each of his first seven decisions, following a 6-0-1 start through eight outings in 2020-21 (2.54 GAA, .907 SV%).
THIRD STAR – CALE MAKAR, D, COLORADO AVALANCHE
Makar posted 3-2—5 in two contests to power the Avalanche (8-5-1, 17 points) to a pair of victories, extending their winning streak to four games dating to Nov. 11. He recorded 1-1—2, including his ninth career game-winning goal and second of the season (also Oct. 28 at STL), in a 4-2 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks Nov. 17. Makar then notched 2-1—3, his third career multi-goal performance and eighth career three-point outing, in a 7-3 victory against the Seattle Kraken Nov. 19. The 23-year-old Calgary native tops NHL defensemen (minimum: 10 GP) with 1.08 points per game this season (5-8—13 in 12 GP); only one blueliner has averaged more points per game since Makar (0.95; 25-82—107 in 113 GP) made his regular-season debut in 2019-20 (John Carlson: 0.96; 28-107—135 in 140 GP).