NHL Review November 29, 2021

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NHL Review November 29, 2021

MAPLE LEAFS’ ROAD WINNING STREAK
The Toronto Maple Leafs tied a franchise record with their seventh straight road win as well as Jack Campbell and Cam Talbot earning their League-leading 12th victories of the season.

HAMILTON SCORES SPECIAL GOAL ON DEVILS’ HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT
Dougie Hamilton (1-1—2) opened the scoring at 5:07 of the first period to help New Jersey defeat Philadelphia during Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Prudential Center. Hamilton used a custom stick Sunday in honor of Thea, a young girl he grew close with in Calgary who passed away after battling cancer.

OVECHKIN HELPS CAPITALS HURDLE HURRICANES FOR FIRST IN NHL STANDINGS
Alex Ovechkin scored the first of four Washington goals – his 10th tally since Nov. 1 (10-12—22 in 14 GP) – as the Capitals (14-3-5, 33 points) fended off a third-period comeback attempt by the Hurricanes (15-4-1, 31 points) to leapfrog them for first place in the League standings.

  • Ovechkin, who closes out November when Washington faces Florida Tuesday, became the first NHL player with a double-digit goal total in a calendar month at age 36 or older since Jarome Iginla had 13 with Boston in March 2014 (13-4—17 in 17 GP).
  • Ovechkin (19-18—37 in 22 GP) is one goal shy of becoming the seventh player in NHL history to reach 20 in 17 straight seasons. Only two players have hit the 20-goal mark in more than 17 consecutive campaigns: Gordie Howe (22 from 1949-50—1970-71) and Brendan Shanahan (19 from 1988-89—2007-08).

SABRES SET TO HOST KRAKEN FOR FIRST TIME ON HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT

The Sabres and Kraken are set to meet when the NHL’s newest franchise visits Buffalo for the first time this season on Hockey Fights Cancer Night. All fans attending the game will receive a Sabres Hockey Fights Cancer scarf and will have an opportunity to participate in the Autographed Hat Surprise sale where, for a 25-dollar donation to the Sabres Foundation, they will receive a Hockey Fights Cancer autographed hat.

GUENTZEL LOOKS FOR DOUBLE-DIGIT POINT STREAK IN CALGARY
Penguins forward Jake Guentzel will look to extend his career-high point streak to 10 games when Pittsburgh visits Calgary. Guentzel’s current nine-game run (5-5—10 in 9 GP) is the NHL’s longest active stretch, as he aims to join Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (17 GP), Anaheim’s Troy Terry (16 GP) and Colorado’s Nazem Kadri (10 GP) as the fourth player to post a double-digit point streak in 2021-22.

Ovechkin, Jarry and Makar Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 28.

FIRST STAR – ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Ovechkin recorded 4-3—7, including his 28th career hat trick, in three outings to lift the Capitals (14-3-5, 33 points) to a perfect week and into first place in the overall NHL standings. Ovechkin posted his 16th career three-assist game – and first since Feb. 15, 2018 at MIN (1-3—4) – in a 6-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 24. He then notched his 28th career hat trick (t-6th in League history) and 117th career game-winning goal (4th in NHL history) in a 4-3 triumph against the Florida Panthers Nov. 26. Ovechkin closed the week with another goal in a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Nov. 28, extending his point streak to five games dating to Nov. 20 (7-4—11). The 36-year-old Moscow, Russia, native and nine-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner ranks second in the League with 19 goals and 37 points through 22 contests this season (19-18—37). That goal total, through the first 22 games of a season, is the highest by any player in NHL history at age 36 or older, while Ovechkin’s 37 points only have been surpassed by Mario Lemieux (37 years; 56 days; 11‑35—46 through 22 GP in 2002-03 w/ PIT).

SECOND STAR – TRISTAN JARRY, G, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Jarry stopped 91 of the 93 shots he faced, going 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and one shutout to help the Penguins (10-7-4, 24 points) win three of their four games and move into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. He yielded one goal in each of his first two starts, denying 30 shots in a 3-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets Nov. 22 and matching a season-high with 36 saves – including 16 in the second period – in a 4-1 victory against the Vancouver Canucks Nov. 24. Jarry then earned his 10th career shutout (and third of the season) with 25 stops in a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders Nov. 26. The 26-year-old Surrey, B.C., native has appeared in 17 total games in 2021-22, placing among the League leaders in shutouts (t-2nd; 3), wins (t-6th; 10), goals-against average (7th; 1.91) and save percentage (7th; .936).

THIRD STAR – CALE MAKAR, D, COLORADO AVALANCHE

Makar collected 4-3—7 in four contests to propel the Avalanche (11-6-1, 23 points) to a 3-1-0 week and into the final playoff position in the Western Conference. He recorded his second straight multi-goal game (also Nov. 19 at SEA: 2-1—3) with two tallies in a 7-5 win over the Ottawa Senators Nov. 22. Makar then scored once in both a 5-2 victory against the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 24 and a 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars Nov. 26, making him the first defenseman in franchise history to post a five-game goal streak (Nov. 17-26: 7-2—9). He capped the week with his sixth career three-assist performance in a 6-2 triumph over the Nashville Predators Nov. 27. The 23-year-old Calgary native, who paces NHL blueliners (minimum: 5 GP) with 1.25 points per game this season (9-11—20 in 16 GP), also ranks among the top defensemen in goals (1st; 9), game-winning goals (t-2nd; 2) and points (3rd; 20).

Bruins’ Marchand Suspended Three Games for Slew-Footing
Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for three games, without pay, for slew-footing Vancouver Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson during NHL Game No. 326 in Boston on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The incident occurred at 1:08 of the first period. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Marchand will forfeit $91,875.00. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Video details full explanation of the decision.

KYLE CRISCUOLO RECALLED BY DETROIT

The Detroit Red Wings have recalled center Kyle Criscuolo from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Criscuolo, 29, has played parts of four seasons with the Griffins over two separate stints with the club, rejoining the organization in 2020-21 after signing with Grand Rapids to begin his professional career in 2015-16. In 262 AHL games between the Griffins, Rochester Americans, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and San Diego Gulls, he has logged 150 points (62-88-150), a plus-27 rating and 94 penalty minutes. As a first-year pro in 2016-17, Criscuolo helped the Griffins capture a Calder Cup championship, contributing 41 points (17-24-41) in 76 regular-season games and adding nine points (5-4-9) in 19 postseason contests. This season, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound forward is tied for the Griffins lead in points-per-game, racking up 12 points (5-7-12) in 12 games. Criscuolo also played in nine NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres during the 2017-18 campaign.

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