JETS, OILERS SQUARE OFF IN 2016 TIM HORTONS NHL HERITAGE CLASSIC
The Jets, who staged the first four-goal comeback victory in franchise history on Wednesday, host the Oilers, winners of four of their first five games, in the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic today at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg (3 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports 2, NHL.TV).
* The Jets are led in goal-scoring by forward Patrik Laine (4-1—5), the No. 2 pick in June, who scored the tying and overtime-winning goals on Wednesday vs. TOR en route to becoming the youngest player in franchise history to record a hat trick. Edmonton counters with last year’s No. 1 pick, Connor McDavid, who has recorded multiple points three times this season and paces the club with 4-4—8 in five games.
* Today’s contest pays tribute to the shared hockey history between the cities of Winnipeg and Edmonton, who welcomed the original Jets and the Oilers, respectively, when each joined the NHL in 1979-80 as part of a four-team expansion.
* REMINDER: The 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic Interactive Information Guide is available for download via the League’s Media site.
Home Team in Caps
CHICAGO 5, Toronto 4 (SO)
NY Rangers 4, WASHINGTON 2
Montreal 4, BOSTON 2
PHILADELPHIA 6, Carolina 3
Tampa Bay 4, OTTAWA 1
FLORIDA 5, Colorado 2
DETROIT 3, San Jose 0
NEW JERSEY 2, Minnesota 1 (OT)
NASHVILLE 5, Pittsburgh 1
Columbus 3, DALLAS 0
LOS ANGELES 4, Vancouver 3 (SO)
St. Louis 6, CALGARY 4
MULTI-GOAL COMEBACK TREND CONTINUES
The trend of multi-goal comebacks in the NHL continued Saturday as four teams – the Blackhawks, Rangers, Flyers and Canucks – stormed back to earn at least one point:
* Facing a 4-2 deficit with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, the Blackhawks scored two goals exactly 60 seconds apart to tie the game and set the stage for Artemi Panarin (0-2—2) to seal a victory in the shootout.
* The Rangers scored four unanswered goals – including the tying and winning markers three minutes apart by Jimmy Vesey – to rally past the Capitals.
* The Flyers fell behind 2-0 in what became a seven-goal second period, but responded with four straight tallies of their own – powered by Jakub Voracek (2-1—3) and Shayne Gostisbehere (1-2—3) – to snap a three-game skid.
* Forward Dustin Brown (1-2—3) helped the Kings build a three-goal lead, but the Canucks rallied to tie the game with 34.4 seconds remaining in regulation before Los Angeles ultimately won in a shootout. It marked the first loss of any kind for Vancouver this season.
* Elias notes that there have been 17 instances this season in which a team has overcome a multi-goal deficit to earn at least one point. The trailing team eventually won 13 of those 17 instances.
DID YOU KNOW?
Elias notes that the Blackhawks won when trailing by two goals in the final three minutes of regulation for the fourth time in club history – and for the second time in less than a year. The other instances: Nov. 27, 2015 at ANA (3-2 OT W), Feb. 6, 2007 at CGY (3-2 SO W) and Dec. 29, 1926 vs. the Montreal Maroons (5-4 OT W).
CANADIENS CONTINUE ROAD DOMINANCE OF BRUINS
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (19 SV) helped the club extend their road winning streak against the Bruins to nine games dating to March 3, 2013 (BOS: 0-7-2; includes 5-1 W by MTL in 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium). Elias notes that this marks the longest road winning streak by either team in their all-time series.
STRONG BETWEEN THE PIPES
* Sergei Bobrovsky denied all 32 shots he faced to backstop the Blue Jackets to their second win in as many nights. Bobrovsky, who moved to 8-1-1 in 10 career appearances vs. DAL (1 SO, 1.78 GAA, .943 SV%), became the first goaltender to reach 100 wins in a Blue Jackets uniform.
* Jimmy Howard denied all 30 shots he faced and Gustav Nyquist (2-0—2) provided the game-winning goal to guide the Red Wings to their fourth consecutive victory. Howard has surrendered only one goal against in two appearances this season (2-0-0, 1 SO, 0.50 GAA, .984 SV%).
* Making his second career NHL appearance (and first in nearly 11 months), goaltender Juuse Saros made 34 saves to help the Predators snap a three-game skid. Saros surrendered his only goal against in the opening minute of regulation before Nashville responded with five unanswered tallies, led by multi-goal efforts from Viktor Arvidsson and Kevin Fiala.
* Blackhawks forwards Artem Anisimov (2-0—2) and Richard Panik (1-0—1) each scored in the final minutes of regulation to rally their team to victory. Panik has compiled 6-2—8 in six games this season to equal his totals from 2015-16 (6-2—8 in 30 GP), while Anisimov has points in four of six contests this season (4-4—8).
* Flyers teammates Wayne Simmonds (1-1—2) and Matt Read (1-0—1) each extended their goal streaks to four games. Read shares second in the League (w/ Auston Matthews) with five goals, one back of Panik.
* Offseason acquisition Taylor Hall, who scored both goals in New Jersey’s 2-1 victory in their home opener, tallied 29 seconds into overtime to help the Devils earn their second win of the season. All three of his goals have come at Prudential Center.
* Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (0-1—1) became the first player in franchise history to begin his NHL career on a four-game point streak (2-3—5). Elias adds that Werenski is the first defenseman from any team to begin his NHL career on a four-game point streak since Jamie McBain in March 2010 w/ CAR.
* Hurricanes forward Victor Rask (3-3—6) and Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk (1-4—5) each notched an assist to extend their season-opening point streaks to five games.
Forward David Perron (3-1—4) matched a career high with four points, including his third career hat trick (second w/ STL) to power the Blues to victory in the final game of their road trip through Western Canada . . . Steven Stamkos (GWG) led the Lightning past the Senators and head coach Guy Boucher, who served behind the Tampa Bay bench from 2010-13 . . . Shane Harper, a 27-year-old forward from Valencia, Cali., scored the first two goals of his NHL career (5 GP) . . . Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek, the 20th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored in his League debut . . . Penguins forward Matt Cullen became the sixth active player to skate in 1,300 career NHL games . . . Avalanche forward Matt Duchene tallied 1-1—2 in his 500th NHL game . . . Kings teammates Jeff Carter (800) and Peter Budaj (300) and Devils defenseman Kyle Quincey (500) also played in milestone games . . . The Devils unveiled a statue of Martin Brodeur outside Prudential Center . . . Trevor Strader, the son of Stars play-by-play announcer Dave Straderwho is battling cholangiocarcinoma, sang the national anthem and dropped the ceremonial puck as part of the first Hockey Fights Cancer night of the season.