Home Team in Caps
Tampa Bay 4, BUFFALO 1
PHILADELPHIA 5, Winnipeg 2
TORONTO 6, Florida 1
Nashville 5, OTTAWA 1
ST. LOUIS 3, San Jose 2
MINNESOTA 1, Boston 0
DALLAS 3, Colorado 2
VANCOUVER 3, Arizona 2 (OT)
ANAHEIM 3, New Jersey 2
LOS ANGELES 4, Edmonton 2
DUBNYK BLANKS BRUINS FOR LEAGUE-LEADING FOURTH SHUTOUT
Devan Dubnyk turned aside all 25 shots he faced and Mikael Granlund scored the only goal of the contest with 44.5 seconds remaining in regulation as the Wild improved to 5-2-0 at Xcel Energy Center.
* Dubnyk picked up his NHL-leading fourth shutout of the season and improved to 7-5-1 overall (1.47 GAA, .952 SV%, 4 SO). Since making his Wild debut on Jan. 15, 2015, Dubnyk paces all goaltenders with 14 shutouts, three more than the next-closest netminder (Carey Price: 11).
* Minnesota has allowed the fewest goals in the NHL this season, giving up just 29 in 16 games.
TEAMS BUILD ON HOME ICE SUCCESS
Several clubs earned victories on Thursday night to continue their winning ways at home:
* Jaden Schwartz (2-0—2) scored two of St. Louis’ three goals to lead the Blues over the Sharks in their first meeting since the 2016 Western Conference Final, a 4-2 series win by San Jose. The Blues stretched their home point streak to seven games (5-0-2) and improved to 7-1-2 at Scottrade Center overall.
* Connor Brown (2-2—4) recorded the first four-point game of his NHL career to help the Maple Leafs improve to 7-2-0 at Air Canada Centre, including three straight wins. Mitch Marner scored a nifty breakaway goal in the first period and ranks second among all rookies with 7-9—16 this season (17 GP).
* Steve Mason made 30 saves and five different skaters scored as the Flyers extended their home point streak to five games (3-0-2). Mason improved to 6-0-1 in eight career appearances against the Jets/Thrashers franchise.
* Four different skaters found the back of the net as the Kings halted a four-game slide (0-3-1) and improved to 6-2-0 at home. The Kings have won 10 consecutive home games vs. EDM dating to April 2, 2012 (EDM: 0-9-1).
* The Ducks overcame a 2-0 deficit and Ryan Kesler scored the game-winning goal with 3:40 remaining in regulation to improve to 6-2-0 at Honda Center, including four straight wins.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ben Hutton converted on a penalty shot in overtime to lead the Canucks past the Coyotes.
Elias notes that Hutton became the first player in franchise history to score a penalty shot goal in overtime. He also became the third defenseman to do so since regular-season overtime was reintroduced in the 1983-84 season and second in the last seven days, joining Carolina’s Frantisek Kaberle (Jan. 13, 2006 vs. NSH) and New Jersey’s Andy Greene (Nov. 11, 2016 at BUF).
Forward Nikita Kucherov scored for the third consecutive game (4-2—6) to help the Lightning improve to 3-0-0 on their five-game road trip. Kucherov is tied for the League lead in points with 9-13—22 this season (17 GP) . . . Forward Patrick Eaves notched the game-winning goal to help the Stars extend their point streak to five games (3-0-2). He has scored in a career-high four consecutive outings (5-1—6) . . . Forward James Neal stretched his goal streak to a career-high six games (7-1—8) as the Predators improved to 5-1-2 in their last eight contests . . . Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (30 saves) improved to 5-0-2 in his last seven appearances, including four straight wins, following a 1-4-1 start to the season . . . Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop (32 saves) improved to 9-0-1 in 10 career appearances vs. BUF. Bishop also appeared in his 207th career game with the Lightning to pass Daren Puppa (206) for the most in franchise history among netminders . . . Captain Shane Doan collected the 553rd assist of his NHL career to tie Thomas Steen for the most in Coyotes/Jets franchise history . . . Sharks forward Joe Thornton (379-974—1,353) collected an assist to tie Guy Lafleur (560-793—1,353) for 26th on the NHL’s all-time points list . . . Predators forward Pontus Aberg and Sharks forward Kevin Labanc each scored their first career NHL goals . . . Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (1-1—2) extended his point streak to seven games (4-4—8) . . . The Senators honored former forward and current Predators captain Mike Fisher in a pre-game ceremony at Canadian Tire Centre . . . The NHL announced that Honda will serve as the title sponsor of the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles . . . The Canucks hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer night . . . NHL Central Scouting released an updated players to watch list for the 2017 NHL Draft . . . Wayne Gretzky will appear in the Dec. 11 episode of The Simpsons.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Pittsburgh @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, MSG+, ROOT
Detroit @ Washington , 7 p.m., CSN-DC, FS-D+
NY Rangers @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, MSG
Montreal @ Carolina, 7:30 p.m., FS-CR, SNE, RDS
Chicago @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SNW, CSN-CH
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RED WINGS CELEBRATE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR FIRST NHL GAME
The Red Wings (8-8-1, 17 points) face the Capitals (10-4-2, 22 points) on the 90th anniversary of the franchise’s first NHL game (Nov. 18, 1926), when the Detroit Cougars suffered a 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins at the Border Cities Arena in Windsor, Ont.
Source: NHL Public Relations