NHL, PA ANNOUNCE ALL-STAR GAME FORMAT, FAN BALLOTING
The NHL and NHLPA announced the format and fan balloting for the 2017 NHL All-Star celebration, which will be held Jan. 28-29 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
Introduced at last season’s event, the NHL All-Star Game will return to a 3-on-3 tournament of three 20-minutes games, with players from each division making up the four All-Star teams.
Each roster will include 11 players: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.
The 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote will determine the captains of the four teams, regardless of position, beginning next Thursday, Dec. 1.
The remaining 40 All-Stars will be named by NHL Hockey Operations.
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Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 4, Calgary 2
NY Rangers 5, PITTSBURGH 2
Colorado 3, COLUMBUS 2 (OT)
NASHVILLE 3, Tampa Bay 1
DALLAS 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)
EDMONTON 5, Chicago 0
SAN JOSE 4, New Jersey 0
RANGERS SCORE FIVE UNANSWERED IN VICTORY OVER PENGUINS
Down 2-0 after the first period, the Rangers scored five unanswered goals to defeat the Penguins in their first meeting since the opening round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a 4-1 series victory by Pittsburgh.
* The Rangers lead the NHL with 81 goals and a +34 margin through 20 games this season. They have scored at least five goals in 10 of their 20 contests.
* Four Rangers recorded multiple points, including Michael Grabner (1-1—2), who shares the League lead with 12 goals this season (20 GP) after totaling nine in 2015-16 (80 GP w/ TOR).
MULTI-GOAL PERFORMERS LIFT OILERS, PREDATORS TO WINS
The Oilers and Predators each picked up wins, aided by multi-goal performances:
* Leon Draisaitl (2-1—3) posted his third career multi-goal outing – and second of the season (also Oct. 14 at CGY: 2-1—3) – to propel the Oilers to their second straight win on the heels of a five-game skid. Connor McDavid (0-2—2) also notched multiple points; he paces the NHL with 16 assists and 24 points in 2016-17 (20 GP).
* P.K. Subban (2-0—2) registered his fourth career multi-goal performance – and first since Oct. 18, 2014 vs. COL (2-0—2 w/ MTL) – to lead the Predators to their fifth victory in their last seven contests. Ryan Ellis established a career high with three assists.
* The Blue Jackets tied the game with 6.5 seconds remaining in regulation, but Matt Duchene scored at 1:49 of overtime to help Colorado snap Columbus’ franchise-record home winning streak at seven contests. Duchene, who returned from a four-game absence, picked up his fifth career overtime goal and first since March 10, 2014 vs. WPG.
* The Wild evened the score early in the third period, but Jamie Benn potted the winning goal at 1:23 of overtime to lift the Stars to a 4-1-2 record in their past seven outings. Benn collected his third career overtime goal and first since Oct. 29, 2015 vs. VAN.
MUST SEE: GUENTZEL MAKES MEMORABLE NHL DEBUT
Penguins forward Jake Guentzel scored twice while making his NHL debut, including his first goal on his first shot of his first shift just 62 seconds into the game.
Via Elias, Guentzel registered the fastest goal by a Pittsburgh player in his NHL debut, besting the mark set by Rick Kessell on March 21, 1970 vs. CHI (2:19).
ICYMI: Guentzel’s parents and brother celebrated his debut performance from the stands of PPG Paints Arena.
The Sabres scored three goals in 1:41 – their fastest three strikes since April 3, 1998 vs. BOS (1:08) – to improve to 11-0-2 in their last 13 home games against the Flames . . . Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot (31 SV) and Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (26 SV) earned their third and second shutouts of the season, respectively . . . Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson (2-0—2) registered his second multi-goal performance of 2016-17 to extend his point streak to five games (3-6—9) . . . Wild captain Mikko Koivu (0-1—1) collected his 400th NHL assist . . . ICYMI: Kings forward Jeff Carter, Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 20.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
St. Louis @ Boston, 7 p.m., NBCSN, SN, FS-MW, NESN
Carolina @ Toronto, 7 p.m., FS-SE, TSN4
Ottawa @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, SNE, RDS2
Philadelphia @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, CSN-PH, FS-F
NY Islanders @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., SN, MSG+, PRIME
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BACKES FACES BLUES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE OFFSEASON DEPARTURE
Former Blues captain David Backes, who signed with the Bruins as a free agent on July 1, faces his old club for the first time when St. Louis visits Boston at TD Garden as part of a national broadcast in both the U.S. (NBCSN) and Canada (SN).
A second-round selection (No. 62 overall) by the Blues in the 2003 NHL Draft, Backes played his first 10 seasons in St. Louis, where he amassed 206-254—460 in 727 regular-season appearances.
He also wore a letter in seven of those seasons, including the last five as captain of the team. Backes returns to St. Louis for the first time when the Bruins play the Blues at Scottrade Center on Jan. 10.
Source: NHL Public Relations