King Henrik turns back Flyers
Henrik Lundqvist faced 42 shots on goal (half of them in the third period) in his 3-2 victory over the Flyers in Philadelphia.
That improved Lundqvist’s career record in regular-season games in which he faced 40 or more shots on goal to a remarkable 22-3-10.
Lundqvist’s .771 points percentage whan facing 40-plus shots is the second-highest among active NHL goaltenders who’ve played at least 15 such games, behind Tuuka Rask’s .810 percentage (16-3-2 in 21 games).
Sharks bite back after giving up late tying goal
Patrick Marleau scored the go-ahead goal for the Sharks with 22.5 seconds left to play in the third period which earned them a 3-2 win over the Islanders.
Marleau’s game-winner was a quick response to the goal by Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy which tied the score at 2-2 with 57.2 seconds remaining in the third period.
Over the last three seasons there was only one other NHL game in which a team scored a go-ahead in regulation time after allowing a tying goal in the final minute of the third period and the Islanders were on the wrong end of things in that game too.
That was on April 7, 2015 in Philadelphia, when Anders Lee’s goal at 19:32 of the third period got the Islanders even at 4-4, only to have Brayden Schenn score the winning goal for the Flyers at 19:57.
The only other win of this kind for the Sharks came in their first season in the NHL, 1991-92, and, yes, it was against the Islanders.
That game was played on Nov. 9, 1991 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, the Sharks’ home for their first two seasons in the league. Islanders defenseman Uwe Krupp tied the score with a goal at 19:06 of the third period, but Sharks defenseman Bob McGill answered that with a go-ahead goal 14 seconds later which gave San Jose a 4-3 victory.
Brodin’s three points lifts Wild to win over Penguins
Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin tallied three points in one game for the first time in his NHL career when he racked up three assists in the Wild’s 6-2 win against the Penguins.
It was the first three-point game by a Minnesota defenseman this season, and if the pattern of recent seasons holds it will be the only one.
The Wild had exactly one three-point game by a d-man in each of the past five seasons. It was Marek Zidlicky in 2011-12 and Ryan Suter in each of the next four seasons (2012-13 through 2015-16).
Blackhawks win another tight one
Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Ryan Hartman scored the goals for the Blackhawks as they took a 3-0 lead in their game at Anaheim and then held on for a 3-2 win over the Ducks.
Chicago’s last seven wins have all been by a one-goal margin, with four coming in regulation time and three in overtime. (The team’s record during this stretch is 7-3-1.)
Seven consecutive team wins by one goal (and none via a shootout) ties a Blackhawks single-season record set in February 1985 (7-2-1, with six regulation wins and one in OT).
Caps score on the power play in third straight game
Brett Connolly recorded a goal and an assist in the Capitals’ 3-1 victory against the Sabres. Connolly’s goal was a power play tally which extended Washington’s streak of consecutive games with a PPG to a season-high three games.
The Capitals scored only five power play goals in their first 15 games this season (in 42 chances, a success rate of 11.9%) but they’ve scored five goals with a manpower edge in their five games since then (in 18 opportunities, 27.8%).
Wilson and Johansen each score twice in Predators’ win
Colin Wilson and Ryan Johansen each scored two goals in the Nashville Predators’ 5-1 win against the Jets.
It was the second game this season in which the Predators had a pair of multiple-goal scorers, with Viktor Arvidsson and Kevin Fiala having each scored twice in Nashville’s 5-1 victory over the Penguins on October 22.
The Predators had only two such games over the past five seasons combined but they both came within an 11-day span, on March 25 (Matt Cullen and Roman Josi vs. Colorado) and April 4, 2014 (Mike Fisher and Wilson at Anaheim).
Green’s OT goal gives Red Wings a win
Frans Nielsen scored the first two goals for the Red Wings and then assisted on the overtime goal by Mike Green which gave the Red Wings a 5-4 victory over the Devils in Newark.
Green’s OT goal was the ninth regular-season overtime tally of his NHL career and his first for a team other than the Capitals. Green is the NHL’s active leader in regular-season overtime goals among defensemen and he ranks second all-time in that category, behind Scott Niedermayer with 13.
Johnson guides Flames to win over his former team
Former Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson made 35 saves as he backstopped the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 win in Boston on Friday.
Johnson has a 3-1-0 record in his four career games against the Bruins in Boston and each win was for a different team: the Islanders (in 2014), the Sabres (2015), and now the Flames.
The only other active goaltenders with regular-season wins as a visiting player in Boston for three different NHL clubs are Roberto Luongo (Islanders, Panthers, Canucks) and Craig Anderson (Panthers, Avalanche, Senators).
Atkinson is the star in Blue Jackets’ win
Cam Atkinson earned first-star honors with a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets in their 5-3 win against the Lightning in Tampa. Atkinson’s goal was a shorthanded marker in the third period which closed out the scoring in the game.
It was Atkinson’s first shorthanded goal this season and it extended his streak of consecutive seasons with at least one SHG for Columbus to four, tying a franchise record.
The other players to score at least one shorthanded goal for the Blue Jackets in each of four consecutive seasons are Rick Nash (2006-07 to 2009-10) and Antoine Vermette (2008-09 to 2011-12).
Lindell’s first career goal is a game winner for the Stars
Esa Lindell’s first NHL goal was the game-winning goal for the Stars in their 2-1 win over the Canucks. Lindell also assisted on the Stars’ first goal of the game, which was scored by Radek Faksa.
With his two-point night Lindell became the first rookie defenseman in Stars franchise history (Minnesota and Dallas) to produce a multiple-point game in which he picked up a point on every goal the team scored in a victory.
Lindell is the first player, defenseman or forward, whose first NHL goal was a game-winning goal for the Stars since Mattias Janmark notched the game-decider for Dallas in its 2015-16 season opener.
Coyotes extend streak against Edmonton
The Arizona Coyotes overcame a 2-0 deficit and beat the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, in a shootout.
This was the Coyotes’ 24th consecutive game against the Oilers in which they’ve earned at least one point (20-0-4), a streak which began with a 3-1 win in Edmonton on St. Patrick’s Day in 2011.
It’s the longest point streak by one NHL team versus another since the Oilers had a 24-game point skein against the Canucks from Novermber 1985 to March 1988.
Source: Source: Elias Sports Bureau