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SHUTOUTS HELP BLUES, RANGERS CONTINUE HOT STARTS
* Lundqvist made 33 saves to record his 56th career shutout and lead the New York Rangers to a 3-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. It gives the Rangers an 8-0-2 record in their past 10 games and a 7-1-1 record at Madison Square Garden this season. At 11-2-2 (24 points), the Rangers have equaled their best 15-game start to a season, in terms of both wins and points, in the franchise’s 89-year history. In 1990-91, the club started 11-4-0 and in 1971-72 they earned 24 points in their first 15 games (10-1-4).
* The Rangers are 18-2-0 in their past 20 games against the Hurricanes dating to Jan. 5, 2011, including 10 consecutive victories on home ice. Lundqvist improved to 8-0-0 in his last eight home games vs. CAR (0.85 goals-against average, .972 save percentage, one shutout).
* Allen made 24 saves to earn his eighth career shutout, and second straight, as the St. Louis Blues defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-0 for their sixth win in seven games. At 11-3-1 (23 points), the Blues have matched their best start to a season in terms of wins in franchise history. They accomplished the feat four times before, most recently in 2013-14 (11-2-2). The Blues extended their team shutout streak to 166:02 dating to the first period at CHI on Nov. 4, when they allowed five goals in the first of an eventual 6-5 overtime win.
* Allen extended his personal shutout streak to 165:59 and earned consecutive shutouts for the second time in his career, and for the first time in consecutive team games. Allen, who led rookie goaltenders with 22 wins and four shutouts in 2014-15, set a Blues rookie record with a 184:38 shutout streak from Oct. 23 to Nov. 6, 2014. He has been the goaltender of record in each of their past seven games, going 6-1-0 record with an 0.88 GAA, .971 save percentage and three shutouts in that span.
RED WINGS, AVALANCHE ALSO EARN SHUTOUT WINS
* Petr Mrazek made 38 saves to record his sixth career shutout and lead the Red Wings to a 1-0 win against the Washington Capitals, their fourth win in their past five games. Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Red Wings goalie to make at least 38 saves in a shutout was Jimmy Howard on Dec. 3, 2010 at ANA (41 SV, 4-0 W). Andreas Athanasiou, a fourth-round pick (No. 110) in the 2012 NHL Draft, scored the only goal, the first of his career (2 GP). Elias adds that Athanasiou is the fourth player, and the first in 66 years, to score his first NHL goal in a 1-0 win for the Red Wings. The others: Frank Fredrickson (Nov. 24, 1926 at CHI), Connie Brown (Jan. 26, 1939 at CHI) and Steve Black (Oct. 29, 1949 at MTL).
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* Reto Berra made 25 saves in a 4-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers. It was his third career shutout, all in his past six starts. The others came in his first start this season (Oct. 16 at ANA: 35 SV) and final start of 2014-15 (April 9 vs. WPG: 41 SV). Jarome Iginla (GWG) scored 57 seconds after the opening faceoff, while Matt Duchene (2-1—3) scored 25 seconds into the second period.
CUE THE COMEBACK
* The Predators defeated the Ottawa Senators 7-5, scoring three straight to erase a 5-4 deficit in the third period in the highest-scoring game in the League this season. Austin Watson (1-2—3) had his first multipoint game to equal his point total through his first 16 NHL games (2-1—3). Barret Jackman scored the game-winning goal with 9:51 left in regulation, his first goal with Nashville (13 GP) and the sixth game-winning goal of his career (816 GP).
* The Canucks scored three times in the final 9:55 of regulation, powered by the line of Daniel Sedin (1-3—4), Jannik Hansen (1-3—4) and Henrik Sedin (2-1—3), to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 and snap a three-game skid (0-2-1). Elias says the Sedin brothers each had at least three points in a game for the 31st time in their careers; the last time they each accomplished that feat on the road was Nov. 6, 2011 at CHI (Daniel: 1-2—3, Henrik: 1-3—4). Jacob Markstrom made 42 saves, two shy of his career-high, while making his season debut.
FAMILIAR FACES HAUNT FORMER TEAMS
* Thomas Greiss, a third-round pick (No. 94) by the San Jose Sharks in 2004, made 34 saves to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-2 win, their first regulation win in San Jose since Feb. 19, 2003 (1-4-1). Greiss, who compiled a 17-16-3 record with the Sharks (44 GP), improved to 4-1-2 in seven appearances with the Islanders (2.39 GAA, .927 save percentage).
* Brad Richardson notched the game-winning goal at 11:47 of the third period to lift the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings for the Coyotes’ third win in their past four games. Richardson, who signed with Arizona in the offseason, had 24-41—65 in 255 games with Los Angeles from 2008-13. He also scored the game-winning goal against his former club on April 5, 2014 (w/ VAN).
* Blues forward Martin Havlat, who signed a one-year, two-way contract on Friday, scored the game-winning goal in his St. Louis debut. Scott Gomez, who signed with St. Louis after attending training camp on a PTO, notched the primary assist on the play. Havlat (5-9—14) and Gomez (7-27—34) combined for 12-36—48 with the Devils in 2014-15.
AROUND THE RINKS
* The Minnesota Wild defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-3, scoring four straight goals in the second period. Thomas Vanek scored twice, converting on a breakaway slap shot and scoring again after pulling off an incredible between-the-legs deke. The Wild are 7-1-0 at Xcel Energy Center in 2015-16. Vanek scored his 49th game-winning goal and had his 51st multigoal game.
* Jack Eichel (1-1—2) had his second consecutive multipoint game, including the primary assist on the game-winning goal by Cody Franson (1-1—2), as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1. The Sabres improved to 5-2-0 in their past seven games and avoided a sweep in their season series with the Lightning (BUF: 1-3-0, TBL: 3-1-0). Eichel, who had his first career road points, is tied for third among rookies with six goals.
* James Reimer made 36 saves and Jake Gardiner (1-1—2) scored the go-ahead goal with 3:28 remaining in the third period to help the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Dallas Stars 3-2 and improve to 7-1-0 in their past eight games against the Stars dating to Nov. 22, 2010, including a 2-0-0 record this season. Reimer is 2-1-2 during a stretch of five consecutive starts (1.96 GAA, .941 save percentage), and Gardiner scored his second career game-winning goal (also Jan. 21, 2014 @ COL).
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
A number of veteran players continued their climb up the all-time NHL charts:
* Jagr also extended his own NHL record with his 130th career game-winning goal. Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla (95), who ranks second among active players in game-winning goals, also added to his total.
* Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made his 743rd NHL appearance (regular season and playoffs, all w/ NYR) to surpass Mike Richter (also w/ NYR) for the most combined regular-season and playoff appearances by an NHL goaltender who only played for one team. He also set the franchise record for the most appearances by a goaltender.
* Sharks forward Joe Thornton became the 58th player to play in 1,300 NHL games.
MORE MILESTONES BENCHMARKS
* Playing in his 699th career game, Shea Weber (1-0—1) became the third player in Predators history, and the first defenseman, to record 400 NHL points (150-250—400). The others: David Legwand (210-356—566) and Martin Erat (163-318—481).
* Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith made 33 saves to earn a victory in his 400th NHL game.
* Wild forward Kurtis Gabriel, a third-round selection (No. 81) in 2013, made his NHL debut.
Kings forward Tyler Toffoli scored his 10th goal of the season to pull into a tie for the League lead with Patrick Kane and Jamie Benn . . . Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal (2-0—2), who shares second in the NHL with 13 assists, scored his first two goals of the season . . . Blues forward Magnus Paajarvi scored his first goal since March 6, 2014 at NSH (GWG) . . . Jets forward Bryan Little (2-1—3) had his seventh multipoint game of the season (8-8—16 in 16 GP) . . . Predators forward Colton Sissons scored his second career goal in his first NHL appearance since April 4, 2014 at ANA . . . Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (1-1—2) had his 13th assist of the season to move into a four-way tie for tops among NHL defensemen . . . Red Wings defenseman Mike Green, who had 113-247—360 in 575 games with the Capitals, logged 22:21 of ice time and three hits in his first game against his former team . . . Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin fired 15 shots on the Detroit net but was prevented from setting the record for career goals by a Russian-born player. Ovechkin matched a career-high for shots in a game also achieved Oct. 7, 2006 vs. CAR . . . Sergei Fedorov, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, dropped the ceremonial puck before the Capitals/Red Wings game . . . A number of NHL teams based in the U.S. wore camouflage jerseys during warmup to commemorate Veterans Day, while Canadian based clubs wore poppy decals on their helmets to commemorate Remembrance Day.
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