Welcome to the “NHL Morning Skate,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.
OVECHKIN TO APPEAR ON TODAY SHOW
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will appear on NBC’s Today Show on Monday morning. Ovechkin will be live at Rockefeller Center in New York City and will be interviewed by hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.
NY Rangers 4, Ottawa 1
Winnipeg 3, Edmonton 2 (OT)
San Jose 5, Tampa Bay 4
Toronto 5, Montreal 3
Columbus 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)
Philadelphia 6, NY Islanders 4
Detroit 3, Los Angeles 2 (SO)
Carolina 3, Florida 2
Anaheim 3, St Louis 2
Colorado 5, Nashville 4
Minnesota 3, Dallas 2 (OT)
Phoenix 3, New Jersey 2
Vancouver 3, Calgary 2 (SO)
TWO TRICKS ARE A TREAT IN TAMPA
Joe Pavelski scored the second natural hat trick of the game in the second period as the San Jose Sharks rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to Pavelski’s heroics, Martin St. Louis scored three goals in the first period before opening the scoring in the second period with his fourth goal of the game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Saturday marked only the fourth time in NHL history that two natural hat tricks were scored in the same game.
TWO NATURAL HAT TRICKS IN A GAME
Jan. 18, 2014: San Jose vs. Tampa Bay – Joe Pavelski (SJ), Martin St. Louis (TB)
Oct. 12, 2006: Edmonton vs. San Jose – Ryan Smyth (EDM), Jonathan Cheechoo (SJ)
Jan. 16, 1919: Ottawa vs. Montreal – Jack Darragh (OTT), Didier Pitre (MTL)
Mar. 6, 1918: Ottawa vs. Toronto – Frank Nighbor, Cy Denneny (OTT)
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, St. Louis is the oldest player in NHL history (38 years, 7 months, 1 day) to score three goals in any period. He is the second-oldest player ever to score four goals in an NHL game, behind Johnny Bucyk, who was 38 years, 238 days old when he scored four times for the Bruins versus the Islanders on Jan. 5, 1974.
* St. Louis is the only player in franchise history to score three goals in a period, also accomplishing the feat Jan. 15, 2004 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
* St. Louis’ four-goal performance ties a franchise record for goals in a game set by Chris Kontos on Oct. 17, 1992 in the club’s first ever game. He has 8-3–11 on his current seven-game point streak.
DUCKS BACK TO THEIR WINNING WAYS
Ryan Getzlaf opened the scoring and assisted on what turned out to be the game winning goal as the Anaheim Ducks beat the St Louis Blues 3-2 in a battle of two of the hottest teams in the league. Getzlaf’s goal was his 25th of the season, matching a career-high. He now has points in his past seven games (5-6—11).
* The Ducks have won 19 of their past 21 (19-2-0) and nine of their past 10 (9-1-0) overall. Anaheim leads the NHL in road points (37) and wins (17).
* Rookie Frederik Andersen made 34 saves to improve to 12-2-0 with a 1.99 GAA and a .929 save percentage this season.
FLYERS FLY PAST THE ISLANDERS
Claude Giroux assisted on both the game tying and game winning goals as the Philadelphia Flyers overcame a 4-3 third period deficit to defeat the New York Islanders 6-4. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the ninth time this season the Flyers have won a game after trailing at some point in the third period. That ties the franchise record set during the 1996-97 season.
*Andrej Meszaros continued his streaky ways with two first period goals. It was the third two-goal game of his career, and all three have come against the Islanders. Meszaros is (3-6—9) in his last six games.
* The Flyers are 15-2-2 against the Islanders in their last 19 meetings dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season, and are 17-1-2 against the Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center in their last 20 home contests going back to the start of the 2007-08 season
HOMETOWN HERO STRIKES ON HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA
Nate Prosser, a native of Elk River, Minnesota, scored at 2:42 of overtime to give the Wild a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on the eighth annual Hockey Day Minnesota. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Prosser is the third Minnesota native to score a regular-season overtime goal for the Wild, after Mark Parrish (Dec. 9, 2006 vs. Chicago) and Zach Parise (Feb. 26, 2013 vs. Calgary). This was just his second goal this season, Prosser’s first goal was the game winner in the Wild’s previous game on Thursday.
MAPLE LEAFS BEAT RIVALS ON HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA
James Van Riemsdyk scored with 5:33 to go in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and send the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens in the 722ndregular season meeting between these two rivals. Van Riemsdyk has four goals, including two game winners in his past five games. Toronto has now won four in a row.
* Phil Kessel scored a goal and added an assist to earn his 300th point as a Maple Leaf. He is 3-7—10 on a five game point streak.
UNLIKELY HERO LEADS AVALANCHE
Defenseman Nick Holden scored two goals and added an assist as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Nashville Predators 5-4. The 26-year old Holden entered the game with two goals in 27 career games and had never recorded more than a single point in any game.
* Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves to improve to 11-0-5 in his last 17 games (16 starts). His run of 16 consecutive decisions without a regulation loss ties Peter Budaj for the longest streak in franchise history.
* Nathan MacKinnon had two assists and now leads all rookies with 31 points.
*Prior to this victory, the Avalanche had dropped their last seven games in Nashville (0-6-1). Colorado’s last win here was Jan. 6, 2009.
The Columbus Blue Jackets tied a franchise record with their sixth straight win…Mark Letestu extended his point streak to five games (4-2—6)… Jaromir Jagr scored the 696th goal of his career… Ryane Clowe posted 1-1—2 and has three multi-point efforts in his last four games (2-4—6)… Derek Stepan was 1-2—3 against the Senators…The Rangers are 10-3-1 in their past 14 games…Tyler Myers, playing in his 300th NHL game, recorded two goals…Jacob Trouba scored two goals, including the overtime winner…Alex Semin had his first two goal game of the season… Tyler Ennis had two assists to extend his point streak to four games (2-3—5)…James Wisniewski has 1-4—5 on a four-game point streak after tallying an assist… Sharks forward Brent Burns played in his 600th NHL game… Justin Abdelkader skated in his 300th NHL contest… Philadelphia signed goaltender Steve Mason to a multi-year contract extension…
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Boston @ Chicago, 12:30 p.m., NBC
Tampa Bay @ Carolina, 5:00 p.m., SUN, FS-CR
Washington @ NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, RDS2, TSN2
CUP FINAL REMATCH ON NBC
The Bruins (30-15-2—62 pts) and the Blackhawks (31-8-11—73 pts) are meeting for the 579th time in their histories but this is their first game since Chicago defeated Boston last summer to claim its fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history. Both teams presently lead their divisions and are second in their respective conferences. The Blackhawks lead the NHL in goals scored while the Bruins boast the second lowest GAA in the league.
CAPITALS-RANGERS ON NBCSN
This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Washington Capitals (22-18-8—52 pts) and the New York Rangers (26-21-3—55 pts). The Capitals have won two of the three previous games in this rivalry. The Blueshirts are hot, they have now won eight of their last 11 games (8-2-1) and five of their last six. This starts a stretch for Washington where six of its next seven games will be played on the road.
Source: NHL Media