Morning jam: Pens' streak hits lucky 13

March, 27, 2013
3/27/13
9:16
AM ET
Penguins 1, Canadiens 0
* Penguins: won 13 straight games (tied for 5th-longest streak in NHL history, 2nd-longest streak in franchise history)
* Sidney Crosby (PIT): 15th goal this season (6 goals, 17 assists during 13-game win streak)
* Penguins: allowed 9 goals in last 9 games combined (Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun combined for shutout Tuesday) FROM ELIAS: 1st time Penguins goalies combined for a shutout since Feb. 8, 1993 (Ken Wregget and Tom Barrasso in a 4-0 win over Bruins)
* Penguins: 5-0-1 vs Canadiens over last 2 seasons (2-0-0 this season)

Tying in the Penguins win streak to the Heat’s current win streak:
* The Miami Heat have won 27 straight games (2nd-longest winning streak in NBA history), while the Pittsburgh Penguins have won 13 straight games (tied for 5th-longest winning streak in NHL history).
* The only other time that an NBA team had a winning streak of 20 games or more AND an NHL team had a winning streak of 13 games or more in the same season was in 1970-71 when the Milwaukee Bucks won 20 straight games and the Boston Bruins won 13 straight games.

Longest Single-Season Winning Streaks, NHL History
1992-93 Penguins 17
1981-82 Islanders<< 15
2009-10 Capitals 14
1929-30 Bruins 14
2012-13 Penguins 13
2000-01 Devils 13
1985-86 Flyers 13
1970-71 Bruins 13
>>Won Stanley Cup

Longest Single-Season Winning Streaks, Penguins History
Playoff Result
1992-93 17 Lost in Divisional Finals
2012-13 13<< ?
2010-11 12 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
2011-12 11 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
1998-99 10 Lost in Conference Semifinals
>>Active Streak

Penguins Longest Single-Season Win Streak
In The Sidney Crosby Era (Since 2005-06)
2012-13 March 2-present 13<<
2010-11 Nov. 17-Dec. 11, 2010 12
2011-12 Feb. 21-March 17, 2012 11
>>Crosby: 23 points during streak (6 goals, 17 assists)

Longest NHL Win Streaks, This Season
Dates
Penguins 13 March 2-present
Blackhawks 11 Feb. 15-March 6
Sharks 7 Jan. 20-31

Most Points, Penguins 13-Game Win Streak
Sidney Crosby 23<<
Chris Kunitz 18
Kris Letang 13
Pascal Dupuis 12
James Neal 10
>>6 Goals, 17 Assists

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: The Penguins’ winning streak reached 13 games with a 1–0 victory over the Canadiens in which the lone goal was scored by Sidney Crosby. It was the first time that Crosby scored a goal in a 1–0 NHL game, regular-season or playoffs. That’s something that his boss, Penguins president and co-owner Mario Lemieux, never did during his NHL playing career. Among other notable current or former Pittsburgh players, Evgeni Malkin has done it once and Jaromir Jagr did it three times for the Penguins.

Canucks 1, Blue Jackets 0 (SO)
* Canucks: 4th shootout win, tied for 3rd-most in NHL
* Canucks: won 5 straight games (5 goals allowed during streak)
* Maxim Lapierre (VAN): scored only goal in shootout (1st shootout goal this season)
* Blue Jackets: 4th shootout loss, tied for 4th-most in NHL

Jets 4, Hurricanes 1
* Jets: 4-1 in last 5 games in Carolina
* Jets: 6-2-1 in last 9 road games
* Hurricanes: 0-5-1 in last 6 games
* Jiri Tlusty (CAR): 3 goals in 2 games vs Winnipeg this season
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Evander Kane was a virtual one-man attack force as he assisted on Winnipeg’s first three goals and scored the fourth in the Jets’ 4–1 win at Carolina. Kane’s four points matched his career high for one game (done once before) and three assists was a new personal best. Kane entered play on Tuesday with a 14-game assist drought, the second-longest of his career, and only three two-assist games in his four seasons in the NHL.

Blackhawks 2, Flames 0
* Blackhawks: 9th straight home win over Flames
* Flames: 0-9-1 in past 10 road games, outscored 40-15
* Patrick Kane (CHI): 2 assists; 5 goals, 9 assists during 7 game point streak
* Ray Emery (CHI): 16 saves; 1st shutout since Feb. 1, 2010
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Ray Emery posted his first NHL shutout in more than three years with a 2–0 victory against Calgary that extended Emery’s NHL-record season-opening winning streak to 12 consecutive decisions. He’s the first NHL goaltender to rack up 12 straight wins at any point in one season since Martin Brodeur fashioned a 12-game winning streak for the Devils in Oct.–Nov. 1997.

Oilers 3, Blues 0
* Oilers: 3-1-0 in last 4 road games
* Nikolai Khabibulin (EDM): 43 saves; first shutout this season and most saves made in 46 career shutouts
* Jordan Eberle (EDM): 2 goals, assist (season-high 3 points); 2nd multi-goal game this season
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Nikolai Khabibulin recorded his first shutout in nearly 17 months when he made 43 saves in leading the Oilers to a 3–0 win at St. Louis. It was the first time in franchise history that an Oilers goaltender faced more than 40 shots on goal in a shutout victory. The only other Edmonton goaltender to stop more than 40 shots in a shutout was Curtis Joseph, who made 52 saves in a 0–0 tie at Detroit on December 10, 1996. The 43 shots were also the most that Khabibulin has faced in any of his 46 NHL shutouts.

Rangers 5, Flyers 2
* Rangers: 5-1-0 in last 6 games in Philadelphia
* Rangers: 3-1-0 vs Flyers this season
* Derek Stepfan (NYR): career-high 4 points
* Flyers: lost 3 straight games
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Rick Nash scored the 300th goal of his NHL career to open the scoring in the Rangers’ 5–2 win at Philadelphia. Nash added number 301 in the third period. Of the 15 forwards chosen first overall in the NHL Entry Drafts from 1984 through 2004, 12 have scored at least 300 goals. The exceptions are Joe Murphy (the #1 pick in 1986), Alexandre Daigle (1993), and Patrik Stefan (1999). Nash was the first pick in the 2002 draft.

Lightning 2, Sabres 1
* Lightning: 3rd straight home win
* Sabres: season-low 14 shots
* Steven Stamkos (TB): goal (23, leads league), assist
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Tampa Bay’s 2–1 win over Buffalo marked the first time this season that the Lightning earned points from a game in which they scored two or fewer goals. Entering play on Tuesday, Tampa Bay was the only NHL team to have suffered a regulation loss in every game in which it failed to score three goals this season. The Flames are the only remaining winless team in that circumstance (0–10–4 after their loss at Chicago on Tuesday.)

Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2
* Maple Leafs: won last 3 home games
* Joffrey Lupul (Maple Leafs): 2 Goals (6 goals last 4 games)
* Panthers: lost last 3 games (all on the road)
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Joffrey Lupul scored two goals for the Maple Leafs in their 4–2 win against the Panthers. Lupul has scored six goals in the four games he’s played since returning to action after being sidelined for more than seven weeks by a broken arm, scoring at least one goal in each game. It’s the first time that Lupul has scored goals in each of four consecutive personal games in his nine-season NHL career. The only other time Lupul tallied six goals over a four-game stretch was when he notched a pair of hat tricks for the Flyers in a three-game span in December 2007.

Islanders 3, Capitals 2
* Islanders: 2-0-0 vs Capitals this season
* Islanders: 1st 3-game road win streak of season
* John Tavares (Islanders): 20th goal of season (2nd-most in NHL this season)
* Capitals: snap 3-game win streak
* Teams combined for 0/5 on PP
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: John Tavares became the second NHL player to reach the 20-goal mark this season (Steven Stamkos was the first) when he scored the tie-breaking third-period goal that was the game-winner in the Islanders’ 3–2 victory at Washington. Tavares reached the 20-goal mark in his and the team’s 33rd game of the season. That’s the fewest team games that any Islanders player has needed to get to 20 goals in one season since 1996–1997, when Zigmund Palffy did so in the team’s 29th game. Tavares has scored 20 or more goals in each of his four seasons in the NHL. He reached the 20-goal plateau in the 70th game of his rookie year and it’s taken him fewer games to do so in each season since then: 52, 48, and 33.

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