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Morning jam: Scrappy Morrow likes his new digs

4/18/2013

Penguins 6, Canadiens 4

* Brandon Sutter and Brenden Morrow (PIT): 2 goals each (Morrow also has an assist)

* Penguins: won 5 straight games; 20-2-0 in last 22 games overall

* Penguins: 14-1-0 in last 15 home games (17-5-0 at home this season)

* Canadiens: lost 3 straight games, outscored 18-8 during losing streak

FROM ELIAS: Brenden Morrow tallied two goals and one assist in the Penguins’ 6-4 win over the Canadiens, after posting identical totals in Pittsburgh’s last game (Saturday at Florida). It’s the first time that Morrow had consecutive games with three or more points in his 13-season NHL career, though he did have one previous two-game span in which he amassed six points (Feb. 22-23, 2008 with Dallas; two points vs. Edmonton and four points at Nashville). Morrow also picked up a fighting major in Wednesday’s game for a third-period scrap with Montreal’s P.K. Subban, completing Morrow’s sixth ”Gordie Howe hat trick” (at least one goal, assist and fight) but his first since January 2006. The only other active player with at least six such games is another recent acquisition by the Penguins, Jarome Iginla (10).

Blue Jackets 3, Ducks 2 (OT)

* Fedor Tyutin (CBJ): game-winning goal in OT (1st career OT goal)

* Blue Jackets: won 5 straight games

* Blue Jackets: 5-1-0 in last 6 ROAD games

* Blue Jackets: currently 8th in Western Conference (lead 9th-place Red Wings by 2 points)

Flames 3, Red Wings 2

* Steve Begin (bay-ZHIN) (CGY): 2 goals (4), 3rd career multi-goal game (first since Nov. 21, 2007 for Canadiens vs Islanders)

* Johan Franzen (FRAN-zehn) (DET): Goal (10); on 4-game point streak (3 G, 1 A during streak)

* Red Wings: 1-2-2 in last 5 games

* Flames: only 2nd win in last 6 HOME games (2-4-0)

Remaining Schedules, Red Wings & Blue Jackets

Red Wings (47 points) Blue Jackets (49 points)

Saturday at Canucks Thursday at Kings

Apr. 22 vs Coyotes<< Apr. 21 at Sharks

Apr. 24 vs Kings Apr. 25 at Stars<<

Apr. 25 vs Predators<< Apr. 27 vs Predators<<

Apr. 27 at Stars<<

>>Opponent currently out of playoff position

Sabres 3, Bruins 2 (SO) (BUF wins shootout, 1-0)

* 1st sporting event in Boston since bombings at Boston Marathon on Monday

* Bruins: 0-2-1 in last 3 games; clinch playoff berth with overtime point

* Bruins: tied with Canadiens for 1st place in Northeast Division; currently 2 seed in East based on superior points percentage over Canadiens (BOS .679 pts pct/57 pts in 42 games; MTL .663 pts pct/57 pts in 43 games)

* Sabres: on 3-game winning streak; move within 2 points of 8th place in East with win

FROM ELIAS: Thomas Vanek scored the first goal for the Sabres in their shootout win over the Bruins at TD Garden. Vanek has scored 29 goals in 49 career games against the Bruins, including 16 goals in 24 games in Boston. Vanek has scored as many goals against the Bruins in Boston during his eight seasons in the NHL as any other player has scored in total versus the Bruins over the same span (Daniel Alfredsson, 16 goals against the Bruins since 2005–06, home and road).