Friday, March 30, 2012
Morning jam: Quick overnight game facts
By Elias Sports Bureau
• Marcus Johansson scored one goal and assisted on another for the Capitals in their shootout win at Boston. Johansson’s two points in Thursday’s victory give him a total of 10 points in 15 games in March (2 goals, 8 assists). It’s the first time in Johansson’s two seasons in the NHL that he’s reached double figures in points for a calendar month.
• Mikko Koivu’s goal 15 seconds into overtime earned the Wild a 3–2 win against the Panthers on Thursday. It was the second-fastest overtime goal in an NHL game this season (Washington’s Brooks Laich scored at 0:12 of OT on Dec. 3 vs. Ottawa) and the quickest overtime goal in Minnesota franchise history, 10 seconds faster than the previous record, 25 seconds by Marian Gaborik at Los Angeles on Oct. 18, 2006.
• The Islanders, who won 5–3 at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, completed a sweep of their home-and-home set against the Penguins with a win by the same score at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. Josh Bailey had a hand in all five Islanders goals, scoring two and assisting on three. Bailey is the second NHL player to score five or more points in a game this season and record a point on every one of his team’s goals. Sam Gagner did that with four goals and four assists in the Oilers’ 8–4 win over the Blackhawks on Feb. 2.
• Danny Briere set a single-game career high with four assists in the Flyers’ 7–1 win at Toronto. Briere is only the third Flyers player to record four assists in a road game over the last 11 seasons. The other Philadelphia players with four assists in a road game since 2000–01 were Mike Richards (Oct. 24, 2008, at New Jersey) and Claude Giroux (Jan. 23, 2011, at Chicago).
• Martin Brodeur was not at the top of his game on Thursday night, allowing four goals while facing only 20 shots, including three goals by Ryan Malone, but he still posted a 6–4 win against the Lightning. It was Brodeur’s 115th win over the last four seasons but only the second in which he gave up more than three goals. The other one was a 5–4 overtime victory against the Maple Leafs on Jan. 29, 2010.