Friday, April 6, 2012
Morning jam: Quick overnight facts
By Elias Sports Bureau
• Dion Phaneuf scored with 59 seconds left in overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 3–2 victory against the Lightning. It was the fourth overtime goal of his NHL career and only the second OT goal by a Toronto defenseman over the last three seasons. Phaneuf scored the other one as well, on April 10, 2010, at Montreal.
• Matt Read's tiebreaking goal with 4:21 left in the third period was the game winner for the Flyers in their 2–1 victory against the Sabres. It was Read’s 10th third-period goal this season, tying him with Cody Hodgson for the league high among rookies. Read is the first Flyers rookie to reach double figures in third-period goals in one season since Jeff Carter scored 10 in 2005–06.
• Brooks Laich's goal was the game winner for the Capitals in their 4–2 victory over the Panthers, that coupled with Buffalo’s loss to the Flyers clinched a playoff spot for Washington. (Florida also wrapped up a playoff berth as a result of the Sabres’ loss.) It was Laich’s third goal in six games against the Panthers this season and his 10th career goal versus Florida, matching his highest total against one team. Laich has also scored 10 goals versus the Bruins.
• Evgeni Malkin scored one goal and assisted on another in the Penguins’ win over the Rangers in Pittsburgh. It was the seventh straight Penguins home game in which Malkin has scored at least two points. That’s the longest streak of consecutive multiple-point games on home ice by an NHL player since 1995–96, when Jaromir Jagr had a nine-game streak for Pittsburgh.
• The Penguins’ 5–2 win over the Rangers marked the 10th consecutive game in which Pittsburgh has scored at least three goals. That’s the longest such streak in the NHL this season, topping a nine-game run by the Canucks (Nov. 23–Dec. 10). It’s the Penguins’ longest stretch of games scoring three goals or more since an 11-game streak in February-March 2009.
• Rookie Anton Khudobin, making his debut for the Bruins, stopped all but one of the Senators’ 45 shots on goal to lead Boston to a 3–1 win at Ottawa. Khudobin’s 44 saves were the most in one game by a Bruins rookie since Feb. 21, 1987, when Bill Ranford posted a 45-save 1–0 shutout win against the North Stars in Minnesota.
• Martin Brodeur and the Devils eked out a 2–1 victory over the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. It was only the second win for Brodeur in nine career regular-season games at Detroit, and it was his first win there since a 2–0 shutout on Nov. 6, 1996. Brodeur lost all six games he played at “the Joe” in the interim, allowing at least three goals in each game. Of course, Brodeur won both games he played in Detroit during the Devils’ four-game sweep of the Red Wings in the 1995 Stanley Cup finals.