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Monday, March 4, 2013
Morning jam: Hawks don't like cutting it close

By ESPN Stats & Information

Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 1 (F/SO)
* Patrick Kane (CHI): Game-tying PP Goal with 2:02 remaining in 3rd period; also was only player to score in shootout
* Blackhawks: extend streak of consecutive games with a point to 28 (tie 1977-78 Canadiens for second-longest streak all-time); extend NHL-record with 22 straight games with a point to begin season
* Blackhawks: also extend NHL-record of 22 straight games without a regulation loss to begin season
* Red Wings: 5 straight losses vs Blackhawks
* ELIAS SAYS: The Blackhawks’ NHL-record start-of-season point streak was in jeopardy of ending at 21 games when, with Chicago trailing 1–0, Patrick Kane scored a power play goal with 2:02 remaining in the third period to tie the game. The Blackhawks’ streak reached 22 games when regulation time ended with the score 1–1 and Chicago eventually won the game via a shootout. This was only the second time during their streak that the Blackhawks needed a score-tying goal in the final five minutes to preserve it. The previous instance, in game #9 of the streak (Feb. 2 at Calgary), was an even closer shave, with Marian Hossa tying the score at 2–2 with 2.3 seconds left in the third period.

Rangers 3, Sabres 2 (F/SO)
* BUF: 3rd straight game decided in a shootout (had won 1st 2 and were 3-0 in SO this year)
* NYR: 1st time getting a win in consecutive games since Feb 10-12
* Rick Nash (NYR): Goal (5), assist; 6th straight game with a point (9 points in those 6 games)
* Marian Gaborik (NYR): 2 assists; had just 1 point in his previous 6 games
* ELIAS SAYS: The Rangers’ two goals in their game against the Sabres were power-play goals 43 seconds apart by Derek Stepan and Rick Nash soon after Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta received a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind early in the third period. It was the first time this season that the Rangers scored two power play goals in one game (not to mention two in one period). Colorado is now the only NHL team without a multiple-PPG game this season. Nash, who was traded to the Rangers last July, has scored five goals for New York and they’ve all come in third periods. The only other Rangers player with more than two third-period goals this season is Taylor Pyatt with three.

Canadiens 4, Bruins 3
* David Desharnais (MON): 2nd multi-goal game of season (had 1 multi-goal game last season)
* Patrice Bergeron (BOS): 1 goal, 2 assists (2nd game this season with goal AND assist); 2 goals and 3 assists in last 3 games
* Brad Marchand (BOS): 1st 3-assist game of career
* Bruins: snaps 6-game win streak
* ELIAS SAYS: The Canadiens extended their point streak to 11 games (8–0–3) with a come-from-behind 4–3 win at Boston. It’s the Canadiens’ longest streak of consecutive games with points since they recorded seven wins and four ties over 11 games in February/March 1994. David Desharnais scored a pair of goals for Montreal, including the game-winning goal in the third period. The Canadiens have earned points in each of the last 17 games in which Desharnais has registered goals or assists (13–0–4 since March 8, 2012), including all 11 games in which his name has appeared in the scoring summary this season (9–0–2).

Hurricanes 3, Panthers 2
* CAR: won both games of the weekend home-and-home with FLA
* CAR: won 3 straight and 4 of last 5 games
* Alexander Semin (CAR), Jordan Staal (CAR): Each 1 goal (5)
* Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA): 2 goals (10)
* ELIAS SAYS: Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau became the first rookie to reach double-figures in goals this season when he scored the second of his two goals in the Panthers’ 3–2 loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday. This is the third time that a Florida rookie has been the first freshman in the NHL to score 10 goals in a season (based on the earliest date). The other Panthers rookies to do that were Mark Parrish in 1998–99 and Kristian Huselius in 2001–02.

Blue Jackets 2, Avalanche 1
* Blue Jackets: Win snaps 4-game losing streak
* Blue Jackets: 3rd consecutive OT game
* Artem Anisimov (Blue Jackets): Scored GW goal in OT; back-to-back games with goals for the 1st time this season
* ELIAS SAYS: The Blue Jackets notched their first overtime win of the season when Artem Anisimov scored a power-play goal 2:26 into the extra session of their game against the Avalanche in Columbus. Anisimov’s overtime goal, the second of his NHL career and first for Columbus, was the first OT goal by a Blue Jackets player in a home game since Dec. 31, 2010, when Jakub Voracek scored an OT winner against Ottawa.

Stars 4, Blues 1
* Jaromir Jagr (DAL): PP Goal in 3rd (7); scored a goal in consecutive games for 1st time this season
* Loui Eriksson (DAL): Goal (7), Assist; ties Jagr for team lead in multi-point games with 4
* Blues: snap 4-game winning streak vs Stars
* David Perron (STL): Goal (7); 3 goals in last 4 road games
* ELIAS SAYS: Derek Roy recorded his first three-point game for the Stars when he tallied one goal and two assists against the Blues in Dallas on Sunday. Roy, who had spent his entire NHL career with Buffalo until he was traded to the Stars last summer, scored three or more points in a regular-season game 20 times for the Sabres and 15 of those 20 games were on home ice.

Islanders 3, Senators 2 (F/SO)
* Brad Boyes (NYI): Goal (5); snaps streak of 8 games without a goal
* Evgeni Nabokov (NYI): 29 saves; improves to 3-6-1 at home this season (6-1-1 on road)
* Patrick Wiercioch (OTT): Game-tying PP Goal in 3rd (1); 1st career PP goal (27 games)
* Islanders: improve to 4-0-2 in overtime games this season (won 4 of last 5)

" ELIAS SAYS: Frans Nielsen, who scored the deciding goal in the shootout that gave the Islanders a 3–2 win over the Senators, has scored on nine of his last 11 shootout attempts dating back to December 2011. In the eight seasons that the NHL has been using the controversial tiebreaker (2005–06 to date), Nielsen is the only player with 20 or more shootout attempts who’s scored at least 60 percent of the time (25 of 40, 62.5%).

Wild 4, Oilers 2
* Game was tied 1-1 entering 3rd period; Wild scored 3 3rd period goals
* Dany Heatley (MIN): goal (8); 4 goals in last 4 games
* Mikko Koivu (MIN): goal (4), 2 assists; 11 points in last 7 games
* MIN: won 5 of their last 7 games

" ELIAS SAYS: The only sure things in life are death, taxes and Niklas Backstrom beating the Oilers in Minnesota. (At least we think that’s how the saying goes.) Backstrom, who posted a 4–2 win over Edmonton at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, has won all 17 home games he’s played for the Wild against the Oilers. That’s the second-longest home winning streak against one team by any goaltender in NHL history, behind Jacques Plante’s 19-game winning streak against the Rangers in Montreal from 1952 to 1957. Plante’s streak, of course, was achieved in an era without regular-season overtime games or shootouts. Backstrom’s streak of 17 straight home wins against the Oilers includes one overtime victory and two shootout wins.

Flames 4, Canucks 2
* Flames: Won last 3 home games; 9th game this season with 4+ goals
* Jiri Hudler (Flames): 2 Assists; 5 Assists last 2 games
* Canucks: Lost 3 of last 4 games
* Jannik Hansen (canucks): 1 Goal, 1 Assist (4th multi point game this season)