Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Jaromir Jagr has found winning formula
By ESPN Stats & Information
Highlights and lowlights from Tuesday's action:
Devils 2, Lightning 1
* Jaromir Jagr (NJ): 119th career game-winning goal (passes Phil Esposito for 2nd on NHL all-time list)
* Jaromir Jagr (NJ): 684th career goal (trails Mario Lemieux by 6 for 9th all-time)
* Steven Stamkos (TB): PPG (9) in 2nd period; extends point streak to 4 games (4G, 4A during streak)
* Devils: won 2 straight games after 1-5-4 start
* Lightning: 3-game winning streak ends
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winning goal for the Devils in a 2-1 win over the Lightning. It was Jagr’s 119th career game-winning goal as he passed Phil Esposito for 2nd-most in NHL history (Gordie Howe holds the NHL record with 121). Jagr now has 684 career goals and trails former teammate Mario Lemieux (690) by 6 for 9th on the all-time list. ... Jaromir Jagr extended his point streak to five games when he scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the Devils’ 2–1 victory over the Lightning. Jagr had only one longer streak of consecutive games with points since he returned to the NHL a little over two years ago, after playing three seasons for Omsk in the KHL. Jagr had a seven-game point streak for the Flyers in October/November 2011.
Maple Leafs 4, Oilers 0
* Phil Kessel (TOR): 21st multi-goal game since joining the Maple Leafs in 2009-10, the most multi-goal games on the team in the last 5 seasons
* Kessel: 8th and 9th goal of season (most on team); scored goal in 4 straight games
* James Reimer (TOR): 43 saves in 1st shutout of season (2nd career shutout with at least 40 saves)
* Oilers: allowed 4+ goals in 9 games this season (most by any team)
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Phil Kessel scored two goals and assisted on two goals in the Maple Leafs’ 4–0 win at Edmonton. In Leafs franchise history, the only other Toronto players to register four or more points in a shutout victory and score or assist every goal in the game are Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul, who both did that in a 4–0 win at Ottawa on March 30 last season. Kadri recorded three goals and one assist in that game and Lupul posted the reverse totals.
Coyotes 3, Kings 1
* Kyle Chipchura (PHX): goal, assist (2nd career game with a goal and an assist - 1st since 2010)
* Mike Smith (PHX): saved 41 of 42 shots (4th career game with at least 41 saves and save pct of .976 or better)
* Andy Miele (PHX): 2 assists (1st career NHL points)
* Coyotes: 7-1-2 in last 10 games
Blackhawks 6, Senators 5
* Jonathan Toews (CHI): 3rd-career hat trick (also had assist)
* Blackhawks: won 5 straight home games vs Senators
* Senators: lost 3 straight games
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Jonathan Toews scored three consecutive goals in the Blackhawks’ 6–5 win over the Senators. Toews is the third NHL player to register a “natural” hat trick this season, following ones by Radim Vrbata and Jason Spezza. There were only three such hat tricks in the entire lockout-shortened 2012–13 NHL season (by Kyle Palmieri, Jeff Carter and Nazem Kadri). Over the last six seasons, the only other natural hat trick by a Chicago player was the one Toews recorded in the Blackhawks’ 5–0 win at Edmonton on Nov. 17, 2010.
Blues 3, Jets 2
* Alexander Steen (STL): go-ahead PPG (11) with 1:00 left in 3rd period; has scored goals in 5 straight games (7 goals during streak)
* Alex Pietrangelo (STL): goal (2), assist
* Blues: won last 2 games (had 1 win in previous 4 games)
* Jets: 2nd straight loss; 1-3-2 in last 6 games
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Alexander Steen scored at the 19:00 mark of the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and his goal gave the Blues a 3–2 win over the Jets. It was the 11th goal in 10 games for Steen, who becomes only the third NHL player in the last 20 seasons to register 11 goals in his team’s first ten games. The others were the Blues’ Scott Young in 2000–01 and the Thrashers’ Ilya Kovalchuk in 2003–04.
Canadiens 2, Stars 1
* Carey Price (MTL): 26 saves (only 2nd win in last 5 starts)
* Canadiens: 3-1-0 in last 4 games
* Stars: 1-5-0 in last 6 road games
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: The Canadiens beat the Stars, 2-1, Tuesday night, one day after beating the Rangers, 2-0. It’s the first time in five years that the Canadiens won consecutive games despite scoring no more than two goals in either of them. Montreal beat Carolina 3-2 in a shootout and then had a 2-1 victory over Minnesota on October 28 and 30, 2008.
Ducks 3, Flyers 2
* Kyle Palmieri (ANA): scores tying (2) and go-ahead (3) goals in 3rd period
* Ducks: improve to 3-2-0 on current 8-game road trip
* Flyers: 2-game winning streak ends
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: The Ducks trailed, 2–1, at the end of the second period in their game at Philadelphia but Kyle Palmieri scored a pair of third-period goals which earned Anaheim a 3–2 win over the Flyers. Palmieri was the first NHL player this season to score the final two goals of a game, both in the third period, and turn a one-goal deficit for his team into a one-goal victory. The only player to do that last season was the Penguins’ Brandon Sutter against the Bruins on March 12.
Rangers 3, Islanders 2
* Benoit Pouliot (NYR): go-ahead goal (2) with 6:14 left in 3rd period
* Thomas Vanek (NYI): 1 shot on goal in 19:49 of ice time in Islanders debut (acquired from Sabres in trade Sunday)
* Rangers: 2nd straight road win (1st time this season NYR has won consecutive road games)
* Islanders: 1-3-1 in last 5 games
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Third-period goals by Ryan McDonagh and Benoit Pouliot enabled the Rangers to overcome a 2–1 deficit and record a 3–2 in their game against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. The Rangers are 8–0–2 in their last ten games versus their neighbors from Long Island; it’s their second-longest point streak ever against the Islanders, behind an 11-game skein from January 2003 to October 2005.