Monday, November 4, 2013
Wild's Harding on a home-cooking roll
By ESPN Stats & Information
Wild 4, Devils 0
* Josh Harding (MIN): 19 saves (9th career shutout)
* Nino Niederreiter (MIN): 3 assists (1st career multi-point game)
* Wild: 5-1-0 in last 6 games (won last 2)
* Devils: 2nd straight loss, both by shutout (shutout by Flyers on Saturday)
FROM ELIAS: Josh Harding posted his second shutout of the season in the Wild’s 4–0 win over the Devilsat St. Paul. Harding has won all six of his home games this season and he’s allowed a total of six goals while doing so. His six-game home winning streak is the longest in the NHL this season and the longest by a Wild goaltender in one season since Niklas Backstrom won his final six home games in the 2007–08 season.
Flames 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)
* Kris Russell (CGY): GW goal (2) at 1:32 of overtime
* Reto Berra (CGY): 42 saves (wins in NHL debut)
* Flames: 1st win at Blackhawks since March 16, 2008 (were 0-9-1 in previous 10 at CHI)
* Blackhawks: 3-0-1 in last 4 games
FROM ELIAS: The Flames, with goaltender Reto Berra making 42 saves in his NHL debut, posted a 3–2 overtime victory against the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in Chicago. Berra is the sixth goaltender in NHL history to beat the defending Stanley Cup champion in his first game. The other goaltenders to do that were Hal Winkler (Rangers vs. Maroons in 1926), Gerry Cheevers (Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks in 1961), Hardy Astrom (Rangers at Canadiens in 1978), Daren Puppa (Sabres at Oilers in 1985) and Jonathan Bernier (Kings vs. Ducks in 2007).
Stars 4, Senators 3 (F/SO)
* Jordie Benn (DAL): game-winning shootout goal; Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped all 3 shootout attempts he faced
* Senators: lost 5 straight, the last 2 in shootouts; their longest losing streak since March 30-April 9 last season
* Craig Anderson (OTT): injured in overtime; played in 11 of team's 14 games in goal this season
FROM ELIAS: Veteran Ray Whitney and rookie Valeri Nichushkin the Stars’ first two goals in their 4–3 overtime win at Ottawa. It was the first goal of the season for the 41-year-old Whitney, and the first goal of his NHL career for the 18-year-old Nichushkin. With Teemu Selanne (age 43) and Jaromir Jagr (41) having scored three goals each, and Whitney now on the board, that makes this only the second season in NHL history in which three players scored goals at age 41 or older. The only other season it which that happened was 2003–04, when there were five such senior goal scorers: Mark Messier, Chris Chelios, Adam Oates, Ron Francis, and Igor Larionov. But youth will be served as well, and Nichushkin was the seventh 18-year-old to score a goal in an NHL game this season, following Aleksander Barkov, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, Nathan MacKinnon, Nikita Zadorov, and Rasmus Ristolainen. This is the first NHL season in which seven players scored goals at age 18 since 1993–94, when Jason Arnott, Alexandre Daigle, Pavol Demitra, Chris Gratton, Michal Grosek, Vlastimil Kroupa, and Rob Niedermayer all did so.