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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Keith matches up well with himself

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Blackhawks 5, Coyotes 2
* Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa (CHI): goal & assist each
* Blackhawks: finish 7-game road trip at 6-1-0 (won last 6); lead NHL in road wins (11)
* Coyotes: 1-3-1 in last 5 games
FROM ELIAS: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith extended his assist streak to seven games when he recorded the first of his two assists in Chicago’s 5–2 win at Phoenix. Over the last 17 years the only other time a Blackhawks defenseman notched assists in each of seven consecutive team games in one season was when Keith himself did it in December 2009. The only NHL defenseman other than Keith with a seven-game assist streak this season is the Blues’ Kevin Shattenkirk (Oct. 25–Nov. 7).

Flyers 3, Predators 2 (SO) (PHI wins shootout, 1-0)
* Vincent Lecavalier (PHI): scores only goal in shootout
* Claude Giroux & Sean Couturier (PHI): goal each
* Flyers: 5-2-0 in last 7 games (won last 2)
* Predators: 0-1-1 in last 2 games (were 5-1-0 in previous 6 games)
FROM ELIAS: Steve Mason made 34 saves in his 3–2 shootout win over the Predators in Nashville. It was Mason’s first game in “Music City” since he was traded to the Flyers by the Blue Jackets in April. Mason spent the first five seasons of his NHL career with Columbus and played eight games for the Blue Jackets in Nashville without ever recording a win there (0–4–3 with one no-decision).

Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 2
* Max Pacioretty (MTL) 2 goals (9) - PPG in 1st period & SHG in 2nd period (also had assist)
* Canadiens: 5-0-1 in last 6 games overall; 5-1-2 in last 8 home games (won last 3)
* Maple Leafs: 0-3-3 in last 6 games
FROM ELIAS: Max Pacioretty scored two goals for the Canadiens in their 4–2 win over the Maple Leafs. Pacioretty’s first goal was a power play marker that gave Montreal a 1–0 lead only 58 seconds after the opening faceoff, and his second goal was a shorthanded tally that put the Canadiens ahead 4–0 late in the second period. Pacioretty is the first Montreal player to register a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the same game since Robert Lang did that a 6–3 Canadiens win against the Rangers on Jan. 7, 2009.

Penguins 5, Panthers 1
* Evgeni Malkin (PIT): goal (7), 3 assists; on 8-game point streak (4G, 13A during streak)
* James Neal (PIT): goal (8), assist
* Penguins: won 3 straight games; 6-1-1 in last 8 games
* Panthers: 1-3-1 in last 5 games
FROM ELIAS: Evgeni Malkin tallied one goal and three assists as the Penguins closed out the month with a 5–1 win against the Panthers. Malkin played 15 games in November and recorded a total of 21 assists, with at least one assist in all but one game. Malkin’s 21 assists in November this year were the most by an NHL player in one calendar month since Wayne Gretzky registered 21 assists for the Los Angeles Kings in January 1996. The month before that, December 1995, Malkin’s current boss, Penguins Co-Owner/Chairman Mario Lemieux, recorded 22 assists for Pittsburgh.

Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 1
* Milan Lucic (BOS): 2 goals (11); 2nd multi-goal game of season
* Bruins: 10-2-1 in last 13 games overall (won last 2); 8-0-1 in last 9 home games
* Blue Jackets: winless in last 3 road games vs Bruins (0-2-1)
FROM ELIAS: Milan Lucic scored two of the Bruins’ three goals in their win over the Blue Jackets and he also took part in the game’s only fight, squaring off with Dalton Prout in the second period. Lucic is the first NHL player to record two or more goals and a fighting major in the same game this season, and he’s the first Bruin to pull off that feat since Gregory Campbell did so in a 7–0 Boston victory over Montreal on March 24, 2011.

Capitals 3, Islanders 2 (OT)
* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): GW goal at 2:07 of overtime (21 - leads NHL)
* Nicklas Backstrom (WSH): game-tying SHG (6) with 49 seconds left in regulation
* Capitals: 2nd straight win after going 0-3-1 in previous 4 games
* Islanders: 0-5-1 in last 6 games
FROM ELIAS: Alex Ovechkin scored the 14th regular-season overtime goal of his NHL career to enable the Capitals to pull out a 3–2 win over the Islanders in a game that Washington was less than a minute away from losing in regulation time. Nicklas Backstrom’s goal with 48.9 seconds remaining in the third period tied the score at 2–2, after Thomas Vanek had scored with 1:51 left in regulation time to put the Islanders ahead. It was the first NHL game this season in which there was a go-ahead goal followed by a score-tying goal, both in the final two minutes of the third period. The only such game last season took place in Calgary on February 2, with Jay Bouwmeester’s go-ahead goal at 19:25 of the third period giving the Flames a 2–1 lead over the Blackhawks, only to see Chicago’s Marian Hossa level the score at the 19:57 mark. The Blackhawks prevailed in a shootout after a goalless overtime period.

Devils 1, Sabres 0 (OT)
* Steve Bernier (NJ): GW goal (2) with 41 seconds left in overtime
* Cory Schneider (NJ): 15 saves - 2nd shutout of season (11th career)
* Devils: won 2 straight games following a 3-game losing streak
* Sabres: 1-5-1 in last 7 games overall; 0-4-1 in last 5 road games
FROM ELIAS: Cory Schneider recorded his second shutout of the season with a 1–0 overtime win against the Sabres on Saturday. Schneider has two shutouts in 12 starts for the Devils this season, after posting five clean sheets in 30 starts for the Canucks last season. Schneider’s average of one shutout every six starts over the last two seasons (seven shutouts in 42 starts) is the best rate for any NHL goaltender who’s made at least 30 starts since the beginning of the lockout-delayed 2012–13 season. The Blues’ Jaroslav Halak is second with an average of one shutout every 6.8 starts (five shutouts in 34 starts).

Rangers 5, Canucks 2
* Chris Kreider (NYR): 3 goals (entered Saturday with 5 career goals in 2 seasons); had never had more than 1 goal in game (pronounced KRIGH-duhr)
* Coaches John Tortorella (VAN) and Alain Vigneault (NYR) both facing former team from last season
FROM ELIAS: Rookie Chris Kreider recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career when he scored three goals in the Rangers’ 5–2 win over the Canucks. It was the second hat trick by a rookie in an NHL game this season; San Jose’s Tomas Hertl notched the first one when he scored four goals on October 8 against the Rangers. Kreider’s hat trick was only the third in the last 20 years by a Rangers rookie. The others were by Jan Hlavac (Feb. 11, 2000 vs. Boston) and Derek Stepan (Oct. 9, 2000 at Buffalo in his first NHL game).