Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Desert Dogs are barking up a storm
By ESPN Stats & Information
Coyotes 4, Kings 3
* Jeff Halpern (PHX): GW goal (first this season, fourth goal overall)
* Coyotes: Won six of last eight games.
* Kings: Lost three straight games following eight-game win streak.
FROM ELIAS: The Coyotes, visiting the Kings, scored the game’s first two goals and its last two goals, those last two coming in the third period of Phoenix’s 4-3 victory. It marked the first time in more than five years that the Kings had taken a lead into the third period at home, only to leave the Staples Center without earning a point. The last such instance came on Dec. 1, 2008, when the Maple Leafs scored three third-period goals to win 3-1.
Bruins 4, Wild 1
* Bruins: Won nine straight games (allowed 13 goals in those games).
* Jarome Iginla (BOS): Two goals; six goals, assist in five-game point-scoring streak.
* Tuuka Rask (BOS): 33 saves; allowed one goal in each of last three starts.
* Bruins: First home win against a team from Minnesota since January 27, 1992 (against the then-Minnesota North Stars).
FROM ELIAS: Jarome Iginla scored two goals in the Bruins’ win against Minnesota on Monday, after doing the same in Boston’s victory against Carolina on Saturday. It’s the sixth time in Iginla’s NHL career that he has scored at least two goals in each of two consecutive team games in one season, and the first time he’s done so for a team other than Calgary. The last of his five pairs of back-to-back multiple-goal games for the Flames came back in November 2010. Iginla is the second player to produce two straight multi-goal games for the Bruins this season, joining Brad Marchand, who did it on January 19-20.
FROM ELIAS: Tuukka Rask earned first-star honors by making 33 saves in his 4-1 victory over the Wild in Boston, thereby extending the Bruins’ winning streak to nine games. Rask’s latest victory maintained his season-long pattern of stinginess in interconference games at TD Garden. Rask is 7-1-2 with a 1.17 goals-against average in his 10 home games against Western Conference teams; he has allowed a total of just 12 goals in those games, with no more than two goals allowed in any of them.
Blues 3, Jets 1
* Blues: First team to reach 100 points this season; 8-0-1 since start of March.
* Brenden Morrow (STL): Foal (11); first goal since Feb. 8 (scoreless previous nine games).
* David Backes (STL): Two goals (22, 23) in third period after score was tied at 1-1; one goal in his previous 12 games.
* Jets: 1-3-3 in past seven games.
FROM ELIAS: David Backes took only two shots on goal and scored on both of them to lead the Blues to a 3-1 win over the Jets. That was the 16th time that Backes has scored two or more goals in an NHL game, but only the third of them in which he scored on every shot he put on target. The others were two-goal games against Columbus in Feb. 2007 (his first multi-goal game in the NHL) and against Anaheim in March 2012.
Lightning 4, Canucks 3
* Lightning: 2-0 versus Canucks this season.
* Ondrej Palat (TB): Goal, assist; four goals and five assists in a five-game point-scoring streak.
FROM ELIAS: Rookie Ondrej Palat contributed a goal and an assist in the Lightning’s 4-3 win over the Canucks. Palat leads all NHL rookies with 13 multiple-point games this season, one more than Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon. Ten of Palat’s multiple-point games have come over his last 28 games.