Cross Checks: Gordie Howe
Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winning goal in OT for the Devils as he tied a couple of Hall of Famers in the process. Jagr now has 121 game-winning goals (ties Gordie Howe for most in NHL history) and 690 career goals (ties Mario Lemieux for 9th-most in NHL history).
* Devils: 4-0-1 in last 5 road games
* Kings: loss snaps 4-game win streak
Most Game-Winning Goals, NHL History
Jaromir Jagr 121<<
Gordie Howe 121
Phil Esposito 118
Brett Hull 110
Brendan Shanahan 109
>>Includes Thursday vs Kings
Most Career Goals, NHL History
6. Mike Gartner 708
7. Mark Messier 694
8. Steve Yzerman 692
9. Jaromir Jagr 690<<
Mario Lemieux 690
>>Includes OT-goal Thursday
Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 3
* Gustav Nyquist (DET): 1st 2 goals of season (just recalled from Grand Rapids of AHL)
* Henrik Zetterberg (DET): 2nd 3-assist game this season (other was Nov. 7 vs Stars)
* Red Wings: 1st win in last 8 games (1-2-5)
* Hurricanes: on 3-game losing streak
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Gustav Nyquist, playing in his first NHL game this season after being called up from the AHL earlier in the day, scored two goals to help the Red Wings end their eight-game home winless streak with a 4–3 victory over the Hurricanes at Joe Louis Arena. It was only the third time in the last ten years that a Red Wings player scored two goals in his first game of a season. The other Detroit players to do that since 2003 were Tomas Holmstrom (2008–09) and Todd Bertuzzi (2012–13).
Sharks 5, Lightning 1
* Tommy Wingels (SJ): 2 goals (1st career multi-goal game)
* Logan Couture (SJ): 3 assists (1st career 3-assist game)
* Sharks: won 5 straight home games vs Lightning (outscored TB 27-7)
* Lightning: lost 3 straight games
Blackhawks 6, Jets 3
* Jonathan Toews (CHI): goal (11), 3 assists; 2nd 4-point game this season (other was Oct. 29 vs Senators)
* Patrick Kane & Marian Hossa (CHI): goal & assist each
* Blackhawks: 6-2-0 in last 8 games overall; 1-1-0 on 7-game road trip (next game on trip: Saturday at Canucks)
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Jonathan Toews scored four points in one game for the second time this season when he tallied one goal and three assists in the Blackhawks’ 6–3 victory at Winnipeg. Toews, who registered three goals and one assist in Chicago’s 6–5 win against Ottawa on October 29, had scored four or more points in only two of the 408 regular-season NHL games he played before this season. He’s the first Blackhawks player with two four-point games in one season since Jeff Hamilton in 2006–07 (one five-point and one four-point game in Hamilton’s only season with Chicago).
Rangers 3, Stars 2
* Rangers: won 5 straight road games (this was first game of 5-game road trip)
* Stars: have 3-game win streak snapped, 0-2-2 in last 4 home games
* Rick Nash (NYR): 1st regular-season goal since last April 27 vs Devils (this was his 2nd game back from a concussion injury, his 5th game of the season)
* Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) season-high 41 saves
* Jets: 0-2-1 in last 3 games following a 4-game winning streak
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves and also recorded his first assist of the season in his 3–2 win at Dallas. It was the first time that a Rangers goaltender won a game in which he made at least 40 saves and also registered an assist since Feb. 1, 1992, when John Vanbiesbrouck did that in a 2–1 victory against the North Stars in Minnesota (also 41 saves and one assist). The only NHL goaltender besides Lundqvist to manage that feat over the last two seasons is the Flyers’ Steve Mason on April 27 last season at Ottawa (43 saves, one assist).
Blues 3, Bruins 2 (F/SO)
* David Backes (STL): Goal (9); 10 points in 9 road games this season (13 points in 24 road games last season)
* Blues: 7-1-1 in last 9 games, 22/25 on penalty kills in those games
* Bruins: snapped 4-game home win streak
Predators 4, Maple Leafs 2
* Matt Cullen (NSH): goal (4), 3 assists; 3rd career 4-point game (1st since Dec. 15, 2002)
* Predators: won last 3 games following a 4-game losing streak
* Maple Leafs: 2-4-0 in last 6 games
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Matt Cullen recorded one goal and three assists in the Predators’ 4–2 win at Toronto. Cullen, who entered play on Thursday with just two points over his last 12 games, had scored four points in a game only twice before in his NHL career and not since December 2002 for Anaheim. At age 37, he’s the oldest player to score four or more points in an NHL game this season and the oldest player in Predators history to do so, breaking the mark set by 36-year-old Cliff Ronning in December 2001.
Flyers 4, Sabres 1
* Matt Read (PHI): 2 goals (6); 4th career multi-goal game
* Flyers: 5-0-1 in last 6 games
* Sabres: lost 3 straight following season-high 2-game winning streak
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Matt Read scored a pair of goals in the Flyers’ 4–1 win over the Sabres at Wells Fargo Center. Read is the first Flyers player to score two goals in a Philadelphia home-ice victory since Brayden Schenn did so in a 5–3 win against Winnipeg on February 23 last season. The three two-goal games by Flyers players on home ice in the interim (by Jakub Voracek, Scott Hartnell and Tye McGinn) all came in regulation or shootout losses by Philadelphia.
Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)
* Avalanche: 2nd straight win after 3-game losing streak
* Coyotes: 8-1-2 in last 11 games (8 games decided by 1 goal)
* Ryan O'Reilly (COL) 3rd career overtime goal; has scored a goal in 3 of his last 4 games
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov has won all three games this season in which he faced at least 40 shots on goal, including his 4–3 OT victory at Phoenix on Thursday. The only other NHL goaltender with three such wins this season is Buffalo’s Ryan Miller.
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Phoenix defenseman Michael Stone extended his goal-scoring streak to three games in the Coyotes’ 4–3 overtime loss to Colorado. Stone is only the second defenseman in the last 20 years to score goals in each of three consecutive team games in one season for the Jets/Coyotes franchise. Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a three-game streak for Phoenix in March 2012.
Here are some news and notes from Monday's Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Toronto:
Mark Howe had some powerful words at the beginning of his Hockey Hall of Fame induction speech Monday night, when he implored those in power to ensure that the families left behind from September's KHL plane crash are taken care of monetarily.
Howe lost good friend and former blue-line partner Brad McCrimmon, who was in his first season as coach of the Lokomotiv team.
Howe ended his speech by pulling on a No. 9 Gordie Howe Red Wings jersey. What a special moment.
Of course, Howe shared the spotlight with his famous father, Mr. Hockey, all weekend long. Hey, he's used to it.
"As you see, we're doing interviews and he has a much bigger crowd than I," Mark Howe said Monday morning, gesturing at the larger scrum of media around his dad about six feet away. "The first day in the hotel, 50 people came up and asked for autographs. They all asked for Gordie while Marty and I just sat there.
"That comes with the territory, that's so much of what my mother helped her four children to deal with. ... He's aware of what goes on, he wants me to deserve all the credit and get all the credit and be honored for this weekend. He doesn't want to distract from that. It means far more to me having him around than anything else."
CuJo in the house
"I never played with him, but I did help him get to the Hall of Fame," Joseph said with a laugh. "So I thought I should be here."
Joseph, of course, was referring to the dramatic overtime goal Gilmour scored on Joseph in the Toronto-St. Louis playoff series in 1993.
Hockey Hall officials couldn't get a hold of Belfour in June to tell him of the great news. He was napping. He plays defense in a men's hockey league in Dallas and still naps on game days.
"I usually still take a pregame nap even though it's just men's league," he said with a laugh Monday. "I was taking a nap that day and no one could get a hold of me. Somehow they got a hold of my brother-in-law. He had a key for the house and came in and woke me up. It was pretty neat."
Much was made about Belfour's leather jacket/no suit approach to the pregame ceremony Saturday night at Air Canada Centre. Well, obviously someone got to him because he was wearing a suit Monday. He admitted he had to buy a shirt and tie for the ceremony while in Toronto. He says he doesn't wear suits any more.
"Nope, not anymore, just for special occasions," said Belfour. "I still have some old suits, but they don't fit."
Gilmour, the prankster
Doug Gilmour was a Jekyll-and-Hyde character during his playing days -- fierce as anyone on the ice, and a total jokester off of it. His fellow inductee Joe Nieuwendyk talked about showing up to the rink when they were teammates in Calgary and Gilmour had put shoe polish on the toilet seats in the dressing room.
For Gilmour, he needed that comical side as a release because of how intense he was during games.
"And I'm glad I'm not playing now because I know I wouldn't get by with some of the things I did on the ice," Gilmour said. "Yes, there's a lot of things I did wrong out there, but that's how I had to play. But I'd come to the rink at 4 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. game and I'd just think of what I needed to do to get everybody [practical jokes]. I was easy-going until warm-up. Once warm-up started, it was game on."
Nieuwendyk was asked about his Dallas Stars and their surprising start during his media availability Monday. The Stars GM said it starts behind the bench with rookie coach Glen Gulutzan.
"I truly believe the coach we have now is going to be a like a Barry Trotz, a 10-year guy that we're going to be talking about," said Nieuwendyk.
High praise, indeed.
Gretzky's special message
Our good friend and colleague Terry Jones of The Edmonton Sun was inducted into the Hall on Monday as the winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award. At the end of the media luncheon honoring Jones and Detroit Red Wings color man Mickey Redmond (Foster Hewitt Award winner this year), host Gord Stellick read an email Wayne Gretzky sent earlier in the day in honor of Jones.
- Over the years, the game of hockey has had the good fortune to have great players go into the Hall (Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Rocket Richard), and some of the best coaches ever (Toe Blake, Glen Sather and Scotty Bowman)," Gretzky wrote. "But it has been just as important for the game to have people be able to talk about the game to the average hockey fan who loves the game as much as anyone.
People like Foster Hewitt, Danny Gallivan, Red Fisher brought the game to life each and every day. That is exactly what Terry Jones has done each and every day for the hockey fans of Edmonton. He lived and died every playoff win and loss, gloating after big wins and reassuring Oiler fans after a tough loss the next game would be better. An honor well deserved; congratulations on being elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Welcome, it's a wonderful place to hang your hat.