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Luongo checks "shutout" off his 2013-14 to-do list
Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo earned his first shutout of the season and the 63rd shutout of his NHL career with a 3-0 win in Buffalo. Luongo has produced at least one shutout in each of his 14 seasons in the league, the second-longest streak of consecutive seasons with shutouts from the start of an NHL career. Hall-of-Famer Terry Sawchuk registered shutouts in each of his first 19 seasons in the league (1949-50 through 1967-68).
Taveras keeps his streak alive
John Tavares scored the game-winning goal and assisted on another goal in the Islanders' 3-2 win over the Oilers. Tavares did not get either a goal or an assist in the Islanders' season opener, but he has produced points in each of the team's six games since then. It's the longest point streak for Taveras since his career-best 12-game spree in the middle of the 2011-12 season.
The Great One loses one of his records
Edmonton's Taylor Hall scored goals eight seconds apart in the first period of the Oilers' game against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. They were the fastest two goals by one player in Oilers franchise history (breaking the old mark of nine seconds set by Wayne Gretzky in February 1981), and the quickest pair of goals by an NHL player in a road game since March 12, 1987, when the Rangers' Don Maloney tallied twice in eight seconds in a game at Philadelphia. Other than Hall, the only active NHL player to score twice in a span of eight seconds or less - home or road - is Nathan Gerbe, who recorded goals five seconds apart for the Sabres, also against the Islanders, in a game at Buffalo on Jan. 21, 2011.
Hello, old friend... Bruins treat another longtime goaltender rudely
Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas, who prior to this season had played all 378 games of his NHL career for the Bruins, had a busy night when he faced his old team for the first time. Boston had 40 shots on goal against Thomas but the last one, a backhander by Reilly Smith, snapped a 2-2 tie with 58.7 seconds remaining in the third period and gave the Bruins a 3-2 victory. Thomas is one of nine goaltenders in Bruins history to play 200 or more games for the club, but none of them won their first game against Boston after doing so. Gilles Gilbert managed to get a tie, but Tiny Thompson, Frank Brimsek, Eddie Johnston, Andy Moog, Byron Dafoe and now Thomas each ended up with an "L" the first time facing the Bruins after their lengthy tenure in Boston. (Jim Henry and Gerry Cheevers did not play for another NHL team after playing 200 or more games in goal for the Bruins.)
That's why they call them the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes trailed, 2-0, at the end of the second period of their game in Toronto, but then scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat the Maple Leafs, 3-2. It was only the second time in the last six seasons that Carolina has won a game in regulation time after trailing by two goals in the third period. The Hurricanes' only other victory of that kind since the start of the 2008-09 season was a 4-3 road victory against the Panthers on Dec. 15, 2010.
Fleury makes it 10 straight October wins
Marc-Andre Fleury earned his sixth win in six games this season, a 4-1 decision at Philadelphia. It's the second time that Fleury has begun a season with a winning streak of six games or longer; he won his first eight games in the 2009-10 season. The lockout delayed the start of the 2012-13 season until January, but Fleury won his last four October games of the previous NHL campaign, which when added to his perfect mark this month gives him a current ten-game October winning streak.
Jenner scores 2 on power play in Blue Jackets' loss
Columbus rookie Boone Jenner scored the first two goals of his NHL career in the Blue Jackets' loss at Montreal, and both of his goals were power play tallies. Jenner is the first rookie on any NHL team to score two power play goals in one game since the Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen did so in a 6-5 Columbus loss at Nashville on Dec. 22, 2011.
Karlsson gets 3 points against Brodeur
Defenseman Erik Karlsson scored three points in a game for the 11th time in his NHL career when he came away with a goal and two assists against Martin Brodeur to lead the Senators to a 5-2 win over the Devils. Karlsson is the first defenseman to earn three points against Brodeur in one game since Washington's John Carlson had a goal and two assists against the NHL's career wins leader in a 7-2 Capitals win on Oct. 9, 2010.
Franzen and Datsyuk: each does his thing
Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk each scored two goals for the Red Wings in their 4-2 triumph in Denver. Franzen scored both of his goals on Detroit power plays while Datsyuk's goals both came at even strength. That's pretty much par for the course for those two players. Franzen has a total of 16 multiple-goal games in his NHL career and in seven of those games he scored two power play goals; Datsyuk, meanwhile, has registered 28 multi-goal games in his career but he's never scored more than one power play goal in a regular-season NHL game.
Backes and Steen put it to Blackhawks again
David Backes and Alexander Steen each scored a goal for the Blues in their shootout win at Chicago, as they did last week when the Blues beat the Blackhawks in St. Louis. Backes and Steen were among the Blues' goal-scoring leaders over the past few seasons, but they hadn't been very productive in games against Chicago. Backes entered this season with a career total of six goals in 39 games against the Blackhawks, while Steen had four goals in 26 such games.
Kings getting the hang of this shootout thing
Anze Kopitar was the only player on either team to score in the shootout that lifted the Kings to a 2-1 win in Nashville. The Kings have gone to a shootout in three of their eight games this season and they won all three of the tiebreakers. That's one more shootout victory than Los Angeles enjoyed during the entire 2012-13 season (two wins, four losses).
Whitney helps defeat his old team, by being a helper
Ray Whitney assisted on two goals for the Stars as they ended the Sharks' season-opening six-game winning streak with a 4-3 shootout victory in Dallas. Whitney, a 22-year NHL veteran who played the first six seasons of his career with the Sharks (1991-92 through 1996-97), hasn't scored a goal in ten games against his original team over the last three seasons, but he has been credited with at least one assist in nine of those ten games (13 total assists).
Stamkos nets the game-winner
A tiebreaking goal by Steven Stamkos with 5:04 remaining in the third period proved to be the game-winner in the Lightning's 3-1 victory against the Wild. It was the second game-winning goal in seven games for Stamkos this season, matching the number of game-winners he scored while playing all 48 games for Tampa Bay last season. Stamkos was the NHL co-leader with 12 game-winning goals back in the 2011-12 season.
Napoli finishes off 3 monster days in Detroit
Mike Napoli homered, doubled, singled and scored twice as the Red Sox nipped the Tigers, 4-3, in Game Five of the ALCS. Napoli is hot: In his last nine at-bats, starting with his game-winning homer off Justin Verlander in Game Three, the Red Sox slugger has collected six hits, which includes four extra-base hits, which in turn includes a pair of home runs. The last major-leaguer to have that kind of nine-at-bats span in a postseason series was Hideki Matsui for the Yankees against the Phillies in the 2009 World Series (six hits, including three homers and a double).
Tight defense helps Sox over Tigers
In a game that held little margin for mistakes, the Red Sox displayed errorless defense and executed three double plays in Game Five. It was only the second time in their history, and the first time in 95 years, that the Red Sox have made at least three double plays and played errorless ball in a postseason game that they won by a one-run margin. The other instance came in Game Four of the 1918 World Series, when the Sox infield executed three double plays in a 3-2 victory over the Cubs. Boston's starting pitcher, Babe Ruth, induced two of the double plays (starting one himself) and helped his own cause with a two-run triple, before being switched to left field in the ninth inning as Joe Bush closed out the game.
Seahawks follow little-known but effective formula to victory
The Seahawks' offense punched in four touchdowns while the defense came up with seven sacks and a pair of interceptions as Pete Carroll's team took measure of the Cardinals, 34-22. Sounds like a solid formula for victory, right? Actually, even more so than we would have imagined. Thursday night's game was the 98th regular-season NFL game since the early 1960s (when the totals of sacks for teams were first recorded) in which a team hit each of those plateaus - four offensive touchdowns, seven sacks and two interceptions - and those teams have won each of those 98 games!