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Super Bowl 51 tonight! New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons at 6:30 pm

 

Patriots QB Tom Brady 2015 By Jeffrey Beall - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Falcons QB Matt Ryan in 2014 By Keith Allison - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

SUPER BOWL LI: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS. ATLANTA FALCONS

Two teams. One game. It all comes down to this.

On Sunday, February 5, the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will meet in Super Bowl LI (6:30 PM ET, FOX) at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

“It’s an honor to get to go and play in this game,” says Patriots wide receiver JULIAN EDELMAN, who is the franchise postseason leader in both catches (84) and receiving yards (937). “This is what you fight for. This is what you train for. It’s to get an opportunity to play in this game.”

Super Bowl LI will feature the NFL’s top-scoring team – Atlanta (540 points, 33.8 points per game) – against the club which allowed the fewest points in the league – New England (250 points, 15.6 points per game). It marks the sixth time since the 1970 merger that the Super Bowl showcases the team that led the NFL in scoring against the club that allowed the fewest points.

“This is a really special team,” says Falcons fullback PATRICK DI MARCO. “We have so many playmakers on offense, defense and special teams. This is a special time for this organization. I am super proud and super excited we are going to be playing in Houston. The ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl – not just get there – and we still have a game ahead of us. We still have one more game to win.”

New England advanced to its NFL-record ninth Super Bowl by defeating Pittsburgh 36-17. Atlanta defeated Green Bay 44-21 to earn its second ever trip to the Super Bowl.

Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK and quarterback TOM BRADY will be making their seventh Super Bowl appearance together, the most NFL title games for any head coach and starting quarterback duo in league history. Belichick and Brady have won four Super Bowls together, tied with Pittsburgh head coach CHUCK NOLL and quarterback TERRY BRADSHAW for the most by a head coach and starting quarterback combination.

“I’m proud of this team,” says Belichick. “They all deserve this. It’s a good, hard-working group.” ​

Belichick is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Noll for the most Super Bowl victories by a head coach with four. Brady, who is making hisNFL-record seventh career Super Bowl start, is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers Bradshaw and JOE MONTANA for the most Super Bowl wins by a starting quarterback with four.

“You never know if you’ll get these opportunities in life and fortunately this team has got the opportunity,” says Brady about advancing to the Super Bowl. “Now we’ve got to do something and go try and take advantage of it.”

Brady and Montana are the only players in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP three times. Brady, who was the MVP of Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII and XLIX, can become the first player ever to win Super Bowl MVP honors four times.

Brady enters Super Bowl LI already holding numerous Super Bowl passing records, including attempts (247), completions (164), yards (1,605) and touchdown passes (13).

“He’s the best quarterback to ever play the game,” says Patriots running back LE GARRETTE BLOUNT about Brady. “He’s obviously, in my opinion, the best ever.”

The Patriots have won nine consecutive games and advanced to the Super Bowl with a 36-17 victory over Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. In that contest, Brady passed for 384 yards and three touchdowns, including two scoring strikes to wide receiver CHRIS HOGAN. Hogan finished the game with nine catches for a franchise postseason-record 180 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m just happy to take advantage of this opportunity and be a part of this team,” says Hogan. “This whole team has worked so hard starting in April in OTAs. We’ve grinded through this entire year. This is what we worked for and this is what we wanted to get to.”

Patriots running back Blount, who led the NFL with a club-record 18 rushing touchdowns, added a rushing TD against the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. Including the postseason, Blount’s 19 rushing touchdowns are tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer CURTIS MARTIN(1996) for the most by a Patriots player in a single season.

The Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history (Super Bowl XXXIII, 1998 season) with a 44-21 win over Green Bay in the final game at the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta, which led the NFL with 540 points scored, has won six consecutive games and is averaging 39.0 points per game over that span. The Falcons are the first team ever to advance to the Super Bowl by scoring at least 30 points in each of the club’s previous six games.

“I’m happy for everybody in our organization,” says Falcons quarterback MATT RYAN. “We’ve worked hard to get to this point but the challenge is still in front of us. What we set out to accomplish is still in front of us. It’s really difficult to get to this point, and we will enjoy the process leading into it, but our ultimate goal is still in front of us.”

Falcons head coach DAN QUINN, who is in his second year with the team, will be making his third Super Bowl appearance in the past four seasons. Quinn was Seattle’s defensive coordinator in Super Bowls XLVIII (2013 season) and XLIX (2014).

“I am excited for the opportunity, but more importantly, I’m excited for these players,” says Quinn. “It’ll be a great challenge.”

Atlanta quarterback Ryan, who led the league with a franchise-record 117.1 passer rating, has continued his stellar play in the postseason with a 132.6 passer rating. Over the team’s six-game winning streak, Ryan has thrown 18 touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 133.3 passer rating.

“MVP,” says Falcons wide receiver JULIO JONES when asked how to describe Ryan. “He’s a great player. He’s a great leader on this team and he’s my brother.”

Ryan has thrown at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive postseason games, the first player in NFL history to accomplish the feat. In this year’s playoffs, Ryan has seven touchdown passes and no interceptions.

The Falcons have spread the ball out as Ryan threw a touchdown pass to 13 different players in the regular season, the most ever in a season in league history. Among his favorite targets is Jones, who led the NFL averaging 100.6 receiving yards per game this season (1,409 yards in 14 games).

“He’s a beast,” says Ryan about Jones. “He’s an absolute stud. I’ve been so lucky to play with him as long as I have.”

Jones had nine catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. It marked his second career postseason game with at least 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns and he is the only player in league history to accomplish that feat in multiple playoff games. In five career postseason games, Jones has 552 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. His average of110.4 receiving yards per game is the highest in NFL postseason history (minimum five games).

Defensively, the Falcons are powered by VIC BEASLEY JR., who led the NFL in sacks (15.5), and a quartet of rookies – safety KEANU NEAL, cornerback BRIAN POOLE and linebackers DEION JONES and DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL. All four rookies started in the NFC Championship Game and Atlanta can become the first team ever to start four rookies on defense in the Super Bowl. Jones (106) and Neal (105) led all NFL rookies in tackles this season.

“Every day, we are just trying to get one percent better for the guy next to us,” says Poole. “Every play, we are going to give it all we’ve got and not let our teammates down. We’re going out there trying to play ball and let people know that what we’ve got is serious.”

Beasley, who is in his second year, had a career-high 15.5 sacks and is the first Falcons player to lead the league in sacks. During the team’s current six-game winning streak, Atlanta has allowed just 19.3 points per game (27.6 points per game in the team’s first 12 games).

“We feel like we have the potential to be a great defense,” says Beasley. “Early in the season, we weren’t playing as well but we have come a long way and now we’re going to the Super Bowl.” ​

 

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SUPER BOWL LI CAPSULES

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2017

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS–AFC EAST (16-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS–NFC SOUTH (13-5)

SERIES

PATRIOTS FALCONS
LEADER 7-6
STREAKS   Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill Belichick: 4-1 Dan Quinn: 0-0
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD Bill Belichick: 25-10 Dan Quinn: 2-0
VS. COMMON OPP. NE: 4-1 (Az. 1-0; Den. 1-0; LA 1-0; Sea. 0-1; SF 1-0)

Atl.: 5-1 (Az. 1-0; Den. 1-0; LA 1-0; Sea. 1-1; SF 1-0)

PLAYOFF RECORD 31-19 9-12
LAST WEEK W 36-17 vs. Pittsburgh W 44-21 vs. Green Bay
LAST GAME 9/29/13: Patriots 30 at Falcons 23. New England QB Tom Brady passes for 316 yards & 2 TDs. Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins has 127 rec. yards & TD.
LAST PLAYOFF Teams have not met in postseason.
REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST FOX (6:30 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers (Field reporters). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Tony Boselli, James Lofton (Field reporters). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (NE), 82 (Atl). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (NE), 82 (Atl.)

REGULAR-SEASON STAT LEADERS

PASSING Tom Brady: 291-432-3554-28-2-112.2 (2L) Matt Ryan: 373-534-4944 (2L)-38 (2L)-7-117.1 (1L)
RUSHING LeGarrette Blount: 299-1161-3.9-18 (1L) Devonta Freeman: 227-1079-4.8-11
RECEIVING Julian Edelman: 98-1106-11.3-3 Julio Jones: 83-1409 (2L)-17.0-6
OFFENSE 386.3 415.8 (2L)
TAKE/GIVE +12 +11
DEFENSE 326.4 371.2
SACKS Trey Flowers: 7 Vic Beasley Jr.: 15.5 (1L)
INTs Malcolm Butler: 4 Deion Jones (R): 3
PR Danny Amendola: 6.7 Eric Weems: 11.4
KR Cyrus Jones (R): 22.5 Eric Weems: 23.0
PUNTING Ryan Allen: 44.7 Matt Bosher: 46.8
KICKING Stephen Gostkowski: 127 (46/49 PAT; 27/32 FG) Matt Bryant: 158 (1L) (56/57 PAT; 34/37 FG)

NOTES

TEAMS MEET for 1st time in postseason. NE leads all-time series 7-6. Patriots defeated Falcons 30-23 in last meeting on 9/29/13.​

PATRIOTS: Have 9 Super Bowl berths, most in NFL history. Have won 8 consecutive division titles, longest streak in NFL history. Since 2001, have won 4 Super Bowl titles, most in NFL. Have 31-19 (.620) all-time postseason record, 2nd highest winning pct. in playoff history…Head coach BILL BELICHICK has 25 career postseason wins, most all-time. Has won 4 Super Bowl titles (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX), tied with CHUCK NOLL for most in NFL history…QB TOM BRADY is all-time SB leader in pass att. (247), comp. (164), yards (1,605) & TDs (13). Has won 4 Super Bowls as starting QB & 3 Super Bowl MVPs, both tied for most in NFL history. In Super Bowl XLIX vs. Sea., completed SB record 37 passes for 328 yards & 4 TDs. Ranks 1st all-time in postseason wins (24), passing att. (1,263), comp. (788), yards (8,628) & TDs (61). Has 11 career postseason games with 300+ pass yards, most all-time. Had 14.0 TD/INT ratio (28 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs), highest in NFL history (min. 20 pass TDs)…In Div. Rd. win vs. Hou., RB DION LEWIS became 1st player in postseason history with rush TD, rec. TD & KR-TD in same game. RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT rushed for TD in AFC CG. Led NFL with franchise-record 18 rush TDs. Has 8 rush TDs in 7 career postseason games. Has rush TD in 6 of past 7 (incl. playoffs). RB JAMES WHITE tied for lead among NFL RBs with 5 TD catches…WR JULIAN EDELMAN had eight catches for 118 yards & TD in AFC CG. Ranks 7th in NFL postseason history with 84 catches. In past 9 playoff games, has 75 catches (8.3 per game) for 862 rec. yards (95.8 per game) & 3 TDs. Had 9 catches for 109 yards & TD in SB XLIX. Is franchise postseason leader with 84 catches & 937 rec. yards. Has 3 seasons with 90+ catches, 2nd most in team history. WR CHRIS HOGAN set franchise record with 180 rec. yards in AFC CG. Ranks 2nd among players in 2016 postseason with 275 rec. yards. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had TD catch in SB XLIX…CB MALCOLM BUTLER had INT with 26 seconds remaining in SB XLIX. Led team with 4 INTs & 17 PD. LB ROB NINKOVICH has 1.5 sacks in past 2 SB appearances. Had FR in AFC CG. Has 6 career postseason sacks. CB LOGAN RYAN has 16 tackles, 4 PD & INT in past 2 postseason games. Was only NFL CB with 90+ tackles (92), 2+ INTs (2), 1+ sack (1) & 1+ FF (1) in 2016. S DEVIN MC COURTY had INT in Div. Rd. CB ERIC ROWE had INT & 2 PD in AFC CG. LB KYLE VAN NOY had FF in AFC CG.

FALCONS: Making 2nd Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. Won NFC South & advanced to postseason for 1st time since 2012. Ranked 1st in NFL in total points (540) & 2nd in total offense (415.8 yards per game). Head coach DAN QUINN is making 3rd Super Bowl appearance in past 4 seasons. Was def. coordinator for Sea. in SB XLVIII & XLIX…QB MATT RYAN passed for 392 yards & 4 TDs for 139.4 rating in NFC CG. Is 1st QB in NFL history with 3+ pass TDs in 4 consecutive playoff games. Set franchise record & ranked 2nd in NFL with 4,944 passing yards. Has 6 consecutive 4,000+ yard seasons, tied for 2nd longest streak in NFL history. Led league with 117.1 rating, 5th highest single-season rating in NFL history. In past 6 (incl. postseason), has 1,861 pass yards (310.2 per game) with 18 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.3 rating. In past 3 postseason games, has 1,126 pass yards (375.3 per game) with 10 TDs vs. 1 INT for 126.2 rating…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has 829 scrimmage yards (497 rush, 332 rec.) & 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in past 8 (incl. postseason). Has 209 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 122 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career postseason games. Had 1,079 rush yards, 2nd consecutive 1,000-yard season…WR JULIO JONES had 9 catches for 180 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in NFC CG. Is only player in NFL history with 2 postseason games of 180+ rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs. Averages 110.4 rec. yards per game in postseason, highest avg. in playoff history (min. 5 games). Ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,409 rec. yards, 4th season with 1,000+ rec. yards. Led NFL with 100.6 rec. yards per game avg. Has 26 catches (8.7 per game) for 429 rec. yards (143 per game) & 5 TD catches in past 3 postseason games. WR MOHAMED SANU aims for 4th consecutive game (incl. postseason) with TD catch. Had 5 catches for 52 yards & TD in NFC CG. WR TAYLOR GABRIEL has 5 rec. TDs in past 8 (incl. postseason)…DE DWIGHT FREENEY has 10 career postseason sacks, 4th most among active players. LB VIC BEASLEY JR. led NFL with 15.5 sacks. LB DEION JONES (106) & S KEANU NEAL (105) led NFL rookies in tackles. Neal tied for 3rd in league with 5 FFs. CB ROBERT ALFORD tied for 5th in NFL with 19 PD. CB RICARDO ALLEN aims for 3rd consecutive postseason game with INT. DT RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN had 1st career postseason sack & 3 TFL in NFC CG. Has 3 sacks in past 5 (incl. postseason).DE TYSON JACKSON had sack & TFL in NFC CG.

 

GAME PREVIEW AND GAME CAPSULES WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

Kyle Davis, Pollard, Smith fuel UD Flyers blowout of Duquesne, 90-53


Kyle Davis (megasportsnews.com)

Scoochie Smith (megasportsnews.com)

Kendall Pollard (megasportsnews.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAYTON FLYERS POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

61,065 Archie Miller Dayton coach On win over Duquesne Team being locked in Kyle Davis back into form 2 4 2018

61,070 Archie Miller Dayton coach On Darrell Davis starting and shooting good total team involvement limiting player minutes late in season 2 4 2017

61,074 Archie Miller Dayton coach On limiting minutes again field goals and assists John Crosby backup point guard 2 4 2017

 

Eight Flyers Score Seven Points Or More In Blowout Victory

DAYTON – The University of Dayton Flyers beat the Duquesne Dukes by a final score of 90-53 Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 13,455 at UD Arena.  The Flyers improved their record to 17-5 and 8-2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.  UD currently holds a half-game lead for first place in the A10.

Kendall Pollard led Dayton with 16 points (6-6 FG) in just 19 minutes of action.  Darrell Davis added 13, and Kyle Davis came off the bench for 12 (5-5 FG, with five assists).  Eight players had at least seven points in the game, and nine had at least one assist.

The Flyers got out to a fast start and never looked back. They did not trail throughout the game, and had three different runs of 10-0 or better in the contest.

Dayton has won two straight and 10 of 12.  This was also the Flyers’ 10th straight win at UD Arena.  Duquesne falls to 9-15 and 2-9 in the conference.

FIRST HALF – Dayton 44, Duquesne 25
  • The two teams traded pairs of baskets in the first two minutes of the game until UD went on a 33-6 spurt that made the score 37-11 with 5:10 left in the half.
  • The Dukes then went on an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 15 with 2:21 to go.
  • UD shot six of 13 from beyond the arc (.462) and had 13 assists from six different players.
  • Dayton shot 18 of 31 from the field .581), while holding Duquesne to 10 of 25 (.400).
  • The Flyers out rebounded the Dukes 20 to 9.
  • UD never trailed.


SECOND HALF – Dayton 90, Duquesne 53
  • The Flyers went on a 33-5 run in the middle of the half to stretch the lead to 46 (82-36) with 5:42 remaining.
  • Seniors scored Dayton’s first 12 points of the half.
  • Duquesne outscored UD 15-6 over the last 4:14 to make the final margin 37 points.
  • The Flyers made 19 of 32 field goals (.594) in the second half.
  • Kyle Davis scored nine of his 12 points in the second half.



BY THE NUMBERS
  • 100% — Seniors Kendall Pollard and Kyle Davis each shot 100% shooting 6-6 and 5-5.
  • 16 — Pollard led the Flyers with 16 points and added five rebounds.
  • 8 — Charles Cooke led the team with eight rebounds
  • 30 — The Flyers finished with 30 assists, which is tied for third-most in school history.
  • 9 — The 30 assists came from nine different players.  Scoochie Smith led with eight, Cooke added six and Davis had five (with zero assists).
  • 29-3 — Davis has a 29-to-2 assist-to-turnover ratio in the A-10.
  • 40 — Dayton out rebounded Duquesne 40 to 26
  • 59 — The Flyers shot 37 of 63 (59 percent) from the floor. UD improved its record to 16-1 this year when connecting on 40 percent or better from the field.
  • 48 — The Flyers dominated points in the paint outscoring the Dukes 48-20
  • 16 — Dayton is 16-0 this season when leading with five minutes left in regulation.
  • 95 — Dayton’s senior class now has 95 wins, two behind the school record for winningest class.
  • 114 — The game was the 114th sellout in UD Arena history.


UP NEXT
  • Dayton remains home to host the Saint Joseph’s Hawks on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. ET.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NHL News: Loose Pucks, Today’s schedule for 2/5/17

 

LOOSE PUCKS
Barry Trotz earned his 693rd career win to pass Dick Irvin (692) for sixth on the NHL’s all-time list among head coaches, as the League-leading Capitals (35-11-6, 76 points) improved to 15-2-1 in their last 18 contests . . . Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek (42 saves) and Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner (37 saves) each recorded their first shutout of the season . . . Taylor Hall scored twice as the Devils extended their road point streak to nine games (8-0-1), including six consecutive wins . . . Ron Hainsey (2-0—2) recorded his first multi-goal game since Dec. 2, 2008 to help the Hurricanes secure their third win in a row . . . Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour (6 GP) and Devils defenseman Seth Helgeson (48 GP) each scored their first NHL goal . . . Drew Doughty (1-7—8 in 7 GP), Patrick Marleau (7-3—10, in 6 GP), Jamie Benn (5-3—8 in 6 GP), Anze Kopitar (2-5—7 in 5 GP), Blake Wheeler (1-6—7 in 5 GP), Patrice Bergeron (3-5—8 in 5 GP) and Brad Marchand (6-4—10 in 5 GP) also extended point streaks . . . The Predators acquired forward Vernon Fiddler from the Devils in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft . . . Martin Brodeur and Al MacInnis, two of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, visited the NHL Centennial Fan Arena in St. Louis on Saturday . . . The Capitals will host Fatima Al Ali, a member of the United Arab Emirates’ women’s national hockey team, this week as part of Hockey is for Everyone month. The Avalanche and Islanders hosted initiatives during home games on Saturday.

SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Los Angeles @ Washington, 12 p.m., NBC
Edmonton @ Montreal, 1 p.m., SN, RDS
Calgary @ NY Rangers, 2 p.m., SN360, MSG
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HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN EDMONTON
The Oilers (28-18-8, 64 points) visit the Canadiens (30-16-7, 67 points) on Rogers Hometown Hockey, which will showcase the city of Edmonton. The Oilers sit five points back of the Sharks (33-17-3, 69 points) for first place in the Pacific Division, while the Canadiens (30-16-7, 67 points) hold a seven point lead atop the Atlantic Division standings. Throughout the 2016-17 season, Sunday games will be broadcast from a different community rink in various towns across Canada. Included in each telecast will be local NHL player profiles, grassroots stories and local entertainment features.

Click here for more details about the festivities in Edmonton.

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY  NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

NHL Game Recaps from Saturday, February 4, 2017: Crosby scores 30th goal; Hat tricks from Granlund and Nylander

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Washington 3, MONTREAL 2
Los Angeles 1, PHILADELPHIA 0 (OT)
COLORADO 5, Winnipeg 2
Toronto 6, BOSTON 5
BUFFALO 4, Ottawa 0
TAMPA BAY 3, Anaheim 2 (SO)
Carolina 5, NY ISLANDERS 4 (OT)
New Jersey 5, COLUMBUS 1
Pittsburgh 4, ST. LOUIS 1
Detroit 1, NASHVILLE 0
Chicago 5, DALLAS 3
Minnesota 6, VANCOUVER 3
Arizona 3, SAN JOSE 2 (SO)

CROSBY SCORES 30TH GOAL, NEARS 1,000 CAREER POINTS IN WIN
Sidney Crosby
(2-1—3) scored twice to become the first player to reach the 30-goal mark this season and lead the Penguins to their seventh win in their past nine games.

* Crosby, who was playing in his 45th game of the season, reached the 30-goal mark for the eighth time in his NHL career. Elias notes that Crosby has scored 30 goals in 45 or fewer games once before – in 2010-11, when he reached the mark in only 37 contests.

* Crosby ranks second in League scoring with 30-29—59 this season, one point back of Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (18-42—60 in 54 GP). The Penguins captain also sits three points shy of becoming the third player in franchise history to record 1,000 career points (368-629—997 in 752 GP).

GRANLUND, NYLANDER NET HAT TRICKS IN VICTORIES
Wild forward Mikael Granlund (3-1—4) and Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (3-0—3) scored their first career hat tricks to propel their clubs to victories:

* Granlund established career highs for goals and points in a game to help the Western Conference-leading Wild (34-12-5, 73 points) improve to 10-3-0 in their past 13 games. Granlund extended his franchise-record point streak to 12 games (5-12—17) to establish the longest such run in the NHL this season.

* Nylander scored two goals in a span of 68 seconds to complete his hat trick – the third by a Maple Leafs player this season – and help Toronto halt a three-game slide. Nylander became the second Maple Leafs rookie to score a hat trick this season, following Auston Matthews’ four-goal performance on opening night. Elias notes only one other season in which two Maple Leafs rookies scored hat tricks: 1926-27, when Ace Bailey and Bill Carson each had one.

DID YOU KNOW?
Brothers Trevor (1-0—1) and James van Riemsdyk (2-0—2) scored the game-winning goals for the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs, respectively. Elias notes that brothers tallied decisive markers on the same day for the first time since Jan. 15, 2011, when Jordan and Eric Staal combined for the feat with the Penguins and Hurricanes respectively.

CARTER, BUDAJ POWER KINGS TO FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WIN
Jeff Carter scored at 2:35 of overtime and Peter Budaj (17 saves) registered his third shutout in his last four starts as the Kings picked up their fifth consecutive win.

* Carter ranks second in the NHL with 27 goals this season and paces all players with nine game-winning goals and four overtime tallies. Elias notes that Carter matched the single season franchise record for overtime goals and is one shy of tying the club record of 10 game-winning goals in a season, a mark set by Charlie Simmer in 1980-81.

* Budaj recorded his League-leading seventh shutout of the season and extended his personal win streak to five games (0.60 GAA, .975 SV%, 3 SO).

 

GAME RESULTS WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

Blue Jackets get hammered 5-1 by New Jersey Devils

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POSTGAME NOTES

 

Columbus Blue Jackets (1) vs. New Jersey Devils (5)
February 4, 2017 – Nationwide Arena (18,566)
Goal Scorers
Columbus: SH – M. Calvert (8)
New Jersey: T. Hall (12), J. Josefson (1), PP – T. Zajac (10), EN – T. Hall (13), S. Helgeson (1) 

Goalies
Columbus: S. Bobrovsky (25 Saves, L)
New Jersey: C. Schneider (31 Saves, W)

The Blue Jackets fell to the New Jersey Devils 5-1 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday night.  New Jersey were up 3-0 after 2 periods and never looked back.

The Jackets never put much pressure on Devils goalie Cory Schneider. At 11:35 in the third period, when Matt Calvert struck for a shorthanded goal.

The CBJ are on the road Tuesday at Detroit.

Blue Jackets:
Coach John Tortorella | Matt Calvert | Nick Foligno | Boone Jenner

Devils:
Coach John Hynes | Taylor Hall | Cory Schneider | Travis Zajac

The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday, February 7 (7:30 p.m. ET) as they visit the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

 

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

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