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Bobrovsky sharp in goal as Blue Jackets hold off Red Wings at soldout Nationwide Arena, 2-1

Blue Jackets honored memory of Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch before (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DETROIT RED WINGS POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE

61,080 Henrik Zetterberg DetroitLW Team lost but many positives for Red Wings 2 11 2017

61,083 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW The Power Play is just a matter of having confidence 2 11 2017

61,084 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Not scoring on the 4 minute power play was tough to swallow 2 11 2017

61,085 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Columbus is a very tough team to play Was this game similar to last week’s game in Detroit 2 11 2017

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE

61,088 Brandon Dubinsky CBJ center His line with Cam Atkinson & Boone Jenner is coming along each game 2 11 2017

61,089 Brandon Dubinsky CBJ center Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was superb tonight 2 11 2017

61,090 Brandon Dubinsky CBJ center On getting David Savard back in lineup to shore up defensive corps 2 11 2017

61,092 Brandon Dubinsky CBJ center This team is in the playoffs How do you handle not letting up to avoid a disaster finish 2 11 2017

 

Red Wings LW Thomas Vanek scored his 14th goal of the year (courtesy Red Wings)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boone Jenner opened the CBJ scoring with his 10th goal. by Lisa Gansky Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

Cam Atkinson scored his team-leading 27th goal in the 2nd period. (2013 photo by Michael Miller via wikipedia commons)


Columbus Blue Jackets (2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (1)
February 11, 2017 – Nationwide Arena (19,143)
Goal Scorers
Columbus: B. Jenner (10), C. Atkinson (27)
Detroit: PP – T. Vanek (14)

Goalies
Columbus: S. Bobrovsky (35 Saves, W)
Detroit: P. Mrazek (37 Saves, L)

The Blue Jackets defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday night.  Attached and linked please find the post-game notes along with post-game audio.

Blue Jackets:
Coach John Tortorella | Brandon Dubinsky | Boone Jenner | David Savard

Red Wings:
Coach Jeff Blashill | Petr Mrazek | Xavier Ouellet | Henrik Zetterberg

The Blue Jackets return to action on Monday, February 13 (7:30 p.m. ET) as they host the New York Rangers at Nationwide Arena.

 

GAME NOTES:

* Columbus has not suffered a 3-game losing streak all season.

* The CBJ are 24-6-3 when scoring the game’s first goal.

* Columbus is 35-14-5 overall for 75 points, good for 3rd in the Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division.

* The CBJ are 19-7-1 for 39 points at home for the season.

* The Blue Jackets are 16-7-4, good for 36 points on the road this season.

* Columbus has the #1 power play in the NHL at 23.6%

* Detroit, very surprisingly has the worst power play in the league at 11.8%.

* Overall in the series, the CBJ are 31-42-13 vs. the Red Wings, including 18-18-8 in Columbus. The Blue Jackets have gone 14-3-2 in the past 18 meetings vs. Detroit. That includes a 7-2-2 record at Nationwide Arena during that time span. Columbus has gone 6-1-1 in its last 8 visits to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit compared to 7-23-4 in the first 34.

* This season, the CBJ are 3-0 vs. the Red Wings. Winning on December 9 at Detroit, 4-1; February 7 at Detroit in overtime, 3-2 and last night, February 11, 2-1.

 

PORTIONS OF GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Quotes from IndyCar’s open testing at Phoenix International Raceway

 

For Immediate Release

“What They’re Saying” from the INDYCAR open test at Phoenix Raceway

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was great to be back in the PPG Chevrolet. We’ve had a great test so far. We’ve been able to work on a lot of different things and compile some good data. It was a long offseason but that was good for me, but now I’m ready to go.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “We’ve accomplished a lot with the Verizon Chevy. The car was good early on yesterday, so that was definitely nice. The transition is going very well, actually. [Engineer] Brian (Campe) is getting used to my terminology and my sensitivities and the other way around. This has been great. We’ve been able to log a lot of track time and work through a ton of things.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “The Hitachi Chevy felt great. I just love driving that thing. I think we got a lot done so far. Everyone gets caught up in the speeds but testing isn’t always about that which is why I feel really good about the work we’ve got in. Earlier today was really special in being a part of the groundbreaking ceremony for the track renovation. I was honored that they asked me to be involved. It sounds like it will add a lot to the experience here when they’re done.”

CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Chevrolet): “There’s a lot to learn in the switch in manufacturers so we have to use our time wisely, keep working and evaluating everything with the ABC Supply Chevrolet. We have a lot of work to do but that’s what testing is for so we can go through things and be ready to go for the race.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “So far so good here. We came here with a pretty comprehensive test plan and shockingly we’ve been able to stick to it. When you get on track and everybody’s around, it’s easy to get away from that plan. We really have work to do to make sure we’re in the best position when we come back here to race. We’re making progress on the car which is the number one thing. As we go through our test list, we’re knocking off items on the list that are really helping. Hoping we have more of that improvement tonight as well.”

MIKHAIL ALESHIN (No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda): “We did a good job in today’s first session, and it was pretty productive; we went through our test plan and everything went perfect. I know we are (currently) the fastest Honda, so that is pretty good, but there are still a lot of things in our plan to work on in the second session. This test has been great. We’re here in Arizona, the weather is great, nice people around and I’m with my team, so I think that’s what matters and I’m really enjoying our time here.”

MAX CHILTON (No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “I’ve really just been focused on getting familiar with the Honda engine and aero package. This is all new to me and there is definitely a lot to learn. The night practice session will be even more crucial for us as it will be as close to race conditions as we get this week. I’m excited and think the Gallagher team is up for the challenge.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “I think the test has gone pretty well so far. We’re just trying to get through our test list. I think we know the types of tracks where we’re going to have a little bit of a deficit. Here and the other short track ovals sort of present the most challenges for us I think. All in all, the car is running pretty well. The Honda engine is great and I’m happy with the drivability to this point.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “How can you not love coming to Phoenix? The place is just fast. It’s a little different to be back here in a Honda after last year, but we’re feeling good as a team with where we are and testing has already been pretty good for us. We spent most of the day yesterday getting up to speed with the track and making sure everything was good to go, then we started running qualifying simulations in the afternoon practice today. We’ll spend all of the session tonight making sure we’re where we need to be from a race setup standpoint so we can hit the ground running when we’re back here in April.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “The Verizon Chevrolet team has gotten a lot done. I’m really looking forward to getting a quick start this season. Last year I wasn’t able to do that. We’ve been very focused here on getting some things sorted out so that we can get out of the gate fast. We had a little change on the timing stand with Jon Bouslog coming over from the No. 2 car, but that hasn’t really effected anything. The communication is good. The car felt very comfortable.”

CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda): “I think we improved the ABC Supply Chevrolet quite a lot from yesterday-especially balance-wise with car. We have more work to do but we’re getting there. It’s our first time with this aero kit so it’s a learning process. I’m happy with the gains we made overnight.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 United Rentals Honda): “It’s always good to be back on track after the offseason. It’s always eye-opening, particularly at a place like this. It wakes you up and gets the blood flowing in a hurry. It’s good to just get back into the rhythm of everything. With the two-day test here it almost feels like a race weekend in many ways. Most of our oval races are two day weekends. Competition wise everything is good. We obviously would like to find a little bit of pace but in general there are a lot of positives that have come from this test. We’re excited to get another session in and see if we can improve the car.”

[Following contact in Turn 2 during Practice 4] “(Josef) Newgarden had just come out of the pits and I was trying to get a run on him going down the back to get clear of him and catch back up to the group that I was behind. The thing was building understeer up until that point and, once I got close to him, the rear just went. It’s unfortunate, the guys certainly don’t need any more work and I obviously didn’t want to bring the thing home on the wrecker. I don’t think the damage is extensive but it’s enough to tick us off. It’s frustrating because the test has been going good. To end it that way is disappointing.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): “We’re still looking for a bit of extra speed, but so is everybody else. We obviously looked pretty settled straight away because Ed (Jones) had that rookie day on Wednesday. We’re both pretty comfortable, had the opportunity to shake his car down and do 10 laps like you can when there is a rookie day like that, so that gives you a little bit of extra confidence and we could run a fairly trim car straight away, so we could look good for the first half hour, but really that didn’t last very long. We got to the thick of it today and really trimmed the car out pretty much what we got, but you can always make small adjustments after that, get the balance a little closer so you get a bit less scrub and this and that. But you know, after that, the racing is quite a bit different, and you’ve got to have a big game of patience. So that’s what we’re going to be working on mostly tonight.”

ED JONES [R] (No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): “Overall it’s been a good couple of days. The first session yesterday went really well but I struggled a little bit more in the night session when we were simulating race running. It was my first time running like that so it was a lot to take in. We were also practicing pit stops without laps and in laps. We knew it was going to be hard but I guess that it’s just part of the learning process and I’ll be better next time. I feel comfortable in the car. I also think a lot of the guys went on low trim runs as well so that’s why they did so many quick times. We left it on high downforce the whole time making it hard to compare. I have some catching up to do on that side because I haven’t had that experience before but it’s all part of the learning curve.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): “We had good cars here last year. I think JR (Hildebrand) was the only one faster (than the track record). 19.09 (sec/lap), I think. It’s fine. It’s an open test. It’s a continuation from last year. We had good cars. We were fortunate enough to be part of the tire test team here last fall, so you know, in that regard I think we had a little bit of a jump start on this tire, maybe relative to some of the other guys. So that’s always nice to get that opportunity. We’re thankful for Firestone to do that. So we had been here on this tire. Obviously JR hadn’t, but the team has done a good job. We’ve gone through some changes, but the guys have kept their head down. We still have the same goals of competing for race wins, competing for the championship, Indy 500, and this is an important race. It’s the first oval of the year. You want to come and set of set the tone for the ovals here just as St. Pete is important to kick off the season and set the tone for the road and street courses. The guys have been working hard, and it doesn’t really count, doesn’t mean much today, but at the same time it is fun to be up at the top and reward the guys for hard work this offseason.”

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): “I think being able to jump in at Iowa this last year was really helpful for me coming here, just to have a little bit of a — Phoenix is different, but it’s more similar to Iowa than it used to be I think in a lot of ways, and not just giving me a chance to get on the short oval aero package and kind of understand what the team’s setup kind of dynamic is, I guess. Definitely helped for me to just get up so speed more quickly that I had that little bit of familiarity with it. We rolled off the truck kind of as we would say just in the window, so it was a lot of just being able to — what we’ve been doing is sort of tailoring the cars to our individual needs, and those aren’t that different, so both of us sort of then working together with our teams to benefit from each other along the way. So that’s all gone smoothly thus far, and we’ll get some more race running in this afternoon and hopefully start off the races — coming back here in a month or two.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda): “It’s been a very good test, very good start with Andretti Autosport. My first official test with the team. Everything was smooth and the car worked well. We learned a lot and we still need to come back here, there is a lot of work to be done. The amount of data the four cars get makes me so excited to work with the team. I am very happy.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 27 hhgregg Honda): “Overall, it’s really great to be back in the car. We spent some time at Phoenix working in a few different directions, and you can’t take too much away from the times because the whole field is working on different things. The hhgregg boys looked good on practice stops, Bryan (Herta) and I are getting along great and we’re learning some things about the car. Not a bad start to the season so far.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “It’s great to get the DHL Honda back in action. It’s nice to be back in the testing mode, getting ready for the race season. We’re back at work full swing. Looking forward to getting back to St. Pete, starting the season off. Hopefully we can find a little bit more speed here and be ready for the Phoenix race when we come back. It would be great to give DHL, Honda and AutoNation a win at our first oval of the year.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Tresiba Honda): “We’re just learning about how the new Honda engine and aero kit reacts to changes and working through race and qualifying setups. We did a little bit of race work yesterday during the day and then trimmed some down to get closer to a qualifying setup last night. We spent the afternoon of Day 2 doing some qualifying work just trimming downforce out and trying to get the drag out of it. We need to see how the car reacts in both speed and what we need to do on the engine side, but also the balance of the car and any adjustments we need to make before we come back on the race weekend. Tonight the plan is to do some race work and maybe even some full tank runs and see how the car does on a full tank and how it runs in traffic. There’s so much we have to learn, so we’re just trying to get as much information as possible before we come back during the season.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda): [On contact with wall in Turn 2] “I’m not completely sure what happened because the car felt fine – it just got loose and snapped. The car was good going into Turn 1, I went down to the bottom and the back end came out. The test has been productive overall, so this is a pretty big setback. The car has been great this weekend and I’m really happy with the progress we’ve made ahead of this incident. This was my first real contact with the wall – better here than in qualifying or the race – and it won’t stop me from pushing hard.”

 

 

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IndyCar has open test at Phoenix International Raceway

 

The Phoenix International Raceway in 2011. The Gila and Salt River Meridian is located atop Monument Hill in the background. By Paul Dubbelman - CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

For Immediate Release

Competition runs strong and deep at Phoenix Raceway open test

AVONDALE, Ariz. (Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017) – Two days of on-track testing for 21 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and teams were literally like day and night.

Cars carrying Chevrolet engines and aero kits dominated the day sessions of the Phoenix Raceway open test, while those with Honda equipment filled the top of the leaderboard for the night practices. So, following 12 on-track hours and more than 5,000 laps run on the 1.022-mile oval, the competition for the upcoming 17-race season may be as tight as ever. That’s saying something since the last 11 season championships have been decided at the final race.

PHOENIX RACEWAY OPEN TEST RESULTS: Practice 3Practice 4Combined results

JR Hildebrand, who returns to a full-season ride this year with Ed Carpenter Racing, claimed the honor of best lap of the weekend at 193.234 mph (19.0401 seconds) in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. The lap came early in this afternoon’s session and was better than the track record established last year by Helio Castroneves. Hildebrand’s lap is not considered an official record because it did not take place during qualifications or the race.

“We’d certainly rather be quick than not and we felt good about the laps we’ve been putting in,” Hildebrand said at the time. “We were running at a really good time of day. The conditions tailed off a little after we ran our time. We went back out later trying to go even quicker and had a little bit of a moment.”

Hildebrand had a bigger moment in tonight’s final practice, crashing into the Turn 4 SAFER Barrier with less than 30 minutes remaining in the three-hour session. It was one of five incidents on the day, though no drivers were injured.

“(I) just clipped Will (Power) with the right front wing on his left rear pod and it must have just torn off part of the front wing,” Hildebrand explained. “I bent it into Turn 3 and was being cautious with it, but I just picked up huge understeer from not having part of the front wing. Couldn’t really avoid getting to the outside wall there, tried to hit the brakes to slow down and it just turned me straight into the inside wall on the front straightaway.”

Ed Carpenter, Hildebrand’s teammate and boss, had the second-best overall lap of the weekend at 192.404 mph in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, also logged in today’s afternoon practice. The top five spots in the daytime session were filled by Chevy cars, a day after the bowtie brigade held the top four spots.

Tonight’s final practice – when cars were fitted into race trim – saw five Honda entries at the top. Ryan Hunter-Reay set the pace in the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport at 189.716 mph. Sebastien Bourdais was second tonight in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda at 189.495 mph. Honda cars claimed the first six positions on the speed chart in Friday’s night practice.

“The team did a really good job and we got a lot of really good information,” said Bourdais, the four-time Indy car champion who finished in the top 10 of all four open test practices. “Picking a downforce level will be critical when we come back (for the race). It’s going to be a ton hotter than it is now. We’re just going have to think long and hard about it and see what we come up with. It’s definitely not representative now, especially in the night session, of what we’re going to be facing in April. Hopefully, we have what we need.”

In addition to Hildebrand, today’s on-track incidents involved Alexander Rossi, Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato, Josef Newgarden and Bourdais.

Less than five minutes into the afternoon session, Rossi – last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner and Sunoco Rookie of the Year for both that historic race and the entire Verizon IndyCar Series season – spun in the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian and backed into the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier.

“I’m not completely sure what happened because the car felt fine – it just got loose and snapped,” Rossi said. “The car was good going into Turn 1, I went down to the bottom and the back end came out. The test has been productive overall, so this is a pretty big setback. This was my first real contact with the wall – better here than in qualifying or the race – and it won’t stop me from pushing hard.”

Thirty minutes into the evening session, Rahal had a similar spin and impact in the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.

“The thing was building understeer up until that point and, once I got close to (Newgarden), the rear just went,” Rahal said. “It’s unfortunate, the guys certainly don’t need any more work and I obviously didn’t want to bring the thing home on the wrecker.”

With just more than an hour remaining in the night practice, Sato spun and backed into the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier.

“We were doing a (run) in qualifying trim, and it looks like we just lost the rear on the second lap,” Sato said. “We need to investigate it, but it looks like we were too light on downforce.”

With 30 minutes left in the night practice, Newgarden’s No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet made light contact with Bourdais as they battled into Turn 1. Both cars continued after touching and returned to pit lane.

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season opens with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit March 12 (noon ET, ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network). The Phoenix Grand Prix is the fourth race of the season on April 29 (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

Castroneves digs chance to assist Phoenix project groundbreaking

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves earned Phoenix Raceway’s “Speed King” moniker and a real crown last year when he won the Phoenix Grand Prix’s pole position by officially setting the track record on the historic 1.022-mile oval with a stunning lap of 192.631 mph and two-lap average of 192.324.

Today, the Brazilian broke new ground. Literally.

Castroneves traded his No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet for a different kind of machine prior to the final day of the two-day Verizon IndyCar Series open test – an excavator.

Castroneves was asked to officially break ground for the “Phoenix Raceway Project powered by DC Solar,” a $178 million modernization for the facility that hosts the Verizon IndyCar Series race. He joined Bryan Sperber, the Phoenix Raceway president, and Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations, as well as other dignitaries including 1983 Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva for the ceremony outside Turn 2.

The Team Penske driver took controls of the excavator to do the honors of digging up the first shovelful of dirt.

“That was something,” said Castroneves. “It was the first time I was in one of those machines. Normally I’m told not to break things. This is the first time they are telling me to actually break things.”

Frye was honored that members of INDYCAR played a central role in the ceremony, making it part of the track’s Prix View day that allowed fans to attend track action and the groundbreaking free of charge.

“We’re certainly very proud to be part of it,” Frye said. “We’re very proud to be here and to be back here. It’s spectacular what they are doing to this facility. It’s already a great facility, a great setting, great area and great history. Now it’s going to have spectacular amenities, great for the fans, so it’s a really great time for us to be back.”

Late-night icon Leno takes wheel of Indy car

Four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon took on driving instructor duties today, but his student was no ordinary novice.

Comedian and former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno was at Phoenix Raceway today, driving an Indy car under the watchful eyes of Dixon for an upcoming segment of “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. The episode slated for July airing will also include a segment taped two weeks ago when Leno went on a ride-along with Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner Sam Schmidt in the Arrow semi-autonomous motorcar (SAM) Corvette that the quadriplegic Schmidt drives using breath, voice and head movements.

Following instructions this morning from Dixon in the Chip Ganassi Racing pit, Leno turned laps on the Phoenix Raceway oval in one of the INDYCAR Experience single-seaters – at speeds less than half the 190 mph or so that Dixon averages in his No. 9 Honda. Nevertheless, Leno – the self-described car fanatic – was thrilled with the experience.

“Really fun,” Leno said. “I’ve driven cars with more power but not that much grip. The level of grip in these is unbelievable. Doing road cars on an oval or something, you feel it start to slip, and this doesn’t move at all. It’s just planted. That’s the biggest difference, I think.”

Leno’s connection to Indy car racing is extended. He was the honorary pace car driver for the 1999 Indianapolis 500. He was treated to an Indy car two-seater ride two years ago at Auto Club Speedway with legend Mario Andretti at the wheel.

Dixon enjoyed the experience of working with the iconic television star.

“It’s great to see his passion for racing and how knowledgeable he was on the whole INDYCAR field and drivers and different eras,” Dixon said. “But it was also nice just to chat about different cars, about the new Ford GT and different things.

“He did a really good job (driving) and he’s not scared. He’s really laid back, relaxed. I think for a lot of people this would be a daunting experience, but he definitely took it in stride and really seemed to enjoy it.”

 

 

 

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NHL News: Loose Pucks, Sunday February 12, 2017 6-game schedule

 

LOOSE PUCKS
Patrik Berglund recorded his first career hat trick (611 GP) to lead the Blues to their fourth straight victory . . . Patrick Kane tallied 1-2—3 extend his point streak to five games (4-5—9) and help the Blackhawks push their win streak to five games . . . Nicklas Backstrom (1-2—3) eclipsed the 700 career point milestone while extending his point streak to seven games (4-9—13). He shares second in the NHL with 17-43—60 this season . . . Stars forward Patrick Eaves scored twice while playing in his 600th career game to establish a career high for goals in a season (21) . . . Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson recorded his first career hat trick (115 GP) . . . Sharks forward Patrick Marleau reached the 20-goal mark for the 14th time in 19 NHL seasons, extending his point streak to nine games (8-5—13) . . . Artem Anisimov (CHI) and Mark Stone (OTT) reached the 20-goal mark for the second and third consecutive seasons, respectively . . . Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (35 saves) recorded his 30th win of the season to move back into a share of the League lead (with Devan Dubnyk) . . . Forwards Brett Connolly (4-4—8 in 6 GP), J.T. Miller (2-8—10 in 6 GP) and Kyle Okposo (2-3—5 in 5 GP) extended their points streaks . . . Penguins forward Josh Archibald (2-0—2) scored his first NHL goals (2 GP) . . . The Bruins and Maple Leafs each hosted events in support of Hockey Is For Everyone month . . . The Blue Jackets honored late Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch before their game against Detroit . . . Members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots participated in the ceremonial face-off at TD Garden.

SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
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San Jose @ New Jersey, 12:30 p.m., SN360, SN1, MSG+, CSN-CA
Detroit @ Minnesota, 3 p.m., NBC
Dallas @ Nashville, 6 p.m., TVAS, FS-TN, FS-SW
Colorado @ NY Islanders, 6 p.m., MSG+, ALT
Montreal @ Boston, 7:30 p.m., SN, NBCSN, RDS
Vancouver @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m., MSG-B, SNP
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STARS TAKE CENTER STAGE ON SIX-GAME SUNDAY
An Original Six rivalry will be renewed in a game televised nationally in both Canada and the U.S. during a six-game Sunday slate:

* In Canada, Rogers Hometown Hockey stops in Cochrane, Alta., as the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens (31-18-8, 70 points) and Bruins (28-23-6, 62 points) clash at TD Garden in their final meeting of 2016-17. Montreal has won 15 of their past 19 regular-season games against Boston dating to March 3, 2013 (MTL: 15-3-1; BOS: 4-13-2), including a 2-0-1 mark this season (BOS: 1-2-0). 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.

* In the U.S., Shea Weber and the Canadiens visit Brad Marchand and the Bruins on NBCSN in the second half of a doubleheader on Star Sunday. The broadcast begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBC when Devan Dubnyk and the Western Conference-leading Wild (36-12-6, 78 points) host Henrik Zetterberg and the Red Wings (22-23-10, 54 points). Airing most Sundays through the end of the regular season, NBC Sports’ Star Sunday games will shine a spotlight on a star from each team throughout the telecast, from pre-game features to an iso cam during game action.

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NHL scores & results from Saturday, February 11, 2017: Lundqvist earns 400th win; Anderson posts shutout in return to ice; Capitals streaks still alive

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
OTTAWA 3, NY Islanders 0
BOSTON 4, Vancouver 3
PHILADELPHIA 2, San Jose 1 (OT)
DALLAS 5, Carolina 2
Florida 7, NASHVILLE 4
COLUMBUS 2, Detroit 1
Tampa Bay 4, WINNIPEG 1
Buffalo 3, TORONTO 1
St. Louis 4, MONTREAL 2
NY RANGERS 4, Colorado 2
WASHINGTON 6, Anaheim 4
ARIZONA 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Chicago 5, EDMONTON 1

LUNDQVIST RECORDS 400TH WIN AS RANGERS EXTEND WIN STREAK
Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves to record his 400th career NHL victory and help the Rangers extend their win streak to five games, including a sweep of their four-game homestand.

* Lundqvist (Are, Sweden) became the first European-born goaltender in NHL history to record 400 wins. He sits alone in 12th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list, one back of tying Chris Osgood (401) for 11th place.

* Elias notes that Lundqvist, who has played each of his 727 career games with the Rangers, required the fewest appearances to record 400 wins to best the mark previously held by Martin Brodeur (735 GP). Lundqvist also became the third goaltender to register 400 wins with one franchise, joining Brodeur (688 w/ NJD) and Tony Esposito (418 w/ CHI).

ANDERSON POSTS SHUTOUT IN RETURN TO SENATORS’ NET
Craig Anderson denied all 33 shots he faced in his first appearance in more than two months to record his fourth shutout of the season and backstop the Senators to victory. Anderson took a leave of absence after his last start on Dec. 5 to be with his wife, Nicholle, during her cancer treatment.

* Anderson became the second goaltender in franchise history to record four shutouts within his first 20 appearances in a season. He and teammate Mike Condon (4 SO) are the first pair of Senators goaltenders to record at least four shutouts apiece in the same season.

CAPITALS HOLD OFF DUCKS TO KEEP STREAKS ALIVE
The Capitals led 3-0 and 4-1 before Zach Sanford (first NHL goal) scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:39 remaining in regulation to lift Washington to its 12th straight win at Verizon Center, one shy of the longest home win streak in franchise history (Jan. 5 – March 6, 2010: 13-0-0).

* Elias notes that the League-leading Capitals (39-11-6, 84 points), who also posted a 12-game win streak at Verizon Center in 2015-16, became the second team in NHL history to post home win streaks of at least 12 games in back-to-back seasons (also PIT: 2012-13 and 2013-14).

* Washington scored at least five goals for the 11th consecutive home game, scoring 60 times in that span. Elias notes that only one other team in NHL history has accomplished the feat: the 1970-71 Bruins (78 goals in 11 GP).

Braden Holtby (18 saves) won his 14th consecutive decision to match the second-longest personal win streak in NHL history – becoming the second goaltender to achieve the feat this season (Sergei Bobrovsky: 14-0-0 from Nov. 29 to Jan. 3). Boston’s Gilles Gilbert is the only NHL goaltender to post a single-season win streak of more than 14 games (17-0-0 in 1975-76).

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF RACE REMAINS LOG JAM
A number of clubs earned wins Saturday to keep pace in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race:

David Pastrnak, who has 5-4—9 in his past four games, scored the tiebreaking goal with two minutes remaining as the Bruins picked up their second straight win.

Wayne Simmonds scored on a breakaway in the extra frame – his first career overtime goal (661 GP) – as the Flyers halted a three-game skid.

Jaromir Jagr, who will celebrate his 45th birthday on Wednesday, scored one of the Panthers’ season-high seven goals to move within one point of 1,900 in his NHL career (759-1,140—1,899 in 1,683 GP).

Victor HedmanOndrej Palat and Brayden Point each posted 1-1—2 as the Lightning extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1).

Jack Eichel (0-3—3), Evander Kane (2-0—2) and Sam Reinhart (1-1—2) combined for 3-4—7 as the Sabres won for the third time in the past five games.

 

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

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