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NHL Morning Skate for Thursday, March 29, 2018: Maple Leafs establish franchise records with another home win; Giroux moves into third in NHL scoring; Kuznetsov completes Capitals rally with OT goal

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WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
TORONTO 4, Florida 3

WASHINGTON 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)

Arizona 3, VEGAS 2

Philadelphia 2, COLORADO 1

MAPLE LEAFS SET FRANCHISE RECORDS WITH ANOTHER HOME WIN
Four different player scored – including Auston Matthews’ 30th goal of the season – to help the Maple Leafs (46-24-7, 99 points) establish franchise records for overall wins and home victories (27) in a single season.
* The Maple Leafs surpassed their overall win benchmark of 45, achieved in 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2003-04. Their 27 home wins bested the 26 they recorded at Air Canada Centre in 2005-06.

 

* Matthews became the third Maple Leafs player with 30 goals this season, joining James van Riemsdyk (35) and Nazem Kadri (30). Toronto last had three 30-goal scorers in the same season in 1995-96, when Mike Gartner (35), Mats Sundin (33) and Doug Gilmour (32) all reached the milestone.
* Matthews, who netted 40 goals in his Calder Trophy-winning campaign in 2016-17, became just the third player in Maple Leafs history to begin his NHL career with consecutive 30-goal seasons.

* Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) also became the fifth U.S.-born player with 30 goals in each of his first two NHL seasons. The others: Bobby Carpenter (1981-82 and 1982-83), Mark Pavelich (1981-82 and 1982-83), Jimmy Carson (1986-87 and 1987-88) and Tony Amonte (1991-92 and 1992-93).

GIROUX CLIMBS ART ROSS RACE IN FLYERS’ VICTORY
Claude Giroux and Ivan Provorov both scored to help the Flyers (39-25-14, 92 points) extend their point streak to seven contests (4-0-3). Philadelphia leapfrogged idle Columbus (43-29-5, 91 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division and also moved into a tie – in terms of points– with No. 2 Pittsburgh (43-28-6, 92 points).

 

* Giroux (27-66—93) opened the scoring to extend his point streak to six contests (1-9—10) and match his single-season career high, set in 2011-12 (28-65—93). He also moved into a tie with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (42-51—93) for third place in the Art Ross Trophy race.

Shayne Gostisbehere collected the primary assist on Giroux’s tally to boost his season totals to 13-47—60 and become just the fourth different defenseman in Flyers history to record 60 points in a season.

 

KUZNETSOV NETS OT WINNER TO COMPLETE CAPS’ LATE-GAME RALLY
Lars Eller tied the game with 1:05 remaining in the third period and Evgeny Kuznetsov (1-1—2) scored 38 seconds into overtime to lift the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals (46-24-7, 99 points) to their fifth straight win overall and seventh consecutive home victory.
* The Capitals moved seven points ahead of the second-place Penguins (43-28-6, 92 points) in the Metropolitan Division, with one head-to-head matchup remaining this season (April 1 at PIT).

* Kuznetsov posted his sixth straight multi-point game dating to March 12 (5-8—13). He also boosted his season totals to 25-52—77, matching a career high set in 2015-16 (20-57—77).
* Washington tied a game with less than two minutes remaining in regulation for the third time this season (also: T.J. Oshie at 18:59 on Oct. 20 at DET and Nicklas Backstrom at 19:43 on Feb. 11 vs. DET). Teams that tie a contest in the final two minutes of the third period improved to 34-0-39 overall in 2017-18.

KELLER PUSHES POINT STREAK TO 10 CONTESTS

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller collected an assist to extend his point streak to 10 games (5-9—14), extending the longest such run by a rookie this season. Keller became the fourth rookie in Coyotes/Jets history to register a point streak of at least 10 games; the other three all achieved the feat during the 1992-93 campaign.

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LIGHTNING, BRUINS BATTLE FOR FIRST IN ATLANTIC

The top spot in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference is on the line when the first-place Lightning (51-21-4, 106 points), who have held the division’s No. 1 seed since Oct. 19, visit the second-place Bruins (47-17-11, 105 points) at TD Garden. This marks the third of four meetings between the clubs this season – Boston has won both previous contests (TBL: 0-2-0).

 

* In their first meeting on Nov. 29, the Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead before hanging on for a 3-2 victory in Boston. On March 17, Bruins goaltenderTuukka Rask made 23 saves in a 3-0 triumph to hand the Lightning – who lead the NHL with 273 goals – their only shutout loss of the season. The teams will meet for a final time on April 3 at AMALIE Arena in Tampa Bay.

 

SHARKS VISIT PREDATORS IN WESTERN CONFERENCE SHOWDOWN

Two of the hottest teams in the NHL go head-to-head when the Sharks (44-23-10, 98 points), who have points in nine straight games (8-0-1), visit the League-leading Predators (49-16-11, 109 points), who are 15-2-2 in their last 19 contests, at Bridgestone Arena.

 

* The Predators can reach 50 wins in a season for the second time in franchise history (51 in 2006-07), while the Sharks are looking for the eighth 100-point season in club history and first since 2013-14 (51-22-9, 111 points).


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ICYMI, NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, March 28, 2018: Blue Jackets score seven unanswered goals to rally past Oilers; McDavid eclipses 100 points, pads lead in Art Ross race; Jets sweep six-game homestand

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TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

NEW JERSEY 4, Carolina 3

NY Islanders 4, OTTAWA 3

DETROIT 5, Pittsburgh 2

ST. LOUIS 3, San Jose 2 (OT)

NASHVILLE 2, Minnesota 1 (SO)

WINNIPEG 5, Boston 4 (SO)

DALLAS 3, Philadelphia 2 (OT)

Columbus 7, EDMONTON 3

VANCOUVER 4, Anaheim 1

 

QUICK HITS

Thomas Vanek scored three of the Blue Jackets’ seven goals to record the 11th hat trick of his NHL career.

 

Connor McDavid posted multiple points for the fourth straight game to become the first player to eclipse 100 this season.

 

* The Jets swept their six-game homestand and earned their League-leading 30th home win of 2017-18 overall.

 

BLUE JACKETS SCORE SEVEN UNANSWERED GOALS TO RALLY PAST OILERS

The Blue Jackets (43-29-5, 91 points) overcame a 3-0 deficit in the first period and scored four more unanswered goals to rally past the Oilers and improve to 11-1-0 in their last 12 games. Columbus, which matched a season high with seven goals, sits third in the Metropolitan Division, one point back of Pittsburgh (43-28-6, 92 points).

 

Thomas Vanek (3-1—4) scored his 11th career hat trick and first since being acquired by the Blue Jackets on Feb. 26. Only four active NHL players have recorded more: Alex Ovechkin (20), Marian Gaborik (14), Eric Staal (14) and Evgeni Malkin (12).

 

* Vanek has scored at least one hat trick with four different franchises (BUF, CBJ, MTL, VAN), two shy of the NHL record held by Bill Guerin (BOS, DAL, NJD, NYI, SJS, STL).

McDAVID ECLIPSES 100 POINTS, PADS LEAD IN ART ROSS RACE

Oilers captain Connor McDavid (40-62—102) collected 1-2—3 to reach the 40-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career and record his second straight 100-point campaign. McDavid, who overtook Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (38-58—96) for the most points in the NHL on Saturday, opened a six-point lead in the Art Ross Trophy race.

 

* The 21-year-old became just the seventh player in NHL history to record multiple 100-point campaigns before his 22nd birthday. The others: Wayne Gretzky (4), Dale Hawerchuk (3), Mario Lemieux (3), Sidney Crosby (3), Jimmy Carson (2) and Joe Sakic (2).

 

* McDavid looks to become the first player to win the Art Ross Trophy in consecutive seasons since Jaromir Jagr claimed the scoring title in four straight campaigns from 1997-98 to 2000-01.

JETS SWEEP SIX-GAME HOMESTAND

The Bruins rallied from 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3 deficits, but Patrik Laine scored the decisive shootout marker to help the Jets (47-19-10, 104 points) sweep their six-game homestand. Winnipeg is second in the Central Division, five points behind Nashville (49-16-11, 109 points).

 

* The Jets lead the NHL with a franchise-record 30 home wins this season (30-7-2, 62 points) and swept a homestand of at least six games for the first time in club history. Winnipeg became the third team to sweep a six-game homestand this season, joining Florida and Boston.

 

* Winnipeg improved to 10-2-1 since March 1 and matched its franchise record for most wins in a calendar month, a mark set in December 2000 as the Thrashers and matched in December 2011 as the Jets. Winnipeg has two games remaining in March.

 

Brandon Tanev (3-0—3) scored the first hat trick of his NHL career, while Connor Hellebuyck (28 saves) became the first goaltender in Jets/Thrashers franchise history to reach the 40-win mark in a season (40-11-9; 2.38 GAA, .923 SV%, 6 SO).

BLUES, DEVILS SECURE KEY WINS IN PURSUIT OF A PLAYOFF BERTH

The Blues (43-28-5, 91 points) and Devils (40-28-8, 88 points) each secured key wins as they pursue a berth in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

 

* Vladimir Tarasenko (2-0—2) scored his franchise-record ninth career regular-season overtime goal as the Blues earned their sixth straight victory, while simultaneously snapping the Sharks’ win streak at eight games. St. Louis leapfrogged Colorado (41-27-8, 90 points) and Anaheim (39-25-13, 91 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

 

* Tarasenko (31-31—62) eclipsed the 30-goal mark for the fourth time in his NHL career. He became the fifth player in franchise history to record at least four 30-goal seasons with the Blues, joining Garry Unger (8), Brett Hull (8), Bernie Federko (7) and Brian Sutter (6).

 

* Kyle Palmieri (2-1—3) tied the game in the third period and Stefan Noesen scored the go-ahead goal with 1:33 remaining in regulation to lift the Devils to their third straight win. New Jersey occupies the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference and is three points ahead of Florida (39-28-7, 85 points).

 

Taylor Hall (33-52—85) collected three helpers to become the first Devils player to eclipse the 50-assist mark in a season since Patrik Elias in 2011-12 (52). His 85 points are the most by a Devils player since Zach Parise in 2008-09 (45-49—94).

 

LEAGUE-LEADING PREDATORS INCH CLOSER TO FRANCHISE RECORDS

The Wild tied the game with 3:15 remaining in regulation, but Kyle Turris (0-1—1) scored the decisive shootout marker to power the League-leading Predators (49-16-11, 109 points) to a 10-2-2 record since March 1. Nashville moved within one point and two wins of matching its single-season franchise records, set in 2006-07 (51-23-8, 110 points).

 

* Nashville, which has two games remaining in March, moved within one win of matching its franchise record for most in a calendar month (11), a mark set in March 2010 and matched in January 2012.

 

RESURGENT STAAL REACHES 40-GOAL MARK

Wild forward Eric Staal (40-33—73) scored to reach the 40-goal mark for the third time in his NHL career and first since 2008-09 (40 w/ CAR). He is just the second player in League history to have at least eight seasons between 40-goal campaigns, joining Gordie Howe.

* Staal became the second player in franchise history to reach the 40-goal mark in a season, joining Marian Gaborik in 2007-08 (42).

 

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MAPLE LEAFS HOST SURGING PANTHERS

The Maple Leafs (45-24-7, 97 points) can establish single-season franchise records for overall and home wins with a victory over the surging Panthers (39-28-7, 85 points), who own a 13-3-1 record in their last 17 games.

 

Auston Matthews (29-24—53) aims to reach the 30-goal mark for the second time in as many seasons. He would become the third Maple Leafsplayer to score at least 30 goals in each of his first two NHL seasons among players to debut with the franchise, joining Wendel Clark (1985-86, 1986-87) and Daniel Marois (1988-89, 1989-90).

 

Vincent Trocheck (30-39—69) looks to become the second Panthers player to reach the 70-point mark this season, joining Aleksander Barkov(26-49—75). It would mark the second time in franchise history where multiple Florida players recorded at least 70 points in a season and first since 1999-00 (Pavel BureRay Whitney and Viktor Kozlov).

 

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ICYMI, NHL Morning Skate for Tuesday, March 27, 2018: Vegas clinches playoff berth to continue unprecedented season; Sharks extend win streak to eight games; Kings, Panthers aid playoff push with shutouts

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MONDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Buffalo 3, TORONTO 2

Florida 3, NY ISLANDERS 0

CAROLINA 4, Ottawa 1

Washington 4, NY RANGERS 2

MONTREAL 4, Detroit 2

Arizona 4, TAMPA BAY 1

San Jose 4, CHICAGO 3 (SO)

VEGAS 4, Colorado 1

LOS ANGELES 3, Calgary 0

 

QUICK HITS

* The expansion Golden Knights won to clinch a historic postseason appearance.

 

* San Jose won its eighth consecutive game, the longest active win streak in the NHL.

 

Alex Ovechkin scored his 45th goal of the season, padding his League lead.

 

VEGAS CLINCHES PLAYOFF BERTH TO CONTINUE UNPRECEDENTED SEASON

After rallying a city with an 8-1-0 start to their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights (48-21-7, 103 points) won to become the third expansion team since 1968-69 – and first to start from scratch – to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 1979-80, the Hartford Whalers and Edmonton Oilers each reached the postseason after joining the NHL from the World Hockey Association.

Major North American Professional Sports History

The following information focuses on the Golden Knights’ achievement as it relates to the broader North American professional sports landscape, compiled with help from the Elias Sports Bureau. It includes franchises to join the NHL after 1967-68 and is based on the following timeframes for the other three major professional leagues: since 1961 for MLB and NFL; and since 1961-62 for NBA.

 

* In addition to the Golden Knights, Oilers and Whalers, only four other expansion clubs from any of the four North American professional sports leagues qualified for the playoffs.

 

* The four other expansion clubs to reach the playoffs – all from the NBA – are the 1966-67 Chicago Bulls, 1976-77 Denver Nuggets, 1976-77 San Antonio Spurs and 2002-03 New Orleans Hornets. The Nuggets and Spurs joined from the defunct American Basketball Association, while the newly-formed Bulls were part of an eight-team playoff bracket in a 10-team league. The Hornets, meanwhile, relocated from Charlotte but are considered an expansion franchise by the NBA.

 

NHL History

The following information focuses on the Golden Knights’ achievement as it relates to NHL history, dating back to 1917-18.

 

Among clubs to join the NHL in the past 27 years, three clinched their first postseason berth in their third season: Sharks in 1993-94, Panthers in 1995-96 and Wild in 2002-03. All three won their first series, with Minnesota reaching the Conference Finals and Florida advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

 

* Playing under different rules and circumstances, 11 other franchises reached the playoffs in their first NHL season:

Inside Vegas’ Clinching Victory

Vegas earned its clinching victory exactly six months after hosting its first preseason game at T-Mobile Arena. Monday’s contest saw Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson each post 1-2—3 and Marc-Andre Fleury make 28 saves as the Golden Knights maintained their six-point lead atop the Pacific Division – a position they have held since Dec. 27.

 

* Marchessault (25-47—72) eclipsed the 70-point mark for first time in his NHL career and became the 10th player in League history to record at least 70 points while playing for a team in its inaugural season (last: Brian Bradley in 1992-93 w/ TBL).

 

* Karlsson (40-29—69) reached the 40-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career and became the eighth player in League history to record at least 40 goals while playing for a team in its inaugural season (last: Bradley in 1992-93 w/ TBL).

 

* Fleury, meanwhile, earned his 403rd career win to move into a tie with Grant Fuhr for 11th place on the NHL’s all-time list.

 

SHARKS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO EIGHT GAMES

Kevin Labanc scored the decisive shootout marker to power the Sharks to their eighth consecutive victory. San Jose (44-23-9, 97 points) ranks second behind Vegas (48-21-7, 103 points) in the Pacific Division; the clubs will conclude their four-game season series on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena (VGK: 2-0-1; SJS: 1-1-1).

 

* The Sharks have won at least eight consecutive games for the sixth time in franchise history and first since 2010-11 (8-0-0).

 

Martin Jones (28 saves) improved to 7-0-0 in his last seven appearances dating to March 12 (2.38 GAA, .919 SV%). He became the first Sharksgoaltender to post a win streak of at least seven games since Antti Niemi in 2014-15 (7-0-0).

 

KINGS, PANTHERS AID PLAYOFF PUSH WITH SHUTOUTS

Jonathan Quick made 23 saves as the Kings (42-28-7, 91 points) blanked the Flames to leapfrog the Blues (42-28-5, 89 points) and Avalanche (41-27-8, 90 points) into the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. Los Angeles is also tied with Anaheim (39-24-13, 91 points) for the third-most points in the Pacific Division; they visit the Ducks on Friday and host the Avalanche on Monday.

 

James Reimer turned aside all 32 shots he faced to record his fourth shutout of the season and backstop the Panthers (39-28-7, 85 points) to victory, their 13th win in their past 17 games (13-3-1). Florida moved within one point of New Jersey (39-28-8, 86 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The Panthers, who sat 10 points out of the playoff picture on Jan. 30 – and have not occupied a postseason position since Oct. 12 – hold one game in hand on the Devils.

 

NHL’S ACTIVE GOAL LEADERS CONTINUE TO ROLL

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (1-1—2) and Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau (1-1—2), who are first and second in career goals among active NHL players, each found the back of the net:

 

* Ovechkin scored his League-leading 45th goal of the season to pad his lead in the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race and help the Capitalsimprove to 8-1-0 in their last nine games. He sits five goals shy of his eighth career 50-goal season and from tying Dino Ciccarelli (608) for 18th place on the League’s all-time goals list, with six games remaining in 2017-18.

 

* Washington (45-24-7, 97 points) opened a five-point lead atop the Metropolitan Division standings as they pursue their third consecutive division title and 11th overall.

* Ovechkin scored his 101st career game-winning goal to move into a tie with Jarome Iginla for eighth place on the NHL’s all-time list. Marleau occupies seventh place on that list with 103 career game-winning goals; he also sits one goal shy of tying Frank Mahovlich (533) for 33rd place in total NHL goals.

 

KELLER EXTENDS POINT STREAK TO JOIN ELITE ROOKIE COMPANY

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller (1-1—2) extended his point streak to a career-high nine games (5-8—13). He became the fifth rookie in Coyotes/Jets franchise history to record at least one point in nine or more consecutive team games and first since the franchise relocated in 1996-97.

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· Golden Knights in rare company after clinching playoff berth

· Golden Knights not satisfied with clinching playoff berth

METROPOLITAN DIVISION MADNESS TAKES CENTER STAGE

Four of tonight’s nine games feature a top-five team from the Metropolitan Division, where seeding remains in flux with only 13 days remaining in the regular-season.

 

* Led by the high-scoring trio of Evgeni Malkin (42-50—92; t-3rd in NHL), Phil Kessel (30-55—85; t-8th in NHL) and Sidney Crosby (26-57—83; t-10th in NHL), the No. 2-ranked Penguins (43-27-6, 92 points) visit the Red Wings. Pittsburgh could become the first team since the 2003-04 Lightning to have at least three players finish among the top-10 in the League in points.

 

* Carrying a 10-1-0 record since March 4, the No. 3-ranked Blue Jackets (42-29-5, 89 points) begin a three-game road trip through Western Canada against Connor McDavid – who needs one point for his second straight 100-point season – and the Oilers. Artemi Panarin (25-44—69) needs one point to become the fifth player in Blue Jackets history to hit the 70-point mark in one campaign.

 

* Owners of the first Wild Card spot, the Flyers (38-25-13, 89 points) take their five-game point streak (3-0-2) into Dallas to take on the Stars (38-30-8, 84 points), who are battling for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Philadelphia forwards Claude Giroux (26-65—91) and Jakub Voracek(19-61—80) could become the 25th set of teammates to finish first and second in the NHL in assists and first since 2008-09 (Evgeni Malkin andSidney Crosby w/ PIT).

 

* Holding the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Devils (39-28-8, 86 points) continue a four-game homestand against the Hurricanes.Nico Hischier (18-31—49) has scored in each of his past two games and needs one point to become the sixth rookie to hit 50 points in 2017-18; the last campaign with at least six 50-point rookies was 1993-94 (7).

 

STREAKING SHARKS, BLUES TO FACE OFF IN ST. LOUIS

Two of the League’s hottest teams meet in St. Louis as the Sharks (44-23-9, 97 points) and Blues (42-28-5, 89 points) aim to extend streaks and inch closer to a playoff berth. Winners of five straight games, the Blues aim to stretch their longest win streak of the season and move back into a playoff spot. Meanwhile, a ninth straight win for the Sharks would put them within four points of the Golden Knights (48-21-7, 103 points) for first place in the Pacific Division – the two clubs close their season-series on Saturday.

 

 

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ICYMI, NHL Morning Skate for Monday, March 26, 2018: Jets punch ticket to postseason, “Winnipeg Whiteout” to return; McDavid pads lead in Art Ross race, sits one point away from 100; Marchand matches NHL record with fifth OT goal of the season

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SUNDAY’S RESULTS 

Home Team in Caps

PITTSBURGH 5, Philadelphia 4 (OT)

Vancouver 4, DALLAS 1

WINNIPEG 5, Nashville 4 (SO)

Boston 2, MINNESOTA 1 (OT)

Anaheim 5, EDMONTON 4 (OT)

 

QUICK HITS

* The Jets won to clinch their third postseason appearance and second since moving to Winnipeg.

 

Connor McDavid recorded 1-2—3 to move within one point of posting his second straight 100-point season.

 

* The Penguins and Ducks aided their respective playoff bids with wins in contests that featured late-game rallies.

 

JETS PUNCH TICKET TO POSTSEASON; “WINNIPEG WHITEOUT” TO RETURN

Mark Scheifele scored the decisive marker in the shootout to propel the Jets (46-19-10, 102 points) to victory and to a berth in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Winnipeg defeated League-leading Nashville (48-16-11, 107 points) to guarantee its third postseason appearance (also 2007 and 2015) and second since the franchise relocated in 2011-12.

* The Jets, who rallied from deficits of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3, improved to 5-0-0 on their six-game homestand and lead the NHL with a franchise-record 29 home wins overall (29-7-2, 60 points).

 

* The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs will feature the return of the “Winnipeg Whiteout”, a tradition that dates to 1985 when fans were asked to wear white to home playoff games of the original Jets franchise during their opening-round series against the Flames – to rival Calgary’s “C of Red.”

 

KYLE CONNOR MOVES INTO SHARE OF ROOKIE GOALS LEAD

Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor (1-2—3) scored his 29th goal of the season, his seventh tally in the past six games (7-2—9), to move into a tie with Vancouver’s Brock Boeser for the rookie lead. Only one rookie in Jets/Thrashers franchise history has scored more goals in a season: Patrik Lainein 2016-17 (36).

 

* The Jets can become the eighth team in NHL history to feature at least one rookie with 30+ goals in consecutive seasons and first since the Penguins (Sidney Crosby in 2005-06, Evgeni Malkin in 2006-07).

 

* Connor (29-21—50) became the fifth rookie to reach the 50-point mark in 2017-18 (also Mathew BarzalClayton KellerYanni Gourde and Boeser). The 2005-06 season is the only other campaign in the past 23 years to feature at least five rookies with 50+ points apiece (Alex Ovechkin, Crosby, Brad BoyesJussi Jokinen and Marek Svatos).

 

McDAVID PADS LEAD IN ART ROSS RACE, SITS ONE POINT AWAY FROM 100

Oilers captain Connor McDavid collected 1-2—3 to boost his League-leading point total to 39-60—99 and move within one point of his second straight 100-point campaign. McDavid, who overtook Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (37-58—95) for the most points in the NHL on Saturday, holds a four-point lead in the Art Ross Trophy race.

* McDavid looks to become the first player to win the Art Ross Trophy in consecutive seasons since Jaromir Jagr claimed the scoring title for four straight campaigns from 1997-98 to 2000-01.

 

* The 21-year-old Oilers captain can become just the eighth player to record multiple 100-point campaigns before his 22nd birthday. The others: Wayne Gretzky (4), Dale Hawerchuk (3), Mario Lemieux (3), Sidney Crosby (3), Jimmy Carson (2) and Joe Sakic (2).

 

MARCHAND MATCHES NHL RECORD WITH FIFTH OT GOAL OF THE SEASON

Brad Marchand (1-1—2) scored his franchise-record 12th career regular-season overtime goal and fifth of 2017-18 – tying an NHL record – as the Bruins extended their point streak to five games (3-0-2).

 

* At 47-17-10 (104 points), Boston sits two points back of Tampa Bay (51-20-4, 106 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, and three points behind Nashville (48-16-11, 107 points) for first place in the entire NHL.

 

* Marchand matched the NHL record for most overtime goals in a season, equaling the benchmark also achieved by Steven Stamkos (2011-12), Jonathan Toews (2015-16) and Alex Galchenyuk (2016-17).

 

* Marchand has collected 9-13—22 since March 1 (12 GP), trailing only Oilers captain Connor McDavid (11-13—24) for the most points in the NHL during that span.

 

* Marchand (33-47—80) became the first Bruins player to record at least 80 points in consecutive seasons since Hockey Hall of Fame members Ray Bourque and Adam Oates did so in 1992-93 and 1993-94.

PENGUINS SWEEP BATTLE OF PENNSYLVANIA

In a potential First Round matchup, the Flyers tied the game with 42.6 seconds remaining in regulation before Penguins forward Bryan Rust scored in overtime to help Pittsburgh extend its home point streak to six contests (5-0-1).

 

* At 43-27-6 (92 points), the Penguins rank second in the Metropolitan Division, three points back of the Capitals (44-24-7, 95 points) and three points ahead of both the Blue Jackets (42-29-5, 89 points) and Flyers (38-25-13, 89 points).

 

* The Penguins swept their four-game season series with the Flyers (PHI: 0-2-2), scoring five goals in every game to outscore them 20-11 overall. Elias notes that Pittsburgh swept a season series with Philadelphia (min. 4 GP) for the second time in franchise history (also 2006-07: 8-0-0).

 

Sidney Crosby (1-1—2) scored and provided the primary assist on Rust’s overtime winner to boost his stats to 26-57—83 this season, six points shy of his 2016-17 totals (44-45—89). Crosby has collected 27 career regular-season points in overtime (12-15—27), tied with Evgeni Malkin (12-15—27) for the most in franchise history.

 

DUCKS RALLY TO EXTEND POINT STREAK

Adam Henrique (2-0—2) tied the game with 1:29 remaining in regulation and Hampus Lindholm scored in overtime as the Ducks (39-24-13, 91 points) extended their point streak to six contests (5-0-1).

 

* Anaheim is third in the Pacific Division, four points behind San Jose (43-23-9, 95 points) for second place. The Ducks have six games remaining, including four against clubs within seven points of them in the standings (all at home: Friday vs. LAK, Sunday vs. COL, April 4 vs. MIN and April 6 vs. DAL).

 

John Gibson (28 saves) has backstopped the Ducks in each contest of their six-game point streak, posting a 1.81 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and two shutouts in that span.

 

QUICK CLICKS

 

· Capitals playing cool, consistent in playoff push (via Dave Stubbs)

· Nico HischierFilip Zadina prepared for NHL Draft with same Halifax host family (via Mike Morreale)

· Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey team fires up fans at Wild-Bruins game

 

SHARKS, MAPLE LEAFS LOOK TO EXTEND STREAKS

The Sharks (43-23-9, 95 points) and Maple Leafs (45-23-7, 97 points) aim to extend streaks on Monday:

 

* San Jose looks to extend its overall win streak to eight games when it visits Chicago (31-36-9, 71 points). The Sharks, who own the longest active win streak in the NHL, aim to earn victories in at least eight consecutive games for the sixth time in franchise history and first since 2010-11 (8-0-0).

 

* Toronto, meanwhile, looks to extend its franchise-record home win streak to 14 games when it hosts Buffalo (23-40-12, 58 points). The Maple Leafs, who own the longest home win streak in the NHL this season, can establish single-season franchise records for overall and home wins with a victory.

 

STREAKING ROOKIES KELLER, PIONK AIM TO STAY HOT

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller and Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk look to extend personal point streaks as their club each faces a division leader:

 

* Keller aims to extend his point streak to a career-high nine games. He can become the fifth rookie in Coyotes/Jets franchise history to record at least one point in nine or more consecutive team games, joining Dale Hawerchuk (9 GP in 1981-82), Alexei Zhamnov (10 GP in 1992-93), Keith Tkachuk (12 GP in 1992-93) and Teemu Selanne (17 GP in 1992-93).

 

* Pionk, who made his NHL debut on Feb. 9, looks to extend his point streak to eight games. He can establish a franchise record for longest point streak by a rookie defenseman, eclipsing the mark of seven games set by Brian Leetch in 1988-89.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day game notes vs. Washington Nationals, Friday, March 29, 2018

 

 

142nd Opening Day Game

Today’s game is the Reds’ 142nd Opening Day game, their 16th at Great American Ball Park…according to Elias Sports Bureau, it is the earliest Opening Day date in Major League Baseball history, not including games played outside the United States or Canada, and for the first time since 1968 each team will play its first game of the championship season on the first day…there were only 20 Major League teams in 1968…the earliest Opening Day date in Reds history had been March 31 (1998, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2014)…the Reds are 68-72-1 in home openers, including 64-67-1 vs National League opponents, 0-1 vs American League opponents (2013 vs LAA) and 6-9 at GABP…Opening Day results and lineups are on media guide pages 382-383.

Reds vs Nationals on Opening Day

The Reds and Nationals are meeting for the first time on Opening Day, though the Reds beat the Montreal Expos all 5 times they met in the season’s first game: 5-1 in 1970, 4-1 in 1985, 11-5 in 1987, 2-1 in 1993 and 4-1 in 1996.

Opening Day Starter

RHP Homer Bailey will make his first career Opening Day start…he will become the fourth straight different Opening Day starter for the Reds (Johnny Cueto 2012-2015, Raisel Iglesias 2016, Scott Feldman in 2017)…will be the longest stretch of different Opening Day starting pitchers since a 6-year stretch from 2001-2006 (Pete Harnisch 2000-2001, Joey Hamilton 2002, Jimmy Haynes 2003, Cory Lidle 2004, Paul Wilson 2005, Aaron Harang 2006).

Twilight Zone

For the seventh straight season the Opening Day first pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET, the Reds’ latest starting times since the 2003 opener began at 4:11…that 2003 game, the first regular season game at GABP, was the latest Opening Day start since the 1994 game began at 8:05 to accommodate ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.

Bonus Baseball

The Reds are 11-3 in Opening Day extra-inning games, most recently a 13-inning, 3-1 loss vs LAA in 2013 that ranked as the second-longest Opening Day in team history…most recently won an extra-inning Opening Day game in 1990 at Hou (8-4 win, 11 innings) and most recently won an extra-inning game at home on 1988 (5-4 win vs StL, 12 innings).

At Night & On The Road

The Reds played a pair of openers at night (1966, 1994)…opened on the road 5 times, including 3 times because of inclement weather (1877, 1885, 1966), once because of labor strife (1990) and once as scheduled (1888).

Homer Happy

There were 41 home runs hit in the 15 previous Opening Day games at Great American Ball Park, including at least 1 homer every year…in 2017, the Reds and Phillies combined for 3 home runs (Phi’s Cesar Hernandez & Freddy Galvis, Cin’s Scooter Gennett)…the Opening Day record for HR by both teams is 6 (2005, 2010, 2011).

Pomp And Circumstance

Former Reds pitchers Danny Graves (1997-2005) and Sam LeCure (2010-2015), both now working on the Reds on Radio broadcast team, will serve as grand marshals of the 99th Findlay Market Parade, which begins at noon Monday…Graves is the team’s all-time leader in saves (182)…Randy Myers, one of the 1990 World Series champion “Nasty Boys” bullpen trio, will serve as the Opening Day game’s honorary captain…Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis will deliver the official Opening Day game ball…Olympic freestyler Nick Goepper, the Lawrenceburg, IN native who who won the silver medal in the men’s slopestyle competition in South Korea, will throw out the Opening Day ceremonial first pitch…singer/songwriter Nicki Bluhm will sing our National Anthem…the flyover will be performed by a pair of F-16 Fighting Falcons of the 112th Fighter Squadron “Stingers” from the 180th Fighter Wing Ohio Air National Guard Base in Toledo…during Opening Day pre-game ceremonies, more than 100 men and women from Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48 will hold in the outfield a 150-foot by 300-foot flag…the Reds will remember members of the family who passed away in the last year…the seventh annual Reds Community Fund Block Party begins at 11:00 a.m. at Joe Nuxhall Way and Freedom Way.

The First Professional Team

On May 4, 1869, the Red Stockings beat the Cincinnati Great Westerns, 45-9, in the first professional baseball game… the Red Stockings would go on to win their first 130 games, including 81 official games and 49 exhibitions, before losing to the Brooklyn Atlantics, 8-7 in extra innings, on June 14, 1870…the Reds would be expelled from the league in 1880, in part for refusing to stop selling beer during games.

Great American Fans

This afternoon’s Opening Day crowd will be the 118th sellout during the regular season at 42,319-seat Great American Ball Park…there were 2 home sellouts here in 2017…on the field during the regular season, the Reds are 60-57 when playing in front of regular season sellout crowds at GABP (0-2 in 2017, 3-2 in 2016, 3-4 in 2015, 3-4 in 2014, 9-7 in 2013, 11-4 in 2012, 7-5 in 2011, 4-4 in 2010, 2-4 in 2009, 2-3 in 2008, 1-2 in 2007, 3-4 in 2006, 1-1 in 2005, 7-4 in 2004, 4-7 in 2003)…the Reds also sold out all 4 National League Division Series games in 2010 (1) and 2012 (3) and events during all 3 days of 2015 All-Star Game Week for a total of 124 sellouts overall since the ballpark opened in 2003.

In The Booths

Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman is broadcasting his 45th consecutive Opening Day game…he will be joined in the 700 WLW Radio booth by Jeff Brantley…FOX Sports Ohio broadcasters for the game are Thom Brennaman and Chris Welsh…FOX Sports Ohio’s day-long Opening Day coverage begins at 10:00 a.m..

What’s New At GABP

In 2018 After 15 seasons the teams have switched bullpens, with the Reds now occupying the right field bullpen while the visiting team occupies the left center field bullpen…the field lighting has been converted to energy-efficient LED bulbs…additional netting now extends to the outfield end of each dugout, while the existing netting behind home plate has been replaced…a second level has been added to the BOWTIE Bar in right field and is open to all ticketed fans…the Reds Hall of Fame feature exhibit Reds Threads presented by Dinsmore includes more than 120 uniform items and traces the history of Reds uniforms back to the 1869 Red Stockings.

 

WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS: 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, 1990 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: 1919, 1939, 1940, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1990

 

GAME NOTES WRITTEN BY REDS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

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