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NHL Morning Skate for Thursday, March 1, 2018: Blues snap losing skid, gains ground in West; MacKinnon reaches 70-point mark in Avalanche rally; Rookie defenseman Gilmour makes Rangers history.

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WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

MONTREAL 3, NY Islanders 1

Buffalo 2, TAMPA BAY 1 (OT)

ST. LOUIS 2, Detroit 1

COLORADO 5, Calgary 2
NY Rangers 6, VANCOUVER 5 (OT)
BLUES, AVALANCHE MAKE GAINS IN WILD CARD RACE

The Blues (35-26-4, 74 points) and Avalanche (34-24-5, 73 points) secured victories on Wednesday to gain ground in the crowded Western Conference playoff race, where three teams on the outside looking in are within one point of the idle Ducks (31-21-12, 74 points) for the final Wild Card position.

* Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo (1-0—1) scored his 19th career game-winning goal while skating in his 600th NHL game to help St. Louis snap a seven-game slide (0-6-1) and move into a tie with the Ducks – in terms of points – for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. Carter Hutton made 35 saves to boost his record to 16-7-2 this season and improve his NHL-best goals-against average to 1.99 and save percentage to .935 (min. 22 GP).
Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie each collected 1-1—2 to help the Avalanche rally from a 2-0 deficit to win and move within one point of the Ducks for the final Wild Card position in the Western Conference. MacKinnon collected multiple points for the second time in as many contests to surpass 70 points in a season for the first time in his career (29-42—71 in 55 GP).

 

DID YOU KNOW?

MacKinnon became the 11th skater to reach the 70-point mark this season, the most through 981 games of a campaign since 2008-09 (11).

GILMOUR MAKES RANGERS HISTORY…

The Rangers (28-30-6, 62 points) surrendered 3-0, 4-3 and 5-4 leads before John Gilmour scored 1:22 into overtime to help New York snap a seven-game slide (0-6-1). Gilmour, who scored his second career goal while skating in his 10th NHL game, became the first rookie defenseman in Rangers franchise history to score a regular-season overtime goal.

 

* Gilmour joined the Blues’ Vince Dunn (Jan. 16 at TOR) and Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy (Feb. 27 vs. CAR) as the third rookie blueliner to score in overtime this season.

Henrik Lundqvist matched a career high with 50 saves in the effort, a feat he first accomplished on Mar. 4, 2010. He also became the sixth goaltender to post a 50-save effort this season and third in the month of February.

 

. . . ROOKIE CLASS CONTINUES TO CONTRIBUTE
Canucks forward Brock Boeser (2-0—2), Islanders forward Mathew Barzal (1-0—1) and Lightning forward Yanni Gourde (0-1—1) each found the score sheet Wednesday to continue their impressive rookie campaigns.

* Boeser, who leads all rookies in goals (29-25—54 in 60 GP), sits one tally shy of becoming the third rookie in Canucks history to reach 30 goals in a season (Pavel Bure: 34 in 1991-92; Trevor Linden: 30 in 1988-89).

 

* Barzal collected his 18th goal to push his season totals to 18-49—67 in 64 GP. Barzal (1.05 P/GP) has held the outright lead in rookie scoring since Jan. 14 and is just the third Islanders rookie to average more than a point per game (min. 40 GP). The others: Mike Bossy (1.25 P/GP) and Bryan Trottier (1.19 P/GP).

* Gourde has collected at least one point in 12 of his last 14 games (5-11—16) and sits third in rookie scoring with 22-27—49 in 64 GP. He sits one point shy of becoming just the fourth rookie in Lightning franchise history to collect at least 50 points in a single season.

VANCOUVER TO HOST 2019 NHL DRAFT
The Vancouver Canucks will host the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena from June 21-22, 2019. The event will help the Canucks launch their 50th NHL season in 2019-20, which will include other special events to commemorate their historic milestone. Click here for more information.

QUICK CLICKS

 

· Family push in NHL Sled Series (via Amalie Benjamin)

· Stadium Series to salute military service, feature Naval Academy’s musical ensembles

· Time lapse of Stadium Series rink build at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

· David Poile ahead of his time, man of his word (via Scott Hartnell)

· Paul Stastny ready to help Jets soar (via Tim Campbell)

 

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FLYERS AIM TO EXTEND WIN/POINT STREAKS

The Flyers (34-19-10, 78 points) look to extend their win and point streaks to seven and 13 games, respectively, when they host the Hurricanes (27-25-11, 65 points) at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia – who sits one point behind Washington (36-21-7, 79 points) for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division – owns the longest active win (6-0-0) and point (10-0-2) streaks in the NHL.

 

* The Flyers, who put together a 10-game winning streak last season (10-0-0 from Nov. 27 – Dec. 14, 2016), can earn a point in more than 12 consecutive games for the first time since a 15-game run from Dec. 12, 1998 – Jan. 13, 1999 (10-0-5).

 

PREDATORS, WILD LOOK FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN

The Predators (39-14-9, 87 points) and Wild (36-20-7, 79 points) each look to extend their respective winning streaks to six games on Thursday.

 

* The Western Conference and Central Division-leading Predators aim to win six consecutive games for the first time since an equal run during the 2014-15 season (6-0-0 from Feb. 7 – 17, 2015) when they visit the Oilers. With a Nashville victory, David Poile would surpass Glen Sather (1,319) for the most regular-season wins by a general manager in NHL history.

 

* The Wild, who rank third in the Central Division, have won five consecutive games overall and four straight on the road. Minnesota forward Eric Staal enters the contest on a five-game point streak (7-5—12), including a goal in four consecutive games.

 

HALL CAN MAKE DEVILS FRANCHISE HISTORY

Devils forward Taylor Hall enters Thursday’s contest on a 15-game point streak (10-10—20) which began upon his return from a three-game absence on Jan. 30. In addition, Hall has recorded at least a point in 22 consecutive appearances (15-17—32), which amounts to every game he has dressed for in the calendar year of 2018.

 

* Hall can become the first player in franchise history to record a 16-game point streak – his current 15-game run equals the mark set by Patrik Elias(15-9—24 in 15 GP from Dec. 27, 1999 – Jan. 29, 2000) and matched by Brian Gionta (12-13—25 in 15 GP from Mar. 21 – April 18, 2006).

 

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


 

 

 

 

Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde earns NHL’s February Rookie of the Month honors

Yanni Gourde (courtesy Tampa Bay)

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NEW YORK (March 1, 2018) – Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde, who led all rookies with 5-11—16 in 14 games, has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for February.

 

Gourde edged New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (2-14—16 in 12 GP), Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor (6-5—11 in 12 GP), New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (5-6—11 in 14 GP) and Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser (5‑5—10 in 13 GP) for the honor.

 

Gourde registered at least one point in 12 of his 14 February appearances, highlighted by a seven-game streak to open the month (Feb. 1-13: 5-5—10). He also led all rookies with three power-play goals, six power-play points (3-3—6) and a +8 rating (tied).

 

Gourde – who was signed by the Lightning as an undrafted free agent in 2014 – has played in 64 contests this season, ranking among the top five rookies in plus/minus (t-1st; +26), game-winning goals (t-1st; 5), goals (t-2nd; 22), power-play goals (2nd; 7), points (3rd; 49) and assists (t-4th; 27).

 

The 26-year-old Saint-Narcisse, Que., native joins Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller (October), Boeser (November and December) and Barzal (January) as a Rookie of the Month winner in 2017-18.

 

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

 

2018 NHL Stadium Series By The Numbers: Maple Leafs-Capitals

 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 1, 2018) – A look at the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series “By the Numbers.”

 

1 – This will be the first NHL regular-season outdoor game to be played at a service academy.

3 – The 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will be the third NHL regular-season outdoor contest for both the Washington Capitals® (2011 Bridgestone Winter Classic®, 3-1 win at Pittsburgh at Heinz Field; 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, 3-2 win vs. Chicago at Nationals Park) and Toronto Maple Leafs® (2014 Bridgestone Winter Classic®, 3-2 shootout win at Detroit at Michigan Stadium; 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™, 5-4 overtime win vs. Detroit at Exhibition Stadium).

 

6 – Games played between the Capitals and Maple Leafs in the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, the first-ever post-season matchup between the two clubs. Washington won the series 4-2, which included five games decided in overtime.

 

6 – Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium hosted six soccer matches during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.

 

7 – Local community rinks around the DC Metro area that will have a “Recycle the Game” gear donation net. Fans are encouraged to donate gently used hockey equipment that will be collected, cleaned, and donated to military families across the U.S. and Canada as a legacy to the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.

 

8 – Number worn by Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, who leads the NHL in goals scored with 39 (39-32-71 in 64 GP) through games played on Feb. 28. Ovechkin is three goals away from 600 in his career heading into Saturday’s game.

 

9 – This year’s outdoor matchup between the Capitals and Maple Leafs will mark the ninth Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ game dating back to the inaugural NHL Stadium Series™ contests in 2014. The venues that have hosted the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ include Dodger Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Soldier Field, Levi’s Stadium, TCF Bank Field, Coors Field and Heinz Field.

 

17 – Number of ships sunk by Medal of Honor recipient Rear Admiral Eugene Fluckey during World War II. Fluckey was responsible for directing the successful fundraising efforts to build Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the 1950s.

 

20.3 – Average age of the top-three scorers on the Maple Leafs: Mitchell Marner, 20, (17-36-53); Auston Matthews, 20, (28-22-50); and William Nylander, 21, (14-35-49).

25 – Sled hockey players that will participate in the NHL Sled Series game featuring USA Warriors vs. Soldier On. The game will include current and veteran military personnel who were wounded while serving their country. The friendly match will be played at Bowie Ice Arena on Friday, March 2, and is part of the League’s ongoing Hockey Is For Everyone efforts, celebrating all people who play and watch hockey.

 

25 – The 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will be the 25th NHL regular-season outdoor game, and the third and final such game of the 2017-18 season, which included the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ on Dec. 16 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa and the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic™ at Citi Field in New York on New Year’s Day.

 

34.9 – Average temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, for all 24 of the NHL’s previous outdoor games.

 

37 – Average low temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, for Annapolis on March 3 according to accuweather.com.

 

53 – Length, in feet, of the world’s largest mobile rink refrigeration unit, specially built for outdoor games conducted by the NHL.

 

74 – Number worn by Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, who leads all Capitals defense in scoring and sits third on the team in points (11-39-50 in 64 GP).

 

79 – Number of points earned by the Washington Capitals through 64 games this season, placing them atop the Metropolitan Division through games played on Feb. 28.

 

85 – Number of points earned by the Toronto Maple Leafs through 66 games this season, placing them in second in the Atlantic Division through games played on Feb. 28.

 

143 – Total number of NHL regular-season games played between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. In these games, Washington has earned 160 points (72-55-16) and Toronto has earned 136 points (61-68-14).

 

243 – Number of ice pans under the rink at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, each measuring 30” x 340” in size.

 

300 – Ton capacity of refrigeration trailer that will keep the ice cool at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

 

350 – Gallons of paint used to make the ice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium white.

 

491 – Approximate driving distance, in miles, from Toronto to Annapolis, according to Google Maps.

 

697 – Total Number of players and head coaches who have participated in the NHL’s 24 regular-season outdoor games to date.

 

1000 – Gallons of water restored through the purchase of water restoration credits for every goal scored during the regular-season, including the outdoor game, via the League’s Gallons for Goals ™ initiative. League-wide the NHL and its Clubs are celebrating NHL Green month in March. Since 2011, more than 88 million gallons of water have been restored to streams across North America.

 

1845 – The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, the second oldest of the five United States service academies, officially opened its doors on Oct. 10, 1845.

 

1940 –Year that the late Dr. John McMullen graduated from the United States Naval Academy. In 1982, Dr. McMullen purchased the NHL’s Colorado Rockies™ and moved the club to New Jersey where he presided over the Devils’ first two Stanley Cup® championships in 1995 and 2000.

 

1959 – Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium officially opened on Sept. 26, 1959 for a football game, in which Navy defeated William & Mary by a score of 29-2.

 

3,000 – Gallons of coolant used to freeze the rink at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

 

20,000 – Gallons of water needed to create a two-inch ice surface at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.

 

25,000 – Donation from the NHL and Monumental Sports Foundation that will go to the United Heroes League (UHL), a nonprofit dedicated to empowering military families and children to stay active.

 

35,760 – Square footage of the aircraft carrier used as décor on the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

NHL awards February “Three Stars of the Month” to Wild’s Staal, Penguins’ Malkin and Golden Knights’ Smith

Evgeni Malkin 2017 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Reilly Smith on ice 2018 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Eric Staal Wild (courtesy Minnesota)

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NEW YORK (March 1, 2018) – Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of February.

 

FIRST STAR – ERIC STAAL, C, MINNESOTA WILD

Staal paced the NHL with 13-8—21 in 13 games to propel the Wild (36-20-7, 79 points) to a 9-2-2 February and into third place in the Central Division. He registered at least one point in 11 of his 13 appearances, including a pair of five-game streaks (Feb. 6-15: 4-2—6, Feb. 19-27: 7-5—12). Staal posted four multi-point performances, highlighted by 3-2—5 Feb. 27 vs. STL – his fifth career five-point effort and 14th career hat trick. He also scored in nine February games, including four straight to end the month (7-4—11), and led the League with five power-play goals. The 33-year-old Thunder Bay, Ont., native shares fourth place in the NHL with 33 goals in 63 outings this season, his highest total since recording an equal number in 2010-11 (81 GP w/ CAR). He also paces the Wild and ranks 16th in the League with 64 points (33-31—64), 31 of which have come in the 2018 calendar year (18-13—31 in 24 GP).

 

SECOND STAR – EVGENI MALKIN, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Malkin placed third in the NHL in both goals (10) and points (21) to power the Penguins (36-24-4, 76 points) to an 8-3-1 February. He collected at least one point in 10 of his 12 contests, highlighted by four three-point efforts: Feb. 2 vs. WSH (2-2—4), Feb. 17 vs. TOR (1-2—3), Feb. 23 at CAR (1-2—3) and Feb. 24 at FLA (2-1—3). Malkin (364-544—908 in 766 GP) also eclipsed the 900-point mark Feb. 17, joining Mario Lemieux (1,723), Sidney Crosby (1,096) and Jaromir Jagr (1,079) as the only players in franchise history to reach the milestone. The 31-year-old Magnitogorsk, Russia, native and two-time Art Ross Trophy winner ranks second in the NHL with 36 goals and 76 points in 60 games this season. That includes a League-best 22 goals and 40 points in 24 outings since the start of 2018.

 

THIRD STAR – REILLY SMITH, RW, VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Smith ranked fourth in the NHL with 8-12—20 in 14 games as the Golden Knights (41-17-5, 87 points) went 8-5-1 in February to maintain first place in the Pacific Division. He picked up at least one point in 12 of his 14 appearances, including a seven-game run Feb. 4-17 (5-7—12). Smith also posted six multi-point outings, highlighted by three-point performances Feb. 17 vs. MTL (2-1—3) and Feb. 23 vs. VAN (0-3—3). The 26-year-old Toronto native already has eclipsed his career high in points, sitting second on the Golden Knights with 21-37—58 in 63 contests this season. His +32 rating ranks second in the entire League, behind only teammate William Karlsson (+37).

 

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

 

Daily Almanac for Thursday, March 1, 2018: Day 60 of the Year

(courtesy PicturesCafe.com)

TODAY IS THE 60TH DAY OF THE YEAR, WITH 19 DAYS TILL SPRING; 209 DAYS LEFT IN 2018

 

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:

 

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DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com


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