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NHL Morning Skate for Monday, March 5, 2018: Ellis sparks another rally as Predators earn eighth straight win; Panthers continue playoff push with point streak at 6; Laine extends streak with another multi-point game

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SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Nashville 4, COLORADO 3 (OT)

FLORIDA 4, Philadelphia 1

ANAHEIM 6, Chicago 3

Vegas 3, NEW JERSEY 2

MINNESOTA 4, Detroit 1

Winnipeg 3, CAROLINA 2

Columbus 4, SAN JOSE 2

 

ELLIS SPARKS ANOTHER RALLY AS PREDATORS EARN EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN

Ryan Ellis (1-2—3) tied the game with 1:06 remaining in regulation and assisted on the overtime winner to help the Predators match a franchise record with their eighth consecutive victory.

 

* At 42-14-9 (93 points), Nashville maintained its four-point lead atop the Western Conference and moved within one point of Tampa Bay for first place in the entire NHL. The Predators have surged up the standings with help from a 12-game road point streak (9-0-3), the second-longest in club history (13 GP in 2015-16: 10-0-3).

 

* Sunday marked the fourth consecutive outing in which Nashville overcame a deficit to win, including Friday in Vancouver when Ellis also aided a comeback with a tying goal at 17:45 of the third period.

 

* Ellis became the second defenseman in NHL history to score a tying goal in the final three minutes of regulation in consecutive team games, joining Andy Sutton who did so with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2003-04.

 

* Nashville became the 12th team in NHL history to score a tying goal in the final three minutes of regulation and win in consecutive games (last: PHI from Nov. 2-3, 2016).

 

PANTHERS EXTEND WIN STREAK IN PURSUIT OF PLAYOFF POSITION

Aleksander Barkov (1-1—2) extended his point streak to six contests (5-5—10) to propel the Panthers (32-25-6, 70 points) to their sixth consecutive victory – all at home – to move within one point of a playoff spot. This marks the fifth win streak of at least six games in franchise history.

 

* The Panthers, who have sat in a playoff position for only one day in 2017-18 (following their second win on Oct. 12), improved to 13-3-0 in their last 16 games dating to Jan. 16. Only Boston has as many games remaining this season.

 

* Forwards Evgenii Dadonov (2-0—2) and Jonathan Huberdeau (1-0—1) both reached the 20-goal mark. The trio of Barkov (5-5—10), Dadonov (5-5—10) and Huberdeau (2-3—5) have combined for 12 of the Panthers’ 23 goals on their six-game win streak (52.2%).

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Florida swept a homestand of at least six games for the second time in franchise history (also 6-0-0 from Dec. 20, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016). Only four other teams in NHL history have won every contest during a six-game homestand: Philadelphia in 1984-85, Edmonton in 1986-87, Detroit in 2011-12 and Los Angeles in 2014-15. No team in NHL history has ever swept a homestand of more than six games.

 

GOLDEN KNIGHTS, JETS KEEP PACE WITH PREDATORS

The Golden Knights (42-18-5, 89 points) and Jets (39-17-9, 87 points) earned wins to keep pace with the Predators (42-14-9, 93 points) in the Western Conference standings, where seeds 1-3 are separated by just six points:

 

Tomas Tatar (GWG) scored his first goal since being acquired by Vegas on Feb. 26 (3 GP) to help the Golden Knights reclaim a 10-point lead atop the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights improved to 18-11-3 as visitors to move within one road win of matching the NHL record for most by a team in its inaugural season.

 

Patrik Laine (2-1—3) factored on all three Jets goals to help Winnipeg extend its road point streak to six games (5-0-1). Connor Hellebuyck (33 saves) improved to 34-10-8 in 2017-18 (2.40 GAA, .922 SV%, 6 SO) to match the Jets/Thrashers franchise record for most wins in a season by a goaltender, a mark set by Kari Lehtonen in 2006-07 (w/ ATL).

 

LAINE EXTENDS STREAK WITH ANOTHER MULTI-POINT GAME

Patrik Laine extended his point streak to eight contests (10-6—16), a run that includes seven multi-point efforts (including four straight). Laine (35-23—58), who scored 36 goals as a rookie in 2016-17, has 71 career goals and will celebrate his 20th birthday on April 19; only five players in NHL history have scored more goals as a teenager.

 

* Laine became just the third player in the last 24 years (since 1993-94) to record multiple points at least seven times in a span of eight team games. He joined Jaromir Jagr, who collected multiple points in 10 consecutive contests in 1995-96 (w/ PIT), and Vincent Lecavalier, who posted eight consecutive multi-point games in 2007-08 (w/ TBL).

 

HALL EXTENDS STREAK, REACHES 30-GOAL MARK FOR FIRST TIME

Devils forward Taylor Hall collected 1-1—2 to hit the 30-goal mark for the first time and extend his franchise-record point streak to 18 games (13-11—24), marking his 25th consecutive appearance with a point dating to Jan. 2 (18-18—36).

 

* The Devils forward became just the eighth different player in the last 30 years (since 1987-88) to record at least one point in 25 or more consecutive appearances. Hall (30-42—72) has moved from a share of 22nd in League scoring into a tie for 10th during his 25-game run.

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE CLUBS CLIMB RESPECTIVE DIVISIONS

The Wild (37-22-7, 81 points) and Ducks (33-21-12, 78 points) each secured key wins to climb their respective divisions:

 

* Down 1-0, the Wild scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Red Wings and improve to 23-5-6 (52 points) at Xcel Energy Center this season. Minnesota moved past Dallas (37-23-5, 79 points) for third place in the Central Division standings.

 

Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry each score twice to help the Ducks extend their home point streak to eight games (6-0-2). Anaheim moved past Los Angeles (36-25-5, 77 points) for third place in the Pacific Division standings.

 

GOSTISBEHERE HOSTS MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS BOYS HOCKEY TEAM

Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, a native of Pembroke Pines, Fla., hosted members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School boys hockey team, who won the Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida High School State Championship less than two weeks after a mass shooting at their school. Gostisbehere, who attended Stoneman Douglas for two years, signed autographs and spent time with the players following Sunday’s game.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

NHL’s “Three Stars of the Week”, Avs’ MacKinnon, Jets’ Laine and Panthers’ Barkov

 

Nathan MacKinnon in action 2013 photo By 5of7 - https www.flickr.com photos, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Aleksander Barkov in action 2015 photo By Doug Kerr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Patrik Laine (courtesy Winnipeg Jets)

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NEW YORK (March 5, 2018) – Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine and Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 4.

 

FIRST STAR – NATHAN MacKINNON, C, COLORADO AVALANCHE

MacKinnon led the NHL in goals (t-5), assists (6) and points (11) to propel the Avalanche (35-24-6, 76 points) to a 3-0-1 week and within one point of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. He posted 2-1—3, including the winning goal, in a 3-1 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks Feb. 26, followed by 1-1—2 in a 5-2 victory against the Calgary Flames Feb. 28. MacKinnon then registered 2-3—5, his second career five-point game (also Nov. 16, 2017 vs. WSH: 1-4—5), in a 7-1 win over the Minnesota Wild March 2. He closed the week with one assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators March 4. The 22-year-old Halifax, N.S., native paces the NHL with 1.35 points per game this season, ranking fifth overall with a career-high 31-46—77 in 57 outings. That includes a League-best 7-9—16 in eight contests since returning from injury Feb. 18.

 

SECOND STAR – PATRIK LAINE, RW, WINNIPEG JETS

Laine recorded multiple points in all three of his appearances, ranking third in the NHL with 4-3—7 to lift the Jets (39-17-9, 87 points) to a pair of victories. He collected two assists in a 6-5 loss to the Nashville Predators Feb. 27. Laine then scored twice, including the decisive goal, in a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings March 2. He capped the week with 2-1—3, his third three-point performance of the season, in a 3-2 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes March 4. The 19-year-old Tampere, Finland, native shares third place in the NHL with 35 goals in 65 contests this season (35-23—58), including a League-best 10 during an eight-game point streak dating to Feb. 16 (10-6—16). Laine’s 71 career goals (in 138 GP) are the sixth-most by a teenager in League history.

 

THIRD STAR – ALEKSANDER BARKOV, C, FLORIDA PANTHERS

Barkov shared the League lead with five goals in four games (5-1—6) as the Panthers (32-25-6, 70 points) extended their winning streak to six contests and moved within one point of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. He scored once in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs Feb. 27. Barkov then registered two goals, including the winner, in a 3-2 triumph over the New Jersey Devils March 1. He added one goal in a 4-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres March 2 and 1-1—2 in a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers March 4. The 22-year-old Tampere, Finland, native leads Florida and ranks 19th in the NHL with a career-high 25-39—64 in 62 contests this season, including 5-5—10 during a six-game point streak.

 

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

 

Daily Almanac for Monday, March 5, 2018: Day 64 of the Year; CASIMIR PULASKI DAY

THIS IS THE 64TH DAY OF 2018; 15 DAYS TILL SPRING; 205 LEFT IN THE YEAR

 

HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY INCLUDE:

 

Kazimierz Pułaski By Jan Styka - web, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

CASIMIR PULASKI DAY

Commemorates the birth of Casimir Pulaski, an American Revolutionary War hero known as the Father of the American Cavalry. He was born in Poland on March 6 (previously thought to be March 4), 1747. Pulaski fought against Russian interference with his country. The movement failed, however, and he was forced into exile. In 1777, Pulaski joined George Washington’s army to help the American colonists gain their independence; he was soon appointed brigadier general of the cavalry. In 1778, he formed a special infantry and cavalry unit, later called the Pulaski Legion. In 1779, his legion went south to aid the American forces there. On October 9, he was wounded during a battle in Savannah, Georgia. Pulaski died from his injuries on October 15 (previously thought to be October 11). Casimir Pulaski Day is observed on the first Monday in March in Illinois. (There is also a General Pulaski Memorial Day, observed by U.S. presidential proclamation on October 11 each year.)

 

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