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NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, March 21, 2018: Blue Jackets climb Metropolitan Division by extending streak to 9 games;Ovechkin climbs all-time list with League-leading 44th goal; MacKinnon extends point streak, closes in on points lead

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

NY ISLANDERS 4, Pittsburgh 1

Columbus 5, NY RANGERS 3

WASHINGTON 4, Dallas 3

Edmonton 7, CAROLINA 3

Florida 7, OTTAWA 2

DETROIT 5, Philadelphia 4 (SO)

TAMPA BAY 4, Toronto 3

WINNIPEG 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)

Colorado 5, CHICAGO 1

VEGAS 4, Vancouver 1

SAN JOSE 6, New Jersey 2

 

OVECHKIN CLIMBS ALL-TIME GOALS LIST, PULLS AHEAD IN ROCKET RACE

Alex Ovechkin (1-2—3) scored his 44th goal of the season and 602nd of his career to regain sole possession of the goals lead in 2017-18 and surpass Jari Kurri (601) into 19th place on the NHL’s all-time list.

* Ovechkin, who has averaged 0.60 goals per game in 2017-18, sits six goals shy of 50 with nine games remaining. Should he hit the mark, he would join Mike Bossy (9) and Wayne Gretzky (9) as the only players in NHL history with at least eight 50-goal campaigns.

 

* The 32-year-old forward aims to become just the second player in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to lead the League in goals at age 32 or older; Phil Esposito achieved the feat in 1973-74 and 1974-75, campaigns that ended mere days before his 33rd and 34th birthday, respectively.

 

* The Capitals (42-24-7, 91 points) opened a four-point lead over the Penguins (41-27-5, 87 points) in the battle for first place in the Metropolitan Division. The clubs close their season series on April 1 at PPG Paints Arena (PIT: 2-1-0, WSH: 1-2-0) – what is expected to be Ovechkin’s 1,000th career game.

 

MACKINNON EXTENDS STREAK, CLOSES IN ON POINTS LEAD

Nathan MacKinnon notched two assists to extend his point streak to 13 games (13-13—26) and lift the Avalanche (40-25-8, 88 points) to within two points of the Wild (41-24-8, 90 points) for third place in the Central Division.

 

* The Avalanche have posted a 9-2-4 record in 15 games since Feb. 20 to move from five points outside the postseason picture to having a four-point buffer on the first team below the playoff line.

 

* MacKinnon (38-53—91 in 65 GP) moved within three points of the League lead while becoming the first Avalanche player to hit the 90-point mark since Joe Sakic tallied 36-64—100 in 2006-07 (82 GP).

 

* MacKinnon leads the NHL with 1.40 points per game in 2017-18 (min. 2 GP). Only three players in the past 12 seasons finished with at least 1.40 P/GP while playing in at least 50 contests: Sidney Crosby (1.52 in 2006-07), Alex Ovechkin (1.51 in 2009-10) and Evgeni Malkin (1.45 in 2011-12).

BLUE JACKETS EXTEND WIN STREAK, CLIMB METROPOLITAN

Artemi Panarin tallied 3-1—4 to power the Blue Jackets to their ninth consecutive victory, matching the second-longest win streak in franchise history. Columbus posted 16 straight wins in 2016-17 for the second-longest win streak in NHL history, behind Pittsburgh’s 17-game run in 1992-93.

 

* At 41-28-5 (87 points), the Blue Jackets leapfrogged the Flyers (37-25-12, 86 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division. They have recorded more than 41 wins three times: 50 in 2016-17, 43 in 2013-14 and 42 in 2014-15.

 

* The Blue Jackets became the third team to win at least nine straight games in 2017-18 – the Avalanche (Dec. 29 – Jan. 22) and Predators (Feb. 19 – March 8) each had 10-game streaks earlier this season. Only two campaigns in NHL history have featured at least three teams with a 10-game win streak: 2015-16 (3) and 2016-17 (4).

 

* Panarin registered the second hat trick of his career, with the other also coming against the Rangers. He leads Columbus with 25-43—68 this season, including 7-8—15 during the team’s win streak – tied for second in the NHL in that span (since March 4).

 

FLORIDA CLUBS FLEX OFFENSIVE MUSCLE IN WINS

Both Florida-based clubs earned wins on Tuesday, with the Lightning (50-19-4, 104 points) scoring four unanswered goals to erase a 3-0 deficit and the Panthers (37-27-7, 81 points) compiling at least seven goals for the fourth time this season to move within one point of a playoff spot.

 

* The Lightning received goals from four different players – including League points leader Nikita Kucherov (37-57—94) – to match their franchise record for wins in a season (50-24-8 in 2014-15) and pull within two points of the Predators (48-14-10, 106 points) for the League lead. Andrei Vasilevskiy (27 saves) established a franchise record with his 41st win of the season as the Lightning erased a three-goal deficit to win for the ninth time in their 25-season history. Vasilevskiy aims to become just the third goaltender in the past 30 years – and 12th in NHL history – to lead the League in wins before his 24th birthday (Chris Osgood in 1995-96 and Carey Price in 2010-11).

 

* The Panthers had seven different players find the back of the net – including Evgenii Dadonov (1-1—2) – as they improved to 11-2-1 since Feb. 22. Dadonov and Aleksander Barkov (0-2—2) have paced Florida’s offense during that stretch, recording 8-11—19 and 6-13—19, respectively. Barkov leads the Panthers with 26-47—73 overall this season, marking the fifth-highest single-season total in club history. Florida moved within a point of the Devils (37-28-8, 82 points) for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference and holds games in hand on New Jersey (2), Philadelphia (3), Columbus (3) and Pittsburgh (2) – all teams they are within six points of in the playoff race.

 

ROOKIES CONNOR, BARZAL GUIDE CLUBS TO VICTORY

Rookies Kyle Connor (WPG) and Mathew Barzal (NYI) registered multiple points to guide their respective clubs to victory:

 

* Connor (2-0—2) tied the game in the second period and scored in overtime as the Jets (44-19-10, 98 points) established a franchise record for wins in a season and moved within two points of the first 100-point campaign in club history. Connor ranks second among NHL rookies with 27 goals, trailing Vancouver’s Brock Boeser (29). Only two Jets/Thrashers rookies have scored more goals in a season: Patrik Laine (36 in 2016-17 w/ WPG) and Ilya Kovalchuk (29 in 2001-02 w/ ATL).

 

* Barzal (1-1—2), meanwhile, registered his 17th multi-point game of 2017-18 to boost his totals to 20-55—75 in 73 games this season. Barzal (1.03 P/GP) is one of 22 players – and the only rookie – to average at least one point per game in 2017-18 (min. 50 GP). Only three rookies in the past 24 years have finished a season at or above that benchmark: Alex Ovechkin (1.31) and Sidney Crosby (1.26) in 2005-06 and Evgeni Malkin (1.09) in 2006-07.

 

EXPANSION GOLDEN KNIGHTS INCH CLOSER TO 100-POINT MARK

Four different players scored and Marc-Andre Fleury (7 saves) was credited with the 402nd win of his career as the expansion Golden Knights (47-21-5, 99 points) moved within one point of 100 on the season.

 

* The current benchmark for fewest NHL seasons to reach 100 points is three, set by the Oilers in 1981-82 (after they joined the League from the WHA). Excluding teams to merge from the WHA, the record for fewest seasons to reach 100 points is four, set by the Islanders in 1975-76.

 

* The Golden Knights rank second in the NHL with 248 goals (including shootout-deciding goals), the third-most ever by a team in its inaugural season behind the Whalers (303) and Oilers (301) during their 80-game campaign in 1979-80.

 

* Vegas ranks second this season with 3.40 goals per game. Only three franchises in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) finished their first season averaging at least three goals per game, all in 1979-80 (HFD: 3.79; EDM: 3.76; and QUE: 3.10).

 

SHARKS EXTEND WIN STREAK, STRENGTHEN GRIP ON SECOND IN PACIFIC

Six different skaters found the back of the net as the Sharks extended their win streak to a season-high five games. At 41-23-9 (91 points), San Jose sits second in the Pacific Division, four points ahead of Los Angeles (40-27-7, 87 points).

 

Logan Couture (1-0—1) reached the 30-goal mark for the third time in his NHL career (all w/ SJS), joining Patrick Marleau (7) and Joe Pavelski (4) as the only Sharks with at least three 30-goal seasons.

 

* Reigning Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns (10-48—58) tallied three assists to move within three points of Washington’s John Carlson (15-46—61) and Dallas’ John Klingberg (7-54—61) for the points lead among NHL defensemen. Carlson and Klingberg each collected two points on Tuesday.

 

QUICK CLICKS

 

· NHL GMs want goaltender interference to be decided by Situation Room

· Predators make Vezina case for Pekka Rinne (via Mike Zeisberger)

· Five Questions with legendary anthem singer Rene Rancourt (via Dave Stubbs)

· Blizzard turned Rangers GM Francis into backup goaltender

 

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION

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

NHL GM’s are recommending change to rule 78.7 (ii) governing Coach’s Challenges for Goaltender Interference

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 21, 2018) – The National Hockey League’s General Managers have recommended a change to Rule 78.7 (ii) Coach’s Challenge – Goaltender Interference, the League announced today.

 

The rule change will require approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors and the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee. It is hoped that the change could be enacted by the conclusion of the 2017-18 regular season.

 

The change would shift the ultimate responsibility on all Coach’s Challenges for Goaltender Interference to the National Hockey League’s Hockey Operations Department in the Situation Room in Toronto and would involve the incorporation of a member of the NHL Officiating Management Team (comprised of former referees) in the decision-making process. In judging such plays, the Situation Room will continue to confer with the on-ice referee who made the original call while all involved review all replay angles available.

 

Previously, the on-ice referee who made the original call had ultimate responsibility for the final call after consulting with Hockey Operations.

 

No changes are being made to the standard under which goaltender interference is judged. Nor will any changes be made to the criteria governing whether on-ice calls should be overturned.

 

“At their annual March meeting, that concluded today, the General Managers overwhelmingly voted to adopt this change to bring an added level of consistency to goaltender interference rulings and add the input of experienced former on-ice officials to the review process,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “While, since the adoption of the Coach’s Challenge, there have been relatively few controversial calls on goaltender interference – perhaps half a dozen of approximately 170 challenges this season – the objective is to be as close to perfect as possible. However, goaltender interference ultimately is a judgment call.

 

“The video review process was designed to enable our referees to determine, upon viewing video replays, whether to overturn their original calls. In the vast majority of cases, their final decision has concurred with the Situation Room’s view.

 

“The recommended change is intended to help resolve the rare cases in which the Situation Room and the referees might have different opinions of a particular play and is intended to produce more predictability for our Players and Coaches.”

 

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

 

NHL finds Tampa Bay star Steve Stamkos for dangerous tripping

 

Steven Stamkos on ice 2013 photo By Lisa Gansky Flickr IMG_6043, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

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NEW YORK (March 21, 2018) – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for a dangerous trip against Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly during NHL Game No. 1127 in Tampa on Tuesday, March 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

 

The incident occurred at 10:25 of the second period. Stamkos was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing.

 

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

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

 

NHL Network announces addition of Olympian Monique Lamoureux-Morando as on-air analyst

 

Monique Lamoureux-Morando in action with Team USA Hockey 2017 photo By BDZ Sports, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

SECAUCUS, NJ (March 21, 2018) – NHL Network today announced that 2018 United States Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time Olympian Monique Lamoureux-Morando has joined as an on-air analyst. Lamoureux-Morando, who has played in 129 career games for the United States Women’s National Hockey Team, will appear across NHL Network’s studio programming and make her debut on NHL Tonight with Kevin Weekesand Tony Luftman this Friday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Lamoureux-Morando and her twin sister Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson recently joined NHL Network’s NHL Now in-studio to discuss capturing the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, including scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals in the gold-medal game against Canada.

 

“I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to be part of NHL Network’s team of expert analysts,” Lamoureux-Morando said. “I’m looking forward to sharing my perspective and passion for the game with hockey fans around the world.”

 

Lamoureux-Morando joins NHL Network having competed and medaled in three Olympic Winter Games for the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team, including the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, and 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. As a member of the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team since 2009, Lamoureux-Morando served as an assistant captain during the 2015 -2016 and 2016 – 2017 seasons. In addition to playing in three Winter Olympic Games, Lamoureux-Morando has won six gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Ice Hockey Championship tournaments, and she’s been named to the All-Star team at five of the last six tournaments, including three times for defense and two times for her forward play. Lamoureux-Morando was named the 2016 Bob Allen USA Hockey Women’s Player of the Year and the Best Defenseman at the 2015 Four Nations Cup.

 

A University of North Dakota graduate, Lamoureux-Morando also played professional hockey for the Minnesota Whitecaps from 2015 – 2017, and the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League from 2014 – 2015. While achieving a decorated college playing career, Lamoureux-Morando earned her Master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of North Dakota in 2015.

 

Lamoureux-Morando has served as a color commentator on Team USA hockey broadcasts at the 2015 U-18 IIHF Women’s World Ice Hockey Championship and for the University of North Dakota during the 2015 – 2016 and 2016 – 2017 NCAA Women’s hockey seasons. Lamoureux-Morando can be found on Twitter at @moniquelam7.

 

About NHL Network: As the TV home for the National Hockey League, NHL Network™ gives viewers an all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games and special on-site coverage of NHL events, plus three signature studio shows, interviews, highlights and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players. Additional programming includes behind-the-scenes features, player profiles and international and amateur hockey competitions. For more information on NHL Network, log on to nhlnetwork.com or follow @NHLNetwork on Twitter.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; Lou Barricelli; Amanda Rodriguez; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

NHL Coach’s Challenge Tracker update

 

A list of all challenges through games played March 20

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

241 Coach’s Challenges | 150 upheld | 91 overturned

· 152 for goalie interference | 105 upheld | 47 overturned (41 to “no goal” / 6 to “goal”)

· 20 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 15 upheld | 5 overturned

· 55 for offside | 18 upheld | 37 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 14 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 12 upheld | 2 overturned (all to “no goal”)

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION   METROPOLITAN DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Boston 8 7 Carolina 6 3
Buffalo 3 8 Columbus 6 5
Detroit 13 8 New Jersey 3 9
Florida 11 7 NY Islanders 8 2
Montreal 4 10 NY Rangers 8 8
Ottawa 7 8 Philadelphia 8 5
Toronto 5 13 Pittsburgh 5 12
Tampa Bay 5 8 Washington 3 8

 

CENTRAL DIVISION   PACIFIC DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Chicago 5 7 Anaheim 4 6
Colorado 7 13 Arizona 9 4
Dallas 5 7 Calgary 5 6
Minnesota 11 12 Edmonton 2 7
Nashville 5 14 Los Angeles 9 13
St. Louis 7 3 San Jose 9 6
Winnipeg 9 4 Vancouver 7 8
      Vegas 10 10

*Requested column does not include challenges initiated by Situation Room

 

SITUATION ROOM INITIATED CHALLENGES – 34

In the final minute of play in the third period and at any point in overtime (regular season and playoffs), Hockey Operations initiates the review of any scenario that would otherwise be subject to a Coach’s Challenge. This process has been initiated for the following teams:

 

Atlantic: Boston (2), Buffalo (2), Detroit (3), Florida, Montreal, Tampa Bay

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Columbus, New Jersey, NY Islanders (3), NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Washington

Central: Dallas, Nashville (2), Winnipeg

Pacific: Anaheim, Arizona (4), Calgary (2), Edmonton, San Jose, Vancouver

 

OVERTURNED

Teams to either have their goal taken down or counted based on a challenge of any sort.

 

Call changed from “goal” to “no goal” – 85
Atlantic: Boston (2), Buffalo (2), Detroit (3), Florida, Montreal (6), Ottawa (4), Tampa Bay (2), Toronto (4)

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Columbus (2), New Jersey (2), NY Rangers (2), Philadelphia (2), Pittsburgh (4), Washington

Central: Chicago (2), Colorado (6), Dallas (3), Minnesota (6), Nashville (2), Winnipeg (4)

Pacific: Anaheim (3), Arizona, Calgary (3), Edmonton (5), Los Angeles (6), San Jose (3), Vancouver, Vegas

 

Call changed from “no goal” to “goal” – 6

Atlantic: Boston, Detroit, Florida, Ottawa
Metropolitan: Philadelphia
Central:
Pacific:
Calgary

 

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

 

 

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