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NHL Morning Skate for Monday, January 20, 2020: Kane joins 1,000 club, Crosby leads Penguins, Williams back in lineup to lead Hurricanes

THREE HARD LAPS

Patrick Kane found the score sheet to register his second 10-game point streak of the season and become the 90th player in NHL history to collect 1,000 regular-season points.

Sidney Crosby factored on two of four unanswered Penguins goals to lead Pittsburgh to its third three-goal comeback win of 2019-20 (also Nov. 7, 2019 at NYI and Nov. 27, 2019 vs. VAN).

* In his first game back with the Hurricanes after signing a one-year contract with the club on Jan. 7, Justin Williams helped Carolina climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

KANE FINDS THE SCORE SHEET AGAIN, COLLECTS 1,000TH CAREER POINT
Patrick Kane (380-620—1,000 in 953 GP), a 31-year-old native of Buffalo, N.Y., found the score sheet for the 10th straight game dating to Dec. 31, 2019 (4-11—15 in 10 GP) and became the 90th player in NHL history to collect 1,000 regular-season points.

* Kane (31 years, 61 days) also became the youngest U.S. player to reach 1,000 career regular-season points, eclipsing Jeremy Roenick (32 years, 13 days) who spent eight seasons with Chicago from 1988-89 to 1995-96. In fact, only three active players – regardless of nationality – have hit the milestone at age 31 or youngerSidney Crosby (29 years, 193 days), Alex Ovechkin (31 years, 116 days) and Joe Thornton (31 years, 280 days).

* The Blackhawks forward also became the 10th player of U.S. nationality in NHL history to record 1,000 career points and is among a group of six to reach the milestone in fewer than 1,000 games.

* Kane is the fourth player in franchise history to record 1,000 regular-season points with Chicago, joining Stan Mikita (541-926—1,467 in 1,396 GP), Bobby Hull (604-549—1,153 in 1,036 GP) and Denis Savard (377-719—1,096 in 881 GP).

* Additionally, Kane became the ninth former first-overall pick to record 1,000 regular-season points with one franchise, joining Mario Lemieux (1,723 w/ PIT), Joe Thornton (1,043 w/ SJS), Mike Modano (1,359 w/ DAL), Guy Lafleur (1,246 w/ MTL), Gilbert Perreault (1,326 w/ BUF), Alex Ovechkin (1,258 w/ WSH), Sidney Crosby (1,239 w/ PIT) and Denis Potvin (1,052 w/ NYI).

* Chicago’s leading scorer this season (24-38—62 in 50 GP) has strung together a point streak of at least 10 games for the seventh time in his career and second of 2019-20 (11-13—24 in 15 GP from Nov. 2-30, 2019). His seven such runs are the second-most among active NHL players and trail only Penguins captain Crosby (9).

PENGUINS ERASE EARLY 3-0 DEFICIT, STUN BRUINS AT PPG PAINTS ARENA
After David Pastrnak (1-1—2) capped a run of three straight Bruins goals with his 70th point and League-leading 37th goalSidney Crosby (0-2—2) factored on two of four unanswered Penguins goals to lead Pittsburgh to its third three-goal comeback win of 2019-20 (also Nov. 7, 2019 at NYI and Nov. 27, 2019 vs. VAN).

* The 2019-20 campaign marks the second time in Penguins history the franchise has collected three such wins in a single season, joining 2008-09 (Nov. 11, 2008 at DET, Nov. 26, 2008 at NYI and Feb. 4, 2009 vs. TBL).

* Additionally, the Red Wings (1989-90), Oilers (1983-84) and North Stars (1983-84) are the only teams in NHL history to have collected more than three such victories in a single season (all w/ 4).

* The 18 total three-goal comeback wins through this point of the season (758 GP) are the most since 1989-90 (29) – which also stands as the highest such total through the first 758 games of any season in League history.

WILLIAMS LEADS HURRICANES IN RETURN TO THE LINEUP
In his first game back with the Hurricanes after signing a one-year contract with the club on Jan. 7, Justin Williams (13:06 TOI) netted the decisive goal in the eighth round of the shootout to help Carolina (28-18-3, 59 points) leapfrog Philadelphia (26-17-6, 58 points) into the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

* The Hurricanes improved to 10-4-3 in one-goal games this season and stand as one of 18 teams with double-digit victories in such contests in 2019-20. The Flames pace all teams in one-goal game victories this season (16-2-5).

BLUE JACKETS SCORE LATE TO STEAL FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN
Oliver Bjorkstrand (2-0—2) scored twice including the go-ahead goal with 27 seconds remaining in regulation as the Blue Jackets (26-16-8, 60 points) earned their fifth consecutive win and matched their longest such run of the season (also 5 GP from Dec. 16-23, 2019).

* Bjorkstrand is the NHL’s second player to score a go-ahead in the final 30 seconds of regulation this season – and second in a span of three days (also: Rangers forward Chris Kreider on Jan. 16 at NYI: 59:35).

Matiss Kivlenieks turned aside 31 shots to earn his first NHL win and help Columbus reclaim the Eastern Conference’s first Wild Card spot. The 23-year-old is the second rookie goaltender to backstop the Blue Jackets to a win recently after 25-year-old Elvis Merzlikins (4-0-0 since Jan. 11) burst onto the scene. The 2019-20 campaign is the third in franchise history two feature two rookie netminders each earn at least one win. The others: Steve Mason (33) and Daniel Lacosta (2) in 2008-09 as well as Joonas Korpisalo (16) and Anton Forsberg (1) in 2015-16.

* Columbus, meanwhile, is the third team to feature wins from a pair of rookie goaltenders this season, joining Colorado (Antoine Bibeau: 1 and Adam Werner: 1) and Florida (Chris Driedger: 5 and Sam Montembeault: 4).

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Recapping: NHL Morning Skate for Sunday, January 19, 2020: Ovechkin continues scoring binge, Merlikins the talk of Columbus, Rookies shining in 2019-20

 

THREE HARD LAPS

 

Alex Ovechkin scored his second hat trick in as many games to move ahead of Mario Lemieux (690) and into a tie with Steve Yzerman (692) for ninth place on the NHL’s all-time goals list.

 

Elvis Merzlikins became the seventh rookie goaltender in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to register three shutouts in a span of four starts.

 

* Blackhawks forward Dominik Kubalik became the first rookie to 20 goals in 2019-20, while his 14 tallies since Dec. 1 trail only Toronto’s Auston Matthews (18) among all players in that span.

OVECHKIN NETS ANOTHER HAT TRICK, PASSES LEMIEUX ON ALL-TIME GOALS LIST
Alex Ovechkin
scored his second hat trick in as many games and tallied his third straight multi-goal outing – a first in his NHL career – to record the 690th, 691st and 692nd regular-season goals of his NHL career. That propelled Ovechkin ahead of Mario Lemieux (690) and into a tie with Steve Yzerman (692) for ninth place on the NHL’s all-time goals list.
* The Capitals captain has scored hat tricks in consecutive games for the third time in his career, with each instance coming since his 32nd birthday (also Oct. 5-7, 2017 and Dec. 11-14, 2018).

* Ovechkin (34 years, 123 days) is one of three players in NHL history – and just the second in the past 98 years – to record consecutive hat tricks three times in his career. He joins Wayne Gretzky (3x), the NHL’s all-time goals leader with 894, and Joe Malone (4x), widely known as one of the first pure goal-scorers in League history. Both Malone (31 years, 327 days) Gretzky (23 years, 28 days) recorded their last such instances at a younger age than Ovechkin.

* Ovechkin sits eight goals shy of becoming the eighth member of the NHL’s 700-goal club. He will need to overtake two more Hall of Fame members on his way to the illustrious group.

* Ovechkin is on pace to go from 600 to 700 goals in only 157 games, which would mark the fewest games to make that leap for any member of the 700-goal club. It also would be the second-fewest games to get from one 100-goal milestone to another in his career.

* The fewest contests Ovechkin has needed to score any collection of 100 goals is 126 games – after tallying his 124th career goal Dec. 27, 2007, he netted his 224th goal Oct. 6, 2009.

* With multiple goals in three straight games and hat tricks in each of his last two, Ovechkin now is on track to reach the 700-goal mark in only 1,146 career games – which would be the second-fastest in League history. Wayne Gretzky (886 GP) and Brett Hull (1,157 GP) are the only players to hit the milestone in fewer than 1,200 games.

* Ovechkin has averaged 0.61 goals-per-game to this point in his career – to rank fifth in NHL history (min. 300 GP) – including a League-best 0.58 rate since celebrating his 30th birthday on Sept. 17, 2015. Among players in the 700-goal club, only two scored at a rate of 0.50 G/GP or higher from age 30 onward.

* The NHL Stats & Information team will be tracking Ovechkin’s pursuit of 700 goals with a “By the Numbers” document each time he passes someone on the all-time list, with the second now available.

. . . WHILE THE CAPITALS RALLY FROM THIRD-PERIOD THREE-GOAL DEFICIT
Two of Alex Ovechkin’s three tallies came in a five-goal third period for the Capitals, who erased a three-goal deficit to capture their third straight win. Washington, which also won after it overcame a three-goal, third-period deficit on Oct. 25 at Vancouver, accomplished the feat multiple times in a single season for the first time in franchise history.

* Washington joined Pittsburgh (Nov. 7, 2019 at NYI and Nov. 27 vs. VAN) as the second team to register multiple three-goal, third-period comeback wins this season. Only one team in NHL history has posted more such victories in a single season: Minnesota North Stars (Nov. 19, 1983 vs. WIN, Nov. 26, 1983 at TOR, Nov. 29, 1983 vs. PIT and March 12, 1984 vs. MTL).

John Carlson collected two assists, including a helper on Tom Wilson’s game-tying goal to reach the 60-point mark in 2019-20 (13-47—60 in 49 GP). He required the fewest games by a defenseman in franchise history to collect 60 points in a season, besting the previous mark set by Mike Green (57 GP in 2008-09 and 2009-10). Only one blueliner in the last 26 years reached the benchmark prior to his 50th game of any campaign: Ray Bourque in 1993-94 (14-46—60 in 49 GP).
* Rookie Ilya Samsonov came in relief to start the third period and turned aside all seven shots he faced to improve to 10-0-0 in his last 10 decisions (1.60 GAA,.941 SV%, 1 SO). Only two rookie goaltenders in NHL history have strung together a longer streak: Ross Brooks (14-0-0 in 1973-74) and George Hainsworth (11-0-0 in 1926-27).

24-YEAR-OLD ELVIS CONTINUES TO ROCK BETWEEN THE PIPES . . .

Cam Atkinson (2-1—3) recorded his second multi-point outing in as many games since returning to the lineup, while Elvis Merzlikins (2.36 GAA, .928 SV %, 3 SO) turned aside all 41 shots he faced to register his third shutout in four contests. In the process, the Blue Jackets (25-16-8, 58 points) moved past the Hurricanes (27-18-3, 57 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
* The Blue Jackets’ rise in the standings has benefited from the turn of the calendar, including a 7-2-0 mark in in nine contests since Jan. 1 – second only to the Lightning (8-2-0), who have made a surge of their own. In that span, they’ve defeated the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins twice (Jan. 2 and Jan. 14) and the aforementioned Hurricanes (Jan. 16).
* Merzlikins, who has allowed a combined two goals over the course of his last four starts, joined rare company with his third shutout over that span.

* Merzlikins, who joined Steve Mason (45 saves on Jan. 9, 2009) as the second rookie goaltender in Blue Jackets history to register at least 40 saves in a shutout performance, is just the 10th such netminder to record as many saves in a home shutout. Only Mike Palmateer (47 on March 12 vs. DET), Juuse Saros (43 on Jan. 16, 2018 vs. VGK) and Bill Ranford (42 on Dec. 6, 1986 vs. PHI) posted a higher such total since 1955-56 (when saves began being tracked).

. . . AS OTHER ROOKIES KEEP ON ROLLING IN 2019-20
Dominik Kubalik (2-1—3) and Cale Makar (1-0—1) each scored to continue their impactful rookie seasons and play a part in Chicago and Colorado’s victories Saturday, respectively:

* Kubalik capped a three-point night (2-1—3) with his 20th goal of the season, after he batted a cross-ice pass from Jonathan Toews (2-2—4) into the back of the Toronto net. Among players to debut with the Blackhawks, Kubalik (20-11—31) became the sixth to score his 20th career goals prior to his 50th game and first since Eric Daze in 1995-96 (43 GP on Jan. 4, 1996).

* The 24-year-old forward, who became the first-ever Blackhawks rookie to register three multi-goal games in a span of four contests, leads all rookies in scoring since Dec. 1 (14-7—21). In fact, his 14 goals in that span trail only Auston Matthews (18-8—26 in 21 GP) among all players.

* Makar scored for the second time in as many games to boost his 2019-20 totals 11-24—35 and establish an Avalanche/Nordiques franchise record for goals in a single season by a rookie defenseman. The 21-year-old, who moved into a tie with Buffalo’s Victor Olofsson (16-19—35) for the rookie scoring lead, sits two points shy of tying Bruce Bell (6-31—37 in 75 GP) for the most points by a rookie defenseman in franchise history.

* The fourth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft is on pace to 20-44—64 in 74 contests and can join a rare list of defensemen to score at 20 goals in their rookie season (Brian Leetch: 23 in 1988-89 w/ NYR), Barry Beck (22 in 1977-78 w/ CLR) and Dion Phaneuf (20 in 2005-06 w/ CGY).

CANUCKS DOWN SHARKS TO EXTEND HOME WIN STREAK TO EIGHT GAMES
Tanner Pearson (1-1—2), Adam Gaudette (0-2—2) and Jake Virtanen (0-2—2) each recorded a multi-point outing as the Canucks (27-18-4, 58 points) overtook first place in the Pacific Division.

* The Canucks captured eight straight home wins for the seventh time in franchise history and first since an equal stretch from March 19 – April 22, 2013. Their current eight-game run stands tied for the third-longest win streak on home ice, behind 11 straight wins from Feb. 3 – March 19, 2009 and nine consecutive victories from Nov. 6 – Dec. 9, 1992.

* Vancouver stands atop a Pacific Division that features five clubs separated by one point (also Edmonton: 26-18-5, 57 points, Calgary: 26-19-5, 57 points, Vegas: 25-19-7, 57 points and Arizona: 26-20-5, 57 points). Within a full regular season, the last time the top five teams within a division were separated by one point in January or later was the Norris Division on Jan 1, 1987: Minnesota (16-17-3, 35 points), Toronto (15-16-5, 35 points), Detroit (14-15-7, 35 points), St. Louis (14-16-6, 34 points) and Chicago (14-19-6, 34 points).

OFFENSES IGNITE SATURDAY AS OILERS, WILD NET SEVEN-GOAL OUTINGS
The Oilers (26-18-5, 57 points) and Wild (22-20-6, 50 points) each benefited from seven-goal performances Saturday to collect two crucial points in the standings. Additionally, eight of 12 games featured at least one team score at least five times.

* Saturday marked the second day of the 2019-20 campaign to feature at least eight teams scoring five-plus goals in a game (also eight on Dec. 23, 2019). Only four days in the last 25 years have featured more teams accomplish the feat: Nov. 21, 2018 (9), Jan. 31, 2017 (9), Dec. 29, 2007 (9) and Jan. 11, 2007 (9).

* Leon Draisaitl (0-2—2) collected multiple points for the fifth time in six contests to extend his point streak to eight games dating to Dec. 31 (5-9—14). It marks his third such run of at least eight contests this season (also 8 GP from Oct. 2 – 18, 2019 and 13 GP from Oct. 24 – Nov. 19, 2019).
* The Oilers scored seven goals in a game for the second time this season (7-5 W Dec. 31 vs. NYR) and became one of 11 teams with multiple such outings in 2019-20. The Lightning and Penguins pace all clubs with six such performances.

Jason Zucker (1-2—3) was one of five skaters with multiple points as Minnesota earned its second win in as many contests. The Wild scored seven goals in a shutout performance for the second time in franchise history (also Jan. 15, 2015 at BUF).

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Recapping: NHL Morning Skate for Saturday, January 18, 2020: Vasilevskiy, Crosby, Ovechkin star

 

THREE HARD LAPS

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his second double-digit win streak in as many seasons to join elite NHL company and help the Lightning (29-15-4, 62 points) strengthen their grip on second place in the Atlantic Division standings.

Sidney Crosby scored the overtime winner and is averaging two points per game since returning the Pittsburgh lineup earlier this week.

Sam Steel also tallied an overtime goal, with the Ducks and Penguins continuing the trend that 60 minutes is not enough in the NHL.

VASILEVSKIY EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO 10 GAMES
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves to improve to 10-0-0 in his last 10 appearances dating to Dec. 23, 2019 (1.69 GAA, .946 SV%, 2 SO) and match his career high for longest win streak, a mark set from Feb. 9 – March 5, 2019 (1.76 GAA, .943 SV%, 2 SO). He became the fourth goaltender in NHL history to record a double-digit win streak in consecutive regular seasons.

* Vasilevskiy, who owns the longest win streak by any goaltender this season, also improved to 11-0-1 in his last 12 appearances dating to Dec. 17, 2019 (1.97 GAA, .933 SV%, 2 SO). That’s two games shy of the longest point streak of his NHL career, a mark set from Oct. 9 – Nov. 16, 2017 (13-0-1).

* Tampa Bay scored at least seven goals in a game for the sixth time this season, with three of its markers on Friday being tallied by 22-year-old Anthony Cirelli who registered the first hat trick of his NHL career. The Lightning moved into a tie with the Penguins for the most games with seven-plus goals this season.

CROSBY SCORES OVERTIME WINNER AS PENGUINS RALLY PAST RED WINGS
Sidney Crosby scored the overtime winner as the Penguins earned a come-from-behind win over the Red Wings and improved to 30-13-5 (65 points) this season, moving them within four points of the League-leading Capitals (32-11-5, 69 points) for first place in the Metropolitan Division standings.

* Crosby, who has found the score sheet in all three games since returning to the Pittsburgh lineup on Tuesday (3-3—6), tallied his 15th career regular-season overtime goal to extend his franchise record and move into a tie for sixth place on the NHL’s all-time list. The only players in League history with more than 15 career regular-season overtime goals are Alex Ovechkin (23), Jaromir Jagr (19), Ilya Kovalchuk (16), Patrik Elias (16) and Daniel Sedin (16).

* Crosby became the fourth player in franchise history to score an overtime goal versus the Red Wings (regular season or playoffs), joining Mario Lemieux on April 4, 1987 (4-3 OT W), Petr Sykora in Game 5 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final (4-3 3OT W) and Ruslan Fedotenko on Nov. 11, 2008 (7-6 OT W).

Bryan Rust (1-1—2), a native of Pontiac, Mich., tied the game in the third period to reach the 20-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career (20-22—42 in 34 GP). Rust led the Penguins in goals during Crosby’s 28-game absence (13-18—31 in 25 GP).

DID YOU KNOW?
Nearly one-quarter of all games this season have required overtime (23.7%; 176 of 742), including two of three contested on Friday. Only 61 games have required a shootout in 2019-20, with almost two-thirds of the contests that have gone past regulation ending via a goal in the five-minute overtime period (65.3%; 115 of 176).

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OVECHKIN TWO GOALS SHY OF PASSING LEMIEUX FOR 10TH-MOST IN NHL HISTORY

Surging Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (689-569—1,258 in 1,132 GP) enters Saturday’s matinee versus the Islanders two regular-season goals shy of passing NHL legend Mario Lemieux (690-1,033—1,723 in 915 GP) for sole possession of 10th place on the League’s all-time list.

* Ovechkin entered the week six goals back of Lemieux – scoring only five in his previous 14 outings entering Monday (5-4—9) – but has since erupted for consecutive multi-goal games to close the gap to just one (Jan. 13: 2-0—2 vs. CAR; Jan. 16: 3-0—3 vs. NJD). Ovechkin (31-16—47 in 48 GP) also began the week nine goals back of Bruins forward David Pastrnak (36-32—68 in 49 GP) in the 2019-20 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race, but now trails the 23-year-old by only five.

* Ovechkin, who has never scored multiple times in three consecutive games, has tallied 36 goals in 56 career regular-season games against the Islanders (36-19—55 in 56 GP) – his sixth-highest total versus one opponent behind the Lightning (48-43—91 in 72 GP), Jets/Thrashers (47-44—91 in 65 GP), Hurricanes (43-52—95 in 81 GP), Maple Leafs (41-32—73 in 50 GP) and Panthers (39-43—82 in 65 GP).

KANE CLOSING IN ON 1,000-POINT MILESTONE
Chicago forward Patrick Kane (380-618—998 in 951 GP), a 31-year-old native of Buffalo, N.Y., is two regular-season points shy of becoming the 10th player of U.S. nationality in NHL history to record 1,000 and can reach the milestone Saturday when the Blackhawks visit the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.

* Kane can become the youngest U.S. player in League history to reach 1,000 career regular-season points and the sixth to hit the milestone in 1,000 games or fewer.

 

 

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NHL Three ‘Stars’ of the Week: Capitals’ Ovechkin, Blue Jackets’ Merzlikins, Blackhawks’ Toews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2020) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 19.

FIRST STAR – ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Ovechkin led all skaters in goals and tied for second in points with 8-0—8 in three games, including three multi-goal performances highlighted by back-to-back hat tricks for the third time in his career, to propel the League-leading Capitals (33-11-5, 71 points) to a perfect 3-0-0 week. He opened the week with a pair of goals in a 2-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Jan. 13 to bump his career goal total to 686 and surpass Teemu Selanne into 11th place on the NHL’s all-time list. Ovechkin then rattled off back-to-back hat tricks in a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils Jan. 16 and a 6-4 triumph over the New York Islanders Jan. 18 – marking the first time in his career he has scored multiple goals in three straight outings. In addition to Selanne, the 34-year-old native of Moscow, Russia, also passed Mario Lemieux (690) and moved into a tie with Steve Yzerman (692) for ninth on the all-time goals list while moving within eight markers of becoming the eighth member of the NHL’s 700-goal club.

SECOND STAR – ELVIS MERZLIKINS, G, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Merzlikins recorded a perfect 3-0-0 record in three appearances with a 0.67 goals-against average, .982 save percentage and two shutouts as the Blue Jackets (26-16-8, 60 points) won four games to move into the first Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. He began the week with a 34-save shutout in a 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins Jan. 14 after also blanking the Vegas Golden Knights in his previous start Jan. 11. In doing so, he became the second rookie in franchise history to record a shutout in consecutive appearances, joining Steve Mason (Dec. 27-31, 2008; 3 GP). He then made 32 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Jan. 16 and concluded the week with yet another shutout in which he turned aside 41 shots in a 5-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Jan. 18 to become just the seventh rookie goaltender in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to post three shutouts in the span of four starts. Merzlikins, a 25-year-old native of Riga, Latvia, has made 20 appearances with Columbus this season with an 8-6-4 record (2.36 GAA, .928 SV%, 3 SO).

THIRD STAR – JONATHAN TOEWS, C, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Toews led all skaters with 3-6—9 in four games last week to help the Blackhawks (24-20-6, 54 points) win all four contests and move within three points of the final Wild card position in the Western Conference. Toews opened the week with 1-2—3, including his 15th career overtime winner, in a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators Jan. 14 and followed it up with an assist in a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens Jan. 15. He closed the week with 2-2—4 in a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 18 and added an assist in a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Jan. 19. Toews, a 31-year-old native of Winnipeg, Man., ranks second on the Blackhawks with 14-30—44 in 50 games this season and is currently riding a six-game point streak dating to Jan. 9 (4-9—13 in 6 GP). He boosted his career totals to 341-458—799 in 923 games and now sits one point shy of becoming the sixth player in Blackhawks history to record 800 points with the franchise.

 

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2019-20 NHL Coach’s Challenge Tracker

A list of all challenges in 2019-20 through games played Jan. 19

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

109 Coach’s Challenges | 48 upheld | 61 overturned

· 37 for goalie interference | 21 upheld | 16 overturned (15 to “no goal” / 1 to “goal”)

· 3 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 3 upheld | 0 overturned

· 57 for offside | 13 upheld | 44 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 5 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 4 upheld | 1 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 6 for stoppage | 6 upheld | 0 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 1 initiated by Situation Room for stoppage | 1 upheld | 0 overturned (all to “no goal”)

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION   METROPOLITAN DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Boston 1 6 Carolina 4 4
Buffalo 5 2 Columbus 3 5
Detroit 6 2 New Jersey 4 3
Florida 1   NY Islanders 4 4
Montreal 4 3 NY Rangers 2 1
Ottawa 3 3 Philadelphia 1 4
Tampa Bay 4 2 Pittsburgh 3 7
Toronto 2 1 Washington 3 5

 

CENTRAL DIVISION   PACIFIC DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Chicago 2   Anaheim 3 4
Colorado 7 4 Arizona 2 1
Dallas 4 8 Calgary 3 3
Minnesota 3 5 Edmonton 4 3
Nashville   2 Los Angeles 1 3
St. Louis 4 4 San Jose 5 4
Winnipeg 3 8 Vancouver 6 4
      Vegas 3 4

*Requested column does not include challenges initiated by Situation Room

 

SITUATION ROOM INITIATED CHALLENGES – 9

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: Montreal (2), Tampa Bay

Metropolitan: NY Islanders, Pittsburgh

Central: Dallas, Winnipeg

Pacific: Arizona, San Jose

 

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” – 60
Atlantic: Boston (5), Detroit (2), Montreal (2), Ottawa (3), Tampa Bay (2)

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Columbus (2), NY Islanders, New Jersey, Philadelphia (3), Pittsburgh (2), Washington (4)

Central: Colorado, Dallas (4), Minnesota (3), Nashville, St. Louis (4), Winnipeg (5)

Pacific: Anaheim (2), Arizona, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Jose (4), Vancouver (3)

 

Call changed from “no goal” to “goal” – 1
Metropolitan
: Pittsburgh

 

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