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NHL Morning Skate Publication for Sunday, March 5, 2017

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 6, Colorado 1
BOSTON 3, New Jersey 2
Montreal 4, NY RANGERS 1
Tampa Bay 2, BUFFALO 1 (SO)
Dallas 2, FLORIDA 1
OTTAWA 3, Columbus 2
WASHINGTON 2, Philadelphia 1 (OT)
Chicago 5, NASHVILLE 3
Vancouver 4, LOS ANGELES 3
EDMONTON 4, Detroit 3

CAPITALS, BLACKHAWKS KEEP RECORD-SETTING STREAKS ALIVE
The Capitals (44-13-7, 95 points) and Blackhawks (42-18-5, 89 points) each earned wins to extend and establish record-setting streaks, respectively:

* The Capitals trailed for only 81 seconds before tying the game, setting the stage for Nicklas Backstrom to score in overtime to extend Washington’s franchise-record home win and point streaks to 15 and 17 games (16-0-1), respectively. Backstrom reached the 20-goal mark for the second straight season and for the fourth time in his 10-year NHL career.

* Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby (30 saves) improved to 19-0-2 in his past 21 decisions dating to Dec. 29 to move within one of matching the longest such run of his career and within two of equaling the franchise record. After tying an NHL record with 48 victories last season, Holtby now shares the League lead with 34 wins in 2016-17.

Brian Campbell netted the go-ahead goal with 1:05 remaining in regulation to help the Blackhawks establish a franchise record with their eighth consecutive road win, breaking the previous mark set in 1964-65. With the victory, Chicago leapfrogged idle Minnesota (41-15-6, 88 points) into first place in both the Central Division and Western Conference, aided by a 12-1-0 run since Feb. 2 that includes an active seven-game winning streak.

Patrick Kane (29-41—70) scored twice – giving him 9-1—10 in his past five outings – to move into second in League scoring behind Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (22-52—74). The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner has collected multiple points in eight of 13 games since the start of February to pace all players with 14-7—21 in that span.

McDAVID, LAINE INCREASE SCORING LEADS IN VICTORIES
Forwards Connor McDavid and Patrik Laine each tallied 1-1—2 to increase their leads in the overall and rookie scoring races, respectively, and help their clubs pick up victories:

* McDavid extended his point streak to five games (2-5—7) as the Oilers (35-22-8, 78 points) opened an eight-game homestand with a victory and moved into sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division. He has registered points in 10 of 12 games since Feb. 2 (5-10—15) to open a four-point lead in the race for the Art Ross Trophy (22-52—74 in 65 GP).

* Laine opened the scoring with his 32nd goal to power the Jets (30-30-6, 66 points) to within two points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Laine moved into sole possession of second in the League in goals (behind Sidney Crosby: 34) and also took the outright lead for goals by a rookie; he also is the top point-getter among rookies, with 32-26—58 in 58 GP.

TOP CLUBS KEEP PACE IN ATLANTIC
The top three teams in the Atlantic Division – the Canadiens (37-21-8, 82 points), Senators (35-22-6, 76 points) and Bruins (34-25-6, 74 points) – earned wins to keep pace in the playoff push:

* The Canadiens built a 3-0 lead and Carey Price made 26 saves to backstop Montreal to its fifth consecutive victory overall and to a 14-4-0 record in their past 18 regular-season meetings with the Rangers dating to Nov. 19, 2011. Price improved to 15-5-1 in 22 career regular-season games against the Rangers, including eight straight wins.

* Newcomer Viktor Stalberg scored the first of three straight Senators goals to power the club to its eighth win in its past 12 games. Stalberg, who was acquired by Ottawa on Tuesday, scored for the first time since Feb. 24 when he tallied against the Senators (w/ CAR).

* The Devils tied the game twice, but Bruins forward Ryan Spooner scored the game-winning goal in the third period to help Boston improve to 8-2-0 under head coach Bruce Cassidy. The Bruins have won 11 of their past 15 games overall to move into third place in the division.

LOOSE PUCKS
Nikita Kucherov (0-1—1) scored on a sneaky move in the shootout to help the Lightning improve to 8-2-2 in their past 12 games. Kucherov (7-7—14) and Victor Hedman (2-5—7) extended their point streaks to six and five games, respectively . . . Canucks forward Bo Horvat (0-3—3) matched career highs for assists and points in a game . . . Stars teammates Jamie Benn (5-4—9) and John Klingberg (3-4—7) led Dallas to victory and extended their point streaks to six and five games, respectively . . . Jack Eichel extended his career-high assist/point streaks to nine games (2-10—12). Elias notes that Eichel is the first Sabres player to post a single-season point streak of at least nine games since 2009-10 . . . Jets teammates Blake Wheeler and Nikolai Ehlers each posted 1-2—3, while Mathieu Perreault (3-8—11) and Dustin Byfuglien (2-7—9) pushed their point streaks to seven games . . . Forwards Henrik Zetterberg (1-8—9 in 6 GP), Alex Galchenyuk (3-4—7 in 5 GP), David Pastrnak (1-5—6 in 5 GP) and Artemi Panarin (1-4—5 in 5 GP) also extended point streaks . . . Former Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin, one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, posed for a photo with rapper Drake before a show in Sweden.

 

 

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