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NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Five points from Staal, Zucker power Wild’s eight-goal outburst; Josi (five assists) leads Predators to comeback win; Hall extends streaks in Devils victory

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TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

BOSTON 4, Carolina 3 (OT)

New Jersey 3, PITTSBURGH 2

WASHINGTON 3, Ottawa 2

FLORIDA 3, Toronto 2 (OT)

MINNESOTA 8, St. Louis 3

Nashville 6, WINNIPEG 5

DALLAS 2, Calgary 0

Los Angeles 4, VEGAS 1

SAN JOSE 5, Edmonton 2

 

FIVE POINTS FROM STAAL, ZUCKER POWER WILD’S EIGHT-GOAL OUTBURST
Eric Staal (3-2—5) and Jason Zucker (1-4—5) each posted five points as the Wild (36-20-7, 79 points) equaled a franchise record for most goals in a game and extended their win streak to a season-high five contests. Minnesota sits third in the Central Division, four points behind Winnipeg (37-17-9, 83 points) for second place.

 

* Staal scored his 14th career hat trick, trailing only Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (20) for the most among active NHL players. His five points were one shy of his single-game career high, a mark set on March 7, 2009 w/ CAR (4-2—6 at TBL).

 

* Staal has scored at least once in four consecutive games (7-4—11) and boosted his totals to 33-31—64 this season (63 GP). His 33 goals in 2017-18 are tied for fourth in the NHL and his most in a season since posting an equal amount in 2010-11 (81 GP w/ CAR).

 

* Zucker, meanwhile, set single-game career highs for assists and points. He and Staal became the third and fourth different players in franchise history to record at least five points in a game.

 

JOSI (FIVE ASSISTS) LEADS PREDATORS TO COMEBACK WIN

Roman Josi (0-5—5) assisted on five of Nashville’s six goals to help the Predators (39-14-9, 87 points) erase a 5-3 deficit in the third period and extend their win streak to five games. Nashville moved ahead of Vegas (41-17-5, 87 points) for first place in the Western Conference and have a game in hand on the Golden Knights.

 

* Josi matched franchise records for most assists and points in a game and extended his assist/point streak to five contests (1-11—12). Only two other defensemen have recorded five points in a game this season: Ryan Pulock (NYI) on Jan. 20 (1-4—5 at CHI) and Tyson Barrie (COL) on Feb. 20 (1-4—5 at VAN).

* Nashville’s David Poile earned his 1,319th career regular-season win to move into a tie with Glen Sather for the most by a general manager in NHL history.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

* Tuesday was the first day to feature three players each recording at least five points in a game since Oct. 22, 2009, when J-P Dumont (1-4—5 w/ NSH), Ales Hemsky (1-4—5 w/ EDM) and Dustin Penner (2-3—5 w/ EDM) did so.

 

* Fifty-eight games have featured at least 10 combined goals this season (976 GP), including two contests on Tuesday. The last season to feature as many such instances through the first 976 games was 2008-09 (62).

 

HALL EXTENDS STREAKS IN DEVILS VICTORY

Taylor Hall posted 1-1—2 to help the Devils (33-22-8, 74 points) snap the Penguins’ home win streak at 11 contests and extend his point streak to 15 games (10-10—20). New Jersey occupies the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, two points back of Pittsburgh (36-24-4, 76 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

 

* Hall, who began his 15-game point streak upon his return from a three-game absence on Jan. 30, has collected at least one point in 22 consecutive appearances dating to Jan. 2 (15-17—32). His 15-game point streak is the longest in the NHL this season and equaled the franchise record set by Patrik Elias in 1999-00 and matched by Brian Gionta in 2005-06.

 

* Hall’s stretch of 22 consecutive appearances with at least one point is the longest such run in Devils franchise history. He is just the fifth player in the last 25 years (since 1992-93) to record at least one point in 22 or more consecutive appearances.

* Hall leads the Devils with 27-41—68 overall in 2017-18 (58 GP). He equaled his single-season career high for goals, a mark set in 2011-12 (61 GP w/ EDM) and matched in 2013-14 (75 GP w/ EDM).

 

CAPITALS HEAD TO STADIUM SERIES ON WINNING NOTE

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice, including the game winner late in the second period, to lead the Capitals (36-21-7, 79 points) to victory in their final contest before appearing in the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. Washington, who reclaimed first place in the Metropolitan Division, will face Toronto (39-20-7, 85 points) outdoors at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 3 (8 p.m. ET on CBC, TVAS, NBC).

 

RECENT ACQUISITIONS HELP BRUINS DEFEAT HURRICANES

Tommy Wingels (1-1—2) and Rick Nash (1-0—1), who were acquired by Boston ahead of Monday’s 2018 NHL Trade Deadline, each found the scoresheet to help the Bruins (38-15-8, 84 points) earn an overtime win over the Hurricanes. Boston sits third in the Atlantic Division, one point behind Toronto (39-20-7, 85 points) for second place.

 

* Wingels became the third player in 2017-18 to record multiple points in his regular-season Bruins debut; he joined Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy, who each had 1-1—2 on Oct. 5 vs. NSH. The franchise record for most points in a Bruins debut is four, a mark set by Morris Lukowich on Feb. 7, 1985 vs. HFD (1-3—4).

 

* McAvoy (20 years, 68 days) notched the winner to become the youngest defenseman in franchise history to score a regular-season overtime goal. McAvoy is tied for second among rookie blueliners with 7-23—30 this season (57 GP), trailing only Tampa Bay’s Mikhail Sergachev (8-23—31 in 61 GP).

 

* Nash, who made his Bruins debut on Sunday, reached the 800-point milestone (435-365—800 in 1,051 GP).

 

CLUBS SECURE KEY WINS IN RACE FOR PLAYOFF POSITIONS

The Sharks (34-21-9, 77 points), Stars (36-23-4, 76 points), Kings (35-24-5, 75 points) and Panthers (29-25-6, 64 points) each secured key wins on Tuesday:

 

Joe Pavelski (1-3—4) factored on four of five goals and Evander Kane posted two assists in his San Jose debut as the Sharks snapped a three-game slide (0-2-1). San Jose is second in the Pacific Division, trailing only Vegas (41-17-5, 87 points) for first place.

 

* Ben Bishop turned aside all 38 shots he faced to record his fifth shutout of the season (24th career) and backstop the Stars past the Flames. Dallas occupies the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, three points back of Minnesota (36-20-7, 79 points) for third place in the Central Division.

 

Jack Campbell made 41 saves to earn the first win of his NHL career (3 GP) and help the Kings sweep their home-and-home set with the Golden Knights. Los Angeles moved into third in the Pacific Division, two points behind San Jose for second place.

 

* The Maple Leafs overcame a 2-0 deficit, but Jared McCann scored at 3:47 of overtime to power the Panthers to victory. Florida improved to 10-3-0 in its last 13 games and moved within five points of Columbus (32-26-5, 69 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
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· Patric Hornqvist signs five-year contract with Penguins

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· Five Questions with Naval Academy Superintendent Walter E. Carter Jr. (via Tom Gulitti)

· Alex Ovechkin can reach milestones with Capitals in Stadium Series (via Tom Gulitti)

 

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