Home Team in Caps
FLORIDA 3, Calgary 2 (SO)
NY Islanders 3, COLUMBUS 0
DETROIT 3, Ottawa 2
TAMPA BAY 6, Dallas 0
NASHVILLE 3, Montreal 1
Colorado 4, WINNIPEG 1
CHICAGO 5, New Jersey 2
St. Louis 4, ARIZONA 0
Toronto 6, VEGAS 3
Vancouver 4, LOS ANGELES 3 (SO)
Washington 5, SAN JOSE 1
HORNTON PASSES SELANNE FOR 15TH ON ALL-TIME POINTS LIST
Sharks forward Joe Thornton (0-1—1) recorded the 1,458th regular-season point of his NHL career (407-1,051—1,458 in 1,542 GP) to pass Teemu Selanne (684-773—1,457 in 1,451 GP) for sole possession of 15th place on the League’s all-time list.
TARASENKO, BINNINGTON EXTEND STREAKS AS BLUES WIN EIGHTH STRAIGHT
Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves as the Blues blanked the Coyotes to extend their win streak to eight games, the longest active run in the NHL. St. Louis improved to 29-22-5 (63 points) and moved past Dallas (29-23-5, 63 points) for third place in the Central Division standings.
* Tarasenko has collected at least one point in a career-high 10 consecutive contests (9-8—17) and became the third Blues player to record a point streak of at least 10 games this season, joining Ryan O’Reilly from Oct. 17 – Nov. 11, 2018 (8-9—17 in 10 GP) and David Perron from Dec. 22, 2018 – Jan. 17, 2019 (6-10—16 in 13 GP). The 2018-19 campaign marked the fourth season in franchise history to feature three or more Bluesplayers each with a point streak of at least 10 games and first since 1991-92, when Adam Oates, Brett Hull and Craig Janney combined for the feat.
* Binnington improved to 11-1-1 since making the first start of his NHL career on Jan. 7 (1.53 GAA, .938 SV%, 3 SO), including wins in each of his last seven appearances. He matched the franchise record for longest win streak by a rookie goaltender, a mark set by Brent Johnson from Oct. 6 – Nov. 18, 2000 and again from Nov. 29, 2000 – Jan. 1, 2001.
LIGHTNING, KUCHEROV REACH 90-POINT MARK
Nikita Kucherov collected 1-3—4 for the second straight game to help the League-leading Lightning (43-11-4, 90 points) extend their point streak to eight contests (6-0-2) and become the first team to reach the 90-point mark this season. Tampa Bay became the eighth team in NHL history to reach the 90-point point within its first 58 games of a season.
* Kucherov became the first player to eclipse the 90-point mark this season (26-66—92 in 58 GP). He became the first player in franchise history to reach the 90-point mark in a season within his first 60 personal games and first on any team since Washington’s Alex Ovechkin in 2009-10 (42-48—90 in 56 GP).
* Kucherov recorded his League-leading sixth game with at least four points this season. He became the first player to register six or more outings with at least four points in a season through games played Feb. 14 since Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk in 2005-06 (6x).
* Andrei Vasilevskiy (32 saves) recorded the 17th regular-season shutout of his NHL career (all w/ TBL) and tied Ben Bishop for the most in franchise history. He improved to 24-7-4 this season (2.39 GAA, .927 SV%, 5 SO), including a 4-0-2 mark in his last six appearances.
KANE EXTENDS STREAKS IN BLACKHAWKS WIN . . .
Patrick Kane (1-2—3) scored the first of five unanswered goals as the Blackhawks rallied from a 2-0 deficit en route to their fifth consecutive home win dating to Jan. 20. Chicago improved to 24-25-9 (57 points) this season and moved within two points of idle Minnesota (27-25-5, 59 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference standings.
* Kane extended his point streak to 16 games (12-23—35), the longest active run in the NHL. He is one game shy of matching the longest point streak by a player this season, a mark set by Florida’s Mike Hoffman from Oct. 13 – Nov. 21, 2018 (10-10—20 in 17 GP).
* Kane (born Nov. 19, 1988) became the 15th different player in NHL history age 30 or older to record at least one point in 16 or more consecutive team games and first since Pittsburgh’s Pascal Dupuis from March 7 – April 7, 2012 (10-12—22 in 17 GP).
* Kane has also collected at least one assist in each of the Blackhawks’ last 15 games dating to Jan. 6 (11-23—34). He established a franchise record for longest assist streak, eclipsing the previous mark of 14 games set by Stan Mikita from Nov. 26 – Dec. 25, 1967 (9-18—27).
* Kane became the seventh different player in NHL history to record an assist streak of at least 15 games and first since Pittsburgh’s Jaromir Jagrfrom Jan. 9 – Feb. 16, 2001 (7-24—31 in 16 GP).
. . . AS KUNITZ REACHES 1,000-GAME MILESTONE
Blackhawks forward Chris Kunitz skated in the 1,000th regular-season game of his NHL career. He became the fifth undrafted player to skate in 1,000 or more career regular-season games and capture the Stanley Cup at least four times, joining Serge Savard (8x), Jimmy Roberts (5x), Charlie Huddy (5x), and Wayne Gretzky (4x).
^Among players to debut since 1963-64, when the NHL Draft was introduced
ISLANDERS, GREISS RECORD ANOTHER SHUTOUT WIN
Thomas Greiss turned aside all 31 shots he faced as the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders (34-17-6, 74 points) improved to 4-1-0 in their last five games. New York recorded its League-leading seventh shutout of 2018-19; the only season where the Islanders had more such instances through games played Feb. 14 was 1975-76 (8 SO).
* New York, which finished 2017-18 with the most goals allowed in the NHL (296 GA), has allowed the fewest goals against this season (136 GA). There has been only one instance in League history where a team concluded a season with the most goals allowed and finished the following campaign with the fewest goals allowed; this was achieved by the Ottawa Senators in 1917-18 (114 GA) and 1918-19 (53 GA).
* Greiss improved to 4-0-1 in his last five appearances dating to Jan. 18 (0.39 GAA, .987 SV%, 3 SO), allowing one goal or fewer in each game. He became the first Islanders goaltender to record three or more shutouts in a span of five appearances since Rick DiPietro from Dec. 16-26, 2006 (3 SO in 5 GP).
MATTHEWS ECLIPSES 100 CAREER GOALS IN MAPLE LEAFS WIN
Auston Matthews (2-1—3) scored the 100th and 101st regular-season goals of his NHL career (101-84—185 in 187 GP) to lead the Maple Leafspast the Golden Knights. Toronto, which improved to 9-0-0 in road games against Western Conference opponents this season, moved to 36-18-3 (75 points) overall and occupies second place in the Atlantic Division standings.
* Among players to begin their NHL career with Toronto, only two required fewer personal games than Matthews to score their first 100 career regular-season goals all with the franchise: Reg Noble on Dec. 23, 1922 (112 GP) and Charlie Conacher on Nov. 9, 1933 (162 GP).
^Babe Dye debuted with Toronto and scored his 100th goal with the franchise on Feb. 14, 1923 (86 GP); however, he appeared in one game with the Hamilton Tigers on Dec. 22, 1920 and scored twice
* The only other player who began his NHL career with the Maple Leafs and scored goal No. 100 within his first 200 career regular-season games (all w/ TOR) was Busher Jackson on Feb. 3, 1934 (200 GP).
RINNE CLIMBS ALL-TIME WINS LIST AS PREDATORS SNAP SLIDE
Pekka Rinne made 34 saves and Viktor Arvidsson scored his League-leading 17th goal since Jan. 1 (17-2—19 in 20 GP) as the Predatorssnapped a three-game slide (0-2-1). Nashville improved to 34-21-5 (73 points) this season and occupies second place in the Central Division standings, two points back of Winnipeg (36-19-3, 75 points).
* Rinne earned the 331st regular-season win of his NHL career to pass Harry Lumley (330) for sole possession of 24th place on the League’s all-time list. Rinne improved to 20-15-3 this season (2.47 GAA, .915 SV%, 3 SO) and reached the 20-win mark for the ninth time in his NHL career.
ATHANASIOU SCORES SECOND PENALTY-SHOT GOAL OF 2018-19
Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou (2-0—2) scored his League-leading second penalty-shot goal of the season (also Jan. 2 vs. CGY).
* Athanasiou became the fifth Red Wings player to score multiple penalty-shot goals since they were introduced in 1934-35, joining Steve Yzerman(3), Ebbie Goodfellow (2), Gordie Howe (2) and Valtteri Filppula (2). He became the third Red Wings player since to score two penalty-shot goals in a season, joining Yzerman in 1991-92 and Filppula in 2007-08.
* The most penalty-shot goals scored by a player in a season is three, a mark set by Pavel Bure in 1997-98 (w/ VAN).
* Jets contest 1,500th regular-season game in franchise history
* Black History Month Spotlight: Jarome Iginla stars on and off the ice
* 'The PreGame' kicks off Stadium Series festivities on Feb. 23
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
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