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WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Chicago 5, TORONTO 4

New Jersey 6, EDMONTON 3

VANCOUVER 4, NY Rangers 1

NHL MORNING SKATE

THREE HARD LAPS: QUICK HITS FROM WEDNESDAY

 

* Oilers captain Connor McDavid collected two assists to reach the 100-point mark for the third consecutive season.

 

* The Blackhawks scored early and often, but withstood a late four-goal rally by the Maple Leafs to earn their fourth consecutive win and move within four points of a playoff spot.

 

* Trio of 21-year-olds continue to leave their mark on the 2018-19 campaign.

 

McDAVID RECORDS THIRD CONSECUTIVE 100-POINT SEASON
Oilers captain Connor McDavid (34-66—100 in 66 GP) recorded his third consecutive 100-point season and joined Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (33-78—111) as the second player to reach the mark in 2018-19.

 

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* McDavid, who paced the League with 41-67—108 in 2017-18, became the 19th player in League history to reach the 100-point mark in three or more consecutive seasons. Additionally, he joined Sidney Crosby (5), Alex Ovechkin (4), Joe Thornton (3), Evgeni Malkin (3) and Kucherov (2) as the only active NHL players with multiple 100-point seasons.
 

* The 2018-19 campaign marked the first season since 2005-06 to feature two players each record their 100th point prior to their 70th contest, when Jaromir Jagr (67 GP w/ NYR) and Thornton (67 GP w/ BOS and SJS) both did so.

* Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (41-58—99 in 69 GP) moved within one point reaching the century mark Wednesday. With at least one point in his next outing, Chicago’s leading scorer would also join McDavid and Kucherov in recording 100 points in 70 games or fewer.

* The last season with more than three players accomplishing the feat in 70 or fewer games was 1995-96, when Mario Lemieux (44 GP), Jaromir Jagr (52 GP), Ron Francis (66 GP), Peter Forsberg (68 GP) and Joe Sakic (70 GP) all did so.
 

BLACKHAWKS, DEVILS HOLD OFF OPPONENTS IN NINE-GOAL AFFAIRS. . . 
After four contests featured teams combining for at least eight goals Tuesday, including a nine-goal performance from the Flames, the Blackhawkswithstood a four-goal rally from the Maple Leafs after opening the game with five consecutive goals of their own.

* The Blackhawks, who have scored at least five goals in three of their four consecutive victories, moved within four points of the idle Coyotes (35-30-5, 75 points) for the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
 

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* Meanwhile, the Devils participated in games with at least nine goals on consecutive days for the 33rd time in franchise history and first since March 7-8, 2014 against the Red Wings and Hurricanes, respectively.

* Through games played March 13, there have been 179 instances of two teams combining for at least nine goals^ in a game this season. The 2018-19 campaign marks the most such contests through this point of the seasons since 1993-94 (205).
includes shootout-deciding goals

. . . AS 21-YEAR-OLDS CONTINUE TO LEAVE THEIR MARK IN 2018-19
 

Alex DeBrincat (21 years, 85 days) capped the Blackhawks run of five consecutive goals with his 38th tally of the season to boost his totals to 38-31—69 in 70 GP. Additionally, only three 21-year-olds in franchise history have registered more markers in a single season than DeBrincat.

 

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* Fellow U.S.-born star, Auston Matthews (21 years, 177 days), registered 1-1—2 while skating in his 200th career game (106-89—195). Among players to begin their NHL careers with the Maple Leafs franchise, Matthews trails only Charlie Conacher (131) for the most goals through their first 200 NHL contests.

 

Mitchell Marner (21 years, 312 days) assisted on Toronto’s third and fourth tallies to record his 59th and 60th helpers of the season (24-60—84). He became the first Maple Leafs player to record 60-assists in a season since Doug Gilmour did so in back-to-back seasons (95 in 1992-93 and 84 in 1993-94).

 

MOTTE’S QUICK TALLIES LEADS CANUCKS OVER RANGERS
Tyler Motte 
scored two second-period goals in a span of 11 seconds to propel the Canucks to their third home win in four contests. Motte's two tallies were the second-fastest pair of goals by one player in franchise history, trailing only Gerry O'Flaherty (0:09 on March 15, 1974 vs. AFM).
 

QUICK CLICKS


* NHL Draft Lottery scheduled for April 9

Carey Price relishes becoming Canadiens all-time wins leader

VIDEO: Skates Off with Sharks forward Evander Kane

Marc-Edouard Vlasic hoping to add to family legacy at 2019 NHL Draft

 

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION

 

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BLUES, STARS, COYOTES, WILD CONTINUE RACE IN THE WEST

The Blues (36-26-7, 79 points), Stars (36-28-5, 77 points), Coyotes (35-30-5, 75 points) and Wild (33-29-8, 74 points) are all in action as they pursue berths in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The four teams occupy position Nos. 6-9 in the tightly-contested Western Conference standings and are separated by no more than five points.

 

* The Coyotes, 9-2-0 in their last 11 games dating to Feb. 19, host the Ducks (28-34-9, 65 points) at Gila River Arena after moving into the final WildCard spot in the Western Conference standings on Tuesday in pursuit of their first postseason berth since 2012Darcy Kuemper (23-16-5; 2.51 GAA, .920 SV%, 3 SO) can become the sixth goaltender in Coyotes/Jets franchise history to conclude a season with a save percentage of at least .920 (min. 30 GP); he would join Antti Raanta in 2017-18 (.930), Mike Smith in 2011-12 (.930), Nikolai Khabibulin in 1998-99 (.923), Sean Burkein 2000-01 (.922) and Ilya Bryzgalov three times (.921 in 2007-08 and 2010-11, .920 in 2009-10).

 

* The Stars, who occupy the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference standings, look to extend their road win streak to four games when they visit the Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Ben Bishop has blanked opponents in each of his last three games dating to March 5 and can become the ninth goaltender in NHL history to record a shutout in four or more consecutive appearances.

 

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^Four of the eight goaltenders listed accomplished it before the 1929-30 season, when the League instituted rules permitting forward passing inside all three zones

 

* The Wild, meanwhile, pace a group of four teams within six points of the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference standings. Minnesota has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of its last six seasons (since 2012-13), tied with Anaheim for the longest active run of consecutive postseason appearances among Western Conference teams.

 

* The Blues look to snap a two-game slide (0-1-1) when they visit the Senators (23-41-6, 52 points) at Canadian Tire Centre. St. Louis, which occupies third place in the Central Division standings, owns the best road record in the 2019 calendar year among Western Conference teams (13-4-3, 29 points).

the information above was supplied by the NHL PR department

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45 minutes ago, Sharkhaywood said:

Everyone rates Howe above Marleau.  Everyone rates Messier above Marleau.  Those are no brainers.  

And some would rate Nolan above Marleau.

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Just now, seattle__sam said:

And some would rate Nolan above Marleau.

In their prime who would you want to lead your team in the postseason. 

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9 minutes ago, danvilleshark said:

In their prime who would you want to lead your team in the postseason. 

Nolan. And it's not even close. The key word in your question is LEAD.

I've said many times that if I could replace Marleau in his prime with Nolan in his prime on those Thornton teams, the Sharks have two cups. 2009 comes immediately to mind. You think Nolan let's that happen?

There were games, post-season games, where Nolan singlehandedly willed the Sharks to Victory. The famous game against Pronger and the Blues comes to mind. The game against Dallas is another. He simply would not allow the team to lose.

Marleau has never done that. He's had great games in the post season, but not because he willed it. Just because that happened to be a good day.

Nolan took bad days and turned them into good days.

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2 minutes ago, Fugazi said:

 

I suspected it was something to do with a death in the family.  This is heartbreaking.

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6 minutes ago, Fugazi said:

 

Holy ****. This is terrible. The guy that lead me to beleive otherwise works for the sharks and I will have a chat with him. 

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1 minute ago, danvilleshark said:

Holy ****. This is terrible. The guy that lead me to beleive otherwise works for the sharks and I will have a chat with him. 

 

Yeah I was wondering why there was a news blackout. Now we know the answer. It's terrible to lose a child no matter how old they are

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6 minutes ago, Fugazi said:

 

Yeah I was wondering why there was a news blackout. Now we know the answer. It's terrible to lose a child no matter how old they are

This is as bad as it gets. 

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What a tragedy.

He'll have a teammate to talk to about it in Erik Karlsson but that's just awful news.

 

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Look at the end of the fight here. Lucic wanted out, he was totally gassed. He may have won the fight but he was the one that had to walk away.

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21 minutes ago, danvilleshark said:

Look at the end of the fight here. Lucic wanted out, he was totally gassed. He may have won the fight but he was the one that had to walk away.

Props to both of them for some old time hockey.

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21 minutes ago, danvilleshark said:

Look at the end of the fight here. Lucic wanted out, he was totally gassed. He may have won the fight but he was the one that had to walk away.

Not the first time.

Having said that, definite respect to Kurtis Gabriel.  Kid gets called up late in the season for a team that's out of the mix completely but he ain't backing down from anyone.   In less than 40 NHL games the kid has dropped them with Ryan Reaves, Dylan McIlrath, Zack Kassian, Marcus Foligno, Chris Thorburn, Micheal Ferland, and Anthony Peluso.  Say whatever you want about Gabriel he doesn't pick his spots.

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Everyone had raised eyebrows at the extension Tom Wilson got in the offseason but he's responded in a big way.  Another 100 PIMs and just tonight potted his 20 goal.  Mind you that's with significant time missed due to suspension.  It's still a lot of money but there is no one in the NHL who hits as heavy, fights as hard, and can skate/score enough to out of place next to Alex Ovechkin. 

The nastiness and edge he's brought to that team is immeasurable and it was a factor in them finally getting over the hump.

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10 minutes ago, John96 said:

Everyone had raised eyebrows at the extension Tom Wilson got in the offseason but he's responded in a big way.  Another 100 PIMs and just tonight potted his 20 goal.  Mind you that's with significant time missed due to suspension.  It's still a lot of money but there is no one in the NHL who hits as heavy, fights as hard, and can skate/score enough to out of place next to Alex Ovechkin. 

The nastiness and edge he's brought to that team is immeasurable and it was a factor in them finally getting over the hump.

Earlier in his career I would argue against his play. Too dirty too often but he is finding his way with the new league rules.

Would love to have him in teal.

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1 hour ago, John96 said:

Everyone had raised eyebrows at the extension Tom Wilson got in the offseason but he's responded in a big way.  Another 100 PIMs and just tonight potted his 20 goal.  Mind you that's with significant time missed due to suspension.  It's still a lot of money but there is no one in the NHL who hits as heavy, fights as hard, and can skate/score enough to out of place next to Alex Ovechkin. 

The nastiness and edge he's brought to that team is immeasurable and it was a factor in them finally getting over the hump.

Agree. I haven’t liked some of his hits in the past but he’s really impressive this year. I’ve watched several Caps games this year and he’s an actual offensive threat. Moving the puck really well. He’s gotta be the best player/tough guy combo guy this year for sure. 

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Gotta give credit to both Chicago and Philly the past month or so. Who would have guessed a few months ago they’d be only 4/5 points out if a playoff spot with 12 games to go? I love it when teams don’t quit. 

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18 hours ago, danvilleshark said:

... The guy that lead me to beleive otherwise works for the sharks and I will have a chat with him. 

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56 minutes ago, Redbeard said:

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oh yeah. I am well aware of the pain of miscarriage. Mrs Danville and I lost one between our two sons and that is why there is a four year age difference.

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