NHL Morning Skate – Nov. 6, 2013

NHLNEW YORK – A big schedule of games in the NHL had the Buffalo Sabres getting a surprise win over the San Jose Sharks. The Sabres dropped a 5-4 SO loss on the Sharks.

“This was a fear of mine, that we’d be complacent and decide to play when we needed,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “That’s exactly what happened. We were outworked and outdetailed for a large part of the game. We weren’t nearly what we needed to be to play against anybody. We were flat and we didn’t have a lot of energy.

“We played 10 minutes the way we wanted. The other 55 we weren’t very good. That’s as poorly as we’ve played all year.”

In a battle of cellar dwellers, the Oilers upended the Florida Panthers, 4-3, in OT.

“I just tried to hit the net,” said Mark Arcobello, who netted the game winner in OT. “I knew he’d be moving with a pass coming across. I wanted to get there as fast as I could. It just topped off a good night and we had a big win.

“Just to help the team win, that was big. It’s nice to be able to contribute tonight.”


Dallas 3, Boston 2 (SO)

Washington 6, NY Islanders 2

Ottawa 4, Columbus 1

St. Louis 3, Montreal 2 (SO)

Edmonton 4, Florida 3 (OT)

Carolina 2, Philadelphia 1 (OT)

Minnesota 5, Calgary 1

Phoenix 3, Vancouver 2 (SO)

Buffalo 5, San Jose 4 (SO)



Several players picked up wins versus their former clubs on Tuesday:


* Making their first visit to Boston since an offseason trade, Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley each scored in the shootout to lift the Stars to a 3-2 victory. Seguin, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2010 NHL Draft, played the first three seasons of his NHL career for the Bruins, totaling 56-65—121 in 203 regular-season games. Peverley also played parts of the last three seasons for Boston, compiling 21-46—67 in 127 regular-season games. Both players were part of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup-winning team in 2010-11.


* Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves, including a stop on Tomas Plekanec’s penalty shot with 48.9 seconds remaining in regulation, to record his second win in as many visits to Bell Centre since an offseason trade in 2010. Overall, Halak improved to 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and one shutout in three games versus the Canadiens. The 28-year-old netminder played the first four seasons of his NHL career for Montreal, posting a 56-34-7 record with a 2.62 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and nine shutouts in 101 regular-season appearances.


* Senators defenseman Marc Methot logged 17:27 of ice-time and a +1 rating in his first game versus the Blue Jackets, the team with which he spent the first six seasons of his NHL career. A sixth-round pick (168th overall) in the 2003 NHL Draft, Methot recorded 7-44—51 in 275 regular-season games for Columbus before being traded to Ottawa during the 2012 offseason.



Three players scored their first NHL goal on Tuesday:


* Oilers forward Mark Arcobello and defenseman Taylor Fedun (who was making his NHL debut) recorded their first goals 33 seconds apart in the second period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the fastest two “first NHL goals” by a pair of teammates since Nov. 15, 2009, when the Wild’s Robbie Earl and John Scott notched their first goals 20 seconds apart in 5-4 shootout loss to the Hurricanes.


* Arcobello later scored the game-winning goal in overtime. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Arcobello is the first player to tally an overtime goal in the game in which he scored the first two goals of his NHL career since Nov. 14, 1995, when Shane Doan lifted the Jets to a 6-5 victory over the Blackhawks.


* Teammate Philip Larsen also scored his first goal with the club (and the sixth of his career). The Oilers celebrated the game with a trio of commemorative pucks (courtesy: @EdmontonOilers).


* Capitals forward Tom Wilson, the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, recorded the first two points of his NHL career, including his first goal with 4:01 remaining in regulation. Captain Alex Ovechkin, who assisted on the goal, congratulated Wilson by giving him a shaving cream pie after the game. image


Playing in just his third contest this season, Manny Malhotra scored the game-winning goal at 2:40 of overtime to help the Hurricanes overcome a late deficit and defeat the Flyers 2-1. The 33-year-old Malhotra, who suffered an eye injury late in the 2011-12 season, played only nine games last year while continuing to recover. He signed a professional tryout agreement with the Charlotte Checkers, Carolina’s AHL affiliate, at the start of the season before joining the big club Oct. 31.


“Scoring is icing on the cake, but I’m trying to do those little things that make the team successful: blocking shots, managing the puck properly, winning draws,” said Malhotra, who won 14-of-22 draws and finished with a +2 rating, four blocked shots and three hits. “We all did a good job of that.”


Malhotra’s goal was the 25th game-winner of his career (second in overtime) and his first score since March 26, 2012 (with the Canucks). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Hurricanes player to record his first goal with the team in overtime since March 20, 2010, when Jamie McBain netted the winner in a 3-2 victory over the Penguins.



* Blues forward Alexander Steen scored his League-leading 13th goal in his 13th game of the season. Steen has found the back of the net in 11 of St. Louis’ first 13 contests, has 9-2—11 during an eight-game point streak and ranks fourth in the NHL with 13-6—19. The 24th overall selection in the 2002 NHL Draft, Steen has never scored more than 24 goals in any of his nine NHL seasons.


* Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin totaled 2-1—3 in his return after missing the last two games due to an upper-body injury. Ovechkin ranks second in the League with 12 goals in 13 games. He also places seventh in the NHL with 12-6—18.



Ryan Miller faced a career-high 51 shots, but made 47 saves, plus another two in the shootout, to lead the Sabres to a 5-4 victory over the Sharks. Miller recorded his 45th career shootout win, tied for the most in NHL history with NY Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist. He also improved to 7-1-1 with a 2.17 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and two shutouts in nine career appearances versus the Sharks.



Radim Vrbata and Antoine Vermette scored in the shootout to lift the Coyotes to their fifth consecutive victory, the last three of which have come via the tiebreaker. Phoenix improved to 11-3-2 (24 points), the second-best start in franchise history through 16 games (12-2-2, 26 points in 1998-99). The Coyotes also improved to 7-0-1 at home; only two other teams have yet to lose in regulation on home ice this season – the Ducks (5-0-0) and Sharks (5-0-2).



The Wild recorded a 5-1 victory in the team’s 1,000th NHL game (regular season and playoffs). Zach Parise (2-1—3) posted his 27th career three-point game and 31st multi-goal game. Josh Harding made 24 saves to improve to 8-2-1, with a League-leading 1.09 goals-against average and .951 save percentage. Minnesota is 7-1-2 on home ice; only Phoenix (7-0-1) and Pittsburgh (7-2-0) have as many home-ice victories this season.



Stars forward Vernon Fiddler scored the game-tying goal via a penalty shot with 2:34 remaining in regulation. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first game-tying, penalty-shot goal in the final five minutes of the third period of an NHL game since April 12, 2002, when the Thrashers’ Tony Hrkac scored one with 3:37 remaining versus the Blue Jackets (in an eventual 5-4 loss).



Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson recorded his sixth career multi-goal game. He leads all blueliners in goals (6) and points (17) this season, and has 4-5—9 during a five-game point streak . . . Blues forward T.J. Oshie scored the winning goal in the shootout. He is 3-for-3 in shootout attempts this season and 21-of-39 (53.8%) for his career, the highest success rate of any active player with at least 20 shootout attempts . . . Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom collected three power-play assists, the third such game of his NHL career . . . Senators forward Kyle Turris recorded an assist to push his point streak to a career-long five games (1-6—7) . . . Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk extended his assist/point streak to six games (0-7—7) . . . Senators captain Jason Spezza posted two assists to surpass 400 for his NHL career . . . Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (700), Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek (600) and Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll (400) each played in milestone games . . . The Sabres won their fifth consecutive game versus the Sharks . . . The Capitals scored four power-play goals in a game for the first time since Dec. 9, 2011. They lead the NHL in both power-play (27.9%) and penalty-kill (91.5%) efficiency this season . . . Forward Jason Arnott announced his retirement from the NHL. The seventh overall pick in the 1993 NHL Draft, Arnott totaled 417-521—938 in 1,244 regular-season games with six clubs. He also scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Devils in double-overtime of Game 6 of the 2000 Final.



All Times Eastern

Pittsburgh @ NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2

Winnipeg @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m., TSN, CSN-CH+

Nashville @ Colorado, 9:30 p.m., FS-TN, ALT

Phoenix @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., KTVK, FS-W



Metropolitan Division rivals face off for the first time this season when the Penguins visit the Rangers on NBCSN’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” telecast. Pittsburgh has won eight of the last nine meetings between these clubs, outscoring New York 30-15 in that span. The Penguins also have won four of their last five visits to Madison Square Garden and are 9-3-0 in their past 12 trips. Overall, the Rangers have won four of their last six games this season, while the Penguins enter tonight’s matchup on a four-game winning streak.



2013 top draft picks Nathan MacKinnon, the No. 1 overall selection by Colorado, and Seth Jones, No. 4 by Nashville, meet for the second time this season when the Predators visit the Avalanche. MacKinnon took Round 1, recording an assist in a 3-1 victory Oct. 4. He ranks fifth among rookies with 2-7—9 in 13 games this season, while Jones paces all first-year skaters with an average of 25:06 of playing time in 14 contests.


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