NHL Morning Skate — Oct. 30, 2013 Rangers get big road win on Island

NEW YORK – An interesting night and exciting night in the NHL featured several surprises including the Rangers’ come-from-behind win over the Islanders in Uniondale. A strong third period saw the Rangers net the tying goal on a power play and then get the winner with just over six minutes left in regulation. Rookie Cam Talbot was gain solid in net.

“It helps to score goals,” said Rangers center Derek Stepan, who had two assists. “It’s something as a team you build confidence that way. Tonight, we definitely felt we competed for 60 minutes.”

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault was pleased with the outcome.


Cam Talbot backstopped Rangers to road win over Isles – Image by Lewis Bleiman

“Great for our team, and I’m sure great for our team too,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of Kreider, the team’s first-round pick (No. 19) from the 2009 NHL Draft. “He’s been playing real well, he’s been going to the tough areas and he was on the power play, standing in front of the net, screening the goaltender and he jumped on the rebound. He did what he was supposed to do.”

In Chicago, the Blackhawks used a hat trick from Jonathan Toews to rally past the Senators, 6-5.

“Johnny had a special game,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Toews, who recorded a natural hat trick by scoring three straight times between the second and third periods, turning a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead. “If you’re a fan and you watched him play tonight, you’re going to go, ‘Wow.’ It was a special performance and that line had a great night, as well. They had high-quality chances and they had the puck. They were dangerous off the rush, but that was one of those performances as a fan you get to see [and] you’ll remember it.”

In Edmonton, just as the Oilers were seemingly getting untracked Phil Kessel and the Leafs came to town. Kessel had two goals and two assists in Toronto’s 4-0 white wash of the Oilers.

“Puck luck is part of it, but skilled players find a way to get goals,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said of Kessel. “The puck kind of follows those guys around. He doesn’t need many opportunities to score.

“When he wasn’t scoring you could chart where his shots were coming from and tonight, where did his goals come from? He’s going into those dirty areas to get goals. That’s what has to happen because goals aren’t easy to score in the NHL. He has quick hands and if you give him an open net his eyes get a little bit wider.”

In Glendale, Mike Smith redeemed himself for a poor first period last week against the Kings. On Tuesday, he stopped 41 shots from LA and back-stopped the Coyotes to a 3-1 win.

“It seemed like lately every time he was stepping on the ice there was a minus and it wasn’t his fault,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “You knew he was chewing on that, but he cares so much and works so hard. I’ve been in that position before and it gets you down a little bit. He was looking to have an impact tonight and boy did he ever.”


NY Rangers 3, NY Islanders 2

Anaheim 3, Philadelphia 2

Montreal 2, Dallas 1

New Jersey 2, Tampa Bay 1

Chicago 6, Ottawa 5

St. Louis 3, Winnipeg 2

Toronto 4, Edmonton 0

Phoenix 3, Los Angeles 1


St. Louis forward Alexander Steen tallied a last-minute, game-winning goal for the second time in three weeks in the Blues’ victory over Winnipeg. Steen, a Winnipeg native, notched the game-winner with 59.4 seconds remaining as the Blues improved to 7-1-2 on the season. On Oct. 9, Steen tallied the winner with 21.1 seconds remaining in a 3-2 victory over Chicago.

Last night’s timely goal also lifted Steen into the NHL goal-leading lead. His 11 goals are one more than Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and two ahead of Colorado’s Matt Duchene, Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos.

Steen’s strike was the seventh go-ahead goal in the game’s final minute this season:

Last-Minute, Go-Ahead Goals in 2013-14:

Oct. 9: Alexander Steen, STL, at 19:38 (CHI 2 at STL 3)

Oct. 12: Matt Niskanen, PIT, at 19:41 (PIT 5 at T.B. 4)

Oct. 17: Reilly Smith, BOS, at 19:01 (BOS 3 at FLA 2)

Oct. 21: T.J. Brodie, CGY, at 19:30 (CGY 3 at L.A. 2)

Oct. 24: David Krejci, BOS, at 19:59 (S.J. 1 at BOS 2)

Oct. 26: Andy Greene, N.J., at 19:15 (NJ 4 at BOS 3)

Oct. 29: Alexander Steen, STL, at 19:00 (WPG 2 at STL 3)


New Jersey forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 119th career game-winning goal, a second-period breakaway against Tampa Bay, to move into sole possession of second place on the NHL’s all-time list. Jagr’s tally moved him past Phil Esposito and within two of all-time leader Gordie Howe (Elias Sports Bureau).

Most Career Game-Winning Goals:

1. Gordie Howe, 121

2. Jaromir Jagr, 119

3. Phil Esposito, 118

4. Brett Hull, 110

5. Brendan Shanahan, 109

Jagr leads the Devils in scoring (3-7–10 in 12 GP) and is riding a five-game point streak (1-6–7). Playing in his 20th NHL season, the 41-year-old right wing is two points shy of becoming the eighth player in League history to post 1,700 career regular-season points (684-1,014–1,698 in 1,403 GP). NHL

Most Career Points:

1. Wayne Gretzky, 2,857

2. Mark Messier, 1,887

3. Gordie Howe, 1,850

4. Ron Francis, 1,798

5. Marcel Dionne, 1,771

6. Steve Yzerman, 1,755

7. Mario Lemieux, 1,723

8. Jaromir Jagr, 1,698


Two of hockey’s biggest stars notched four-point nights Tuesday:

* Chicago captain Jonathan Toews netted his third career regular-season hat trick (Nov. 17, 2010 at Edmonton; Feb. 27, 2009 vs. Pittsburgh) and added an assist (3-1–4) in a 6-5 win over Ottawa. Toews, who last registered more than three points in a game on Nov. 25, 2011 against Anaheim (2-3–5), now has 13 points (7-6–13) in 13 games to lead the Blackhawks in scoring.

* Toronto forward Phil Kessel figured in all four Maple Leafs goals (2-2–4), including the opening strike just 1:08 into the first period, in a 4-0 win at Edmonton. Kessel has 18 points (9-9–18) on the season, tied for second in the League scoring race.

Scoring Leaders, 2013-14:

1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh (8-12–20 in 12 GP)

2. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay (9-9–18 in 12 GP)

Phil Kessel, Toronto (9-9–18 in 13 GP)


Following victories by the Blackhawks and Ducks Tuesday, there have been 20 games in which the winning team overcame a deficit of two goals or more in the first 29 days of competition in the 2013-14 regular season.

* Jonathan Toews’ natural hat trick turned a 4-2 Chicago deficit into a 5-4 lead and the Blackhawks went on to defeat the Senators 6-5 in an 11-goal, 77-shot shootout at United Center.

* The Ducks scored three unanswered goals, including a pair in the third period by Kyle Palmieri, to post a 3-2 victory over the Flyers. Palmieri, who grew up in Montvale, New Jersey, was playing his first NHL game in Philadelphia. He had faced the Philadelphia Junior Flyers in minor hockey.


Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith made 41 saves and forward Andy Miele, called up from the AHL before the game, recorded his first two career points (0-2–2) in his first game of the season to help the Coyotes turn the tables on the Kings. The victory came five days after Smith and the Coyotes allowed four first-period goals in a 7-4 loss at Los Angeles.

The Coyotes upped their record to 8-3-2, marking their best start to a season since 2000-01.


Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler, a night after watching Game 5 of the World Series at Busch Stadium, showed off his baseball swing for the Jets’ first goal… Patrick Elias recorded an assist in his 1,100th career game… Phoenix right wing Jordan Szwarz (selected 97th overall in 2009) made his NHL debut…Cal Clutterbuck scored his first goal with the New York Islanders…. Traded on Sunday, Thomas Vanek, played 19:49 in his Islanders debut… Marian Hossa scored his 100th goal as a Blackhawk… Shane Doan scored his 100th career power-play goal.


All Times Eastern

Boston @ Pittsburgh, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, RDS2

Toronto @ Calgary, 8:00 p.m., TSN

Detroit @ Vancouver, 10:30 p.m., TSN, FS-D

San Jose @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, FS-W


On NBCSN “Rivalry Wednesday,” Boston visits Pittsburgh in the teams’ first meeting since the 2013 Eastern Conference Final won by the Bruins in a four-game sweep.


The Bruins outscored the Penguins 12-2 and never trailed in the series, limiting Pittsburgh to one goal over the final 106:28 of playing time. Pittsburgh stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and James Neal combined for zero points in the series. The Penguins were swept for just the third time in franchise history and first time since the 1979 Quarterfinals versus the Bruins.


As part of the Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio’s first Veterans Build, Blue Jackets players James Wisniweski, Jack Johnson and Jared Boll, along with coaches Todd Richards, Craig Hartsburg and Dan Hinote, will head to Newark, Ohio Wednesday to help a local US Air Force veteran build a house for his young family. Kelley Flanagan and his wife have three children, the youngest with special needs. The Flanagans will be guests of the Blue Jackets as part of the organization’s Military Appreciation Night at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, November 9, when the Jackets host the New York Islanders.


The Blackhawks will premiere their 2013 Stanley Cup championship movie, “17 Seconds,” at the Navy Pier IMAX Theatre in Chicago Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The hour-long feature takes fans inside the dramatic end to Game 6 that clinched the Blackhawks’ second Stanley Cup in four seasons with never-before-seen footage of the celebrations following the victory. The movie will have a limited run at the Navy Pier IMAX Theatre.

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