NHL recap — March 16, 2014 Bolts blank Devils, 3-0

NEW YORK – Well just when you had the Anaheim Ducks grounded they have revived their effort. On Saturday, the Ducks edged the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, at the Staples Center.

It was the Ducks’ fourth line that provided the offense as Patrick Maroon and Tim Jackman scored in Anaheim’s win.

“It was a lot of grit by everybody,” Jackman said. “For us to go into Colorado last night and play a great game and then follow it up tonight with the emotional effort that the guys showed tonight was incredible. It was a great win for us.”

In the now tight race for first in the Pacific, the Ducks have a two-point edge over the Sharks who play in Manhattan Sunday against the Rangers.

The Ducks were coming off a 7-2 drubbing at the hands of the Calgary Flames and coach Bruce Boudreau was looking for positive signs in his bench.

“It was tough Thursday,” Boudreau said. “We were searching for a couple of answers, and we knew we were better than what we showed in the previous three games, and I thought we played a more solid game on Friday, then we came back and did even better today.”http://

Rookie Frederik Andersen picked up the win for Anaheim stopping 37 of 38 shots.

In Glendale, the Phoenix Coyotes picked up a much needed win and tied the Dallas Stars for the final playoff spot in the west. The 3-2 win over the Flames was a relief for the Coyotes who have struggled to find consistency lately.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith’s strong second period paces Coyotes to win over Flames – image courtesy of NHL

Phoenix needed a strong third period from across the bench as they coughed up a two-goal lead in the second period.

“They say a two-goal lead is the worst lead in hockey, and we’re proving it,” Smith said after the Coyotes coughed up a 2-0 lead for the third time in the past eight games. “But we have to realize there are good players in this League. We thought it was going to be an easy game after the first (period). We can’t just tip-toe around games and expect to win, even against teams that aren’t in the playoff hunt.”

Shane Doan’s power play goal near the midway point of the third was the game-winner.

“We were concerned about coming back from a long [four-game Eastern] trip and you’ve got a team playing free and easy for jobs next year,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. “That makes them a dangerous team. We got up, they pushed hard in the second and we pushed back and drew some penalties. Our power play, which has been a strength all year, got us the winning goal.”

Smith has been the most consistent of the Coyotes and has posted a sub 2.00 goals against average over the last few weeks.http://

“He made some saves that really showed how athletic he is as a person,” Doan said of Smith. “He gave us a chance to come back in the third and win.”

If you are looking for consistency, look no further than Boston; the Bruins topped the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, for the3ir eight straight win.

Jarome Iginla scored twice to pace the Bruins.

“I’ve been working on it. I’ve been working on it and I’ve gotten some great looks,” Iginla said. “Tonight, right before [Lucic] gave me my first goal, I had a great pass for a one-timer and I tried to shoot it probably a little too hard and I just missed the net. But I’ve been working at it and also just trying a better chemistry as a group and as a line, and just trying to feed each other, and we’re getting some good looks and some chances and we’re trying to work hard and stuff.”

With Pittsburgh’s loss to the Flyers Saturday, Boston now leads the East by three points.

“I just hope we’re not peaking right now,” Milan Lucic said. “We’ve got to keep wanting more, and we’ve done a good job of kind of staying on course and getting focused on the task at hand.”

The Hurricanes had come into Boston having won two straight but that ended with a thud.

“You know what, they’re a good hockey team, they’re physical. It was disappointing for us because we’ve been playing pretty good hockey recently,” Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. “Usually as the game goes on we get stronger and stronger, but I don’t think we pushed back well enough tonight after they came out hard in the first. They set the tone, and I don’t think we really responded even though the game was a 2-1 game, for the most part.”

Chad Johnson got the win stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced.http://

“It was a good start for us, you know, we wanted to be physical and play the body,” Johnson said. “And I think we got off to a good start, and we really carried that through the whole game, and finally got rewarded in the third period. It was a tough game, they battled hard too. Again, we just stuck with it and got good results.”

SATURDAY’S RESULTS
(Home Team in Caps)
BOSTON 5, Carolina 1
PHILADELPHIA 4, Pittsburgh 0
MONTREAL 5, Ottawa 4 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 3, New Jersey 0
NY ISLANDERS 4, Buffalo 1
St. Louis 4, NASHVILLE 1
Columbus 2, MINNESOTA 1 (SO)
PHOENIX 3, Calgary 2
Anaheim 2, LOS ANGELES 1
 
CANADIENS POST HISTORIC COMEBACK VERSUS SENATORS
Trailing 4-1, the Canadiens scored three times in the final 3:22 of regulation – including David Desharnais’ tying goal with 0.3 seconds left on the clock – to force overtime. Francis Bouillon, who hadn’t scored since March 10, 2013, then potted the winning goal at 1:26 of the extra period to cap Montreal’s comeback.
 
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Canadiens’ victory marked the first time in NHL history that a team won a game in which it trailed by three goals in the final five minutes of the third period.
 
* Prior to Saturday, the latest three-goal deficit overcome by a winning team in an NHL game was on March 12, 1984, when the North Stars rallied from a 6-3 deficit in the final 5:05 of regulation en route to a 7-6 overtime victory against the Canadiens. Tom McCarthy scored three goals, including the winner 10 seconds into overtime, to power Minnesota’s comeback.
 
* Elias says that the last time the Canadiens won a game in which they trailed by three or more goals was on Nov. 1, 2008, when they rallied from a 4-1 deficit after 40 minutes to defeat the Islanders 5-4 in regulation.
 
* Elias also says that prior to Desharnais, the last time a Canadiens player scored a tying goal at 19:59 of the third period was on Oct. 30, 1982, when Pierre Mondou did so in an eventual 4-4 tie versus the Bruins. The last time any NHL player scored such a goal was on Nov. 25, 2013, when Penguins captain Sidney Crosby did so in an eventual 4-3 overtime loss to the Bruins.
 
* Carey Price made 30 saves in his first start since the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He improved to 27-17-5 with a 2.36 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and four shutouts in 49 appearances this season.
 
* P.K. Subban posted his third three-assist game of the season, including a helper on each of Montreal’s three goals in the final 3:22 of regulation.
 
BRUINS MAKE IT EIGHT STRAIGHT
Jarome Iginla (2-0—2) recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the season and Chad Johnson made 29 saves to lead the Bruins to their eighth consecutive victory, their longest winning streak since Nov. 1-23, 2011 (10-0-0).
 
* The Bruins improved to 16-2-3 in their last 21 games, including an 11-1-2 mark in their past 14. They also improved to 9-2-0 in their last 11 games at TD Garden, including four consecutive victories.
 
* The line of Iginla, David Krejci (0-3—3) and Milan Lucic (1-2—3) combined for eight points. The trio has compiled 47 points over the team’s past 14 games (Iginla: 8-9—17, Krejci: 5-9—14, Lucic: 6-10—16).
 
* Iginla scored the winning goal for the second consecutive game and leads the Bruins with six game-winners this season, his most in one campaign since 2010-11 (also six).
 
* Iginla and Chris Kelly scored 13 seconds apart in the third period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the fastest two goals by the Bruins since Nov. 5, 2011, when Lucic and Tyler Seguin tallied eight seconds apart in a 7-0 victory over the Maple Leafs.
 
* Johnson improved to 8-0-0 with a 1.40 goals-against average, .944 save percentage and one shutout in nine appearances this season at TD Garden.
 
BLUES STAY HOT . . .
Patrik Berglund (2-0—2) recorded his third multi-goal game of the season, including the game-winner, to power the League-leading Blues to their seventh victory in their last eight games (7-0-1).
 
* With the win, the Blues swept their season series against the Predators for the first time in franchise history (5-0-0). The last and only other time the Blues completed a series sweep of five or more games was in 1969-70, when they went 8-0-0 versus the Kings.
 
* The Blues improved to 19-0-2 versus the Central Division this season. They also improved to 37-1-5 when scoring first and 36-1-3 when posting at least three goals.
 
* Alexander Steen reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career. He and his father Thomas are just the third father-son duo to each record 30 goals in an NHL season, joining the Hulls (Bobby and Brett) and Hodges (Ken and Ken Jr.).
 
* Ryan Miller made 30 saves to improve to 6-0-1 with a 1.70 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and one shutout in seven games since joining the Blues.
 
* Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 21st goal of the season to extend his point streak to five games (2-4—6).
 
. . . DUCKS KEEP PACE
Patrick Maroon scored the tiebreaking goal at 12:12 of the second period and Frederik Andersen made 37 saves to lead the Ducks to their third consecutive victory over the rival Kings and first at STAPLES Center since April 9, 2011.
 
* With the win, the Ducks (45-16-7, 97 points) remained two points behind the Blues (46-14-7, 99 points) for the top spot in the Western Conference and NHL standings.
 
* Andersen improved to 16-4-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 22 appearances this season.
 
FLYERS WIN FIRST HALF OF HOME-AND-HOME
Steve Mason (25 saves) recorded his 23rd career shutout and fourth of the season to backstop the Flyers over the Penguins the first half of a back-to-back, home-and-home series.
 
* The Flyers posted their first regular-season shutout over the Penguins since April 6, 2008 (Martin Biron: 20 saves) and just their fourth in the last 31 years.
 
* The Flyers improved to 27-12-3 when Claude Giroux (0-2—2) records at least one point this season. In fact, Giroux has picked up at least one point in each of the team’s past 11 wins (8-14—22).
 
* Matt Read (2-0—2) posted his fourth multi-goal game of the season, including his third shorthanded tally (59 GP). He had two shorthanded goals in 121 career games entering 2013-14.
 
* Prior to the game, the Flyers unveiled an eight-foot tall, 1,300-pound bronze statue of Hall of Fame head coach Fred Shero. Shero led the Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975, the only two championships in franchise history.
 
BISHOP SETS LIGHTNING RECORD
Ben Bishop (23 saves) posted his eighth career shutout and fifth of the season to lead the Lightning to their second consecutive victory and fourth straight game with at least one point (2-0-2).
 
* Bishop improved to 31-11-6 with a 2.10 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 52 appearances this season. With the victory, he set a Lightning record for most wins in a single season, surpassing Nikolai Khabibulin’s old mark of 30 in 65 games in 2002-03.
 
* B.J. Crombeen scored his first game-winning goal since Jan. 9, 2010.
 
* Ondrej Palat collected an assist to extend his point streak to four games (3-4—7). He ranks second among rookies in assists (27) and points (44) in 67 games this season.
 
BLUE JACKETS OVERCOME WILD IN SHOOTOUT
Trailing 2-0 in the shootout, the Blue Jackets scored on each of their next three attempts to pick up their sixth victory in their last eight games (6-1-1).
 
* With the win, the Blue Jackets (35-26-6, 76 points) leapfrogged the idle Rangers (36-28-4, 76 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
 
* Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves – and denied 2-of-4 shootout attempts – to improve to 6-1-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout in his last eight appearances.
 
LOOSE PUCKS
Despite their shootout loss, the Wild set a franchise record for points through 67 games (35-22-10, 80 points). Their previous record was 79, set in 2006-07 (36-24-7) and accomplished again in 2007-08 (37-25-5) . . . Shane Doan scored his 350th career goal, including his 65th game-winner, to lead the Coyotes to their fifth victory in their last seven games . . . Kyle Okposo (1-1—2) and Lubomir Visnovsky (0-3—3) both recorded multi-point games to help the Islanders pick up their second win in their last three outings . . . Ales Hemsky scored his first goal since being acquired by the Senators at the Trade Deadline. He now has 1-6—7 in four games since joining the team . . . Hurricanes forwards Alexander Semin (4-5—9) and Jordan Staal (2-6—8) extended their point streaks to seven and five games, respectively . . . Bruins forward Gregory Campbell and Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty both collected their 100th NHL assist . . . Coyotes defenseman Chris Summers scored his first career goal (34 GP) . . . Penguins forward Brandon Sutter played in his 400th NHL game . . . Predators forward Viktor Stalberg and Senators forward Kyle Turris both skated in their 300th career game . . . Coyotes forwards Rob Klinkhammer and Brandon McMillan both appeared in their 100th NHL game . . . Bruins forward Matt Lindblad made his League debut.
 
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m., NBC, TSN2
Vancouver @ Florida, 3:00 p.m., SNET-P, FS-F
Toronto @ Washington, 3:00 p.m., SNET-O, CSN-DC
Edmonton @ Carolina, 3:00 p.m., SNET-W, FS-CR
San Jose @ NY Rangers, 4:00 p.m., CSN-CA, MSG
Colorado @ Ottawa, 5:00 p.m., ALT, SNET-E, TVA
Montreal @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, MSG-B, BELL TV
Detroit @ Chicago, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
Dallas @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., TXA 21, TSN-JETS
 
FLYERS, PENGUINS COMPLETE HOME-AND-HOME ON NBC
The Flyers and Penguins wrap up their back-to-back, home-and-home set with a matinee at CONSOL Energy Center. Philadelphia has taken the past two meetings between these clubs, including Saturday’s 4-0 victory at Wells Fargo Center, and has won seven of its nine all-time visits to CONSOL Energy Center. Pittsburgh, however, leads the NHL with an .833 home points percentage this season (24-4-2, 50 points), including points in six consecutive games on home ice (4-0-2).
 
LUONGO EXPECTED TO START AGAINST FORMER CLUB
Less than two weeks after a trade sent him back to Florida, Robert Luongo is expected to start in net against his former team when the Panthers play host to the Canucks at BB&T Center. Luongo is the Canucks’ all-time leader in wins (252), shutouts (38) and single-season victories (47: 2006-07) in 448 appearances. He also is the Panthers’ franchise leader in wins (110) and shutouts (27) in 321 appearances.
 
“I don’t know if it’ll mean more [to win], but it’s going to be weird,” Luongo told the Miami Herald. “I was in that other locker room just a week and a half ago. It’s the first time I was traded during the season so I don’t know how I’m going to feel, but it’s definitely going to feel weird.”
 
RED WINGS, BLACKHAWKS RENEW RIVALRY ON NBCSN
The Red Wings and Blackhawks face off for the second and final time this season when they meet at United Center. Detroit won the teams’ first matchup of 2013-14, securing a 5-4 victory on Darren Helm’s goal in the sixth round of the shootout Jan. 22. Chicago, however, is 12-2-3 (.706) against Detroit since 2010, its best winning percentage in the history of their rivalry since the 1970s (.674).
 
The Blackhawks will wear green St. Patrick’s Day jerseys during pregame warm-ups. Each one-of-a-kind jersey will be autographed by the player who wore it and then auctioned online at auctions.nhl.com, with all proceeds benefiting Chicago Blackhawks Charities.

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