NHL Daily Power Play Recap 11/8/15: Kings and Ducks earn wins

November 8, 2015

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Anton Khudobin denied 31 shots to earn his fifth career shutout (first this season) and lead the Ducks to their fourth consecutive win following a 1-7-2 start to the season. Anaheim snapped an eight-game skid in San Jose (0-6-2) with its first victory at SAP Center since March 19, 2012.


The Kings scored four unanswered goals, including three in the second period, to improve to 9-2-0 in their last 11 contests following a 0-3-0 start to the season.

Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov played in his 400th NHL game.


Four teams – the Capitals (19:59), Hurricanes (19:56), Sabres (19:43) and Canadiens (18:52) – scored tying or go-ahead goals in the final 70 seconds of regulation en route to wins on Saturday:
  • Nicklas Backstrom notched the tying goal with 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation and Alex Ovechkin scored the lone goal in the fourth round of the shootout to help the Capitals (10-3-0, 20 points) equal their best 13-game start to a season in franchise history (also 1991-92: 10-3-0, 20 points). Elias says that Backstrom became the first player (on any team) to register a tying goal at 19:59 of the third period since Canadiens forward David Desharnais did so on March 15, 2014 vs. OTT (5-4 OT W) and the first player to accomplish that feat for the Capitals since Ovechkin did so on Nov. 15, 2008 at NJD (6-5 SO L).
  • Jeff Skinner knotted the game with 3.3 seconds left in the third period and Jordan Staal scored at 2:51 of overtime to power the Hurricanes to their fourth victory in their past six games overall as well as a 12-0-2 record in their last 14 home contests against the Senators dating to March 16, 2008 (OTT: 2-10-2). Via Elias, Skinner posted the third-latest tying goal by a Hurricanes player since the franchise relocated to Carolina in 1997-98. The only later ones: by Erik Cole at 19:57 of the third period on Nov. 19, 2009 vs. TOR (6-5 SO W) and by Eric Staal at 19:57 of the third period on Nov. 28, 2010 at WSH (3-2 SO L).
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (2-0—2) registered his first career multi-goal performance, including the tiebreaking goal with 16.8 seconds remaining in regulation, to lift the Sabres to their fourth win in their last six outings. Per Elias, Ristolainen scored the latest go-ahead goal by a Sabres player (in regulation) since March 11, 2006, when Mike Grier snapped a 5-5 tie at 19:55 of the third period at PHI (6-5 W).


Alex Ovechkin scored his 483rd career goal and also potted the lone marker in the shootout to propel the Capitals to a 10-3-0 record (20 points), equaling the franchise’s best 13-game start to a season in its 41-year NHL history (also 1991-92: 10-3-0, 20 points).

In doing so, Ovechkin tied Sergei Fedorov – who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday – for the most goals by a Russian-born player in NHL history. Ovechkin equaled the mark in his 772nd career game, 476 fewer contests than Fedorov played in his NHL career (1,248 GP).

Earlier this season, Ovechkin (483-427—910) also became the fourth Russian-born player to record 900 NHL points, following Fedorov (483-696—1,179), Alexander Mogilny (473-559—1,032) and Alex Kovalev (430-599—1,029).

Ovechkin, who has 3-3—6 during a five-game point streak, ranks fourth among active players (from any nation) in goals, behind Jaromir Jagr (728), Jarome Iginla (595) and Marian Hossa (487). Ovechkin, however, has 138 more goals than the next-closest player (Iginla: 345) since making his NHL debut in 2005-06.

Nicklas Backstrom (1-1—2) collected an assist on Ovechkin’s goal. Since entering the NHL in 2007-08, Backstrom has assisted on 45.2% of Ovechkin’s goals (174 of 385).


BUFFALO 3, Vancouver 2
LOS ANGELES 4, Florida 1
MONTREAL 4, Boston 2
WASHINGTON 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
CAROLINA 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
Philadelphia 3, WINNIPEG 0
St. Louis 4, NASHVILLE 0
MINNESOTA 1, Tampa Bay 0
NY Rangers 4, ARIZONA 1
CALGARY 5, Pittsburgh 2
Anaheim 1, SAN JOSE 0

SUNDAY’S NHL ACTION (All Times Eastern)

Dallas @ Detroit, 3:00 p.m., SNE, SNO, SNW, FS-SW, FS-D
Vancouver @ New Jersey, 5:00 p.m., SNP, MSG+ 2
Boston @ NY Islanders, 5:00 p.m., TVAS, NESN, MSG+
Edmonton @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m., NHLN-US, SN, WGN

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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