NHL Daily Power Play Recap 12/18/15: Kings defeat Montreal, 3-0

December 18, 2015

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Jonathan Quick denied all 45 shots he faced, including 18 in the first period, to pick up his 39th career shutout (second this season) and guide the Kings to an 8-1-2 record in their last 11 games. Quick (Milford, Conn.) moved into sole possession of third place in NHL history for shutouts by a U.S.-born goaltender, one behind John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich.) and Frank Brimsek (Eveleth, Minn.).

Darryl Sutter (LAK) coached his 1,152nd career game to move past Marc Crawford and into sole possession of 15th place on the NHL’s all-time list among head coaches.


Chad Johnson made a career-high 44 saves, including 19 in the final frame, to earn his fourth career shutout (first this season) and lead the Sabres to their first clean sheet since Dec. 9, 2014 vs. LAK (Jhonas Enroth: 34 SV in 1-0 W). Johnson’s 44 saves were the most ever by a Sabres goaltender in a regular-season shutout; Ryan Miller previously held that record with 43 saves on Feb. 29, 2012 at ANA (2-0 W).

Sabres forward Cal O’Reilly (0-1—1) recorded his first NHL point since Feb. 5, 2012 at NJD (w/ PIT).


The Flames scored three unanswered goals to overcome a 1-0 deficit, defeat the League-leading Stars and extend their winning streak to seven games, their longest such run since Nov. 1-16, 2005 (8-0-0).

The Flames’ winning streak is three games shy of the franchise record, set Oct. 14 – Nov. 3, 1978, when the team was based in Atlanta (10-0-0).

The Flames became the fourth team to post a winning streak of seven or more games this season. The others: the Canadiens (9-0-0: Oct. 7-24), Rangers (9-0-0: Oct. 25 – Nov. 15) and Kings (7-0-0: Oct. 16-31).

Johnny Gaudreau, who collected the primary assist on the Flames’ first goal, has 7-5—12 and a +9 rating during the club’s winning streak. He paces the team and shares seventh in the NHL with 12-21—33 overall this season (31 GP).

Karri Ramo made 35 saves, including 17 in the third period, to pick up his fifth straight victory. That is one shy of his career high established Nov. 15 – Dec. 4, 2014 (6-0-0).


Corey Crawford turned aside all 33 shots he faced, including 15 in the middle frame, to record his third shutout in his past four contests and lead the Blackhawks to a sweep of their three-game season series with the Oilers.

Via Elias, Crawford became the first Blackhawks goaltender to pick up three or more shutouts in a span of four team games since 1973-74, when Tony Esposito achieved that feat from Feb. 13-20 (3 SO in 4 GP).

Crawford, who totaled four shutouts over the past two seasons (116 GP), moved into sole possession of first place in the NHL with his fifth blank sheet of 2015-16 (26 GP). He boasts a 16-8-2 record overall (2.14 GAA, .928 SV%, 5 SO).

Crawford also improved to 9-5-0 in 16 career appearances vs. EDM (2.39 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO), including seven consecutive head-to-head victories over the past three seasons (1.69 GAA, .947 SV%, 1 SO).

The line of Teuvo Teravainen (2-1—3), Jonathan Toews (1-2—3) and Marian Hossa (0-3—3) combined for 3-6—9. Teravainen established career highs with his first career multi-goal and three-point performances.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)

BUFFALO 3, Anaheim 0
Florida 5, NEW JERSEY 1
PHILADELPHIA 2, Vancouver 0
San Jose 5, TORONTO 4 (OT)
Los Angeles 3, MONTREAL 0
ST. LOUIS 2, Nashville 1
MINNESOTA 5, NY Rangers 2
CHICAGO 4, Edmonton 0
Calgary 3, DALLAS 1
COLORADO 2, NY Islanders 1
Columbus 7, ARIZONA 5

FRIDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)

Boston @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, NESN, ROOT
Tampa Bay @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., SUN, CSN-DC
Florida @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., FS-F, FS-CR
San Jose @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., CSN-CA, TSN5, RDS
Vancouver @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., SN, FS-D+
NY Rangers @ Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m., MSG+, TSN3

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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