NHL Daily Power Play Recap 12/20/15: Ducks beat New Jersey, 2-1

December 20, 2015

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Frederik Andersen made 21 saves to help the Ducks halt a three-game road losing streak and register a victory in his 100th career appearance (60-24-9, 2.37 GAA, .917 SV%, 3 SO).

According to Elias, only two other goaltenders who have debuted in the last 30 years won at least 60 of their first 100 games in the NHL: Chris Osgood (69) and Antti Niemi (61).


Jonathan Bernier, the 11th overall selection by the Kings in the 2006 NHL Draft, made 26 saves to register his 10th career shutout (first this season) and guide the Maple Leafs past his former club.

With the victory, Bernier earned his first win of the season and his first win in four career appearances against the Kings.

Via Elias, Bernier is the fourth former Kings goaltender to record a shutout against the club and the first to do so since March 6, 1982 (Rogie Vachon: 24 SV w/ BOS).

Maple Leafs forward Michael Grabner established a new career-high with four points (2-2—4).


Jamie Benn (2-1—3) and Jason Spezza (1-2—3) recorded three points apiece to power the Stars past the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens and back into sole possession of top spot in the NHL standings.

At 24-7-2, the Stars became the first team to reach 50 points in 2015-16 and pulled two points ahead of the idle Capitals (23-6-2, 48 points) for first place overall in League standings. Via Elias, the Stars also reached 50 points in 33 games during the 1998-99 season (22-5-6, 50 points) en route to winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The Stars improved to 8-2-0 in their last 10 contests at American Airlines Center. Their 13 home wins share first in the NHL in 2015-16 (w/ WSH, NYR and CHI).

Benn scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season to surpass Vladimir Tarasenko (21) for the League lead. He paces all players with five multi-goal efforts (tied w/ Mike Hoffman) and six three-point performances in 2015-16.

Benn and Tyler Seguin (1-1—2) share second in League scoring with 44 points apiece (Benn: 22-22—44 and Seguin: 18-26—44), four points behind Patrick Kane (20-28—48).

Spezza has collected 30-36—66 in 57 career appearances against the Canadiens, his second-highest total against one opponent (23-44—67 in 57 GP vs. BUF).

SATURDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)

Chicago 3, BUFFALO 2 (SO)
ST. LOUIS 3, Calgary 2
TORONTO 5, Los Angeles 0
Anaheim 2, NEW JERSEY 1
Carolina 2, PITTSBURGH 1
COLUMBUS 3, Philadelphia 2 (SO)
DALLAS 6, Montreal 2
NASHVILLE 3, Minnesota 2
ARIZONA 1, NY Islanders 0
COLORADO 5, Edmonton 1

SUNDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)

Vancouver @ Florida, 4:00 p.m., SNP, FS-F
New Jersey @ Boston, 5:00 p.m., MSG+, NESN
Ottawa @ Tampa Bay, 5:00 p.m., RDS2, TSN5, SUN
Calgary @ Detroit, 7:00 p.m., SN, FS-D
Washington @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, TVAS, CSN-DC, MSG
San Jose @ Chicago, 7:00 p.m., CSN-CA, CSN-CH

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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