NHL Daily Power Play Recap 12/23/15: Kings and Ducks both fall

December 23, 2015

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The Kings raced to 2-0 and 3-1 leads, but the Sharks scored four unanswered goals – including a pair from both Joe Pavelski (2-1—3) and Brent Burns (2-1—3) – to snap their intrastate rival’s home winning streak at six games.

Pavelski extended his point streak to five games (5-5—10), a stretch that includes a pair of three-point performances (also Dec. 17 at TOR: 1-2—3). He ranks fifth in the League with 18 goals and shares eighth place with 36 points this season (34 GP).

Burns, who has 4-4—8 over his past four outings, scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season (34 GP) to move two ahead of Justin Faulk for the most by a defenseman. His 31 points rank third among blueliners.

Joe Thornton (1-2—3) also registered three points to extend his point streak to five games (2-5—7).

Kings forward Tyler Toffoli (2-0—2) recorded his sixth career multi-goal game and third of the season.


Derick Brassard registered 2-1—3 and Mats Zuccarello (1-1—2) notched the winning goal at 2:37 of overtime to help the Rangers snap a three-game skid (0-3-0).

Brassard has three multi-goal performances in his last nine outings (also Dec. 6 vs. OTT: 2-0—2 and Dec. 11 at EDM: 2-0—2); he had four such games in his first 510 NHL appearances.

The Rangers earned their 14th home win of the season to tie the Blackhawks for the League lead.

Ducks forward Carl Hagelin, who compiled 58-72—130 in his first four NHL seasons with the Rangers (266 GP), logged 14:09 in his return to Madison Square Garden.


Johnny Gaudreau (3-0—3) registered his third career hat trick – and second of the month (also Dec. 4 vs. BOS: 3-1—4) – to power the Flames to their 10th consecutive home win, matching a franchise record established Nov. 7 – Dec. 12, 2006.

The Flames became the first NHL team to post a 10-game home winning streak since Dec. 11, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015, when the Lightning had an equal stretch. Overall, Calgary has won 11 of its past 12 home games after beginning the season with four straight losses at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Gaudreau recorded his third career hat trick exactly one year after his first such performance (Dec. 22, 2014 at LAK: 3-0—3). Via Elias, he became the first Flames player to collect multiple hat tricks in one season since 2010-11 (Jarome Iginla: 2) and the first to do so in one calendar month since February 2003 (Iginla: 2).

Gaudreau notched his fifth three-point performance of the season (34 GP), including three in his last nine outings (9-6—15). He ranks seventh in the NHL with 15-22—37 overall.

Gaudreau also eclipsed 100 NHL points (40-62—102 in 115 GP). Elias notes that he became the fastest player – in terms of games played – to collect his first 100 NHL points with the Flames since Sergei Makarov reached that milestone in his 93rd game with the team on Oct. 30, 1990 vs. NJD.


Jake Allen stopped all 32 shots he faced and Vladimir Tarasenko potted the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to propel the Blues to their fourth victory in their past five games.

Allen moved into a share of the League lead (w/ Corey Crawford) with his fifth shutout of the season (27 GP). He also ranks in the top 10 in wins (t-4th; 16), goals-against average (6th; 2.06) and save percentage (6th; .928).

Tarasenko scored his 22nd goal of the season (35 GP) to tie Jamie Benn for the most in the NHL. He also shares fifth overall with 22-16—38, including 6-5—11 during a seven-game point streak.

The Blues improved to 7-1-0 in their last eight visits to TD Garden dating to Jan. 21, 2002 (BOS: 1-2-5).


The second episode of Road to the NHL Winter Classic, a four-part series chronicling the Bruins and Canadiens as they prepare for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, debuts tonight in both the United States and Canada.

Viewers in the United States can watch the episode at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT and 9:00 p.m. CT via EPIX, EPIX.com, NHL.com and BostonBruins.com.

Viewers in Canada can catch the episode at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT on Sportsnet. It also will air on RDS tomorrow – Thursday, Dec. 24 – at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT.

TUESDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)

St. Louis 2, BOSTON 0
NY RANGERS 3, Anaheim 2 (OT)
New Jersey 4, DETROIT 3
Vancouver 2, TAMPA BAY 1
FLORIDA 2, Ottawa 1 (SO)
MINNESOTA 2, Montreal 1
DALLAS 4, Chicago 0
CALGARY 4, Winnipeg 1
ARIZONA 3, Toronto 2
San Jose 5, LOS ANGELES 3

The NHL’s holiday break begins today and runs through Friday, Dec. 25. There are no scheduled practices during this time. Dressing rooms also are closed.

SATURDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)

Buffalo @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., MSG-B, BELL TV, NESN
Columbus @ Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, SUN
Montreal @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, CBC, CITY, TVAS, CSN-DC
New Jersey @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., MSG+, FS-CR
Dallas @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., FS-SW+, FS-MW
Detroit @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., FS-D+, FS-TN
Pittsburgh @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., ROOT, FS-N, FS-WI
Los Angeles @ Arizona, 9:00 p.m., FS-W, FS-A
Edmonton @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., CBC

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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