NHL Daily Power Play Recap 12/6/15: Kings defeat Penguins

December 6, 2015

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The Kings scored a season-high five goals – including four strikes in the second period – to improve to 5-0-0 in their last five contests at STAPLES Center overall and earn their first home win over the Penguins since Nov. 5, 2009 (0-1-2). Jake Muzzin (1-2—3) equaled a career high for points in a game, while fellow blueliners Drew Doughty (1-1—2) and Christian Ehrhoff (1-0—1) also hit the back of the net.

Via Elias, the Kings had at least three different defensemen score in the same game for the first time since March 17, 2007 vs. CBJ (Rob Blake, Jamie Heward, Lubomir Visnovsky and Mike Weaver). Kings forward Jeff Carter (1-4—5) extended his point streaks to five games.

The Kings are now 10-5-0 at home, and look to put the finishing touch on a sweep of their four-game homestand against a Lightning team trying to go 3-for-3 on its California trip.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (1-1—2) has collected 4-4—8 in his last seven games. Teammate Chris Kunitz (1-2—3) has 1-4—5 in his last two outings, after posting 3-0—3 in his first 23 contests this season.

Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (32 SV) denied Marian Gaborik on a third-period penalty shot. Goaltenders improved to 19-for-24 (79.2%) on penalty shots this season.


The Red Wings and Senators both overcame multi-goal deficits in the third period to win in overtime.

Gustav Nyquist (1-1—2) notched the primary assist on Justin Abdelkader’s tying goal at 17:37 of the third period and then scored in overtime to help the Red Wings overcome a 4-2 deficit and extend a pair of streaks. Detroit improved to 5-0-3 in their last eight contests at Joe Louis Arena and 7-0-3 in their last 10 games overall – their longest such run since March 11 – April 3, 2010 (10-0-2).

Nyquist's fourth career overtime goal helped Detroit tie Calgary for the League lead in both wins after regulation (7) and wins in three-on-three overtime (6) this season.

The Elias Sports Bureau notes Nyquist also scored in overtime on Oct. 24 at VAN when the Red Wings last overcame a multi-goal third-period deficit to win a game.

Dylan Larkin (1-1—2, +2) ignited Detroit's rally with his 11th goal of the season to take sole possession of the rookie lead. He also paces the entire NHL with a +19 rating this season.

Erik Karlsson (1-2—3) factored on all three unanswered goals for the Senators – including his second career overtime tally – to help his club overcome a 2-0 deficit and improve to 6-1-2 in its last nine contests at Canadian Tire Centre.

Karlsson registered at least three points in a game for the fifth time this season (and for the second straight contest). Karlsson (6-26—32) increased his lead as the top point-producing defenseman and also pulled ahead of Patrick Kane (16-25—41) for the League lead in assists.

Mike Hoffman tied the game with 36.2 seconds remaining in regulation to push his goal streak to four games – the longest active such run in the NHL – and point streak to seven contests (9-3—12). Hoffman, last season's goal-scoring leader among rookies (27) has tallied nine goals in his past seven contests:


Tuukka Rask (17 SV) registered his 29th career shutout (third this season) as the Bruins concluded their road trip through Western Canada on a winning note (1-0-2) and extended their point streak to eight games (6-0-2).

The Bruins have registered a point in at least eight consecutive games for the third time in the last two seasons (also Dec. 29 – Jan. 15: 6-0-3 and Feb. 27 – March 14: 7-0-1).

Rask moved to 4-0-2 with a 1.71 goals-against average, .941 save percentage and two shutouts in his last six outings.

Landon Ferraro (1-1—2), a native of Trail, B.C., registered his first career multi-point effort, with his father, NHL alumnus Ray Ferraro, and other family members in attendance.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)

WINNIPEG 2, Washington 1 (OT)
LOS ANGELES 5, Pittsburgh 3
OTTAWA 3, NY Islanders 2 (OT)
DETROIT 5, Nashville 4 (OT)
CAROLINA 3, Montreal 2
Toronto 4, ST. LOUIS 1
Columbus 4, PHILADELPHIA 1
MINNESOTA 3, Colorado 0
Boston 4, VANCOUVER 0
Tampa Bay 4, SAN JOSE 3

SUNDAY'S ACTION (All Times Eastern)

Arizona @ Carolina, 5:00 p.m., FS-CR
Winnipeg @ Chicago, 5:00 p.m., TSN3, WGN
Florida @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., FS-F, MSG+
Ottawa @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., TVAS, TSN5, MSG
Buffalo @ Edmonton, 8:00 p.m., SN, MSG-B
Pittsburgh @ Anaheim, 8:00 p.m., NHLN-US, ROOT, PRIME, FS-SD
Tampa Bay @ Los Angeles, 10:00 p.m., SUN, FS-W

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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