NHL Daily Power Play Recap 1/3/16: Kings beat Flyers, 2-1

January 3, 2016

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Jonathan Quick made 29 saves, including 15 in the final frame, to backstop the Kings to their fifth straight win.

Quick, who ranks second in the NHL with 22 victories this season (32 GP), has been the goaltender of record for all five games during the current five-game winning streak (1.40 GAA, .956 SV%, 1 SO).

The Kings' Anze Kopitar (0-1—1) also extended his points streak.  He has produced 1-8—9 in his last five games.


Roberto Luongo stopped all 40 shots he faced, including 15 in each of the final two periods, to help the Panthers set franchise records with their eighth consecutive win overall as well as their sixth straight victory at home.

At 22-12-4 (48 points), the Panthers leapfrogged the idle Canadiens (22-15-3, 47 points) to move back into first place in the Atlantic Division, where the top six teams are separated by six points.

The Panthers became the fourth team to post an eight-game winning streak this season. The others, all at nine games: the Canadiens (Oct. 7-24), Capitals (Dec. 12-30) and Rangers (Oct. 25 – Nov. 15).

Luongo extended his personal winning streak to seven games, setting another franchise record. That also is one shy of equaling his career high, achieved Feb. 3-21, 2009 w/ VAN.

Luongo earned his 71st career shutout – and third this season – to tie Lorne Chabot and Harry Lumley for 11th place in NHL history. His 418 career wins are five shy of matching Tony Esposito (423) for seventh place in League history.

In related news, the Panthers signed head coach Gerard Gallant to a multi-year contract extension.


Sidney Crosby scored twice to power the Penguins to a 4-1-1 record in their last six games.

Crosby has 9-11—20 in his past 19 games, including points in six of his last seven outings (5-5—10), after totaling 2-7—9 in his first 18 contests of the season.

Crosby raised his totals to 29-62—91 in 51 career regular-season games vs. NYI, his most points against any club. Elias notes that only one other active player has 90 or more points versus one opponent: Jaromir Jagr, who has achieved that feat against seven teams (BOS, BUF, CAR/HFD, NJD, NYI, PHI and WSH).

Three other Penguins players registered multiple points: Kris Letang (0-3—3), Evgeni Malkin (0-3—3) and Matt Cullen (1-1—2). Malkin paces the team and shares 10th in the NHL with 18-19—37 this season (38 GP).

Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves to earn the win in his first appearance since Dec. 14. He improved to 21-9-5 in 37 career regular-season appearances vs. NYI (2.58 GAA, .915 SV%, 4 SO).

Islanders goaltender Christopher Gibson, a second-round selection (49th overall by LAK) in the 2011 NHL Draft, made his League debut (16 SV).


Fans voted forwards Jaromir Jagr (FLA), Patrick Kane (CHI), Alex Ovechkin (WSH) and John Scott (ARI) as the division captains for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Jan. 31, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (4:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVAS).

From Dec. 1 – Jan. 1, fans around the world cast their votes via the 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Vote. The top vote-getter from each division earned an All-Star berth as division captain, with Jagr representing the Atlantic, Kane topping the Central, Ovechkin leading the Metropolitan and Scott pacing the Pacific.

The remaining 40 players who will comprise the four All-Star rosters – consisting of six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders per team – will be determined by the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department and announced this Wednesday, Jan. 6.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)

Detroit 4, BUFFALO 3
EDMONTON 4, Arizona 3 (SO)
LOS ANGELES 2, Philadelphia 1
TORONTO 4, St. Louis 1
TAMPA BAY 3, Minnesota 2 (SO)
FLORIDA 3, NY Rangers 0
NEW JERSEY 3, Dallas 2 (OT)
PITTSBURGH 5, NY Islanders 2
Nashville 2, CAROLINA 1 (OT)
COLUMBUS 5, Washington 4 (SO)
Calgary 4, COLORADO 0
Winnipeg 4, SAN JOSE 1

SUNDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)

Dallas @ NY Islanders, 5:00 p.m., FS-SW, MSG+
Minnesota @ Florida, 6:00 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, FS-F
Ottawa @ Chicago, 7:00 p.m., NHLN-US, SN, TVAS, CSN-CH
Winnipeg @ Anaheim, 9:00 p.m., TSN3, PRIME, FS-SD

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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