NHL Daily Power Play Recap 2/25/16: Ducks defeat Buffalo, 1-0

February 25, 2016

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Frederik Andersen stopped all 26 shots he faced and Sami Vatanen provided the lone goal to power the Ducks to a 13-1-1 record in their last 15 games, including six straight victories.  Andersen recorded his fourth career shutout and first of the season. He improved 10-0-1 in his past 11 decisions (1.97 GAA, .931 SV%, 1 SO) following a 5-8-5 start to the campaign.

At 32-19-8 (72 points), the Ducks moved within two points of the idle Kings (35-20-4, 74 points) for first place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks equaled their longest winning streak of the season, also accomplished during this 15-game span (Jan. 20 – Feb. 5: 6-0-0).

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf (0-1—1) extended his point streak to nine games (4-10—14), the longest active such run in the NHL.

In other team news, the Ducks announced today that the club has claimed forward Chris Wagner on waivers from the Colorado Avalanche and assigned him to the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Wagner, 24 (5/27/91), scored four goals (4-0=4) with 26 penalty minutes (PIM) in 37 games with the Ducks and Avalanche this season. The 6-0, 195-pound forward began the season with Anaheim before being claimed on waivers by Colorado on Nov. 15. He scored his first four career NHL goals with the Avalanche, including his first two in consecutive games on Nov. 25 vs. Ottawa and Nov. 28 vs. Winnipeg. Wagner also played three games in San Diego this season, collecting 1-1=2 points with a +2 rating and 16 PIM from Oct. 21-24.

Selected by Anaheim in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Wagner has 4-0=4 points with 28 PIM in 46 career NHL games with the Ducks and Avalanche. He also appeared in his first two career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Anaheim in 2015, going scoreless in the First Round vs. Winnipeg.


The Sharks tied the game with 1:31 remaining in regulation, but Nathan MacKinnon (0-1—1) and Matt Duchene both scored in the shootout to lift the Avalanche to a win in their final outing before Saturday’s 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

At 32-27-4 (68 points), the Avalanche moved four points ahead of the idle Wild (27-23-10, 64 points) for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. They also moved within one point of the idle Predators (29-21-11, 69 points) for the first Wild Card position in the conference.

The Avalanche improved to 5-2-0 in their last seven contests on the heels of a four-game skid (0-3-1).

Jarome Iginla supplied the tying goal early in the third period to extend his point streak to five games (3-3—6). His 607 career goals are one shy of matching Dino Ciccarelli (608) – who will play in Friday’s 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game – for 17th place in NHL history.


David Pastrnak (2-0—2) recorded his second career multi-goal game, including a successful conversion of a first-period penalty shot, to lead the Bruins to their fifth win in their past eight contests.

At 33-22-6 (72 points), the Bruins leapfrogged the idle Red Wings (30-20-11, 71 points) for third place in the Atlantic Division, where the top four teams are separated by just four points.

Pastrnak scored the third penalty-shot goal by the Bruins this season, a first in franchise history. The others, both by Brad Marchand: Dec. 4 at CGY and Feb. 6 vs. BUF.

Tuukka Rask made a season-high 41 saves to improve to 8-5-1 in 14 career regular-season appearances vs. PIT (2.08 GAA, .933 SV%, 2 SO), including a 7-0-1 record in their last eight matchups.


Alex Galchenyuk scored the opening and winning goals to help the Canadiens extend their point streak to three games (2-0-1) and halt the Capitals’ winning streak at four contests.

At 29-27-5 (63 points), the Canadiens moved within five points of the Penguins (30-21-8, 68 points) – who lost in regulation – for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Galchenyuk posted his third multi-goal game of the season (61 GP; also Nov. 28 vs. NJD and Feb. 12 at BUF, both 2-0—2). He had three such performances in 193 career outings prior to 2015-16.


Montreal 4, WASHINGTON 3
BOSTON 5, Pittsburgh 1
COLORADO 4, San Jose 3 (SO)
ANAHEIM 1, Buffalo 0


The Predators (29-21-11, 69 points), who have registered points in seven consecutive games overall (4-0-3) as well as a franchise-record nine straight as visitors (7-0-2), try to extend those streaks when they visit the Blackhawks (38-19-5, 81 points) at United Center. This marks the fifth and final meeting of the season between the division rivals; Chicago has won three of the opening four (NSH: 1-3-0) after defeating Nashville in six games in the First Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Overall, the Predators are clinging to a one-point lead for the first Wild Card position in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks sit in second place in the Central Division and conference, one point behind the Stars (38-17-6, 82 points).

THURSDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)

Minnesota @ Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m., SN360, TVAS, FS-N, CSN-PH
New Jersey @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., MSG+, FS-O
Carolina @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., FS-SE, SNO
Arizona @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-A+, FS-F
NY Rangers @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., MSG, FS-MW
Nashville @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, SNE, CSN-CH
Winnipeg @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., TSN3, FS-SW
NY Islanders @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., MSG+ 2, SNW
Ottawa @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., TSN5, RDS, SNP
Edmonton @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SN360, FS-W

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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