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 Posted: Fri Dec 23rd, 2016 08:04 am
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Well that escalated quickly.

Entering the third period with a 3-1 advantage over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Columbus Blue Jackets did all they could to put the Metropolitan Division showdown out of reach with three goals in 51 seconds.

Here's who did the damage:

Scott Hartnell (2:44)
Brandon Saad (3:01)
Boone Jenner (3:35)


Jenner's goal chased Matt Murray from the net after the rookie goalie allowed six goals on 23 shots, but Saad's goal was the nicest of the three.


The Blue Jackets entered the game one point back of the reigning Stanley Cup champions, and now sit in a tie for first overall with the Chicago Blackhawks after an eventual 7-1 win.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 23rd, 2016 08:07 am
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Jesus H Christ, 11 wins in a row for Columbus.
Torts coach of the year ?

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Remember when Auston Matthews was in a scoring slump?

It seems like forever ago, as the Toronto Maple Leafs stud has been on a goal-scoring terror over the last month. With his 16th goal of the year Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche, the 19-year-old now has 10 goals since Nov. 23.

BTW, Leafs are up 1-0 thanks to Auston Matthews.#TMLtalk pic.twitter.com/Y5djOWwEeH

— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 23, 2016
To add to the offensive madness, Matthews hasn't gone goalless in consecutive games since Nov. 19 and 23 - the final two games of his 13-game goalless skid.

After it looked like Patrik Laine would walk away with the rookie scoring title, Matthews is just two goals and four points behind the Winnipeg Jets winger, with three games in hand.

You could say the kid is alright.

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Jaromir Jagr made a little more history Thursday, recording the 1,888th point - an assist - of his remarkable career to pass legend Mark Messier for second on the NHL's all-time points list.

Two months shy of his 45th birthday, Jagr's assist vaulted him into second place, after No. 68 had three assists Tuesday to tie Messier.


It wasn't the prettiest assist of Jagr's career, but one of the most important. HisFlorida Panthers down 2-0 in the third period, Jagr was parked in front of theBoston Bruins net and took a Michael Matheson slapshot off his leg. The rebound off No. 68 bounced directly to Aleksander Barkov, who potted the goal to give Jagr the point he was looking for.
Jagr was saluted by the home crowd in Florida, and his Panthers teammates, and was given a gold stick to commemorate the historical moment.
"It hit my ass," Jagr said as the game was stopped for an immediate interview with the legend. Off his bottom or not, it'll go down as the 1,133rd assist of Jagr's career.
Up next: Wayne Gretzky and his otherwordly 2,857 points.

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Mitch Marner has the same amount of pts as Matthews now as well.

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DENVER - Nazem Kadri scored twice, Frederik Andersen stopped 38 shots for his first shutout this season and the Toronto Maple Leafs routed the last-place Colorado Avalanche 6-0 on Thursday night.

Auston Matthews scored his team-leading 16th goal to get the Maple Leafs started in the first period. James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist, and Connor Brown and Frederik Gauthier also scored for Toronto.

Andersen earned his seventh career shutout, and it was an easy one for the NHL veteran. The Maple Leafs scored five goals in 21:29 spanning the first and second periods, starting with Matthews' goal at 7:13 of the first.

Gauthier's first goal of the season at 8:42 of the second ended Semyon Varlamov's night. The Colorado goalie allowed five goals on 18 shots and was replaced by Calvin Pickard.

Pickard made 12 saves for the Avalanche, who are 0-7-1 in their last eight home games. They have lost five straight overall.

Kadri scored a power-play goal in the third, his 13th.

NOTES: Maple Leafs C Byron Froese made his season debut after being recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL on Wednesday. ... The Avalanche failed to score in six power-play chances, including a combined 2:01 of 5-on-3 action. They are 1 for 23 on the power play in the last five games. ... Toronto loaned G Jhonas Enroth to the Marlies.

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Bruce Boudreau has a way with words.

The Minnesota Wild head coach was asked how he felt about his team tying a franchise record with its ninth straight win, and his answer was something.

"Tying is like kissing your sister," Boudreau said, according to the Star Tribune's Michael Russo. "Getting it is the nice thing. Our job's not done."

The Wild will go for 10 on Friday in Manhattan, when they visit the New York Rangers. They'll once again be without Zach Parise, Boudreau confirmed, as the winger's dealing with an illness that cost him Thursday's game, as well.

Devan Dubnyk was exceptional again Thursday, but backup Darcy Kuemper should get the call in the second half of a back-to-back.

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Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has been sidelined 4-to-6 weeks with a sprained knee, general manager Ken Holland told Brendan Savage of MLive.com.

Earlier this week, the Red Wings placed Howard on the injured reserve and recalled Jared Coreau from Grand Rapids (AHL).

Howard has appeared in 17 games with the Red Wings this season, posting a 5-7-1 record, alongside a .934 save percentage.

The Red Wings sit in last place of the Atlantic Division, posting a 14-15-4 record, good for 32 points on the season.

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The Edmonton Oilers will be without forward Tyler Pitlick for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced Friday.

Pitlick suffered the injury in Monday's overtime win against the St. Louis Blues.

The oft-injured winger was beginning to prove himself to be a valuable part of the future in Edmonton, but will now have to overcome another setback to truly make his mark.

Pitlick suffered a lacerated spleen two years ago, and other injuries contributed to him dressing in just 37 games - all in the minor leagues - last season.

This season he scored eight goals and amassed 11 points, seeing some time on Connor McDavid's wing, before suffering the injury.

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Captain Coyote is about to join an exclusive group.

When the Arizona Coyotes and their leader Shane Doan take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, it will mark the 1,500th game of Doan's long-tenured career, one in which he has spent entirely with the same franchise.

With the feat, Doan will become just the sixth player in NHL history to play as many games with one organization:

PLAYER                  TEAM    GAMES


Gordie Howe         Detroit    1687


Nicklas Lidstrom    Detroit   1564


Alex Delvecchio    Detroit    1549


Ray Bourque        Boston   1518


Steve Yzerman     Detroit  1514


Shane Doan        Arizona  1500



Doan also becomes just the 17th player to reach 1,500 games all together.

It won't be the only mark that Doan could hit Friday. The wily veteran sits one goal shy of 400 for his career, and has the chance to achieve the feat versus Arizona-born Auston Matthews.

"Anyone that gets to 400, I've definitely taken the longest," a humble Doan told reporters. "Anyone that's played this long should have had 400 a long time ago."

Drafted seventh overall by the original Winnipeg Jets in 1995, Doan stayed with the club when it left the Manitoba capital for Phoenix the following year.

Ever since, he's claimed every record in franchise history, as Doan holds the top slot in the team's all-time goals, assists, and points categories, scoring 954 points over the course of his career.

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All is well in the State of Hockey.

With a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers on Friday, the Minnesota Wild extended their current win streak to 10 games, setting a new franchise record.

The streak has helped solidify the Wild's hold on second place in the Central Division, sitting two points behind the Chicago Blackhawks with three games in hand.

Suffice to say the hiring of Bruce Boudreau as head coach is paying off quite nicely so far.

Via @EliasSports: Bruce Boudreau is first head coach in NHL history to lead 3 different teams to win streaks of 10+ games (MIN, ANA & WSH). pic.twitter.com/2BK8aYUZRD

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 24, 2016

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The good news for the Boston Bruins is Tuukka Rask is playing some of the best hockey of his career.

The bad news?

All three goalies that have stepped in as backup have to this point failed miserably.

The latest example was Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes wherein Anton Khudobin saw an early two-goal lead evaporate around him.

Signed to a two-year, $2.4-million deal this past summer, Khudobin has not been able to effectively backstop the Bruins in relief of Rask, while rookies Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre did not impress in brief stints earlier this season.

One potential silver lining for the Bruins is McIntrye's play at the AHL level. In 12 games, he's posted a record of 8-0-0 with a .956 save percentage. He could be called upon to jump up to the big club if need be, but there's still the matter of what to do with Khudobin and his contract.

With a record of 18-14-4 following the loss to Carolina, the Bruins remain in third place in the Atlantic. If they don't solve this particular problem, though, a third straight year out of the playoffs could very well be on the horizon.

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Who ends the streak ?




COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets made it 12 straight wins Friday night, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 to maintain the best record in the NHL.

Columbus, improved to 23-5-4 - its best start in franchise history - and has not lost since Nov. 26. Montreal, which outshot Columbus 37-24, fell to 21-9-4.

The win was a league-leading 20th for goalie Sergei Bobvrosky, who kept Columbus in the game despite an apathetic third period in which the Blue Jackets took just five shots.

Sam Gagner put Columbus on the board at 17:50 of the first period, 16 seconds into a Canadiens bench minor for too many men on the ice. It was his 15th goal on the season and sixth on the power play.

The Jackets made it 2-0 with Brandon Saad's 13th goal of the season, just 1:22 into the second period.

The Canadians dominated the puck in the third period, and made it 2-1 with Jeff Petry's goal at 9:08.

Notes: Both Columbus and Montreal were playing the second of two games in consecutive nights. ... The Blue Jackets signed RW Vitaly Abramov to a three-year entry-level contract. Abramov was the Jackets' third-round selection, 65th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft. ... With his assist in the first period, Cam Atkinson became the fourth player in Columbus history to score 200 points. ... Seth Jones left the game at 1:12 of the first period after taking a puck to the mouth. ... Atkinson continued his career-high nine-game point streak. He currently leads the team in goals (15).

UP NEXT:

The Canadiens play Wednesday at Tampa Bay.

The Blue Jackets are off until Tuesday when they host Boston,

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Auston Matthews gave his hometown crowd something to cheer about early into his Arizona debut Friday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs rookie made a slick play to keep the puck onside in the Coyotes' end before setting up Connor Brown who promptly beat Mike Smith with a wrist shot short side.

The goal gives Brown goals in two straight games, while Matthews now has 26 points on the year.

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TORONTO - Former NHL forward Steve Downie went on a lengthy Twitter rant Friday night, taking aim at hockey commentator Don Cherry and the Arizona Coyotes.

Downie, who played parts of eight seasons in the NHL, criticized the culture of violence that he believes Cherry perpetuates through his ''Rock 'Em Sock 'Em'' series of videos.

In response to some of his tweets, a fan tweeted an animated gif of Downie bodychecking Pittsburgh Penguins forward Dean McAmmond in 2007, a play that left McAmmond concussed and Downie suspended for 20 games. Downie retweeted the gif and then spoke about his regrets from the play.

''That hit is what happens when you watch don cherry rock em sock em videos from age 5 to 18. Nothing good comes from those vids,'' Downie said from his verified account. ''I just did what I had to do to play. I still think about what I did to Dean macomond and what I caused him to go through with his family.

''But again, I did what don cherry said to do every Saturday night. Just ... disgusted when I look back. Wish I never played.''

Downie then added another tweet, criticizing Cherry for his stance against visors.

''Sorry Don, but you called me a (coward) for wearing a visor and trying to protect my eyes. Sad thing is I listened to you,'' Downie said.

Downie was drafted 29th overall by Philadelphia in 2005. He played for the Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as 26 games with the Coyotes last season. He had 76 goals, 120 assists and 1,057 penalty minutes.

The 29-year-old Downie started with a series of tweets about the Coyotes' handling of various players' injuries and the treatment of veteran enforcer John Scott, who was voted into the NHL All-Star tournament last season by fans but was traded by Arizona to the Montreal Canadiens and was briefly left out of the showcase by the NHL. Downie also said the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes are a better-run organization than the Coyotes.

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