December 16th, 2018 — News and Notes

Today is Sunday, December 16th, 2018, and these are your news and notes.


There were 10 contests on the NHL slate yesterday.


Calgary 2, MINNESOTA 1

In a penalty filled contest between the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild, the Calgary Flames would come away from Minnesota with the 2-1 victory yesterday afternoon.

Flames D Mark Giordano became the first player in Flames history to have shorthanded goals in consecutive games with his short-handed goal at 12:03 in the first period.



Despite being outshot, Calgary would have the most important side of the stat sheet with their 2-1 win.


MONTREAL 5, Ottawa 2


This would be the Canadiens third win over the Senators in 12 days.



The Montreal Canadiens, with their win, would give head coach Claude Julien his 600th NHL win.


NY ISLANDERS 4, Detroit 3 (OT)


NY Islanders Matthew Barzal would net the winner in the shootout frame to give the Islanders the win over Detroit.


PITTSBURGH 4, Los Angeles 3

With the overtime winner by Phil Kessel, Kessel now ties Hall of Famer Mike Modano, Bill Guerin, and David Legwand for the second most regular season overtime winners by a  U.S.-born player with nine goals.


ANAHEIM 2, Columbus 1

The Anaheim Ducks would seal the 2-1 win, holding off a late rally from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Anaheim’s Daniel Sprong would score the only two goals for the Ducks.  Anaheim has won 10 out of their last 12 contests with this win over Columbus.


FLORIDA 4, Toronto 3 (OT)

With the Florida Panthers over the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime, the Panthers Aleksander Barkov would become the first player in the 25-year history of the franchise to complete the hat-trick with an overtime goal.

Barkov, with his three goals in the contest, now has 114 goals as a Panther.  He moved past Radek Dvorak, who had 113 goals as a Panther.

Despite Toronto scoring three goals in the third period, two by Mitchell Marner and other by John Tavares, the Maple Leafs were unable to take advantage in the overtime frame.


TXHT’s Toronto Maple Leafs contributor, Steve Gardiner, has your recap of the contest between the Maple Leafs and the Panthers at the following page.


Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers – 15/12/2018 – Game Day Recap


WASHINGTON 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)

Washington Capitals F Alex Ovechkin would extend his point-scoring streak to 14 games, a career-high, with his League-leading 29th goal on the season.

Alex Ovechkin now sits one goal away from having his 14th consecutive season in which he has scored at least 30 goals in a season.


Rasums Dahlin, last June’s number one overall pick, became the fifth different rookie defenceman in Buffalo Sabres history to record at least three points in a contest.


TXHT has your full recap and analysis of the match-up between the Washington Capitals and the Buffalo Sabres at the following page.

Game Recap – 12/15/2018 – Buffalo Sabres v. Washington Capitals


NASHVILLE 2, New Jersey 1 (SO)

Nashville Predators Ryan Johansen would seal the winner in the shootout frame to give the Predators a of 22-10-1 (45 pts), moving back the top of the Western Conference standings.


Nashville would also move to a record of 10-0-0 against Eastern Conference opponents during the 2018-19 campaign with the win over the New Jersey Devils.



COLORADO 6, Dallas 4


In this contest, Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen would become the fifth set of teammates to reach the 50-point plateau since the 1981-1982 season.



VANCOUVER 5, Philadelphia 1

Philadelphia’s lone goal in the contest would be scored by Scott Laughton at 16:29 in the first period to bring the


Meanwhile for the Vancouver Canucks, rookie sensation Elias Pettersson continues to find his way onto to scoring sheet.

Pettersson has extended an assist and point streak to six games, amassing three goals and nine assists (12 points) and this matches a Vancouver Canucks rookie record for longest assist streak.


The longest assist streak belongs to J.J. Daigneault during the 1984-85 season.


The longest rookie point streak belong to Pavel Bure, who had a point in at least eight straight contests during the 1991-92 season.


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