NHL MORNING SKATE – NOV. 12, 2013
 
 
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HALL CALL
ICYMI: Check out the Hockey Hall of Fame induction speeches of Chris Chelios, Geraldine Heaney, Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan and Ray Shero (in honor of his father, Fred).
 
GENERAL MANAGERS MEETING
A meeting of the NHL’s general managers and League executives will take place this morning at the NHL’s office in Toronto. A media availability will follow the meeting, which is expected to conclude by 3:00 p.m. ET.
 
MONDAY’S RESULT
Boston 3, Tampa Bay 0
 
RASK, BRUINS CONTINUE DOMINANCE OF LIGHTNING
Tuukka Rask made 28 saves and the Bruins scored two goals in a 20-second span of the second period to pick up their seventh consecutive victory over the Lightning (and third this season).
 
Rask has two shutouts this season, both against Tampa Bay (also Oct. 19), and is 5-0-0 with three shutouts and a total of three goals allowed in his past five games versus the Lightning dating to 2012-13. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other goaltender with as many as three shutouts against one team over the last two seasons is New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who has three blank sheets versus the Flyers (including one this season).
 
STAMKOS INJURED
The Lightning announced that forward Steven Stamkos will undergo surgery this morning to repair a broken right tibia, suffered during the second period of Monday’s game versus the Bruins.
 
“At this point Steven will be out indefinitely,” general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. “The biggest concern for me, and the rest of the Lightning, is that decisions are made in Steven’s best long-term interest, and we feel this is the appropriate course of action.”
 
Stamkos is tied for the League lead in goals (14) and points (23) in 17 games this season. A two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner, he also has scored more goals (222) than any other player since beginning his NHL career in 2008-09.
 
MOST GOALS SINCE 2008-09 SEASON
1. Steven Stamkos (TB): 222
2. Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 221
3. Patrick Marleau (SJ): 174
4. Corey Perry (ANA): 172
5. Jeff Carter (PHI/CBJ/LA): 167
 
 
 
LOOSE PUCKS
The Bruins improved to 8-1-0 versus Atlantic Division opponents this season . . . Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has scored the game-winning goal in consecutive contests. He last accomplished that feat Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2006 . . . Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula played in his 500th NHL game . . . Bruins players wore camouflaged Spoked-B jerseys during warm-ups in honor of Military Appreciation Day.
 
 
 
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Los Angeles @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., FS-W, MSG-B, BELL TV
Nashville @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m., FS-TN, MSG PLUS
New Jersey @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, MSG
Columbus @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, CSN-DC
Colorado @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., ALT, SPSO
Tampa Bay @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., RDS, SUN
Philadelphia @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., CSN-PH, SNET-E, TVA
Winnipeg @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., TSN, FS-D
Anaheim @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., PRIME, FS-F
Phoenix @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN
San Jose @ Calgary, 9:00 p.m., CSN-CA, SNET-W
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE CONTENDERS MEET ON NBCSN
Two of the top teams in the Western Conference face off when the Coyotes visit the Blues on NBCSN.
 
Phoenix is 12-4-2 (26 points) through its opening 18 games, its second-best start in franchise history (1998-99: 14-2-2, 30 points). Captain Shane Doan has 7-2—9 in his past eight contests, including goals in three straight (4-0—4). Goaltender Mike Smith has won five of his last six starts and is 9-1-2 in his past 12 decisions dating to Oct. 10.
 
St. Louis is 11-2-2 (24 points) in its first 15 contests, tied for the best start to a season in club history (also 1993-94 and 1997-98). Alexander Steen is tied for the League lead with 14 goals and also has 10-3—13 during a career-long, 10-game point streak. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has 1-8—9 during an eight-game point streak, one shy of his career-long.
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