NHL MORNING SKATE – MARCH 5, 2014
 
 
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REMINDER: TRADE DEADLINE HITS TODAY
The NHL Trade Deadline is today at 3:00 p.m. ET. Click here for a full list of completed deals.
 
TRADE DEADLINE QUICK HITS (Since 1980)
* Number of trades: 476
 
* Number of players traded: 875
 
* Number of draft picks traded: 296

* Picks traded by round: 1st-Round: 23; 2nd-Round: 58; 3rd-Round: 61; 4th-Round: 48; 5th-Round: 33; 6th-Round: 34; 7th-Round: 24; 8th-Round: 7; 9th-Round: 6; 10th-Round: 1; 11th-Round: 0; 12th-Round: 1
 
* Most-traded player: Alan May (1988, 1989, 1994, 1995)
 
* Visit the NHL’s Media site for a year-by-year breakdown of trades completed on Deadline Day.
 
TRADE DEADLINE COVERAGE
NHL Network in the U.S. is simulcasting TSN’s TradeCentre ’14 until 6:00 p.m. ET, hosted by James Duthie and featuring Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun, Gord Miller, Aaron Ward, Ray Ferraro, Mike Johnson, Gino Reda, Martin Biron, Jeff O’Neill, Jay Feaster, Craig Button and Jamie McLennan, among others.
 
NHL Network’s full analysis of the day’s transactions will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET with NHL Tonight: 2014 Trade Deadline Day Recap Show. Host Kathryn Tappen; analysts Kevin Weekes, McLennan, Johnson and Button; and insiders Dreger and McKenzie will do a deep dive into the day’s transactions from NHL Network’s studios in Toronto. Analyst EJ Hradek will join the team from NHL Network’s studios in New York.
 
NHL.com also will bring fans breaking news through stories and video content, including digital reports from Hradek, Button, Steve Mears and Dan Rosen. The site will carry live streaming video of NHL Network’s simulcast from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET to U.S. visitors, followed by a 5:00 p.m. live recap show from NHL Network’s studios in New York. Throughout the day, NHL.com hosts and analysts will interact with fans via Twitter and an all-day live chat on NHL.com.
 
LUONGO HIGHLIGHTS LIST OF DEALS ON EVE OF DEADLINE
The Panthers acquired goaltender Roberto Luongo and forward Steven Anthony from the Canucks Tuesday in exchange for forward Shawn Matthias and goaltender Jacob Markstrom.
 
Luongo played five seasons for the Panthers from 2000-01 through 2005-06, becoming the franchise’s leader in wins (108) and shutouts (26) in 317 appearances. He also holds the Canucks’ records for wins (252), shutouts (38) and single-season victories (47: 2006-07) in 448 appearances.
 
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Luongo is one of only four goaltenders in NHL history to play in at least 300 games for two different franchises, along with Gilles Meloche (Seals/Barons, North Stars), Patrick Roy (Canadiens, Avalanche) and Ed Belfour (Blackhawks, Stars).
 
 
 
Other trades completed Tuesday:
 
* The Wild acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Oilers in exchange for a 2014 4th-round pick.
 
* The Flyers acquired defenseman Andrew MacDonald from the Islanders in exchange for forward Matt Mangene, a 2014 3rd-round pick and a 2015 2nd-round pick.
 
* The Capitals acquired forward Dustin Penner from the Ducks in exchange for a 2014 4th-round pick.
 
* The Coyotes acquired forwards Martin Erat and John Mitchell from the Capitals in exchange for defenseman Rostislav Klesla, forward Chris Brown and a 2015 4th-round pick.
 
* The Ducks acquired defenseman Stephane Robidas from the Stars in exchange for a 2014 conditional 4th-round pick.
 
* The Canadiens acquired defenseman Mike Weaver from the Panthers in exchange for a 2015 5th-round pick.
 
* The Oilers acquired goaltender Viktor Fasth from the Ducks in exchange for a 2014 5th-round pick and 2015 3rd-round pick.
 
* The Blackhawks acquired defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois from the Coyotes in exchange for a 2014 2nd-round pick.
 
* The Senators acquired defenseman Patrick Mullen from the Canucks in exchange for forward Jeff Costello.
 
NEW EPISODE OF “NHL REVEALED” DEBUTS TONIGHT
A new episode of “NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other” debuts on NBCSN tonight following the conclusion of the Capitals-Flyers “Wednesday Night Rivalry” telecast (tentatively, 11:00 p.m. ET). The episode – which will air on CBC tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. ET – features players returning from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games to reunite as teammates as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the recently-completed 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic.
 
NHL JOINS CONGRESS FOR “HOCKEY DAY ON THE HILL”
The NHL, USA Hockey, USA Warriors and the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club will join members of Congress in Washington, D.C., today for “Hockey Day on the Hill” to discuss the state of hockey in the U.S., with a focus on how ice hockey can assist in the rehabilitation of injured veterans. The day will begin with a Congressional Hockey Caucus Briefing on Capitol Hill and conclude with a friendly, but competitive hockey game at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va.
 
Monies raised from the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge will benefit a portion of the NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarship, which awards a four-year academic scholarship to a participant of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone official youth development program to attend any U.S. college or university.
 
Click here for more information.
 
TUESDAY’S RESULTS
(Home Teams in Caps)
BOSTON 4, Florida 1
NEW JERSEY 4, Detroit 3
COLUMBUS 4, Dallas 2
Colorado 4, CHICAGO 2
ST. LOUIS 4, Tampa Bay 2
Pittsburgh 3, NASHVILLE 1
NY Islanders 3, WINNIPEG 2 (OT)
PHOENIX 1, Vancouver 0
EDMONTON 3, Ottawa 2
Carolina 3, SAN JOSE 2 (OT)
 
AVALANCHE STORM PAST BLACKHAWKS
Tyson Barrie broke a 2-2 deadlock with 7:10 remaining in regulation and Paul Stastny added an empty-net goal to lead the Avalanche to their third consecutive win and third victory in four meetings this season with the Blackhawks.
 
* With the win, Colorado (40-17-5, 85 points) remained three points behind St. Louis (41-14-6, 88 points) for the Central Division lead and moved within one point of Chicago (36-13-14, 86 points) for second place.
 
* The Avalanche recorded their 40th victory in their 62nd game of the season, besting the franchise mark set in 2000-01 (63 games), the year they last won the Stanley Cup.
 
* Nathan MacKinnon collected an assist to extend his point streak to 12 games (5-12—17). At 18 years, 184 days, MacKinnon tied the NHL record for the longest single-season point streak by a player age 18 or younger, a mark set by Wayne Gretzky Dec. 9, 1979-Jan. 5, 1980.
 
* MacKinnon also now holds the second-longest point streak by a rookie since the 1998-99 season:
 
LONGEST POINT STREAKS BY ROOKIES, SINCE 1998-99
1. Paul Stastny (COL): 20 games, Feb. 3-March 17, 2007^
2. Nathan MacKinnon (COL): 12 games, Jan. 25-present
3. Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 11 games, March 18-April 7, 2006
t-4. Jonathan Toews (CHI): 10 games, Oct. 10-31, 2007
t-4. Sidney Crosby (PIT): 10 games, Dec. 16, 2005-Jan. 7, 2006
^ NHL record
 
* MacKinnon leads all rookies with 22 goals, 28 assists and 50 points in 62 games this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fifth-youngest player in NHL history to reach 50 points, behind Bep Guidolin (18 years, 58 days), Ted Kennedy (18 years, 97 days), Sidney Crosby (18 years, 161 days) and Brian Bellows (18 years, 182 days).
 
* Matt Duchene (2-6—8) and Stastny (4-3—7) both extended their point streaks to five games.
 
* Erik Johnson matched a career high with three assists, accomplished once earlier this season (Feb. 1 vs. BUF).
 
MILLER EARNS WIN IN HOME DEBUT
Ryan Miller made 15 saves in his Scottrade Center debut to help the Blues overcome a two-goal deficit for the second consecutive game and move two points ahead of the Blackhawks in the Central Division.
 
* The Blues improved to a League-best 19-4-2 in intra-conference play this season, including an 11-0-1 mark at home.
 
* The Blues also improved to 23-5-3 at Scottrade Center, pulling within one victory of the Bruins and Ducks for the most home-ice wins this season.
 
* Alexander Steen posted 1-1—2, including the game-winning goal, for his 13th multi-point performance of the season. He now has a career-high eight game-winning goals in 2013-14, one shy of Corey Perry for the League lead.
 
* Steen also recorded his 200th NHL assist, reaching the 20-assist mark for the seventh time in his NHL career and first time since 2010-11.
 
ANISIMOV POWERS SURGING BLUE JACKETS
Artem Anisimov potted two goals, including the game-winner, to lead the Blue Jackets to their third consecutive victory. With the win, Columbus (32-25-5, 69 points) leapfrogged idle Detroit (28-21-12, 68 points) for the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference.
 
* The Blue Jackets improved to 14-5-1 in their last 20 games overall and 9-2-0 in their past 11 at Nationwide Arena.
 
* Anisimov set a franchise record by posting the winning goal for the third consecutive game. He also set a career high by scoring in his fourth straight game (5-1—6) and equaled a career high with his 18th goal of the season (also, 2010-11).
 
GIONTA’S LAST-MINUTE TALLY LIFTS DEVILS
Stephen Gionta scored the tiebreaking goal with 36.6 seconds remaining in regulation to power the Devils to their third victory in their last four outings, helping the team keep pace with the Blue Jackets in the race for the Wild Card (27-23-13, 67 points).
 
* Jaromir Jagr recorded his 1,041st career assist, moving past Marcel Dionne and into sole possession of ninth place in NHL history. He now sits eight helpers shy of Gordie Howe for eighth all-time.
 
* Adam Henrique scored 27 seconds after the opening face-off and now has 5-2—7 during a four-game point streak.
 
NISKANEN, PENGUINS SPOIL RINNE’S RETURN
Matt Niskanen (2-0—2) recorded his first career multi-goal game, including the winner, to help the Penguins end a three-game skid and spoil Pekka Rinne’s first NHL appearance since Oct. 22.
 
* Niskanen has six game-winning goals in 61 outings this season. He had four in his entire NHL career prior to 2013-14 (410 GP).
 
* Chris Kunitz scored his 200th NHL goal. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the second active undrafted NHL player to reach the 200-goal mark, joining Martin St. Louis (369).
 
* Sidney Crosby posted three assists, his fourth such performance of 2013-14. He leads the NHL with 54 assists and 83 points in 61 games this season.
 
LOOSE PUCKS
Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison recorded his second career overtime goal . . . Islanders forward Michael Grabner scored his third career overtime winner . . . Bruins forward David Krejci tallied his third career regular-season hat trick . . . Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over the Canucks for the second time this season (also, Jan. 16) . . . Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera posted two assists to extend his point streak to five games (2-4—6) . . . Penguins forward Chuck Kobasew played in his 600th career game . . . Stars forward Antoine Roussel appeared in his 100th NHL game, joining Paul MacLean (719 GP), Cristobal Huet (272 GP) and Philippe Bozon (144 GP) as the only French-born players to reach the milestone (Elias) . . . Lightning forward Alex Killorn played in his 100th career game . . . Jets bench boss Paul Maurice coached his 1,100th NHL game (471-460-169) . . . The Hurricanes signed goaltender Anton Khudobin to a two-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season . . . The Bruins honored Olympic medalists from New England, including women’s hockey captain Meghan Duggan, prior to their game against the Panthers.
 
 
 
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Toronto @ NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m., TSN, RDS2, MSG PLUS
Washington @ Philadelphia, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
Ottawa @ Calgary, 9:30 p.m., SNET-E, SNET-W
Montreal @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, PRIME
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