Calgary captain and superstar Jarome Iginla helped make history today. No, it wasn’t by helping the Flames beat Nashville 3-2, instead it was something more personal. By scoring on a penalty shot goal in the second period, Iginla reached the 30 goal mark for the 10th straight season, something only nine other players in NHL history have done.
Iginla joins the exclusive club with Wayne Gretzky, Darryl Sittler, Jaromir Jagr, Phil Esposito, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne, Mike Bossy, Mike Gartner, and Jari Kurri of other players that have scored 30 or more goals in 10 or more straight seasons. With that kind of elite and hall of fame company, Iginla cements his spot in history as one of the NHL’s all-time great goal scorers.
The scary part of this is that Iginla could make a run at the record of 15 straight seasons of 30 or more held by Gartner and Jagr. Thinking back to the two seasons before Iginla started this run where he had 28 and 29 goals respectively makes you wonder just how much closer Iginla could be to making a run at that record. That’s not to say he can’t do it, but getting this level of consistent play in this era is incredible.
Iginla’s goal tied the game up with Nashville and it would be Curtis Glencross who put Calgary ahead in the third with his goal midway through the period. Miikka Kiprusoff would make it stand up through the rest of the game on his way to making 21 saves in the win. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 33 shots in the loss. Martin Erat and Ryan Suter had goals for Nashville. Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames.
Calgary jumps to fifth in the West with the win while the Predators fall into a 10th place tie with Anaheim. Fear not Predators fans, ground can be made up fast with wins. Of course, failing to win keeps you buried and the Predators have now lost six of their last eight.
Video: Canucks escape Arizona with another win for the moms
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.