Did You Know? Roberto Luongo is a dual record-holder

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The “Did You Know?” series ties in the news of the day with some little-known hockey factoids and/or trivia. It’ll be fun. Trust me.

On Saturday, Roberto Luongo backstopped Vancouver to a 4-3 win over San Jose. It was his 19th win of the year and 212th in a Canucks uniform, moving him past Kirk McLean for the all-time franchise record.

Obtaining the record was nice, though not especially extraordinary. Luongo passed the likes of Richard Brodeur, Dan Cloutier and Gary “Suitcase” Smith en route to the honor — let’s just say goaltending hasn’t traditionally been Vancouver’s strong suit.

But there was an impressive feat in all of this. By claiming the Canucks record, Luongo became the all-time wins leader for two NHL franchises — Vancouver and Florida. He won 108 games as a Panther from 2000-06 and is the only goaltender to hold career wins records for two current teams.

More, from the Elias Sports Bureau:

One netminder was the wins leader for two defunct NHL franchises: Roy Worters, with the Pittsburgh Pirates (later the Philadelphia Quakers) and New York Americans. Worters, who is the shortest player in NHL history, at 5’3″, was known as “Shrimp”.

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Luongo could hold both records for a very long time. His most recent challenger in Florida, Tomas Vokoun, came close to eclipsing the mark (101 wins), but was cut loose this offseason and is now in Washington.

[Side note: Had Vokoun moved atop the Florida list, he would’ve been mentioned in the same sentence as Shrimp Worters, because Vokoun still holds Nashville’s all-time wins record, with 161.]

The three current Panthers netminders — Scott Clemmensen, Jose Theodore and Jacob Markstrom — have a long way to go. Clemmensen leads with 23 wins, Theodore has 14 and Markstrom (supposedly the goalie of the future) has just two.

Luongo has an even tighter grip on the Vancouver record. The only possible challenger at the moment is Cory Schneider, and he’s 184 wins back.

Other goalies of note

— Nikolai Khabibulin is first all-time for the Lightning, third for the Coyotes, ninth for the Blackhawks and 10th for the Oilers.

— Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen is the career wins leader for the Atlanta Thrashers (94) and fourth on the all-time Stars list. (That said, he’s still 206 wins shy of Ed Belfour.)

— Steve Mason is two wins away from becoming Columbus’ all-time wins leader, which pretty much says everything about Columbus.

What is wrong with the Sharks?

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Not that long ago, the San Jose Sharks appeared well on their way to winning the Pacific Division title.

On March 14, they had a seven-point lead on both Anaheim and Calgary. Gone is that advantage. Not only have the Ducks surged back into the fight for the division, but the Sharks have lost five in a row and are having a terrible time of late creating any offense.

Their struggles hit a new low Friday with a 6-1 loss to the Dallas Stars, a team with its own flaws and nowhere close to a playoff position.

At one point midway through the second period, the Sharks trailed the Stars by four goals and had only six lousy shots on goal. During this skid, San Jose has scored only five goals.

Earlier this week, members of the Sharks said they weren’t terribly worried about this losing streak. The losses, they had said, were in close games, which is true: San Jose lost three consecutive one-goal games.

“When I look at the losing streak, we dominated some of those games for long periods and found ways to lose. You never like to lose, but I’m not that concerned,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer told CSN Bay Area. “We’ve got to obviously end it. We’ve got to get healthy. I don’t see a bunch of symptoms of a team that can’t get this fixed pretty quickly.”

This, however, was a blowout. Adam Cracknell recorded the hat trick, pushing his single-season career-high in goals to 10.

The performance at one point forced DeBoer to take a timeout, in which he expressed his displeasure.

Making matters worse for the Sharks: Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic left the game early in the third period and was put under further evaluation. He didn’t return.

The Sharks visit the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Halak and the Islanders defeat Penguins, move into wild card spot

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Quite a hockey game between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

It offered plenty to enjoy — Phil Kessel‘s dominant but unfruitful shift in overtime, a combined 86 shots on goal between both teams, a showcase of skill from the likes of John Tavares and Sidney Crosby, and two strong goaltending performances from Jaroslav Halak and Marc-Andre Fleury.

Josh Ho-Sang, who wears No. 66, which is just fine in the eyes of Mario Lemieux, set up Brock Nelson‘s goal in the second period.

The Islanders and their fans probably aren’t hung up on style points at this juncture of the season. They just care about wins and points in the standings, and those are exactly what New York accomplished with a 4-3 shootout win in Pittsburgh.

Anthony Beauvillier and Tavares scored for the Islanders in the shootout. Halak made 37 stops, including a game-saver in overtime off Matt Cullen. Halak trapped the puck, which was right on the goal line, between his legs on a chance from in front. The play was reviewed but no goal.

The win gives the Islanders 82 points, which is the same total as the struggling Boston Bruins.

However, the Islanders, with one game in hand on the Bruins, take over the final wild card spot in the East for now.

Video: Friday night fights between Bolts and Red Wings

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Not much offense — actually, just one goal midway through the second period as of the writing of this post — between the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

But there has definitely been some animosity between the two clubs.

Tempers flared late in the first period, with Adam Erne and Andreas Athanasiou getting involved in a spirited scrap — and Athanasiou unsuccessful in his attempt at the take-down.

The bad blood continued in the second period with Greg McKegg and Anthony Mantha getting involved in a fight, and Mantha — given the instigator — landing a couple of shots with McKegg on the ice.

 

NHL, MLB player unions support U.S. women hockey players’ boycott

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Unions representing NHL and Major League Baseball players are backing U.S. Women’s National Hockey team players’ decision to boycott next week’s world championships because of a wage dispute.

The NHL Players’ Association posted a note on its Twitter account on Friday saying it supports the U.S. players while panning USA Hockey’s bid to stock the team with replacements. The NHLPA says the decision to go with replacement players “would only serve to make relations, now and in the future, much worse.”

Earlier in the day, the MLB Players Association encouraged all women hockey players to stand united behind their national team colleagues.

Read more: USA Hockey says it will not offer living wage, as dispute with women’s national team continues

The Twitter messages were posted a day after USA Hockey announced it would begin gauging interest of replacement players to compete at the tournament, which opens next Friday in Plymouth, Michigan.

Players are seeking a four-year contract that includes payments outside the six-month Olympic period.