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Jokinen’s big night helps Kiprusoff claim 300th win

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Miikka Kiprusoff became the first Finnish netminder to collect 300 NHL wins, so it makes plenty of thematic sense that fellow Finn Olli Jokinen played a big role in that victory.

Jokinen scored a hat trick and added an assist while Kipper made 34 saves to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3.

The victory wasn’t just fitting for the Finnish connection alone, as tonight ranks as a genuine full-circle moment for Kiprusoff. The Sharks drafted him in the fifth round in 1995, so it had to feel extra special to accomplish the task against the only other NHL team he’s ever played for.*

Putting it in historical perspective

Kipper is the 27th goalie to earn at least 300 career wins, but if you ask me, the most interesting peer is Evgeni Nabokov. The Sharks decided to go with the Russian instead of him years ago, as they opted to trade Kiprusoff to the Flames on Nov. 16, 2003. Check out how close those two are right now in career wins:

22nd all time: Billy Smith and Nabokov tied at 305 wins
24th: Olaf Kolzig – 303 wins
25th: Turk Broda – 302 wins
26th: Mike Richter – 301 wins
27th: Kiprusoff – 300 wins

Kiprusoff’s career record now stands at 299-194-7-60 thanks to the funky extra column for trades. (Hockey records used to be the worst, right?)

Flames franchise record breakers

As Mike Halford points out, this has been a milestone-happy run for Kipper, who recently became the Flames’ franchise leader in games played for a goalie. Considering the fact that Jarome Iginla recently took some all-time marks of his own, the duo of stars have made a big impact on the history of the Calgary Flames – even if they fell just short of a Stanley Cup.

It’s anyone’s guess how much longer Iginla and Kiprusoff will remain with the team, but they’ve left an indelible mark on the franchise. (Jokinen might have bought himself another year with his recent play, too, by the way.)

* – Interestingly enough, Kipper earned 14 wins with the Sharks franchise and 14 more against San Jose.

Video: Kings, Kopitar exploit Edler’s gaffe for OT win vs. Canucks

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Alexander Edler probably feels some serious shame right now.

The Vancouver Canucks defenseman is getting some heat for a bad blunder on what became the Los Angeles Kings’ overtime game-winning goal by Anze Kopitar.

You can see the decisive goal in the video above, which meant a 2-1 overtime victory for the Kings over the Canucks.

Just a (safe for work) sampling of the reactions toward Edler:

Again, those are the more … sanitized reactions.

Jacob Markstrom didn’t get the win despite keeping Vancouver in the game. The big Swede made 38 out of 40 saves, yet that last goal will burn.

For Los Angeles, it’s another reminder that this team sure is scrappy.

Let’s be honest: it’s better to go late into a game with a lead against the Kings, but a small margin makes for some serious discomfort.

Malkin, Kessel dominate as Pens stump Sharks

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Sometimes an angry Evgeni Malkin means a stray power play or two for his opponents, but it’s usually not the best idea to make him angry.

Giving a player that big and talented extra motivation just seems like a bad idea, right?

Joel Ward experienced that phenomenon on Tuesday, as Malkin responded to a blow from Ward with the goal you can see below.

Malkin scored a goal and two assists while Phil Kessel found the net twice in Pittsburgh’s 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Malkin now has a four-game goal streak going (five goals, three assists). He also has 13 points in his past seven games.

Marc-Andre Fleury deserves plenty of credit, too, as he stopped 33 out of 34 shots and continues to quietly generate some of the best work of his sometimes-polarizing career.

This was a nice way for the Penguins to begin a four-game Western road trip, although they’ll need to wait a while to try to keep it going; their next game comes in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Of course: Ryan Suter wins it for Wild vs. ‘Hawks after those wild quotes

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You know what they say: “What a difference a game makes.”

Even in the 82-game marathon that an NHL regular season is, that can be true.

Ryan Suter admitted he went too far with comments during tough times, yet there he was on Tuesday night, grinning ear-to-ear after scoring the 2-1 goal that ended up being the game-winner.

Heck, people were even joking about things. The healing powers of winning, right?

As of this writing, this win places Minnesota in the last wild card spot, and they’re close to elbowing in on the Chicago Blackhawks (who own a standings point advantage, but have played two more games so far in 2015-16).

Jeremy Roenick labels this 2-1 win as a “team win” for Minnesota, and it showed on that 2-1 goal, as the Wild showed off some picture-perfect passing and a willingness to crash the net for rebounds.

Let’s face it, though; Devan Dubnyk deserves plenty of credit, too.

It won’t be easy in the Central Division, and things may get heated again. Still, this is the sort of win that may just help Minnesota build up some confidence.

Hey look: Flyers reel off three straight wins for first time in 2015-16

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When you’re talking about bright sides, most people believe that they boil down to the light at the end of the tunnel for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a little success in the present while waiting for that bright future, though.

The Flyers are providing at least a burst of sunshine lately, as Tuesday’s 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators gives them … (drum roll) their first three-game winning streak of this season.

Joy abounded.

Even in recent darker moments, Philly’s been pretty impressive on offense, so Flyers fans are likely relieved to see a relative offensive outburst.

Sure, it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns – Radko Gudas might have gotten himself into some trouble, for instance – yet this is still a nice sign of life for a team expected to finish in the draft lottery.

If that fails … hey, the future may require shades.