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Get your game notes: Flyers at Hurricanes


Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Carolina Hurricanes hosting the Philadelphia Flyers, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Claude Giroux has gone 19 games since scoring his most recent goal on April 15, 2013, at Montreal. Prior to his current drought, the Flyers captain had never gone more than 13 consecutive regular-season games without a goal (Mar. 11-Apr. 2, 2010). During the time Giroux has gone goalless, 521 different players league-wide have found the back of the net at least once. (Elias Sports Bureau)

— The Flyers and Hurricanes are the only teams in the NHL without a player with double-digit points. Vincent Lecavalier and Brayden Schenn lead the way for Philadelphia with seven points apiece, while Jeff Skinner (currently on injured reserve with an upper-body injury) leads Carolina with nine.

— Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has 230 career goals, but none in 2013-14 (nine games played). Only one active player who has not scored this season has more career goals: Rangers forward Rick Nash (310 career goals, three games played in 2013-14).

— One season after finishing with the NHL’s worst home-ice record (9-14-1), the Hurricanes enter tonight with a 1-3-3 record in Raleigh. Their only win came against the Flyers, in Peter Laviolette’s final game as Philadelphia’s coach. Laviolette led the ‘Canes to their only Stanley Cup championship in 2006.

— On Mar. 13, 2013, the Hurricanes led the now-defunct Southeast Division with a 15-9-1 record. In their 37 games since then, they are 8-23-6 (.297), for the NHL’s worst record during that span.

— Heading into the 2013-14 season, the Flyers goaltending tandem of Steve Mason and Ray Emery were a combined lifetime 10-0-0 vs. the Hurricanes, with a 1.32 GAA and .958 save%. The stat line changed only slightly after the Flyers lost 2-1 in Raleigh on Oct. 6, with Mason in net. Emery is 5-0-0 lifetime vs. Carolina, with a 0.74 GAA and .977 save%, while Mason is 5-1-0, with a 1.84 GAA and .941 save%.

— The Flyers lead the NHL in penalty minutes (278), and are tied for the league lead in major penalties (14, Buffalo) and misconducts (5, St. Louis). Since 2007-08, Philadelphia has finished among the top-three in penalty minutes five of six seasons. Their 7,641 penalty minutes during that span outpace the second-most penalized team (Anaheim) by 643 PIMs.

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Scary moment: Carlo Colaiacovo hospitalized with ‘dented trachea’

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Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.

As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.

Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.

PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).

Comeback Kings: Gaborik pulls L.A. past Kane, Blackhawks

Jake Muzzin, Scott Darling

Patrick Kane set an American scoring record, and added another assist to make it more impressive, but the Los Angeles Kings just wouldn’t be denied.

In the end, Marian Gaborik‘s big night meant more than Kane’s; he scored the tying and then overtime game-winner, both assisted by Anze Kopitar, for a rousing 4-3 overtime Kings win.

Gaborik’s first goal:

And here’s video of the OT-GWG:

Noticing a theme tonight? Yeah, it’s been an evening in which it’s dangerous to assume a lead would stand.

With that, the Kings stick to the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Division, but Chicago shouldn’t feel all bad. The Blackhawks were able to piece together a decent run during their dreaded “circus trip.”

Patrick Kane’s streak hits 19 games, setting a new American record


When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.

With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).

As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.

Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.

So, how would you protect a lead against the Stars?


You know what they say: it’s easy to bash a strategy in hindsight.

Slam that NFL head coach for going for it on fourth down … or settling for the field goal. Bury that MLB manager because he kept a pitcher in too long. And so on.

“Score effects” settle in during almost any lopsided hockey game, yet the Dallas Stars present quite a conundrum: what’s the best way to put a way a team with this much firepower?

Tonight may have presented the greatest evidence that this team won’t go away easy, as it seemed like the Minnesota Wild had the best of a tired Stars team* when they built a 3-0 lead.

Instead, the Stars scored three third-period goals while Tyler Seguin capped the comeback with an overtime-winner.

It was one of those bend-and-then-break moments for Minnesota. Dallas generated a 44-26 shot advantage, including a ridiculous 35-15 edge in the final two periods.

Does that mean that Mike Yeo may have tried to play too conservatively with a healthy lead? It’s a possibility.

On the other hand, would the Wild be wiser to try to run-and-gun with one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL?

It sure seems like a pick-your-poison situation. Which way would you lean, though?

* – To be fair to Minnesota, each team was on back-to-backs.