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Get your game notes: Wild at Kings

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Los Angeles Kings hosting the Minnesota Wild starting at 10 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Kings enter tonight’s game on a six-game win streak. With one game to play this month, they have already set club records for most wins (11) and points (22) in the month of March. Leading the way have been the usual (goaltender Jonathan Quick, 9-2-0, 1.89 GAA, .924 save%, one shutout) and somewhat unusual (defenseman Alec Martinez, a team-high six goals) suspects.

• On Mar. 25, the Kings tied a franchise record with eight straight wins away from Staples Center. (They established that mark during the 1974-75 season.) They could set a new mark on Apr. 3 at San Jose.

• Kings winger Marian Gaborik, who has three goals and five assists in 12 games with Los Angeles since his acquisition via trade from Columbus on Mar. 5, is among the Wild’s career leaders in most major offensive categories. Gaborik was the franchise’s all-time leading scorer until Mar. 18, when Wild center and captain Mikko Koivu passed him.

• The Wild’s assists leader (with 38 in 58 games), Koivu enters tonight’s game on a five-game point streak (one goal, six assists). Koivu leads all NHL players in assists (nine in seven games) since March 18. He also has 22 career points (four goals, 18 assists) in 26 games vs. Los Angeles.

• Kings center Anze Kopitar (197 career NHL goals), who led Slovenia to the quarterfinals in the country’s first-ever Olympic men’s hockey tournament last month, needs three goals to become the eighth player in Kings history to score 200 goals for the franchise. L.A. winger and captain Dustin Brown is right behind Kopitar, with 195 goals.

• The Kings have had three different goaltenders post three or more shutouts this season: Quick – 5 (T-2nd in the NHL); Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens (now with Edmonton) – 3 apiece. The only other team in NHL history with three goaltenders with three or more blank sheets in a season was the 2003-04 Calgary Flames: Miikka Kiprusoff – 4; Jamie McLennan (later traded to the N.Y. Rangers) and Roman Turek – 3 apiece. Elias Sports Bureau

• In five starts (six appearances) with the Wild this season, goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is 3-0-2 with a 1.94 GAA, .921 save% and one shutout. Bryzgalov is the fourth goalie to earn a win with the Wild this season, following Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper. Since Jan. 27, he has not lost a game in regulation, going 5-0-4 with Edmonton and Minnesota. The Russian netminder has 14 career wins vs. Los Angeles, more than vs. any other NHL team (14-7-4, 2.32 GAA, .919 save%, two shutouts).

• Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has played more than 30 minutes in 35 of his team’s 74 games this season. The only other NHL players who have played more than 30 minutes in more than 10 games are Florida’s Brian Campbell (14 games) and Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (11 games).

• Four of the last six meetings between the Wild and Kings have gone to a shootout. Minnesota won three of those shootouts, including the most recent one, on Jan. 7 at Staples Center.

Wild just wouldn’t stay down, edge Kings in OT

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Don’t blame Ben Bishop if, deep down, he was glad that he didn’t make his Los Angeles Kings debut on Monday.

After seeing the kind of speed, drive and all-around electric play displayed by the Minnesota Wild, you can understand a goalie shuddering at the often wide-open action. Despite falling behind four times against the Kings, the Wild ultimately edged Los Angeles 5-4 in an overtime thriller.

Mikael Granlund‘s 20th goal of the season ended it in OT, and quickly. And it was beautiful:

…. Unless you’re Jonathan Quick and the Kings, that is.

Granlund is absolutely on fire right now.

Ryan White made a great first impression for the Wild, scoring a goal and an assist (while displaying great flow). Martin Hanzal wasn’t able to score, though he did make his presence felt with five hits. And, again, Bishop might have secretly been relieved to put his Kings debut on hold.

Marian Gaborik turned back the clock a bit to his Wild prime, scoring a goal and an assist. He generally made quite a bit happen for Los Angeles.

It was a tough one for Anze Kopitar, meanwhile, who was unable to generate offense and suffered a -3. He wasn’t able to stop Granlund in OT, though who could?

The Wild still must worry as mumps sidelined at least Zach Parise and Jason Pominville, but for now, they’re battling on. Just ask the Kings how resilient this group really is.

Sell this: Kucherov, Lightning put trades behind them, blast Senators

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The Tampa Bay Lightning might be in sell mode, but that doesn’t mean their players are quitting on this season.

After shipping Ben Bishop and Brian Boyle out of town, they could have rolled over against a hungry Ottawa Senators team. Instead, they blew them out, winning 5-1 on Monday.

Nikita Kucherov was the biggest standout, collecting a natural hat trick, which you can watch above. (He also generated an assist.)

Jonathan Drouin had a big night in his own right, assisting on all three of Kucherov’s goals. Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson generated two assists apiece, as well.

And, yes, Andrei Vasilevskiy inspired at least a few “Ben who?” jokes by making 39 out of 40 saves, including this beauty:

As you can see, Ottawa actually had a 1-0 lead at that point, so it could have been a different game if the agile goalie did do the splits there.

The Lightning are still five points out of the final wild card spot, trailing Boyle’s new team in the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Senators, meanwhile, find themselves slipping a bit out of the race to win the Atlantic Division, especially considering Montreal’s comeback win against New Jersey.

Tampa Bay may may not be done making moves and recognizing painful truth that the odds are against them rallying to a playoff spot. That said, nights like these make you wonder if a run is at least possible.

Canadiens’ big guns trigger comeback OT win against Devils

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 27:  Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates the game winning power play goal by Alex Galchenyuk #27 at 2:54 of overtrime against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 27, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey.  The Canadiens defeated the Devils 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Things were looking a little grim there for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

The New Jersey Devils had, at one point, a 2-0 lead. At least in some corners there were murmurs about a bad start for Claude Julien. Then their big guns swung the game.

The comeback started with Alex Radulov, though the drama was just beginning:

Travis Zajac made it 3-1 for the Devils on the power play, only for Radulov to assist on two Max Pacioretty goals to send the game to overtime.

From there, Alex Galchenyuk scored the overtime-winner for Montreal on the man advantage. Radulov got yet another secondary assist – he ended up with four points tonight – while Shea Weber nabbed the primary helpers on the last two tallies.

Long story short, the Canadiens biggest names came through, allowing Julien to maybe utther a sigh of relief.

 

Trade: Capitals go all in for Kevin Shattenkirk; Blues receive picks

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If there was any doubt about the Washington Capitals going “all-in” to win a Stanley Cup, they erased it on Monday. They sent a pick-heavy package to the St. Louis Blues to land defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

Yes, that’s right; the top team in the NHL standings landed the biggest trade deadline target. They also edged other contenders hoping to land Shattenkirk, including the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers.

Here’s the official announcement, which clears up some of the finer details:

The conditional second-rounder might come in 2019, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford. The full conditions are … complex, so check out this thread from the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan for the highly specific factors that could net more picks for the Blues.

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To recap, the players involved go as follows: Brad Malone and Zach Sanford to St. Louis; goalie Pheonix Copley to Washington.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Blues retained 39 percent of Shattenkirk’s salary in the deal.

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Sanford, 22, was a second-round pick (61st overall) by the Caps in 2013. He has three points in 26 NHL games this season and also played 25 games (compiling 16 points) in the AHL.

Malone, 27, is a gritty player (30 points and 188 PIM in 176 games played) while Copley, 25, generated a nice .920 save percentage in 25 AHL games this season. He also struggled in his lone NHL appearance for St. Louis in 2016-17.

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Almost exactly one year ago, Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said that he believed the team has a two-year window to win a Cup, or at least as their best opportunity to win it all. He’s backing up those words with this bold move.

(And maybe he was playing coy by stating that he was only looking to improve his team “on the fringes.”)