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Get your Game 7 notes: Rangers at Penguins


Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the New York Rangers starting at 7 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Tonight, the Rangers attempt to complete a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in franchise history. New York has lost each of the previous 16 series in which it trailed 3-games-to-1, having forced a Game 7 just once (in 1939 vs. Boston). Pittsburgh will look to avoid losing a series after holding a 3-1 lead for the third time in club history and second time in four seasons (2011 vs. Tampa Bay, 1975 vs. NY Islanders, in which Pittsburgh led the series 3-0).

• The Penguins are 2-6 all-time when hosting Game 7 (0-1 at Consol Energy Center), having lost three in a row and last winning a home seventh game in Round 1of the 1995 playoffs, vs. Washington. The Rangers are 1-5 all-time when they are the visitors for Game 7, with last season’s 5-0 win at Washington the franchise’s only Game 7 win on the road.

• The Rangers have been a hard team to put away recently –- with wins in Games 5 and 6 of this series, New York is 3-0 this postseason when facing elimination, 6-1 in such games over the last two seasons, and 9-2 when facing elimination over the last three seasons. The Rangers tonight are playing Game 7 for the fifth time in their last seven playoff series; they have won the previous four during that stretch, and are 7-1 in winner-take-all games dating to the 1992 playoffs.

• For the second time in three seasons, the Rangers have gone the full seven games in each of their first two playoff series. No team has ever won the Stanley Cup after playing the maximum 14 games in Rounds 1 and 2.

• After dropping Game 1 in OT at home, then winning Games 2-4 by a combined 9-2 score, the Pens were outscored 8-2 in Games 5 (at Pittsburgh) and 6 (at New York). Only twice in franchise history have the Penguins lost three games on home ice in a single playoff series: 2000 vs. Philadelphia (which included Keith Primeau’s 5th-OT goal for the Flyers), and 2011 vs. Tampa Bay, in which neither Sidney Crosby (concussion) nor Evgeni Malkin (knee surgery) played.

• While Malkin has paced the Penguins with 13 points this postseason and 6 points (3-3=6) vs. the Rangers, Crosby remains stuck on one playoff goal (in Game 3), his only score in his last 17 playoff games (54 shots in that span). Both Crosby and Malkin will be playing in their fourth career Game 7 tonight; each has three points in those games (Crosby 2-1=3; Malkin 0-3=3), with the Penguins going 2-1.

• Henrik Lundqvist has led the Rangers to four consecutive Game 7 victories over three seasons, including their Round 1 win over Philadelphia this year. With a fifth straight victory tonight, Lundqvist would establish a new NHL record for consecutive wins in Game 7s, breaking a tie with Patrick Roy, Ed Belfour and Cam Ward. During his current four game streak, Lundqvist has allowed a total of three goals, for an 0.75 GAA with a .973 save% during the win streak.

• Brad Richards (NYR) holds a 6-0 career record in Game 7s, while teammate Dominic Moore is a career 4-1 that includes a pair of victories over Pittsburgh. Moore scored Montreal’s second goal in a 5-2 seventh-game victory over the Penguins in the 2010 playoffs, in the final game at Mellon Arena. A year later, Moore set up Sean Bergenheim’s goal in a 1-0 Lightning win at Consol Energy Center, completing Tampa Bay’s comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.

• The Lightning, swept from the playoffs by Montreal in Round 1, are sure to be in the Rangers’ corner tonight: should New York win and reach the conference final, the 2014 second-round draft choice the Rangers sent to Tampa Bay as part of the March 5 package for Martin St. Louis automatically becomes a first-round pick.

Isles call Strome back up

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Ryan Strome has been called back to the New York Islanders, the club announced this morning.

The 22-year-old returns to the NHL after eight games with AHL Bridgeport Sound. He had been sent there three weeks ago, after a tough start to the season.

Strome had two goals and two assists during his stint with the Tigers.

The Isles’ next game is Friday at Florida.

McLellan on Oilers’ loss to ‘Canes: ‘That’s a really disappointing effort from our hockey club’

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With the addition of Connor McDavid, 2015-16 was supposed to be the year Edmonton showed significant progress on the ice.

We’re less than two months into the season, McDavid’s out because of a broken clavicle, and the so-called progress just hasn’t been there.

On Wednesday, the Oilers hit a new low, as they were handed their fifth loss in their last six games at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring in the first period, but Carolina answered with four unanswered goals by Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm, Jeff Skinner and Andrej Nestrasil to win 4-1.

“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”

As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupov to injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.

After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:

Edmonton collected 14 points in the first 22 games of the 2014-15 season and after the same amount of games this year, they have just one more point.

They’re currently alone in last place.

PHT Morning Skate: What should your team be thankful for?

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

No matter how they’re playing, each NHL team has something to be thankful for. (USA Today)

Read an excerpt from former NHLer Patrick O’Sullivan’s book “Breaking Away”. O’Sullivan talks about growing up with an abusive father. (ESPN) takes a look at the 12 biggest surprises at the quarter mark of the season. (

Watch the highlights from yesterday’s game between the Flyers and Islanders:

Mark and Marty Howe do a Q & A with Sports Illustrated’s Sarah Barshop. (Sports Illustrated)

“My goal is to get back into the NHL and I’m working out hard to do that.” Mike Richards speaks to the Waterloo Region Record about waiting for another opportunity. (Waterloo Region Record)

After scoring against the Blues, Sidney Crosby has crossed every team off his hit list.

Patrick Kane’s scoring streak > Sharks’ winning run on Wednesday


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Patrick Kane had two assists to extend his career-best scoring streak to 17 games, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Kane set up Brent Seabrook on Chicago’s first goal and also got a helper on Duncan Keith‘s second-period goal to give him 28 points during the streak.

Jonathan Toews and former Shark Andrew Desjardins also scored for Chicago. Andrew Shaw added an empty-netter for the Blackhawks, who improved to 2-1-1 on their annual circus road trip. The six-game swing concludes this weekend with games in Anaheim and Los Angeles.

Corey Crawford made 27 saves.

Brent Burns and Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks, who returned home from a 6-0 road trip to lose once again at the Shark Tank. San Jose fell to 3-6 at home this season after dropping 22 games here last season – their most since 1996-97. The Sharks had earned the most points at home in the NHL over the previous nine seasons.

Martin Jones made 21 saves.

After a slow start in their first game back from the perfect road trip, the Sharks found their legs late in the first period and tied the game at 1 when Burns scored on a one-timer from Joe Pavelski on the power play. It was San Jose’s first goal at home with the man advantage all season after 21 failed chances.

But the tie lasted just 88 seconds before Ryan Garbutt sprung Toews on a 2-on-1 and the Chicago captain beat Jones with a shot high to the glove side.

The Blackhawks added to the lead midway through the second period when Keith sent what looked like an innocent shot in from the boards only to see it elude Jones to give Chicago a 3-1 lead.

The Blackhawks then killed off two power plays early in the third before Marleau made it a one-goal game when he beat Crawford with a wrist shot off a faceoff win in the offensive zone with 8:40 to play.

Desjardins restored the two-goal lead 1:07 later when he scored his first of the season on a rebound.

Fresh off their annual stop in Las Vegas during their November road trip when the circus is in town, the Blackhawks started fast. They got the first eight shots on goal and took a 1-0 lead midway through the period when Kane set up Seabrook with a one-timer that beat Jones.

San Jose took more than 13 minutes before getting its first shot on goal.

NOTES: The Blackhawks have one regulation loss in their past 10 games against the Sharks. … Dainius Zubrus made his debut with San Jose on the fourth line after signing a contract Tuesday. … Sharks D Justin Braun was scratched with an upper-body injury.