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Canucks extend Islanders losing streak, streaks go bad for Stars Flyers
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The Buzzer: Streaks go wrong way for Islanders, Flyers, Stars

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Stars, Islanders, and Flyers don’t get good breaks regarding their respective streaks

Tuesday was a bad day for streaks, whether teams wanted to end them (Islanders, Stars) or continue them (Flyers).

As discussed earlier, Tuukka Rask blanked the Flyers to end Philly’s winning streak at nine games. You can read more about that here, and get more info on Rask’s performance below.

Again, teams that wanted their streaks to end didn’t have luck, either. The Islanders put forth a valiant effort, taking the Canucks to a shootout. Vancouver took home the win, however, pushing the Islanders’ streak to seven straight losses. On the bright side, the Islanders are at least hanging in the wild-card races by managing four “charity points” during this skid (0-3-4). Still, being limited to two wins since Feb. 13 (2-7-4) is no way to secure a playoff spot. The Islanders also play eight of their next 11 games on the road, which won’t make things any easier.

The Stars aren’t in quite the same dogfight to secure a 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs spot, but they must be troubled by the Rangers extending their losing streak to six games (0-4-2). Home-ice looks unlikely after this slump, but Dallas seems reasonably insulated as far as holding onto the third Central spot is concerned … unless this really festers.

Three Stars

1. Nicolas Deslauriers, Anaheim Ducks

With some big performances in bigger games on Tuesday, it was tough to give this spot to a player who won a game between to dreary teams in the Ducks and Senators.

That said, a hat trick is tough to argue with … and a natural hat trick is nigh-undeniable. In this case, it’s fully undeniable, as I’m giving the nod to Deslauriers.

If you don’t like the highlight of the night pick later in this post, soothe your seething anger with this as the alt choice:

Deslauriers generated his hat trick 11:49 into the Ducks’ win, breaking Teemu Selanne’s old mark (12:58) as the fastest in franchise history. It’s also the earliest hat trick since Taylor Hall generated three 7:53 into a March 30, 2013 game as a member of the Oilers (both via NHL PR).

2. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

The Flyers probably have a point if they argue that they should’ve extended their winning streak to 10 games. They played quite well against the Bruins, but couldn’t accomplish enough to score against Rask. Rask managed a 36-save shutout to celebrate his 33rd birthday on Tuesday.

Rask helped the Bruins reach 100 points before any other NHL teams. This also happens to be the seventh time the Bruins reached 100+ points in 70 games or fewer (this time 70).

3. A tie between players with two goals and one assist

Look, if you have a convincing argument for Evgeni Malkin, Sebastian Aho, or Filip Forsberg authoring the superior two-goal, one-assist game on Tuesday, have at it. All three are excellent players, and I didn’t really see much that made one stand far above the other on this specific night.

Highlight of the Night

Hey, it technically doesn’t need to be the NHL highlight of the night, does it? Maybe not? Kings prospect and WHL goalie Lukas Parik scored a goal, and that’s good enough for me. Parik plays for the Spokane Chiefs, and may have a chance to score an NHL goal, as the Kings selected Parik 87th overall in 2019.

NHL Standings after a bad night for streaks

East, with wild card battles continuing to confuse

West, with a nice jump for Predators

Scores

 

TOR 2 – TBL 1
NSH 4 – MTL 2
PIT 5 – NJD 2
BOS 2 – PHI 0
CAR 5 – DET 2
NYR 4 – DAL 2
ANA 5 – OTT 2
VAN 5 – NYI 4 (SO)

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Filling the void: Sabres recall Grigorenko

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Mikhail Grigorenko is back on his way to the bigs.

The Russian forward, Buffalo’s first-round pick (12th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has been recalled to the Sabres from AHL Rochester, the club announced on Tuesday.

Also headed up from the Amerks are forwards Tim Schaller and Jerry D’Amigo.

The trio has been brought up to replace Brian Flynn, Torrey Mitchell and Chris Stewart, all three of whom were traded at Monday’s deadline. Between those departures and the injuries to Josh Gorges, Zemgus Girgensons and Patrick Kaleta (Evander Kane too, lest we forget), Buffalo will be icing a forward group that projects to look like this:

Matt Moulson-Tyler Ennis-Brian Gionta

Marcus Foligno-Mikhail Grigorenko-Cody Hodgson

Johan Larsson-Phil Varone-Zac Dalpe

Nicolas Deslauriers-Schaller-Matt Ellis

D’Amigo would be the 13th forward, presumably.

As for Grigorenko, most eyes will likely be on him as he gets another stint with the parent club. He’s been good in Rochester this year, scoring 31 points in 38 games, but only had one goal and one assist in 12 games with the Sabres earlier this year. His last NHL game came on Jan. 9.

Bruins’ Miller (shoulder) to have season-ending surgery

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The Boston Bruins will be without Kevan Miller for the remainder of the season the club announced Saturday.

Miller, who sustained a right shoulder dislocation on Feb. 16 against the Calgary Flames, will undergo season-ending surgery.

The 27-year-old initially injured the shoulder during an Oct. 18 fight with Buffalo Sabres’ forward Nicolas Deslauriers and missed 13 games.

Miller appeared in 41 games this season scoring two goals and five assists to go along with a plus-20 rating and an average of 18:02 in ice time.

Sabres are on their first winning streak after besting Sharks

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The Buffalo Sabres have pulled off a first for the 2014-15 campaign: 20 games into the season and they’re finally on a winning streak. The San Jose Sharks heavily outshot them tonight, but Buffalo came away with a 4-1 victory.

Michal Neuvirth deserves credit for keeping the Sabres in this game early as his team was outshot 10-3 in the first period, but he had to leave due to a lower-body injury. Jhonas Enroth stepped in for the start of the second frame and did a great job of filling the void, turning aside 17 of 18 shots to earn his second win of the campaign.

Brian Gionta scored his first goal of the season to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead at 11:54 of the second period and that proved to be the game-winner. He later helped himself to an empty-netter to seal the deal.

Nicolas Deslauriers and Brian Flynn accounted for Buffalo’s other two goals. The Sabres will try to keep their streak going on Friday against the San Jose Sharks.

Video: Grosenick allows his first career goal

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San Jose Sharks goaltender Troy Grosenick turned aside 45 shots on Sunday to earn a shutout in his NHL debut. That performance led to him getting a second start tonight against Buffalo and his shutout streak ultimately ended at 85:25 minutes.

Zemgus Girgensons found the back of the net in the first period, but his goal was waived off due to goaltender interference. Nicolas Deslauriers bested him early in the second period though and this time it counted:

Brent Burns tied the game midway through the second period, but Brian Gionta netted his first goal of the season about a minute and a half later to reassert the Sabres’ lead.