Hockey Today - Dec. 31

Hockey Today - Dec. 31

Hockey Today - December 31
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SCOREBOARD

San Jose at Minnesota (7 p.m. EST). The Sharks have won a franchise-record nine straight road games.

STARS

-Dustin Brown, Kings, scored his second goal of the game in overtime to give Los Angeles a 3-2 win over Chicago.

-Chris Drury and Brendan Shanahan, Rangers. Drury scored to tie the game in the third period and assisted on Shanahan's game-winner in overtime to lift New York over Montreal 4-3.

-Antero Niittymaki, Flyers, stopped 38 shots for his third career shutout, backstopping Philadelphia's 1-0 win over Florida.

TIMELY

Derian Hatcher scored midway through the third period to lift Philadelphia over Florida 1-0 on Sunday for its third straight victory. The Flyers' defenseman notched his second of the season and just his 80th goal in 1,022 career games.

STREAKS

Scott Gomez registered two assists in the New York Rangers' 4-3 overtime win over Montreal on Sunday and now has at least one point in 12 straight games. Jaromir Jagr scored a first period goal to extend his point-scoring streak to seven games for the Rangers, who have won three straight. ... Los Angeles won its second straight game, 3-2 over Chicago in overtime, following an eight-game losing streak.

SNAPPED

Olli Jokinen had his seven-game point streak snapped in Florida's 1-0 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. ... Los Angeles downed Chicago 3-2 in overtime to end the Blackhawks' four-game winning streak.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

Andrei Kastsitsyn scored two power play goals for Montreal in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday. ... Jonathan Toews scored for the third time in four games in Chicago's 3-2 overtime loss to Los Angeles. Toews leads all NHL rookies with 15 goals.

SPEAKING

''It's always nice to score. What more can I say?'' - Philadelphia defenseman Derian Hatcher, who scored just his ninth goal in the last three seasons to lift the Flyers over Florida 1-0 on Sunday.

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Monday's NHL matchup notes
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Atlanta at Boston

Boston lost seven of the last eight meetings against Atltanta. The Bruins have always had trouble containing Kovalchuk, who has six goals and two assists in his last five games against them.

Edmonton at Columbus

Edmonton has won the last three meetings by a combined 12-3 score, including a 3-1 home win on Nov. 26 in the only matchup this season, to improve to 17-3-2 with three ties all-time against Columbus.

San Jose at Minnesota

Nabokov has been in net for each of San Jose's last four games against the Wild - all wins - and has posted a 0.75 GAA. The Sharks have won their last three in Minnesota

St. Louis at Detroit

Detroit has at least one point in seven straight home games (5-0-2) against St. Louis.

Colorado at Phoenix

The Avalanche have won nine of the last 10 meetings and have not lost in regulation in 16 straight matchups with the Coyotes (17-18-1), dating to a 5-3 loss in Phoenix on March 30, 2002. Since that game, Colorado has won all five of its visits to Arizona.

N.Y. Islanders at Carolina

The Hurricanes have won three straight against the Isles, outscoring them 17-6.

Nashville at Dallas

Marty Turco is 9-3-0 with one tie and a 1.84 GAA in 14 career appearances against the Predators.

Vancouver at Calgary

The Flames are just 4-8-4 in their last 16 games against the Canucks - a stretch which includes three different four-game winless streaks. Calgary hasn't gone five games against Vancouver without a victory since 1995. It was 0-3-0 with two ties in that drought, which spanned parts of two seasons.

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