NHL ROUNDUP: Still streaking

NHL ROUNDUP: Still streaking
January 28, 2013, 12:00 am
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With Sunday’s win over the Buffalo Sabres, the Capitals became the 30th and final team this NHL season to earn a win.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are still two teams- the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks- who have yet to lose.

The Blackhawks, who first played in the NHL in 1926, improved to a franchise-best 6-0-0 with Sunday’s 2-1 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings. Chicago now hits the road for a season-high six-game road trip.

The Sharks, now in their 21st NHL season, are 5-0-0 for the first time in team history after Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist each, as they remain tied atop the NHL’s scoring race with 13 points apiece through five games.

Marleau’s league-leading ninth goal of the season also extended his goal-scoring streak to five games.

 

MARKOV QUIETING DOUBTERS:

Many questions followed Andrei Markov into Montreal Canadiens training camp, given that multiple knee injuries had limited the 34-year-old to just 20 games over the previous two seasons combined.

Any doubts that Markov could still be counted on as an elite NHL defenseman though have quickly been put to rest after just four games.

Markov leads the Canadiens with an average of 25:18 TOI/game, his four goals are tops among all NHL defensemen, and his three-game winning goals are tied with Patrick Marleau for the NHL lead.

The Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime Sunday for their third straight win. Markov has recorded the game-winning goal in all three wins.

 

BLUES HONOR MUSIAL:

The St. Louis Blues paid tribute to former baseball great Stan Musial ahead of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

The Blues took the ice for their pre-game warm-up with all players wearing sweater No.6- the same number Musial wore during his 22 years with the St. Louis Cardinals. The baseball hall of famer died last weekend from natural causes.

#6 THEN COMES THROUGH:

The Blues (5-1-0) went on to beat the Wild (2-2-1) 5-4 in overtime with Vladimir Sobotka netting the game-winning goal.

Defenseman Wade Redden- who regularly wears No.6 for St. Louis- opened the scoring with his second goal in as many games. The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Blues last week and hasn’t looked out of place in his first NHL action since 2010.

Redden had signed a six-year, $39 million deal with the New York Rangers in 2008, but failed to live up to expectations and was eventually exiled to the minor leagues. After two years in New York, Redden would spend another two years with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford.

The Rangers bought out the final two years of Redden’s contract on Jan. 17, and the former second overall pick (1995) signed with St. Louis days later. All he’s done since is see regular ice-time and score twice in helping the Blues win three straight games.

Redden last scored in two straight games on Oct. 5 and Oct. 10, 2008 with the Rangers. Provided he remains in the lineup, Redden will appear in his 1000th career game on Feb.5 against Nashville.