After a one-day break, the NHL returned Friday with 12 games, eight of which required overtime. Overall, 77 games have (22.6%) have gone past regulation; 52 have been decided in the 3-on-3 overtime period (67.5%).
"You look at the players ... the two guys that are part of that record, Kessel and Olczyk, that's some pretty elite company," Kane told the Blackhawks website. "It's been a fun little ride here. It seems like I'm making it a little difficult on myself here, with the last few games, but it's something you try not to think about."
Stepan was injured 8:06 into the second period when he made a pass up the right side of the Rangers' zone and was hit on the forecheck by Bruins forward Matt Beleskey. Stepan hit the wall awkwardly and had to be attended to by a trainer. Stepan skated off and didn't miss a shift the rest of the second period, but he did not play in the third.
"We lost a really good player and a key player for us, and hopefully he's going to be back soon," Rangers forward Derick Brassard said.
San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture participated in a full practice on Friday for the first time since sustaining a fractured right fibula Oct. 15, according to CSN Bay Area.
Couture took part in practice for 40 minutes and wasn't on a specific line. He worked with development coach Mike Ricci prior to practice, testing out his ankle.
"[Couture] looked great," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. "Obviously it's a process, and we're just starting to ease him back in to the group with his fitness and everything else, but it was really nice to have him there and I think it's a lift for the guys."
Parise returned to practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his right knee Nov. 5 and said he felt comfortable doing everything. He was medically cleared to play and joined teammates for morning skates prior to each of the past two games but had not taken part in contact drills until Thursday.
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, who sustained a fractured clavicle earlier this month, is progressing in his recovery and could return to the lineup in January, according to Sportsnet.
"He's ahead of schedule," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday. "He's been in the pool, been lifting weights. … There are no soft-tissue injuries, which is important. When you get a break like that, oftentimes there is accompanying soft-tissue injuries. That slows down the recovery."
McDavid, who fractured his clavicle Nov. 3 after crashing into the boards in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, had surgery and was expected to miss four months.
Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov will be out of the lineup 2-4 weeks with a sprained ankle he sustained Wednesday when he was taken to the ice by an official during a 4-1 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes, the Oilers said Thursday.
During a faceoff at center ice early in the second period, Yakupov got his legs tangled with linesman Matt MacPherson, and each went down to the ice. Yakupov did not put any weight on his left leg while being helped to the Oilers dressing room at 2:22.
"It could have been significantly worse based on what happened," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said Thursday. "Hopefully, he heals quickly."
Leading 2-1 after 40 minutes, the Montreal Canadiens scored three unanswered goals in the third period to earn their third consecutive victory, pull into sole possession of top spot in the NHL standings and halt the New York Rangers' home winning streak at nine games (their longest such streak since 1971-72).
* At 17-4-2 (36 points), the Canadiens lead the League in wins (tied w/ DAL) and points. The victory propelled them ahead of the Rangers (16-4-2, 34 points) and idle Stars (17-5-0, 34 points), who share second place in terms of points.
* Carey Price made 22 saves before being replaced by Mike Condon (11 SV) to start the third period. Price earned the decision to improve to 12-5-1 in 19 career regular-season appearances against the Rangers (1.74 GAA, .943 SV%, 7 SO).
It seems like I'm kind of making it a little difficult on myself here the last two games.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after tying the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with an assist on Duncan Keith's goal with 26.6 seconds left against the Anaheim Ducks Friday
TONIGHT ON NHL NETWORK
6:30 ET: Hockey Central Saturday: Hockey Tonight 7:00 ET: NHL Hockey: WSH @ TOR (Live) 10:00 ET: NHL Tonight