Home Team in Caps
WASHINGTON 3, Anaheim 2 (SO)
COLUMBUS 7, St. Louis 1
NEW JERSEY 4, Toronto 1
Chicago 2, WINNIPEG 1 (OT)
Pittsburgh 4, CALGARY 0
FLEURY SETS FRANCHISE RECORD IN PITTSBURGH’S WIN OVER CALGARY
Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves for his franchise-record eighth shutout of the season in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-0 win against the Calgary Flames. The Penguins improved to 30-14-8 (68 points) and moved past the idle New York Islanders into first place in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh has won four consecutive road games, which matches a season-high, and improved to an Eastern Conference-leading 11-3-1 record against Western Conference opponents.
* The Penguins have won nine consecutive games against the Flames, their longest active winning streak against any team. Pittsburgh has won five consecutive games in Calgary.
* Fleury has consecutive shutouts for the second time this season and improved to 25-11-5. His League-leading eighth shutout of the season also set a franchise record for most shutouts in a season by a Pittsburgh goaltender; Tom Barrasso held the previous record with seven shutouts during the 1997-98 season.
* Five of Fleury’s eight shutouts this season have come against Western Conference opponents; he's 9-2-1 against the West. With the win, Fleury also improved to 6-0-1 with two shutouts when coming off a shutout in his previous game.
* Sidney Crosby (2-1—3) scored twice and had his 39th assist for his 10th three-point game of the season. Crosby, who has nine points (6-3—9) in his past four games against the Flames, leads the team in assists and points (17-39—56) and ranks second and fifth among League-leaders in each respective category.
* Chris Kunitz (0-3—3) posted his first three-assist game of the season. Kunitz ranks fourth on the club in both assists (19) and points (15-19—34) this season.
* David Perron (1-1—2) opened the scoring with his 13th goal and had his 18th assist to post his seventh multi-point performance of the season. The goal was his second game-winner of the season.
ELIAS SCORES 400TH CAREER GOAL IN NEW JERSEY’S WIN OVER TORONTO
Patrik Elias (1-0—1) scored the 400th goal of his NHL career in the New Jersey Devils’ 4-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Devils improved to 21-22-9 (51 points) and have points in a season-high six straight games (5-0-1) and 10 of their last 12 (8-2-2). New Jersey is 7-1-2 in its past 10 games at Prudential Center and swept the season series against Toronto (3-0-0).
* Elias, who has played his entire NHL career with New Jersey, scored his seventh goal of the season to bring his career goal total to 400. The franchise’s all-time leader in goals, assists (605) and points (1,005), became the 91st player in NHL history to score 400 goals. It was also the first game-winning goal of the season for Elias.
* In his League-leading and career-high 45th start of the season, Cory Schneider made 33 saves to improve to 7-1-1 in his last nine decisions and 19-19-5 overall with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. Schneider earned each win in the season sweep and has earned a point in all six of his career starts against Toronto (4-0-2).
* Adam Larsson (0-2—2) posted his first multi-assist game of the season.
SAAD SCORES OVERTIME-WINNER IN CHICAGO’S VICTORY OVER WINNIPEG
Brandon Saad (1-0—1) scored the overtime winner to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. The Blackhawks improved to 32-18-2 (66 points) and remained third in the Central Division standings, moving four points ahead of the Jets.
* The marker was Saad’s 16th goal and his fourth game-winning goal this season.
* Patrick Kane (1-1—2) scored his 26th goal and had the primary assist on Saad’s tally in his team-leading 17th multiple-point game. Kane leads the team in goals, assists and points (26-32—58) and is tied with Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers (17-41—58) for the League lead in points.
* Corey Crawford made 20 saves to improve to 20-12-2 with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
* Joel Quenneville recorded his 300th career win as coach of Chicago. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Quenneville (300-145-61) joined Billy Reay (516-335-161) as the only head coaches in franchise history to earn 300 career wins with the club.
FOLIGNO, JOHANSEN LEAD COLUMBUS OVER ST. LOUIS
Nick Foligno (2-1—3) and Ryan Johansen (1-2—3) each had three points to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 7-1 win against the visiting St. Louis Blues. The Blue Jackets improved to 22-25-3 (47 points) and the seven-goal performance was a season-high.
* Foligno had two goals and contributed his 28th assist to post his fourth three-point performance of the season. Johansen recorded two assists and added his 20th goal on a shorthanded breakaway to post his third three-point performance in 2014-15. It was the first career shorthanded goal for Johansen. Foligno and Johansen share the team lead in goals (20), assists (28) and points (20-28—48).
* Scott Hartnell (1-1—2) and Corey Tropp (1-1—2) each had a goal and an assist to post their ninth and first multi-point performances of the season, respectively.
* Curtis McElhinney stopped all but one of 33 shots he faced to improve to 6-8-1 this season with a 2.88 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
* Brandon Dubinsky (0-2—2) recorded his third multi-assist game of the season.
GRUBAUER BACKSTOPS CAPITALS TO SHOOTOUT WIN OVER DUCKS
Philipp Grubauer earned his first win of the season in the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks. The Capitals have earned points in 12 of their last 13 home games (10-1-2) and are 28-15-10 (66 points) this season, passing the idle New York Rangers for sole possession of third in the Metropolitan Division. Washington also improved to 6-1-1 in its past eight games against Anaheim.
* In his first NHL start of the season, Grubauer stopped 23 of 25 shots through 65 minutes and denied stopped two of three shooters in the shootout to earn his first win of the season. Grubauer also improved to 3-4 in seven career shootouts; he has stopped 21 of 32 shots for a .656 shootout save percentage.
* Jason Chimera (1-1—2) scored his fifth goal and added his seventh assist in his second multi-point performance of the season.
* Evgeny Kuznetsov (0-2—2) recorded the first multi-assist game of his career and extended his point streak to three games (1-3—4). The rookie also scored in the shootout and has three goals on six attempts this season.
Anaheim forward Ryan Kesler (1-1—2) posted his eighth multiple-point game of the season and extended his point streak to three games (2-3—5). Teammate forward Corey Perry (1-0—1) extended his point streak to four games (4-2—6), including four goals in his last three games. Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg (0-1—1) extended his point streak to three games (2-2—4). ... St. Louis’ franchise record 13-game point streak (12-0-1) came to an end. ... Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski (0-1—1) had an assist in his 200th game with the Blue Jackets. ... The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired right wing Carter Ashton and left wing David Broll from Toronto in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. ... Gordie Howe attended the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Friday night. The fundraiser benefited area recreation programs.