Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 6, Pittsburgh 3
Vancouver 3, CAROLINA 0
NY Rangers 2, COLUMBUS 1
NASHVILLE 4, Washington 3
Winnipeg 4, CHICAGO 2
ANAHEIM 5, New Jersey 1
OKPOSO SCORES FOUR, ISLANDERS WIN BATTLE FOR FIRST IN METROPOLITAN
Right Wing - NYI
GOALS: 13 | ASST: 28 | PTS: 41
SOG: 147 | +/-: -1
Kyle Okposo (4-0—4) scored four times to lead the New York Islanders
to a 6-3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins
. The Islanders' fourth straight win improved their record to 30-13-1 (61 points) this season to remain first in the Metropolitan Division standings and pass the idle Tampa Bay Lightning
for first in the Eastern Conference standings.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Islanders set a franchise record with 30 wins in their first 44 games to begin a season. The previous high the franchise recorded through 44 games was 29 wins (29-6-9) during the 1978-79 season. The Islanders have also won 15 of their first 19 home games (15-4-0). According to the Elias, the last time the franchise won 15 of their first 19 games on home ice was also during the 1978-79 season (15-0-4).
* Okposo's four-goal game was the first of his career and his first career hat trick. According to Elias, Okposo was the first member of the Islanders to score four goals in a game since Matt Moulson did so on Dec. 3, 2011 in a 5-4 win against the Dallas Stars. Okposo was also the seventh member of the Islanders to score four times in a game since the 1990-91 season; his predecessors were Derek King (four goals on Dec. 31, 1990), Ray Ferraro (four goals on Jan. 7, 1992), Steve Thomas (four goals on April 15, 1992), Alexei Yashin (four goals on March 25, 2003), Viktor Kozlov (four goals on Dec. 3, 2006) and Moulson.
* John Tavares (0-3—3) had his third three-point game of the season. Tavares' first assist was also the 200th of his NHL career. Tavares leads the Islanders in points this season with 42 (19-23—42).
* Josh Bailey (0-3—3) had his first three-point game of the season. His last such game was on Oct. 8, 2013 when he had a goal and two assists in a 6-1 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes.
* Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves to improve to 24-8-0 with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. With his 24th win, Halak moved into a tie for second in victories among NHL goaltenders.
* Prior to the game, the Islanders honored the franchise's all-time points and assists leader Bryan Trottier in another instalment of their ongoing Mini Locker Night campaign. Trottier had 500 goals and 853 assists for 1,353 points in 1,123 games for the Islanders.
SILFVERBERG LEADS ANAHEIM PAST NEW JERSEY
Jakob Silfverberg (2-0—2) scored twice to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils. The Ducks' third straight win improved their record to 29-10-6 (64 points) to tie the Nashville Predators for first in the Western Conference and overall NHL standings. Anaheim has now won five of its past six games (5-1-0) and has earned points in eight of its past 10 (7-2-1). The Ducks have also won 10 of their past 12 games (10-2-0) at Honda Center.
* Silfverberg and Patrick Maroon (1-1—2) each had his third multipoint game of the season. Silfverberg's last two-goal performance was on Oct. 10, 2013 in a 6-0 victory against the New York Rangers. Silfverberg's second goal was his second power-play goal of the season, tying his career-high set during the 2012-13 season as a member of the Ottawa Senators.
* Hampus Lindholm (1-1—2) scored the game-winner with his fifth goal and added his 14th assist for his second multipoint game of the season. The goal was also Lindholm's first game-winning goal of the season and the second of his career; his first was on Dec. 23, 2013 in a 3-2 regulation win against the Washington Capitals.
* Corey Perry (1-0—1) opened the scoring with his team-leading 19th goal of the season and has now scored four goals in his past two games (4-0—0); Perry recorded his eighth career hat trick and third of the season on Jan. 14 in a 4-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
* Ilya Bryzgalov saved 14 of 15 shots to record his first win of the season and improve to 1-2-0 with a 3.71 GAA and a .854 save percentage. In his second stint with Anaheim, the victory is also Bryzgalov's first as a member of the Ducks since Oct. 15, 2007 when he saved 32 of 35 shots in a 6-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings.
NEAL'S LATE GOAL LEADS PREDATORS PAST CAPITALS
Left Wing - NSH
GOALS: 15 | ASST: 12 | PTS: 27
SOG: 124 | +/-: 17
James Neal (2-0—2) scored twice, including the game-winner with 1:40 left, to give the Nashville Predators
a 4-3 win against the Washington Capitals
. The Predators improved to 30-9-4 (64 points) to tie the Ducks for first in the Western Conference and overall NHL standings. Nashville's seventh consecutive home win improved its overall home record to 18-2-1.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Predators have set a franchise record by recording 30 wins in the first 43 games to begin a season. The previous fewest games needed to reach 30 wins by the franchise was 44, set during the 2006-07 season (30-11-3).
* Neal had his eighth multipoint game of the season, three of which have come in his past four games. Neal has four points (2-2—4) in his past two games and six points (4-2—6) in his past four. Neal's second goal of the game was also his fourth game-winner of the season.
* Seth Jones (1-1—2) opened the scoring late in the first period with his third goal and had his 10th assist for his first multipoint game of the season. The Predators are 17-1-2 this season when scoring first.
* Mattias Ekholm (1-0—1) scored his fourth goal of the season with his first career power-play goal. Nashville is 11-3-3 this season when scoring a power-play goal.
* Carter Hutton saved 31 of 34 shots for his first win of the season. He is 1-3-2 with a 2.66 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
MILLER BACKSTOPS CANUCKS TO SHUTOUT OF HURRICANES
Ryan Miller had his second shutout in as many days to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canucks improved to 25-15-3 (53 points) this season and tied the idle San Jose Sharks for second in the Pacific Division. Vancouver is 5-1-0 in its past six games against Carolina.
* Miller made 28 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and improved to 22-9-1 with a 2.32 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Miller, who also recorded a shutout on Jan. 15 in a 4-0 road win over the Philadelphia Flyers, has recorded consecutive shutouts for the second time this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Miller is the first Canucks goaltender to record shutouts on consecutive days since Ken Lockett did so on April 1-2, 1975 with 7-0 and 3-0 wins against the California Golden Seals. Miller is also the first goaltender in franchise history to record road shutouts on two consecutive days. The last NHL goaltender to accomplish the same feat was also Miller, who did so as a member of the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 29-March 1, 2012 with a 2-0 win against the Ducks and a 1-0 win against the Sharks. The shutout is the 34th of his career, moving Miller into a six-way tie for 45th on the all-time shutout list.
* Kevin Bieksa (0-2—2) had his first multipoint game of the season. Bieksa's last such game was on Jan. 26, 2014 when he scored two goals (including the overtime-winner) in a 5-4 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes. Bieksa played in his 580th NHL game and took sole possession of 15th on the franchise's all-time games played list.
* Alexandre Burrows (1-0—1) scored his 10th goal of the season. Burrows played in his 656th NHL game and took sole possession of 10th on the franchise's all-time games played list.
* Derek Dorsett (1-0—1) opened the scoring in the second period with his fifth goal of the season. The goal was also his career-high second game-winner of the season. Shawn Matthias (1-0—1) scored his eighth goal of the season.
JETS REMAIN UNDEFEATED THIS SEASON VS. BLACKHAWKS
Five different Winnipeg Jets had multipoint games in a 4-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Jets improved to 24-14-8 (56 points) this season to remain fourth in the Central Division and fifth in the Western Conference standings. Winnipeg has also won four consecutive games in Chicago dating to last season, including a record of 3-0-0 this season.
* Andrew Ladd (1-1—2) had his 10th multipoint game of the season. Ladd leads the Jets in points this season with 38 (17-21—38), is tied for the team-lead in goals and ranks second in assists.
* Bryan Little (1-1—2) had his seventh multipoint game of the season. Little is tied for the Jets lead in goals this season (17) and ranks second in points (17-19—36).
* Zach Bogosian (1-1—2) had his second multipoint game of the season. Bogosian's first such game was in Winnipeg's season opener on Oct. 9, 2014 when he recorded two assists in a 6-2 win versus the Arizona Coyotes.
* Dustin Byfuglien (0-2—2) had his sixth multipoint game of the season, four of which have come in his past eight games. Byfuglien has eight points (2-6—8) in his past five games.
* Blake Wheeler (0-2—2) had his 10th multipoint game of the season while playing in his 500th NHL game.
* Michael Hutchinson saved 31 of 33 shots to improve to 13-4-2 with a 2.00 GAA and a .932 save percentage. The rookie goaltender is second in the NHL in the latter category and tied for second in the former.
* Chris Thorburn (1-0—1) scored the game-winner with his third goal of the season. The goal is also Thorburn's first game-winning goal of the season and the fifth of his career; his last such goal was on Feb. 4, 2014 in a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.
LUNDQVIST STARS AS RANGERS BEAT BLUE JACKETS
Goalie - NYR
GAA: 2.27 | SVP: .919
Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to carry the New York Rangers
to a 2-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets
. The Rangers improved to 25-13-4 (54 points) this season and moved into a tie with the idle Boston Bruins
for seventh in the Eastern Conference. With the win, the Rangers have also won 14 of their past 17 games dating to a 4-3 overtime victory against the Penguins on Dec. 8, 2014. The Rangers have won five of their past six road games (4-1-0), nine of their past 11 (9-2-0) and 10 of their past 13 (10-3-0).
* The Rangers have earned at least one point in 13 of their past 14 games against Metropolitan Division opponents (12-1-1) and have won nine of their past 10 games in the division (9-1-0). New York has a 12-3-1 record against teams in the Metropolitan this season.
* Lundqvist saved 35 of 36 shots to improve to 21-9-3 this season with a 2.27 GAA and a .919 save percentage. This includes a record of 12-2-0 in his past 14 games. The win was the 330th of Lundqvist's career, tying him with Harry Lumley for 21st on the NHL's all-time wins list.
* Derek Stepan (0-2—2) had two assists for his seventh multipoint game of the season. Stepan has two two-assist games in his past three.
* Chris Kreider (1-0—1) scored the game-winner on a breakaway for his ninth goal of the season. The goal is Kreider's third career game-winner, all which have come over his past seven games dating to a 6-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 3.
Pittsburgh forward Sidney Crosby (2-1—3) had his second straight three-point game and has 12 points (3-9—12) in his past six games. … Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang (0-2—2) had his second straight multipoint game and eighth such game of the season. … Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin (0-1—1) extended his point streak to four games (2-5—7). … Columbus forward Ryan Johansen (0-1—1) extended his career-high and franchise-record point streak to 12 games (7-7—14). The streak is the NHL's longest active point streak. … Washington forwards Alex Ovechkin (2-0—2) and Nicklas Backstrom (0-2—2) each had his 13th multipoint game of the season. … Washington defenseman Mike Green (0-2—2) had his eighth multipoint game of the season. … Washington coach Barry Trotz faced the Predators for the first time after coaching 15 seasons in Nashville. During his tenure with the Predators, Trotz was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award twice (2010, 2011) and his 557 wins placed him 13th in all-time coaching wins. Trotz, the first coach in franchise history, compiled a record of 557-479-(60)-100 in 1,196 games with the Predators. … Chicago forward Jonathan Toews (0-1—1) extended his point streak to four games (0-6—6). … Chicago forward Brandon Saad (1-0—1) scored 53 seconds into the first period and extended his point streak to three games (3-1—4). … Chicago forward Marian Hossa (0-1—1) extended his point streak to three games (1-4—5). … Chicago forward Teuvo Teravainen (1-0—1) scored his first career NHL goal. … Anaheim forward Ryan Kesler played in his 700th NHL game. … New Jersey forward Michael Ryder played in his 800th NHL game. … New Jersey forward Tim Sestito played in his 100th NHL game... The 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game will feature performances from Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum selling recording artist Fall Out Boy, rock band O.A.R. and power-pop band Locksley. … The Department of Player Safety suspended Bruins forward Brad Marchand for two games for slew-footing Rangers forward Derick Brassard.