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WASHINGTON 2, Colorado 1
PHILADELPHIA 7, Tampa Bay 3
LOS ANGELES 2, Toronto 0
FLYERS SCORE SEVEN GOALS IN VICTORY AGAINST LIGHTNING
Seven different skaters scored for the Philadelphia Flyers en route to a 7-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flyers improved to 17-19-7 (41 points) this season and passed the idle Columbus Blue Jackets for sole possession of fifth in the Metropolitan Division standings. The victory is Philadelphia's first win against Tampa Bay since it defeated the Lightning at home by a score of 2-1 on Feb. 5, 2013. With the win, the Flyers also improved to 11-6-3 on home ice.
* Philadelphia's seven-goal performance matched a season-high set in a 7-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 20, 2014. The performance was also the most the club has scored at home since Feb. 16, 2012 when they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-2.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Flyers had seven or more goals by seven or more different skaters was on Nov. 5, 2011 when they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 9-2; Sean Couturier scored twice while Matt Carle, Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr, Wayne Simmonds, Maxime Talbot, James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek each scored once.
* The seven-goal performance also included five Philadelphia goals being scored in the second period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Flyers scored five goals in the second period of a game was on Nov. 29, 2003 when they defeated the New York Islanders 5-1; John LeClair, Mark Recchi, Donald Brashear, Simon Gagne and Justin Williams each scored.
* Mark Streit (1-2—3) had his first three-point game since April 6, 2014 when he had three assists in a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres. The tally was also the second power-play goal of the season for Streit, who extended his point streak to four games (1-5-6).
* Jakub Voracek (1-1-2) scored his 17th goal and had his 35th assist to register his 15th multipoint game of the season. The goal was also the seventh power-play goal of the season for Voracek, who leads the NHL in assists and points (17-35-52).
* Brayden Schenn (1-1-2) scored his 10th goal and had his 17th assist to record his sixth multipoint game of the season. Schenn's goal was also his third power-play goal of the season.
* Chris VandeVelde (1-1-2) opened the scoring with his third goal of the season and had his fifth assist to record his first career multipoint game. Two of VandeVelde's four career goals have come this month; he also scored the club's lone goal on Jan. 2 in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
* While celebrating his 27th birthday, Claude Giroux (0-2-2) had his 13th multipoint game of the season and extended his point streak to four games (1-4-5). Giroux's two-point game also allowed him to pass Murray Craven for sole possession of 16th on the all-time Flyers franchise points list with 425 (133-292-425). Wayne Simmonds (0-2-2) had two assists to record his seventh multipoint game of the season.
* In his second career start, Rob Zepp made 21 saves on 24 shots to improve to 2-0-0 this season with a 3.00 goals-against average and an .885 save percentage.
OVECHKIN SETS CAPITALS RECORD WITH GAME-WINNER AGAINST AVALANCHE
Alex Ovechkin (1-0-1) scored the game-winning goal on a power-play to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche. The Capitals improved to 23-11-8 (54 points) and passed the idle New York Rangers for sole possession of third in the Metropolitan Division standings. Washington swept the season series of Colorado and has now earned a point in 17 of the past 18 games (13-1-4). The Capitals have also won six consecutive home games, marking their longest home winning streak since the club won eight consecutive home games from April 2-16, 2013.
* Ovechkin's game-winner was his 22nd goal and 10th on the power play. The goal brought Ovechkin's career game-winning goal total to 74, allowing him to pass Peter Bondra for sole possession of first on the Capitals franchise game-winning goals list. Ovechkin has also now scored in six of his past seven games.
* Jay Beagle (1-0-1) opened the scoring with his career-high sixth goal of the season. Paired with the win, the Capitals improved to 22-1-3 this season when scoring first. Washington ranks first in the League in wins when scoring a game-opening goal and has scored first in 22 of its 23 victories this season. With the goal, Beagle also set a career-high in points with 12 (6-6-12) and the Capitals improved to 15-0-3 all-time when Beagle scores a goal as well as 11-0-0 this season when he earns a point.
* In his career-high 19th consecutive start, Braden Holtby saved 31 of 32 shots to improve to 21-8-7 with a 2.23 GAA and a .923 save percentage. Holtby has a 13-2-4 record over this 19-game span. Holtby has also appeared in a franchise-record 25 consecutive games.
JONES LEADS KINGS TO SHUTOUT VICTORY AGAINST MAPLE LEAFS
Martin Jones made 19 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Kings improved to 20-13-10 (50 points) and leapfrogged the San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks to take sole possession of second in the Pacific Division standings. The victory was the 900th home win in Los Angeles franchise history.
* Jones made 19 saves to record his third shutout of the season and seventh of his career to improve to 4-3-2 with a 2.07 GAA and a .916 save percentage. Three of Jones' four victories this season have been via shutout. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, in 29 career games Jones also became the fastest goaltender to record seven shutouts since Frankie Brimsek of the Boston Bruins recorded seven shutouts in his first 22 career NHL games from Nov. 3, 1938 to Jan. 22, 1939.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Los Angeles shut out Toronto for the first time since Feb. 20, 1988 when Roland Melanson stopped all 21 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory over the Maple Leafs.
* Anze Kopitar (1-1—2) opened the scoring just 37 seconds into the first period with his 10th goal and added his 24th assist to record his 10th multipoint game of the season. Kopitar extended his point streak to four games (2-6—8) and has now recorded 21 points (4-17—21) in his past 12 games. Kopitar's goal was the eventual-winner and the 30th such goal of his career, allowing him to pass Rob Blake and current teammate Dustin Brown for sole possession of fourth on the Kings' franchise game-winning goals list. Paired with the win, Los Angeles improved to 7-0-3 when Kopitar records a multipoint game and 14-2-5 when the club opens the scoring.
* Jeff Carter (0-2—2) had his ninth multipoint game of the season. Combined with the victory, the Kings improved to 9-0-0 this season when Carter records a multipoint game.
* Marian Gaborik (1-0—1) scored the empty-netter to register his 14th goal of the season. Gaborik now has 18 points (13-5—18) in his past 11 games against Toronto.
Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman (0-2—2) had his fourth multipoint game of the season. … Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson (0-1—1) has nine points (4-5—9) in his past six games. … Tampa Bay forward Jonathan Drouin (0-1—1) extended his career-high point streak to four games (0-4—4). … Tampa Bay forward Cedric Paquette (0-1—1) extended his point streak to a career-high three games (0-3—3). … Colorado forward Alex Tanguay (1-0—1) scored his first power-play goal since March 13, 2013 when he was a member of the Calgary Flames. … Colorado forward Jarome Iginla (0-1—1) played in his 1,353rd career NHL game, allowing him to tie Ron Stewart for 45th on the all-time NHL games played list. … Colorado defenseman Nick Holden played in his 100th career NHL game. … Los Angeles forward Mike Richards played in his 700th career NHL game. … Toronto forward Mike Santorelli played in his 300th career NHL game. … St. Louis Blues center David Backes, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov and Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 11.