Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 3, BOSTON 2 (SO)
PHILADELPHIA 5, Carolina 1
BUFFALO 4, Florida 3 (OT)
TORONTO 4, Detroit 1
NY ISLANDERS 3, Chicago 2
WASHINGTON 4, Tampa Bay 2
COLUMBUS 4, Pittsburgh 3 (SO)
Anaheim 4, WINNIPEG 1
Minnesota 4, ARIZONA 3 (SO)
DALLAS 4, New Jersey 3
St. Louis 3, COLORADO 2 (OT)
NY Rangers 5, VANCOUVER 1
SAN JOSE 2, Nashville 0
DUCKS EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO SEVEN
The Anaheim Ducks scored four unanswered goals – highlighted by a goal and an assist from Ryan Getzlaf, to erase an early 1-0 deficit and win their seventh straight game.
* At 21-6-5 (47 points), the Ducks lead the NHL in wins and sit five points ahead of the Penguins (19-6-4, 42 points) and Blues (20-8-2, 42 points) for first place in the entire League.
* Frederik Andersen has been the goaltender of record in each of the Ducks's past seven victories, marking the longest single-season winning streak of his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Andersen is the third goaltender in Ducks history to win seven straight games in one season, following Guy Hebert (7-0-0 from Feb. 25 to Mar. 22, 1996) and Jonas Hiller (14-0-0 from Dec. 6, 2013 to Jan. 12, 2014).
* Getzlaf scored his team-leading third game-winning goal of the season (tied with Matt Beleskey); he leads the Ducks and ranks seventh in the League with 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists).
* Nate Thompson and Andrew Cogliano each scored shorthanded goals, marking the first time the Ducks have scored multiple shorthanded goals in a game since Oct. 15, 2007, when Samuel Pahlsson and Sean O'Donnell each scored while a man down.
OSHIE LIFTS BLUES INTO TOP SPOT IN CENTRAL
T.J. Oshie scored the game-winner 1:03 into overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to their fourth consecutive victory with a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche. With the win, the Blues (20-8-2, 42 points) moved into top spot in the Central Division and kept pace with the Ducks (21-6-5, 47 points) for first place in the Western Conference and NHL standings.
* Oshie's goal was his second straight decisive goal (Thursday against the New York Islanders) and the second overtime goal of his career (Feb. 6 against the Boston Bruins).
* Three defenseman combined for all four regulation goals as Kevin Shattenkirk (1-1—2) and Alex Pietrangelo (1-0—1) erased a 1-0 deficit before Erik Johnson tied the score with his second goal of the game.
* Shattenkirk scored his third power-play goal of the season, moving him into a share of the League lead with 16 power-play points (tied with Claude Giroux).
* Vladimir Tarasenko had a point for the fifth straight game (3-3—6), and Jori Lehtera (0-4—4), Pietrangelo (1-3—4) and Barret Jackman (1-4—5) each stretched their streaks to four games.
* Jake Allen stopped 23 shots to improve to 10-3-1 (15 GP) and surpass his win total from last season (9-4-0 in 15 GP).
MAPLE LEAFS CONTINUE SUCCESS AT HOME . . .
After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, James van Riemsdyk evened the score exactly one minute later with the first of four unanswered goals to power the Toronto Maple Leafs to their fourth consecutive victory.
* Toronto has won seven of its past eight games at Air Canada Centre and its 12 home wins are tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the most the NHL this season. Per Elias, the Maple Leafs (12-7-0) have won 12 of their first 19 home games for the first time since 2001-02 when they started 13-5-1 in their own building.
* The Maple Leafs are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games and occupy the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. At 17-9-3 (37 points), they sit fourth in the Atlantic Division, three points behind the Montreal Canadiens (19-10-2, 40 points) with two games in hand.
* van Riemsdyk scored his 12th goal of the season (fourth on the power-play) to stretch his point streak to three games (2-2—4); he shares second on the Maple Leafs with 25 points.
* Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 shots to earn his third straight victory and improve to 12-6-3 this season. Bernier and James Reimer have combined for a .966 save percentage during the Maple Leafs' four-game winning streak, allowing only five goals in that span.
. . . SHARKS DO TOO
Tomas Hertl netted the eventual game-winning goal 5:01 after the opening face-off and Antti Niemi stopped all 29 shots he faced to guide the San Jose Sharks to their sixth straight win at SAP Center. The Sharks (17-11-4, 38 points) have won seven of their past eight games to move into third place in the Pacific Division.
* Niemi earned his second shutout of the season and 29th of his career. He has won each of his past five games with a 2.20 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in that span.
* Hertl scored his third game-winning goal of the season (32 GP), matching his total from his rookie campaign (37 GP).
* Joe Thornton (1-1—2) had his third straight multi-point game (1-5—6) and moved within one assist of Phil Esposito (873 assists) for 22nd on the all-time list. Thornton last had three-straight multi-point performances from Jan. 20 to 27, 2013 when he scored 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in five games. He leads the Sharks with 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 32 games this season.
SABRES RALLY FOR OVERTIME WIN . . .
After building a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes, the Buffalo Sabres gave up three straight goals before Brian Gionta scored at 8:27 of the third period to force overtime, where Nikita Zadorov scored the winner 29 seconds into the extra frame.
* Buffalo has won four consecutive games for the first time since a five-game stretch from March 19-27, 2012. In addition, the Sabres have won each of their past five games at First Niagara Center and have earned nine wins in their past 12 games overall (9-1-2).
* Zadorov (1-1—2) scored his first career game-winning goal and first multi-point game while equaling his point total from his first 25 NHL games (1-1—2).
* Per Elias, Zadorov (19 years, 242 days) is the youngest Sabres defenseman to score an overtime goal. In addition, he is the second-youngest player in franchise history to score an overtime winner behind Pierre Turgeon (19 years, 146 days on Jan. 21, 1989 vs. BOS). He is the first teenage defenseman to score an overtime goal this season.
* Jhonas Enroth made 25 saves to improve to 8-2-0 with a 2.04 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in his past 10 appearances.
* Cody Hodgson snapped a 19-game goal drought. Marcus Foligno has goals in consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 17 and 19, 2013.
* Tyler Ennis (8-13—21) and Zemgus Girgensons (9-8—17), Buffalo's leading-scorers, each had an assist on the overtime goal. Drew Stafford also had an assist to push his point streak to four games (1-3—4).
BLUE JACKETS EMERGE WITH SHOOTOUT WIN
In their first game since Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Cam Atkinson and Ryan Johansen scored in the shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Pittsburgh Penguins for their sixth consecutive victory. Columbus erased a 2-1 third-period deficit before Kris Letang tied the game with 10.9 seconds to force overtime (the ninth last-minute tying goal in the League this season).
* The Blue Jackets have won three straight games that required extra time (also 3-2 OT wins vs. PHI and WSH) for the first time since an equal stretch from April 13 to 17, 2013 (1 SO, 2 OT).
* Johansen, who had an assist on the overtime goal in the Blue Jackets' previous two victories, improved to 6-for-18 (33.3%) in career shootout attempts, including four game-deciding goals. Atkinson also netted a shootout tally (5-for-13, 38.5%).
* The Blue Jackets snapped a six-game regular-season skid against the Penguins and improved to 2-7-1 in their past 10 regular-season games (dating to Oct. 30, 2009).
NEVER SAY NEVER
In addition to the Sabres and Blue Jackets, three other clubs (MIN, OTT and NYI) rallied from third-period deficits for victories:
* Trailing 3-2 after 40 minutes, Zach Parise forced overtime with 5:53 remaining in regulation and added a shootout goal to lift the Minnesota Wild to their sixth win in their past seven visits to Arizona (dating to Dec. 10, 2011). Parise (38-for-86, 44.2%) and Mikko Koivu (38-for-87, 43.7%) share the NHL record with 38 career shootout goals; Koivu scored his 16th career game-deciding goal to move into a tie with three others for the all-time lead. Ryan Suter and Jason Pominville each added two assists.
* Down 2-1 after 40 minutes, David Legwand scored at 4:17 of the third period to force overtime, and Mika Zibanejad and Bobby Ryan scored in the shootout when the Ottawa Senators rallied for a 3-2 win against the Bruins. Zibanejad also scored in regulation and has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past six games; he is 6-for-11 (54.5%) in his shootout career. Ryan improved to 9-for-31 (29.0%) in career shootout attempts. The victory marked the first win of Dave Cameron's NHL head-coaching career.
* Down 2-1 with less than 10 minutes left in the third period, Kyle Okposo and Lubomir Visnovsky erased the deficit with goals 51 seconds apart to rally the New York Islanders past the Chicago Blackhawks. The victory snapped New York's three-game skid and halted Chicago's eight-game winning streak. John Tavares had an assist on the tying goal to stretch his point streak to four games (2-2—4). At 20-10-0 (40 points), the Islanders moved within two points of the Penguins (19-6-4, 42 points) for top spot in the Metropolitan Division.
AROUND THE RINKS
Highlights from the rest of Saturday's action:
* Nicklas Backstrom scored a natural hat trick – the first regular-season three-goal game of his career – to power the Washington Capitals to their fourth win in their past five games (4-0-1). Backstrom had 27 three-assist games before earning his first career hat trick. Per Elias, only two players have had more three-assist games before earning their first NHL hat trick: Adam Oates (33 games) and Al MacInnis (29). Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson each added two assists, and the Capitals improved to 18-2-2 in their past 20 home games against the Tampa Bay Lightning (dating to Mar. 18, 2007).
* The New York Rangers opened a 5-0 lead through two periods – highlighted by multi-point performances from Mats Zuccarello (2-0—2), Rick Nash (0-2—2) and Derick Brassard (0-2—2) – en route to a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks. Nash stretched his point streak to nine games (6-5—11), tying a career-high established from Dec. 30, 2005 to Jan. 16, 2006 (9-7—16).
* Nash's point streak is the longest active streak in the League and the longest by a Ranger since 2007-08, when Scott Gomez had points in 13 consecutive games. Nash has had a point in 22 of the Rangers' 27 games this season, making him just the fifth Rangers player since 1991-92 to have a point in at least 22 of their first 27 games. The others to accomplish this feat: Mark Messier (23 games with a point; 1991-92), Jaromir Jagr (22; 2005-06), Brendan Shanahan (22; 2006-07) and Marian Gaborik (22; 2009-10). (Via Elias)
* Jakub Voracek had a goal and two assists to move into sole possession of second in League scoring (11-26—37) and power the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Philadelphia snapped a four-game skid in head-to-head matchups against Carolina and improved to 9-2-1 in its past 12 games at Wells Fargo Center. Wayne Simmonds (1-1—2), Scott Laughton (1-1—2), Brayden Schenn (0-2—2) and Claude Giroux (0-2—2) also had multi-point performances as nine Philadelphia forwards found the scoresheet. Giroux is 2-6—8 on his five-game point streak and is tied for fifth in NHL scoring (8-26—34). Laughton scored his first NHL goal and multi-point game.
* After the Dallas Stars had their 2-0 lead erased early in the second period, Trevor Daley and Shawn Horcoff scored less than two minutes apart before the end of the frame to lift Dallas to a 4-3 win against the New Jersey Devils. Tyler Seguin (1-1—2), Jason Spezza (1-1—2) and Antoine Roussel (0-2—2) each had multi-point performances. Seguin has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past four games and continues to lead the League with 38 points (23 goals, 15 assists) in 29 games this season.
Blues forward Paul Stastny logged 12:43 TOI and won 9 of 13 face-offs (69.0%) in his return to Colorado after departing as a free agent in the offseason; he had 160 goals and 458 points in 538 games with the Avalanche from 2006-07 to 2013-14 . . .Hurricanes forward Eric Staal scored his 100th career power-play goal, extending his franchise record . . . Senators forward David Legwand stretched his point streak to five games (3-2—5), his longest since an equal stretch from March 8 to 15, 2013 with the Nashville Predators (3-3—6) . . . Flyers forward Sean Couturier scored his seventh goal of the season to match a career-high with a six-game point streak (3-4—7; also 5-2—7, Jan. 8-19, 2012) . . . Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to earn his 320th NHL victory and surpass Miikka Kiprusoff for sole possession of 23rd on the NHL's all-time wins list . . . Jaromir Jagr earned his 1,063rd career assist to tie Steve Yzerman for seventh on the NHL's all-time assists list . . . Bruins forward Craig Cunningham (7 GP) scored his first NHL goal . . . Panthers goaltender Al Montoya made 28 saves in his 100th NHL game . . . Devils forward Steve Bernier earned his 200th NHL point . . . Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling made a career-high 38 saves in his fourth consecutive start . . . Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin earned a point for the fourth straight game (3-3—6); he sits alone in third among all players with 15-21—36 . . . Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons played in his 100th NHL game.