Home Team in Caps
Buffalo 2, SAN JOSE 1
Boston 4, TORONTO 1
MONTREAL 3, NY Rangers 1
New Jersey 3, OTTAWA 2 (OT)
NY ISLANDERS 7, Dallas 5
PHILADELPHIA 4, Detroit 2
ST. LOUIS 3, Chicago 2
Pittsburgh 3, NASHVILLE 0
MINNESOTA 7, Tampa Bay 2
ARIZONA 2, Florida 1 (OT)
Washington 3, CALGARY 1
CANADIAN TEAMS STAGE COORDINATED TRIBUTE
The Senators, Canadiens and Maple Leafs staged a coordinated tribute before puck drop at their respective arenas to honor the brave soldiers who lost their lives this past week in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa, and to show appreciation for the men and women whose selfless actions stopped the attackers and aided the victims.
The show of solidarity concluded with the Canadian and U.S. national anthems from Canadian Tire Centre broadcast simultaneously to the Bell Centre and Air Canada Centre.
CANADIENS, BRUINS WIN ORIGINAL SIX MATCH-UPS
The Canadiens (7-1-0) skated to a 3-1 win over the Rangers to continue their best start by wins since 1961-62 (7-0-1). Boston won for the seventh time in its past nine visits to Toronto (7-1-1).
* Max Pacioretty posted 1-1—2 and Lars Eller's first goal of the season stood as the game-winner as Montreal defeated the Rangers in their first meeting since the 2014 Eastern Conference Final. The Canadiens improved to 12-1-1 in their past 14 regular-season home games vs. the Rangers, dating to a 6-5 shootout win on Feb. 19, 2008. In that game, Montreal trailed 5-0 in the second period before scoring five unanswered goals – including two each by Michael Ryder and Alexei Kovalev – before Saku Koivu notched the lone shootout tally to cap the largest comeback in franchise history.
* Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots and Dougie Hamilton (1-2—3) matched a career high with two assists (5x) and three points (also 1-2—3 on March 2, 2014) to lift Boston to a 4-1 victory. Rask improved to 10-2-0 with a 1.59 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in his career versus Toronto. David Krejci extended his point streak to six games (3-5—8) while Patrice Bergeron added two assists to eclipse 500 NHL points (184-317—501).
NIELSEN HAT TRICK LIFTS ISLES
Leading 3-1 in the second period, the Islanders yielded three straight goals before eventually tying the game and Frans Nielsen scored three goals in the third period to help the Islanders outlast the Stars 7-5. Chad Johnson stopped 26 shots to move to 3-0-0 with the Islanders.
* Nielsen finished off his first career hat trick (10th in NHL this season) with a goal into the empty with :00.1 on the clock. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nielsen is the first Islanders player to post a hat trick in the third period since Feb. 16, 1988, when Greg Gilbert did it against Calgary.
* Kyle Okposo (0-1—1) and Brock Nelson (1-1—2) each moved to within one point of John Tavares (11 points) for the team scoring lead.
* Nikolay Kulemin scored a shorthanded goal and had an assist to reach 200 career NHL points (85-115—200).
* FUN FACT: The Stars conceded only one hat trick last season – it came against the Islanders on Jan. 6 when Tavares matched a career with five points (3-2—5).
WILD ROUT LIGHTNING
The Wild scored four goals on eight shots to open a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes en route to a 7-2 win over the Lightning. Minnesota's four goals in the first period matched a franchise record while their 31.8 shooting percentage (7-for-22) ranks fourth all-time.
* Jason Zucker (2-0—2) had his first career two-goal game and was the only player with multiple goals. It marked the first time since Oct. 7, 2006, that the Wild had six different goal scorers in a game (6-5 win vs. NSH).
* Zucker, Marco Scandella (1-1—2), Zach Parise (1-1—2), Thomas Vanek (0-2—2) and Jason Pominville (0-2—2) all had multiple-point games as 13 of 18 Wild skaters tallied a point.
* Darcy Kuemper stopped 17 shots to improve to 14-3-2 with a 1.63 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in his career at Xcel Energy Center (including playoffs).
CROSBY, FLEURY POWER PENS IN MUSIC CITY
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 25 shots he faced and Sidney Crosby tallied three points, including the eventual winning tally in the first period, to lift Pittsburgh to a 3-0 win in Nashville. The Predators lost in regulation for the first time this season (5-1-2).
* Patric Hornqvist (assist on GWG) and Nick Spaling returned to Nashville for the first time since an offseason trade sent them to Pittsburgh in exchange for James Neal.
* Evgeni Malkin scored his third power-play goal of the season to extend his point streak to seven games (3-7—10). Pascal Dupuis also had a power-play goal for his 400th NHL point.
* Fleury had his first shutout of the season and the 29th of his career and chipped in offensively with an assist. He has won each of his last five games against the Predators.
DEVILS, BLUES, COYOTES EARN VICTORIES IN CLOSE GAMES
The Devils, Coyotes and Blues each overcame 1-0 deficits to earn victories, including overtime decisions for New Jersey and Arizona.
* Ahead 2-1 to start the third period, the Devils surrendered a tying goal with 6:09 left in regulation before Jaromir Jagr scored his NHL-record 19th career overtime goal to lift the Devils past the Senators. Jagr is one goal behind Hall of Famer Mike Gartner for sixth on the all-time list.
* Devils defenseman Damon Severson (1-1—2) recorded his third multiple-point game in his eighth career outing. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the fastest in franchise history a defenseman has reached three multi-point games – Tapio Levo set the previous mark in 1981-82 (11 GP).
* The Blues scored two goals in the final two minutes of the second period – including Dmitrij Jaskin's eventual game-winner with five seconds left – en route to a 3-2 win over Chicago in their first meeting since the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jaskin has two career goals, both against Chicago. Brian Elliott stopped 22 shots to improve to 33-9-4 at Scottrade Center since joining the Blues in 2011-12.
* After Arizona fell behind 1-0 in the third period, Justin Hodgman scored to tie the game in his NHL debut and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the game-winner on a power play in overtime to rally the Coyotes past the Panthers. Keith Yandle assisted on both Arizona goals.
RAFFL LIFTS FLYERS PAST WINGS
With the game tied 1-1 entering the third period, the Flyers scored three times in the final 20 minutes – including two goals by Michael Raffl – and Ray Emery (3-0-1) stopped 35 shots as Philadelphia earned a 4-2 win over Detroit.
* Raffl (1-2—3) matched a career-high with three points (0-3—3 vs. WSH on Dec. 15, 2013) and recorded his first career multiple-goal game.
* Playing in his 200th NHL game, Brayden Schenn had the winning goal on the power play – the first man-advantage goal conceded by Detroit this season (25-for-26 on PK). Jakub Voracek (0-2—2) took over the team scoring lead (2-9—11); he has a point in all but one game this season.
* The Flyers have won nine consecutive regular-season home games against the Red Wings since dropping a 4-2 decision in Game 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.
Braden Holtby stopped 20 shots and Joel Ward (2-0—2) scored the game-winner as the Capitals won for the fourth time in their past six visits to Calgary (4-2-0) . . . With the score tied at 0-0, the Sabres and Sharks combined for three goals in a span of 2:27 of the third period, including Nicolas Deslauriers' first career game-winner, as Buffalo won its seventh consecutive game against the Sharks . . . Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman reached 300 NHL points and set a career high with a goal in his fourth straight contest (4-1—5). He had four goals in 46 games last season. Teammate Kris Russell had his 100th NHL point and matched a career high with a point in four straight games (0-5—5) . . . Buffalo's Sam Reinhart (18 years, 353 days) became the 13th player in franchise history to record a NHL point before his 19th birthday (via Elias) . . . Brent Burns scored San Jose's lone goal to extend his League points lead among defensemen (2-7—9) . . . Montreal's Michel Therrien was behind the bench for his 600th game as a NHL coach; his record is 294-238-68. . . . Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec scored his team-leading fifth goal and ninth point . . . Shayne Gostisbehere made his NHL debut for the Flyers . . . Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson extended his point streak to five games (2-3—5) . . . Stars forwards Jason Spezza (2-8—10, five games), Tyler Seguin (6-7—13, six games) and Jamie Benn (5-5—10, six games) extended their points streaks . . . Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk scored his first goal of the season in his third game (1-2—3) . . . Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson stretched his point streak to a career-high six games (0-7—7). Teammates Brian Boyle (400) and Radko Gudas (100) played in milestone games . . . Sharkie and Bailey – the San Jose and Los Angeles mascots – made a surprise visit to AT&T Park in San Francisco for Game 4 of the World Series. The California rivals will meet in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series on Feb. 21, 2015, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.