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Ducks win 10th straight; Lightning make it eight

News and Notes for March 3

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DUCKS MATCH FRANCHISE RECORD WITH 10TH STRAIGHT WIN
Corey Perry (1-2-3) collected three points to power the Anaheim Ducks to their 10th consecutive victory, 5-1 against the Arizona Coyotes, matching the franchise record established from Dec. 6-28, 2013.

* At 36-19-8 (80 points), the Ducks remain tied with the Los Angeles Kings in terms of points atop the Pacific Division. Anaheim is 17-1-1 in its past 19 games and 11-1-3 in its past 15 games on the road (after a 4-10-1 in their first 15 road games).

* Perry has 5-3-8 in his past three games, one point more than he had in his previous 12 games (3-4-7). He ranks second on the Ducks with 28-21-49 overall this season (63 GP).

* Frederik Andersen made 27 saves to stretch his personal point streak to 14 straight decisions (12-0-2). Via the Elias Sports Bureau, that equals Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the second-longest such streak in franchise history (Oct. 6 - Nov. 12, 2006: 10-0-4). Jonas Hiller established the club record with a point in 16 consecutive decisions from Nov. 30, 2013 - Jan. 12, 2014 (14-0-2).

* Jamie McGinn (1-1-2) and Rickard Rakell spotted the Ducks an early 2-0 lead with goals 46 seconds apart in the first period. McGinn has goals in each game since being acquired at the NHL Trade Deadline (2-1-3).

THURSDAY RESULTS
Home Team in Caps

PITTSBURGH 4, NY Rangers 1
BOSTON 4, Chicago 2
BUFFALO 6, Calgary 3
Edmonton 4, PHILADELPHIA 0
Tampa Bay 4, OTTAWA 1
Minnesota 2, TORONTO 1
New Jersey 5, NASHVILLE 4 (OT)
NY Islanders 4, WINNIPEG 3 (OT)
COLORADO 3, Florida 2
Anaheim 5, ARIZONA 1
San Jose 3, VANCOUVER 2
LOS ANGELES 3, Montreal 2

PACIFIC DIVISION MAINTAINS STATUS QUO
The Kings and Sharks also won Thursday to maintain the status quo in the Pacific Division.

* The Kings jumped to an early lead sparked by Anze Kopitar's goal 56 seconds into the first period and defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 for their fourth straight victory at Staples Center. Tanner Pearson scored for a third straight game (4-0-4) and Dwight King froze netminder Ben Scrivens on a fake shot before notching the eventual game-winning goal. King has seven GWGs in his career, including two this season, each in his past four games (also Feb. 25 vs. EDM).

* The Sharks scored three unanswered goals, powered by 1-1-2 from Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl, to erase a multigoal deficit and defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2, improving to 8-2-2 in their past 12 games. Burns leads defensemen with 22 goals this season (63 GP), equaling a career-high established in 2013-14 (69 GP). Patrick Marleau scored his 92nd career game-winning goal (fifth this season), third among active players behind Jaromir Jagr (133) and Jarome Iginla (97).

Video: SJS@VAN: Marleau finishes in front to take 3-2 lead

LIGHTNING EQUAL FRANCHISE RECORD WITH EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN, TAKE CONTROL IN ATLANTIC
Ondrej Palat scored the eventual game-winning goal late in the second period to help the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 and extend their winning streak to eight games, matching a franchise record established from Feb. 23 - March 6, 2004.

* At 38-22-4 (80 points), the Lightning moved ahead of the Florida Panthers (36-20-8, 80 points), who lost in regulation, for first place in the Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay owns the ROW tiebreaker over their intrastate rival (TBL: 35, FLA: 30). These teams will face off for the final time this season on March 26 at Amalie Arena (FLA: 3-1-0, TBL: 1-2-1).

* Tampa Bay also picked up its sixth consecutive road win, its longest such streak since an equal run from Jan. 8 - Feb. 7, 2008.

* Ben Bishop made 33 saves, including 12 in the third period, to stretch his personal winning streak to five games. He also improved to 9-0-3 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in 13 games against the Senators, his former team.

PENGUINS, BRUINS IMPROVE PLAYOFF POSITIONING
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins earned wins to improve their positioning in the tight-knit Eastern Conference:

* Evgeni Malkin (1-2-3) scored his 50th career game-winning goal as the Penguins scored four unanswered, including three in a span of 1:39 late in the second period, to defeat the New York Rangers 4-1 and improve to 12-2-2 in their past 16 games at Consol Energy Center. Sidney Crosby opened the scoring to move into a share of seventh in the NHL with 26-35-61 this season (62 GP). That includes 20-21-41 on home ice (32 GP), four points shy of the League lead in that category behind Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau (21-24-45 in 31 GP) and Chicago's Patrick Kane (18-27-45 in 33 GP). At 33-22-8 (74 points), the Penguins opened a five-point lead over the Philadelphia Flyers (29-23-11, 69 points), who lost in regulation, and the New Jersey Devils (31-27-7, 69 points), who won in overtime, for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Video: NYR@PIT: Malkin puts the Penguins ahead in the 2nd

* Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had 1-1-2 to lead the Bruins to their fourth win in their past five outings, 4-2 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Marchand, who has 18 goals in his past 22 games, ranks third in the League with 33 goals, behind Alex Ovechkin (41) and Patrick Kane (37). Marchand reached the 50-point mark for the third time in his career (33-17-50 in 61 GP). The others: 2011-12 (28-27-55 in 76 GP) and 2013-14 (25-28-53 in 82 GP). At 36-23-6 (78 points), the Bruins moved within two points of first place in the Atlantic Division and also took a three-point lead over the idle Detroit Red Wings (32-21-11, 75 points) for third place in the division. Detroit holds one game in hand, but Boston owns the ROW tiebreaker (BOS: 32, DET: 30).

ISLANDERS, DEVILS MAKE GOOD ON LATE TYING GOALS
The New York Islanders and Devils each tied the game in the final minute of regulation before sealing overtime wins:

* Anders Lee scored the tying goal with 29 seconds remaining in regulation -- 1:34 after the Winnipeg Jets took the lead -- and Kyle Okposo scored at 2:20 of overtime to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win against the Jets and a 5-1-0 record through the first six games of their seven-game road trip. Elias says Okposo, who has spent his entire career with the Islanders, scored his sixth career overtime goal (second this season), second in franchise history behind John Tavares (8). At 35-20-7 (77 points), the Islanders moved within three points of the Rangers (37-21-6, 80 points), who lost in regulation, for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders hold two games in hand, but the Rangers own the ROW tiebreaker (NYR: 34, NYI: 31).

* Adam Henrique (2-0-2) scored the tying goal at 19:20 of the third period and added the winner at 1:54 of overtime to help the Devils halt a three-game skid (0-3-0) with a 5-4 win against the Nashville Predators. Via Elias, Henrique is the first player to notch the tying goal in the final minute of regulation and score in overtime since April 6, 2015, when Derek Stepan accomplished the feat for the Rangers (GTG: 19:32 of 3rd, GWG: 4:10 of OT). At 31-27-7 (69 points), the Devils kept pace with the Penguins (33-22-8, 74 points), who also won and hold the final wild card in the East.

Video: Henrique nets the tying and OT-winning goal

DID YOU KNOW?
Per Elias, there have been 27 tying goals scored in the final minute of regulation this season. The team that recorded the tying goal has gone on to win 19 of those games.

WILD, AVALANCHE KEEP PACE IN WILD-CARD RACE
The Minnesota Wild (30-25-10, 70 points) and Colorado Avalanche (33-29-4, 70 points) earned wins to keep pace in the race for the final wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference. They are tied in terms of points, but Minnesota holds one game in hand to sit ahead of Colorado.

* Mikko Koivu scored the tying goal and Mikael Granlund notched the game-winner midway through the third period to lift the Wild to a 2-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs and a 7-3-0 record under interim coach John Torchetti, including three straight wins. Granlund scored his second game-winning goal of the season (also Oct. 15 at ARI) to match his total from each of the past two seasons.

* Calvin Pickard made 38 saves, including 24 in the third period, to backstop the Avalanche to a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers, their third win in their past four home games. Gabriel Landeskog (1-1-2) had his ninth multipoint game of the season, and Matt Duchene (GWG) scored his 27th goal of the season (66 GP) to equal a career high set in 2010-11 (80 GP).

AROUND THE RINKS
* The Buffalo Sabres matched a season-high for goals in a 6-3 win against the Calgary Flames, including a highlight-reel goal by Marcus Foligno (1-2-3), to improve to 10-0-2 in their past 12 home games against the Flames dating to dating to Feb. 18, 1997 (CGY: 1-7-4). Evander Kane (1-1-2) and Jack Eichel (1-0-1) each scored their 18th goal of the season, tied for the Sabres lead with Sam Reinhart.  

* Cam Talbot made 35 saves and Nail Yakupov scored what stood as the game-winning goal to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-0 win against the Flyers, their third straight win on the heels of a seven-game skid (0-5-2). Talbot earned his 10th career shutout (second this season), three of which have come against the Flyers (also Nov. 19 and Nov. 28, 2014 w/ NYR).

JAGR TIES HOWE FOR THIRD ALL-TIME
Jaromir Jagr (743-1,107-1,850) notched a first-period assist to tie Gordie Howe (801-1,049-1,850) for third place on the NHL's all-time points list. The only players with more points in League history: Wayne Gretzky (894-1,963-2,857 in 1,487 GP) and Mark Messier (694-1,193-1,887 in 1,756 GP). Jagr reached the mark while playing in his 1,611th career game, 156 fewer than Howe (1,767) played in his entire career. Jagr sits one shy of tying Ray Bourque (1,612) for ninth place in all-time games played.

MORE MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Predators forward Mike Fisher played in his 1,000th NHL game.

* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla played in his 1,458th NHL game to surpass Glen Wesley (1,457) for sole possession of 21st place all-time.

* Predators defenseman Shea Weber (78-105-183) notched an assist (on the PP) to move past Kimmo Timonen (46-136-182) for the most power-play points in franchise history.

* Claude Julien recorded his 387th victory behind the Bruins bench to tie Art Ross for first on Boston's all-time wins list.

* Jack Capuano registered his 200th career win (all w/ NYI) to become the second coach in Islanders history to reach the milestone, joining Al Arbour (740).

LOOSE PUCKS
Despite their overtime defeat, the Predators established a franchise record with at least one point in their 11th consecutive game (7-0-4) . . . Forward Connor McDavid (0-1-1) ranks seventh among rookies with 12-20-32 this season (29 GP) despite missing 37 games due to injury. He has collected at least one point in 12 of 16 games since returning to the Oilers lineup (7-13-20) . . . Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (27 SV) improved to 11-1-1 in his past 13 home games (1.99 GAA, .932 save percentage, three shutouts) . . . Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien had an assist to extend his point streak to seven games (1-6-7) . . . Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair (1-0-1) has scored six of his 17 career goals against the Ducks (5 GP) . . . Lightning forward Steven Stamkos scored his seventh goal in his past eight games to move into a share of seventh in the League with 29 goals . . . Jets forward Mark Scheifele (2-0-2) established a career-high with his 16th and 17th goals of the season, two more than he had in 2014-15 . . . Sharks forward Joe Thornton (0-1-1) leads the League with 11-33-44 in his past 33 games dating to Dec. 17 . . . Penguins forward Phil Kessel (1-1-2) scored his 20th goal of 2015-16, reaching the milestone for the eighth consecutive season . . . Bruins teammates Torey Krug and Lee Stempniak each had two assists to establish single-season career-highs in that category (Krug: 29 A in 64 GP and Stempniak: 27 A in 65 GP) . . . Canadiens defensemen P.K. Subban (1-1-2) and Andrei Markov (0-2-2) factored on each of Montreal's goals . . . Forwards Devante Smith-Pelly (1-1-2 w/ NJD) and Patrick Maroon (w/ EDM) scored in their team debut. Forwards Tomas Fleischmann (3 GP w/ CHI) and Mikkel Boedker (2 GP w/ COL) all scored their first goal with their new club . . . Predators forward Filip Forsberg (1-2-3) established a career-high with his 27th goal of the season . . . The NHL fined Devils forwards Devante Smith-Pelly and Joseph Blandisi $2,000 each as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment).

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