Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 5, Edmonton 2
PHILADELPHIA 4, Florida 1
OTTAWA 3, Minnesota 0
TAMPA BAY 5, Calgary 2
ST. LOUIS 4, New Jersey 3
Pittsburgh 4, WINNIPEG 3 (SO)
Nashville 3, DALLAS 2
COLORADO 4, Toronto 3 (SO)
NY Islanders 2, LOS ANGELES 1 (SO)
Vancouver 3, SAN JOSE 2
BLUES HOLD ON FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE WIN
The New Jersey Devils scored three goals in the final 3:25 of regulation, ending Jake Allen’s shutout streak at 184:38, but David Backes’ power-play goal at 17:28 of the final frame stood as the game-winner as the St. Louis Blues won their seventh consecutive game.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Allen’s shutout streak is the longest ever by a Blues rookie, surpassing Ernie Wakely's mark of 150:50 set in 1969-70. The last NHL rookie with a streak as long as Allen’s was Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008-09 (199:28).
* Allen’s streak is the fifth-longest in Blues history, behind Brian Elliott (241:33 in 2011-12, 214:02 in 2012-13), Manny Legace (187:39 in 2007-08) and Greg Millen (184:47 in 1988-89).
* Vladimir Tarasenko (1-1—2) scored another highlight-reel goal and added an assist to move into third in the League for goals (9) and a share of fourth for points (16).
* Backes scored his 22nd career game-winning goal to tie Al MacInnis for 12th on the franchise’s all-time list. He also took sole possession of eighth on the club’s overall goals list (162).
SUTTER, CROSBY LEAD PENGUINS TO SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN
Brandon Sutter (1-2—3) matched a career-high for assists and points and Sidney Crosby had the game-deciding goal in the shootout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to their sixth straight victory. Crosby (27-for-63, 42.9%) leads all active skaters with 16 career game-deciding shootout goals.
* The Penguins are 8-2-0 against the Winnipeg Jets since the franchise relocated in 2011 and have won 20 of 23 meetings against the franchise dating to a 3-2 shootout win against the Atlanta Thrashers on March 2, 2008.
* Marc-Andre Fleury (34 saves) faced a season-high 37 shots and denied two of three shootout attempts to improve to 5-0-0 with a 1.20 goals-against average, a .956 save percentage and three shutouts in his past five games. His personal-best shutout streak ended at 164:22, just 8:54 shy of Tomas Vokoun’s franchise record of 173:16.
* Evgeni Malkin had a shootout goal but was held without a point for the first time this season, snapping his streak at 11 games (5-11—16).
* The Penguins improved to 4-0-1 on the road this season and remain the only team without a regulation loss away from home.
* The Jets extended their point streak to seven games (5-0-2); their last regulation loss was Oct. 24 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
OFFSEASON ACQUISITIONS LEAD CANUCKS
Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots and Nick Bonino scored his third game-winning goal of the season to lead the Vancouver Canucks to their sixth win in seven games (6-1-0).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bonino matched Geoff Courtnall as the second-fastest to score three game-winning goals with the club (14 GP); Tom Fergus holds the record of three game-winning goals in his first 13 games with the Canucks. Bonino had just two career game-winning goals before this season (189 GP with the Anaheim Ducks).
* At 10-1-0, Miller is the first 10-game winner this season and the fastest goaltender in Canucks history to reach 10 wins (11 GP). Kay Whitmore and Bob Essensa shared the previous record by reaching double figures in their 16th career game for the club (via Elias).
* Radim Vrbata, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, scored his sixth goal of the season. Vrbata ranks third in team scoring with 6-7—13, behind linemates Henrik Sedin (5-10—15) and Daniel Sedin (3-11—14); the trio has tallied 14-28—42.
BRUINS RALLY TO EXTEND STREAKS
The Boston Bruins scored four unanswered goals – including three in a span of 2:34, highlighted by 1-2—3 from Dougie Hamilton – to rally from a 2-1 third-period deficit and defeat the Edmonton Oilers for their fourth consecutive win.
* Boston won its 13th consecutive game against Edmonton exactly 13 years after its first win of the streak (13-0-0 since the streak began on Nov. 6, 2001). The Bruins own a 26-6-3 home-ice record against the Oilers; their last loss against Edmonton in Boston was Nov. 7, 1996.
* Hamilton recorded three points to match a career high for the second time this season (also 1-2--3 on Oct. 25, as well as on March 2, 2014).
* Carl Soderberg scored his first game-winning goal of the season and added an assist; he leads the club with 4-8—12.
* Brad Marchand notched his 199th career assist to extend his point streak to four games (4-3—7).
HOME SWEET HOME
Three clubs continued their success on home ice:
* Cedric Paquette scored his first two NHL goals and Brian Boyle had the shorthanded game-winner in the second period as the Lightning stretched their winning streak to four games by beating the Calgary Flames. All of the victories have come at Amalie Arena, where they are 6-1-1 this season. Ben Bishop made 29 saves to move to 8-1-1 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .914 save percentage this season.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Paquette is the third player in franchise history to score his first two NHL goals in the same game, following Steven Stamkos (2, Oct. 30, 2008) and Mark Barberio (2, Jan. 19, 2014).
* Jakub Voracek scored his sixth goal of the season to move into a share of the League scoring lead with 19 points (tied with Crosby) and Brayden Schenn matched a career-high with two assists (also Dec. 31, 2013 at Calgary) to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win against the Florida Panthers. Philadelphia won its fourth straight home game (including 2-0-0 on current four-game homestand) while handing the Panthers their first regulation defeat since Oct. 13 (4-1-3) and first regulation road loss of the season (2-1-4).
* Craig Anderson stopped all 35 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and Clarke MacArthur had his third game-winning goal of the season as the Ottawa Senators improved to 4-0-2 at home this season by blanking the Minnesota Wild. Mike Hoffman had two goals for his first career multi-goal game.
* Kyle Okposo scored the game-deciding goal and Chad Johnson stopped 28 shots and both shootout attempts to lift the New York Islanders past the Los Angeles Kings. Okposo beat Jonathan Quick in the first round of the tiebreaker and Frans Nielsen ended the game when he scored in the second round. Nielsen is tied for second among active players with 15 career game-deciding shootout tallies and trails only TJ Oshie (27-for-49, 55.1%) for efficiency among active players with a minimum of 25 attempts (34-for-62, 54.8%). Johnson improved to 4-1-0 this season to lift the Islanders to their first win at Los Angeles since Feb. 15, 2003.
* Pekka Rinne stopped 33 of 35 shots and Matt Cullen’s first goal of the season broke a 2-2 tie in the third period as the Nashville Predators earned a 3-2 road win against the Dallas stars. Rinne improved to 8-2-1 with a 1.89 goals-against average and .932 save percentage this season. Cullen has 28 career decisive goals including four against the Stars, his highest total against any team. Filip Forsberg has a goal in three straight games and a point in four straight (4-2—6), setting a career high in both categories; he leads all rookies with 13 points (5-8—13)
* Matt Duchene scored in regulation and added his sixth career game-deciding goal in the shootout to lift the Colorado Avalanche past the Toronto Maple Leafs. Reto Berra stopped 35 shots and added one stop in the tiebreaker to improve to 2-0-1 this season.
Mark Giordano (0-2—2) recorded his team-leading 15th point (4-11—15) in his 15th game. Per Elias, the last Flames defenseman with at least 15 points through the team’s first 15 games was Phil Housley in 1994-95 (19 points). Teammate and fellow blueliner TJ Brodie had his 14th point of the season (4-10—14) in his 200th NHL game. . . . Winnipeg's Bryan Little had his team-leading 11th point while playing in his 500th NHL game. Teammate Andrew Ladd scored his team-leading sixth goal to stretch his point streak to three games (2-1—3) while Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season and the 100th of his career. . . . Nashville’s Eric Nystrom played in his 500th NHL game. . . . Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist to stretch his point streak to five games (3-7—10). He is third in League scoring with 18 points, behind Crosby (7-12—19) and Voracek (6-13—19). . . . Colorado’s Maxime Talbot played in his 600th NHL game. Teammate Ryan O’Reilly earned his 200th NHL point. . . . Milan Lucic of the Bruins had an empty-net goal in his 500th NHL game. . . . Kings forward Mike Richards extended his point streak to four games (1-3—4). . . . The NHL announced that Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton has been suspended 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. . . . The Avalanche announced a $5,000 donation to the Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation as part of their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.