Home Team in Caps
Colorado 2, NEW JERSEY 1
MONTREAL 2, Columbus 1
Philadelphia 4, OTTAWA 2
DETROIT 5, Buffalo 4 (SO)
Florida 3, ST. LOUIS 1
NASHVILLE 5, Arizona 2
Minnesota 2, CHICAGO 1
CALGARY 4, Dallas 3 (SO)
LOS ANGELES 2, Vancouver 1 (OT)
Pittsburgh 5, SAN JOSE 1
FLAMES BURN STARS WITH THIRD-PERIOD COMEBACK
Down three goals after 40 minutes, the Calgary Flames scored three times in the third period -- including the tying goal by Dougie Hamilton with 2:48 remaining -- and converted on all three shootout attempts to earn a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars, their fifth consecutive victory at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames halted the Stars' road winning streak at six games.
* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the Flames overcame a three-goal deficit in the third period to win for the first time since March 26, 2011 at EDM.
* Elias adds the Flames won a game after trailing by at least three goals while being shut out entering the third period for the first time since Feb. 5, 2008 against the Arizona Coyotes.
* The Stars overcame a 3-0 third-period deficit to win in overtime Saturday at MIN. Via Elias, they are the first team in more than 16 years to overcome a three-goal deficit to win and then surrender a three-goal lead and not win their next game. The Ottawa Senators were the last team to do so, rallying from a 3-0 deficit on March 30, 1999 at PIT (6-4 W) and then surrendering a 3-0 lead on April 1, 1999 vs. PIT (3-3 T).
* Sean Monahan (0-2—2) had the primary assist on the final two goals in regulation and then scored the clinching goal in the shootout. Johnny Gaudreau (1-0—1) scored in regulation and had the game-deciding goal; he leads the Flames with 6-16—22.
PACIORETTY (AGAIN) LIFTS CANADIENS
Max Pacioretty scored the go-ahead goal with 2:09 remaining in regulation to help the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. The Canadiens improved to 6-1-0 in their past seven games against the Blue Jackets dating to Oct. 17, 2013 (CBJ: 1-5-1) and extended their overall point streak to six games (5-0-1).
* At 19-4-3 (41 points), the Canadiens lead the League in wins (tied w/ DAL) and points. Elias says the Canadiens have equaled their best 26-game start to a season in terms of points since 1976-77 (19-4-3).
* Pacioretty, who scored his 31st career game-winning goal, has the decisive goal in each of the Canadiens' past four games against the Blue Jackets (also Jan. 14, Feb. 21 and Feb. 26).
* Since 2013-14, Pacioretty has collected 24 game-winning goals, two more than the next-closest player in that span (Alex Ovechkin: 22 GWG). He leads the Canadiens with 13-12—25, including 3-3—6 in his past five games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers both halted losing streaks against their respective opponents, while the Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators each extended head-to-head winning streaks against their foes:
* Evgeni Malkin had 1-2—3 to lead the Penguins past the San Jose Sharks 5-1 for their first win at SAP Center since Oct. 22, 1997, snapping a 12-game skid in San Jose (0-9-3). Malkin has at least one point in six of his past seven games (8-5—13), including four multipoint games, and leads the Penguins with 12-13—25. Phil Kessel (2-0—2), David Perron (1-1—2) and Chris Kunitz (0-2—2) had multiple points for the Penguins, who improved to 4-1-2 in their past seven games.
* Derek MacKenzie (2-0—2) scored his fifth career game-winning goal (413 GP) to lead the Panthers to a 3-1 win against the St. Louis Blues, their first since Oct. 31, 2009, snapping a six-game losing streak in the head-to-head series (0-5-1). MacKenzie scored his first game-winner since March 6, 2012 vs. PHX and had his second career multigoal game (also March 12, 2011 at CAR w/ CBJ: 2-0—2). The teams combined for four goals in 4:23, including three in a span of 34 seconds.
* Justin Abdelkader (2-1—3) scored to force overtime and Brad Richards notched the lone goal in the shootout to help the Red Wings defeat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 and improve to 17-1-2 in their past 20 games against the Sabres dating to Feb. 13, 2003 (BUF: 3-14-3), including eight consecutive victories at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings also stretched their overall point streak to eight games (5-0-3), including seven that have required extra time (4-3). Overall, the Red Wings improved to 6-4 past regulation (OT: 5-4, SO: 1-0).
* Tyson Barrie scored his first game-winning goal since April 10, 2014 at VAN to help the Avalanche defeat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 and improve to 8-0-1 in their past nine games with the Devils dating to Jan. 16, 2010 (NJ: 1-5-3), including five consecutive victories. Matt Duchene, who led the NHL with 11 goals in November, scored his 13th goal of the season, tied for fourth in the League.
* Filip Forsberg (2-1—3) and Shea Weber (0-3—3) each had three points as the Predators scored four unanswered goals in the third period for a 5-2 win against the Coyotes, their sixth straight win in the series. The Predators pushed their point streak in the head-to-head series to seven games (ARI: 1-4-2). Forsberg matched a career high for points in a game, while Weber did the same for assists.
AROUND THE RINKS
* Anze Kopitar scored at 2:02 of overtime to help the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. The Kings earned their fourth consecutive victory at STAPLES Center and improved to 3-0-1 in their past four games. Kopitar's sixth career overtime goal (all w/ LAK) allowed him to surpass Luc Robitaille and Ziggy Palffy for the most in franchise history.
* Ryan Suter scored the go-ahead goal at 12:04 of the third period to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in their final game before the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 21. The Wild snapped a three-game skid overall (0-2-1) and improved to 4-0-0 in their past four regular-season games against the Blackhawks (CHI: 0-4-0). Suter also had the game-winning goal in the Wild's last victory on Nov. 21 vs. NSH (1-2—3).
* Wayne Simmonds (1-1—2) scored his second straight game-winning goal to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to their third consecutive victory, 4-2 against the Senators. Simmonds, who had 2-1—3 Saturday at NYR, scored back-to-back game-winning goals for the second time in his career (also Feb. 27, 2013 vs. WSH and March 2, 2013 vs. OTT).
KANE KEEPS HISTORIC STREAK ALIVE
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (1-0—1), who ranks second in the League in goals and leads all players in assists and points (15-23—38), extended his career-high point streak to 20 games (12-20—32).
* Per Elias, Kane's point streak is the second-longest in Blackhawks franchise history, one game behind Bobby Hull who had a point in 21 consecutive games from Dec. 5, 1971 to Jan. 23, 1972 (23-12—35).
* Elias adds Kane's point streak also ties the third-longest single-season stretch in the NHL since the 1997-98 season:
POINT STREAKS OF AT LEAST 20 GAMES, SINCE 1997-98
25 games – Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby from Nov. 5 – Dec. 28, 2010 (26-24—50)
22 games – Ottawa's Dany Heatley from Oct. 5 – Nov. 29, 2005 (17-21—38)
20 games – Colorado's Paul Stastny from Feb. 3 – March 17, 2007 (11-18—29)
20 games – Chicago's Patrick Kane from Oct. 17 – Dec. 1, 2015 (12-20—32)
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla played in his 1,417th career game to surpass Al MacInnis (1,416 GP) and tie Luke Richardson for 28th place on the NHL's all-time list.
* Joel Quenneville of the Blackhawks coached his 1,400th game, tying Pat Quinn for sixth place on the all-time list and moving within one game of tying Ron Wilson for fifth place. Quenneville is the active leader in games coached and wins (767). Only Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Al Arbour (782) have more wins as a coach in NHL history.
* Michel Therrien of the Canadiens coached his 700th game behind an NHL bench (356-263-81).
* Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian scored his first goal with the team (29 GP).
* Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev scored his first NHL goal (14 GP).
The NHL announced its monthly stars Tuesday:
* Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and Avalanche forward Matt Duchene were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of November.
* Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November.
Flyers forward Sean Couturier (1-2—3) had at least three points for the third time in his regular-season career (also Dec. 4, 2013 at DET: 2-2—4 and Oct. 22, 2014 at PIT: 1-2—3) . . . Pekka Rinne made 13 saves, including a sprawling goal-line stick save to preserve a scoreless tie in the first period, to snap a personal four-game skid (0-3-1) . . . The Kings outshot the Canucks 40-16, including an 18-1 margin in the third period and overtime . . . Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon (22 SV) improved to 9-2-3 in his first 15 career appearances . . . The Coyotes lost when leading after two periods for the first time this season (10-1-0) . . . Red Wings forward Drew Miller scored his first regular-season goal since March 29 at NYI, snapping a 31-game drought . . . Teammate Tomas Tatar celebrated his 25th birthday by scoring 94 seconds after the opening faceoff . . . Senators forward Mike Hoffman (6-2—8) and Sharks teammates Patrick Marleau (4-4—8) and Joel Ward (1-5—6) each extended point streaks to five games . . . Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (0-3—3) equaled a career high for assists/points in a game (also April 3 vs. CHI: 0-3—3) . . . Teammate Evander Kane (2-0—2) had his first multigoal game since Nov. 25, 2014 at CBJ (w/ WPG) . . . Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra (27 saves) snapped a personal four-game losing streak . . . The NHL, Wild and Blackhawks jointly released the current rosters for the 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game . . . ICYMI: The 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Vote opened worldwide Tuesday. Click here for details . . . Tuesday also marked one month until the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Bruins and Canadiens on New Year's Day at Gillette Stadium. Click here for more information.