Home Team in Caps
OTTAWA 4, Toronto 3
Chicago 3, PITTSBURGH 2 (SO)
WINNIPEG 4, Columbus 0
COLORADO 3, Boston 2 (SO)
ANAHEIM 6, Calgary 3
SAN JOSE 4, Los Angeles 2
CHICAGO RECORDS FIRST WIN IN PITTSBURGH IN OVER FIVE YEARS
In a game which featured eight of the 42 players heading to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Jonathan Toews (0-1—1) scored the shootout-winner to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blackhawks improved to 30-15-2 (62 points) and tied the idle St. Louis Blues for second in the Central Division. Chicago's first victory in Pittsburgh since a 2-1 overtime win on Dec. 5, 2009 also improved their record to 6-1 in shootouts this season and 11-5-1 versus Eastern Conference opponents.
* Toews' shootout-winner was his third game-deciding goal of the season in shootout scenarios. Toews has converted on three of his seven shootout attempts for a .429 shooting percentage. Toews also had his 28th assist and extended his season-high point streak to seven games (1-8—9).
* Marian Hossa (1-1—2) scored his 10th goal of the season on a power play and had his 24th assist for his eighth multipoint game of the season. The goal also stood as the third power-play goal of the season for Hossa, who ranks third on the Blackhawks in assists and points (10-24—34).
* Corey Crawford made 33 saves through 65 minutes and stopped both Pittsburgh shooters in the shootout to improve to 18-10-2 with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. Crawford is 4-1 in the shootout this season and has stopped 18 of 20 shooters for a .900 shootout save percentage.
* David Rundblad (1-0—1) opened the scoring with his third goal of the season and has scored in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
COLORADO DEFEATS BOSTON AT HOME FOR FIRST TIME IN OVER NINE YEARS
The Colorado Avalanche rallied from a third-period deficit to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a shootout. The Avalanche improved to 20-18-10 (50 points) and passed the idle Dallas Stars for sole possession of fifth in the Central Division. With the win, Colorado is 7-3-2 in its past 12 games, 10-5-2 in its past 17 and 6-3-1 at home against Eastern Conference opponents.
* The Avalanche swept the season series against the Bruins; Colorado had defeated Boston 2-1 on Oct. 13, 2014. The victory was the Avalanche's first at home against the Bruins since a 4-1 win on Dec. 7, 2005.
* Semyon Varlamov made 22 saves through 65 minutes and stopped all three Boston shooters in the shootout to improve to 12-10-6 with a 2.66 GAA and a .921 save percentage. Varlamov is 3-3 in the shootout this season and has stopped 10 of 16 shooters for a .625 shootout save percentage. The victory was also Varlamov's 90th win as a member of the Avalanche, allowing him to pass David Aebischer for sole possession of fourth on the franchise's all-time list.
* Jarome Iginla (1-0—1) opened the scoring with 0.4 seconds left in the first period with his 14th goal of the season. It was the 574th goal of Iginla's career, allowing him to pass Mike Bossy for sole possession of 20th on the NHL's all-time list.
* Ryan O'Reilly (1-0—1) tied the score at 2-2 with 1:45 left in the third period with his ninth goal of the season.
* Nathan MacKinnon had the shootout winner for the Avalanche, who improved to 6-4 in shootouts this season. MacKinnon has converted on five of eight shootout attempts for a .625 shooting percentage. The goal was also his second game-deciding goal of the season in the shootout, tying him for the Colorado lead.
DUCKS DEFEAT FLAMES FOR 20TH CONSECUTIVE TIME AT HOME
The Anaheim Ducks built a 4-0 lead en route to a 6-3 victory against the Calgary Flames. The Ducks' fifth straight win improved their League-leading record to 31-10-6 (68 points). With the win, Anaheim has won seven of its past eight games (7-1-0) and has earned points in 10 of its past 12 (9-2-1). At Honda Center, the Ducks have won 11 of their past 13 games (11-2-0).
* Anaheim's victory is its 20th consecutive home win against Calgary. The Ducks have not lost a home game to the Flames since a 5-1 defeat on Jan. 19, 2004.
* Ben Lovejoy (1-1—2) scored his first goal and had his eighth assist for his second multipoint game of the season.
* Corey Perry (0-2—2) had his eighth multipoint game of the season and extended his point streak to four games (4-3—7). Perry ranks second on the Ducks in points (12-19—31). Nate Thompson (0-2—2) also had two assists for his first multipoint game of the season.
* Frederik Andersen made 30 saves to improve to 26-6-5 with a 2.30 GAA and a .917 save percentage. Andersen ranks second among NHL goaltenders with a career-best 26 wins and improved to 46-11-5 in 62 decisions. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Andersen is the first goalie to record 46 wins in his first 62 career decisions since Bill Durnan of the Montreal Canadiens earned his NHL-record 46th win through his first 60 decisions in November 1944.
* Tim Jackman (1-0—1) scored the game-winner with his fourth goal of the season. The goal was Jackman's first game-winning goal since Dec. 31, 2010 in a 3-2 win against the Avalanche as a member of the Flames.
* Ryan Getzlaf (1-0—1) scored his 15th goal of the season and extended his point streak to four games (2-3—5). Getzlaf leads the Ducks in points (15-35—50) and is seventh in the League.
* Kyle Palmieri (1-0—1) opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season. The Ducks are 22-0-5 this season when scoring first. Anaheim is the only team without a regulation loss when scoring first this season.
* Patrick Maroon (1-0—1) scored his fourth goal of the season and extended his point streak to three games (2-3—5). Cam Fowler (0-1—1) had his 18th assist of the season and extended his point streak to four games (0-4—4). Fowler is second among Ducks defensemen in assists and points (5-18—23).
KARLSSON, HOFFMAN LEAD SENATORS TO VICTORY IN BATTLE OF ONTARIO
The Ottawa Senators scored three consecutive first-period goals en route to a 4-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Senators are 19-18-9 (47 points) and tied the Maple Leafs for sixth in the Atlantic Division. With the win, Ottawa is 10-6-4 through its first 20 home games.
* Erik Karlsson (2-0—2) scored on a highlight-reel passing play and had the eventual game-winner for his first multigoal game of the season. The second goal stood as the third game-winning goal of the season for Karlsson, who has scored four times in his past four games and has scored in consecutive games for the second time this season.
* Mike Hoffman (1-1—2) opened the scoring early in the first period with his 16th goal and had his ninth assist for his fifth multipoint game of the season. Bobby Ryan (0-2—2) had two assists for his sixth multipoint game of the season.
* Craig Anderson made 37 saves on 40 shots to improve to 13-11-7 with a 2.37 GAA and a .927 save percentage. Anderson's 37 saves represent his fourth-highest total this season; he made 43 saves on two occasions and also made 39 saves on Nov. 24, 2014 in a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
* Mark Stone (0-1—1) extended his career-high point streak to seven games (2-6—8).
* Prior to the game, both clubs observed a moment of silence for RCMP officers Const. David Matthew Wynn and Auxiliary Const. Derek Walter Bond who were involved in a St. Albert, Alberta shooting early Saturday morning.
HUTCHINSON LEADS JETS TO FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN IN SHUTOUT FASHION
Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Winnipeg's season-high fifth straight win improved its record to 26-14-8 (60 points) and it remained fourth in the Central Division. The Jets also swept their season series versus the Blue Jackets; they had defeated Columbus 4-2 on Nov. 25, 2014.
* Winnipeg's five-game winning streak began on Jan. 13 in an 8-2 win against the Florida Panthers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Jets won five or more consecutive games was from April 6-18, 2013 where they also recorded five straight wins.
* Rookie goaltender Hutchinson made 29 saves for the second shutout of his career. Hutchinson's fourth straight win improved his record to 14-4-2 with a 1.90 GAA and a .935 save percentage. Hutchinson ranks second among League goaltenders in both categories.
* Four different Jets scored even-strength goals. Blake Wheeler (1-0—1) scored his 13th goal of the season 1:08 into the first period. The goal stood as the third game-winner of the season for Wheeler, who is tied for second on the Jets in the category.
* Evander Kane (1-0—1) scored his 10th goal of the season while Jay Harrison (1-0—1) and Chris Thorburn (1-0—1) each scored his fourth goal. Thorburn has scored two goals over a three-game span for the first time since March 15-19, 2011 when he was a member of the Atlanta Thrashers.
COUTURE LEADS SHARKS PAST KINGS
Logan Couture (2-1—3) had his third three-point game of the season to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks are 25-17-6 (56 points) and passed the idle Vancouver Canucks for second in the Pacific Division.
* Couture scored twice and had his 24th assist of the season. Couture is tied for the Sharks lead in points this season (18-24—42), ranks second in goals and is tied for second in assists.
* Patrick Marleau (1-1—2) scored his ninth goal and had his 24th assist for his 12th multipoint game of the season.
* Antti Niemi made 26 saves on 28 shots to improve to 19-11-5 with a 2.57 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
* Joe Pavelski (1-0—1) scored the game-winner on a power play with his team-leading 24th goal of the season and extended his point streak to three games (2-2—4). The goal was the fourth game-winner and the 12th power-play goal for Pavelski, who is tied for the League-lead in the latter category.
* Joe Thornton (0-1—1) had his 27th assist of the season and the 879th of his career, allowing him to pass Nicklas Lidstrom for sole possession of 21st on the NHL's all-time list.
* Prior to the game, American rock band Metallica was honored as part of San Jose's Metallica Night promotion.
Toronto defenseman Jake Gardiner (0-2—2) had his second multipoint game of the season. … Pittsburgh forward Zach Sill (1-0—1) scored his first NHL goal. … Boston forward David Krejci (0-1—1) had his 400th NHL point. … Calgary forward Lance Bouma (0-2—2) had his fifth multipoint game of the season. … Calgary forward Sean Monahan (1-0—1) has scored in four consecutive games. … Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman (0-1—1) extended his point streak to four games (2-3—5). … Los Angeles forward Anze Kopitar (0-2—2) had his 11th multipoint game of the season. … Los Angeles defenseman Matt Greene played in his 400th game as a member of the Kings. … Los Angeles forward Nick Shore (0-1—1) had his first career NHL point. … Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi passed Rogie Vachon for the most regular-season games served as the Kings GM (669). … Pittsburgh assistant equipment manager Teddy Richards worked his 1,000th professional hockey game. In his third season with the Penguins, he has worked 176 games in addition to 824 with the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. … Philadelphia forward Zac Rinaldo has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a hit on Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang in a game at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. … Ray Whitney, who spent 22 seasons playing in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, announced his retirement Wednesday.