OILERS HONOR SATHER WITH BANNER AT REXALL PLACE
The Edmonton Oilers honored legendary coach, general manager and president Glen Sather by raising a banner at Rexall Place prior to their game against the New York Rangers.
* Sather, who currently serves as president of the Rangers, won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers, including four as their coach (1983-84, 1984-85, 1986-87 and 1987-88).
* He became the ninth member of the Oilers presented with a banner at Rexall Place; fellow honorees, including Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson, participated in the ceremony, which culminated a two-day celebration of Sather's career.
Home Team in Caps
NEW JERSEY 3, Detroit 2 (OT)
Los Angeles 3, PITTSBURGH 2 (SO)
CHICAGO 2, Winnipeg 0
DALLAS 3, Philadelphia 1
EDMONTON 7, NY Rangers 5
ARIZONA 2, Minnesota 1 (OT)
Carolina 5, ANAHEIM 1
KANE EXTENDS STREAK IN BLACKHAWKS SHUTOUT WIN
Patrick Kane scored for the third straight game to extend his franchise-record point streak to 25 games (16-23—39) and lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-0 victory against the Winnipeg Jets, their third win in their past four games.
* Kane continues to lead all players with 19-26—45 overall this season; that includes at least one point in 28 of 30 games. His 26 assists share first in the NHL (w/ Erik Karlsson), while his 19 goals rank second (behind Jamie Benn: 20).
* Kane became the second player since the 1992-93 season to register a point streak of 25 games. The other: Sidney Crosby, who posted an equal point streak from Nov. 5 – Dec. 28, 2010 (26-24—50).
* Corey Crawford made 22 saves for his third shutout of the season and the 15th of his career. Crawford has won three consecutive decisions and improved to 14-7-2 overall (2.33 goals-against average, .921 save percentage, three shutouts).
* Jonathan Toews, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, scored the game-winning goal, his third of the season and 46th of his career (all w/ CHI). Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Toews tied Denis Savard for fourth on the Blackhawks' all-time game-winning goals list:
Most Game-Winning Goals in Blackhawks History
98 – Bobby Hull
84 – Stan Mikita
49 – Steve Larmer
46 – Jonathan Toews
46 – Denis Savard
NHL-LEADING STARS EXTEND POINT STREAK TO SEVEN
Down a goal, the Dallas Stars scored three straight to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 and stretch their point streak to seven games (5-0-2).
* At 22-5-2 (46 points), the League-leading Stars continued their best start to a season in the franchise's 48-year history.
* Jamie Benn scored his League-leading 20th goal of the season and Tyler Seguin had his 25th assist; Benn (20-20—40) and Seguin (15-25—40) share second in the NHL with 40 points apiece.
* Antti Niemi (19 saves) extended his personal point streak to six games (4-0-2) and improved to 12-4-2 overall (2.47 GAA, .910 save percentage, two shutouts).
KORPIKOWSKI'S HAT TRICK POWER OILERS TO VICTORY
Lauri Korpikoski (3-0—3) had his first career hat trick and the Oilers scored two goals in the final 1:34 of regulation to pick up a 7-5 win against the New York Rangers.
* Edmonton earned its season-high fifth consecutive victory overall, all at Rexall Place, and sixth straight win at home dating to Nov. 20, their longest such run since Feb. 4 – March 2, 2008 (7-0-0).
* In addition to Korpikoski, Taylor Hall (2-2—4), Leon Draisaitl (0-4—4) and Teddy Purcell (1-2—3) all had at least three points. Per Elias, four members of the Oilers each registered three or more points in a game for the first time since six did so on Nov. 19, 2011 in a 9-2 win vs. CHI.
* Hall's four-point game was one shy of his career high of five from April 3, 2013 at CGY (1-4—5). Hall has scored in four straight games (5-4—9), equaling his career-high goal streak from March 8 – 14, 2012 (4-0—4), and has scored the game-winning goal in three consecutive games.
* Hall leads the Oilers in goals, assists and points this season with 14-30—34 and is tied with Evgeni Malkin (PIT) for the League-lead with five game-winning goals.
* Draisaitl recorded a career high for assists/points in one game and has 1-7—8 in his past four outings. Per Elias, Draisaitl (9-17—26, 20 GP) is the first member of the Oilers to record 26 or more points in his first 20 player games of a season since 1989-90, when Mark Messier (12-19—31, 20 GP) and Jari Kurri (13-13—26, 20 GP) each did so.
* Purcell's three-point night matched his career high last achieved on Dec. 21, 2014 vs. DAL (1-2—3). He has 2-4—6 in his past three games.
* Anders Nilsson (29 saves) extended his career-high winning streak to five games, all on home ice, and improved to 10-7-1 overall (2.65 GAA, .917 save percentage).
SKINNER ALSO HAS A THREE-GOAL GAME
Jeff Skinner (3-0—3) scored three goals to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks, their third win in their past four games.
* Skinner scored the third hat trick of his NHL career. Last: Jan. 2, 2014 at WSH (3-0—3).
* Carolina earned its first win in Orange County since Oct. 19, 2008 (3-1 W), ending a four-game road losing streak vs. ANA (0-2-2).
KINGS EARN SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN
Jonathan Quick made 40 saves through 65 minutes and stopped three of four shooters in the shootout to backstop the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was the Kings' sixth consecutive victory, their second such run of the season (also Oct. 16-31: 7-0-0).
* Quick led the Kings to all six wins on their current run dating to Nov. 28 and improved to 16-7-1 (2.16 GAA, .920 save percentage, one shutout). His 40 saves matched his season high from Oct. 23 vs. CAR (3-0 W).
* Per Elias, Quick improved to 10-0-3 in 13 career regular-season games where he has made 40 or more saves.
* At 19-8-1 (39 points), the Kings lead the Pacific Division and trail the League-leading Stars (22-5-2, 46 points) by seven points for first place in the Western Conference.
* Jake Muzzin (1-1—2) had his fourth multipoint game of the season and has 2-3—5 in his past four games.
DEVILS, COYOTES RALLY FOR OVERTIME WINS
The New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes each overcame deficits en route to their overtime victories Friday:
* The Devils overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period and Kyle Palmieri (1-1—2) scored on a breakaway with 39.3 seconds left in overtime for a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings, their first win vs. DET since March 4, 2014 (4-3 W), snapping a four-game losing streak (0-3-1). Palmieri, who has scored in a career-high four straight games (4-1—5), had his fourth career overtime goal and his second in a Devils uniform. New Jersey stretched its point streak to five games (3-0-2).
* Down a goal in the second period, Mikkel Boedker (2-0—2) tied the game and scored 34 seconds into overtime as the Coyotes defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 and snapped a five-game overall losing streak, at the same time earning their fifth straight win on home ice. Boedker, who leads the Coyotes with 11 goals this season, had his third multigoal game of 2015-16, which included scoring the second overtime goal of his career. The Coyotes earned their first win vs. MIN since Nov. 27, 2013 (3-1 W), snapping a six-game winless streak (0-5-1).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Alain Vigneault of the Rangers coached his 1,000th career game, becoming the 23rd coach in NHL history to reach the milestone. Vigneault also tied Roger Neilson for 22nd on the NHL's all-time games coached list.
* Devils forward Joseph Blandisi, a sixth-round pick by the Colorado Avalanche (No. 162) in the 2012 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut (14:37 TOI). Kings forward Michael Mersch, a fourth-round selection by Los Angeles (No. 110) in 2011, also made his NHL debut (11:01 TOI).
* Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd skated in his 400th career game with the Jets/Thrashers franchise.
Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (27 saves) improved to 13-7-4 (2.09 GAA, .926 save percentage, one shutout). … Devils forward Lee Stempniak (0-1—1) extended his point streak to five games (2-3—5). … Despite the overtime loss, the Red Wings stretched their point streak to 13 games (8-0-5), their longest such run since a 20-game streak from March 9 – April 17, 2006 (17-0-3). … At 16-8-6 (38 points), the Red Wings moved within three points of the idle Montreal Canadiens (19-8-3, 41 points) for first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. … Kings forward Marian Gaborik scored his fourth career game-deciding goal. … Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (1-0—1) has seven goals (7-4—11) in nine career games vs. LAK. … Penguins forward Chris Kunitz (0-1—1) stretched his point streak to five games (1-7—8). … Stars forward Antoine Roussel had his team-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season. … Flyers forward Claude Giroux (0-1—1) has 2-4—6 in his past three games. … Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth made 41 saves. … Despite the overtime loss, the Wild extended their point streak to six games (3-0-3). … Wild forward Zach Parise (0-1—1) extended his point streak vs. ARI/PHX to 13 games (9-6—15) dating to Dec. 15, 2007. … Rangers forward Rick Nash (1-2—3) had his third three-point game of the season. … Rangers forward Derick Brassard (2-0—2) had his second two-goal game in his past three. … Rangers forwards Chris Kreider (1-1—2) and Mats Zuccarello (1-1—2) also had two-point games. … Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (0-2—2) has 3-2—5 in his past three games. … Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack made 31 saves and picked up his first career assist in the victory. … ICYMI: The Devils hosted Stars Wars Night at Prudential Center.