AVALANCHE HONOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM
The Colorado Avalanche honored their 20th Anniversary Team, as selected by the fans, at Pepsi Center in the second half of their home-and-home series with the Minnesota Wild. The night included a special pre-game ceremony as well as a memorable 'Jerseys Off Our Backs' presentation, headlined by Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, Adam Foote, Rob Blake, Sandis Ozolinsh, Valeri Kamensky and Milan Hejduk, among others.
* Click here to watch the entire pre-game ceremony.
Home Team in CAPS
Nashville 3, BOSTON 2
COLORADO 2, Minnesota 1 (OT)
VANCOUVER 5, Buffalo 2
VRBATA, CANUCKS SNAP FIVE-GAME LOSING SKID
Radim Vrbata (3-0—3) recorded his first hat trick as a member of the Canucks (106 GP) to help the Vancouver Canucks end their five-game winless streak (0-3-2).
* Vrbata’s three-goal outing was the sixth hat trick of his NHL career (898 GP) and his first since Oct. 3, 2013 vs. NYR w/ PHX (3-0—3).
* Daniel Sedin (0-2—2) and Henrik Sedin (1-0—1) rank first and second on the Canucks in points this season with 12-19—31 and 9-18—27, respectively (29 GP each).
* The Canucks are 8-1-1 in their past 10 home games vs. BUF dating to March 16, 2000 (BUF: 1-8-1), which includes three straight victories.
PREDATORS RALLY AGAINST BRUINS
The Nashville Predators overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits via two power-play goals by Roman Josi (2-0—2) and Viktor Arvidsson scored the go-ahead marker at 15:04 of the third period to end the Boston Bruins' point streak at eight games (6-0-2).
* With three power-play goals (27 GP), Josi equaled his single-season career high from 2014-15 (81 GP) and 2013-14 (72 GP).
* Nashville defensemen have combined for five power-play goals over the past two games. Per Elias, the Predators lead the NHL in goals (23) and power-play goals (12) from their defensemen this season.
MITCHELL LEADS AVALANCHE PAST WILD
After Zach Parise tied the contest with 6:09 remaining in the third period, John Mitchell scored his first career overtime goal at 3:35 of the extra frame and the Avalanche evaded a home-and-home sweep at the hands of the Wild.
* Tyson Barrie (1-1—2) factored on each of the Avalanche's goals and leads their defensemen in assists and points with 3-15—18 this season (25 GP).
* Matt Duchene (0-1—1) assisted on Mitchell's overtime-winner and has 13-10—23 since the beginning of November (18 GP) after posting 1-1—2 in the month of October (10 GP).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (0-1—1) registered his 575th career point (214-361—575 in 766 GP) and tied Milt Schmidt (229-346—575 in 776 GP) for 11th on the Bruins' all-time points list.
* Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (19 saves) appeared in his 225th career game with the team and tied Dan Bouchard for third on the all-time Avalanche/Nordiques games played list among goaltenders. The two goalies with more: Peter Budaj (242 GP) and Patrick Roy (478 GP).
* Vancouver forward Brandon Prust (1-1—2) scored his first goal as a member of the Canucks (18 GP).
The Predators earned their first win at BOS since Nov. 28, 2003 (2-1 W), ending a five-game road losing streak (0-3-2). … Predators defenseman Shea Weber (0-2—2) has 3-2—5 in his past two games and 3-5—8 in his past four. Weber extended his point streak vs. BOS to seven games (3-6—9). ... Predators goaltender Carter Hutton (15 saves) is 3-1-0 this season (2.74 GAA, .907 SV%). ... Wild forward Zach Parise (1-0—1) has 11-15—26 in 24 career regular-season games vs. COL. ... Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller made 32 saves to earn his second career victory against his former team (2-1-0). ... Sabres forward Sam Reinhart (1-0—1) has four goals in his past five games (4-0—4). ... Sabres forward Jamie McGinn (0-1—1) extended his point streak to a career-high six games (2-5—7). ... Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly (0-1—1) extended his point streak to five games (2-4—6). ... Sweden, Finland and the United States released their selection camp rosters ahead of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland. ... Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson, Predators defenseman Shea Weber and New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 6. ... ICYMI: The Canucks honored former players Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi, and Brendan Morrison – who played on a line nicknamed the West Coast Express – prior to puck-drop at Rogers Arena.