Home Team in Caps
St. Louis 2, BUFFALO 1
NY RANGERS 3, Nashville 0
PHILADELPHIA 3, Carolina 2 (OT)
WASHINGTON 1, Edmonton 0
Boston 4, TORONTO 3 (SO)
Los Angeles 3, FLORIDA 1
Colorado 4, WINNIPEG 1
RANGERS CONTINUE RECORD-SETTING START
Henrik Lundqvist (31 saves) earned his second shutout of the season to help the New York Rangers to their ninth consecutive victory on home ice.
* At 16-3-2 (34 points), the Rangers are off to their best 21-game start to a season – in terms of wins and points – in their 89-year history.
* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have won nine consecutive home games for the first time since Nov. 10-Dec. 15, 1971.
* Lundqvist improved to 12-3-2 (1.74 GAA, .946 SV%, 2 SO) and is tied with Braden Holtby (WSH) for the League lead in wins. With a franchise-leading 57 career shutouts, Lundqvist trails only FLA’s Roberto Luongo (69) for the lead among active goaltenders.
* Lundqvist earned his 351st career win and tied Terry Sawchuk (351 w/ DET) for the third-most victories with one franchise in NHL history among goaltenders, trailing Tony Esposito (418 w/ CHI) and Martin Brodeur (688 w/ NJD).
GOSTISBEHERE NETS EARLY OVERTIME WINNER TO DOWN HURRICANES
After their 2-0 lead was erased in the third period, rookie Shayne Gostisbehere scored a power-play goal just 24 seconds into overtime as the Philadelphia Flyers ended a three-game losing streak (0-1-2).
* It was the first game-winning goal of Gostisbehere’s NHL career (7 GP).
* Claude Giroux (1-2—3) scored his first shorthanded goal of the season and had two assists for his first three-point game of 2015-16. Jakub Voracek (0-2—2) also had two assists.
* Michal Neuvirth (31 saves) improved to 5-2-1 in nine career appearances vs. CAR (2.56 GAA, .926 SV%, 1 SO).
RASK, BRUINS COMPLETE HOME-AND-HOME SWEEP OF MAPLE LEAFS
Tuukka Rask made a season-high 39 saves through 65 minutes and stopped all three shooters in the shootout as the Boston Bruins completed their home-and-home sweep of the Toronto Maple Leafs following their 2-0 victory at home on Nov. 21.
* Rask, who also had an assist, improved to 13-3-1 in 19 career regular-season appearances vs. TOR, the team that drafted him in the first round (No. 21) of the 2005 NHL Draft (1.80 GAA, .937 SV%, 2 SO).
* Brad Marchand (2-0—2) scored a shorthanded goal and an even-strength goal to extend his point streak to five games (5-1—6), which includes at least one goal in four straight to match a career high. Marchand leads the NHL with 17 shorthanded goals since he began his career in 2009-10.
* The Bruins improved to 7-2-1 in their past 10 regular-season games at TOR dating to Nov. 5, 2011 (TOR: 3-6-1).
AROUND THE RINKS
* Braden Holtby (33 saves) earned his first shutout of the season, and Dmitry Orlov scored the only goal of the game at 13:28 of the third period as the Washington Capitals improved to 6-2-1 in their past nine games. Holtby earned his fourth consecutive victory to improve to 12-4-0 this season (1.88 GAA, .926 SV%, 1 SO) and is tied with Lundqvist for the League lead in wins. The Capitals swept their season series with the Edmonton Oilers and improved to 9-1-1 in their past 11 home games vs. EDM dating to Nov. 8, 1997 (EDM: 2-8-1).
* Facing a 1-0 deficit, the Colorado Avalanche scored four unanswered goals to end a three-game overall losing skid (0-3-0) and a four-game losing streak at WPG dating to March 19, 2014 (0-2-2). Matt Duchene scored to extend his point streak to seven games (7-6—13), and Blake Comeau (1-1—2), Carl Soderberg (1-1—2) and Francois Beauchemin (0-2—2) each had multiple points. Semyon Varlamov (20 saves) earned the victory in his first appearance since Nov. 5 at ARI.
* Down 1-0 through 40 minutes, the St. Louis Blues score two unanswered goals, including the winner by Robby Fabbri with 6:34 remaining, to sweep their series with the Buffalo Sabres for the fourth straight season, improving to 8-0-0 in their past eight matchups vs. BUF dating to Feb. 18, 2011 (BUF: 0-7-1). Jake Allen made saves on 24 of 25 shots to improve to 10-4-1 (1.98 GAA, .932 SV%, 3 SO).
* Jonathan Quick made 33 saves as the Los Angeles Kings swept their season series with the Florida Panthers and improved to 12-2-0 in their past 14 games vs. FLA dating to Nov. 5, 2003 (FLA: 2-11-1). Quick improved to 7-2-0 in nine career appearances vs. FLA (1.72 GAA, .937 SV%, 1 SO).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr had a power-play assist. Per Elias, he tied Nicklas Lidstrom (132-458—590) for 11th on the NHL’s all-time power-play points list (206-384—590).
* Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo appeared in his 881st NHL game and moved within one of tying John Vanbiesbrouck (882 GP) for eighth on the League’s all-time games played list among goalies.
* Kings forward Marian Gaborik (900 GP), Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (600 GP), Nashville Predators forward James Neal (500 GP) and Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak (500 GP) each skated in a milestone game.
* Forwards David Legwand (BUF) and Zac Rinaldo (BOS) each scored his first goal with his new team (18 GP each).
Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (0-1—1) extended his career-high point streak to six games (3-4—7)... Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (0-1—1) extended his point streak to six games (2-6—8)... Rangers forward Kevin Hayes (1-1—2) had multiple points... Rangers forward Rick Nash (1-0—1) has four goals in his past two games following his seventh career hat trick on Nov. 21 at FLA... Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak (1-1—2) had multiple points... Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (0-1—1) extended his point streak to eight games (3-6—9)... Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov (1-0—1) has scored in three consecutive games (3-1—4)... Jets forward Blake Wheeler (0-1—1) has 7-15—22 in 16 career games vs. COL... San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin and Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 22... Brothers Marty Howe and Mark Howe visited the NHL office in New York during their promotion of the 2015 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown... The Detroit Red Wings unveiled the jersey they will wear in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series against the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 27... ICYMI: The Flyers hosted a retirement ceremony for forward Rod Brind’Amour prior to their game against the Carolina Hurricanes.