Home Team in Caps
NY Rangers 2, OTTAWA 1 (SO)
BOSTON 3, Detroit 1
San Jose 2, BUFFALO 1 (OT)
TORONTO 4, Vancouver 2
Colorado 6, MONTREAL 1
Florida 5, TAMPA BAY 4 (SO)
NEW JERSEY 4, Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 3, CAROLINA 2 (OT)
COLUMBUS 5, Arizona 2
NASHVILLE 7, Winnipeg 0
Chicago 4, ST. LOUIS 2
DALLAS 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)
LOS ANGELES 4, Edmonton 3
NHL TEAMS PAY TRIBUTE TO VICTIMS OF PARIS ATTACKS
Each of the 13 arenas that hosted an NHL game Saturday honored victims of the recent Paris tragedy with a moment of silence in a pregame ceremony. Some also played the French National Anthem "La Marseillaise" prior to puck-drop, including Bell Centre where the Montreal Canadiens hosted the Colorado Avalanche.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Of the 13 games played Saturday:
* Nine were tied or within one goal entering the third period (NYR-OTT, SJS-BUF, VAN-TOR, FLA-TBL, PHI-CAR, ARI-CBJ, CHI-STL, MIN-DAL, EDM-LAK).
* Three saw the winning team overcome a deficit of at least one goal (FLA-TBL, PHI-CAR, CHI-STL).
* One saw the winning team overcome a multi-goal deficit (PHI-CAR).
CLUBS CONTINUE RECORD-SETTING STARTS...
The New York Rangers and the Dallas Stars won Saturday to continue their record-setting starts to the season:
* Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves through 65 minutes and denied two of three shooters in the shootout when the Rangers extended their point streak to 12 games (10-0-2), which includes eight consecutive wins. At 13-2-2 (28 points), the Rangers are off to their best 17-game start to a season – in terms of wins – in their 89-year history. Their 28 points also equal a franchise record through the opening 17 games of a season, set in 1971-72 (12-1-4). The Rangers last had a point streak of 12 or more games from Feb. 9 – March 10, 2008, when they had a 13-game run (10-0-3).
* John Klingberg (1-2—3) scored at 3:18 of overtime to help the Stars improve to 5-1-1 in their last seven home games against the Minnesota Wild dating to March 29, 2013 (MIN: 2-4-1). At 14-4-0 (28 points), the Stars are off to their best 18-game start to a season in terms of wins and points in their 48-year franchise history. Klingberg added two assists to bring his assist total to 16 and his point total to 20 this season, tops among all defenseman. Jamie Benn (1-2—3) had an equal point total and ranks third among League-leaders with 12 goals and 25 points in his first 18 games. Kari Lehtonen (22 saves) earned his fifth straight win and is 8-1-0 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.
... OTHERS KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM
The New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs picked up wins Saturday to continue their recent strings of success:
* Cory Schneider (21 saves) earned his first shutout of the season to move the Devils to 10-3-0 in their past 13 games following a 0-3-1 start to the season. Mike Cammalleri (1-2—3), Lee Stempniak (1-1—2) and Adam Henrique (0-2—2) all had multiple points for the Devils, who are 7-0-1 in their past eight home games against the Pittsburgh Penguins since Feb. 9, 2013 (PIT: 1-7-0).
* James Reimer made 43 saves, including 24 in the third period, and Shawn Matthias scored the game-winning goal early in the same period against his former team when the Maple Leafs extended their point streak to five games (3-0-2). Per Elias, Reimer is 14-2-2 in 18 career regular-season games when making 40 or more saves. The Maple Leafs are 3-0-0 in their past three home games against the Vancouver Canucks since Feb. 8, 2014 (VAN: 0-3-0).
RINNE, PREDATORS SHUTOUT JETS BY A CONSIDERABLE MARGIN
Pekka Rinne (20 saves) earned his second shutout of the season and eight different Nashville Predators skaters had multiple points in their 7-0 victory against the Winnipeg Jets.
* Per Elias, the Predators scored seven or more goals in a shutout victory for the first time since an 8-0 win on Feb. 28, 2009 against the Detroit Red Wings.
* With 38 shutouts, Rinne shares a tie with the New York Islanders' Jaroslav Halak and the Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick for fourth among active goaltenders. Rinne also is 8-1-0 in 10 all-time appearances against the Jets/Thrashers (1.84 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO).
* Seth Jones (1-2—3) had a career-high three points and Craig Smith (1-2—3) had an equal point total. Calle Jarnkrok (2-0—2) had his first career multi-goal game, while Mike Ribeiro (1-1—2), James Neal (1-1—2) and Mattias Ekholm (1-1—2) each scored a goal and an assist.
GOT YOUR NUMBER
The Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins and Kings continued their recent success against their Saturday opponents:
* After their 2-0 lead was erased, the Blue Jackets scored three unanswered goals to improve to 6-1-0 in their past seven home games against the Arizona Coyotes since Feb. 25, 2011 (ARI/PHX: 1-4-2). Boone Jenner (1-2—3) had a career-high three points, including the game-winning goal at 16:14 of the second period, while teammates William Karlsson (2-0—2), Ryan Johansen (1-1—2) and Jack Johnson (0-2—2) also had multi-point games. Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves and added an assist, and is 4-1-0 in his past five outings following a 2-8-0 record in his first 10 appearances of the season.
* Following a scoreless 20 minutes, the Bruins scored three consecutive second-period goals, including the game-winner by David Krejci at 11:10 of the frame, to improve to 5-0-0 in their past five games against the Red Wings since Oct. 15, 2014 (DET: 0-4-1), which includes wins in three straight home games. Krejci has eight goals and 18 points in his first 16 games of the season.
* After their 3-1 lead was erased, Nick Shore scored the go-ahead goal with 1:37 remaining in the third period to help the Kings improve to 7-0-0 in their past seven home games against the Edmonton Oilers since April 2, 2012 (EDM: 0-6-1). Tanner Pearson (1-2—3) had three points and Marian Gaborik (1-1—2) had his first multi-point outing of the season.
AROUND THE RINKS
* Nathan MacKinnon (2-1—3), Mikhail Grigorenko (1-2—3) and Matt Duchene (1-2—3) each had three points, and Reto Berra made a season-high 39 saves to help the Colorado Avalanche end their three-game winless streak against the Canadiens since March 18, 2014 (0-3-0). MacKinnon scored consecutive first-period goals in 13 seconds. Per Elias, he is the first Avalanche player to score two goals in 13 seconds or faster since Milan Hejduk on Jan. 18, 2001 against the Canucks (0:10). Grigorenko had a career-high three points, including his his first goal in an Avalanche uniform (14 games). Duchene has four goals and eight points in his past three games.
* The Florida Panthers overcame a 2-1 and a 4-3 deficit – the latter via Aaron Ekblad scoring the game-tying goal with 38 seconds left in the third pierod – en route to their shootout victory against their cross-state rivals. The Panthers are 3-0-0 this season when Ekblad scores a goal and 5-1-0 when he earns a point.
* After the Buffalo Sabres tied the game 1-1 in the third period, Patrick Marleau scored at 2:59 of overtime to end Buffalo's three-game winning streak. Marleau's marker was ninth career overtime goal. The San Jose Sharks earned their second win in Buffalo (2-15-1 all-time). The other: Dec. 2, 2005 (5-0 W).
* After overcoming a 2-0 deficit, Jakub Voracek (1-1—2) scored 37 seconds into overtime when the Philadelphia Flyers ended a four-game losing streak against the Carolina Hurricanes since Jan. 2 (0-3-1). Steve Mason (19 saves) is 7-3-1 in 11 career appearances against Carolina (1.91 GAA, .936 SV%).
* The Chicago Blackhawks overcame a 2-1 deficit with three unanswered goals, including the game-winner by Patrick Kane with 1:05 left in the second period, to end their three-game losing streak against the St. Louis Blues since April 5 (0-2-1).
KANE EXTENDS POINT, GOAL STREAKS
With a goal, Kane extended his point streak to 12 games (9-11—20) and goal streak to a career-high six games (6-6—12).
* Kane, who has 12 goals and 26 points this season (including at least one point in 15 of his first 17 games), shares first in the NHL in goals (w/Jamie Benn) and points (w/ Tyler Seguin).
* Kane's 12-game point streak is the longest in the League this season and two shy of his career-high, set Nov. 30 – Dec. 28, 2013 (8-17—25 in 14 GP). He has five multi-point games during the 12-game run.
* Kane's six-game goal streak is the longest in the League this season.
ALL HAIL KING HENRIK
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is 10-2-2 with a 1.69 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and one shutout.
* Lundqvist has earned six consecutive victories and extended his point streak to a career-high nine games (7-0-2 since Oct. 18 vs. NJD).
* Lundqvist ranks second on the NHL's all-time shootout wins list with 51, trailing only Vancouver's Ryan Miller (53).
* This season, Lundqvist has played 130:27 in situations when the Rangers have either been tied or held a one-goal lead at any point in the third period. In those situations, Lundqvist has an 0.45 goals-against average and a .986 save percentage (73 saves on 74 shots).
VETERANS CLIMB THE ALL-TIME CHARTS...
The three active leaders in games played – Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (1,565 GP), Coyotes captain Shane Doan (1,411 GP) and Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla (1,409 GP) – all continued to move up the NHL's all-time list:
* Jagr surpassed Nicklas Lidstrom (1,564 GP) for sole possession of 10th place. Ray Bourque (1,612 GP) holds the ninth spot.
* Doan surpassed Norm Ullman (1,410 GP) and tied Harry Howell (1,411 GP) for 30th place, while Iginla tied Paul Coffey (1,409 GP) for 33rd.
... MORE MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo turned aside 24 shots through 65 minutes and stopped all three shooters in the shootout to earn his 406th career victory and moved within one of tying Glenn Hall (407) for eighth on the NHL's all-time wins list among goaltenders.
* With an overtime goal, Sharks forward Patrick Marleau moved within two points of becoming the first player in their history to reach 1,000 points (461-537—998).
* Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (0-1—1) became the third player in Sharks history to score 500 points (237-263—500). The others: Marleau and Joe Thornton (191-625—816).
* Rangers forward Dominic Moore (700 GP), Kings forward Anze Kopitar (700 GP), Rangers forward Derick Brassard (500 GP), Avalanche forward Blake Comeau (500 GP) and Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker (400 GP) all skated in milestone games.
* Panthers forward Brandon Pirri converted on his first career penalty shot attempt.
* Linesman Scott Driscoll (1,500 career games) and referee Tim Peel (1,000 games) each worked milestone games. Driscoll was honored in a ceremony prior to puck drop at First Niagara Center.
The Rangers have won four straight games at the Ottawa Senators since Jan. 18, 2014 (OTT: 0-3-1)... Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (1-0—1) has scored in three straight games (3-2—5), and with three goals and 17 points in 17 games ranks second among all defensemen... Senators forwards Bobby Ryan (2-4—6) and Mika Zibanejad (0-5—5) each collected an assist to extend their point streaks to five games... Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (1-1—2) scored multiple points... Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov (2-0—2) had his first multi-goal game of the season... Avalanche forward Blake Comeau scored his first shorthanded goal of the season... Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell (0-1—1) has five goals and eight points in his past seven games after scoring three goals and three assists in his first 11 games of the season... Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1-0—1) extended his point streak to a career-high five games (2-3—5)... Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had an assist in his first game since Oct. 17... Blackhawks forward Artem Anisimov (1-1—2) had his second multi-point game in his past three games... Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (0-1—1) leads all rookies in assists and points with 5-12—17 in his first 17 appearances... Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair (1-1—2) is tied for second in goals among all rookies with seven... Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (2-0—2) scored consecutive second-period goals in a span of 1:44... Stars forward Patrick Sharp (0-1—1) extended his point streak to five games (3-3—6)... Stars forward Tyler Seguin (0-1—1) leads the League in assists and is tied for first in points with 9-17—26 in his first 18 games... Edmonton forwards Taylor Hall (1-1—2), Teddy Purcell (1-1—2) and Leon Draisaitl (1-1—2) each had a goal and an assist... Blues goaltender Jake Allen submitted his bid for an early save of the year candidate on Blackhawks forward Marko Dano... ICYMI: Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, Jr. was honored in a pregame ceremony in recognition of his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.