Home Team in Caps
Boston 3, MONTREAL 1
EDMONTON 4, San Jose 3 (OT)
Pittsburgh 4, COLORADO 2
VANCOUVER 2, NY Rangers 1
BRUINS RALLY PAST CANADIENS IN WINTER CLASSIC PREVIEW
The Boston Bruins scored three unanswered goals in the third period, highlighted by goals 42 seconds apart by Loui Eriksson and Landon Ferraro that erased a 1-0 deficit, to rally past the Montreal Canadiens in their final game before taking it outdoors for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on New Year's Day.
* In the previous game between the teams, Nov. 7, the Canadiens overcame a third-period deficit with three unanswered goals, including the go-ahead goal by David Desharnais with 1:08 left in the third period, en route to a 4-2 victory.
* The Bruins earned their first regular-season win in the head-to-head series since March 12, 2014, snapping a seven-game losing streak (0-6-1). They also lost to the Canadiens in seven games in the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* The Bruins improved to 7-1-2 in their past 10 games and 5-0-2 in their past seven road games. They're second in the NHL in road wins (10; tied with the San Jose Sharks) and road points (22) this season.
* The two teams, who met for the first team just over 91 years ago (Dec. 8, 1924: MTL 4, BOS 3), have faced off more than any two teams in NHL history; 732 times during the regular season and 177 times in the playoffs. The Bruins improved to 272-348-112 in the regular-season series while the Canadiens hold a 357-265-110 mark all-time and a 2-1-0 advantage in the season series (BOS: 1-2-0).
* Eriksson scored his eighth NHL shorthanded goal and first since Jan. 24, 2013 against the Chicago Blackhawks, when he was with the Dallas Stars. Ferraro, who scored the game-winning goal, has three goals and two assists in eight games since joining the Bruins, compared to one goal in his first 17 NHL games, all with the Detroit Red Wings.
* Tuukka Rask made 32 saves extended his personal point streak to seven games; he's 5-0-2 with a 1.61 goals-against average, .946 save percentage two shutouts) during that span. In his first 13 games he was 5-7-1 with a 3.18 GAA, .890 save percentage and one shutout.
PENGUINS ALSO STAGE THIRD-PERIOD COMEBACK
Beau Bennett (2-0—2), Patric Hornqvist (1-1—2) and Olli Maatta (0-2—2) all had multipoint games to help the Pittsburgh Penguins score three unanswered goals in third period to edge the Colorado Avalanche and finish their four-game road trip on a high note (2-2-0).
* Bennett had his first NHL multigoal game and also set an NHL career high for goals in a season (5-5—10 in 22 GP). He has 15-28—43 in his 118-game NHL career.
* Hornqvist has 10-10—20 in 24 career games against the Avalanche, tied for his most goals and second-most points against one opponent (10-12—22 in 22 games vs. the Anaheim Ducks).
* Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves, including 12 in the third period, to help the Penguins improved to 8-2-0 in their past 10 games with the Avalanche dating to Dec. 3, 2009 (COL: 2-5-3).
HALL CLIMBS OILERS' RECORD BOOKS WITH OVERTIME GOAL
Taylor Hall (1-1—2) scored his second straight game-winning goal with 1:01 remaining in overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers to their fourth straight win and fifth consecutive victory at home. It's their longest such run at Rexall Place since Feb. 4 – March 2, 2008 (7-0-0).
* Hall scored his 20th career game-winning goal and fifth in overtime. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hall pulled into a tie with Ryan Smyth for second place on the Oilers' overtime goals list since 1983-84 when the NHL introduced the five-minute overtime period. Jari Kurri leads with seven overtime goals.
* Hall, who has scored in three straight games, leads the Oilers and is tied for sixth in the NHL with 12-18—30 this season (29 GP).
* Leon Draisaitl (1-1—2), Jordan Eberle (1-1—2) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (0-2—2) also had multipoint games for the Oilers, while Anders Nilsson pushed his personal winning streak to four games.
SEDINS (AGAIN) LEAD CANUCKS TO SECOND STRAIGHT WIN
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle tied the game on a penalty shot, but Daniel Sedin (1-1—2) restored the Vancouver Canucks’ lead 30 seconds later to help them win their second straight win after a string of five consecutive losses (0-3-2).
* Daniel Sedin extended his Canucks record with his 75th game-winning goal. He also pulled into fourth place in the League with 13-20—33 in 30 games this season.
* Henrik Sedin had two assists for his fifth multipoint game of the season. Daniel and Henrik have are 10-14—24 and 7-16—23, respectively, in 19 game since Nov. 1, tied for second and fifth among all players during that span.
* Ryan Miller made 32 saves, including 23 through the first 40 minutes, to post consecutive victories for the third time in 2015-16 (also Oct. 12-13 and Nov. 21-25).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (1-0—1) registered his 576th NHL point (214-361—576; all with the Bruins) to surpass Milt Schmidt (229-346—575) for sole possession of 11th place on the Bruins' all-time points list.
* Oilers coach Todd McLellan, who went 311-163-66 record with the Sharks 2008-14, earned a victory in his first game against his former team.
* Canucks forward Jannik Hansen played in his 500th NHL game.
Avalanche forward Matt Duchene scored his 15th goal of the season, tied for fourth in the League. He is tied for second among all players with 14-10—24 since the start of November (behind Patrick Kane: 11-18—29), including a League-high 14 goals in that span. … Penguins forward Chris Kunitz (0-1—1) had 1-6—7 during the team's four-game road trip. Teammate Sidney Crosby (0-1—1) has 4-6—10 in his past nine games. … Sharks defenseman Justin Braun scored his first goal in 67 games, dating to Dec. 6, 2014. … Defenseman Keith Ballard announced his retirement from the NHL. … ICYMI: Sharks defenseman Brent Burns danced and played air-guitar during warmup.