Home Team in Caps
Tampa Bay 4, BUFFALO 1
WASHINGTON 4, Boston 1
MONTREAL 4, NY Islanders 1
OTTAWA 3, Winnipeg 2 (SO)
Nashville 3, MINNESOTA 2
CALGARY 2, Philadelphia 1 (OT)
ARIZONA 4, Colorado 2
Columbus 3, LOS ANGELES 2
SAN JOSE 5, Florida 2
CANADIENS REBOUND AT BELL CENTRE, CONTINUE RECORD-SETTING START
The Montreal Canadiens scored three goals in the final period to defeat the New York Islanders 4-1, bouncing back from their first loss on home ice (in overtime vs. the Ottawa Senators) and improving to 6-0-1 at Bell Centre in 2015-16.
* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the Canadiens (12-2-1, 25 points) have won at least 12 of their first 15 games in a season for the first time in their 98-year NHL history.
* Elias adds that the Canadiens have earned points in each of their first seven home games of a season for the first time since 1994-95 (5-0-2).
* Making his fourth consecutive start, Mike Condon (17 saves) improved to 5-0-1 in his first six NHL appearances (1.50 goals-against average, .941 save percentage). Elias says Condon is the second goaltender in franchise history to earn points in each of his first six career games, with all games played in one season. The other to accomplish the feat in one season: Bill Durnan from Oct. 30 to Nov. 21, 1943 (10 GP).
* David Desharnais scored the game-winning goal for the Canadiens, who earned their seventh win in their past eight games against the Islanders dating to March 21, 2013 (NYI: 1-6-1).
PREDATORS HAND WILD FIRST HOME LOSS
Cody Hodgson broke a tie at 14:39 of the third period to help the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 win against the Minnesota Wild, handing the Wild their first loss at Xcel Energy Center this season (5-1-0) and ending the Predators' road trip with a 2-1-1 record. The Wild became the final team to record a loss of any kind on home ice this season. The Canadiens (6-0-1) and Predators (4-0-1) are the only teams without a regulation loss at home in 2015-16.
* With 18 points, the Predators (8-2-2) have equaled their best start through 12 games in franchise history. They also opened the 2005-06 with an 8-2-2 record en route to a 49-25-8 (106 points) record.
* Hodgson, who signed with the Predators in the offseason, scored his first goal with Nashville (12 GP). It was his fifth career game-winner and first since Jan. 31, 2013 at the Boston Bruins, while playing with the Buffalo Sabres.
* Pekka Rinne made 27 saves, including 13 in the second period, to extend his personal point streak to six games (4-0-2) and improve to 7-1-2 overall this season (1.98 GAA, .926 save percentage, one shutout).
HOLTBY, CAPITALS DEAL BRUINS FIRST ROAD LOSS
Braden Holtby made 28 saves, including 13 in the second period, and the Washington Capitals scored four unanswered goals to hand the Boston Bruins a 4-1 road loss, their first of the season (5-0-1). Washington improved to 7-2-0 in the last nine regular-season games between the teams at Verizon Center dating to Nov. 5, 2010 (BOS: 2-5-2).
* The Capitals had their shutout streak against the Bruins halted at 199:30 dating to March 29, 2014. In 2014-15, the Capitals became the first team in NHL history to win every game of a season series of at least three games via a shutout.
* Holtby, who was in goal for the entire shutout streak against the Bruins, improved to 8-2-0 in 10 career appearances against Boston (1.52 GAA, .954 save percentage, three shutouts).
* The Capitals are 9-3-0 (18 points) through 12 games this season. Elias says the Capitals have won nine of their first 12 games in a season for the third time in franchise history. The other instances: 1991-92 (9-3-0) and 2011-12 (9-3-0).
SHARKS, BLUE JACKETS SNAP CALIFORNIA SKIDS
The San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets each earned victories to snap losing streaks in California against the Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings, respectively:
* Five players scored for the Sharks and Alex Stalock made 31 saves to help San Jose win 5-2, its first home win against the Panthers since Dec. 8, 2005, snapping a four-game skid (0-2-2). Stalock earned his first win of the season (4 GP) and improved to 11-5-2 in 22 career appearances at SAP Center (1.76 GAA, .932 save percentage, three shutouts). Patrick Marleau (1-0—1) scored his 89th career game-winning goal, third among active players behind Jaromir Jagr (129) and Jarome Iginla (94).
* Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves, including 14 in the first period, to guide the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win, their first at Staples Center since Jan. 7, 2012, snapping a five-game skid in the building (0-4-1). Gregory Campbell scored the eventual game-winning goal at 10:52 of the third period, his first goal with the Blue Jackets (14 GP).
AROUND THE RINKS
* Mikael Backlund (1-1—2) scored his third career overtime goal at 35 seconds to help the Calgary Flames defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 and improve to 2-1-0 in their past three games following a string of four straight losses (0-3-1). The Flames earned their third consecutive victory against the Flyers, their longest win streak in the head-to-head series since a 9-0-0 run from Feb. 16, 1987 to Oct. 15, 1989.
* Two nights after scoring in overtime at Montreal, Kyle Turris had the game-deciding goal in the shootout to lift the Ottawa Senators to their fourth win in their last five games, 3-2 against the Winnipeg Jets. The Senators are 9-2-1 in 12 games against the Jets since 2011-12, despite having their 2-0 lead erased early in the third period. Bobby Ryan (1-0—1) and Mika Zibanejad also converted in the shootout. Zibanejad's 50.0 percent career efficiency (11-for-22) is tied for seventh in NHL history among skaters with a minimum of 20 attempts.
* Nicklas Grossman (2-0—2) had the first multigoal game of his career (543 GP) to guide the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche, their second straight victory, and snap a four-game skid against Colorado (0-3-1). Mikkel Boedker, Connor Murphy and Martin Hanzal each had two assists, and Mike Smith (26 saves) improved to 9-1-4 in 14 games vs. Colorado (2.02 GAA, .935 save percentage, one shutout).
* Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves, 20 in the second period, to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres, their seventh consecutive victory against Buffalo dating to Dec. 4, 2014 (BUF: 0-7-0), including a 3-0-0 mark this season. Vasilevskiy, the 19th player taken in the 2012 NHL Draft, is 9-5-1 in 18 career appearances, including 2-0-0 this season and 3-0-0 against the Sabres (0.67 GAA, .971 save percentage, one shutout).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Capitals defenseman John Carlson (1-1—2) eclipsed 200 career points (48-153—201).
* Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 482nd NHL goal to move within one of tying Sergei Fedorov (483) for the most goals by a Russian-born player in League history.
* Sharks forward Patrick Marleau (1-0—1) moved within three points of becoming the first player in franchise history to record 1,000 career points (460-537—997).
BABCOCK TO COACH TEAM CANADA FOR 2016 WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY
Hockey Canada announced the appointment of Mike Babcock as Team Canada's coach for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Four other NHL coaches -- Claude Julien (Boston Bruins), Bill Peters (Carolina Hurricanes), Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks) and Barry Trotz (Washington Capitals) -- will join Babcock's staff as assistants.
Babcock, who is in his first season as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, coached Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics, leading Canada to a gold medal at each event.
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Sabres forward Jack Eichel, the second player drafted in 2015, fought off a defender before scoring his team-leading fifth goal of the season. … P.K. Subban (Montreal), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa), Martin Hanzal (Arizona) and Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary) each had his 12th assist of the season to move into a share of the League lead with Andrei Markov (Montreal) and Tyler Seguin (Dallas). … Sharks captain Joe Pavelski (0-1—1) had his five-game goal streak end but stretched his point streak to seven games (6-2—8). … Wild forward Jason Zucker (3-5—8) and Canadiens forward Dale Weise (5-1—6) extended their career-high point streaks to seven and four games, respectively. … Bruins rookie defenseman Colin Miller (0-1—1) stretched his point streak to five games (1-4—5). … Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom had an assist while celebrating his 30th birthday. … The Kings outshot the Blue Jackets 33-25, including 8-0 in the second period. The Kings allowed zero shots in a period for the second time in the regular season in franchise history (April 5, 1978 at the St. Louis Blues, also in the second period). … #MyPlayoffsMoment received 2015 Cynopsis Sports Leaderboard honors as one of the best sports social media campaigns of the year. … ICYMI: Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued a statement on Patrick Kane. … Predators assistant coach Phil Housley, a St. Paul, Minn., native, dropped the ceremonial puck before the Predators-Wild game. He will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.