Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 4, Arizona 1
Dallas 4, PITTSBURGH 1
New Jersey 5, OTTAWA 4 (SO)
NASHVILLE 5, Anaheim 1
MINNESOTA 3, Columbus 2
CHICAGO 3, Florida 2
Washington 3, VANCOUVER 2
Los Angeles 4, SAN JOSE 1
OVECHKIN LIFTS CAPITALS TO FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
Jay Beagle (1-1—2) and Alex Ovechkin (GWG) scored in the third period to rally the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks, their fourth consecutive victory and first regulation win in Vancouver since March 28, 1998 (1-7-1).
* Ovechkin, who led the NHL and equaled a career-high with 11 game-winning goals last season (also 2007-08, 2010-11), scored his first game-winning goal this season and 81st of his career (all w/ WSH), extending his franchise record.
* Since beginning his NHL career in 2005-06, Ovechkin has 19 more game-winning goals than the next-closest player (Daniel Sedin: 62 GWG). In fact, only three active players have more career game-winning goals than Ovechkin: Jaromir Jagr (129 GWG), Jarome Iginla (94 GWG) and Patrick Marleau (88 GWG).
* Ovechkin, who scored 53 goals in 2014-15 to capture his third consecutive and fifth career Maurice Richard Trophy, has a goal in each of his first five games this season (5-2—7) -- a first in his career.
* Overall, the Moscow, Russia, native has 480 career goals, three behind Sergei Fedorov (483) for the most by a Russian-born player in NHL history.
STARS EXTEND WIN STREAK WITH SWEEP OF ROAD TRIP
Antti Niemi made 33 saves and four different Dallas Stars scored in a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins as Dallas completed its road trip with a 4-0-0 record and earned its fifth consecutive victory overall, all in regulation.
* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the Stars swept a road trip of at least four games for the sixth time in franchise history (DAL/MNS) and for the first time since Nov. 25 to Dec. 2, 2001 (also 4-0-0, all in regulation).
* Overall, the Stars have won five consecutive games, all in regulation, for the first time since 2010-11 when they accomplished the feat twice (Nov. 24-Dec. 4 and Jan. 9-20, 2011).
* In addition, the Stars, who defeated PIT 3-0 on Oct. 8, have won four consecutive games against Pittsburgh dating to Oct. 16, 2014 (PIT: 0-4-0). That includes two wins at CONSOL Energy Center following six consecutive regulation losses in Pittsburgh dating to Oct. 24, 2001.
* Niemi, who has 70 saves on 71 shots against the Penguins this season, improved to 6-1-1 in nine career games vs. PIT (2.06 goals-against average, .935 save percentage, one shutout).
PREDATORS END SKID AGAINST DUCKS, REMAIN PERFECT AT HOME
Five different Nashville Predators players -- Ryan Ellis (1-2—3), Colin Wilson (1-2—3), Mike Ribeiro (1-1—2), Seth Jones (0-2—2) and Mattias Ekholm (1-1—2) -- had multiple points in a 5-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks to help them improve to 4-0-0 at home this season and earn their first win against the Ducks at Bridgestone Arena since Dec. 10, 2011 (0-3-1).
* Via Elias, the Predators have won each of their first four home games of a season for the second time in franchise history. In 2005-06, they went 5-0-0 in their first five games on home ice.
* Ellis tied a career high for points in a game (Oct. 21, 2014 vs. ARI: 1-2—3) and scored his first game-winning goal since March 14, 2014.
BLACKHAWKS, RANGERS CONTINUE DOMINANCE OF OPPONENTS
The Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers continued their string of recent success against the Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes, respectively:
* Patrick Kane (1-2—3) and Brent Seabrook (1-2—3) each factored on all three Blackhawks goals in a 3-2 win, their eighth consecutive victory against the Panthers dating to March 23, 2011 (FLA: 0-5-3) and fifth straight victory against them at United Center (FLA: 0-4-1).
* Kane had his 46th career game with at least three points and second this season (Oct. 10 vs. NYI: 1-2—3). Seabrook had at least three points for the fourth time in his career (last: Dec. 16, 2014 vs. MIN: 1-2—3).
* The Rangers scored four unanswered goals, including a power-play goal by defenseman Keith Yandle, to win 4-1 and improve to 12-3-0 in their past 15 games against the Coyotes dating to Oct. 28, 2002 (ARI: 3-7-4), a stretch that includes seven consecutive victories at Madison Square Garden dating to Nov. 24, 2008 (ARI: 0-4-3). Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves, including a sprawling stop in the third period, to move to 6-1-0 in seven career appearances against the Coyotes (2.11 GAA, .925 SV%).
* Yandle, acquired from Arizona on March 1, scored in his first game against his former club. A fourth-round selection (No. 105) by the Coyotes in the 2005 NHL Draft, Yandle had 65-246—311 in 558 games with Arizona.
AROUND THE RINKS
* Jeff Carter (2-2—4) tied a career high for points in a game and Jhonas Enroth made 39 saves in his Los Angeles Kings debut, a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks. It was the Kings' third consecutive victory following an 0-3-0 start to the season. Carter, who scored his first goals of the season, had his sixth career four-point effort and third since joining the Kings in 2011-12 -- only one other Kings player has multiple games with at least four points in that span (Tyler Toffoli – 2). Milan Lucic scored the game-winning goal, his first goal with Los Angeles.
* Two nights after the New Jersey Devils yielded a tying goal in the final minute of regulation, Lee Stempniak (1-1—2) evened the score with 31.4 seconds left and scored the deciding goal in the shootout to rally them past the Ottawa Senators 5-4, their third consecutive victory. Adam Henrique (1-1—2) triggered the multigoal comeback for the Devils, who went past regulation for the fourth straight game (3-0-1), with his goal at 14:10 of the third period. Mike Cammalleri (0-3—3) tied a career-high for assists in a game (last: Feb. 5, 2013 at DET w/ CGY).
* Nino Niederreiter and Thomas Vanek (GWG) each scored in the second period to help the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, their first win since April 7, 2013 (0-3-2). Zach Parise scored his sixth goal of 2015-16, tied for the League lead (w/Stars captain Jamie Benn).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Rick Nash was credited with his first goal of the season to reach 700 career points (379-321—700). Nash, the No. 1 pick in 2002 (by CBJ), became the first player from his draft year to reach 700 career points. He has 184 points and 140 goals more than the next closest player selected in the 2002 draft (Alexander Semin: 239-277—516).
* Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (1-0—1) scored his 727th career goal to move within four goals of tying Marcel Dionne for fourth in NHL history. The goal also lifted Jagr (206-382—588) into a tie with Teemu Selanne (255-333—588) for third all-time in power-play points, behind Joe Sakic (205-426—631) and Nicklas Lidstrom (132-458—590).
* Senators forward Chris Neil had 1-1—2 while playing in his 900th NHL game (all w/ OTT). Only Chris Phillips (1,179 GP) and Daniel Alfredsson (1,178 GP) have more GP with the club.
* Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal (0-1—1) recorded his League-leading ninth assist of the season while playing in his 500th game (all w/ PHX/ARI).
* Devils goaltender Cory Schneider made 35 saves through overtime and denied three shootout attempts to earn his 100th NHL victory (100-73-30).
* Kings coach Darryl Sutter won his 550th game, surpassing Marc Crawford (549) for 14th in NHL history.
* John Tortorella made his debut as coach of the Blue Jackets.
Coyotes forward Max Domi (3-5—8) and Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (2-6—8) each collected an assist; they pace rookies with eight points apiece . . . Canucks forward Radim Vrbata (1-1—2) had his first points of the season. He set a career high with 31-32—63 in 2014-15, his first season with Vancouver (79 GP) . . . Offseason addition Joel Ward scored his first goal with the Sharks . . . Coyotes defenseman Klas Dahlbeck, acquired via trade last season (from CHI), scored his first goal with the club (26 GP) . . . Senators forward Mika Zibanejad (1-1—2) scored his first career shorthanded goal. Ottawa and Boston share the League lead with two shorthanded goals . . . The Department of Player Safety announced Boston Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo will not face supplemental discipline for his hit on Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier . . . ICYMI: Thirteen-year-old Rangers fan Taylor Ryan, who at age eight was diagnosed with histiocytosis and is still in active treatment, participated in a ceremonial puck drop as part of New York's Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.