Home Team in Caps
Carolina 3, NY ISLANDERS 2 (OT)
New Jersey 4, PHILADELPHIA 1
PITTSBURGH 4, Buffalo 3
Colorado 2, TAMPA BAY 1
ST. LOUIS 2, Anaheim 1
WINNIPEG 3, Chicago 1
DALLAS 4, Vancouver 3 (OT)
EDMONTON 4, Montreal 3
OILERS’ YOUNG GUNS STUN CANADIENS
Down 3-0 after 20 minutes, the Edmonton Oilers scored four unanswered goals, two by Leon Draisaitl, including the game-winning goal at 18:58 of the third period, to snap a three-game skid and improve to 11-4-0 in their last 15 games against the Montreal Canadiens at Rexall Place dating to Dec. 30, 2000 (MTL: 4-9-2).
* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the Oilers overcame a 3-0 deficit to win in regulation for the first time since Feb. 16, 2013, when they scored five unanswered goals in a 6-4 victory vs. the Colorado Avalanche.
* Draisaitl, who was recalled from Bakersfield of the AHL earlier in the day, suited up in his first NHL game since Dec. 31, 2014 at the Calgary Flames (0-2—2). His two-goal effort matched his goal total from his first 37 career appearances (4-7—11 in 38 GP).
* Connor McDavid collected 0-2—2 in the third period, including the primary assist on Benoit Pouliot’s tying goal, to extend his point streak to seven games (4-7—11). Nail Yakupov (0-1—1) also stretched his career-high point streak to seven games (2-7—9).
* Elias says McDavid is the first 18-year-old with a point streak of at least seven games for the Oilers since Sam Gagner from Feb. 4-24, 2008 (3-9—12 in 9 GP).
BENN CAPS (ANOTHER) COMEBACK WIN FOR STARS
Trailing 3-1 in the third period, Jason Demers and Patrick Sharp (2-0—2) scored to force overtime where Jamie Benn completed the comeback for the Dallas Stars, who overcame a multiple-goal deficit for the second-straight game.
* Benn (1-1—2), who collected 0-3—3 to help the Stars rally from a 3-0 deficit on Tuesday vs. the Anaheim Ducks, scored his second career overtime goal (also March 11, 2014 at the St. Louis Blues). The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner has compiled 21-19—40 in his last 22 games dating to March 19, including multiple points six times in his last seven outings.
* With 9-8—17 in 10 games this season, Benn leads the NHL in goals and points. Elias says he is the third player in Stars/North Stars franchise history with at least 17 points in the team’s first 10 games of a season. The others: Bobby Smith (17 in 1981-82) and Dino Ciccarelli (20 in 1986-87).
* The Stars earned their eighth consecutive meeting with the Canucks (dating to April 18, 2013) to improve to 8-2-0 this season.
ZATKOFF STELLAR AS PENGUINS STAY HOT
Jeff Zatkoff made a career-high 50 saves, including 23 in the third period, to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to their seventh consecutive victory against the Buffalo Sabres (dating to Oct. 5, 2010). The Penguins are 6-1-0 in their last seven games following a 0-3-0 start.
* Zatkoff, who made his first NHL start since April 13, 2014, improved to 13-7-2 in 22 career appearances (2.60 goals-against average, .916 SV%, 1 shutout). Via Elias, Zatkoff is the first Penguins goaltender to make at least 50 saves in a game that did not require overtime since Feb. 26, 2008 at the New York Islanders (Ty Conklin: 50 SV, 4-2 W).
* Elias adds that Zatkoff was the first goaltender to make at least 50 saves in his first appearance of a season since Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers made 52 saves at the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 2, 2009.
* Evgeni Malkin (1-1—2) scored his League-leading third game-winning goal of the season, while Sidney Crosby (0-2—2), Beau Bennett (1-1—2) and Patric Hornqvist (1-1—2) also had multiple-point performances for the Penguins. Crosby and Malkin have collected 14-33—47 (29 GP) and 13-26—39 (31 GP) against the Sabres in their careers, respectively.
* ICYMI: Sabres coach Dan Bylsma received a standing ovation from Penguins fans in his return to Pittsburgh, where he served behind the bench from 2009-14. Bylsma coached the Penguins to the Stanley Cup in 2009 and is the winningest coach in franchise history (252-117-32).
THE BEST OFFENSE IS A GOOD DEFENSE
Two defensemen – Colton Parayko (St. Louis Blues) and Ron Hainsey (Carolina Hurricanes) – had game-winning goals:
* Parayko broke a 1-1 tie in the third period to lift the Blues past the Ducks and to a 3-0-1 record at Scottrade Center this season. Parayko, a third-round pick (No. 86) in the 2012 NHL Draft, has 4-3—7 in his first 10 NHL games, including two game-winning goals. Brain Benning (2 in 1986-87) and Erik Johnson (3 in 2007-08) are the only other defensemen to score multiple game-winning goals as a rookie for the Blues.
* The 22-year-old set a Blues rookie record for shots in one game with 10. The last NHL rookie to reach double digits in shots in a game was Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals vs. Carolina on April 7, 2006 (12).
* Hainsey had his second consecutive game-winning goal, this one at 2:21 of overtime, to complete the Hurricanes’ comeback against the Islanders. The 34-year-old also had the decisive goal on Tuesday at the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to that, he had three game-winning goals in his first 762 career games, including two overtime goals in 2010-11 with the Atlanta Thrashers (Feb. 27 vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs and March 12 at the Philadelphia Flyers).
* Via Elias, Hainsey is the first Hurricanes defenseman to score the game-winning goal in consecutive team games since Jay Harrison on Jan. 12 and Jan. 14, 2012 (1-1—2 at the Tampa Bay Lightning and 1-0—1 vs. the Boston Bruins, respectively). Harrison also was the last defenseman to score an overtime goal for the club (March 4, 2014 at the San Jose Sharks).
AROUND THE RINKS
* Michael Hutchinson made a career-high 45 saves and the Winnipeg Jets erased an early 1-0 deficit with three unanswered goals to improve to 5-1-1 in their last seven games against the Chicago Blackhawks and earn their first win against the defending champions at MTS Centre (1-3-1). Hutchinson, who ranked second among rookies with 21 wins in 2014-15, improved to 4-0-0 this season (1.75 GAA, .949 SV%) to equal the longest winning streak of his career achieved from Jan. 10-21.
* The New Jersey Devils scored four unanswered goals, powered by a 1-2—3 performance from Kyle Palmieri, to earn their fifth win in six game, a run that includes a 4-0-0 mark on the road. The Devils improved to 10-2-2 in their last 14 games against the Philadelphia Flyers dating to Jan. 22, 2013 (PHI: 4-10-0), including a 5-1-1 mark at Wells Fargo Center.
* The line of Nathan MacKinnon (1-1—2), Alex Tanguay (1-1—2) and Jarome Iginla (0-2—2) combined for 2-4—6 to help the Colorado Avalanche snap a four-game skid (0-3-1) and improve to 10-2-1 in their last 13 games against the Tampa Bay Lightning dating to Jan. 5, 2007 (TBL: 3-7-3). MacKinnon has two of Colorado’s three game-winning goals this season.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla (592-641—1,233) collected 0-2—2 to surpass Phil Housley (338-894—1,232) for 38th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list. Peter Stastny (450-780—1,239) is 37th.
* Semyon Varlamov (34 saves) improved to 108-82-21 in an Avalanche uniform to surpass Dan Bouchard (107-79-36) for second place on the Quebec/Colorado franchise’s all-time wins list. He trails only his coach, Patrick Roy (262-140-65).
* Canucks forward Brendan Gaunce, the 26th player taken in the 2012 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut (10:47 TOI).
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (3-4—7 in 5 GP), Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers (3-2—5 in 5 GP) and Stars defenseman John Klingberg (2-5—7 in 6 GP) all extended point streaks. … Jets captain Andrew Ladd (GWG), who played for the Blackhawks from 2007-10, has 4-8—12 in 12 career games against his former club. … The Blackhawks and goaltender Corey Crawford had their shutout streak end at 141:46. … Eddie Lack made 17 saves to pick up his first victory with the Hurricanes (1-2-0). … Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, who missed all but 16 games last season, scored his first goal since Nov. 14, 2014. … Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly (1-1—2) has 3-4—7 in his last four games. … Brothers Jamie McGinn and Brock McGinn each scored Thursday for the Sabres and Hurricanes, respectively. … The Maple Leafs signed forward Rich Clune to an NHL contract, after signing him to an AHL contract in the offseason. … The Lightning hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.