Home Team in Caps
San Jose 5, BOSTON 4
Dallas 3, BUFFALO 1
Los Angeles 3, PHILADELPHIA 2 (SO)
COLUMBUS 3, St. Louis 1
PITTSBURGH 4, Minnesota 3
TORONTO 5, Colorado 1
NASHVILLE 3, Anaheim 2
CALGARY 3, New Jersey 2
STARS CONTINUE RECORD-SETTING START
Jason Spezza scored the eventual game-winning goal at 7:35 of the third period to help the Dallas Stars earn their third consecutive victory and continue their record-setting start to the season.
* At 15-4-0 (30 points), the Stars are off to their best 19-game start (in terms of wins and points) in the franchise's 48-year history. Their 15 wins lead the NHL and their 30 points share top spot with the New York Rangers (14-2-2, 30 points) and Montreal Canadiens (14-3-2, 30 points).
* The Stars also improved to 8-2-0 (16 points) away from American Airlines Center this season, the most road wins and road points in the League.
* Tyler Seguin (1-0—1) and Jamie Benn (0-1—1) combined for an insurance goal late in the game. Seguin (10-17—27) and Benn (12-14—26) are second and third in the League scoring race, respectively, behind Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (13-15—28).
MALKIN LEADS PENGUINS PAST WILD
Evgeni Malkin (2-2—4) factored on all four Pittsburgh Penguins goals, and pulled off an incredible deke before scoring the game-winning goal, to guide his team to its fifth win in the past six games with the Minnesota Wild dating to Oct. 18, 2011 (MIN: 1-5-0).
* Malkin had his 20th career game with at least four points; it was his first since March 22, 2014 vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning (2-2—4 in 4-3 W). The Penguins are 20-0-0 when he has four or more points.
* Malkin leads the Penguins with 6-10—16 in 18 games this season, including four game-winning goals, tied for the League lead with Patrick Kane (Blackhawks), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) and Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks). He had four game-winners all of last season (69 GP).
* Malkin also scored his 100th career power-play goal (all w/ Pittsburgh) to become the fourth player in franchise history to reach the mark. The others: Mario Lemieux (236 PPG), Jaromir Jagr (110 PPG) and Kevin Stevens (110 PPG). Only Alex Ovechkin (156 PPG) and Thomas Vanek (108 PPG) have more power-play goals since Malkin entered the League in 2006-07.
SHARKS BITE BRUINS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
Down 3-2 in the second period, the San Jose Sharks scored three straight goals, including power-play strikes 25 seconds apart by Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, to improve to 3-0-0 on their season-high six-game road trip.
* Marleau, who also scored in overtime Saturday in a 2-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres, moved within one point of becoming the first player in franchise history to reach 1,000 points (462-537—999 in 1,347 GP).
* Thornton (1-2—3) scored his 58th career game-winning goal and second in 18 games this season (also Oct. 13 at Washington). He had three game-winners in his previous 160 games before 2015-16.
* Joe Pavelski (1-2—3) posted his second three-point effort of the season (also Oct. 7 at the Los Angeles Kings: 1-2—3). He leads the Sharks with 10-8—18 in 18 games.
REIMER, SPECIAL TEAMS CARRY MAPLE LEAFS
James Reimer made 34 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs scored all five goals via special teams en route to their fourth win in five games after a 2-8-4 start to the season.
* Reimer, the NHL's Third Star for the week ending Nov. 15, earned his fourth consecutive victory and improved to 4-0-2 in his last six games (1.61 GAA, .949 SV%). He also moved to 4-0-1 in five career appearances vs. Colorado (2.19 GAA, .926 SV%).
* The Maple Leafs converted on four of five power-play attempts and Leo Komarov scored the team's first shorthanded goal of the season. Via Elias, the Maple Leafs scored at least four power-play goals and one shorthanded goal in the same game for the first time since Feb. 16, 2004 at Pittsburgh (8-4 W; 4 PPG, 1 SHG).
* Tyler Bozak (1-2—3) and Peter Holland (0-3—3) each had three points. Bozak, who has 2-5—7 in his last five games, and Morgan Reilly (0-1—1) share the team scoring lead with 3-9—12.
KEEP IT ROLLING
The Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames also earned wins to continue their recent strings of success:
* Milan Lucic scored the tying goal at 19:04 of the third period and Anze Kopitar scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Kings to their third consecutive victory. The Kings also moved to 12-3-0 in their last 15 games following an 0-3-0 start to the season. Jonathan Quick denied 36 shots and all three shootout attempts by the Philadelphia Flyers to improve to 4-0-1 in five career appearances at Wells Fargo Center (1.74 GAA, .952 SV%, 1 SO).
* Pekka Rinne made a season-high 38 saves, including 19 in the middle period, to help the Predators win their season series with the Anaheim Ducks (NSH: 2-1-0, ANA: 1-2-0). The Predators also improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games, with Rinne earning the decision in each of those contests. Overall, Rinne (10-2-3, 2.11 GAA, .921 SV%, 2 SO) shares the League lead with 10 wins (w/ Henrik Lundqvist and Devan Dubnyk).
* The Blue Jackets scored three unanswered goals, two by Brandon Saad, to earn their third straight victory and improve to 5-2-0 in their last seven games following a 2-10-0 start. Saad has 4-1—5 during the three-game winning streak, including a pair of game-winning goals. Overall, Saad (9-4—13) shares the team lead in goals and is tied for second in points.
* David Jones (1-1—2), Matt Stajan (1-1—2) and Joe Colborne (0-2—2) each collected multiple points to guide the Flames to their third straight win at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames also improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight meetings with the New Jersey Devils dating to March 5, 2010 (NJD: 1-6-1), including six consecutive wins overall and five straight wins on home ice. Jones (GWG) leads the Flames with seven goals this season.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla played in his 1,410th career game to surpass Paul Coffey (1,409 GP) and tie Norm Ullman for 32nd place on the NHL's all-time games played list.
* Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg collected 0-2—2 while playing in his 700th NHL game. Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll (500) and Wild forward Michael Keranen (NHL debut) also played in milestone games.
* Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, a third-round selection (No. 78) in the 2012 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal (4 GP).
* Flames forward David Jones scored his 100th career goal.
* Kings forward Tyler Toffoli (0-1—1) earned his 100th career point (47-53—100 in 166 GP).
Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (0:42) and Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin (0:51) each scored in the opening minute of his team's game. Via Elias, there have been 62 goals scored in the opening minute of any period this season (274 GP); 13 in the first period, 26 in the second period, 15 in the third period and eight in overtime. … Wild captain Mikko Koivu (1-0—1) has at least one point 14 of 17 games this season (4-12—16). … Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (21:03 TOI) made his season debut after missing most of training camp and the team's first 17 games due to a lower-body injury. … Wild forward Brett Bulmer played in his first NHL game since Jan. 4, 2014. … Stars goaltender Antti Niemi (24 SV) earned his first career victory vs. Buffalo (1-3-1 in 5 GP). … Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (3-3—6) and Kings forward Tyler Toffoli (1-5—6) stretched their point streaks to five games. … Kevin Shattenkirk, who led St. Louis Blues defensemen with eight goals in 2014-15, hit the back of the net for the first time since Jan. 17, ending a 19-game drought. … Avalanche forward Matt Duchene (0-1—1) has 4-5—9 in his past four games. … Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (1-0—1) extended his point streak to six games (2-5—7). … Predators forward Miikka Salomaki, a second-round selection (No. 52) in the 2011 NHL Draft, scored his first career game-winning goal (2-0—2 in 8 GP). … The Flyers hosted a retirement ceremony for forward Simon Gagne prior to their game against the Kings.