Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 2, Toronto 1 (SO)
Philadelphia 5, BOSTON 4 (OT)
EDMONTON 3, Detroit 1
Carolina 1, COLORADO 0 (OT)
MCDAVID SCORES FIRST GAME-WINNING GOAL IN WIN AGAINST RED WINGS
Rookie Connor McDavid scored the first game-winning goal of his NHL career at 6:34 of the second period to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings.
* McDavid has 3-2—5 in his past three games and 4-2—6 in the first seven games of his NHL career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 18 years, 281 days old, McDavid was the youngest Oilers player to score a game-winning goal since teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins did so on Oct. 22, 2011 vs. NYR at 18 years, 193 days old (2-0 W).
* The Oilers snapped an eight-game losing streak vs. DET dating to Feb. 8, 2012 (0-6-2).
RASK, WARD LEAD CAROLINA TO FIRST WIN IN COLORADO SINCE 1996
Victor Rask scored at 1:49 of overtime and Cam Ward made 26 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Colorado Avalanche 1-0, helping the franchise earn its first win in Denver since Feb. 9, 1996 (HFD: 3, COL: 2).
* The goal was the first career in overtime for Rask. According to Elias, Rask became the second player in franchise history to score an overtime goal in a 1-0 victory. The other: Josef Vasicek on Nov. 4, 2001 vs. PHX.
* Ward had the 23rd shutout of his NHL career. Elias says Ward became the fifth goaltender in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history to record a shutout against the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise. The last: HFD's Peter Sidorkiewicz on Feb. 22, 1992 vs. QUE (4-0 W).
* Ward, the franchise's all-time leader in shutouts, made an acrobatic stick save on Matt Duchene late in the third period to keep the game scoreless.
* The Hurricanes snapped a 10-game losing streak in Denver dating to March 18, 1999 (0-9-1).
GIROUX, FLYERS RALLY AGAINST BRUINS
After overcoming a two-goal deficit in the third period, Claude Giroux (2-0—2) scored on a power play at 2:09 of overtime to propel the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 win against the Boston Bruins.
* It was the sixth career regular-season overtime goal for Giroux (Last: Jan. 20 vs. PIT). Giroux had sparked the Flyers rally with his first goal of the game by making the score 4-3 in the third period, followed with a goal by Wayne Simmonds to force overtime.
* Mark Streit (0-3—3) matched a career-high by assisting on each of Giroux's goals and the goal by Simmonds.
* Steve Mason made 16 saves, including robbing David Pastrnak in the third period to keep the score 4-2, to earn the victory. Mason entered in relief of Michal Neuvirth (10 saves) at the start of the second period and improved to 4-2-3 in 10 career appearances vs. BOS (2.34 goals-against average, .929 save percentage, one shutout).
* The Flyers earned their first victory in Boston since Oct. 6, 2011, snapping a five-game losing streak at TD Garden (0-3-2).
SABRES WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT AT HOME VERSUS MAPLE LEAFS
Facing a one-goal deficit in the third period, Evander Kane scored the tying goal at 15:31 and Matt Moulson scored in the shootout to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
* Chad Johnson made 23 saves through 65 minutes, including a sprawling left pad stop on Nazem Kadri in overtime, and stopped four of five shooters in the shootout to earn the win.
* The Sabres improved to 16-1-1 in their past 18 home games vs. TOR dating to Feb. 4, 2009, which includes wins in their past six (TOR: 2-11-5).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Bruins captain Zdeno Chara (0-1—1) moved within one game of 1,200 in his NHL career. The 38-year-old, a native of Trencin, Slovakia, will become the second Slovakian-born player in NHL history to reach the milestone. The other: Stan Mikita (1,394 GP).
Neuvirth saw his shutout streak end at 145:33 (dating to Oct. 10 at FLA). … Bruins forward David Krejci (0-2—2) stretched his season-opening point streak to six games (4-7—11). According to Elias, he became the first Bruins player to post at least one point in each of their first six games of a season since 2010-11 when Nathan Horton did so (5-4—9). … Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (1-1—2) has 3-2—5 in his past two games. … John Tortorella was named coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. … ICYMI: The Bruins wore special jerseys during pregame warmups and 5-year-old cancer survivor Max Mitchell participated in a ceremonial puck-drop as part of their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night.