LIGHTNING EARN EIGHTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN, MOVE AHEAD IN ATLANTIC
Ondrej Palat (2-0-2) and Anton Stralman (2-0-2) each scored twice to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to their 10th victory in their past 11 games and their eighth straight win at home.
* At 29-18-4 (62 points), the Lightning moved two points ahead of the idle Boston Bruins (27-18-6, 60 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division. They also climbed within five points of the idle Florida Panthers (31-15-5, 67 points) for first place.
* The Lightning's eight-game home winning streak is two shy of equaling the franchise record set last season (Dec. 11, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015: 10-0-0).
* Palat scored his first shorthanded goal of the season and added an even-strength marker to pick up his first multi-goal game of 2015-16 (31 GP). Stralman had the second multi-goal game of his NHL career (also March 29, 2008 vs. MTL: 2-0-2 w/ TOR).
* Tyler Johnson (1-2-3) has scored the game-winning goal in back-to-back games and added two assists to earn his first three-point game of the season (38 GP). Alex Killorn (1-1-2), Steven Stamkos (0-2-2) and Nikita Kucherov (0-2-2) also had multiple points.
* Ben Bishop (27 saves) has earned wins in six of his past seven appearances and is 21-14-3 (2.02 GAA, .926 SV%, 2 SO).
DUCKS POST SIXTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
Video: ARI@ANA: Santorelli steals puck, backhands a goal
Tied at 2-2 through 40 minutes, the Anaheim Ducks scored three unanswered goals to stretch their season-high win streak to six straight and improve to 13-3-2 in their past 18 games.
* At 25-18-7 (57 points), the Ducks moved three points ahead of the Arizona Coyotes (24-22-6, 54 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. They also climbed within a point of the idle San Jose Sharks (27-19-4, 58 points) for second place.
* Corey Perry scored the go-ahead goal at 2:07 of the third period. He leads the Ducks in game-winning goals (4), overall goals (21) and points (35) this season (50 GP).
* Frederik Andersen (23 saves) picked up his fifth consecutive personal victory to improve to 10-8-5 overall (2.35 GAA, .918 SV%). He has allowed two or fewer goals in 19 of his 26 appearances this season, including seven straight.
STRONG FIRST PERIOD LIFTS HURRICANES OVER JETS
The Carolina Hurricanes scored four times in the first period en route to a 5-3 victory against the Winnipeg Jets, their fourth win in their past six road games (4-2-0).
* At 24-21-8 (56 points), the Hurricanes moved within two points of the idle New York Islanders (26-17-6, 58 points) and New Jersey Devils (26-20-6, 58 points) for third and fourth place in the Metropolitan Division, respectively. The Devils hold the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
* The Hurricanes' first three goals were scored in the opening 4:33 of the game. Per Elias, the Hurricanes/Whalers scored three goals in the opening five minutes of a game for the third time in franchise history. Also: Jan. 23, 1988 vs. MNS (3:47) and Nov. 9, 2010 vs. EDM (4:10).
* Jordan Staal (1-2-3) had his first three-point game of the season (53 GP). Andrej Nestrasil (2-0-2) had the first multi-goal game of his NHL career (100 GP).
* Justin Faulk scored the game-winning goal at 10:04 of the opening period. With four game-winning goals and 15 goals overall this season (53 GP), Faulk equaled his career highs in each category from 2014-15 (82 GP).
* Cam Ward made 33 saves, including several in the final seconds of the middle frame, to improve to 15-11-5 (2.43 GAA, .905 SV%, 1 SO). Ward has earned points in six consecutive appearances (4-0-2).
KARLSSON SCORES TWICE TO LEAD BLUE JACKETS OVER FLAMES
Video: CBJ@CGY: Karlsson finishes the break for a 2-1 lead
William Karlsson (2-0-2) scored twice to help the Columbus Blue Jackets overcome a 1-0 deficit and earn their fourth victory in their past five games.
* Karlsson earned his second multi-goal game of the season and the third such performance of his career (also Nov. 14, 2015 vs. ARI: 2-0-2 and Oct. 13, 2014 at BUF: 2-0-2 w/ ANA).
* Joonas Korpisalo made 30 saves, including a pair of highlight-reel stops early in the second period, to improve to 6-1-1 in his past eight starts and 7-6-2 overall (2.64 GAA, .919 SV%).
* The Blue Jackets have won six consecutive road games against the Calgary Flames since Dec. 1, 2011 (CGY: 0-2-4).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Coyotes captain Shane Doan (1-1-2) scored the 122nd power-play goal of his NHL career and tied Dale Hawerchuk for first on the Coyotes/Jets all-time list. With 387-541-928 (1,437 GP), Doan also sits one point shy of tying Hawerchuk (379-550-929 in 713 GP) for the most in franchise history.
* Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz (0-2-2) eclipsed the 300-assist milestone (233-301-534 in 781 GP) and has three consecutive games with two assists (1-6-7).
* Penguins forward Oskar Sundqvist, the 81st selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut (11:11 TOI).
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (1-0-1) extended his point streak to nine games (9-6-15), which includes at least one goal in each of his past five (7-2-9). He has 14 goals and 41 points in 30 career appearances against the Lightning... Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist (1-1-2) had his seventh multi-point game of the season (50 GP)... Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (0-2-2) has four goals and seven points in his past four games... Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers (0-1-1) extended his point streak to six games (4-4-8), while Penguins forward Phil Kessel (0-1-1) stretched his point streak to five games (3-3-6)... Ducks forward Patrick Maroon (1-2-3) had the first three-point game of his NHL career (193 GP)... Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (1-0-1) has scored in a career-high three consecutive games (3-0-3)... ICYMI: Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made a spectacular stick save on Lightning forward Erik Condra in the third period... Kole Calhoun and Tyler Skaggs of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim joined Baseball Hall of Fame member Rod Carew in a ceremonial puck drop as part of the Ducks' Angels Night at Honda Center.