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McDavid's two-goal game wins first matchup vs. Eichel

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by NHL Public Relations @NHL / NHL.com

McDAVID OUTDUELS EICHEL IN FIRST NHL MEETING

Connor McDavid scored both Edmonton Oilers goals, including the overtime winner after a near-miss by Jack Eichel, to lift Edmonton past the Buffalo Sabres in the first NHL game between McDavid and Eichel, the top two selections from the 2015 NHL Draft.

* McDavid, who also scored 22 seconds into the game, scored his first NHL overtime goal to cap his third multigoal game. He achieved the feat hours after being named NHL Rookie of the Month for February, a month in which he led all rookies with 12 assists and 17 points in 14 games.

* McDavid leads rookies with an average of 1.11 points per game this season (12-19-31 in 28 games), including seven multipoint games.

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

BOSTON 2, Calgary 1

Carolina 3, NEW JERSEY 1

WASHINGTON 3, Pittsburgh 2

Edmonton 2, BUFFALO 1 (OT)

St. Louis 4, OTTAWA 3 (SO)

NASHVILLE 5, Dallas 3

MINNESOTA 6, Colorado 3

Florida 3, WINNIPEG 2

NY Islanders 3, VANCOUVER 2

HOLTBY REACHES 40 WINS IN CAPITALS' COMEBACK WIN

Facing a 2-0 deficit, the Washington Capitals scored three unanswered goals, including the go-ahead goal by Matt Niskanen at 13:38 of the third period, to improve to 19-2-1 in their past 22 games at Verizon Center.

* At 46-12-4 (96 points), the League-leading Capitals are tied for the most victories through a team's first 62 games of a season in NHL history (DET: 1995-96) and also are the first team with 96 points through its first 62 games of a season since Detroit in 1995-96 (96 points). The Capitals' 46 victories also surpass their total from last season (45-26-11, 101 points).

* Braden Holtby made 28 saves to improve to 40-7-3 with a 2.22 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and two shutouts in 52 games this season. His 40 wins are seven more than the next-closest goaltender (Corey Crawford: 33).

* Holtby reached 40 wins for the second straight season; he had 41 victories in 73 games in 2014-15 to match a Capitals record established by Olie Kolzig in 1999-00 (73 GP). Holtby became the seventh NHL goaltender with consecutive 40-win season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, and the first since Evgeni Nabokov had three straight 40-win seasons from 2007-09 (w/ SJS).

Video: PIT@WSH: Holtby denies big chance in front of goal

PREDATORS, WILD PULL AHEAD IN WILD CARD RACE

The Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild won Tuesday to pull ahead in the Western Conference wild card race:

* Shea Weber (1-2-3) had his fourth three-point game of the season to help the Predators to their fifth consecutive victory and extend their point streak to 10 games (7-0-3), matching a Predators record last achieved from Nov. 27 - Dec. 17, 2010 (8-0-2). Weber moved within one goal of tying Martin Erat (163) for second place in Predators history. Pekka Rinne made 35 saves to stretch his personal point streak to seven games (5-0-2), including four straight wins. At 32-21-11 (75 points), the Predators hold a seven-point lead on the Wild (29-25-10, 68 points) and Avalanche (32-29-4, 68 points) for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the West.

* Charlie Coyle scored two goals, including the tiebreaking goal at 5:34 of the third period, to propel the Wild (29-25-10, 68 points) ahead of the Avalanche (32-29-4, 68 points) -- their opponent Tuesday -- and into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Coyle, who matched a career-high with his fourth game-winning goal of the season (also 2014-15: 4 GWG in 82 GP), leads the Wild with a career-high 21 goals in 64 games this season. Nino Niederreiter (2-1-3) and Jason Pominville (1-2-3) had three points apiece to help the Wild improve to 3-0-1 in four games against the Avalanche this season. They close their head-to-head series on March 26 at the Avalanche.

BLUES HOLD ON FOR SHOOTOUT WIN

The Ottawa Senators erased a three-goal deficit, highlighted by the tying goal with 0.1 seconds remaining in the third period, but Patrik Berglund scored in the 11th round of the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to their sixth win in their past seven road games.

* At 37-20-9 (83 points), the Blues moved into a tie with the idle Chicago Blackhawks (39-20-5, 83 points) and the Dallas Stars (38-20-7, 83 points), who lost in regulation Tuesday, for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference standings in terms of points. The Blackhawks have played fewer games than both clubs (CHI: 64, DAL: 65, STL: 66) and also owns the regulation/overtime win tiebreaker (CHI: 38, DAL: 36, STL: 33).

* Jaden Schwartz (1-2-3) had at least three points for the seventh time in his NHL career and did it for the first time since April 3, 2015 at DAL (3-0-3). He has five goals and four assists in 10 games since returning from injury Feb. 12.

* Jake Allen made 40 saves and denied all 11 shots he faced in the shootout to improve to 20-13-3 in 38 games this season, two wins shy of his rookie total in 2014-15 (22-7-4 in 37 GP).

* Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 30th goal of the season in his 64th game to reach the 30-goal milestone for the second straight season; he had 37 goals in 77 games last season. He also tied an NHL career-high with eight shots on goal.

Video: STL@OTT: Tarasenko snaps one in off the post

DID YOU KNOW?

Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2-0-2) extended his point streak to six games (3-5-8), highlighted by the tying goal with 0.1 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime. There have been six game-tying goals in the final 10 seconds of regulation this season, including two in the final second:

Tying Goal in Final 0:10 of Regulation, 2015-16 Season

19:59 - Jean-Gabriel Pageau (OTT) on March 1 vs. STL (4-3 SO L)

19:59 - Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) on Nov. 7 vs. TOR (3-2 SO W)

19:58 - Jiri Hudler (CGY) on Dec. 4 vs. BOS (5-4 OT W)

19:56 - Jeff Skinner (CAR) on Nov. 7 vs. OTT (3-2 OT W)

19:54 - Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) on Jan. 9 at NYR (4-3 OT W)

19:54 - Corey Perry (ANA) on Nov. 4 vs. FLA (3-2 SO W)

BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC

The Florida Panthers (36-19-8, 80 points) and Boston Bruins (35-23-6, 76 points) won Tuesday to advance their position in the Atlantic Division, where the top four teams are separated by five points:

* Reilly Smith scored his 20th and 21st goals to establish a new single-season NHL career high and Jaromir Jagr scored the go-ahead goal at 3:31 of the third period to lift the Panthers to a 4-1-2 mark in their past seven games. Jagr scored his 133rd NHL game-winning goal and fourth this season to extend his NHL record. With 743-1,105-1,848 in his NHL career, Jagr also moved within two points of tying Gordie Howe (801-1,049-1,850) for third place on the NHL all-time points list.

* Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal with 3:24 remaining in the third period to lift the Bruins to their third win in their past four games and to a 9-5-0 record since Feb. 4. Bergeron scored his 24th goal of the season in his 62nd game to surpass his total from 2014-15 (81 GP). Tuukka Rask made 24 saves to improve to 25-18-5 with a 2.53 GAA, .918 save percentage and four shutouts this season, including a 6-2-0 record in his past nine games.

ISLANDERS GAIN GROUND IN METROPOLITAN

The New York Islanders held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before Thomas Hickey (1-1-2) scored the go-ahead goal at 12:55 of the third period to lift the Islanders to an 8-2-1 record in their past 11 games.

* At 34-20-7 (75 points), the Islanders moved within five points of the idle New York Rangers (37-20-6, 80 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The two teams meet two more times this season, both at the Rangers: on Sunday and again April 7 (NYI: 2-0-0, NYR: 0-1-1).

* Hickey had his seventh career multipoint game and first since Feb. 10, 2015 vs. EDM (0-2-2). He has four goals in 42 games this season, equaling an NHL career high established in 2013-14 in 82 games.

* Thomas Greiss made 31 saves to improve to 17-6-3 with a 2.18 GAA, .931 save percentage and one shutout in 27 games this season. That includes a 7-3-0 record, 2.23 GAA and .933 save percentage in 10 road games.

Video: NYI@VAN: Hickey fires it past Markstrom for the lead

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS

* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla scored his 608th NHL goal to tie Dino Ciccarelli for 17th place in League history. He also played in his 1,457th game to tie Glen Wesley for 21st place all-time.

* Carolina Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan, who signed as an undrafted free agent after capturing Swedish Hockey League MVP honors last season, scored while making his NHL debut at age 29.

* Calgary Flames defenseman Jakub Nakladal, who signed as an undrafted free agent during the offseason, scored his first NHL goal in his 10th game. Avalanche defenseman Chris Bigras, a second-round selection (No. 32) in the 2013 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal in his 21st game.

* Bruins forward Noel Acciari, who signed as an undrafted free agent during the offseason, made his NHL debut.

* Forwards Mikkel Boedker (COL) and Teddy Purcell (FLA) and defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka (CGY) all had an assist while making their debut with their new teams.

* Barry Trotz (WSH) had his 648th NHL win to tie Ron Wilson for ninth place all-time among coaches.

LOOSE PUCKS

Joakim Nordstrom scored the go-ahead goal at 18:31 of the third period to help the Hurricanes end a three-game losing streak (0-3-0). At 29-26-10 (68 points), the Hurricanes climbed within four points of the Pittsburgh Penguins (32-22-8, 72 points), who lost in regulation Tuesday, for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. … Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau had his NHL career-high assist/point streak halted at eight games (3-9-12). … Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career. He's fifth in the League with 65 points in 62 games. … Sabres forward Cal O'Reilly scored his first goal since Dec. 21, 2011 at CAR (w/ PHX). … Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson had his League-leading 57th assist of the season in his 64th game. He's two shy of matching his NHL career high set in 2011-12, when he had 59 assists in 81 games. … New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique reached the 20-goal mark for the second time; he had 25 goals in 77 games in 2013-14. … Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored to stretch his point streak to six games (1-5-6). … Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen (0-6-6) and Islanders forward Casey Cizikas (2-3-5) extended their point streaks to five games. … Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and Predators forward Filip Forsberg were named the NHL "Three Stars" for the month of February. … The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo for five games for an illegal check to the head of Lightning forward Cedric Paquette.

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