LUNDQVIST MAKES HISTORY IN WIN OVER BLUES
Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves and Chris Kreider scored the game-winning goal at 4:18 of the third period to guide the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues and an 8-2-1 record in their past 11 games.
* At 35-20-6 (76 points), the Rangers maintained a three-point edge over the Islanders (33-19-7, 73 points), who also won Thursday, for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
* Lundqvist is 7-2-0 in his past nine appearances and 30-16-4 overall (2.29 goals-against average, .923 save percentage, four shutouts). His 30 victories this season rank fourth in the NHL.
* Lundqvist reached the 30-win mark for the third straight campaign and the 10th time in his 11 NHL seasons. Per Elias, Lundqvist became the first goaltender in NHL history to reach the 30-win mark in 10 of his first 11 seasons and the third to record 10 or more 30-win seasons (Martin Brodeur: 14 and Patrick Roy: 13).
* With 17,404 career saves (all w/ NYR), Lundqvist also passed Mike Richter (17,379) for the most in Rangers history.
* Lundqvist earned his 369th career win to tie Tom Barrasso for 16th on the NHL's all-time wins list among goaltenders.
Video: NYR@STL: Lundqvist robs Parayko with glove save
FOLIGNO RECORDS HAT TRICK TO LIFT BLUE JACKETS PAST DEVILS
Nick Foligno (3-1-4) scored three times, including the game-winning goal at 8:12 of the first period, to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 6-1 win against the New Jersey Devils and a 6-1-3 record in their past 10 games.
* Foligno had the second hat trick of his NHL career (also April 4, 2015 vs. PIT) and added an assist for a career-high four points.
* Matt Calvert (0-3-3) had a career-high three assists and William Karlsson (0-3-3) had a career-high three points.
* Brandon Saad scored his team-leading 23rd goal of the season (61 GP), matching his career high from 2014-15 w/ CHI (82 GP).
* Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 25 of 26 shots to improve to 6-1-2 in his past nine games and 11-7-4 overall (2.61 GAA, .919 save percentage).
* The Blue Jackets have won five consecutive games vs. NJD dating to March 6, 2015 (NJD: 0-4-1).
AROUND THE RINKS
* The Nashville Predators scored three unanswered goals, including the go-ahead goal by Calle Jarnkrok with 1:51 left in regulation, to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1, extending their overall point streak to eight games (5-0-3) and their franchise-record road point streak to 10 games (8-0-2), including three straight wins overall and four straight as visitors. Pekka Rinne matched a season high with 38 saves (also Nov. 17 vs. ANA) to improve to 4-1-2 in his past seven games and 23-18-9 overall (2.44 GAA, .908 save percentage, three shutouts). At 30-21-11 (71 points), the Predators increased their lead to three points over the idle Colorado Avalanche (32-27-4, 68 points) for the first wild card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
* Aleksander Barkov (2-0-2) scored twice, including his team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season at 4:00 of the third period, the help the Florida Panthers defeat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 and stretch their point streak to four games (3-0-1). Barkov had his third multigoal game of the season (also Dec. 27 vs. CBJ: 2-0-2 and Dec. 29 vs. MTL: 2-1-3) and has scored in five of his past six games (6-1-7). Roberto Luongo (22 saves) improved to 7-1-1 in his past nine decisions and 26-14-5 overall (2.26 GAA, .925 save percentage, four shutouts). At 35-18-7 (77 points), the Panthers increased their lead to five points over the idle Tampa Bay Lightning (34-22-4, 72 points) and Boston Bruins (33-22-6, 72 points) atop the Atlantic Division standings.
* Jeff Carter (1-1-2) and Dwight King (1-1-2) scored in the third period to help the Los Angeles Kings defeat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1, their third consecutive victory on the heels of a three-game skid (0-2-1). Carter had an assist to record his eighth multipoint game of the season. King had an assist for his third multipoint game of the season (also Jan. 27 vs. COL: 1-1-2 and Dec. 29 at EDM: 1-1-2). Jonathan Quick (26 saves) picked up his third consecutive victory and improved to 31-15-3 overall (2.15 GAA, .922 save percentage, three shutouts). His 31 wins rank third in the NHL, behind Washington's Braden Holtby (38) and Chicago's Corey Crawford (32). At 36-20-4 (76 points), the Kings increased their lead to four points over the idle Anaheim Ducks (32-19-8, 72 points) atop the Pacific Division standings.
* Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves and Josh Bailey scored with 17.8 seconds left in overtime as the New York Islanders defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 and extended their point streak to five games (4-0-1), including three straight wins. Halak earned his third consecutive victory and improved to 16-12-4 overall (2.25 GAA, .920 save percentage, three shutouts). Bailey scored the third overtime goal of his NHL career (also March 27, 2010 at CBJ and Nov. 23, 2009 at TOR). At 33-19-7 (73 points), the Islanders increased their lead to five points over the idle Pittsburgh Penguins (30-21-8, 68 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division. They remained three points behind the Rangers (35-20-6, 76 points) for second.
* Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth made a desperation goal line save on Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle with 1.6 seconds left in regulation to preserve a 3-2 win for the Flyers, who improved to 3-1-1 in their past five games. Neuvirth improved to 4-1-2 in his past seven outings and 14-7-4 overall (2.20 GAA, .927 save percentage, three shutouts). At 27-22-11 (65 points) the Flyers moved within three points of the idle Penguins (30-21-8, 68 points) for the second wild card spot into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
Video: MIN@PHI: Neuvirth makes an unbelievable save on Coyle
* Matt Bartkowski (2-1-3) and Emerson Etem (2-0-2) each scored twice to power the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-3 win against the Ottawa Senators, their second straight win on the heels of a four-game slide (0-4-0). Bartkowski had the first multigoal and three-point game of his NHL career, while Etem had the second multigoal game of his NHL career (also Nov. 2, 2013 at BUF: 2-0-2 w/ ANA). Jake Virtanen (1-1-2) had the first multipoint game of his NHL career, including scoring the game-winning goal with 9:01 left in regulation.
* The Winnipeg Jets scored three unanswered goals, including a highlight-reel tally by Joel Armia (2-1-3), to win the second half of their home-and-home set with the Dallas Stars 6-3 and evade a season series sweep (1-3-1). Armia had a first-period goal and an assist for the first multigoal and three-point game of his NHL career. Mark Scheifele (1-3-4) had career highs with three assists and four points, including scoring the game-winning goal at 6:58 of the third period. Defensemen Toby Enstrom (1-1-2) and Jacob Trouba (1-1-2) had a goal and an assist apiece.
* Brad Boyes, Josh Leivo and PA Parenteau (1-1-2) all scored to help the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 and snap a four-game slide (0-3-1). Boyes has a point in six of his past seven games (2-4-6). Leivo, who had his first career game-winning goal, has scored in four consecutive player games (4-0-4). Parenteau had an assist to register his fifth multipoint game of the season and ranks second on the Maple Leafs with 16 goals (Leo Komarov: 18).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (742-1,104-1,846) had an assist to climb within four points of tying Gordie Howe (801-1,049-1,850) for third place all-time.
* Coyotes captain Shane Doan (1-1-2) skated in his 1,446th career game and tied Tim Horton for 24th on the NHL's all-time games played list. Doan had his ninth multipoint game of the season and leads the Coyotes with 23 goals.
* Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell had his 400th career assist (81-400-481) and became the third active defenseman to reach the milestone (Dan Boyle: 439 and Andrei Markov: 413).
* Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky scored while skating in the 600th game of his NHL career.
The Flyers improved to 8-2-1 in 11 all-time home games vs. MIN dating to March 15, 2001 (MIN: 3-8-0). … Wild forward Thomas Vanek (1-1-2) had his eighth multipoint game of the season and has scored three times in his past four games (3-2-5). … Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (1-0-1) ranks second at his position with 18 goals this season. … Stars forward Patrick Sharp (0-3-3) had his first three-point game of the season. … Stars forward Jason Spezza (2-0-2) had his first multigoal game of the season and has 15-32-47 in 39 games vs. WPG/ATL. … Stars captain Jamie Benn (0-1-1) ranks second in the NHL with 32-38-70 this season, and teammate Tyler Seguin (1-0-1) ranks third with 32-35-67. … Stars defenseman John Klingberg (0-1-1) ranks second at his position with 10-42-52 this season. … Islanders captain John Tavares (0-1-1) has at least one point in nine of his past 10 games (6-8-14). … Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey, a native of Calgary, Alberta, scored in his hometown. … The Islanders improved to 7-2-0 in their past nine games vs. CGY dating to March 25, 2010 (CGY: 2-6-1), including four straight wins. … Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau (0-1-1) stretched his point streak to six games (1-7-8), matching his career high from March 3-13, 2015 (4-5-9). … The Canucks improved to 7-1-0 in their past eight home games vs. OTT dating to Dec. 9, 2005 (OTT: 1-4-3). … Senators forward Mark Stone (1-0-1) reached the 20-goal mark for the second straight season. … The Kings have won eight consecutive home games vs. EDM dating to April 2, 2012 (EDM: 0-7-1). … The Blackhawks acquired forward Andrew Ladd, forward Matt Fraser and defenseman Jay Harrison from the Jets for forward Marko Dano, a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, and a conditional pick in the 2018 NHL Draft contingent on how the Blackhawks fare in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. … Forward Shawn Thornton agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Panthers. … The Ducks claimed forward Chris Wagner off waivers from the Avalanche. … Breast cancer survivor Jennifer Kelly participated in a ceremonial puck drop at Scottrade Center as part of the Blues' Pink at the Rink Breast Cancer Awareness Night. … The Canucks donned military-themed jerseys in warmup as part of their Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces also dropped the ceremonial puck at Rogers Arena.