Most Career Assists, NHL History
1. Wayne Gretzky: 1,963 (1,487 GP)
2. Ron Francis: 1,249 (1,731 GP)
3. Mark Messier: 1,193 (1,756 GP)
4. Ray Bourque: 1,169 (1,612 GP)
5. Paul Coffey: 1,135 (1,409 GP)
6. Jaromir Jagr: 1,101 (1,598 GP)
* Jagr (738-1,101-1,839), who had his 193rd three-point NHL game (second this season), also moved within three goals of tying Brett Hull (741) for third all-time and 11 points from matching Gordie Howe (801-1,049-1,850) for third in League history.
* Luongo, the League's active leader in career wins, had his 424th victory to surpass Tony Esposito for sole possession of seventh place in NHL history. He is 13 wins shy of equaling Jacques Plante for sixth place (437).
* Luongo, who shares sixth in the NHL this season with 23 victories, also earned his Panthers-record ninth consecutive home win; he has a 1.53 goals-against average, .947 save percentage and two shutouts during his streak.
* Vincent Trocheck (2-1-3) also had a three-point game, while Reilly Smith (4-4-8 in 6 GP), Jussi Jokinen (1-6-7 in 5 GP) and Aleksander Barkov (3-3-6 in 5 GP) all extended their respective point streaks.
TOEWS EQUALS NHL RECORD WITH (ANOTHER) OT GOAL
Jonathan Toews scored his second goal of the game with 28.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the Chicago Blackhawks.
* At 35-16-4 (74 points), the Blackhawks maintained a three-point lead on the Dallas Stars (33-14-5, 71 points), who also won in overtime Thursday, for top spot in the Central Division and Western Conference.
* Toews moved into a share of the League lead with his eighth game-winning goal of the season (tied with the San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski). With his fifth overtime goal of 2015-16, Toews equaled the NHL record for overtime goals in a season (Steven Stamkos in 2011-12 w/ TBL).
* Toews reached the 20-goal milestone with his first goal Thursday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Toews became the third Blackhawks player with at least 20 goals in each of his first nine NHL seasons, joining Denis Savard (10: 1980-90) and Patrick Kane (2007-16).
* Corey Crawford (24 SV) reached 30 wins for the third straight season and fifth time in his NHL career. Via Elias, Crawford is the second goaltender to post at least five 30-win seasons with the Blackhawks (Tony Esposito: 8).
Video: CHI@ARI: Toews rips OT winner by Domingue
OVECHKIN'S LATE GAME-WINNING GOAL LEADS CAPITALS PAST ISLANDERS
Alex Ovechkin (1-0-1) scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:40 remaining in regulation to lead the Washington Capitals past the New York Islanders and to a 13-1-1 record in their past 15 games at Verizon Center.
* At 36-9-4 (76 points), the League-leading Capitals maintained a two-point lead on the Blackhawks (35-16-4, 74 points), who also won Thursday, for the top spot. The Capitals, who hold six games in hand on the Blackhawks, rank second in the NHL in home wins (20) and home points (tied; 48).
* Ovechkin, who scored for the eighth time in his past nine games, ranks second in the NHL with 29 goals this season behind Patrick Kane (31).
* Ovechkin scored his sixth game-winning goal, tied for third in the League behind Joe Pavelski (8) and Jonathan Toews (8). Ovechkin leads all players with 86 game-winning goals since entering the NHL in 2005-06. That's 18 more than the next-closest player in that span, 68 by Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks.
* Braden Holtby (24 SV) had his League-leading 31st win to improve to 23-1-3 in his past 28 games dating to Nov. 12. He now is 9-1-2 with a 2.10 GAA and .935 save percentage in 12 career regular-season games against the Islanders.
PACIFIC DIVISION FOES STAY HOT
The Sharks (27-19-4, 58 points) improved to 9-1-2 in their past 12 games while the Anaheim Ducks (24-18-7, 55 points) extended their winning streak to five games to gain ground in the Pacific Division, where teams Nos. 2-5 are separated by six points:
* Joe Thornton scored what stood as the game-winning goal to help the Sharks improve to 8-1-1 in their past 10 road games. At 17-7-2 (36 points), the Sharks moved into a share of the League lead in home wins and home points (tied w/ WSH). Thornton has at least one point in 19 of his past 21 games, posting 6-20-26 during that span. His four game-winning goals in 50 games this season equal his total from the past three seasons (208 games) combined.
* In his first taste of the Freeway Faceoff, David Perron (1-2-3) had his first three-point NHL game since Jan. 13, 2015 (2-1-3 vs. MIN w/ PIT) to lead the Ducks past the Los Angeles Kings and to a 12-3-1 record in their past 16 games. Perron has three goals and five assists in his first six games with the Ducks, compared to four goals and 16 points in his first 43 games of the season. John Gibson, who leads the League with a 1.91 goals-against average, made 23 saves to win his third straight game and improve to 12-7-2 in 22 games this season.
McDAVID (AGAIN) SPARKS TOP LINE
Connor McDavid (0-2-2) had his second straight multipoint game, a first in his NHL career, to power the Edmonton Oilers as they matched a season-high with seven goals for their second straight win.
* The line of McDavid, Jordan Eberle (2-1-3) and Benoit Pouliot (0-2-2) helped the Oilers to a 3-0 lead before the 12-minute mark of the first period. The three players have combined for 14 points in the past two games (McDavid: 1-4-5, Eberle: 3-2-5 and Pouliot: 1-3-4)
* McDavid, who one goal and two assists in his return from a 37-game absence Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, had his fifth multipoint game, tied for fifth among rookies this season. He has six goals and 17 points in his first 15 NHL games.
* Eberle, who had his third three-point game of the season, had three goals and eight points in his previous 11 games prior to McDavid's return.
RANGERS, BRUINS RALLY FOR KEY POINTS
The New York Rangers and Bruins both erased 2-0 deficits en route to victories to improve their position within their respective divisions:
* J.T. Miller (1-1-2) and Derick Brassard (1-1-2) scored the tying and winning goals, respectively, as the Rangers won their fourth straight home game on the strength of four unanswered goals. Miller, who has a goal in each of his past three games, has 16 goals in 51 games this season, one more than he had in his first 114 NHL games. Brassard equaled his NHL-best with his fourth game-winning goal (4 in 2013-14). At 28-18-5 (61 points), the Rangers moved three points ahead of the Islanders (26-17-6, 58 points), who lost in regulation Thursday, for second place in the Metropolitan Division; the Islanders, however, hold two games in hand.
* Ryan Spooner scored in regulation and had the lone goal in the shootout to rally the Bruins to their fourth consecutive road victory in the first half of a home-and-home series with the Buffalo Sabres. Brad Marchand forced overtime on a highlight-reel goal early in the third period, his team-leading 23rd of the season. At 27-18-6 (60 points), the Bruins leapfrogged the Detroit Red Wings (25-18-8, 58 points), who lost in regulation Thursday, into third place in the Atlantic Division. The idle Lightning (28-18-4, 60 points) also have 60 points but have played one fewer game and own the regulation/overtime win tiebreaker (TBL: 26, BOS: 23).
Video: BOS@BUF: Spooner scores lone goal in the shootout
AROUND THE RINKS
* Jason Demers (1-0-1) tied the game at 11:20 of third period and John Klingberg (1-0-1) scored 35 seconds into overtime to help the Stars pick up their third straight win and halt an eight-game losing streak against the Avalanche dating to Jan. 27, 2014 (0-6-2). Klingberg ranks third among defensemen with 8-35-43 in 52 games this season. With the victory the Stars (33-14-5, 71 points) kept pace with the Blackhawks (35-16-4, 74 points), who also won in overtime Thursday, in the Central Division. The Stars are in second place but own three games in hand.
* Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux both had two goals and one assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to their third straight win and an 8-3-1 record in their past 12 games. Simmonds, who had his second straight multigoal game, has five two-goal games this season, including three in his past four games. Steve Mason made 37 saves to help the Flyers (23-18-8, 54 points) move within four points of the New Jersey Devils (26-20-6, 58 points), who climbed into the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
* Tyler Bozak (1-1-2) scored the tying goal at 17:54 of the third period and PA Parenteau scored the only goal in the shootout to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to their second straight win. Parenteau, who scored in overtime at Boston on Tuesday, had his 10th NHL game-deciding goal and second this season.
* Scott Hartnell (1-0-1) forced overtime with his goal at 9:06 of the third period and Alexander Wennberg scored the only goal of the shootout to lead the Blue Jackets to their third win in four games. Joonas Korpisalo made 37 saves, four shy of his NHL career high (Jan. 13 at TOR: 41 SV), to improve to 5-1-1 in his past seven starts.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Captain Ryan Getzlaf (1-1-2), who has spent his entire career with the Ducks, became the second Ducks player with 500 assists (212-500-712). The other: Teemu Selanne (457-531-988).
* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla played his 1,446th NHL game to tie Tim Horton for 23rd place on the NHL all-time list.
* Maple Leafs teammates Dion Phaneuf (800), Joffrey Lupul (700) and Nazem Kadri (300) all played in milestone games. Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (0-1-1; 29:15 TOI) played in his 800th NHL game.
* Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (1-1-2) moved within five of 500 career goals.
* Mike Babcock (TOR) became the 25th NHL coach with 1,000 regular-season games behind the bench (546-307-147), and the second this week (Dave Tippett: 512-359-130).
Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (0-2-2) tied Patrick Kane for the League lead with 44 assists. … Kings forward Tyler Toffoli scored his 23rd goal of the season (51 GP) to equal an NHL career high established in 76 games in 2014-15. … Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin scored two goals to move into second place among rookies with 17, behind the Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin (18). … Oilers forward Taylor Hall (0-1-1) extended his point streak to seven games (2-7-9). … Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan (1-0-1) has scored four of his 18 goals this season against the Blackhawks. … Flyers teammates Shayne Gostisbehere (1-7-8 in 6 GP), Jakub Voracek (3-7-10 in 5 GP), Wayne Simmonds (6-3-9 in 5 GP) and Brayden Schenn (4-3-7 in 5 GP) all extended their point streaks. … Capitals teammates Andre Burakovsky (1-0-1) and Nicklas Backstrom (0-2-2) extended their point streaks to five games, posting 5-2-7 and 4-3-7 during that span, respectively. … Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh (St. Paul, Minn.) had a goal and an assist and now has two goals and 10 points in eight career games against his home-state team, the Minnesota Wild. … Despite their shootout loss to the Maple Leafs, the Devils picked up a point for the eighth straight head-to-head meeting (4-0-4). … The NHL announced Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment). … ICYMI: The Maple Leafs paid tribute to Darryl Sittler in a pregame ceremony as the 40-year anniversary of his NHL-record 10-point game approaches Sunday.