STARS RECLAIM TOP SPOT IN WEST WITH WIN OVER LEAGUE-LEADING CAPITALS
After scoring four goals in the second period, the Dallas Stars gave up three straight goals in the third before defeating the NHL-leading Washington Capitals for their sixth victory in their past seven games.
* At 36-15-5 (77 points), the Stars leapfrogged the Chicago Blackhawks (36-18-5, 77 points) - who lost in overtime - for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference. Dallas has played three fewer games and leads the season series 2-1-0 (CHI: 1-2-0), with two head-to-head matchups remaining: March 11 at United Center and March 22 at American Airlines Center.
* Tyler Seguin (2-0-2) had his League-leading sixth multi-goal game of the season to reach the 30-goal milestone for the third time, all since joining the Stars (37 in 2013-14 and 2014-15). He is the first player to score at least 30 goals in each of his first three seasons with the Stars/North Stars.
* Seguin, who had his third consecutive multi-point effort, ranks third in the League in goals (30) and fourth in points (62).
* Captain Jamie Benn added his 29th goal for the Stars, who earned their ninth consecutive head-to-head victory against the Capitals since March 8, 2010 (WSH: 0-8-1).
SHARKS, DUCKS NARROW GAP IN PACIFIC DIVISION
The San Jose Sharks (29-20-5, 63 points) and Anaheim Ducks (27-19-8, 62 points) each continued their recent success to gain ground on the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings (33-18-3, 69 points):
* Ryan Getzlaf (1-1-2) scored at 2:16 of overtime to lift the Ducks to a 15-4-2 record since Dec. 27, including 8-1-1 in their past 10 games. All three games in the Ducks-Blackhawks season series were decided in overtime (CHI: 2-0-1, ANA: 1-0-2), a trend that began in the 2015 Western Conference Final when they played past regulation three times in seven games. Getzlaf scored his eighth career overtime goal (all w/ ANA) to extend his franchise record, two more than Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry. Getzlaf had his fourth consecutive multi-point game, all on the road (also 1-1-2 at PIT, 0-2-2 at PHI and 0-2-2 at CBJ). This marks the third time Getzlaf has earned four straight multi-point games in his career (any game type). The other instances: March 20-26, 2011 (1-10-11 in 4 GP) and March 4-10, 2013 (3-6-9 in 4 GP).
* The Sharks scored twice in the first and third periods, including the eventual game-winning goal by Chris Tierney late in the opening period, to defeat the Arizona Coyotes and improve to 11-2-3 in their past 16 games. Tierney also scored the game-winning goal in the first game between the two Pacific Division rivals on Jan. 21 at Arizona. His only other decisive goal: April 1, 2015 against the Colorado Avalanche. San Jose and Arizona play three more times in 2015-16: March 17 at Gila River Arena and March 20 and April 9 at SAP Center. Marc-Edouard Vlasic extended his career-high assist/point streaks to seven games (0-7-7), while Joe Thornton (0-1-1) pushed his point streak to five games (3-4-7). Thornton, who ranks second on the Sharks with 12 goals and 48 points this season (54 GP), has earned at least one point in 23 of his past 25 games (8-24---32).
BRUINS MOVE AHEAD IN ATLANTIC DIVISION
David Krejci (1-1-2) had his seventh multi-point game of the season to lead the Boston Bruins to their sixth consecutive road win and a 9-3-1 record in their past 13 games.
* At 30-19-6 (66 points), the Bruins leapfrogged the idle Detroit Red Wings (28-18-9, 65 points) and Tampa Bay Lightning (30-20-4, 64 points) into second place in the Atlantic Division. Boston faces each team twice more this season, including the Red Wings on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
* Brad Marchand opened the scoring to extend his goal streak to a career-high six games (7-2-9). Marchand has scored in 11 of his past 12 games (12-2-14) to move into a share of fifth in the League with 27 goals this season (50 GP), one shy of his career high established in 2011-12 (76 GP). Marchand notched his 19th career shorthanded goal (fourth this season), the most by any player since he entered the NHL in 2009-10.
* Jonas Gustavsson, who made his first start since Jan. 26, made 31 saves to improve to 10-3-1 in 17 appearances this season (2.54 GAA, .913 SV%).
TEAMS NARROW GAP IN EASTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD RACE
The New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes each earned wins to inch closer to the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference:
* Adam Henrique scored at 2:58 of overtime to lift the Devils (28-21-7, 63 points) to a 7-2-2 record in their past 11 games and into a tie with the idle Pittsburgh Penguins (28-19-7, 63 points) for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference. Henrique scored his second career overtime goal (also Nov. 5, 2011 vs. WPG) to establish a career high with five game-winning goals this season (54 GP). New Jersey and the Philadelphia Flyers (24-20-10, 58 points), two teams in the thick of the playoff race, play for the final time this season Tuesday at Prudential Center (NJD: 2-0-1, PHI: 1-1-1).
* The Hurricanes scored five times in the second period, including two goals by Victor Rask, to improve to 11-4-3 in their past 18 home games. At 25-21-10 (60 points), the Hurricanes moved within three points of the idle Penguins (28-19-7, 63 points) for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference. Rask, who had his first career multi-goal game, has 14 goals and 33 points (54 GP) to equal his point total from his rookie season in 2014-15 (11-22-33 in 80 GP).
* ICYMI: Members of the Hurricanes' 2005-06 Stanley Cup championship team were honored during before the game against the New York Islanders.
GOSTISBEHERE SETS NHL, FLYERS RECORDS
Shayne Gostisbehere scored the Flyers' lone goal to extend his point streak to 11 games (3-11-14) and establish an NHL record for the longest point streak by a rookie defenseman. Barry Beck held the previous mark in 1977-78 when he had two 10-game point streaks with the Colorado Rockies.
* Gostisbehere also set a Flyers record for the longest point streak by any rookie, surpassing a mark set by Mikael Renberg from March 13 - April 2, 1994 (8-8-16 in 10 GP).
"FIRST GOALS" HIGHLIGHT MAPLE LEAFS' VICTORY
Mark Arcobello scored twice in a span of 17 seconds during the second period, his first goals with the Toronto Maple Leafs (14 GP), to lead them to their win in Vancouver since Nov. 22, 2003 (0-7-0).
* Via Elias, Arcobello became the first Maple Leafs player to score twice in 17 seconds or fewer since Dec. 23, 2006 against the Capitals (Mats Sundin: 0:14 in 3rd period). The NHL record for fastest two goals by one player is four seconds, established by Montreal Maroons forward Nels Stewart on Jan. 3, 1931 against Boston and matched by Winnipeg Jets forward Deron Quint on Dec. 15, 1995 vs. EDM.
* Brendan Leipsic (1-0-1), a third-round selection (No. 89) by the Nashville Predators in the 2012 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal (the eventual game-winner). Leipsic's parents travelled to Vancouver from Winnipeg to attend their son's League debut.
* ICYMI: Teemu Selanne, a friend of the Leipsic family from his time with the Jets, shared his excitement on Twitter.
AROUND THE RINKS
* Carter Hutton denied all 22 shots he faced and Calle Jarnkrok scored twice, including the eventual game-winning goal, to help the Predators (26-21-9, 61 points) open a five-point lead over the Coyotes (25-23-6, 56 points), Minnesota Wild (23-22-10, 56 points) and Vancouver Canucks (22-21-12, 56 points) - who all lost in regulation - for the final wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference. Hutton, 6-2-1 with two shutouts in nine appearances this season (2.10 GAA, .924 SV%), equaled his shutout total from his first 59 career appearances.
* Boone Jenner (2-0-2), Cam Atkinson (1-1-2) and Brandon Saad (GWG) all scored to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Ottawa Senators for their sixth win in their past eight games (6-1-1). Saad leads Columbus with 21 goals this season, two shy of his career high established last season (82 GP with Chicago). Jenner and Atkinson share second on the Blue Jackets with 19 goals apiece.
* Blake Wheeler (1-0-1) and Andrew Ladd each scored in the shootout to lift the Jets to their fourth consecutive road win. The Jets have won six of their past eight games away from MTS Centre (6-1-1) to equal their win total from their first 20 road games this season (6-13-1). Wheeler leads Winnipeg, and shares eighth in the League, with 15 goals and 52 points in 55 games.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Canucks captain Henrik Sedin (0-1-1) played in his 1,141st NHL game to surpass Trevor Linden (1,140) and become their all-time leader in games played.
* Wild defenseman Mike Reilly, a fourth-round selection (No. 98) by the Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal (7 GP).
* Florida Panthers forward John McFarland, a second-round selection (No. 33) in the 2010 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut.
* Bruins forward Max Talbot (700), Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (400) and Maple Leafs Matt Hunwick (400) all played in milestone games.
* Bruins forward Loui Eriksson (GWG) scored his 200th career goal.
* Claude Julien (BOS) became the 10th active coach to win 500 games (500-306-109). He also moved within six victories of tying Art Ross (387) for the most all-time wins as Bruins coach.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who leads the League with 35 goals, extended his goal streak to four games (6-0-6) . . . Teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov (0-2-2) has 15 assists in his past 10 games (0-15-15) . . . Stars forward Patrick Eaves (4-4-8), and Islanders teammates John Tavares (4-5-9) and Kyle Okposo (3-5-8), all extended point streaks to five games . . . Senators captain Erik Karlsson (0-1-1), who leads the NHL with 52 assists, has 11 in his past seven games . . . Defenseman Brent Seabrook scored each Blackhawks goal, his third career multi-goal game (in the regular-season) and first since April 20, 2013 against the Phoenix Coyotes . . . Senators forward Bobby Ryan (1-0-1) reached the 20-goal milestone for the sixth time . . . ICYMI: Devils forward Joseph Blandisi went between his legs for his fourth NHL goal . . . The Wild announced John Torchetti will serve as interim head coach, replacing Mike Yeo. . . ICYMI: Former Canucks Jyrki Lumme, Cliff Ronning, Gino Odjick, Kirk McLean and Trevor Linden dropped the ceremonial puck as part of #20in20 Retro Night at Rogers Arena.