Artemi Panarin had a memorable night for the New York Rangers with the second five-point game of his NHL career in a 6-2 win against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
The forward, who had two goals and three assists Monday, put together a repeat performance for the Rangers after defenseman and teammate Tony DeAngelo had five points (three goals, two assists) in a 6-3 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. Panarin has 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in his past nine games and 67 (26 goals, 41 assists) in 45 games this season, four behind Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (71 points; 25 goals, 46 assists) for first in the NHL.
Panarin had at least three points for the fourth consecutive home game, tying Andy Bathgate (Nov. 9-19, 1961) for longest such streak by a Rangers player.
The Rangers have had one player earn at least five points in consecutive home games three times in their history: Panarin and DeAngelo, Frank Boucher (two goals, three assists on Dec. 12, 1929), Fred Cook (three goals, two assists on Dec. 17, 1929) and Jean Ratelle (three goals, two assists on Jan. 5, 1972 and one goal, four assists on Jan. 9, 1972).
Panarin is also the third NHL player in the past 25 years with at least three points in four straight home games, joining Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins (five games in 2007-08) and Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche (five games in 2002-03) and Philadelphia Flyers (four games in 2005-06).
Panarin had his first five-point game (five assists) for the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 5-3 victory against the Devils on Dec. 8, 2017. He is third active NHL player with at least five points in one game for multiple teams (forward Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild; center Joe Thornton, Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks).
The last Rangers forward with a five-point game was center Derick Brassard (two goals, three assists) in a 6-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 25, 2016. New York has won five in a row on home ice while outscoring opponents 27-12.
Ovechkin 14 goals from 700 with Capitals
Alex Ovechkin scored two goals for the Washington Capitals in 2-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena. The goals were the 685th and 686th for the forward, who passed Teemu Selanne (684) for 11th place in NHL history.
Washington's captain is 14 goals from becoming the eighth NHL player to score 700. Three Hockey Hall of Fame members (Mario Lemieux, 690; Steve Yzerman, 692; Mark Messier, 694) are ahead of him.
Ovechkin needed 142 NHL games to get from goal No. 600 to No. 686, tying Wayne Gretzky for the fewest to make that leap. Gretzky (169) is the only member of the 700-goal club who needed fewer than 200 games to go from 600 to 700.
Blues tie team record for consecutive home wins
The St. Louis Blues defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 at Enterprise Center for their ninth straight victory on home ice.
Four different players scored to help the Blues (30-17-7) tie their record for longest home winning streak, from Jan. 26-Feb. 26, 1991. They can break it with a victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on "Wednesday Night Hockey" (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS), as well as sweep a homestand of at least five games for the first time in their history.
Price ties Dryden for shutouts with Canadiens
Carey Price made 31 saves for the Montreal Canadiens in a 2-0 win against the Calgary Flames at Bell Centre.
The goalie earned his second shutout this season and 46th in the NHL, tying Ken Dryden for third in Canadiens history behind George Hainsworth (75) and Jacques Plante (58). Price is also Montreal's leader in wins (339) and games played by a goalie (662).