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Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri shine for Maple Leafs

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

Auston Matthews (1-0-1) scored the opening goal less than six minutes into his second NHL game against Connor McDavid (1-1-2) to spur the Toronto Maple Leafs to their second straight victory.

* Matthews, who ranks second among rookies with 10 goals, has scored in three straight games (4-1-5) after going 13 without a goal. He ranks second among rookies in points (10-8-18), behind Patrik Laine (13-6-19) and teammate Mitchell Marner (7-12-19).

* McDavid, meanwhile, extended his point streak to six games (6-6-12) with his ninth multi-point effort of the season to increase his League-leading point total to 11-20-31 (24 GP). He ranks second in the NHL with 1.14 points per game since the start of last season behind Patrick Kane (1.22), the League's leading scorer last season.

* Nazem Kadri (1-0-1), who stole the spotlight with two goals including the overtime winner in the first Matthews-McDavid showdown on Nov. 1, again scored the game-winning goal for Toronto.

Video: Maple Leafs double up Oilers, 4-2



Home Team in Caps

NY RANGERS 3, Carolina 2
COLUMBUS 5, Tampa Bay 1
Buffalo 5, OTTAWA 4
DETROIT 3, Dallas 1
WINNIPEG 3, New Jersey 2
CHICAGO 2, Florida 1 (SO)
Nashville 5, COLORADO 3
Toronto 4, EDMONTON 2
VANCOUVER 5, Minnesota 4
ANAHEIM 2, Montreal 1
SAN JOSE 2, Arizona 1 (OT)



While the past two top picks faced off in Edmonton, the most recent No. 2 picks, Jack Eichel (2015) and Patrik Laine (2016), also scored in respective wins:

* Eichel, who skated in his first game since injuring his knee during practice Oct. 12, had a goal and an assist within the first 10 minutes of the game to spark the Buffalo Sabres to victory, ending their road losing skid and the Ottawa Senators' winning streak at four games apiece. Eichel has a point in each of his past six games since March 31 against the Maple Leafs (2-6-8).

* Laine scored the eventual game-winning goal in the third period to help the Winnipeg Jets extend their home win streak to five games. He shares second in the NHL with 13 goals (tied w/ David Pastrnak and teammate Mark Scheifele) and leads the League with 11 goals on home ice, one more than Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin.



Brent Burns scored his ninth NHL overtime goal 19 seconds into the extra frame to help the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1-1 record in their past six games. Elias notes that Burns (820 GP) is tied with Mike Green (672 GP) for the second-most overtime goals by a defenseman in NHL history, trailing only Scott Niedermayer (13 in 1,263 GP).

Video: ARI@SJS: Burns buries one-timer for OT winner



The Chicago Blackhawks (10-3-2, 22 points) and New York Rangers (10-4-1, 21 points) each closed November with their League-leading 10th win of the month, while the Columbus Blue Jackets (9-2-3, 21 points) and Nashville Predators (9-3-2, 20 points) also ended an impressive month on a high note:

* Corey Crawford made 38 saves through overtime and the Blackhawks finished November with the NHL's best record in terms of points. The Blackhawks also extended their home point streak to 11 games (9-0-2), aided by a 5-0-1 record this month. Elias notes that this is Chicago's longest home point streak since a 12-game run from Jan. 22 to March 6, 2013 (11-0-1).

* Rick Nash tied the game 24 seconds into the third period and set up Jimmy Vesey for the game-winning goal to help the Rangers erase an early 2-0 deficit and pick up their 12th consecutive home win against the Carolina Hurricanes (since Jan. 5, 2011; CAR: 0-9-3). Elias notes that the Rangers' head-to-head home win streak against the Hurricanes is the longest such run against one opponent in their history, surpassing an 11-game home win streak against the Philadelphia Flyers that stretched from Jan. 14, 1990 to Nov. 4, 1992.

* Sergei Bobrovsky (26 saves) guided the Blue Jackets to an 8-1-1 record in their past 10 home games and finished the month by establishing team records for both wins and points in November. Bobrovsky, who shares the League lead with nine wins this month, has been the goaltender of record for all 12 of Columbus' wins this season.

* Pekka Rinne made 37 saves to help the Predators to their fourth win in their past five games and ninth victory this month. Rinne went 9-1-2 with a 1.49 goals-against average, .949 save percentage and one shutout in November after beginning the season with one victory in his first six appearances (3.22 GAA, .906 SV%).



The Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild each erased two-goal deficits before Sven Baertschi scored the game-winning goal with 2:35 remaining in the third period to help Vancouver improve to 4-1-1 in its past six games . . . Philadelphia's Steve Mason made 45 saves through overtime and another eight in the shootout en route to victory, while Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson made 39 saves in defeating the League-leading Montreal Canadiens . . . Senators forward Mike Hoffman (3-1-4) earned his first NHL hat trick and four-point game . . . Blackhawks forward Richard Panik (1-0-1) ended point and goal droughts of 13 and 17 games, respectively, before scoring the decisive shootout goal . . . Sharks captain Joe Pavelski (2-5-7) extended his point streak to seven games, while Oilers forward Milan Lucic (2-6-8) and Canucks forward Bo Horvat (3-4-7) pushed theirs to five each . . . New Jersey Devils forward Miles Wood (4 GP) scored his first NHL goal . . . Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien worked his 727th game behind the bench to surpass Milt Schmidt (726) for sole possession of second place in Bruins history behind Art Ross (772) . . . The Rangers celebrated Garden of Dreams Night with a special performance of the U.S. anthem on guitar by 17-year-old Paul Deandre Manning and with a ceremonial puck drop by 11-year-old Bryce Rogerson, who was named honorary coach for the game . . . Detroit Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay was on hand to watch them extend their point streak to four games (3-0-1).

Video: Baertschi lifts Canucks past Wild, 5-4



All Times Eastern

Pittsburgh @ NY Islanders, 8 p.m., TVA Sports, NBCSN
Toronto @ Calgary, 8:30 p.m., SN
San Jose @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN
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The final day of November features three games, highlighted by two divisional matchups on NBCSN. The doubleheader opens with Wednesday Night Rivalry in Brooklyn, where the New York Islanders (7-10-4, 18 points) welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins (13-6-3, 29 points) for their third game this season (PIT: 2-0-0, NYI: 0-1-1). The night closes in Los Angeles where the Los Angeles Kings (12-9-1, 25 points) put their five-game win streak on the line against the Pacific Division rival Sharks (13-9-1, 27 points).

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