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Facts and Figures: Big night for comebacks

Nine teams earn victories after trailing at some point in game

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No lead was safe in the NHL on Tuesday, when nine of the 12 winning teams trailed at some point in the game.

It was the second night this season that at least nine teams earned comeback wins; 10 of 13 games on Nov. 27 saw the winning team rally for a victory. The NHL record for comeback wins on a single night is 11, accomplished Oct. 29, 2005.

Three of the nine wins were multigoal comebacks. Dougie Hamilton's overtime goal gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 5-4 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at PNC Arena in a game that saw each team take a two-goal lead. Hamilton, who leads all defensemen with 32 goals since the start of the 2018-19 season, trails Anton Babchuk (three) for the most OT goals by a defenseman in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history.

The Detroit Red Wings (4-3 against the Montreal Canadiens) and New York Rangers (5-3 against the Colorado Avalanche) also rallied to win after trailing 2-0.

 

Lightning score nine, extend winning streak to eight games

The Tampa Bay Lightning extended their winning streak to eight games by defeating the Vancouver Canucks 9-2 at Amalie Arena in the NHL's second-ever showdown between two team with winning streaks of at least seven games.

Brayden Point scored one goal and had three assists for his second four-point game of the season, and rookie Carter Verhaeghe scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick to help the Lightning (25-13-4) match their team record for goals in one game by scoring nine for the second time this season; they also did it against the Rangers on Nov. 14.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @TBLightning matched a franchise record for most goals in a game (9). The others: Nov. 14, 2019 vs. NYR Nov. 8, 2003 vs. PIT #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/YFP5VkzeTO

Tampa Bay is the sixth team in the past 20 years to score at least nine goals in the same game multiple times in one season.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @TBLightning scored nine goals in a game for the second time in 2019-20 (also Nov. 14, 2019 vs. NYR). More #NHLStats: https://t.co/tmd0wKp84R pic.twitter.com/sEA5TxSqF0

It was the 30th game this season with at least 11 combined goals, and the third to have a team score six times in a period. Tampa Bay's six-goal second period matched a team record for most goals in a period and equaled the six scored by Colorado (second period) against the Nashville Predators on Nov. 17 and the Pittsburgh Penguins (third period) against the Canucks on Nov. 27.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @TBLightning are the third team to score six goals in a period this season, joining the Avalanche (Nov. 7 vs. NSH) and Penguins (Nov. 27 vs. VAN). #NHLStats https://t.co/IK8PItjyFv pic.twitter.com/Fy3OAVtGZ8

Tampa Bay has won eight in a row for the fifth time since entering the NHL in 1992. The team record is 10 straight wins (Feb. 9-27, 2019).

 

Ovechkin ties Selanne on goals list, Capitals first to 30 wins

Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the 138th multigoal game of his NHL career, helping the Washington Capitals (30-9-5) defeat the Ottawa Senators 6-1 at Capital One Arena for their NHL-leading 30th victory.

Ovechkin's 683rd and 684th regular-season goals moved him into a tie with Hockey Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne for 11th in NHL history. He's one multigoal performance shy of tying Marcel Dionne (139) for sixth.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Alex Ovechkin scored his 683rd and 684th career regular-season goals to tie Teemu Selanne for 11th place on League���s the all-time list. https://t.co/PiaoVhI3lm #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/XuPXCZLLR3

The Capitals earned win No. 30 in their 44th game of the season, the second-fewest in team history. They won 30 of their first 40 games in 2015-16.

 

Werenski joins elite company in Blue Jackets win

Zach Werenski scored twice for his third multigoal performance in five games and the Columbus Blue Jackets extended their road point streak to nine games (6-0-3) with a 4-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.

Werenski took over the NHL goal-scoring lead among defensemen with 15 and became the third different defenseman in the NHL expansion era (since 1967-68) to have three multigoal performances in a span of five team games. The others are Hall of Famers Paul Coffey, who did it five times with the Edmonton Oilers, and Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins (Jan. 31-Feb. 9, 1971).

 

Pastrnak, Bruins spoil Hynes' coaching debut with Predators

NHL goal-scoring leader David Pastrnak scored the first of six goals by the Boston Bruins in a 6-2 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena that spoiled the coaching debut of John Hynes, who was hired earlier in the day to replace Peter Laviolette.

Pastrnak opened the scoring to extend his point streak to 11 games (16 points; six goals, 10 assists). He also became the seventh player in NHL history to factor on the opening goal in six straight games.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: David Pastrnak factored on the game-opening goal for the sixth straight contest, joining rare company in the process. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/5ji5CJA4A5

Nashville captain Roman Josi had an assist to extend his point streak to 11 games (19 points; seven goals, 12 assists), tying Sergei Kostitsyn (11 games in 2010-11) for the second-longest streak by any Predators player. J-P Dumont holds the record with a 16-game streak in 2007-08.

 

Binnington wins on one-year anniversary of NHL debut

Jordan Binnington's 27 saves helped the St. Louis Blues hold off the San Jose Sharks 3-2 at Enterprise Center for their sixth straight home win. The Blues (27-10-7) are the first Western Conference team to reach 60 points.

Binnington's 20th win of the season came one year to the day of his first NHL start. On Jan. 7, 2019, he was in goal when the Blues defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0, beginning a run that ended with St. Louis winning the Stanley Cup on June 13.

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