CALVERT LEADS BLUE JACKETS TO SEVENTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN
Matt Calvert returned to the game after receiving 36 stitches from taking a slap shot to the forehead and score the go-ahead goal while shorthanded to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the New York Rangers. Columbus extended its home winning streak to seven games, a franchise record.
Video: Letang nets OT winner, Matt Calvert's persistence
* Sergei Bobrovsky (25 saves) improved to 7-1-0 in his last eight appearances and 9-4-1 overall (2.20 goals-against average, .932 save percentage, three shutouts).
* The Blue Jackets earned their first win against the Rangers since Oct. 11, 2014 (5-2 W), snapping a seven-game slide (0-5-2).
Home Team in Caps
Pittsburgh 3, NY ISLANDERS 2 (OT)
WASHINGTON 1, Detroit 0
COLUMBUS 4, NY Rangers 2
CAROLINA 3, Montreal 2
Chicago 3, CALGARY 2
METROPOLITAN DIVISION CLUBS PICK UP VICTORIES
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals each earned wins and are 11-4-2 (24 points), trailing only the Rangers (13-5-0, 26 points) for first place in the Metropolitan Division:
* Kris Letang scored at 1:24 of overtime as the Penguins improved to 4-1-1 in their last six road games. Letang scored his fourth career regular-season overtime goal to pass Sergei Gonchar (three) for the most by a defenseman in franchise history. Matt Murray (20 saves) is now 5-1-0 (1.68 GAA, .945 SV%, 1 SO).
* Braden Holtby made 25 saves and Jay Beagle scored with 5:11 left in the third period to help the Capitals improve to 6-2-0 at Verizon Center. Holtby won his third straight decision and improved to 9-3-1 overall (1.91 GAA, .930, 1 SO). The Elias Sports Bureau adds that Holtby became the first Capitals goaltender to shut out the Red Wings since Bob Mason on Dec. 9, 1984 (4-0 W).
HOSSA LIFTS BLACKHAWKS PAST FLAMES
Marian Hossa redirected the puck into the net with 2:23 left in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 victory. Chicago is 10-1-2 in its past 13 games and 12-4-2 (26 points) overall, tops in the Central Division.
* Corey Crawford (28 saves) improved to 8-1-1 in his past 10 games after starting the season 1-3-1.
* The Blackhawks are 10-0-5 in their past 15 games vs. the Flames dating to Feb. 2, 2013 (CGY: 5-9-1).
Down 1-0 after 40 minutes, the Carolina Hurricanes scored three consecutive goals in a span of 5:50 to rally past the NHL-leading Montreal Canadiens and pick up their third straight win. … Rangers forward Michael Grabner (1-0-1) and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (1-1-2) are tied for second in the NHL with 11 goals. … Crosby has 31-67-98 in 56 career regular-season games vs. the Islanders (1.75 PPG). … Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (0-2-2) extended his point streak to seven games (2-8-10). …Former Boston Pride player Denna Laing was honored with the Dana Reeve Hope Award. … Nine-year-old Wyatt Maksin from the Barth Syndrome Foundation dropped the ceremonial puck at Barclays Center.
Video: PIT@NYI: Wyatt Maksin drops the ceremonial puck
SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Tampa Bay @ Philadelphia, 1 p.m., SN, CSN-PH, SUN
New Jersey @ Los Angeles, 4 p.m., FS-W, MSG+
Edmonton @ Dallas, 7 p.m., CITY, FS-SW+
Winnipeg @ Boston, 7 p.m., SN, NESN
Pittsburgh @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, ROOT
Toronto @ Montreal, 7 p.m., CBC, TVA Sports, NHLN-US
Florida @ Ottawa, 7 p.m., SN1, TVA Sports 2, FS-F
San Jose @ Arizona, 8 p.m., FS-A, CSN-CA
Nashville @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, FS-TN
Colorado @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N+, ALT
Chicago @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., CBC, SN, CSN-CH
FIVE-GAME DOCKET SET FOR HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
Hockey Night in Canada features five games on Saturday. Beginning at 7 p.m. ET, the Edmonton Oilers will try to snap a five-game slide (0-5-0) when they visit the Dallas Stars on CITY, and rookie scoring leader Patrik Laine (12-5-17) and the Winnipeg Jets face the Boston Bruins on SN. Also at 7 p.m., defenseman Erik Karlsson (103-296-399) will try to reach the 400-point milestone when the Ottawa Senators host the Florida Panthers on SN1/TVA Sports 2, and the Canadiens aim to extend their winning streak against the Toronto Maple Leafs to 12 games on CBC/TVA Sports. At 10 p.m. ET, the Central Division-leading Blackhawks continue their Western Canada trip when they visit the Vancouver Canucks on CBC/SN.