FLAMES EXTEND WIN STREAK TO EIGHT GAMES
The Calgary Flames scored five unanswered goals and Brian Elliott made 24 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-0 to extend their winning and point streaks to eight and 10 games (9-0-1), respectively. The Flames have an eight-game winning streak for the first time since they won eight in a row from Nov. 1-16, 2005.
* At 37-26-4 (78 points), the Flames increased their lead to seven points on the St. Louis Blues (33-27-5, 71 points) for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and tied the Edmonton Oilers (35-23-8, 78 points) in terms of points for third place in the Pacific Division. The Oilers, however, hold a game in hand.
* Elliott earned his seventh consecutive win and improved to 11-1-1 with a 2.00 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and one shutout in his past 13 decisions dating to Jan. 26.
Video: Flames blank Habs, 5-0, for eighth straight win
Home Team in Caps
CAROLINA 4, NY Rangers 3
TORONTO 4, Philadelphia 2
TAMPA BAY 4, Minnesota 1
Anaheim 1, CHICAGO 0
COLORADO 3, New Jersey 2
CALGARY 5, Montreal 0
Ottawa 3, ARIZONA 2 (OT)
NY Islanders 4, VANCOUVER 3 (OT)
LOS ANGELES 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
SAN JOSE 4, Washington 2
SHARKS REACH 40-WIN MARK FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON
Brent Burns had three assists to help the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks (40-19-7, 87 points) reach the 40-win mark for the fourth consecutive season and improve to 7-1-2 in their past 10 games.
* Burns is tied for second among all skaters with 70 points (27 goals, 43 assists) this season, five points shy of his NHL career high and single-season Sharks record for a defenseman (27-48-75 in 2015-16). Burns became the first defenseman to reach the 70-point mark in consecutive seasons since Mike Green in 2008-09 and 2009-10 with the Washington Capitals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Video: WSH@SJS: Pavelski redirects Burns' wrister for goal
KARLSSON GUIDES SENATORS TO FIFTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
Erik Karlsson (2-1-3) scored his second goal of the game 40 seconds into overtime to guide the Ottawa Senators to their fifth consecutive victory.
* At 38-22-6 (82 points), the Senators increased their lead to six points on the Boston Bruins (35-26-6, 76 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division and moved within two of the Canadiens (38-22-8, 84 points) for first. The Senators hold two games in hand and will face the Canadiens three more times this season: March 18, March 19 and March 25.
* Karlsson scored his fourth NHL regular-season overtime goal to pass Chris Phillips (three) for the most by a Senators defenseman in franchise history.
Video: Top Shelf: NHL's best plays of Thursday night
RACE FOR WILD CARD SPOTS CONTINUES IN EASTERN CONFERENCE
The tight race for wild card spots continued in the Eastern Conference, where positions 7-12 are separated by seven points:
* The New York Islanders surrendered a game-tying goal in the final 20 seconds of the third period, but Andrew Ladd scored in overtime as the Islanders earned a win in the penultimate contest of their season-high nine-game road trip (5-2-1). At 32-23-11 (75 points), the Islanders maintained their grip on the final wild card spot from the Eastern Conference.
* Four players scored as the Toronto Maple Leafs extended their home point streak to five games (3-0-2). William Nylander scored his ninth power-play goal of the season, tops among rookies. Elias notes that he tied the Maple Leafs record for most power-play goals in a season by a rookie, set by Dan Daoust and Walt Poddubny in 1982-83 and matched by Alexander Steen in 2005-06. At 30-22-14 (74 points), the Maple Leafs remained a point behind the Islanders.
Video: Bozak, Andersen power Maple Leafs past Flyers, 4-2
* Nikita Kucherov (2-1-3) factored on three of four goals to power the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 9-2-3 record in their past 14 games. Kucherov (30-36-66) has recorded 17 points (nine goals, assists) in his past eight games and reached the 30-goal mark for the second straight season. At 31-26-9 (71 points), the Lightning are three points behind the Maple Leafs. The Lightning and Maple Leafs will play against each other two more times this season, March 16 and April 6.
Jarome Iginla scored his first two goals in a Los Angeles Kings uniform, including a goal in overtime, to move the Kings (32-28-6, 70 points) within a point of the final wild card from the Western Conference. … Corey Perry scored and Jonathan Bernier turned aside all 43 shots he faced as the Anaheim Ducks (35-22-10, 80 points) blanked the Chicago Blackhawks. Bernier had his second shutout of the season and won his 100th NHL game. … Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau (1-3-4) had his second four-point game of the season, while teammate T.J. Brodie had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (2-4-6). … Carolina Hurricanes forward Valentin Zykov scored 13:44 into his NHL debut. … Senators forward Christopher DiDomenico also made his League debut. … Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito was suspended four games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for boarding Winnipeg Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom. … The NHL Centennial Fan Arena will visit Ottawaon March 16, 18 and 19. … The Sharks honored forward Joe Thornton in a pregame ceremony for reaching the 1,000-assist milestone Monday. … Arizona Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata skated in the 1,000th game of his NHL career.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Buffalo @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, MSG-B, NHL.TV
Chicago @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., SN, NHLN, FS-D, CSN-CH, NHL.TV
Minnesota @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, FS-N+, NHL.TV
Anaheim @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, PRIME, NHL.TV
Pittsburgh @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., TVA Sports, SNW, ROOT, NHL.TV
OILERS HOSTS PENGUINS IN SECOND MCDAVID-CROSBY MATCHUP
Oilers captain Connor McDavid will face Penguins captain Sidney Crosby for the second time when the teams play at Rogers Place. McDavid leads the League in points with 74 (22 goals, 52 assists) in 66 games, while Crosby leads the NHL with 34 goals in 59 games. The Penguins are 9-0-3 in their past 12 games against the Oilers dating to Dec. 5, 2007 (EDM: 3-9-0), including a 5-0-1 record as visitors.