The Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens completed a comeback-filled October on Thursday by rallying for overtime victories after being behind by multiple goals in the third period.
It's the second straight night that the NHL featured two third-period, multigoal comeback wins, after the Tampa Bay Lightning (against the New Jersey Devils) and the Florida Panthers (against the Colorado Avalanche) did it Wednesday. The only other time the NHL had two multigoal third-period comeback wins on consecutive nights was Jan. 4-5, 2007.
Of the 195 games played in October, there were 90 (46.1 percent) won by a team that came from behind; 31 (15.9 percent) were won by teams that were behind by more than one goal at some point in the game, and 15 featured a multigoal comeback in the third period. Two teams, the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 4 and the Washington Capitals on Oct. 25, won in a shootout after losing by four goals.
Tkachuk's trick-shot goal caps Flames' comeback
The Flames were behind 4-1 and 5-4 in the third period of their game against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena before Matthew Tkachuk scored the tying goal with 39 seconds left in regulation, then won it by scoring on a between-the-legs shot with 1.6 seconds remaining in overtime for a 6-5 victory.
Video: CGY@NSH: Tkachuk goes between his legs for OT winner
Calgary won after losing by at least three goals in the third period for the seventh time, and fourth on the road since entering the NHL as the Atlanta Flames in 1972.
Tkachuk joined Eddy Beers (Oct. 30, 1983 against the Vancouver Canucks) as the only players in Flames history to score a game-tying goal in the final minute of the third period and the game-winner in the final 60 seconds of overtime. His highlight-reel goal came two days after Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov's lacrosse-style goal in a 2-1 win against the Flames.
Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau had two assists, including one on Tkachuk's game-tying goal, giving him 400 points (136 goals, 264 assists) in 409 NHL games. Among players to make their NHL debuts with the Atlanta/Calgary Flames, four required fewer games to reach 400 career points than Gaudreau.
The Flames are the sixth team with at least five players to reach double figures in points this season, joining the Nashville Predators (seven), the Buffalo Sabres, (five), St. Louis Blues (five), Canucks (five) and Capitals (five). It's the ninth time in NHL history that at least six teams ended October with at least five 10-point players, and the first since six teams did it in October 1993.
Domi caps comeback win by Canadiens
Montreal was losing 4-2 against the Vegas Golden Knights with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period before rallying to win 5-4 in overtime at T-Mobile Arena. Goals by Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher sent the game to overtime and then Max Domi scored 26 seconds into OT to give Montreal its third straight win and second in two nights.
The Canadiens have won their past three games against the Golden Knights.
Video: MTL@VGK: Domi wins it in overtime for Canadiens
Stars were shining in October
For the first time in 27 years, two players concluded October with at least 24 points apiece, Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers had an NHL-best 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists), with David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins second with 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists). They share the NHL lead in goals.
Six of the top 10 point-getters in the NHL are 24 years old or younger. Five players have scored either at least 10 goals or at least 20 points.
This is the first October in 26 years to feature five players with at least 20 points; Wayne Gretzky led a group of five skaters who did so in 1993. This is the fourth time it has happened with a defenseman. John Carlson of the Capitals is tied for third in the League with 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists). The other instances were 1990-91, 1988-89 and 1981-82.
Lightning try to snap Islanders' seven-game winning streak
The Tampa Bay Lightning visit Nassau Coliseum to play the New York Islanders, winners of seven consecutive games, in one of eight games on the NHL schedule Friday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG+, SUN, NHL.TV). The Lightning have snapped an opponent's winning streak of at least seven games six times since entering the NHL in 1992; the most recent instance came Nov. 29, 2018, when their 5-4 win ended the Buffalo Sabres' 10-game winning streak.
It's the last game for the Lightning before they play the Sabres in the NHL Global Series on Nov. 8-9 in Stockholm, Sweden. Buffalo plays the Capitals at Capital One Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSWA, MSG-B, NHL.TV) and hosts the Islanders on Saturday.