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2016-17 SEASON ECLIPSES QUARTER MARK

With 312 of 1,230 games played, the 2016-17 regular season passed the quarter mark on Friday. Here's a look at some of the highlights, with assistance from the Elias Sports Bureau:

* 194 games (62.2%) have been tied or within one goal entering the third period.

* 132 games (42.3%) have seen a team coming from behind (at any point in the contest) to win, including 54 times in the third period. Of those 132 games, 31 have featured a multi-goal comeback, including 10 in which the winning team trailed by multiple goals in the third period.

* 75 coach's challenges have been used (including seven initiated by the Situation Room), with 56 calls upheld and 19 overturned - 49 of the challenges have been for goaltender interference (39 upheld/10 overturned), while 26 have been for offside (17 upheld/9 overturned).

* Two division leaders - the Montreal Canadiens (Atlantic) and Edmonton Oilers (Pacific) - did not qualify for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

LEAGUE LEADERS

A snapshot of the top individual performers thus far:

Goals

1. Sidney Crosby (PIT): 14
t-2. David Pastrnak (BOS): 12
t-2. Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 12
t-2. Michael Grabner (NYR): 12
t-2. Patrik Laine (WPG): 12

Assists

1. Connor McDavid (EDM): 18
t-2. Eight players with 15

Points

1. Connor McDavid (EDM): 10-18-28
2. Nikita Kucherov (TBL): 11-15-26
3. Mark Scheifele (WPG): 11-12-23
 
Rookie Points
1. Patrik Laine (WPG): 12-6-18
t-2. Zach Werenski (CBJ): 5-11-16
t-2. Auston Matthews (TOR): 8-8-16
t-2. Mitch Marner (TOR): 7-9-16

Wins

1. Carey Price (MTL): 12
t-2. Tuukka Rask (BOS): 11
t-2. Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ): 11
t-2. Peter Budaj (LAK): 11
t-2. Cam Talbot (EDM): 11

 

FRIDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
NY Rangers 3, PHILADELPHIA 2
Chicago 3, ANAHEIM 2
SAN JOSE 3, NY Islanders 2
MINNESOTA 6, Pittsburgh 2
WASHINGTON 3, Buffalo 1
NASHVILLE 5, Winnipeg 1
Calgary 2, BOSTON 1
Columbus 5, TAMPA BAY 3
Detroit 5, NEW JERSEY 4 (OT)
DALLAS 2, Vancouver 1
ARIZONA 3, Edmonton 2 (SO)

 

FURIOUS FINISH AT SHARK TANK

The New York Islanders tied the game with 57.2 seconds remaining in regulation, but Patrick Marleau scored with 22.5 seconds left to help the San Jose Sharks improve to 3-0-0 on their five-game homestand.

* According to Elias, it marked the 10th time this season a tying goal was scored in the last 60 seconds of regulation. It also was the fifth time this season a go-ahead goal was scored in the last minute of regulation

* Marleau scored his 94th career game-winning goal (second this season) to tie Steve Yzerman for 11th place on the NHL's all-time list. Only two active players have more: Jaromir Jagr (133) and Jarome Iginla (97).

 Video: NYI@SJS: Marleau regains lead with 23 seconds left

 

EARLY LEADS TRANSLATE TO VICTORY

The New York Rangers (15-6-1, 31 points), Chicago Blackhawks (14-6-2, 30 points) and Washington Capitals (13-5-2, 28 points) - who own three of the top four records in the NHL - each opened multi-goal leads en route to wins on Friday:

* The Rangers took a 3-0 lead into the third period and held off a Philadelphia Flyers rally to win the 2016 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown. Henrik Lundqvist (40 SV) improved to 10-1-7 in his career when making at least 40 saves in a regular-season game (1.69 GAA, .961 SV%, 4 SO).

* Chicago opened a three-goal advantage with help from Patrick Kane (1-1-2) and Ryan Hartman (GWG) and held off an Anaheim Ducks surge to move to 3-3-0 on their seven-game road trip. Corey Crawford made 34 saves to improve to 12-4-2 in 19 career regular-season games against the Ducks (1.85 GAA, .933 SV%, 3 SO), including a 5-0-1 mark dating to Nov. 28, 2014.

* The Capitals took a 2-0 lead in the second period courtesy of Marcus Johansson 's eventual winning goal to finish their season-high five-game homestand with a win (4-1-0) against the Buffalo Sabres. Philipp Grubauer (32 SV) recorded the victory on his 25th birthday, with his parents watching from the stands for the first time (in an NHL start).

Video: BUF@WSH: Grubauer makes quick saves on a power play

 
PREDATORS, BLUE JACKETS KEEP ROLLING

The Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets each improved to 8-2-2 in November:

* The Predators scored five unanswered goals - powered by three-point performances from Ryan Johansen (2-1-3) and Mike Fisher (0-3-3) - to extend their home win streak to six games and improve to 8-1-1 at Bridgestone Arena in 2016-17 with a win against the Winnipeg Jets. According to Elias, Nashville has won at least eight of its first 10 home games to start a season for the third time in franchise history; in 2005-06 they started 10-1-0 and in 2014-15 they began 11-1-1.

* The Tampa Bay Lightning tied the game early in the third period, but Brandon Saad (1-1-2) scored the go-ahead goal 57 seconds later to lead the Blue Jackets to victory. Sergei Bobrovsky (25 SV) has recorded each of Columbus' 11 wins this season, helping the Blue Jackets (11-5-3, 25 points) to their second-best 19-game start to a season in franchise history in terms of points (2010-11: 13-6-0, 26 points).

Video: CBJ@TBL: Wennberg steals the puck, sets up Saad

 

LOOSE PUCKS

Goaltender Chad Johnson (35 SV) improved to 7-3-1 in his first season with the Calgary Flames, including wins in five of his past six appearances (1.17 GAA, .958 SV%, 2 SO). … Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith (32 SV) improved to 14-1-1 in 18 career appearances against the Oilers. …The New Jersey Devils are 7-0-2 at Prudential Center this season, and matched the the longest home point streak to start a season in franchise history (1987-88: 8-0-1). … Detroit Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen (2-1-3) posted his first three-point effort since Dec. 31, 2014. … Forward Matt Puempel , claimed off waivers on Monday, scored in his Rangers debut. … Tyler Johnson (2-4-6) and Joe Pavelski (2-3-5) extended their point streaks to six and five games, respectively. … Penguins forward Phil Kessel (1-0-1) recorded his 600th NHL point. … Defenseman Matt Carle announced his retirement after 12 NHL seasons. … The Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled their jersey for the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 against the Flyers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Tweet from @penguins: ��A Pittsburgh gold jersey for our golden anniversary. ��Stadium Series jerseys and information: https://t.co/USB68oaorM pic.twitter.com/A9W0LPiHxP

 

SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY'S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Washington @ Toronto, 7 p.m., HNIC, NHLN, CSN-DC+
Carolina @ Ottawa, 7 p.m., CITY, FS-CR
Montreal @ Detroit, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, FS-D
Columbus @ Florida, 7 p.m., FS-F, FS-O
New Jersey @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., ROOT, MSG+
Minnesota @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, FS-N, FS-WI
Vancouver @ Colorado, 10 p.m., HNIC, SN, ALT
Chicago @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., FS-W, WGN
Anaheim @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, PRIME 
 

99 YEARS OF THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Saturday marks NHL Founders Day. On Nov. 26, 1917, the National Hockey League was formed in Montreal following the suspension of operations by the National Hockey Association of Canada Limited (NHA). The first NHL games were played on Dec. 19, 1917.

 

OVECHKIN FACES MATTHEWS ON HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA

Hockey Night in Canada features four games Saturday, including Alex Ovechkin (4-0-4 in past 3 GP) and the Capitals (13-5-2, 28 points) visiting Auston Matthews (2-1-3 against the Devils) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (8-8-4, 20 points) on CBC. Also on the schedule: The League-leading Canadiens (15-4-2, 32 points) visit the Red Wings (10-10-1, 21 points) in an Original Six match-up on Sportsnet; On CITY, the Ottawa Senators (12-7-1, 25 points), winners of back-to-back games, host the Carolina Hurricanes (8-7-4, 20 points), who have won five of their last six contests; Hockey Night in Canada closes with the Vancouver Canucks (8-11-2, 18 points) in Colorado to visit the Avalanche (9-10-0, 18 points) on CBC.

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