The Dallas Stars continue to excel when playing from behind.
Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau scored 37 seconds apart in the second period and Dallas earned its fifth straight comeback win with a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Wednesday. The Stars (25-14-4) moved past the Colorado Avalanche into second place in the Central Division and matched the longest run of consecutive comeback wins in their history; they also had a five-game streak from Jan. 23-30, 2006.
It's the second-longest winning streak of the season for the Stars, who won seven in a row from Nov. 13-25.
Depth has been key to the streak with a different player rising to the occasion to score a game-tying goal in each of the five games: Denis Gurianov (Dec. 28 against Colorado), Alexander Radulov (Dec. 29 at the Arizona Coyotes), Mattias Janmark (Jan. 1 against the Nashville Predators), Roope Hintz (Jan. 3 against the Detroit Red Wings) and Benn.
Jets survive Matthews, top Maple Leafs in shootout
The Winnipeg Jets couldn't stop Auston Matthews, who scored two game-tying goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs including one with 14 seconds remaining in the third period. But Blake Wheeler scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give the Jets a 4-3 win at Scotiabank Arena.
The two goals were the 30th and 31st for Matthews, who is the first United States-born player and first Maple Leafs player to score at least 30 in each of his first four NHL seasons. The center also became the 16th player in NHL history to score at least 30 goals in each of his first four seasons. The only other active player to do so is Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, who reached 30 goals in each of his first 14 seasons.
Matthews is the sixth different player in Maple Leafs history to reach the 30-goal mark in at least four consecutive seasons and first to do so from the start of his time with Toronto (NHL debut or otherwise).
Matthews scored to start the third round of the shootout and put the Maple Leafs ahead, but Mark Scheifele matched that goal before Wheeler scored in the fourth round to give the Jets their 14th road win this season (14-7-2), tying them with the Coyotes (14-6-3) and Avalanche (14-8-2) for the most in the Western Conference. The Capitals lead the NHL with 17 (17-6-1).
Scheifele, who put the Jets ahead 3-2 when he scored in the second period, has goals in four of his past five games and is one point from becoming the 12th player in the NHL to reach 50 this season. He's scored 12 goals since Dec. 1, second in the NHL to Matthews (15) during that span.
Flyers end five-game winless streak against Capitals
Kevin Hayes scored a shorthanded goal at 17:59 of the second period and the Philadelphia Flyers ended a five-game winless streak against the Capitals with a 3-2 victory at Wells Fargo Center. It was Philadelphia's first win against its Metropolitan Division rival since a 6-3 victory at home March 18, 2018.
Travis Konecny scored in the first period to extend his home point streak to seven games (seven points; two goals, five assists). Konecny (20 points; nine goals, 11 assists) and Sean Couturier (20 points; eight goals, 12 assists) are each averaging a point a game through the Flyers' first 20 home games.
Pastrnak sets sights on NHL first when Bruins host Jets
NHL goal-scoring leader David Pastrnak (32 goals) can make history when the Boston Bruins play the Jets at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NESN, TVAS, TSN3, NHL.TV).
Pastrnak has factored on the opening goal in each of Boston's past six games since Dec. 27 against the Buffalo Sabres. No player in NHL history has done so in seven consecutive team games.
He'll also try to extend his point streak to 12 games. Pastrnak has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) during an 11-game point streak that's tied with Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi for the longest active run in the NHL. He also had a 13-game point streak from Oct. 8-Nov. 5 and can become the first Bruins player to have multiple point streaks of at least 12 games in the same season since Phil Esposito (15, 13 and 13 games) and Bobby Orr (15 and 12 games) in 1973-74.