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Darcy Kuemper helps Wild extend road point streak

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
WILD KEEP FRANCHISE-RECORD ROAD POINT STREAK ALIVE

The Minnesota Wild built a 3-0 lead and Darcy Kuemper made 41 saves in a 5-2 defeat of the Edmonton Oilers. The Wild extended their franchise-record road point streak to 14 games (12-0-2), including five straight wins.

* The Western Conference-leading Wild (33-11-5, 71 points) eclipsed 70 points in their 49th game of the season, nine games faster than any season in Wild history. They sit one point behind the Washington Capitals (33-11-6, 72 points) for the top spot in the NHL, with one game in hand.

* Other franchise records achieved by the Wild this season include winning streak (12-0-0; Dec. 4-29, 2016) and point streak (12-0-1; Dec. 2-29, 2016), as well as an eight-game home win streak that matched the Wild's best (8-0-0, Nov. 23 - Dec. 29, 2016).

* Mikael Granlund (2-10-12) and Jason Pominville (2-6-8) each had an assist to extend their point streaks to 10 and six games, respectively.

Video: Kuemper, Graovac lead Wild to 5-2 win against Oilers

 

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

NY ISLANDERS 3, Washington 2

Columbus 6, NY RANGERS 4

PITTSBURGH 4, Nashville 2

CAROLINA 5, Philadelphia 1

MONTREAL 5, Buffalo 2

New Jersey 4, DETROIT 3

Boston 4, TAMPA BAY 3

FLORIDA 6, Ottawa 5

Winnipeg 5, ST. LOUIS 3

DALLAS 6, Toronto 3

Minnesota 5, EDMONTON 2

Los Angeles 3, ARIZONA 2

ANAHEIM 5, Colorado 1

SAN JOSE 3, Chicago 1

 

HAT TRICKS POWER CANADIENS, HURRICANES

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty (3-0-3) and Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho (3-1-4) had hat tricks to lead their teams to victory:

* Pacioretty had his sixth NHL hat trick, second this season, to help the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens to their 30th win of the season (30-14-7, 67 points). Pacioretty is second in the NHL with 24 goals, four behind the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (28) for the League lead.

* Aho had his first NHL hat trick to help the Hurricanes end a five-game losing streak (0-5-0). At 19 years, 189 days, Aho became the youngest player in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history with a hat trick and the first rookie to do so with the club since Erik Cole on Dec. 21, 2001 against the Atlanta Thrashers. Aho is third among NHL rookies with 15 goals this season, behind Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine who have 23 apiece.

Video: Aho's hat trick leads Hurricanes past Flyers, 5-1

 

FILLING THE NET

A total of 98 goals were scored in 14 games Tuesday, an average of 7.0 goals per game. That includes eight games with at least seven combined goals. Highlights from the three highest-scoring games:

* The Dallas Stars scored five times in the first period en route to victory to improve to 2-0-2 during their six-game homestand. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Stars scored five goals in the first period for the first time since relocating to Dallas in 1993-94. The last time the Stars/Minnesota North Stars scored five times in the first period was in an 8-6 defeat of the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 21, 1988.

* Seth Jones (2-0-2) had his first multigoal game with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who built a 6-0 lead before holding off a New York Rangers rally in a win at Madison Square Garden and move within two points of first place in the NHL (33-12-4, 70 points). Alexander Wennberg (1-2-3) had three points for the second time in his past four games to establish NHL career highs for goals, assists and points in a season (9-34-43 in 49 GP).

* The Ottawa Senators built a 4-2 lead, but the Florida Panthers scored four straight goals, including the go-ahead goal by Jonathan Marchessault, to improve to 2-0-1 in their past three games. Marchessault extended his point streak to five games (2-3-5) and ranks second on the Panthers with 32 points in 44 games. He had eight goals and 19 points in his first 49 NHL games.

 

LOOSE PUCKS

Corey Perry had an assist on the game-winning goal to become the third Ducks player with 700 points in the NHL (339-361-700). … Joe Pavelski (1-2-3) factored on all three San Jose Sharks goals to help the Pacific Division-leading Sharks win for the seventh time in the past eight games. … The New York Islanders extended their point streak to a season-high seven games (6-0-1). … Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (889 games) scored his 549th NHL goal to surpass Michel Goulet (548 in 1,089 games) and tie Ron Francis (549 in 1,731 games) for 27th place on the League's all-time goals list. … Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl scored to reach 20 goals for the first time in the NHL and extend his point streak to seven games (4-5-9). … Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (6-4-10) and Sharks forward Logan Couture (3-4-7) extended point streaks to six games, while Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri (2-5-7) and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (1-5-6) pushed their point streaks to five games. … Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen scored his first NHL goal in his 17th games. … The Rangers signed coach Alain Vigneault to a contract extension. … The Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first NHL game to stream live on Twitter. Click here for the complete live stream schedule, which features live out-of-market games on Twitter in the United States. … ICYMI: The NHL unveiled original portraits of Milt Schmidt and Henri Richard, two of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.

Video: COL@ANA: Rakell taps in Perry's 700th career point

 

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY'S ACTION

All Times Eastern

Boston @ Washington, 8 p.m., SNE, SNO, TVA Sports, NBCSN, NHL.TV

Minnesota @ Calgary, 10 p.m., SN360, SNW, SNP, FS-N, NHL.TV

Colorado @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, NHL.TV

 

DOUBLEHEADER HIGHLIGHTS WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY

Both the Bruins (26-21-6, 58 points) and Kings (25-21-4, 54 points) aim for their fourth consecutive victory when they face the Capitals (33-11-6, 72 points) and Colorado Avalanche (13-32-2, 28 points), respectively, on NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry. At 8 p.m. ET, the Bruins visit the League-leading Capitals, who have won seven consecutive games at Verizon Center. At 10:30 p.m. ET, the Kings welcome the Avalanche in their first home game since hosting the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

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