OILERS SCORE SEVEN IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES, CLIMB PACIFIC DIVISION
The Edmonton Oilers beat the Boston Bruins 7-4, the second straight game they've scored seven goals; they beat the Dallas Stars 7-1 on March 14. The Oilers improved to 37-24-9 (83 points) and leapfrogged the Calgary Flames (39-27-4, 82 points) for third place in the Pacific Division.
* Connor McDavid (24-55-79) had three assists to keep pace with Bruins forward Brad Marchand (37-42-79), who had one goal and two assists in the loss, in the race for the Art Ross Trophy. Leon Draisaitl also had three points (one goal, two assists) to eclipse the 60-point mark for the first time in his NHL career (24-37-61).
* The Oilers scored seven or more goals in consecutive games for the first time since defeating the New York Rangers 10-6 on Dec. 4, 1988, and the Quebec Nordiques 8-3 on Dec. 7, 1988, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Video: Maroon, McDavid spark Oilers to 7-4 victory
Home Team in Caps
NEW JERSEY 6, Philadelphia 2
Winnipeg 4, NY ISLANDERS 2
Nashville 2, WASHINGTON 1 (OT)
CAROLINA 3, Minnesota 1
COLUMBUS 2, Florida 1
Chicago 2, OTTAWA 1
Toronto 5, TAMPA BAY 0
EDMONTON 7, Boston 4
Dallas 4, VANCOUVER 2
Detroit 5, ARIZONA 4 (SO)
LOS ANGELES 2, Buffalo 0
St. Louis 4, SAN JOSE 1
BLUE JACKETS ESTABLISH FRANCHISE RECORD FOR HOME WINS IN A SEASON
Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves to help the Columbus Blue Jackets establish a single-season franchise record with 26 home wins (26-9-1, 53 points), eclipsing their previous mark from 2008-09 (25-13-3, 53 points).
* At 45-18-6 (96 points), the Blue Jackets climbed within two points of the NHL-leading Washington Capitals (45-17-8, 98 points). The Blue Jackets own a 2-1-0 edge in their five-game season series (WSH: 1-1-1) and will face the Capitals on March 23 and April 2.
* Bobrovsky extended his personal win streak to six games, during which he has a 1.17 goals-against average, .962 save percentage and three shutouts. He also got his League-leading 38th victory of the season.
* Zach Werenski scored his 11th goal of 2016-17 to move within one of the Blue Jackets record for most in a season by a defenseman, set by Bryan Berard, who scored 12 in 2005-06.
Video: Anderson, Bobrovsky lead Jackets past Panthers, 2-1
MAPLE LEAFS BLANK LIGHTNING, RECLAIM FINAL WILD CARD
The Toronto Maple Leafs scored five unanswered goals, including two in a span of 10 seconds, and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves for his NHL career-high fourth shutout of the season as the Maple Leafs improved to 32-23-14 (78 points) and reclaimed possession of the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
* William Nylander had an assist to extend his point streak to six games (1-5-6) and become the third Maple Leafs rookie to reach the 50-point mark this season (18-32-50), joining Auston Matthews (31-24-55) and Mitchell Marner (17-28-55).
* Elias notes that the Maple Leafs became the first team to have three rookies reach the 50-point mark in a season since the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93, when Teemu Selanne (76-56-132), Alexei Zhamnov (25-47-72) and Keith Tkachuk (28-23-51) each did so.
CENTRAL DIVISION CONTENDERS POST VICTORIES
Three of the Central Division's top four teams won Thursday:
* Scott Darling made 33 saves to extend his personal winning streak to five games; he has a 1.21 GAA and .963 save percentage during his streak. The Chicago Blackhawks (45-20-5, 95 points) now have a three-point lead atop the Central Division and Western Conference standings.
* Viktor Arvidsson scored his first NHL overtime goal to power the Nashville Predators (35-24-11, 81 points) to their third consecutive win, maintaining their hold on third place in the Central Division.
* Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 33rd and 34th goals of 2016-17 to move into third in the NHL this season and help the St. Louis Blues (37-28-5, 79 points) pick up their sixth win in their past seven games, reinforcing their grip on the second wild card from the Western Conference.
Video: Tarasenko, Hutton lead Blues past Sharks, 4-1
Los Angeles Kings forward Jarome Iginla scored his 99th NHL game-winning goal to pass Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur and Patrick Marleau (98) for seventh on the all-time list. … Bruins forward Brad Marchand scored his League-leading 37th goal of 2016-17 to match his single-season NHL career high from 2015-16. … Kings forward Dustin Brown had two assists to eclipse the 500-point milestone (229-272-501). … David Pastrnak (6-9-15 in 11 GP), James Neal (3-2-5 in 5 GP) and Elias Lindholm (1-4-5 in 5 GP) extended point streaks. … Marian Hossa (1,300), Ryan Suter (900), Tyler Bozak (500) and Pekka Rinne (500) appeared in milestone games. … The New Jersey Devils donned their vintage red and green jerseys. … The Tampa Bay Lightning honored former forward Brian Boyle in his return to Tampa Bay. … Outfielder A.J. Pollock of the Arizona Diamondbacks dropped the ceremonial puck at Gila River Arena. … The Blue Jackets honored play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer for recently broadcasting his 2,000th NHL game. … The Royal Canadian Mint is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup by producing a limited-edition commemorative quarter.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Florida @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., TVA Sports, NHLN, MSG, FS-F, NHL.TV
New Jersey @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., SN360, ROOT, MSG+, NHL.TV
Dallas @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SNW, FS-SW+, NHL.TV
Buffalo @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., PRIME, MSG-B, NHL.TV