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Kotkaniemi's backhand tally

EDM@MTL: Kotkaniemi lifts backhand to tie the game

Jesperi Kotkaniemi collects the loose puck at the side of the net and roofs a backhand past Mikko Koskinen, tying the game at 3 in the 3rd

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Hours before the New England Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl championship, the Montreal Canadiens continued their dominance on Super Sunday.

Jonathan Drouin scored 58 seconds into overtime to give Montreal a 4-3 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Bell Centre. The Canadiens have won 20 games (20-11-3, 43 points) on Super Bowl Sunday, the most in NHL history.

Video: EDM@MTL: Drouin goes coast-to-coast for OT winner

Jesperi Kotkaniemi tied the game 3-3 with 6:25 left in the third period for the Canadiens (29-18-6), who are 6-1-1 in their past eight games and third in the Atlantic Division, one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kotkaniemi (25 points; eight goals, 17 assists) is the second 18-year-old with at least 25 points this season (Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres has 28). It's the 14th time in NHL history that has happened and first since 2014-15, when Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (29 points; seven goals, 22 assists in 50 games) and Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak (27 points; 10 goals, 17 assists in 47 games) did so before turning 19.

The NHL record for most 18-year-olds to reach 25 points in a season is five, which occurred in 1981-82 (Dale Hawerchuk, Bobby Carpenter, Ron Francis, Jim Benning and Doug Smith) and 1983-84 (Steve Yzerman, Dan Quinn, Sylvain Turgeon, Brian Lawton and Cam Neely).


Rask blanks Capitals to become Bruins' all-time wins leader

Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for the Bruins in a 1-0 win against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena to pass Tiny Thompson for most victories by a goalie in Boston history (253). Rask, who is 7-0-2 with a 1.70 goals-against average and .942 save percentage since Dec. 29, is the second active goalie to become the regular-season wins leader with an Original Six team (Henrik Lundqvist, 447, New York Rangers).

Video: BOS@WSH: Rask passes Thompson on franchise wins list

The Bruins (28-17-7) ended a 14-game losing streak to the Capitals (0-11-3) since March 29, 2014, and hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, four points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Hathaway shorty powers Flames

Garnet Hathaway scored his second shorthanded goal of the season for the Calgary Flames in a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Flames are 12-2-2 in their past 16 games and have scored an NHL-high 16 shorthanded goals, tied for fourth-most in their history for a season.

Video: CGY@CAR: Ryan finds Hathaway for shorthanded tally

Elias Lindholm, who was acquired by the Flames in a trade with the Hurricanes on June 23, scored to extend his point streak to 10 games (three goals, nine assists), tying his NHL career high set from March 9-25, 2017 (four goals, seven assists). He is the third player with a point streak of at least 10 games during his first season in Calgary, joining Doug Gilmour (15 points in 15 games from Nov. 15-Dec. 8, 1988) and Marc Savard (14 in 10 games from Feb. 14-March 5, 2000).

David Rittich made 34 saves and is 9-0-3 with a 2.87 GAA and .908 save percentage in his past 12 starts. Two Flames goalies have had longer personal point streaks: Mike Vernon (12-0-1 from Jan 11-Feb. 27, 1989) and Brian Elliott (12-0-1 from Feb. 15-March 19, 2017).

***'s Finnish language site, takes a closer look at Tuukka Rask's performance Sunday:

Bostonin ennätysmies Rask lisäsi Washingtonin tuskaa


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