Aaron Ekblad, Brian Boyle and Noel Acciari combined for three goals in the first 2:36 of the second period for the Florida Panthers in a 6-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Sunday. The three goals scored were the fastest to start a period in Panthers history.
Two teams did it quicker last season: the Montreal Canadiens, 1:35 into the second period against the Washington Capitals on Nov. 19, 2018, and the Los Angeles Kings, 1:52 into the third period against the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 5.
The victory extended the Panthers' point streak to eight games (4-0-4) and ended the Oilers' five-game home winning streak. Florida has scored at least three goals in one period six times this season, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Canadiens and Capitals.
Draisaitl, McDavid join elite Oilers company
Leon Draisaitl had two points (one goal, one assist) for the Oilers to give him 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) this season. He joined Connor McDavid, who has 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) as the second Oilers player to reach 20 points this season, the fourth time in Edmonton history that two players each had 20 through the first 12 games of a season.
'Perfection Line' sparks Bruins past Rangers
Brad Marchand (two goals, three assists), David Pastrnak (five assists) and Patrice Bergeron (three goals) totaled 13 points (five goals, eight assists) for the Boston Bruins in a 7-4 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Marchand, who has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) and Pastrnak, with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) became the fourth and fifth players to reach 20 points in the NHL this season. The forwards are the third set of Bruins teammates in the past 30 years to each have five points in one game: Joe Thornton and Glen Murray (Dec. 28, 2001), and Dmitri Khristich and Jason Allison (March 14, 1998).
Pastrnak, who became the 13th player in Bruins history to have five assists in a regular-season game, leads the NHL in goals and points.
Islanders roll to seventh consecutive victory
Anders Lee had a goal and an assist and Mathew Barzal scored his fifth goal in the past six games to help the New York Islanders win 5-3 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Coliseum and stretch the longest winning streak in the NHL this season to seven games.
The Islanders, who scored five goals in one game for the first time this season, have won at least seven in a row for the sixth time in their history and first in 30 years (9-0-0 from Dec. 31, 1989 to Jan 19. 1990).