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Facts and Figures: Wild victory extends point streak to 11 games

Zuccarello scores winning goal against Lightning, Minnesota run longest since 2016

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The Minnesota Wild and forward Mats Zuccarello stayed hot in a 5-4 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

Zuccarello had two assists before scoring the game-winning goal 4:08 into the third period. The victory was the Wild's fifth straight, and they have points in 11 consecutive games (8-0-3). It's the second-longest points streak in Wild history, behind a 13-game run from Dec. 2-29, 2016 (12-0-1).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @mnwild improved to 8-0-3 in their last 11 contests, the second-longest point streak in franchise history behind a 13-game run from Dec. 2-29, 2016 (12-0-1). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/jSKiCoR8m4

Zuccarello has five points (two three assists) in his past four games and is the NHL all-time leader in regular-season scoring among players born in Norway with 371 points (120 goals, 251 assists) in 536 games. He's eighth in points among undrafted players born outside North America who debuted after the first NHL Draft, which took place June 5, 1963. Three players born outside North America who debuted prior to 1963-64 had at least 371 regular-season points: Stan Mikita (1,467), Sweeney Schriner (407) and Johnny Gottselig (372).

 

Coyotes take Pacific Division lead

The Arizona Coyotes (17-9-4) moved into first place in the Pacific Division after a 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

The Coyotes moved one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers (17-10-3) and are first in their division 30 games into a season for the first time since 1991-92, when the franchise then known as the Winnipeg Jets was first in the Smythe Division at 15-8-7. The Jets moved to Arizona in 1996.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Phil Kessel scored twice to help the @ArizonaCoyotes improve to 17-9-4 (38 points) this season and leapfrog the idle Oilers (17-10-3, 37 points) for first place in the Pacific Division standings. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/9oAtZiNHhT

Arizona is 10-3-3 on the road and set a Coyotes/Jets record for fewest games needed to reach 10 road wins. The previous low was 17 games (10-6-1) in 2011-12, when the Coyotes went on to win the Pacific Division and advance to the Western Conference Final in their most recent appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Coyotes play at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ATTSN-PT, FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV) in forward Phil Kessel's first game back at PPG Paints Arena since being traded to Arizona on June 29. He was a key member of Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup championships teams in 2016 and 2017. Kessel scored two goals in the win Thursday.

 

Hedman reaches 100-goal mark for Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, the No. 2 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, scored his 100th regular-season goal in the loss to the Wild. He's the first Lightning defensemen to score 100 goals.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Victor Hedman is the first defenseman in @TBLightning history to score 100 career regular-season goals. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/3hArohncXs

Hedman's goal means that each of the first seven players taken in the 2009 Draft has scored at least 100, following John Tavares (329), Matt Duchene (239), Evander Kane (229), Brayden Schenn (168), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (118) and Nazem Kadri (171). The 2009 Draft class is the second to have each of its first seven picks become 100-goal scorers, joining the 1993 Draft (Alexandre Daigle, Chris Pronger, Chris Gratton, Paul Kariya, Rob Niedermayer, Viktor Kozlov and Jason Arnott).

 

Bruins, Islanders continue home streaks

The Boston Bruins and New York Islanders each extended their home point streaks Thursday.

The Bruins, the only team yet to lose in regulation at home, stretched their streak to 17 games (12-0-5) by scoring three times in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks to force overtime. However Jonathan Toews became the first Chicago player in 77 years to score an overtime goal at Boston when he beat Tuukka Rask 54 seconds into OT for a 4-3 win. It's Toews' 14th regular-season overtime goal, extending his Blackhawks record.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Jonathan Toews is the fourth player in @NHLBlackhawks history to score a regular-season overtime goal in Boston. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/tspSH7J4hF

The Islanders extended their home point streak to 12 games (11-0-1) with a 3-2 overtime win against the Vegas Golden Knights at Nassau Coliseum. Ryan Pulock scored a power-play goal at 3:20 of OT, 10 seconds after Jonathan Marchessault was penalized for tripping New York's Mathew Barzal. It's the longest run at home for the Islanders since they went 21-0 with two ties from Jan. 2 through April 3, 1982.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Ryan Pulock scored at 3:20 of overtime as the @NYIslanders extended their home point streak to 12 contests (11-0-1).That's the seventh-longest in franchise history and lengthiest since a 23-game run from Jan. 2 ��� April 3, 1982 (21-0-2). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/yIke0T4iAL

 
Panarin, Landeskog enjoy happy returns

Artemi Panarin, who played for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2017-18 to 2018-19, scored the game-winning goal in his return to Nationwide Arena, helping the New York Rangers improve to 5-1-1 in their past seven games with a 3-2 win. Panarin led Columbus in scoring in each of the past two seasons before signing as a free agent with the Rangers on July 1.

Gabriel Landeskog scored in his return to the Colorado Avalanche after missing 16 games with a lower-body injury. His goal at 12:57 of the first period helped Colorado defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 at Bell Centre for their fifth straight win. Colorado (18-8-2) is second in the Central Division behind the St. Louis Blues (18-6-6).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Gabriel Landeskog scored at 12:57 of the first period in his return to the @Avalanche lineup. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/7Ii6cdguRc

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