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Facts and Figures: Three more multigoal comeback victories

Bruins, Sabres, Capitals each rally to win after being down two goals

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The number of games won by teams that trailed by multiple goals is up to 55 after three more accomplished the feat on Friday.

The 55 multigoal comeback wins are the third-most through NHL history through 402 games. There were 57 such victories in 1985-86 as well as 56 last season and in 1986-87. 

Tweet from @PR_NHL: There have been 55 multi-goal comeback wins in 2019-20. Only three seasons in NHL history have seen more multi-goal comebacks through 402 GP (57 in 1985-86, 56 in 2018-19 and 56 in 1986-87). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/WajPXKKAFl

The only one of the three multigoal comeback wins that didn't require overtime was the Buffalo Sabres' 6-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at KeyBank Center. Center Jack Eichel had two goals and an assist to help the Sabres rally after surrendering the first two goals of the game. Eichel extended his point streak to eight games (13 points; seven goals, six assists) and has 12 goals in 14 games against the Maple Leafs, the most he has had against any opponent.

The loss was Toronto's first in four games under new coach Sheldon Keefe, who took over after Mike Babcock was fired on Nov. 20.

 

Capitals, Bruins rally too

The NHL's top two teams, the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, also came back to win after spotting multigoal leads to their opponents.

The Bruins (18-3-5) trailed 2-0 late in the second period, but forward David Pastrnak tied the game 4:37 into the third period with his NHL-leading 24th goal, then set up David Krejci's game-winner at 1:40 of overtime for a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers at TD Garden in the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown.

Pastrnak became the fourth player in NHL history and the first since Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992-93 to score at least 12 goals in each of the first two months of a season. The others: Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers (1981-82 and 1983-84) and Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders (1984-85).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: David Pastrnak joined elite company with his second straight 12-goal month to begin the season. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/O1YvOIfSlG

In addition, Pastrnak (41 points) became the fourth player this season to reach the 40-point mark, joining linemate Brad Marchand (43), Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (48) and Oilers center Connor McDavid (47). It's the first time the NHL has had four players with at least 40 points through the first two months of a season since five players did it in 1992-93: Lemieux (65), Pat LaFontaine of the Sabres (47), Jari Kurri of the Los Angeles Kings (47), Mark Recchi of the Philadelphia Flyers (45) and Joe Sakic of the Quebec Nordiques (41).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: David Pastrnak joined Mario Lemieux and (1992-93 w/ PIT), Mike Bossy (1984-85 w/ NYI) and Wayne Gretzky (1981-82, 1983-84 w/ EDM) as the fourth player in NHL history with 12+ goals in each of his first two months of the season. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/ZYiE4GaiRx

The Bruins improved to 10-0-4 at TD Garden; they are the only team this season that has not lost a home game in regulation. Boston's overall point streak reached 10 games (7-0-3); the Bruins are the third team in NHL history to have two double-digit point streaks within its first 30 games of a season, joining the 1974-75 Sabres (10 games and 11 games) and the 2000-01 St. Louis Blues, who had two 10-game streaks.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @NHLBruins have recorded their second 10-game point streak of 2019-20 (7-0-3).Only two other teams in NHL history have posted two point streaks of 10+ games through their first 30 GP or fewer: STL in 2000-01 (10 GP and 10 GP) and BUF in 1974-75 (10 GP and 11 GP). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Zx7894Ct0i

The Capitals (18-4-5) trailed 3-1 after two periods but rallied to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in overtime at Capital One Arena for their NHL-leading fifth multigoal comeback win. Defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored the winner at 3:03 of overtime for Washington (18-4-5), which reached the 40-point mark in 27 games, the second-fewest since entering the NHL in 1974 and one more than in 2015-16.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @Capitals (18-4-5, 41 points) required the second fewest games to their 40th point of a season in franchise history (27 GP), second only to 2015-16 (26 GP). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/EZJTwMyI6D

Forward Alex Ovechkin tied the game at 11:36 of the third period with the 255th power-play goal of his NHL career, tying him with Teemu Selanne for third on the all-time list. Dave Andreychuk is the all-time leader with 274, followed by Brett Hull with 265.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Alex Ovechkin scored his 255th career power-play goal to tie Teemu Selanne for third on the NHL's all-time list. #NHLStats https://t.co/yztZmiJUa3 pic.twitter.com/69ojAB575T

 

MacKinnon, Makar continue to sparkle for Avalanche

Center Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and three assists, and rookie defenseman Cale Makar scored his third game-winning goal of the season for the Colorado Avalanche in a 5-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Colorado was one of five teams to score at least five goals Friday.

MacKinnon, who extended his point streak to six games with his third four-point game of the season, is one of seven players with at least 20 points since Nov. 1. November is one of five months in the past decade to feature at least seven players with 20 points; MacKinnon has played a part in three (November 2019, November 2018, March 2018).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Nathan MacKinnon recorded 1-2���3 in the opening frame to extend his point streak to six games. @Mackinnon9 has posted three points in a period on three occasions in 2019-20 (also Nov. 12 at WPG and Nov. 7 vs. NSH). https://t.co/WAMJT30kv7 #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Bkyvf2OgZy

Makar leads all rookies in points with 26 (eight goals, 18 assists). The only other rookie defensemen in the NHL's expansion era (since 1967-68) to score at least eight goals through their first 25 NHL games are Brad Maxwell of the Minnesota North Stars (eight in 1977-78) and Barry Beck of the Colorado Rockies (11 in 1977-78).

 

Wild, Flyers extend home streaks

The Minnesota Wild scored a season-high seven goals and the Philadelphia Flyers had six as each extended a home point streak. Minnesota is 6-0-2 in its past eight games at Xcel Energy Center after a 7-2 win against the Ottawa Senators. The Flyers have points in 10 consecutive home games (6-0-4) following a 6-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Wells Fargo Center.

Wild center Eric Staal had a goal and an assist in his 1,200th NHL game, helping the Wild to their longest point streak at home since a team-record 13-game run (10-0-3) from Dec. 27, 2017- Feb. 13, 2018.

The seven goals by the Wild are one short of their record.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @mnwild scored seven goals at Xcel Energy Center Friday. The franchise record for most in game, regardless of location, is eight. https://t.co/e2DBAQH9fu #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/VpqPDtb5PC

Forward Jakub Voracek had three assists for the Flyers, whose 22 points (9-2-4) are the most by any Eastern Conference team in November.

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