Scoring picked up where it left off entering the NHL's three-day Christmas break. After seven teams each scored at least five goals on Dec. 23, seven also accomplished the feat when play resumed Friday.
John Tavares had a goal and two assists for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their 5-4 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. The center, who also had a goal and two assists in Toronto's 8-6 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, has consecutive games with at least three points for the seventh time in his NHL career. Forward William Nylander's overtime goal gave the Maple Leafs their sixth consecutive victory; they've scored at least four goals in each win.
Forward Artemi Panarin (one goal, two assists) and center Mika Zibanejad (two goals, one assist) each had three points for the New York Rangers in their 5-3 win against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. With 48 points (21 goals, 27 assists), Panarin is two points shy of becoming the NHL's seventh 50-point producer this season. He is on pace to finish with 107 points (47 goals, 60 assists), which would be the highest single-season total by a Rangers player since Jaromir Jagr had a team-record 123 (54 goals, 69 assists) in 2005-06.
The Pittsburgh Penguins received goals from five different players in their 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry made 30 saves to help Pittsburgh (22-11-4) earn its eighth win in 10 games. Jarry (8-0-0 vs. the Western Conference dating to Nov. 25) joined Tom Barrasso (8-0-0 from Nov. 14, 1990- Jan. 17, 1991) as the second goalie in Penguins history to have a winning streak of at least eight games against the opposing conference in a single season.
The Minnesota Wild scored three unanswered goals for a 6-4 victory against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center, their third win in four games. Minnesota has scored a League-best 47 goals since Dec. 1 -- led by center Eric Staal (13 points; seven goals, six assists in 13 games), who scored Friday.
Andrew Mangiapane got the Calgary Flames off to a fast start, scoring 11 seconds into their 5-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. The forward also had two assists for his first three-point game in the NHL. He's the fifth player in Atlanta/Calgary Flames history to score in the first 11 seconds of a game; Mel Bridgman holds the Flames record of seven seconds set against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 14, 1982.
Five players scored and Robin Lehner made 38 saves for the Chicago Blackhawks in a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders at United Center. It was the goalie's first game against his former team; Lehner and Thomas Greiss combined to win the William M. Jennings Trophy last season after New York allowed an NHL-low 196 goals.
Perron sets Blues record for OT goals
David Perron scored his NHL-leading fourth overtime goal this season to give the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues their seventh straight win, 5-4 against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place.
The forward is the first player in Blues history to score four overtime goals in one season, doing so in St. Louis' first 39 games. He joined Chicago center Jonathan Toews (39 games in 2015-16) as the only players in NHL history to score four overtime goals before their team's 40th game of the season.
The Blues have won seven in a row for the second time this season; they also did it from Oct. 27 through Nov. 9. It's the third time St. Louis has had multiple winning streaks of at least seven games in the same season. The Blues also did it in 2000-01 and 2014-15.
Bergeron joins rare company with Bruins
Patrice Bergeron scored two goals for the third straight game in the Boston Bruins' 3-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. The Bruins, who got a 26-save shutout by goalie Jaroslav Halak, have points in six consecutive games (3-0-3).
The center is the fifth different player in Bruins history to score multiple goals in at least three consecutive games, and the first since Cam Neely in 1988-89. Phil Esposito holds the Boston record with four straight multigoal games, a mark he set in 1973-74.
Ovechkin, Carter make OT impact
Forward Alex Ovechkin had an assist on forward T.J. Oshie's overtime goal and the League-leading Washington Capitals (27-7-5) ended the Columbus Blue Jackets' five-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory at Capital One Arena. It was the 36th regular-season overtime point (23 goals, 13 assists) for Ovechkin, one short of the NHL record held by Patrik Elias (37 points; 16 goals, 21 assists).
Center Jeff Carter extended his own Los Angeles Kings record with his 11th overtime goal in a 3-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. The Kings, who trailed 2-0 entering the third period, rallied to become the 29th different team to win a game this season after trailing by multiple goals. The Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights are the only teams that haven't done so.