The San Jose Sharks are the latest team to overcome a multigoal deficit and win. Joe Pavelski had a natural hat trick for the Sharks in their 5-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.
It was the 110th multigoal comeback victory in 2018-19, the most ever in one season through games played Feb. 24 and second-most in a season through 961 games, behind 1985-86 (123). It was the fourth such win for the Sharks; the Calgary Flames lead the NHL with eight.
Pavelski scored twice in the second period and once in the third for his fifth NHL hat trick. It's the 71st hat trick this season (961 games played) and the sixth by a Sharks player, tying the Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets for the most in the League.
Video: SJS@DET: Pavelski finishes natural hat trick with ENG
Defenseman Brent Burns had a goal and an assist and has 70 points (13 goals, 57 assists) in 63 games. It's the fewest games needed by a Sharks defenseman to reach 70 points, and the ninth time since 1990-91 that a defenseman has reached 70 points in 65 or fewer games.
Capitals survive comebacks by Rangers
The New York Rangers twice tied the score after trailing by two goals before losing 6-5 in overtime to the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena. (link to https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-washington-capitals-game-recap/c-305169190) It's the fourth time this season a team has overcome a multigoal deficit to tie the score more than once in the same game; the others were the Chicago Blackhawks (5-4 overtime win Nov. 24), Tampa Bay Lightning (6-5 shootout win Dec. 4) and Buffalo Sabres (6-5 overtime loss Feb. 7). New York accomplished the feat for the 15th time in franchise history, but just the third in the past 25 years (Feb. 16, 2015, and Dec. 11, 2015).
Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei forced overtime when he scored with 31 seconds remainingin the third period, but Washington center Evgeny Kuznetsov slid the puck into the net with 40 seconds remaining in overtime for the Capitals (35-21-7), who are two points behind the first-place New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division.
Video: NYR@WSH: Kuznetsov jams puck home for overtime winner
Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin had his five-game goal streak end, but he assisted on Kuznetsov's game-winning goal to boost his career overtime total to 34 points (22 goals, 12 assists). That's the most among active players and third all-time behind Patrik Elias (37 points) and Jaromir Jagr (35 points). Ovechkin's 22 overtime goals are more than any other player.
The Rangers opened the scoring 21 seconds into the first period and tied the game 3-3 when they scored 21 seconds into the third. It was the second time since entering the NHL in 1926 that New York scored in the first 21 seconds of multiple periods; the other came against the Winnipeg Jets on March 15, 1989.
Lightning approach milestone
The NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning (47-11-4) can become the first team to reach 100 points this season with a win against the Los Angeles Kings at Amalie Arena on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, SNE, SNO, NHL.TV). The Lightning, who have won eight in a row, can become the fourth team in NHL history to reach the 100-point mark in 63 games or fewer. The 1976-77 and 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens each did it in 62 games, and the 1971-72 Boston Bruins reached 100 points in 63 games.
Tampa Bay's last regulation loss was 4-2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 30; the Lightning are 10-0-2 in their past 12 games. With three games remaining in February, the Lightning can complete their second calendar month of a season without a regulation loss; they were 13-0-1 in December. Three teams in NHL history have had two months without a regulation loss in a single season (minimum eight games played): the 1940-41 Bruins (6-0 with four ties in January; 6-0 with two ties in March); the 1944-45 Canadiens (7-0 with one tie in December and 7-0 with two ties in February) and the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers (11-0 with two ties in November and 7-0 with seven ties in December).