Forward Vladimir Tarasenko assisted on three of the St. Louis Blues' season-high eight goals in an 8-3 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Enterprise Center that extended their winning streak to seven games, the longest active run in the NHL. The Blues (28-22-5) hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
Tarasenko has seven goals and eight assists during an NHL career-best nine-game point streak.
Jordan Binnington made 20 saves and is 10-1-1 since making the first start of his NHL career on Jan. 7, including wins in each of his last six appearances. He became the second different rookie goalie in Blues history to have a personal winning streak of at least six games; Brent Johnson went 7-0-0 from Oct. 6-Nov. 18, 2000 and again from Nov. 29, 2000-Jan. 1, 2001. Binnington is two games shy of matching the longest winning streak by a rookie goalie this season; Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers was 8-0-0 from Jan. 14-Feb. 9.
St. Louis is 10-0-0 in its last 10 games against New Jersey dating to Jan. 28, 2014. The Blues' longest regular-season winning streak against one opponent is 12 games, a mark set against the Vancouver Canucks from Jan. 23, 1997-Feb. 3, 2000 and the Arizona Coyotes from Jan. 14, 2014-Nov. 9, 2017.
Bruins end Blackhawks winning streak at seven
Forward Brad Marchand had a goal and three assists and goalie Tuukka Rask made 23 saves to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 at TD Garden. Boston extended its point streak to eight games (5-0-3) and ended Chicago's winning streak at seven.
Marchand became the second Bruins player to have multiple points in at least five consecutive team games this season, joining Patrice Bergeron from Oct. 4-17 (five games). The 2018-19 season is the first to have at least two Bruins players each with multiple points in at least five consecutive games since 1992-93, when Adam Oates (three times), Ray Bourque and Joe Juneau combined for the feat.
Rask is 10-0-2 in his last 13 appearances dating to Dec. 29, including four consecutive wins. The only longer point streak of his career came from Nov. 29, 2017-Feb. 6, 2018, when he went 19-0-2.
Bruce Cassidy earned his 100th regular-season win since being named coach of the Bruins on Feb. 7, 2017 (100-45-21). He required the second-fewest games among Bruins coaches (166) to reach 100 wins; only Tom Johnson, who earned win No. 100 in his 138th game with Boston on Feb. 20, 1972 (a 3-1 victory at Chicago) did it faster.
Video: Marchand, Krejci lead Bruins past Blackhawks, 6-3
Kane extends streaks with Blackhawks
Forward Patrick Kane had an assist for the Blackhawks to extend his point streak to 15 games (32 points; 11 goals, 21 assists), the longest active run in the NHL. He also matched the Blackhawks record for longest assist streak at 14 games, equaling the mark set by Stan Mikita from Nov. 26-Dec. 25, 1967.
Kucherov adds to League-leading point total in Lightning win
NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 6-3 win against the Calgary Flames at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay (42-11-4) leads the NHL with 88 points and is 5-0-2 in its past seven games, including three consecutive wins.
Kucherov, whose 88 points (25 goals, 63 assists) in 57 games are six more than runner-up Kane (33 goals, 49 assists), had his League-leading fifth game with at least four points this season. The sixth-year forward can become the second player in Lightning history to win the Art Ross Trophy; Martin St. Louis did it in 2003-04 (94 points; 38 goals, 56 assists in 82 games) and in 2012-13 (60 points; 17 goals, 43 assists in 48 games).
Brayden Point scored his League-leading 16th power-play goal and had two assists, giving him an NHL career-high 72 points (33 goals, 39 assists) in 56 games. The 22-year-old center can become the third player in Lightning history to lead the NHL in power-play goals; Steven Stamkos had 24 in 2009-10 and Kucherov scored 17 in 2016-17.
Young players dominating scoring race
Point is the seventh player to reach the 70-point mark this season -- and sixth who's 25 or younger. The last season with at least six 70-point scorers age 25 or younger through games played on Feb. 12 was 1992-93, when there were 11 (Alexander Mogilny, Mark Recchi, Pierre Turgeon, Pavel Bure, Teemu Selanne, Craig Janney, Jeremy Roenick, Vincent Damphousse, Stephan Lebeau, Joe Juneau and Mats Sundin).
Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele scored his 29th and 30th goals in a 4-3 win against the New York Rangers. The 25-year-old is the 12th player to reach the 30-goal mark this season, and the fifth who's 25 or younger. The most recent season with at least five 30-goal scorers age 25 or younger at this stage was 2005-06, when there were seven: Simon Gagne, Ilya Kovalchuk, Eric Staal, Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Cheechoo, Dany Heatley and Marek Svatos.
Video: NYR@WPG: Scheifele pots 30th goal of the season
Giordano reaches 55-point mark with Flames
Flames captain Mark Giordano scored in the loss at Tampa Bay to become the third defenseman to reach the 55-point mark this season (55 points; 12 goals, 43 assists in 53 games). The 35-year-old is the 10th different defenseman in NHL history 35 or older to have at least 55 points in a season and the first since Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings, who was 40 when he had 62 points (16 goals, 46 assists) in 2010-11.
Giordano is one point shy of matching his NHL career-best of 56 points (21 goals, 35 assists) in 2015-16. Only 36 players in League history have set a career high in points at age 35 or older, including 12 who have done so with at least 50 points in a season. There have been four such instances since 1975-76: defensemen Brian Rafalski in 2008-09, Lidstrom in 2005-06 and Mathieu Schneider in 2005-06, and forward Vaclav Nedomansky in 1979-80.