The Vancouver Canucks have won seven consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 1-14, 2013.
Tyler Myers' goal with 1:29 left in the third period helped Vancouver extend the longest active winning streak in the NHL by defeating the New York Rangers 2-1 at Rogers Arena on Saturday. Jacob Markstrom made 36 saves to win his sixth straight game for the Canucks (23-15-4), who have outscored opponents 30-17 since the streak began on Dec. 19.
A victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SUN, SNP, NHL.TV) would equal Vancouver's best run since going 8-0-0 from Dec. 23 - Jan. 7, 2011. The longest winning streak in Canucks history is 10 in a row from Nov. 9-30, 2002.
Quinn Hughes had an assist for his 30th point (four goals, 26 assists) in 41 games, the fewest needed by a Canucks rookie defenseman to reach 30. Jocelyn Guevremont (1971-72) and Dale Tallon (1970-71) each did it in 50 games.
Hedman putting up big numbers for Lightning
Victor Hedman had an assist on Tyler Johnson's game-winning goal to help the Lightning (23-13-4) win their sixth straight game, 5-3, against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.
Hedman had two assists to give him 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists), third among NHL defensemen (John Carlson, 51; Roman Josi, 43). His 1.03 points per game makes him one of three defensemen (Carlson, 1.21; Josi, 1.07) to average at least one per game this season. The last time three defensemen ended a season averaging at least one point per game was 1995-96 (Brian Leetch, 1.03; Sergei Zubov, 1.03; Ray Bourque, 1.00).
The Lightning will end their four-game road trip at the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-CR, SUN, NHL.TV) hoping to sweep a trip of at least four games for the second time in their history (4-0-0 from Feb. 26-March 3, 2016).
Matthews sparks Maple Leafs to point in 10th straight game
Auston Matthews had two points (one goal, one assist) to help the Toronto Maple Leafs extend their point streak to 10 games (9-0-1) with a 3-0 win against the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Arena, their longest run since going 8-0-2 from March 26-April 15, 2006.
The center scored his 21st goal on home ice to become the seventh different NHL player in the past 35 years to have at least 21 goals after 20 home games in one season.
Golden Knights achieve team first in dramatic victory
Chandler Stephenson's goal with 1:59 remaining in overtime helped the Vegas Golden Knights rally from down 3-0 for the first time in their three-season history and defeat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 at T-Mobile Arena.
Winners of four in a row and 8-2-1 in their past 11 games, the Golden Knights (24-15-6) lead the Pacific Division and are five points behind the Blues (26-10-7) for first place in the Western Conference. Vegas has scored at least five goals in three straight games for the second time since 2017-18 (including shootout-deciding goals). The other occurred from March 17-21, 2019.