HOCKEY HALL OF FAME WEEKEND BEGINS
The class of 2016 -- Rogie Vachon, Pat Quinn (represented posthumously by his daughter Karri Quinn), Sergei Makarov and Eric Lindros -- received their rings in advance of the Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on Monday and later participated in a ceremonial puck drop at Air Canada Centre as part of the Hockey Hall of Fame Game.
Home Team in Caps
New Jersey 2, BUFFALO 1 (OT)
TORONTO 6, Philadelphia 3
OTTAWA 2, Los Angeles 1
Washington 3, CHICAGO 2 (OT)
COLORADO 3, Winnipeg 2 (OT)
Dallas 3, EDMONTON 2
MAPLE LEAFS, SENATORS CONTINUE STRONG PLAY ON HOME ICE
The Toronto Maple Leafs (5-2-0 at home) and Ottawa Senators (6-2-0 at home) each improved their impressive home records to start the season:
* Morgan Rielly (1-3-4) set NHL career highs for assists and points in a game when the Maple Leafs scored four unanswered goals in the third period to rally past the Philadelphia Flyers in the Hockey Hall of Fame Game. Rielly became the second Maple Leafs defenseman to score four points in a game since the 2010-11 season, joining teammate Jake Gardiner, who achieved the feat on Dec. 21, 2015 at COL (0-4-4).
* Trailing by a goal, Zack Smith tied the game at 16:06 of the third period and Mark Stone score the go-ahead goal with 6.5 seconds left to help the Senators past the Los Angeles Kings. Via Elias, Stone became the fourth player in Senators history to score a go-ahead goal in the final 10 seconds of the third.
UNLIKELY OVERTIME GOALS
The Washington Capitals, Colorado Avalanche and New Jersey Devils each earned overtime wins in unlikely fashion:
* The Chicago Blackhawks tied the game with 22.3 seconds left in the third period, but Marcus Johansson scored in overtime to help the Capitals improve to 6-1-0 in their past seven games and halt Chicago's win streak at seven. The overtime goal was the first of Johansson's NHL career (432 GP).
* Colorado surrendered a two-goal lead in the second period, but forward Rene Bourque (2-0-2) was credited with his fourth career overtime goal when Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers directed the puck into his own net. Bourque has four goals and five points this season (11 GP) to surpass his goal output from 2015-16 (3-5-8 in 49 GP w/ CBJ).
Video: WPG@COL: Avalanche win off Jets' miscue in OT
* Captain Andy Greene scored a penalty shot goal in overtime to lift the Devils to their third straight win in the first half of a back-to-back, home-and-home set with the Buffalo Sabres. Via Elias, Greene became the second defenseman in Devils history to score a penalty shot goal, joining Scott Niedermayer, who achieved the feat exactly 18 years earlier on Nov. 11, 1998 against the Montreal Canadiens.
* Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard made a young fan's day by sharing a puck.
* Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak shared a special moment with his 1-year-old son Kanon during warmup.
* Capitals teammates T.J. Oshie and Karl Alzner took extra time to thank veterans at United Center in Chicago.
Goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves to help the Dallas Stars to their second straight win . . . The Blackhawks extended their point streak to 10 games (8-0-2) . . . Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu (13 GP) and Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen (17 GP) each scored their first NHL goal . . . Devils forward Travis Zajac earned his 400th career point while extending his point streak to five games (1-4-5) . . . Kings forward Jeff Carter (4-2-6), and Jets teammates Mark Scheifele (5-6-11) and Nikolaj Ehlers (2-8-10), also extended point streaks to five games . . . Connor McDavid had his League-leading 13th assist (tied w/ Alexander Wennberg) . . . NBC Sports Regional Networks and its NHL team partners are now offering live, local streaming of games as well as NHL pre- and post-game coverage . . . The Blackhawks announced their roster for the 2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game . . . ICYMI: The Flyers honored 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Eric Lindros and Pat Quinn with special warmup jerseys.
SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Detroit @ Montreal, 7 p.m., SN, TVA Sports, FS-D
San Jose @ Tampa Bay, 7 p.m., SUN, CSN-CA
NY Islanders @ Florida, 7 p.m., FS-F, MSG+ 2
Buffalo @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, MSG-B
Minnesota @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., CSN-PH, FS-N+
Toronto @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., HNIC, CITY, NHLN, ROOT
Washington @ Carolina, 7 p.m., FS-SE, CSN-DC
St. Louis @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, FS-MW
Boston @ Arizona, 8 p.m., FS-A, NESN
Anaheim @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, FS-W
NY Rangers @ Calgary, 10 p.m., HNIC, SN1, MSG+
CANADIENS AIM TO CONTINUE PERFECT HOME START
Hockey Night in Canada features three games, including an Original Six matchup between the Canadiens (12-1-1, 25 points) and Detroit Red Wings (8-6-1, 17 points) when the Canadiens look to start its home schedule with 10 consecutive wins for the first time in their 99-year NHL history. In the other games, Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs (6-5-3, 15 points) visit Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (9-3-2, 20 points) for the first time, while the New York Rangers (10-4-0, 20 points) head to Calgary to take on the Calgary Flames (5-9-1, 11 points).
FIRST ROUND REMATCH IN SUNRISE
The Islanders (5-7-2, 12 points) face the Panthers (6-7-1, 13 points) for the first time since ousting them in overtime of Game 6 in the opening round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In that contest, John Tavares - who leads New York with 5-6-11 this season - scored the tying goal in the final minute of regulation before notching the series-clinching goal midway through the second overtime period to help the Islanders win a playoff series for the first time in 23 years.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators each will host their Hockey Fights Cancer night. Click here for complete details on the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.