LUNDQVIST EARNS 400TH WIN, RANGERS EXTEND WINNING STREAK
Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves to earn his 400th NHL victory and help the New York Rangers extend their winning streak to five games, including a sweep of their four-game homestand.
* Lundqvist (Are, Sweden) became the first European-born goaltender in NHL history to win 400 games. He sits alone in 12th place on the NHL's all-time wins list, one back of Chris Osgood (401) for 11th place.
* Elias notes that Lundqvist, who has played each of his 727 NHL games with the Rangers, required the fewest appearances to win 400 games to best the mark previously held by Martin Brodeur (735 GP). Lundqvist also became the third goaltender to earn 400 wins with one team, joining Brodeur (688 w/ NJD) and Tony Esposito (418 w/ CHI).
Video: COL@NYR: Lundqvist stands tall to make stick save
Home Team in Caps
OTTAWA 3, NY Islanders 0
BOSTON 4, Vancouver 3
PHILADELPHIA 2, San Jose 1 (OT)
DALLAS 5, Carolina 2
Florida 7, NASHVILLE 4
COLUMBUS 2, Detroit 1
Tampa Bay 4, WINNIPEG 1
Buffalo 3, TORONTO 1
St. Louis 4, MONTREAL 2
NY RANGERS 4, Colorado 2
WASHINGTON 6, Anaheim 4
ARIZONA 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Chicago 5, EDMONTON 1
ANDERSON POSTS SHUTOUT IN RETURN TO SENATORS' NET
Craig Anderson denied all 33 shots he faced in his first appearance in more than two months to earn his fourth shutout of the season and help the Ottawa Senators to victory. Anderson took a leave of absence after his last start on Dec. 5 to be with his wife, Nicholle, during her cancer treatment.
* Anderson became the second goaltender in Senators history to earn four shutouts within his first 20 appearances in a season. He and teammate Mike Condon (4 SO) are the first pair of Senators goaltenders to earn at least four shutouts apiece in the same season.
Video: NYI@OTT: Anderson enjoys perfect return to lineup
CAPITALS HOLD OFF DUCKS TO KEEP STREAKS ALIVE
The Washington Capitals led 3-0 and 4-1 before Zach Sanford (first NHL goal) scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:39 remaining in the third period to lift them to their 12th straight win at Verizon Center, one shy of the longest home winning streak in their history (Jan. 5 - March 6, 2010: 13-0-0).
* Elias notes that the League-leading Capitals (39-11-6, 84 points), who also won 12 straight at Verizon Center in 2015-16, became the second team in NHL history to post home winning streaks of at least 12 games in back-to-back seasons (also PIT: 2012-13 and 2013-14).
* Washington scored at least five goals for the 11th consecutive home game, scoring 60 times in that span. Elias notes that one other team in NHL history has accomplished the feat: the 1970-71 Boston Bruins (78 goals in 11 GP).
* Braden Holtby (18 saves) won his 14th consecutive decision to match the second-longest personal winning streak in NHL history and become the second goaltender to achieve the feat this season (Sergei Bobrovsky: 14-0-0 from Nov. 29 to Jan. 3). Boston's Gilles Gilbert is the only NHL goaltender with a single-season winning streak of more than 14 games (17-0-0 in 1975-76).
Video: ANA@WSH: Oshie, Backstrom reach milestones on PPG
EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF RACE REMAINS LOG JAM
A number of teams earned wins Saturday to keep pace in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race:
* David Pastrnak, who has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past four games, scored the tiebreaking goal with two minutes remaining when the Bruins picked up their second straight win.
* Wayne Simmonds scored on a breakaway for his first NHL overtime goal (661 GP) to help the Philadelphia Flyers end a three-game skid.
* Jaromir Jagr, who will celebrate his 45th birthday Wednesday, scored one of the Panthers' season-high seven goals to move within one point of 1,900 in his NHL career (759-1,140-1,899 in 1,683 GP).
* Victor Hedman, Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point each had a goal and an assist when the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1).
* Jack Eichel (0-3-3), Evander Kane (2-0-2) and Sam Reinhart (1-1-2) combined for three goals and seven points, and the Buffalo Sabres won for the third time in their past five games.
Video: BUF@TOR: Kane goes top shelf to open the scoring
Patrik Berglund earned his first NHL hat trick (611 GP) to help the St. Louis Blues to their fourth straight victory . . . Patrick Kane scored a goal with two assists to extend his point streak to five games (4-5-9) and help the Chicago Blackhawks push their winning streak to five games . . . Nicklas Backstrom (1-2-3) eclipsed the 700 NHL career point milestone while extending his point streak to seven games (4-9-13). He shares second in the League with 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists) this season . . . Stars forward Patrick Eaves scored twice while playing in his 600th NHL game to establish an NHL career-high for goals in a season (21) . . . Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson earned his first NHL hat trick (115 GP) . . . San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau reached the 20-goal mark for the 14th time in 19 NHL seasons, extending his point streak to nine games (8-5-13) . . . Artem Anisimov (CHI) and Mark Stone (OTT) reached the 20-goal mark for the second and third consecutive seasons, respectively . . . Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (35 saves) won his 30th game of the season to move back into a share of the League lead (with Devan Dubnyk) . . . Forwards Brett Connolly (4-4-8 in 6 GP), J.T. Miller (2-8-10 in 6 GP) and Kyle Okposo (2-3-5 in 5 GP) each extended their points streaks . . . Penguins forward Josh Archibald (2-0-2) scored his first NHL goals (2 GP) . . . The Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs each hosted events in support of Hockey Is For Everyone month . . . The Blue Jackets honored late Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch before their game against Detroit . . . Members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots participated in the ceremonial face-off at TD Garden.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
San Jose @ New Jersey, 12:30 p.m., SN360, SN1, MSG+, CSN-CA
Detroit @ Minnesota, 3 p.m., NBC
Dallas @ Nashville, 6 p.m., TVA Sports, FS-TN, FS-SW
Colorado @ NY Islanders, 6 p.m., MSG+, ALT
Montreal @ Boston, 7:30 p.m., SN, NBCSN, RDS
Vancouver @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m., MSG-B, SNP
STARS TAKE CENTER STAGE ON SIX-GAME SUNDAY
An Original Six rivalry will be renewed in a game televised nationally in Canada and the U.S. during a six-game Sunday slate:
* In Canada, Rogers Hometown Hockey stops in Cochrane, Alberta., when the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens (31-18-8, 70 points) and Bruins (28-23-6, 62 points) play at TD Garden in their final game against one another this season. Montreal has won 15 of its past 19 regular-season games against Boston since March 3, 2013 (MTL: 15-3-1; BOS: 4-13-2), including 2-0-1 this season (BOS: 1-2-0). Throughout the 2016-17 season, Sunday games will be broadcast from a different community rink in various towns across Canada. Included in each telecast will be local NHL player profiles, grassroots stories and local entertainment features.
* In the U.S., Shea Weber and the Canadiens visit Brad Marchand and the Bruins on NBCSN in the second half of a doubleheader on Star Sunday. The broadcast begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBC when Devan Dubnyk and the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Wild (36-12-6, 78 points) host Henrik Zetterberg and the Red Wings (22-23-10, 54 points). Airing most Sundays through the end of the regular season, NBC Sports' Star Sunday games will shine a spotlight on a star from each team throughout the telecast, from pre-game features to an iso cam during game action.