Leon Draisaitl extended his lead in the NHL scoring race to 13 points with a goal and two assists for the Edmonton Oilers in their 4-3 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Sunday.
Draisaitl's third point was an assist on Josh Archibald's overtime winner and gave him 95 points (34 goals, 61 assists) in 59 games, putting him within five points of his second straight season with 100. He had 105 points (50 goals, 55 assists) last season.
Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak is second in scoring with 82 points (42 goals, 40 assists).
The victory moved the Oilers (32-21-6) past the Vancouver Canucks (32-22-5) into first place in the Pacific Division.
With five points in his next two games, Draisaitl would become the first player to reach 100 in 61 games or fewer since Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1996-97 (100 points; 44 goals, 56 assists in 61 games). Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, who won the scoring title last season, reached 100 points in his 62nd game.
Only three different players in Oilers history have reached 100 points in 61 games or fewer; the last one was Wayne Gretzky, who did it in 43 games in 1987-88.
Draisaitl has 46 points (14 goals, 32 assists) in 45 career games without Oilers captain Connor McDavid in the lineup. That includes 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in Edmonton's past four games with McDavid out with a left quad injury.
Local players help Bruins, Penguins win
The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins each got goals from local players to win their games on Hockey Day in America.
Charlie Coyle, a native of East Weymouth, Massachusetts, scored a shorthanded goal late in the second period that stood as the game-winner in Boston's 3-1 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, helping the NHL-leading Bruins (37-11-12) improve to 9-1-0 in their past 10 games.
Boston scored a game-winning goal while shorthanded for the second time in as many days; Patrice Bergeron's shorthanded goal was the game-winner on Saturday in a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings. It's the second time since 1933-34, when goals by type were officially tracked, that the Bruins have scored a shorthanded winner in consecutive games. The other came Feb. 27-March 1, 1969, when Ed Westfall and Phil Esposito combined for the feat
Sam Lafferty, born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (about 100 miles from Pittsburgh), was the first United States-born player to score Sunday. He had the first goal for the Penguins in their 5-1 win against the Red Wings at PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins (36-15-6) moved within one point of the Washington Capitals (37-16-5) for first place in the Metropolitan Division. They trailed the Capitals by 13 points entering play Dec. 12 but are 19-5-2 in their past 26 games. Pittsburgh is 5-0-1 in its past six at PPG Paints Arena, and the Penguins' 21 home wins are tied with Boston for the most in the NHL.
U.S.-born players also boost Sabres, Predators
The Buffalo Sabres got goals by Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Massachusetts), Kyle Okposo (St. Paul, Minnesota) and Jimmy Vesey (Boston) in a 1:31 span of the third period to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 at KeyBank Center.
It marked the second time in Sabres history that they scored three goals in a span of two minutes or less with all three goals scored by a U.S.-born player. The other instance came on Dec. 20, 1996, when Brian Holzinger (Parma, Ohio) and Derek Plante (Cloquet, Minnesota) scored three times (two by Plante) in a span of 1:42 of the third period against the Los Angeles Kings.
Craig Smith, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, scored his fourth goal in three games to help the Nashville Predators defeat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 at Bridgestone Arena to complete a home-and-home weekend sweep.
In all, U.S.-born players had 21 of the 51 goals scored Sunday (excluding shootouts), with 11 states represented among the scorers.
Ovechkin resumes pursuit of 700th NHL goal
Alex Ovechkin resumes his quest to become the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals when Washington plays the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, ATTSN-RM, NBCSWA, NHL.TV).
Ovechkin has gone four games without a goal since reaching 698 by scoring three times against the Kings on Feb. 4. He's likely to face a longtime rival in goal; the Golden Knights are expected to start Marc-Andre Fleury, who has allowed 24 goals in 41 regular-season games against Ovechkin. Fleury and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (24 in 42 games) are tied for the most goals allowed to Ovechkin.
Lightning look to extend streak
Tampa Bay will try for a team-record 11th consecutive victory when it visits the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, TVAS, ALT, SUN, NHL.TV). It would also be the longest winning streak by any NHL team this season.
Two members of the Lightning could extend personal streaks.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is 19-0-2 in his past 21 games and can become the fourth goalie in NHL history to have a point streak of at least 22 games. Center Brayden Point enters the game with a 10-game point streak, tied with Elias Lindholm of the Calgary Flames for the longest active run in the League.