Tuesday was a night of team and individual streaks and milestones around the NHL.
The New York Islanders twice rallied from two goals down before defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in overtime at PPG Paints Arena to extend their point streak to 15 games, matching the longest run in their history. Josh Bailey and Ryan Pulock scored in the final five minutes of the third period before Brock Nelson got the game-winner in OT.
The Islanders are 14-0-1 in their past 15 games, equaling the team record set Nov. 4-Dec. 9, 1978 (12-0, three ties) and matched Nov. 4-Dec. 2, 1980 (13 wins, two ties) and Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 1982 (15-0-0). They are the ninth team in the past seven years to have a point streak of at least 15 games.
It also was the second straight game that New York rallied from down multiple goals in the third period to win; the Islanders trailed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 on Saturday before coming back to win 4-3 in a shootout. It's the second time since entering the NHL in 1972 that the Islanders rallied to win consecutive games after trailing by at least two goals in the third period. The other instance came when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings in overtime 5-4 on Dec. 31, 1985 and the Boston Bruins 7-5 on Jan. 2, 1986.
New York, which also tied the game 2-2 in the second period after falling behind 2-0, is the first team this season to win after twice trailing by multiple goals.
Draisaitl, McDavid, Kane among those extending streaks
Edmonton Oilers forwards Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid extended their respective point streaks in a 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.
Draisaitl, the NHL scoring leader (44 points; 16 goals, 28 assists) had an assist to stretch his streak to 13 games (28 points; 10 goals, 18 assists), the longest active run in the NHL. He's the first Oilers player to have at least 20 points in October and November within a single season since Wayne Gretzky in 1987-88 (26 points in October and 34 in November).
McDavid had a goal and two assists, giving him 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) during an eight-game streak, and is second in the NHL with 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists). He's had at least three points in each of his past three games, the first Oilers player to do so since Mark Messier from Jan. 25-30, 1990.
Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 10 games (19 points; eight goals, 11 assists) with two assists in a 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at United Center. It's the sixth time he's had a point streak of at least 10 games, tying him with Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine for the most in NHL history among United States-born players.
Kane is second in Blackhawks history behind another Hall of Famer, Denis Savard, who had 11 such streaks.
The Dallas Stars and defenseman Miro Heiskanen each extended their respective streaks during a 6-1 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at American Airlines Center. The Stars stretched their point streak to nine games (8-0-1) after a 4-8-1 start. It's the 14th point streak of at least nine games in Stars/Minnesota North Stars history and the first Dallas went 10-0-1 from Feb. 21-March 13, 2012. Heiskanen had a goal and an assist for his third straight multipoint game.
The Winnipeg Jets matched a franchise record with their fifth consecutive road win by defeating the Nashville Predators 2-1 at Bridgestone Arena. Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves for Winnipeg, which equaled the mark set from Feb. 23-March 8, 2018 and matched from Nov. 24-Dec. 14, 2018.
Fleury joins 450-win club
Marc-Andre Fleury became the seventh NHL goalie to win 400 games when he made 31 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 4-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at T-Mobile Arena.
Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Penguins, is three wins behind Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers for sixth place and four behind Curtis Joseph for fifth.
Video: Grzelcyk, Nelson, Fleury marvel on Tuesday night
Pastrnak adds to NHL-leading goal total for Bruins
David Pastrnak scored his NHL-leading 18th and 19th goals for the Boston Bruins in a 5-1 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. He's scored 151 goals in 341 NHL games, all with Boston.
Among players to make their NHL debuts with the Bruins, the only one who required fewer games than Pastrnak to score 150 goals (all with Boston) was Barry Pederson, who scored his 150th in his 316th game Jan. 27, 1986.
Pastrnak has scored 126 goals since the start of the 2016-17 season, tied for third with Nikita Kucherov among all NHL players behind Alex Ovechkin (148) and McDavid (127) during that span.