The New York Islanders set a team record for the fewest games needed to reach 20 wins when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 at Amalie Arena on Monday. Josh Bailey scored a shorthanded goal and had an assist for New York (20-7-2), which earned its 20th win in its 29th game.
The Islanders, who are second in the Metropolitan Division, have 42 points in 29 games. It's their second-highest point total through 29 games since entering the NHL in 1972. The 1978-79 team had 43 (18-4, seven ties).
Tkachuk gets 200th point, Flames win fifth straight
Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist to surpass 200 points in his NHL career, and the Calgary Flames won their fifth straight game, 5-4 in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.
Tkachuk, a native of Scottsdale, Arizona, has 201 points (83 goals, 118 assists) in 256 NHL games. He's the ninth United States-born player in NHL history to have 200 regular-season points before his 22nd birthday, which he'll celebrate Wednesday.
Keith Tkachuk, Matthew's father, got his 200th NHL point with the Winnipeg Jets in a 6-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 25, 1995. He was older than Matthew (23 years, 211 days) but needed fewer games (238).
Pageau helps Senators end victory drought against Bruins
Jean-Gabriel Pageau's team-leading 16th goal helped the Ottawa Senators end a 10-game winless streak against the Boston Bruins with a 5-2 victory at Canadian Tire Centre.
It was the first win for the Senators against the Bruins since they eliminated Boston from the 2017 Eastern Conference First Round with a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 6. They had been 0-9-1 since then.
Pageau has scored 13 goals since Nov. 1, tied for the most among all NHL players over that span.
It was also his 13th regular-season shorthanded goal, tying him with Antoine Vermette for fourth place in Senators history behind Daniel Alfredsson (25), Zack Smith (14) and Mike Fisher (14).
Penguins put point streak on line against Canadiens
The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to extend their home point streak to 11 games when they play the Montreal Canadiens at PPG Paints Arena in one of 12 games on the NHL schedule Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ATTSN-PT, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV).
The Penguins are 8-0-2 in their past 10 games on home ice. They have 12 home point streaks of at least 11 games, the most recent came when they won 11 in a row from Jan. 7 through Feb. 17, 2018.
Tristan Jarry, who has not allowed a goal since the second period of a 5-2 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 29, has a shutout streak of 144 minutes, 51 seconds, the sixth-longest streak by a Penguins goalie in the regular season. He can become the eighth different goalie in NHL history age 24 or younger with a shutout in three or more consecutive appearances within a regular season or Stanley Cup Playoffs (age based at start of streak), a feat last achieved by Steve Mason of the Blue Jackets from Dec. 27-31, 2008.
Eichel, Miller put point streaks on line
Jack Eichel and J.T. Miller, who each played for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, will also put streaks on the line Tuesday.
Eichel will try to extend his NHL career-high point streak to 14 games when the Buffalo Sabres host the St. Louis Blues at KeyBank Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-MW, NHL.TV). The center can become the seventh different player in Sabres history with a point streak of at least 14 games and first since Tim Connolly had a 16-game streak from Dec. 23, 2009 through Jan. 25, 2010.
Miller can extend his NHL career-high point streak to nine games when the Vancouver Canucks face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Arena (10 p.m. ET; SNP, SNO, NHL.TV). The forward, who was acquired by Vancouver in a trade with Tampa Bay on June 22, can become the first player with a point streak of at least nine games in his first season with the Canucks since Mark Messier (10 games from Oct. 30 through Nov. 20, 1997).