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Around the League notebook: Thursday, Feb. 18

Williams' overtime goal leads NHL-best Capitals past Islanders

by NHL Public Relations @NHL / NHL.com

THURSDAY'S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Washington 3, NY ISLANDERS 2 (OT)
PITTSBURGH 6, Detroit 3
NY Rangers 4, TORONTO 2
OTTAWA 4, Carolina 2
TAMPA BAY 6, Winnipeg 5 (SO)
San Jose 2, FLORIDA 1 (SO)
ST. LOUIS 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)
NASHVILLE 2, Boston 0
Minnesota 5, EDMONTON 2
ARIZONA 6, Dallas 3
Anaheim 5, VANCOUVER 2

WILLIAMS LIFTS NHL-LEADING CAPITALS OVER ISLANDERS
The New York Islanders tied the game late in the third period, but Justin Williams (1-1-2) scored with 43.2 seconds left in overtime to power the Washington Capitals to their seventh win in their last eight games (7-1-0).

* At 42-10-4 for 88 points, the NHL-leading Capitals continued their best start to a season in terms of wins and points. Their 42 victories through 56 games are three shy of equaling their total from 2014-15 (45-26-11).

Video: WSH@NYI: Williams scores game-winner in overtime
* The Capitals improved to 21-6-2 on the road this season. They're first in the NHL in road wins (21) and road points (44).

* Williams scored his first overtime goal of the season and his third NHL regular-season goal (also Jan. 16, 2007 at FLA w/ CAR and Nov. 30, 2002 at MTL w/ PHI). He added an assist for his 10th multipoint game in 56 games this season.

* Braden Holtby (20 saves) improved to 8-1-1 in his past 10 games and 36-6-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts this season. Holtby leads the NHL with 36 victories this season, four more than the next-closest goalie (Corey Crawford : 32).

* Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in a span of 1:27 for his sixth multigoal game of the season. He has scored eight times in his last six games (8-0-8) and leads the NHL with 37 goals in 54 games this season.

RAANTA, STEPAN LIFT RANGERS OVER MAPLE LEAFS
Antti Raanta made 35 saves and Derek Stepan (1-1-2) scored the go-ahead goal with 1:31 left in the third period as the New York Rangers improved to 6-1-1 in their past eight games.

* At 33-19-6 for 72 points, the Rangers increased their lead to five points on the Islanders (30-19-7, 67 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

* Raanta halted a personal six-game losing streak (0-4-2) following a 4-0-0 start to the season. For the season he's 5-4-2 with a 2.52 GAA, .907 save percentage and one shutout.

* Stepan scored his third game-winning goal of the season (also Feb. 14 vs. PHI and Oct. 7 at CHI) and added an assist for his third multipoint game in his past four (4-2-6).

* Mats Zuccarello (1-2-3) scored his 20th goal of the season in 58 games and eclipsed his career high of 19 in 77 games in 2013-14. He added two assists for his fifth three-point game of the season and third against the Maple Leafs (also Nov. 15 vs. TOR: 1-2-3 and Oct. 30 vs. TOR: 3-0-3). Zuccarello leads the Rangers with 46 points.

* Zuccarello has nine goals and 14 points in 10 career games against the Toronto Maple Leafs, including five goals and nine points in three games this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Zuccarello became the first member of the Rangers with three games with three or more points against a single opponent in a season since 2005-06 (Jaromir Jagr vs. NYI and PHI, Martin Straka vs. NYI).

* Derick Brassard (2-0-2) had his fifth multigoal game of the season and has scored in three straight games (4-1-5). He leads the Rangers with 22 goals in 57 games.

COYOTES INCH CLOSER TO WILD CARD POSITION ...
Max Domi (2-1-3), Martin Hanzal (1-2-3) and Anthony Duclair (0-3-3) each had three-point games to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-2-1 record in their past seven home games, including three straight wins.

* At 27-24-6 for 60 points, the Coyotes moved within four points of the idle Colorado Avalanche (30-26-4, 64 points) for the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference.

* Domi had his fourth multigoal and second three-point game of the season. He is tied for second among all rookies with 39 points in 57 games.

* Hanzal has back-to-back three-point games (also Feb. 15 vs. MTL: 1-2-3). Duclair had his third three-point game of the season (also Dec. 12 vs. CAR: 2-1-3 and Oct. 14 at ANA: 3-0-3).

* Louis Domingue (36 saves) has wins in three of his past four games (3-1-0) and improved to 12-8-4 with a 2.55 GAA, .916 save percentage and two shutouts this season.

... WILD, SENATORS KEEP PACE
The Minnesota Wild and Ottawa Senators won Thursday to move closer to the final wild cards in the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively:

* Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves to backstop the Wild to their third straight win under interim coach John Torchetti on the heels of an eight-game losing streak (0-6-2). Kuemper halted a personal three-game losing streak (0-2-1) and improved to 6-3-5 with a 2.26 GAA, .920 save percentage and two shutouts this season. Thomas Vanek (1-1-2) scored the game-winning goal and had an assist for his seventh multipoint game in 57 games this season. Mike Reilly had two assists for his first NHL multi-point game, while Mikael Granlund (1-1-2), Matt Dumba (1-1-2) and Mikko Koivu (0-2-2) also had multipoint games. At 26-22-10 for 62 points, the Wild moved within two points of the idle Avalanche (30-26-4, 64 points) for the final wild card in the Western Conference.

* Tied 2-2 through 40 minutes, the Senators scored two goals in the third period, including the game-winning goal by Cody Ceci , to earn their fourth victory in their past five games at Canadian Tire Centre (4-1-0). Craig Anderson made 30 saves and had his second assist of the season to improve to 4-0-0 in his past four home games and 24-19-4 with a 2.78 GAA, .917 save percentage and three shutouts on the season. Erik Karlsson had two assists. He leads all players with 54 assists and all defensemen with 65 points in 59 games. At 27-26-6 for 60 points, the Senators moved within six points of the Tampa Bay Lightning (31-22-4, 66 points) for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference.

CLUBS CLAIM WILD CARDS
The Pittsburgh Penguins, Lightning and Nashville Predators won Thursday and claimed possession of wild cards in their respective conferences:

* Phil Kessel scored two goals and Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves as the Penguins improved to 9-1-2 in their past 12 home games dating to Dec. 21. Kessel had his fourth multigoal game of the season. Fleury improved to 8-2-1 in his past 11 games; for the season he's 23-13-6 with a 2.35 GAA, .922 save percentage and four shutout. Sidney Crosby (1-1-2) had his 17th multi-point game of the season; he's tied for seventh in the NHL with 55 points in 55 games. Matt Cullen (1-1-2), Chris Kunitz (0-2-2) and Patric Hornqvist (0-2-2) each had two points. At 29-19-8 for 66 points, the Penguins leapfrogged the idle New Jersey Devils (29-22-7, 65 points) for the first wild card in the Eastern Conference. They also moved within one point of the Islanders (30-19-7, 67 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

* The Lightning allowed four consecutive goals in the third period, but Nikita Kucherov scored the game-tying goal with 4:56 left in regulation and Steven Stamkos (1-0-1) scored the game-deciding shootout goal as the Lightning improved to 10-2-0 in their past 12 home games. Kucherov continues to lead the Lightning in goals (24) and points (49) in 57 games this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy (36 saves) improved to 7-1-0 in his past eight decisions; for the season he's 9-5-0 with a 2.88 GAA, .907 save percentage and one shutout. At 31-22-4 for 66 points, the Lightning leapfrogged the idle Devils (29-22-7, 65 points) for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference.

* Pekka Rinne turned aside all 29 shots he faced to backstop the Predators to a 5-1-0 record in their past six home games against the Boston Bruins dating to Dec. 30, 2006 (BOS: 1-2-3). Rinne, who had his third shutout of the season and 39th in the NHL, improved to 21-18-8 with a 2.51 GAA, .904 save percentage and three shutouts on the season. And in five career games against the Bruins he's 4-0-1 with a 1.89 GAA, .940 save percentage and one shutout. Filip Forsberg (1-1-2) had his 10th multipoint game in 58 games this season and has scored six times in his past six games (6-2-8). He also reached the 20-goal mark for the second straight season. At 27-21-10 for 64 points, the Predators tied the idle Avalanche (30-26-4, 64 points) in terms of points for the first wild card in the Western Conference. Nashville, however, holds two games in hand.

AROUND THE RINKS
* Martin Jones made 19 saves through 65 minutes and denied two of three shooters in the shootout to backstop the San Jose Sharks to a 4-0-1 record in their past five games, including three straight wins. Jones had his fourth consecutive victory and improved to 28-15-3 with a 2.30 GAA, .917 save percentage and five shutouts this season. The Sharks improved to 20-8-2 in 30 road games this season and lead the Western Conference in road wins (20) and road points (42). At 31-20-5 for 67 points, the Sharks maintained a seven-point lead on the Coyotes (27-24-6, 60 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. They also remained one point behind the Anaheim Ducks (30-19-8, 68 points) for second.

* Brian Elliott made 34 saves and Jaden Schwartz scored at 1:40 of overtime as the St. Louis Blues pushed their point streak to six games (5-0-1), including four consecutive wins. Elliot stretched his personal point streak to six games (5-0-1), which includes four straight victories. Overall, Elliot improved to 16-7-6 with a 1.99 GAA, .934 save percentage and one shutout this season. Schwartz scored his second NHL overtime goal (also Feb. 3, 2015 vs. TBL) and has scored three times in four games (3-1-4) since his return from a 49-game absence because of a broken ankle. At 34-17-9 for 77 points, the Blues maintained a 13-point lead on the Predators (27-21-10, 64 points) for third place in the Central Division. They also climbed within three points of the Dallas Stars (37-16-6, 80 points) for second.

Video: LAK@STL: Schwartz's overtime winner
* Five Ducks scored to defeat the Vancouver Canucks and conclude their seven-game road trip with a 5-1-1 record, including wins in their past four games. Ryan Getzlaf (1-1-2) scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to stretch his point streak to seven games (3-9-12) and his road point streak to 10 (4-13-17). Getzlaf had his 12th multipoint game in 53 games this season and leads the Ducks in assists (39) and points (46). Rickard Rakell (1-1-2) and Sami Vatanen (1-1-2) each had a goal and an assist. John Gibson (19 saves) improved to 4-1-0 in his past five decisions; for the season he's 13-8-2 with a 2.10 GAA, .917 save percentage and four shutouts. At 30-19-8 for 68 points, the Ducks maintained a one-point lead on the Sharks (31-20-5, 67 points) for second place in the Pacific Division. They also climbed within three points of the Los Angeles Kings (33-20-4, 70 points) for first.

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 740th career goal and moved within one of tying Brett Hull (741) for third on the NHL all-time list. Jagr (740-1,103-1,843) also moved within seven points of tying Gordie Howe (801-1,049-1,850) for third place in NHL history.

Video: SJS@FLA: Jagr breaks the deadlock with his 740th goal
* Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano skated in his 679th consecutive game since making his NHL debut Oct. 4, 2007 (w/ EDM), tying Henrik Sedin (679 games from March 21, 2004 - Jan. 18, 2014) for the sixth-longest consecutive games played streak in NHL history.

* Jets captain Andrew Ladd (2-0-2) had his first multigoal game of the season to reach the 200-goal milestone.

* Forward Colin Greening scored his first goal in a Maple Leafs uniform (4 GP).

* Maple Leafs defenseman Viktor Loov had an assist and 8:41 of ice time in his NHL debut.

* Wild forward Thomas Vanek (800), Stars forward Ales Hemsky (800), Ducks forward Nate Thompson (500) and Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier (200) each played in milestone games.

* Penguins forward Scott Wilson scored his first NHL goal in his 14th game, and it stood as the game-winner. Coyotes forward Tyler Gaudet scored his first NHL goal in his 12th game.

Tweet from @penguins: He might not be able to explain it, but he'll never forget it. pic.twitter.com/2KR6ld5qSh

LOOSE PUCKS
The Capitals improved to 6-0-2 in their past eight regular-season games against the New York Islanders dating to April 5, 2014 (NYI: 2-3-3), including four straight wins. ... Islanders captain John Tavares (5-6-11), Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk (6-5-11) and Sharks forward Joe Thornton (3-7-10) stretched their point streaks to seven games. ... Rangers forward J.T. Miller (0-3-3) had single-game NHL career highs with three assists/points. ... Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (0-1-1) stretched his assist/point streak to five games (0-5-5). ... The Rangers improved to 7-2-1 in their past 10 games against the Maple Leafs dating to April 10, 2013 (TOR: 3-5-2), including four straight wins. ... Carolina Hurricanes forward Riley Nash (3-1-4) and Wild forward Charlie Coyle (3-0-3) extended their goal-scoring streaks to three games. ... Kings forward Tyler Toffoli scored his 24th goal of the season in 57 games, eclipsing his NHL career high of 23 in 76 games in 2014-15. ... The Wild improved to 11-1-0 in their past 12 road games against the Edmonton Oilers dating to Oct. 21, 2010 (EDM: 1-9-2), including six straight wins. ... Oilers forward Connor McDavid (1-0-1), the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, has 5-10-15 in nine games since making his return to the lineup Feb. 2 and is 10-16-26 in 22 games this season. ... Stars captain Jamie Benn (1-1-2) had his 18th multipoint game in 59 games this season and is second with 66 points. Benn reached the 30-goal mark for the third straight season. ... Stars forward Tyler Seguin (1-1-2) had his 21st multipoint game in 59 games this season and is tied for third in the NHL with 65 points. ... Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (0-1-1) is fourth among defensemen with 45 points in 57 games and eclipsed his NHL career high of 44 points in 80 games in 2013-14. ... The Coyotes improved to 7-2-1 in their past 10 home games against the Stars dating to March 29, 2011 (DAL: 3-5-2). ... The Ducks improved to 11-1-3 in their past 15 games against the Canucks dating to April 25, 2013 (VAN: 4-8-3). ... Canucks forward Jannik Hansen scored his 17th goal in 53 games this season, eclipsing his career high of 16 in 81 games in 2014-15 and in 82 games in 2011-12. ... The 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series outdoor game between the Wild and Blackhawks on Feb. 21 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota will feature performances by recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Cheap Trick, alternative rock band Soul Asylum, singer/songwriter Jazmine Sullivan and the University of Minnesota marching band. ... The Blackhawks were honored for winning the 2015 Stanley Cup with a ceremony at the White House hosted by President Barack Obama. It's the third time during Obama's two-term presidency that the Blackhawks have taken the Cup to the White House.

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