NHL CENTENNIAL FAN ARENA MAKES IMPACT IN ARIZONA, HEADS TO TEXAS
The NHL Centennial Fan Arena again welcomed thousands of fans during its second and final day at Tempe Marketplace in Arizona.
* The traveling fan experience now heads to Dallas, where the Dallas Stars will host the tour from Jan. 12-14 at Victory Plaza outside American Airlines Center. Click here for more details on the tour, including a list of NHL markets the NHL Centennial Fan Arena will visit in January and February.
* As part of Hockey is for Everyone and the NHL Centennial celebration, the League will donate $5,000 to every NHL team to contribute to their respective communities. The first check presentation occurred Sunday, when the Arizona Coyotes Foundation matched the League's donation and presented a $10,000 check to One Step Bobcats, a special needs hockey team.
Home Team in Caps
CAROLINA 4, Boston 3 (OT)
PITTSBURGH 6, Tampa Bay 2
COLUMBUS 2, Philadelphia 1 (OT)
CHICAGO 5, Nashville 2
OTTAWA 5, Edmonton 3
Minnesota 2, ANAHEIM 1
BLUE JACKETS, PENGUINS CONTINUE WINNING WAYS
The Columbus Blue Jackets (28-7-4, 60 points) rebounded from back-to-back losses to become the first 60-point team in the NHL while the Pittsburgh Penguins (26-8-5, 57 points) won their first game of 2017 to move into a share of second place in the League standings:
* The Philadelphia Flyers tied the game with 16.5 seconds remaining in the third period but Nick Foligno scored in overtime to help the Blue Jackets halt a two-game losing streak that followed their record-setting 16-game winning streak. Foligno scored his 14th goal of the season (37 GP), two more than he scored in 2015-16 (72 GP), to help Columbus move within 16 points of its total from last season (34-40-8, 76 points).
* Six different players scored for the Penguins when they earned their fifth consecutive win and improved to 13-1-2 in their past 16 games since the start of December; their lone regulation loss was against Columbus on Dec. 22 (7-1 L). Pittsburgh also extended its home point streak to 12 games since Nov. 26 (11-0-1) and is 18-2-2 (38 points) on home ice.
Video: Jackets edge Flyers, 2-1, on Foligno's OT goal
WILD EARN VICTORY IN BOUDREAU'S RETURN TO ANAHEIM
Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon scored 1:42 apart in the second period to help the Minnesota Wild to victory in coach Bruce Boudreau's return to Anaheim, where he coached for parts of five seasons (2011-2016). Minnesota is 14-1-2 in its past 17 games since Dec. 2, a run that includes a 10-game road point streak (8-0-2).
HOME ICE ADVANTAGE
Five of the six games Sunday were won by the home team, including victories by the Chicago Blackhawks (26-12-5, 57 points), Ottawa Senators (21-14-4, 46 points) and Carolina Hurricanes (18-15-7, 43 points). Via Elias, home teams are 352-191-64 this season (.633).
* The Nashville Predators tied the game early in the third period, but Ryan Hartman responded with a natural hat trick to lift the Blackhawks to 3-0-0 on their four-game homestand. Elias notes that Hartman became the third Blackhawks player to score three times in any period over the past 22 seasons, joining Patrick Sharp (Nov. 17, 2007 at DET: 3 in 3rd) and Dustin Byfuglien (Nov. 30, 2007 vs. PHX: 3 in 1st) who each achieved the feat in November, 2007.
* Ahead 2-0, the Senators yielded three straight Edmonton Oilers goals before Mark Stone (1-2-3) scored to help Ottawa regain the lead en route to victory. Stone (12-19-31 in 38 GP) matched an NHL career high for points in a game to move within one point of Erik Karlsson (7-25-32 in 39 GP) for the Senators scoring lead.
* Hurricanes rookie Sebastian Aho (2-0-2) scored his first NHL game-winning goal at 1:34 of overtime to help Carolina improve to 11-1-1 in its past 13 games at PNC Arena (after beginning the season 1-3-0 on home ice). Aho, 19, is third in Hurricanes scoring and seventh among NHL rookies with 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) this season (40 GP).
Video: Aho lights the lamp in OT to give 'Canes a 4-3 win
Sidney Crosby (26-18-44 in 33 GP) had two assists and Patrick Kane (12-32-44 in 43 GP) three assists, and the pair moved into a share of second in League scoring behind Oilers captain Connor McDavid (14-34-48 in 42 GP), who also had two assists . . . Penguins defensemen Justin Schultz, who led NHL defensemen with 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in December (15 GP), had an assist to push his point streak to five games (1-4-5) . . . Teammate Phil Kessel (2-4-6) also extended his point streak to five games . . . Joel Quenneville (CHI) became the third coach in NHL history to work 1,500 regular-season games, joining Scotty Bowman (2,141) and Al Arbour (1,607) . . . Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison played in his 500th NHL game.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Florida @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., SN, SN1, MSG+, FS-F
Washington @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., NHLN, SNE, RDS, CSN-DC
Calgary @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TVA Sports, TSN3, SNW
Dallas @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SN, FS-W, FS-SW+
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