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Facts and Figures: Lightning, Bruins set for showdown

Game first in NHL history with opponents having point streaks of at least 14

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The Tampa Bay Lightning head into their showdown with the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, SNE, SNO, TVAS, NHL.TV) winners of a team record 10 consecutive games following a 4-3 overtime victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

It will be the first game in NHL history between two teams on simultaneous point streaks of at least 14 games. The Bruins (37-17-9) are 10-0-4 since Jan. 29 and second in the Atlantic Division, 19 points behind the Lightning (49-11-4), who have points in 14 straight games (12-0-2).

Tampa Bay would set an NHL record for fewest games needed to reach 50 wins in a season with a victory, breaking the mark of 66 set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings, who own the single-season NHL record for wins (62-13-7). Boston hopes to conclude a calendar month without a regulation loss (minimum eight games) for the ninth time in its history and the third time in the NHL modern era (since 1943-44). Boston also did it in January 1969 (10-0-4) and November 2011 (12-0-1).

 

Kane reaches 40 goals with dramatic game-winner

Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal with 17 seconds remaining in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. Kane (94 points; 40 goals, 54 assists) joined Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (74 points; 44 goals, 30 assists) as the second player to score 40 goals this season. The last time a season had two 40-goal scorers before the end of February was 2009-10 (Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby).

The forward is the seventh player in Blackhawks history with multiple 40-goal seasons. He scored 46 and had 106 points to win the Art Ross Trophy in 2015-16. His heroics have Chicago (27-28-9) five points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
Kane also became the third player in Blackhawks history to have a 40-goal season at age 30 or older, joining Bobby Hull (1968-69, 1970-71 and 1971-72) and Jim Pappin (1972-73).

Video: Giordano, Kane, Hedman lead the charge on Wednesday

 

Giordano lifts Flames to seventh straight win

Mark Giordano boosted his case to win the Norris Trophy, given to the best defenseman in the NHL, by scoring the game-winner for the Calgary Flames in a 2-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

The Flames (41-16-7) have won seven in a row and own a seven-point lead over the San Jose Sharks (37-19-8) in the West. Calgary is attempting to win conference and division titles for the first time since 1989-90.

Giordano has 60 points (14 goals, 46 assists) in a season for the first time in his NHL career. He is the sixth defenseman in Flames history with as many points and first since Dion Phaneuf (60 points; 17 goals, 43 assists in 82 games) in 2007-08. Calgary's captain is also the fourth NHL defenseman with 60 points at age 35 or older (age based on first day of respective regular season). The others: Nicklas Lidstrom (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2010-11), Al MacInnis (1998-99 and 2002-03) and Sergei Zubov (2005-06).

Five Flames players (Giordano, forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, centers Elias Lindholm and Sean Monahan) have at least 60 points before the end of February for the first time since 1990-91 (MacInnis, Theo Fleury, Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour and Sergei Makarov). The 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins were the last team with five or more players with 60-plus points prior to the end of Feburary (Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis, Tomas Sandstorm and Petr Nedved).

 

Andersen wins 30th for Maple Leafs

Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs made 34 saves in a 6-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Arena to become the second goalie with 30 wins this season. Andersen reached the milestone one day after Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights.

Andersen has three straight 30-win seasons in Toronto since he was acquired in a trade with the Ducks on June 20, 2016. He's the third Maple Leafs goalie to achieve the feat, joining Johnny Bower (1959-1962) and Curtis Joseph (1998-2001). No goalie in Maple Leafs history has four consecutive 30-win seasons.

Toronto (39-20-4) is third place in the Atlantic Division, one point behind Boston.

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