MILLER, GRANLUND LEAD CANUCKS TO SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN
Ryan Miller made 44 saves, including 22 in the third period, and Markus Granlund (2-1-3) had a career-high three points against his former team to help the Vancouver Canucks earn their sixth consecutive win.
* Miller extended his personal winning streak to five games and is 12-10-1 this season (2.62 goals-against average, .915 save percentage, 1 shutout). He earned his 352nd career victory to move within one of tying Evgeni Nabokov (353) for 20th on the NHL's all-time list among goaltenders.
Home Team in Caps
Toronto 4, NEW JERSEY 2
FLORIDA 2, Nashville 1
CHICAGO 2, Carolina 1
COLORADO 2, NY Islanders 1 (OT)
VANCOUVER 4, Calgary 2
ANAHEIM 3, Arizona 2 (OT)
MAPLE LEAFS, MATTHEWS EXTEND STREAKS
The Toronto Maple Leafs raced to a 4-0 lead in the first period and held off a late push by the New Jersey Devils to extend their overall point streak to seven games (6-0-1) and their road point streak to eight games (6-0-2). At 18-12-8 (44 points), the Maple Leafs moved into third place in the Atlantic Division standings.
* Auston Matthews scored the game-winning goal to extend his point streak to eight games (7-5-12). He is tied for first among rookies with 21 goals (38 GP). Since ending a 13-game drought on Nov. 23, Matthews tops the NHL with 15 goals (19 GP).
* The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Matthews became the first Maple Leafs rookie to record at least one point in eight consecutive team games since Daniel Marois from March 7-22, 1989 (8-3-11).
Video: TOR@NJD: Matthews bats puck out of midair to pad lead
LATE OVERTIME GOALS POWER DUCKS, AVALANCHE TO VICTORY
The Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche won by scoring last-minute overtime goals:
* Ondrej Kase scored with 35.6 seconds left in overtime for Anaheim, which stretched its home point streak to eight games (7-0-1), including three consecutive wins.
* Nathan MacKinnon (1-1-2) scored with 16.1 seconds remaining in OT and Colorado snapped a five-game losing streak (0-5-0).
Scott Darling turned aside 39 of 40 shots and Artemi Panarin scored the game-winning goal in the second period to guide the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks (25-12-5, 55 points) to victory. … Jonathan Marchessault scored the go-ahead goal with 9:53 remaining in regulation for the Florida Panthers. … Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk (0-1-1) extended his point streak to eight games (1-8-9). Elias notes that Tkachuk became the first Flames rookie to record at least one point in eight or more consecutive team games since Joe Nieuwendyk had a 14-game point streak from Dec. 20, 1987 - Jan. 21, 1988 (15-14-29), the longest such run by a rookie in franchise history. … Flames forward Mikael Backlund (6-5-11), Canucks forward Bo Horvat (2-5-7) and Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman (0-7-7) extended their point streaks to six games. … Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (0-1-1) skated in the 700th game of his NHL career. … Devils goaltender Cory Schneider played in his 300th NHL game. … Predators forward Vladislav Kamenev made his NHL debut. … The Predators signed defenseman Matt Irwin to a one-year contract. … The Panthers observed a moment of silence at BB&T Center to honor the victims of the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. … The Devils honored the late Dr. John J. McMullen by making him the first inductee into their Ring of Honor.
Video: John J. McMullen honored in NJ, fun in Colorado
SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Tampa Bay @ Philadelphia, 1 p.m., SN1, NHLN, CSN-PH, SUN
Winnipeg @ Buffalo, 1 p.m., MSG-B, TSN3
Minnesota @ Los Angeles, 4 p.m., NHLN, FS-W, FS-N, FS-WI
NY Rangers @ Columbus, 7 p.m., NHLN, FS-O, MSG 2
Boston @ Florida, 7 p.m., FS-F, NESN
Montreal @ Toronto, 7 p.m., CBC, TVA Sports
Washington @ Ottawa, 7 p.m., CITY, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC
Edmonton @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., SN, MSG+
NY Islanders @ Arizona, 8 p.m., FS-A, MSG+ 2
Dallas @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, FS-SW+
Vancouver @ Calgary, 10 p.m., CBC, SN
Detroit @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, FS-D+
FOUR-GAME DOCKET SET FOR HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
Hockey Night in Canada begins with three games at 7 p.m. ET: The Montreal Canadiens will try for their 13th consecutive win against the Maple Leafs, dating to March 1, 2014, when they conclude their season-long seven-game road trip in Toronto. The Ottawa Senators look to rebound from a 2-1 loss on Jan. 1 at Verizon Center when they host the Capitals, and Devils forward Taylor Hall faces his former club for the first time when the Edmonton Oilers visit Prudential Center. In the penultimate contest of Saturday's 12-game slate, the Flames host the Canucks in the second half of their home-and-home series.