CROSBY SCORES 30TH GOAL, NEARS 1,000 CAREER POINTS IN WIN
Sidney Crosby (2-1-3) scored twice to become the first player to reach the 30-goal mark this season and help the Pittsburgh Penguins to their seventh win in their past nine games.
* Crosby, who was playing in his 45th game of the season, reached the 30-goal mark for the eighth time in his NHL career. Elias notes that Crosby has scored 30 goals in 45 or fewer games once before in 2010-11, when he reached the mark in 37 games.
* Crosby ranks second in League scoring with 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists), one point behind Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (18-42-60 in 54 GP). The Penguins captain is also three points shy of becoming the third player in Penguins history to earn 1,000 NHL points (368-629-997 in 752 GP).
Home Team in Caps
Washington 3, MONTREAL 2
Los Angeles 1, PHILADELPHIA 0 (OT)
COLORADO 5, Winnipeg 2
Toronto 6, BOSTON 5
BUFFALO 4, Ottawa 0
TAMPA BAY 3, Anaheim 2 (SO)
Carolina 5, NY ISLANDERS 4 (OT)
New Jersey 5, COLUMBUS 1
Pittsburgh 4, ST. LOUIS 1
Detroit 1, NASHVILLE 0
Chicago 5, DALLAS 3
Minnesota 6, VANCOUVER 3
Arizona 3, SAN JOSE 2 (SO)
GRANLUND, NYLANDER NET HAT TRICKS IN VICTORIES
Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund (3-1-4) and Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander (3-0-3) scored their first NHL hat tricks to propel their teams to victories:
* Granlund established NHL career highs for goals and points in a game to help the Western Conference-leading Wild (34-12-5, 73 points) improve to 10-3-0 in their past 13 games. Granlund extended his Wild-record point streak to 12 games (5-12-17) to establish the longest such run in the NHL this season.
* Nylander scored two goals in a span of 68 seconds to complete his hat trick, the third by a Maple Leafs player this season, and help Toronto halt a three-game slide. Nylander became the second Maple Leafs rookie to earn a hat trick this season, following Auston Matthews' four-goal performance on opening night. Elias notes one other season when two Maple Leafs rookies scored hat tricks: 1926-27, when Ace Bailey and Bill Carson each had one.
DID YOU KNOW?
Brothers Trevor van Riemsdyk (1-0-1) and James van Riemsdyk (2-0-2) scored the game-winning goals for the Chicago Blackhawks and Maple Leafs, respectively. Elias notes that brothers scored decisive goals on the same day for the first time since Jan. 15, 2011, when Jordan Staal and Eric Staal combined for the feat with the Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes respectively.
CARTER, BUDAJ POWER KINGS TO FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WIN
Jeff Carter scored at 2:35 of overtime and Peter Budaj (17 saves) earned his third shutout in his past four starts when the Los Angeles Kings picked up their fifth consecutive win.
* Carter ranks second in the League with 27 goals and leads all players with nine game-winning goals and four overtime goals. Elias notes that Carter matched the single-season Kings record for overtime goals and is one shy of tying their record of 10 game-winning goals in a season, a mark set by Charlie Simmer in 1980-81.
* Budaj earned his League-leading seventh shutout and extended his personal winning streak to five games (0.60 GAA, .975 SV%, 3 SO).
Barry Trotz earned his 693rd NHL win to pass Dick Irvin (692) for sixth on the all-time list among coaches when the League-leading Washington Capitals (35-11-6, 76 points) improved to 15-2-1 in their past 18 games . . . Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek (42 saves) and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner (37 saves) each earned their first shutout of the season . . . Taylor Hall scored twice when the New Jersey Devils extended their road point streak to nine games (8-0-1), including six consecutive wins . . . Ron Hainsey (2-0-2) had his first multi-goal game since Dec. 2, 2008 to help the Hurricanes secure their third win in a row . . . Anaheim Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour (6 GP) and Devils defenseman Seth Helgeson (48 GP) each scored their first NHL goal . . . Drew Doughty (1-7-8 in 7 GP), Patrick Marleau (7-3-10, in 6 GP), Jamie Benn (5-3-8 in 6 GP), Anze Kopitar (2-5-7 in 5 GP), Blake Wheeler (1-6-7 in 5 GP), Patrice Bergeron (3-5-8 in 5 GP) and Brad Marchand (6-4-10 in 5 GP) also extended point streaks . . . The Nashville Predators acquired forward Vernon Fiddler in a trade with the Devils for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft . . . Martin Brodeur and Al MacInnis, two of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, visited the NHL Centennial Fan Arena in St. Louis on Saturday . . . The Capitals will host Fatima Al Ali, a member of the United Arab Emirates' women's national hockey team, this week as part of Hockey is for Everyone month. The Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders hosted initiatives during home games Saturday.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Los Angeles @ Washington, 12 p.m., NBC
Edmonton @ Montreal, 1 p.m., SN, RDS
Calgary @ NY Rangers, 2 p.m., SN360, MSG
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HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN EDMONTON
The Oilers (28-18-8, 64 points) visit the Montreal Canadiens (30-16-7, 67 points) on Rogers Hometown Hockey, which will showcase the city of Edmonton. The Oilers are five points behind the San Jose Sharks (33-17-3, 69 points) for first place in the Pacific Division, while the Canadiens (30-16-7, 67 points) hold a seven-point lead atop the Atlantic Division standings. Throughout the 2016-17 season, Sunday games will be broadcast from a different community rink in various towns across Canada. Included in each telecast will be local NHL player profiles, grassroots stories and local entertainment features.
* Click here for more details about the festivities in Edmonton.
* Click here for the full schedule of stops for the 2016-17 season.