HENRIK SEDIN REACHES 1,000-POINT MILESTONE
Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin scored a second-period goal during the Canucks' 2-1 victory against the Florida Panthers to become the first player in franchise history to reach 1,000 points (233 goals, 767 assists).
* Sedin became the fourth Sweden-born player in NHL history to register 1,000 career points, joining Mats Sundin (564-785-1,349), Daniel Alfredsson (444-713-1,157) and Nicklas Lidstrom (264-878-1,142).
Celebrate Henrik Sedin's milestone
BLACKHAWKS SHUT OUT BRUINS, CLIMB IN WESTERN CONFERENCE
Goaltender Scott Darling made 30 saves and Marian Hossa scored with 1:26 remaining in regulation when the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 1-0.
* At 29-14-5 (63 points), the Blackhawks moved into a tie with the idle Minnesota Wild (29-10-5, 63 points) for first place in the Western Conference. Minnesota holds four games in hand.
* Darling improved to 12-4-2 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Darling became the first Blackhawks goaltender to shut out the Bruins since Jeff Hackett on March 22, 1998 (1-0 win) and the first to do so at Boston since Tony Esposito on Jan. 17, 1970 (1-0 win).
* Hossa scored his fifth game-winning goal of the season and the 83rd of his NHL career, fifth among active players behind Jaromir Jagr (134), Jarome Iginla (97), Patrick Marleau (95) and Alex Ovechkin (94).
PENGUINS SCORE SEVEN (AGAIN), WIN THIRD STRAIGHT
The Pittsburgh Penguins scored at least seven goals for the second time in their last three games, and defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 7-1. The Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 8-7 in overtime on Monday.
* At 29-11-5 (63 points), the Penguins climbed within a point of the idle Columbus Blue Jackets (30-10-4, 64 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Penguins scored at least seven goals twice in a span of three games for the first time since doing so in consecutive games on March 12 and 16, 2008 (7-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres and 7-1 wing against the Philadelphia Flyers).
* Evgeni Malkin (1-1-2) extended his point streak to six games (6-3-9) and ranks second in the NHL with 22-30-52 this season (45 GP). Sidney Crosby (0-1-1) ranks third with 27-24-51 (39 GP) and climbed within 11 points of 1,000 points in the NHL (365-624-989).
Home Team in Caps
Chicago 1, BOSTON 0
BUFFALO 3, Detroit 2 (OT)
Pittsburgh 7, CAROLINA 1
Montreal 3, NEW JERSEY 1
Nashville 3, EDMONTON 2 (SO)
VANCOUVER 2, Florida 1
The Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens scored three power-play goals to improve to 6-0-2 in their past eight games against the New Jersey Devils, dating back to Jan. 2, 2015. … Ryan Ellis (1-0-1) scored the decisive goal in the shootout to lead the Nashville Predators past the Edmonton Oilers 3-2, Nashville's fifth win in six games. … Kyle Okposo scored with 26 seconds left in overtime in the Sabres' 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings, the Sabres' fourth consecutive win at KeyBank Center. … Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (1-0-1) moved within three points of the 1,900-point milestone (758-1,139-1,897). … Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (34 saves) extended his personal point streak to nine games (7-0-2). … Devils forward Taylor Hall (0-1-1) extended his point streak to five games (2-3-5) . . . The 2017 NHL Fan Fair inside the Los Angeles Convention Center will be the site of the third annual NHL Mascot Showdown featuring all 27 NHL Mascots as part of 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, Jan. 26-29.
SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
St. Louis @ Winnipeg, 3 p.m., TSN3, FS-MW
Carolina @ Columbus, 5 p.m., FS-O, FS-CR
Ottawa @ Toronto, 7 p.m., CBC, CITY, TVAS2
Buffalo @ Montreal, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, MSG-B
Los Angeles @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., MSG+, KCOP-13
New Jersey @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., TCN-PH, MSG+ 2
Tampa Bay @ Arizona, 8 p.m., FS-A PLUS, SUN
Washington @ Dallas, 8 p.m., NHLN-US, FS-SW, CSN-DC+
Anaheim @ Minnesota, 9 p.m., FS-N, PRIME
Edmonton @ Calgary, 10 p.m., CBC, SN
Colorado @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, ALT2
HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA HIGHLIGHTS REGIONAL RIVALRIES
Hockey Night in Canada features a three-game schedule Saturday. At 7 p.m. ET, the Ottawa Senators (24-15-4, 52 points) and Toronto Maple Leafs (21-14-8, 50 points) each look to gain ground in the playoff race at Air Canada Centre. Also at 7 p.m. ET, the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens (28-13-6, 62 points) host the Sabres (18-18-9, 45 points) at Bell Centre. At 10 p.m., the Calgary Flames (24-21-3, 51 points) aim to close ground on the Oilers (25-15-8, 58 points) in the Pacific Division at Scotiabank Saddledome.
WESTERN POWERS SQUARE OFF IN SAINT PAUL
The Central Division-leading Wild (29-10-5, 63 points) host the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks (26-13-9, 61 points) at Xcel Energy Center in a matchup between two of the top teams in the Western Conference. Anaheim enters the game on a six-game point streak (5-0-1); Minnesota is 6-1-1 in January.