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NHL Centennial Fan Arena begins tour

News and notes

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

The NHL Centennial Fan Arena, a traveling fan experience that will visit all NHL markets across North America in 2017, began its tour at Tempe Marketplace in Arizona.

* Thousands of fans enjoyed a variety of attractions, including touring the 53-foot museum truck, playing ball hockey on a pop-rink, taking turns driving the virtual Zamboni and posing with the Stanley Cup.
* 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.

Home Team in Caps

BUFFALO 4, Winnipeg 3
LOS ANGELES 4, Minnesota 3 (OT)
NY Rangers 5, COLUMBUS 4
Boston 4, FLORIDA 0
Montreal 5, TORONTO 3
Washington 1, OTTAWA 0
Edmonton 2, NEW JERSEY 1 (OT)
ARIZONA 2, NY Islanders 1 (SO)
ST. LOUIS 4, Dallas 3
CALGARY 3, Vancouver 1
SAN JOSE 6, Detroit 3

The New York Rangers overcame a 4-1 deficit and Michael Grabner (2-1-3) scored the go-ahead goal with 16.5 seconds left in the third periodwhen New York picked up its League-leading 15th road win of the season (15-6-0, 30 points) while ending the Columbus Blue Jackets record home win streak at eight games.

* At 28-13-1 (57 points), the Rangers climbed within a point of the NHL-leading Blue Jackets (27-7-4, 58 points).

* Grabner, who scored two goals and three points at the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 4, earned three points in consecutive games for the second time in his NHL career (also 2-1-3 on Feb. 11, 2011 vs. PIT and 3-0-3 on Feb. 13, 2011 at BUF). He leads the Rangers with 18 goals (41 GP).

* Elias notes that the Rangers overcame a three-goal deficit and won for the first time since Oct. 27, 2014 against the Minnesota Wild (5-4 W). 

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (30 saves) and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (25 saves) each earned their fifth shutout of the season to move into a tie for the League lead.
* Holtby earned consecutive shutouts for the first time in his NHL career (also Jan. 5 vs. CBJ) to help the Capitals to their fifth consecutive win. Nicklas Backstrom earned the 500th assist of his NHL career (all w/ WSH) to become the first player in Capitals history and the first member of the 2006 NHL Draft class to reach the milestone.
* Rask earned his 35th career shutout (all w/ BOS) to tie Frank Brimsek for second on the Bruins all-time list. Brad Marchand (2-0-2) scored his first shorthanded goal of the season and NHL-best 20th such goal since beginning his NHL career in 2009-10.
The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers each secured victories via overtime goals:
* The Kings surrendered a game-tying goal in the final minute of the third period, but Tanner Pearson scored at 3:32 of overtime and Los Angeles picked up its third victory in its past four games to end Minnesota's road win streak at seven games. Jeff Carter (1-2-3) scored his 22nd goal (40 GP) to move into sole possession of second in the League.

* Connor McDavid had an assist on the overtime winner and the Edmonton Oilers improved to 4-1-1 in their past six road games. Aside from his League-leading 46 points (14 goals, 32 assists), McDavid climbed within six points of 100 in his NHL career (30-64-94 in 86 GP).
Joe Pavelski (2-0-2) scored his 600th NHL point and the San Jose Sharks ended a three-game slide (0-2-1) . . . St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (1-0-1) moved into a tie for second in the League with 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) in 40 games . . . Five different skaters scored to help the Montreal Canadiens conclude their season-long seven-game road trip at 4-1-2. . . The Flyers improved to 8-1-1 in their past 10 games at Wells Fargo Center . . . Arizona Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata scored his 44th NHL shootout goal to move into sole possession of first in League history . . . Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk (1-9-10, 9 GP), Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat (3-5-8, 7 GP) and Canadiens forward Alexander Radulov (4-4-8, 6 GP) each extended point streaks . . . Canadiens forward Nikita Scherbak, the No. 26 selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, scored in his League debut . . . Oilers defenseman Matthew Benning also scored the first goal of his NHL career (29 GP) . . . Linesman David Brisebois was honored in a pregame ceremony at KeyBank Center ahead of his 1,000th career NHL game . . . The Coyotes honored captain Shane Doan in a pregame ceremony for recently reaching the 1,500-game and 400-goal milestones.

All Times Eastern

Boston @ Carolina, 5 p.m., FS-SE, NESN
Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh, 5 p.m., SN360, NHLN-US, ROOT, SUN
Philadelphia @ Columbus, 6 p.m., FS-O, TCN-PH
Nashville @ Chicago, 7 p.m., WGN, FS-TN
Edmonton @ Ottawa, 7 p.m., SN, TVA Sports
Minnesota @ Anaheim, 8 p.m., NBCSN
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The Ottawa Senators host the Oilers on Rogers Hometown Hockey, which will showcase the city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Ottawa enters the game looking to end a four-game slide (0-3-1), while Edmonton is 4-1-1 in its past six road games. 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 Moose Jaw.
* Click here for the full schedule of stops for the 2016-17 season.

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