NHL CENTENNIAL FAN ARENA MAKES FIRST STOP
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
PHILADELPHIA 4, Tampa Bay 2
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
RANGERS RALLY PAST LEAGUE-LEADING BLUE JACKETS
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).
HOLTBY, RASK MOVE INTO SHARE OF SHUTOUT LEAD
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.
KINGS, OILERS EARN OVERTIME VICTORIES
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.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY'S ACTION
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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HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN
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.