BLACKHAWKS, CAPITALS PUSH WIN STREAKS TO FIVE GAMES ...
The Chicago Blackhawks (8-3-1, 17 points) and Washington Capitals (8-2-1, 17 points) earned wins Saturday to push their winning streaks to five games.
* Patrick Kane (1-1-2) scored the go-ahead goal at 7:40 of the third period to power the Blackhawks to an 8-1-1 record in their past 10 games, including five consecutive victories. Artem Anisimov (0-1-1) set up Kane's game-winning goal to extend his NHL career-high point streak to 10 games (7-8-15). Anisimov and Kane (4-11-15) are tied with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (4-11-15) for most points this season.
... RANGERS EXTEND THEIR WINNING STREAK TO FOUR
Derek Stepan (1-2-3) and Kevin Hayes (1-0-1) scored back-to-back shorthanded goals to lead the New York Rangers (9-3-0, 18 points) to their fourth consecutive victory and a 7-1-0 record in their past eight games.
* The Rangers have outscored their opponents 21-6 during the four-game winning streak and have scored at least five goals in each game.
* New York has registered nine wins through its first 12 games of the season, tied for the most wins in the first 12 games of any season in franchise history (also 1983-84, 1990-91 and 2008-09).
Home Team in Caps
COLORADO 1, Minnesota 0
ST. LOUIS 2, Columbus 1 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 4, New Jersey 1
NY Rangers 5, BOSTON 2
MONTREAL 5, Philadelphia 4
Buffalo 2, OTTAWA 1
WASHINGTON 4, Florida 2
Edmonton 4, NY ISLANDERS 3 (SO)
TORONTO 6, Vancouver 3
Carolina 3, NASHVILLE 2 (SO)
Chicago 3, DALLAS 2
LOS ANGELES 5, Calgary 0
Pittsburgh 5, SAN JOSE 0
PENGUINS BLANK SHARKS IN STANLEY CUP REMATCH
Matt Murray made 32 saves and Sidney Crosby had his second straight two-goal game to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the San Jose Sharks in their first visit to SAP Center since their Stanley Cup-clinching 3-1 victory June 12.
* Crosby has at least one point in all six games he's played this season (8-2-10) and leads the NHL in goals, despite making his season debut Oct. 25.
* The Penguins captain has at least one point in 26 of his past 27 regular-season games, dating to Feb. 29 (19-20-39).
* Murray has won nine consecutive regular-season decisions, dating to March 6 at the New Jersey Devils and improved to 11-2-1 in 15 career regular-season games.
The St. Louis Blues (6-4-2, 14 points), Edmonton Oilers (8-3-1, 17 points) and Carolina Hurricanes (3-4-3, nine points) all needed extra time to secure wins Saturday:
* Vladimir Tarasenko scored his fifth NHL regular-season overtime goal with 42.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the Blues to a 4-1-1 home record. He moved into a tie with Brett Hull for third on the Blues' all-time regular-season overtime goals list.
* The Oilers overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 before Mark Letestu scored the decisive goal in the shootout to help the Oilers end a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) and improve to 8-3-1 on the season.
* Jeff Skinner and Ron Hainsey scored in regulation and Jaccob Slavin scored the only goal in a three-round shootout. Skinner leads the Hurricanes with 6-6-12 in nine games this season, including four goals in his past four games.
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard made 32 saves to shut out the Minnesota Wild and improved to 3-0-0 with 1.67 GAA, .944 save percentage and one shutout this season. … Five players scored to help the Montreal Canadiens rebound from a 10-0 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday and improve to 10-1-1 this season. … Carey Price made 34 saves and improved to 7-0-0 with a 1.17 GAA, .964 save percentage and one shutout this season. … Los Angeles Kings goaltender Peter Budaj made 24 saves for his first NHL shutout since Oct. 28, 2013. … The Lightning scored four unanswered goals to improve to 4-1-1 at home this season. … Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich (7 GP) and Lightning forward Brayden Point (12 GP) scored their first career NHL goals. … Tyler Bozak (2-1-3), James van Riemsdyk (0-3-3) and Mitch Marner (1-1-2) combined for 3-5-8 to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to their third straight win. … Cameras caught Maple Leafs rookies Marner and Auston Matthews singing Bon Jovi on the bench. … The Buffalo Sabres scored twice in the third period to pick up their fourth win in their past five games. … Hurricanes forward Lee Stempniak skated in his 800th NHL game. … The Avalanche, Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Sharks, Maple Leafs and Capitals each hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer nights. In Ottawa, goaltender Craig Anderson wore No. 23 in warmup. It is the favorite number of his wife, Nicholle, who is battling cancer.
SNEAK PEAK AT SUNDAY'S ACTION
Colorado @ St. Louis, 5 p.m., FS-MW, ALT, NHL.TV
Edmonton @ Detroit, 5 p.m., FS-D, SNW, NHL.TV
New Jersey @ Carolina, 6 p.m., FS-CR, MSG+, NHL.TV
Dallas @ Chicago, 7 p.m., TVAS, CSN-CH, FS-SW+, NHL.TV
Winnipeg @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., SN, SN360, MSG, NHL.TV
Calgary @ Anaheim, 9:30 p.m., SN1, PRIME, NHL.TV
HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN HALIFAX
Rookie Patrik Laine and the Winnipeg Jets visit the Rangers, winners of four straight, at Madison Square Garden on Rogers Hometown Hockey, which makes its fourth stop of the season in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
* Throughout 2016-17, 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 Halifax.
* Click here for the full schedule of stops for the 2016-17 season.
DUCKS LOOK TO CONTINUE HOME EDGE OVER FLAMES
The Anaheim Ducks aim to pick up their 24th consecutive regular-season home victory against the Calgary Flames on Sunday. The Ducks' 23-game run, which dates to April 4, 2004 (CGY: 0-18-5), matches the longest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NHL history. The Flyers defeated the Penguins 23 straight times on home ice from Feb. 17, 1980 - Jan. 29, 1987.