RED WINGS CLIMB ATLANTIC DIVISION STANDINGS, DATSYUK REACHES 900 POINTS
Tied 5-5, Henrik Zetterberg (2-1-3) scored the go-ahead goal at 7:37 of the third period to help the Red Wings conclude their five-game homestand with a 4-0-1 record.
* At 29-18-9 (67 points), the Red Wings leapfrogged the Bruins (30-20-6, 66 points) for sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division. They also climbed within three points of the idle Panthers (32-18-6, 70 points) for first place.
* Zetterberg also scored in the first period and added an assist to register his first multi-goal and second three-point game of the campaign (also Oct. 9 vs. TOR: 0-3-3). He leads the club in assists (29) and points (41) this season (56 GP).
* Pavel Datsyuk (2-1-3) registered his second multi-goal and three-point game of the season (also Feb. 8 vs. FLA: 2-0-2 and Jan. 14 at ARI: 1-2-3), stretching his point streak to a season-high five games (5-4-9).
* Datsyuk eclipsed 900 points (309-593-902 in 928 GP) and became the sixth player in franchise history to reach the milestone, joining Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio, Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov.
Video: BOS@DET: Datsyuk's second power-play goal of the game
* Darren Helm (2-0-2) registered his second multi-goal game of the season (also Dec. 10 vs. MTL: 2-0-2).
* Per Elias, three Red Wings skaters recorded multiple goals for the first time since Feb. 13, 1996 vs. LAK (9-4 W) when Greg Johnson, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Keith Primeau each scored twice.
* Petr Mrazek (17 saves) extended his personal point streak to five consecutive games (4-0-1) and improved to 22-10-5 overall (2.02 GAA, .930 SV%, 4 SO).
DID YOU KNOW?
Bruins forward Brad Marchand opened the scoring just eight seconds into the first period. Per Elias, Marchand's goal was the fastest to begin a game in Bruins history. Previous: Fleming Mackell (0:09) exactly 63 years ago on Feb. 14, 1953 vs. NYR. Elias adds that the last player to score in eight seconds or less to begin a game was Alexandre Burrows (VAN) on March 6, 2013 vs. DET (0:06).
Video: BOS@DET: Marchand scores 8 seconds into the game
RANGERS, FLYERS MAKE GROUND IN CROWDED METROPOLITAN DIVISION
Both the Rangers (32-18-6, 70 points) and Devils (29-21-7, 65 points) posted wins to make ground the cluttered Metropolitan Division, where teams No. 2-6 are separated by just 12 points.
* Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves and Derek Stepan (2-0-2) scored twice as the Rangers stretched their overall point streak to six consecutive games (5-0-1) and their home streak to 10 (8-0-2). Lundqvist earned his fifth consecutive win overall and improved to 28-14-4 this season (2.29 GAA, .924 SV%, 3 SO), including an 18-3-2 record at Madison Square Garden. That features at least one point in nine consecutive home appearances (8-0-1), including six straight victories. Stepan registered his second multi-goal game of the campaign (also Jan. 5 vs. DAL: 2-0-2). His first goal was the 100th of his NHL career. At 32-18-6 (70 points), the Rangers hold a five-point lead over the Devils for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers also improved to 21-5-3 (45 points) in 29 appearances at Madison Square Garden this season. Their 45 home points lead the NHL.
* Keith Kinkaid turned aside all 28 shots he faced and David Schlemko scored the only goal of the contest as the Devils earned their third straight win overall and stretched their home point streak to six consecutive contests (5-0-1). Kinkaid registered the first shutout of his NHL career and improved to 4-5-1 this season (2.28 GAA, .918 SV%, 1 SO). Schlemko scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season (49 GP). Prior to 2015-16, Schlemko had never registered a game-winning goal in 231 career games. At 29-21-7 (65 points), the Devils leapfrogged the idle Islanders (29-19-6, 64 points) to take sole possession of third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Video: Schlemko scores lone goal in Kinkaid's shutout
AROUND THE RINKS
* Brian Elliott turned aside 37 of 38 shots to backstop the Blues over the Lightning, snapping Tampa Bay's home winning streak at nine games. Elliott stretched his personal point streak to four consecutive contests (3-0-1) and improved to 14-7-6 overall (2.07 GAA, .933 SV%, 1 SO). Elliott also boasts a career record of 6-2-1 in nine appearances vs. TBL, including a 4-0-0 clip w/ STL. At 32-17-9 (73 points), the Blues increased their lead to 11 points over the Avalanche (29-26-4, 62 points) for third place in the Central Division. They also moved within four points of the idle Blackhawks (36-18-5, 77 points) and Stars (36-15-5, 77 points), who rank second and first in the Central Division, respectively.
* The Sabres scored three goals in the first period en route to their 4-1 victory over the Avalanche, their second straight win on the heels of a four-game skid (0-2-2). Sam Reinhart (1-1-2) registered his fourth multi-point game of the season (54 GP), while Ryan O'Reilly (0-2-2) has registered at least one assist in six of his last seven games (0-9-9) and leads the club in assists (17) and points (49) this season (57 GP). Robin Lehner (34 saves) improved to 3-1-1 in his last five decisions following a 0-3-0 start to the season. The Sabres earned their first win vs. COL since Dec. 4, 2005 (6-4 W), snapping a 10-game losing streak (0-6-4).
Video: Sabres score early, hold off Avs for victory
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla (0-1-1) skated in his 1,451st career game and tied Teemu Selanne for 22nd on the NHL's all-time games played list.
* Red Wings forward Brad Richards (0-2-2) skated in the 1,100th game of his NHL career, becoming the 16th active player to reach the milestone.
* Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist played in his 667th career game (all w/ NYR) and passed Mike Richter (666 GP) for the most by a goaltender in franchise history.
* Bruins forward Joonas Kemppainen scored the first shorthanded goal of his NHL career.
The Red Wings earned their first win vs. BOS since Oct. 9, 2014 (2-1 W), snapping a six-game losing streak (0-4-2)... Bruins forward Brad Marchand (1-1-2) registered his ninth multi-point game of the season (51 GP) and has scored in seven consecutive games (8-3-11), extending his career high goal-scoring streak. Marchand has scored in 12 of his last 13 games, totaling 13-3-16 in that span. Elias says that he became the first NHL player to score goals in 12 of 13 games since Ducks forward Teemu Selanne did so Feb. 10 - March 5, 1999 (G in 12 of 13 GP: 14-7-21). The last Bruins player to achieve that feat: Cam Neely from Nov. 11, 1993 - Jan. 2, 1994 (G in 12 of 13 GP: 16-6-22). Marchand ranks fifth in the NHL with 28 goals, matching his career high from 2011-12 (76 GP)... Bruins forward Loui Eriksson (1-0-1) has scored in a season-high three consecutive games (3-1-4)... The Blues have won five consecutive games vs. TBL dating to March 4, 2014 (TBL: 0-4-1)... Rangers forward Derick Brassard (1-1-2) scored his 19th goal of the season (55 GP) and matched his career high from 2014-15 (80 GP). He added an assist to record his 10th multi-point game of 2015-16 (55 GP)... The Rangers improved to 11-1-0 in their last 12 regular-season home games vs. PHI dating to March 6, 2011 (PHI: 1-11-0)... Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (0-1-1) extended his point streak to 12 games (3-12-15), the longest in NHL history by a rookie defenseman and the longest in franchise history by any rookie.