There were plenty of goals, lots of comebacks and numerous milestones reached on Saturday, the first of two 15-game days in the NHL this season and the 17th in League history.
The 30 teams that saw action combined for 102 goals (including three shootout-deciding goals). That's the second-most scored in one day in NHL history, one shy of the 103 scored during the 12 games played on Jan. 23, 1993.
Ten of the 15 games played were decided by one goal, one shy of the most during one day in NHL history (11 of 12 games played on April 5, 2018). Seven of those 10 games required overtime; that also fell one short of the single-day NHL record of eight, set on Feb. 22, 2007, and matched on Nov. 27, 2015, and Feb. 7, 2019.
The busiest day of the season thus far also featured three teams (New York Islanders, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils) winning after trailing by multiple goals, two others (Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks) that came from two goals down to force overtime before losing, and one (Washington Capitals) that scored the game-tying goal in the final minute of the third period before winning in a shootout.
Islanders, Capitals, Stars rally to extend streaks
The Islanders, Capitals and Stars each rallied to win and extend their point streaks.
The Islanders bumped their point streak to 14 games (13-0-1) by rallying from three goals down in the third period to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in a shootout at Wells Fargo Center. The streak is the longest in the NHL this season and the fourth-longest for the Islanders behind 15-game runs from Nov. 4-Dec. 9, 1978 (12-0, three ties), Nov. 4-Dec. 2, 1980 (13-0, two ties) and Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 1982 (15-0-0). New York won a road game after trailing by at least three goals in the third period for the fifth time since entering the NHL in 1972 and the first since a 7-4 win at the Vancouver Canucks on March 10, 2014.
Washington trailed 1-0 and 2-1 against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden but tied the game on T.J. Oshie's goal at 19:01 of the third period and scored twice in the shootout for a 3-2 win, extending its road point streak to nine games (8-0-1), the longest in the NHL this season. It's the fifth time since entering the NHL in 1974 that the Capitals have had a road point streak of at least nine games; the team record is 10.
The Stars trailed 4-2 in the third period but scored three consecutive goals to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in overtime, extending their point streak to eight games (7-0-1). That's the longest for Dallas since an 11-game run from Feb. 21-March 13, 2012 (10-0-1). The Stars/Minnesota North Stars record for longest point streak is 15 games, set from Dec. 6, 1998-Jan. 6, 1999 (12-0-3).
Quenneville, Stamkos among those to reach milestones
Joel Quenneville became the second coach in NHL history to have 900 regular-season wins when the Florida Panthers defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 at BB&T Center. Quenneville, in his first season with Florida, is second all-time to Scotty Bowman (1,244) after earning his 900th win in his 1,656th NHL game; Bowman's 900th victory came with the Detroit Red Wings on March 25, 1995, his 1,553rd game.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos became the seventh active player to score 400 regular-season goals when he beat Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck at 17:44 of the third period during a 4-3 loss at Amalie Arena. The milestone goal came in Stamkos' 763rd NHL game; of the seven active players who've reached 400, only Washington's Alex Ovechkin (634 games) did it faster.
Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter celebrated his 1,000th regular-season game by scoring the winning goal in a 4-3 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights at Staples Center. Carter is the 11th player selected in the first round of the 2003 NHL Draft, and the third this season, to reach the 1,000-game milestone; the other two are Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and Stars forward Corey Perry. That matches the first round of the 1979 NHL Draft for the most first-round picks to skate in at least 1,000 regular-season games. However, 1979 was the first year that the minimum age of players subject to the draft was lowered from 20 to 18, resulting in three years' worth of players eligible to be selected.
Erik Karlsson scored while playing in his 700th regular-season game to help the San Jose Sharks win their sixth straight, defeating the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout at SAP Center. Karlsson has 579 points (131 goals. 448 assists), the most for a defenseman through 700 games since Brian Leetch had 683 (160 goals, 523 assists).
Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists, giving him 252 for his NHL career and moving him past Stephen Weiss (249) for the most in team history. Huberdeau has 386 points (134 goals, 252 assists), eight behind Weiss (394) for second place on Florida's all-time list. Olli Jokinen is first with 419 (188 goals, 231 assists).
McDavid joins Oilers teammate Draisaitl in 40-point club
Connor McDavid became the second player in the NHL to reach the 40-point mark this season when he had three assists in Edmonton's overtime loss to Dallas. McDavid (40 points; 14 goals, 26 assists) is second in the NHL behind linemate Leon Draisaitl, who had a goal and an assist to raise his total to 43 (16 goals, 27 assists) and extend his point streak to 12 games, the longest active run in the NHL. They are the third set of teammates in the past 30 years each with at least 40 points through their team's first 22 games in a season.
It's also the third time the Oilers have had multiple players with at least 40 points through the first 22 games of a season. Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri did it in 1983-84 and 1984-85.