LAINE GRABS SHARE OF GOAL-SCORING LEAD
Patrik Laine (1-1-2) scored his 16th goal of the season and set up Bryan Little's overtime winner when the Winnipeg Jets ended a six-game road losing streak (0-5-1) and improved to 3-1-0 in their past four games.
* Laine, who has scored in three consecutive games (4-1-5), moved into a tie with Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead with 16 goals this season (27 GP) and leads all rookies with 16-7-23.
Home Team in Caps
Boston 2, BUFFALO 1
NY RANGERS 4, Carolina 2
PHILADELPHIA 3, Chicago 1
New Jersey 5, NASHVILLE 4 (OT)
VANCOUVER 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
Winnipeg 3, ST. LOUIS 2 (OT)
OTTAWA 2, Florida 0
TAMPA BAY 2, Washington 1 (SO)
PITTSBURGH 5, Detroit 3
Columbus 3, ARIZONA 2 (SO)
Dallas 3, COLORADO 0
EDMONTON 3, Anaheim 2 (OT)
TOP TEAMS IN METROPOLITAN DIVISION KEEP PACE
The New York Rangers (17-8-1, 35 points), Pittsburgh Penguins (15-7-3, 33 points) and Columbus Blue Jackets (14-5-4, 32 points) all picked up wins Saturday to maintain the top three spots, respectively, in the Metropolitan Division.
* Chris Kreider (2-0-2) scored twice in the third period and Derek Stepan (1-2-3) posted his second three-point game of the season when the Rangers extended their home winning streak against the Carolina Hurricanes to 13 games. The streak, which began with a 2-1 overtime victory on Jan. 5, 2011, is the longest such run against one opponent in Rangers history.
Video: CAR@NYR: Kreider cleans up loose puck for late lead
* The Penguins found the net four times in the third period, including the decisive goal in the final 10 minutes by Phil Kessel (2-0-2), to recover from a two-goal deficit for their third win in their past four games. Elias notes that the Penguins have overcome a multi-goal deficit five times in their 15 wins this season after accomplishing the feat seven times all of last season (48 wins).
* The Blue Jackets overcame a 58-save performance by Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, and were aided by shootout goals from Cam Atkinson and Sam Gagner, to earn their third straight victory and improve to 8-1-2 in their past 11 games. Smith's 58 saves and the Blue Jackets' 60 shots each set new franchise records, previously achieved against one another on April 3, 2012 in a 2-0 Coyotes victory (ARI: 54 saves, CBJ: 54 shots). Elias notes that three other goaltenders have made 58 or more saves in a regular-season game in the past 25 years: Ben Scrivens (59) w/ EDM on Jan. 29, 2014 vs. SJS; Dwayne Roloson (58) w/NYI on Nov. 23, 2009 at TOR; and Ron Tugnutt (70) w/ QUE on March 21, 1991 at BOS.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Philadelphia Flyers scored three unanswered goals in the second period, sparked by goals 31 seconds apart from Ivan Provorov, to pick up their fourth straight victory and 13th consecutive regular-season home win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Via Elias, Provorov scored the fastest pair of goals by a rookie defenseman since Dec. 15, 1995, when Winnipeg's Deron Quint scored twice in a span of four seconds against the Edmonton Oilers.
ICYMI: The Blackhawks signed goaltender Eric Semborski, an instructor for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, to an amateur tryout contract after Corey Crawford needed an appendectomy. The former Temple University club hockey goaltender and native of Manayunk, Pennsylvania, took warmup with the Blackhawks and backed up Scott Darling.
Video: Emergency goalie Semborski on his surreal experience
CAMMALLERI STARTS, FINISHES THREE-GOAL DEVILS COMEBACK
Michael Cammalleri (2-0-2) scored 25 seconds into the third period to spark a three-goal comeback and then scored in overtime to help the New Jersey Devils end a four-game losing streak.
* Saturday marked the fifth instance this season when a team won a game after trailing by three or more goals in the third period and the first time the Devils have accomplished the feat since Oct. 12, 2006, when Brian Gionta scored a third-period hat trick to turn a 6-3 deficit into a 7-6 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Video: NJD@NSH: Cammalleri buries Hall's feed for OT winner
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen scored the 200th goal of his NHL career in his 765th game. His father, Thomas, reached the milestone in his 715th career NHL game. Per Elias, two other father-son duos in NHL history have each collected 200 career goals: Bobby and Brett Hull (610 & 741) and J.P. and Zach Parise (238 & 303).
Tuukka Rask made a season-high 35 saves to move into a tie for the League lead with 13 wins (13-4-1, 1.60 GAA, .941 SV%) . . . Mike Condon turned aside all 24 shots he faced when the Ottawa Senators improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven contests, while Kari Lehtonen (23 savese) earned his first shutout of the season to help the Dallas Stars to victory . . . Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews (1-0-1) has five goals in his past five games (5-1-6), and is tied for second among rookies with 11 goals and 19 points . . . Brian Boyle scored the shootout winner when the Tampa Bay Lightning ended a four-game losing streak . . . Despite an overtime loss, the Blues picked up a point in their 12th straight home game (9-0-3) . . .Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jared Coreau made 32 saves in his NHL debut . . . Oilers forward Drake Caggiula scored his first NHL goal (8 GP) while Leon Draisaitl scored his first career overtime winner . . . Flyers captain Claude Giroux skated in his 600th NHL game . . . The Penguins honored members of their 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup-winning teams in a pregame ceremony.
SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Montreal @ Los Angeles, 3 p.m., FS-W, RDS, SNE
Tampa Bay @ Carolina, 5 p.m., FS-CR, SUN
Philadelphia @ Nashville, 6 p.m., TVA Sports, FS-TN, CSN-PH
Detroit @ NY Islanders, 6 p.m., MSG+, FS-D
Winnipeg @ Chicago, 7 p.m., SN, CSN-CH
Anaheim @ Calgary, 9:30 p.m., SN360, SNW, FS-W
Minnesota @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-N, FS-WI
HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN BARRIE, ONTARIO
Patrik Laine (16-7-23), the League's top scoring rookie, will play against 2016 Art Ross Trophy winner Patrick Kane (8-17-25) when the Jets head into Chicago to visit the Blackhawks on Rogers Hometown Hockey, which will showcase the city of Barrie, Ontario. Laine enters the contest with consecutive multi-point games (3-1-4), while Kane has found the scoresheet in four of his past five games (2-3-5).
* 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 Barrie.
* Click here for the full schedule of stops for the 2016-17 season.