The Philadelphia Flyers continued their surge up the Metropolitan Division by extending their season-high winning streak to six games with a 5-3 victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
Since starting their winning streak Feb. 18, the Flyers (38-20-7) have gone from holding the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference to second in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind the Washington Capitals (40-19-6), passing the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins along the way.
Matt Niskanen, Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny each scored a power-play goal, and Michael Raffl scored shorthanded for Philadelphia. Konecny added an assist and leads the Flyers with an NHL career-high 60 points (23 goals, 37 assists). The forward, who turns 23 on March 11, is the third Flyers skater since 1998-99 to reach 60 points in a season at age 22 or younger, joining Simon Gagne, who had 66 points (33 goals, 33 assists) in 79 games at age 22 in 2001-02, and Mike Richards with 61 points (22 goals, 39 assists) in 55 games in 2007-08 prior to his 23rd birthday.
Carter Hart made 23 saves and is 7-1-0 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .923 save percentage since returning from an abdominal strain Feb. 10.
Mika Zibanejad had three points (two goals, one assist) and Artemi Panarin had two assists to give him 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) during a 13-game point streak for New York (35-26-4), which is 9-3-0 in its past 12 games. The Rangers are four points behind the Islanders and Blue Jackets for the first wild card from the East.
Ovechkin six from Gartner on goals list
Alex Ovechkin scored two of three goals for the Washington Capitals in a span of 3:38 of the first period in a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.
The forward has 703 goals, and is six from passing Hockey Hall of Fame member Mike Gartner (708) for seventh in NHL history. Ovechkin, who has 45 goals this season, tied with Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs for second in the NHL this season and two behind League leader David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins, has passed Hall of Famers Luc Robitaille, Teemu Selanne, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Mark Messier on the all-time list this season.
Ovechkin has scored 356 goals in 573 regular-season road games. He passed Jaromir Jagr (355) for third place and trails Wayne Gretzky (402) and Yzerman (362).
Werenski reaches milestone for Blue Jackets
Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist to become the first Blue Jackets defenseman to score 20 goals in a season in a 5-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena.
Werenski (60 games) also is the first NHL defenseman to score 20 goals in 60 games or fewer since Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks (48 games) in 2016-17. He helped the Blue Jackets (32-21-14) rally from down two goals in the third period by scoring four unanswered to earn their first regulation win since defeating the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 on Feb. 7. It was the 42nd time this season that a team rallied from trailing by multiple goals in the third to win a game, seven behind the NHL record of 49 set in 2009-10. There are 256 games remaining in 2019-20.