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Facts and Figures: Maple Leafs set road goal-scoring record

Get at least four in eighth straight game away from home, best in team history

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The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to be the highest-scoring team on the road in the NHL this season. They set a team record by scoring at least four goals in their eighth consecutive road game when they defeated the Dallas Stars 5-3 at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.

Toronto has scored an NHL-leading 99 goals as the visiting team. It has led the NHL in road goals once in the expansion era (since 1967-68) with 133 in 1998-99.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: The @MapleLeafs have scored 4+ goals in each of their last eight road games ��� the longest such run in franchise history. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/fb6a58dhzv

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews opened the scoring with his 36th goal of the season, moving him within one of Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak (37) for the NHL lead. Matthews is four goals shy of matching the NHL career high of 40 he set as a rookie in 2016-17.

 

Ovechkin passes Yzerman for ninth on NHL goals list

Alex Ovechkin scored the 693rd regular-season goal of his NHL career for the Washington Capitals in a 5-4 loss to the Nashville Predators at Capital One Arena, passing Steve Yzerman (692) for sole possession of ninth place in NHL history. He's one goal behind Mark Messier (694) for eighth place.

Tweet from @CapitalsPR: Alex Ovechkin now sits two goals shy of passing Mark Messier (694) for the eighth most goals in NHL history. pic.twitter.com/ZErCRskscR

Ovechkin is the third player in the NHL to score 35 goals this season and has scored nine in his past four games since Jan. 13. He's one goal behind Matthews and two behind Pastrnak in the race for the Maurice Richard Trophy presented to top goal-scorer in the regular season.

 

Canucks, Flames keep rolling in Pacific Division

The Vancouver Canucks (29-18-4) stayed two points ahead of the Calgary Flames (27-19-6) in the race for the top spot in the Pacific Division, where the first five teams are separated by five points.

Vancouver remained in first place by defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-2 at SAP Center. Quinn Hughes and Tanner Pearson each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who won their fourth in a row and are trying to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2015. 

The Flames gave up three one-goal leads to the Edmonton Oilers before winning 4-3 in a shootout at Rogers Place. Sean Monahan's deciding goal in the tiebreaker gave the Flames their third win in as many games against their Alberta rival. Calgary defeated Edmonton after surrendering at least three game-tying goals for the third time since moving from Atlanta in 1981. The others: April 20, 1984 (5-4 overtime win) and Dec. 31, 2005 (6-5 win).

 

Poile ties GM record for wins

David Poile earned his 1,506th win (regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs) as an NHL general manager when the Predators rallied to defeat the Capitals, tying him with Glen Sather for the most combined wins by a GM in NHL history.

Poile, the only GM in Predators history, has 1,403 regular-season wins and 103 in the playoffs. Sather had 1,319 victories in the regular season and 187 in the playoffs. Poile passed him for the most regular-season wins by a GM with his 1,320th on March 1, 2018.

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