THIRD-PERIOD RALLY POWERS FLYERS TO VICTORY
With the Philadelphia Flyers trailing 3-0 deficit in the third period, 19-year-old Travis Konecny (first NHL goal) and 38-year-old Mark Streit (1-2-3) each scored to help spur the Flyers to an eventual shootout victory.
* The Flyers won after trailing by at least three goals in the third period for the first time since Dec. 19, 2013 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, when they trailed 3-0 and won 5-4, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It also marked the third such comeback of the 2016-17 season, with the Winnipeg Jets claiming the others, against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 13 and against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 19.
* The Flyers, who also overcame a multigoal deficit to defeat the Hurricanes on Saturday (trailed 2-0; won 6-3), have at least evened the score in a game after trailing by multiple goals four times this season. The other instances: at the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 15 (trailed 3-1; lost 4-3 in overtime) and at the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 18 (trailed 4-0; lost 7-4).
Video: The Flyers storm back from a 3-0 deficit to win, 4-3
Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 3, Florida 2
Minnesota 5, BOSTON 0
NEW JERSEY 5, Arizona 3
PHILADELPHIA 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)
DETROIT 4, Carolina 2
Tampa Bay 7, TORONTO 3
Calgary 4, ST. LOUIS 1
DALLAS 3, Winnipeg 2
Ottawa 3, VANCOUVER 0
SAN JOSE 2, Anaheim 1 (OT)
LOS ANGELES 3, Columbus 2 (OT)
CROSBY RETURNS TO SPARK PENGUINS COMEBACK
Making his 2016-17 NHL season debut, captain Sidney Crosby scored the first of three unanswered goals by the Pittsburgh Penguins to help his club overcome a 2-0 deficit and improve to 4-0-1 at home.
* Crosby, who in the past four months has claimed the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy, World Cup of Hockey 2016 championship and World Cup MVP, has 59 points (28 goals, 31 assists) in 45 regular-season games in the 2016 calendar year. Only one player has more points in that span, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton with 61 (12 goals, 49 assists) in 53 games.
* The Penguins, who also climbed from a 2-0 hole to win beat the Sharks 3-2 on Thursday, have trailed in three of their four victories this season (also against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 13, down 1-0, won 3-2 in a shootout). Elias notes that the Penguins overcame a multigoal deficit to win seven times in 2015-16.
Video: Penguins rally out of two-goal hole to top Panthers
NO LEAD IS SAFE
Elias says that there have been 19 instances in 93 games this season in which a team has overcome a multigoal deficit to earn at least one point. The trailing team eventually won 15 of those 19 games.
* Through the first two weeks of the 2015-16 season (91 games), there were eight instances in which a team earned at least one point after trailing by multiple goals (trailing team's record: 6-1-1).
TRIUMPHANT RETURN FOR ELLIOTT AND CO.
Calgary Flames goaltender Brian Elliott made 23 saves, including 12 in the third period, for his second win in as many nights while making his return to St. Louis, where he spent the past six seasons and is the St. Louis Blues' all-time shutouts leader. The Blues thanked Elliott and Troy Brouwer , who last season helped the Blues reach the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2001.
* ICYMI: Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk had an assist in his first NHL game in St. Louis, where he grew up playing hockey while his father, Keith Tkachuk, played for the Blues.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils each maintained their unblemished home records:
* Dylan Larkin scored his first two goals of the season to power the Red Wings to their fifth consecutive victory and a 4-0-0 home record this season, their final one at Joe Louis Arena. Elias notes that the Red Wings have won their first four home games on two other occasions since moving to The Joe in 1979-80. They went 6-0-0 in 1990-91 and 4-0-0 in 2003-04.
* The Devils surrendered a two-goal lead, but Travis Zajac scored two goals in the final 2:01 of regulation to help them improve to 3-0-0 at Prudential Center. Offseason acquisition Taylor Hall had two goals and an assist, and has all six of his points (five goals, one assist) at home ice. It also was his first three-point game with the Devils.
OT HEROICS IN CALIFORNIA
Defensemen Alec Martinez of the Los Angeles Kings and Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the Sharks scored overtime goals on home ice:
* Martinez (343 GP) scored his third NHL regular-season overtime goal, and second in his past three games (also at the Dallas Stars on Oct. 20), to lift the Kings to their third consecutive victory on the heels of a 0-3-0 start. Overtime heroics are not new to Martinez, who scored the series-clinching overtime goal in the 2014 Western Conference Final and Stanley Cup Final.
* Vlasic (744 GP) scored his eighth NHL game-winning goal and second in overtime. His only other overtime goal came at 3:09 of overtime against the Minnesota Wild on Jan. 6, 2015.
Video: Vlasic nets OT winner as Sharks top Ducks, 2-1
Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews had one goal and one assist leads the League with 10 points (six goals, four assists), highlighted by three multipoint games. … Lightning teammates Steven Stamkos (2-2-4) and Nikita Kucherov (1-3-4) matched and set NHL career highs for points in a game, respectively. … Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves and Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 22 saves in shutouts. … Flyers captain Claude Giroux extended his point streak to six games with his League-leading eighth assist. … Hurricanes forward Victor Rask had a goal, giving him four goals and three assists in six games. He's the first Hurricanes player to start a season with a point in six straight games since 1998-99, when Keith Primeau had four goals and four assists in seven games. … Stars forward Jason Dowling (0-1-1) and Boston Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre (15 saves) each made their NHL debut. … The Bruins, Kings and Penguins each hosted Hockey Fights Cancer nights. … The Penguins presented a special gift to Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, who began his career with the Penguins and on Tuesday played in his 1,635th NHL game to tie Scott Stevens for seventh place in NHL history.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Montreal @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., SN1, MSG+, RDS, NHL.TV
Boston @ NY Rangers, 8 p.m., TVAS, NBCSN, NHL.TV
Washington @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., SN360, SN1, SNO, SNW, CSN-DC, NHL.TV
Nashville @ Anaheim, 10:30 p.m., PRIME, FS-TN, NHL.TV
ORIGINAL SIX FOES MEET ON RIVALRY NIGHT
For the second straight week, a pair of Original Six members meet on "Wednesday Night Rivalry" on NBCSN when the Bruins head to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers for the first time in 2016-17. The Rangers are 3-1-0 at home this season and are coming off a pair of wins last weekend, 4-2 at the Washington Capitals and 3-2 against the Coyotes, while the Bruins are aiming to rebound from back-to-back losses.
PREDATORS VISIT DUCKS IN 2016 FIRST ROUND REMATCH
The Nashville Predators begin a five-game road trip at Honda Center, where they will play the Anaheim Ducks for the first time since beating them in seven games in the opening round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Predators won three road games in that series, a first for the franchise, capped by a 2-1 victory in their first Game 7.
HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHTS
The Ducks and Edmonton Oilers will host their Hockey Fights Cancer night tonight. Click on the respective links for more information regarding each team's events.
* Click here for complete details on the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.