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Facts and Figures: Chara, Thornton, Marleau to play in fourth decade

Bruins defenseman, Sharks forwards will be 12th, 13th, 14th in NHL to do so @NHLdotcom

Zdeno Chara, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau will become the 12th, 13th and 14th players in NHL history to play at least one game in four or more different decades Thursday. Chara and the Boston Bruins face the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, NESN, FS-O, NHL.TV). Thornton, Marleau and the San Jose Sharks visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, NBCSCA, NHL.TV).

Chara, a 42-year-old defenseman, is second on the Bruins with 21:24 of ice time per game. He played a season-high 27:50 in a 3-2 shootout loss at the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, the only time since 2005-06 an NHL player skated at least 27 minutes of a regular-season game at age 42 or older.

Thornton, a 40-year-old center, has played in all 41 games for the Sharks this season. His assist in a 6-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 28 tied Hockey Hall of Famer Adam Oates (1,079) for seventh in NHL history.

Marleau, a 40-year-old forward, has played 825 consecutive NHL regular-season games since April 9, 2009, the sixth-longest streak in NHL history.

Gordie Howe, whose NHL career began in 1946, is the only one to play an NHL game in five different decades.


Domi eyes goal in seventh straight game for Canadiens

Max Domi will try to extend his goal streak to a season-high seven games when the Montreal Canadiens host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bell Centre on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, SUN, NHL.TV). The forward's six-game run (eight points; six goals, two assists) is tied with Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (15 points; seven goals, eight assists from Nov. 7-17, 2019) for the longest in the NHL this season.

Three Canadiens skaters in the past 50 years have scored at least one goal in seven consecutive games: Denis Savard (nine in 1990-91), Steve Shutt (seven in 1981-82) and Yvon Cournoyer (seven in 1971-72).


Stars soar past Predators at Winter Classic

The Dallas Stars rallied from down 2-0 in the first period by scoring four unanswered goals to defeat the Nashville Predators 4-2 in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Wednesday before 85,630, the second-highest attended game in NHL history behind the 2014 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium (105,491).

The Stars came back from down two goals for the second consecutive game after doing so in a 4-2 win at the Arizona Coyotes on Dec. 29. It's the eighth time in their history they've rallied from down multiple goals to win two straight games and third time since moving to Dallas in 1993 (Oct. 27-29, 2015 and Jan. 6-8, 2006). The Stars also won after trailing heading into the third period for the seventh time this season, most in the NHL and five behind their record of 12 set in 2005-06.

Video: Sights and Sounds from the 2020 NHL Winter Classic


Josi joins rare Predators company

Predators defenseman Roman Josi had two assists to extend his point streak to eight games (15 points; seven goals, eight assists), tied with Bruins forward David Pastrnak (13 points; three goals, 10 assists) for the longest active run in the NHL. John Carlson of the Washington Capitals is the only defenseman with a longer point streak this season (nine games from Oct. 8-24, 2019). 

Josi's 11th multipoint game this season is second to Carlson's 16. He has 41 points (14 goals, 27 assists) in 39 games, the fourth time in Nashville history a player reached 40 points before his 40th game. The others are Steve Sullivan (37 in 2006-07 and 39 in 2005-06) and Paul Kariya (39 in 2006-07).

Tweet from @PR_NHL: With two assists in the first period of the #WinterClassic, Roman Josi extended his career-high point streak to 8 games and became the first defenseman in @PredsNHL to reach the 40-point mark in a season in fewer than 40 games. #NHLStats

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