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MONDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps

Dallas 3, BOSTON 2 (OT)
COLORADO 3, Anaheim 1
San Jose 4, LOS ANGELES 1
NY Islanders 5, MONTREAL 4 (OT)

AVALANCHE PUSH WIN STREAK TO SEVEN CONTESTS
Nathan MacKinnon
 scored the game-winning goal for the second time in three days – after a spectacular sprawling stop by goaltender Jonathan Bernier (33 saves) – as the Avalanche (24-16-3, 51 points) extended their overall and home win streaks to seven and six games, respectively.

* Colorado has posted seven consecutive victories for the first time since winning eight straight games from Dec. 31 – Jan. 17, 2006. The longest win streak in franchise history was a 12-0-0 run from Jan. 10 – Feb. 7, 1999. Meanwhile, Colorado has won six straight at Pepsi Center for the first time since posting eight consecutive wins from Nov. 30 – Dec. 23, 2011.

* MacKinnon, who has a goal in three straight outings and 5-9—14 during a seven-game point streak, reached the 20-goal mark for the third time in five NHL seasons. MacKinnon shares second in the NHL with 20-34—54 in 2017-18 (43 GP), his most productive campaign since his Calder Trophy-winning season in 2013-14 (24-39—63 in 82 GP).

* Bernier established a career high with his sixth consecutive victory, besting five-game streaks achieved from Feb. 11 – March 4, 2013 and March 18-28, 2017.

GREISS, TAVARES HELP ISLANDERS ESCAPE MONTREAL WITH OT WIN . . .
The Islanders (23-18-4, 50 points) surrendered two separate two-goal leads and were outshot 56-24, but Thomas Greiss made a career-high 52 saves and John Tavares (2-0—2) scored in overtime to propel New York to its third consecutive win.



* Tavares netted his 10th career regular-season overtime goal to extend his franchise record; he trails only Alex Ovechkin (15) for the most such markers since entering the League in 2009-10. The Islanders captain moved into a four-way tie for second in League scoring (24-30—54), six points back of Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov (27-33—60).

* Greiss became the third goaltender to record at least 50 saves in a game in 2017-18, joining Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov (Nov. 2 vs. CAR: 57 saves) and Anaheim's John Gibson (Nov. 19 vs. FLA: 50 saves).

. . . BARZAL CONTINUES TO DOMINATE SCORE SHEET
Mathew Barzal (1-2—3) notched at least three points for the second time in three days (2-3—5 at NYR on Jan. 13) to become the seventh different rookie in the past 23 years to record at least three points in consecutive team games. Only two other Islanders rookies have achieved the feat in their 46-year history: Brent Sutter (2x) in 1981-82 and Michael Grabner in 2010-11.



* Barzal (16-31—47 in 45 GP) increased his lead in the rookie scoring race to seven points ahead of Vancouver’s Brock Boeser (22-18—40 in 42 GP). Barzal (5x) and Boeser (4x) are the only rookies to record 3+ points on more than two occasions in 2017-18. Last season, Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine shared the rookie lead with five such outings apiece.

* Barzal, the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, is just three points shy of becoming the 14th rookie in Islanders; Grabner (34-18—52 in in 2010-11; 76 GP) and John Tavares (24-30—54 in 2009-10; 82 GP) were the last two to achieve the feat.

SEGUIN SNAPS BOSTON’S HOME STREAK WITH OT GOAL. . .
Tyler Seguin scored a highlight-reel goal in overtime against his former club to help the Stars (25-17-3, 53 points) snap Boston’s five-game win streak at TD Garden.



John Klingberg collected an assist on Seguin’s goal to extend his point streak to seven games (2-8—10) and increase his scoring lead among defensemen (6-35—41 in 45 GP). Klingberg became the fourth defenseman to post a seven-game point streak this season, joining Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (1-10—11), NY Rangers’ Kevin Shattenkirk (3-7—10) and Boston’s Torey Krug (2-7—9) who all had seven-game runs end on Nov. 11.

Alexander Radulov registered at least a point for the sixth time in his last seven contests (5-6—11), pushing his season totals to 17-23—40 in 45 GP. He joined Jamie Benn (18-24—42), Seguin (22-19—41) and Klingberg (6-35—41) as the fourth Stars player to register at least 40 point this season. The Islanders are the only other team to have four players hit the 40-point mark in 2017-18 (John TavaresJosh BaileyMathew Barzal and Anders Lee).

. . . BRUINS EARN A POINT TO EXTEND POINT STREAK
Despite the loss, Boston extended their point streak to 13 contests (9-0-4) to match the Golden Knights’ 13-game run from Dec. 3 – Jan. 2 (12-0-1) for the longest such stretch in the NHL this season.

QUICK CLICKS

· Golden Knights turning Vegas into a hockey town (via Nick Cotsonika)

· All-Star Noah Hanifin still learning on the job (via Tom Gulitti)

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION


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