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Home Team in Caps

TORONTO 4, Tampa Bay 3

Florida 7, EDMONTON 9

ARIZONA 6, Chicago 1


The Maple Leafs jumped out to a 3-0 lead midway through the second period powered by three-point outings from William Nylander (2-1—3) and Auston Matthews (0-3—3) before the Lightning stormed back with three consecutive goals – including two in the opening 1:18 of the third period – to even the score. James van Riemsdyk then notched the game-winning goal at 4:37 of the third period to clinch the win for Toronto – his third consecutive game with a goal.



* The Maple Leafs (34-19-5, 73 points) earned their fourth straight victory and eighth win in nine contests to move within six points of the first place Lightning (38-15-3, 79 points) and three points of the second place Bruins (34-12-8, 76 points) in the Atlantic Division standings.


* Linemates Matthews (26-21—47) and Nylander (14-31—45) rank first and second in points, respectively, among Maple Leafs skaters and each registered their third three-point game of the season.

Jake Gardiner (1-1—2), who leads all Maple Leafs defensemen with 4-31—35 in 58 GP, has collected 1-15—16 in 18 GP since the turn of the calendar and trails only Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (3-20—23 in 20 GP) and Stars defenseman John Klingberg (2-16—18 in 17 GP) over that span.

Nikita Kucherov registered 1-1—2 to become the first player to eclipse the 70-point mark this season (30-41—71 in 56 GP). Kucherov, who established a career high with 40 goals in 2016-17, became the fourth player in Lightning franchise history to score at least 30 goals in three or more consecutive seasons.



Vincent Trocheck (3-0—3) scored his first career hat trick to lead the Panthers (24-23-6, 54 points) to their fifth win in six contests. Trocheck, who established a career high in points last season with 23-31—54 in 82 GP, netted the 47th hat trick by an NHL player this season and the second by a Panthers player (also: Radim Vrbata on Oct. 26 vs. ANA).


* The Panthers scored at least seven goals in a game for the third time this season (also 8-3 W vs. ANA on Oct. 26, 2017 and 7-4 W at STL on Jan. 10).


Monday’s Panthers-Oilers contest witnessed the 17th instance in NHL history where two different teams attempted a penalty shot in the same game. The Oilers and Panthers are the first set of teams to both convert on their respective attempts.

* Leon Draisaitl became the fourth player this season and first in Oilers franchise history to convert on a penalty shot attempt while shorthanded. The others: Devils forward Brian Gibbons (Oct. 28 vs. ARI), Sharks forward Chris Tierney (Nov. 11 vs. VAN) and Stars forward Radek Faksa (Nov. 30 at CHI). 

Evgenii Dadonov (2-0—2) converted on Florida’s first penalty-shot attempt of the season and became the first Panthers player to score a penalty shot goal since Brandon Pirri on Nov. 14, 2015 at TBL.




The Coyotes scored a season-high six goals to earn a victory in the 3,000th game in franchise history and snap a nine-game slide head-to-head versus Chicago (0-8-1). Forward Derek Stepan earned an assist to extend his point streak to four games (1-5—6) and defenseman Alex Goligoski (1-1—2) – who leads all Arizona blueliners with 7-21—28 this season – also pushed his point streak to four contests (2-3—5).


Coyotes forward Clayton Keller, Lightning forward Yanni Gourde and Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat all found the scoresheet Monday to continue their impressive rookie seasons:

* Keller, who sits fourth in rookie scoring, collected 1-1—2, to reach the 40-point mark this season (16-24—40 in 56 GP). The Chesterfield, Mo. native became the fourth Coyotes rookie since 1996-97 – when the franchise moved to Arizona – to record a 40-point season. The others: Peter Mueller (22-32—54 in 2007-08), Max Domi (18-34—52 in 2015-16) and Anthony Duclair (20-24—44 in 2015-16).

* Gourde, an undrafted rookie from the Victoriaville Tigres of the QMJHL, scored his 21st goal of the season to extend his point streak to six contests (4-5—9) and currently sits third in rookie scoring with 21-21—42 in 56 GP. Gourde, who has found the back of the net in seven of his last 10 games, is just the third different rookie to register a point streak of at least six games this season – two games shy of Keller’s longest such run of eight games from Dec 14-31 (3-6—9).

* DeBrincat (1-0—1) became the third rookie to hit the 20-goal mark this season (20-15—35) and the 16th rookie in Blackhawks franchise history to record a 20-goal campaign.




· Giroux, Gaudreau, Dubnyk named Three Stars of the Week

· Brian Boyle's mother inspired by cancer-surviving son

· Basketball legend Charles Barkley drops puck before Coyotes game

· Small moves can pay off big for Cup winners (via Mike Zeisberger)

· Jordan Greenway aiming to be next great American player (via Amalie Benjamin)

· Mike Fisher practices with Predators for first time since announcing comeback

· Five Questions with Bruins legend Terry O'Reilly (via Dave Stubbs)




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The Bruins will honor the 40th anniversary of the 1977-78 team, which holds the NHL record for most 20-goal scorers on one team in the same season with eleven, prior to hosting the Flames at TD Garden. The players will be joined by coach Don Cherry, who helped lead the team to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final that season, for a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game.



Peter McNab led all Bruins skaters that season with 41 goals, followed by Terry O’Reilly (29), Bobby Schmautz (27), Stan Jonathan (27), Jean Ratelle (25), Rick Middleton (25), Wayne Cashman (24), Gregg Sheppard (23), Brad Park (22), Don Marcotte (20) and Bob Miller (20).


* Only three other teams in NHL history have featured 10 different 20-goal scorers: The Bruins (1970-71), Canadiens (1974-75) and Blues (1980-81).


* The Golden Knights (William Karlsson: 29; James Neal: 24; Erik Haula: 21; Jonathan Marchessault: 20) and Lightning(Nikita Kucherov: 30; Steven Stamkos: 21; Yanni Gourde: 21; Brayden Point: 20) lead all teams in 2017-18 with four 20-goal scorers each.



Several players look to extend point streaks on Tuesday in games that impact jockeying for playoff positioning:


* Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov looks to extend his assist/point streak to eight games (2-8—10 in 7 GP) when the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals (32-17-6, 70 points) visit the Jets (32-15-9, 73 points) – who sit two points behind the Predators (33-12-9, 75 points) for first place in the Central Division – at Bell MTS Place.


* Forward Taylor Hall also looks to extend his point streak to eight contests (4-5—9 in 7 GP) when the Devils (27-20-8, 62 points), who sit fourth in the Metropolitan Division and hold the first Wild Card spot in the East, visit the third place Flyers (28-19-9, 65 points), who have won four consecutive games. Hall has recorded at least one point in 14 consecutive appearances dating to Jan. 2 (9-12—21 in 14 GP) but missed three contests in the middle of the run due to injury.


* Forward Johnny Gaudreau looks to push his point streak to seven games (3-6—9 in 6 GP) when the Flames (29-19-8, 66 points), who hold third place in the Pacific Division, visit the Bruins. Calgary sits two points shy of the second place Sharks (30-18-8, 68 points), who look for their third consecutive victory when they host the Coyotes at SAP Center.

thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above

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