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Patrick Kane found the score sheet to register his second 10-game point streak of the season and become the 90th player in NHL history to collect 1,000 regular-season points.

Sidney Crosby factored on two of four unanswered Penguins goals to lead Pittsburgh to its third three-goal comeback win of 2019-20 (also Nov. 7, 2019 at NYI and Nov. 27, 2019 vs. VAN).

* In his first game back with the Hurricanes after signing a one-year contract with the club on Jan. 7, Justin Williams helped Carolina climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Patrick Kane (380-620—1,000 in 953 GP), a 31-year-old native of Buffalo, N.Y., found the score sheet for the 10th straight game dating to Dec. 31, 2019 (4-11—15 in 10 GP) and became the 90th player in NHL history to collect 1,000 regular-season points.

* Kane (31 years, 61 days) also became the youngest U.S. player to reach 1,000 career regular-season points, eclipsing Jeremy Roenick (32 years, 13 days) who spent eight seasons with Chicago from 1988-89 to 1995-96. In fact, only three active players – regardless of nationality – have hit the milestone at age 31 or youngerSidney Crosby (29 years, 193 days), Alex Ovechkin (31 years, 116 days) and Joe Thornton (31 years, 280 days).

* The Blackhawks forward also became the 10th player of U.S. nationality in NHL history to record 1,000 career points and is among a group of six to reach the milestone in fewer than 1,000 games.

* Kane is the fourth player in franchise history to record 1,000 regular-season points with Chicago, joining Stan Mikita (541-926—1,467 in 1,396 GP), Bobby Hull (604-549—1,153 in 1,036 GP) and Denis Savard (377-719—1,096 in 881 GP).

 * Additionally, Kane became the ninth former first-overall pick to record 1,000 regular-season points with one franchise, joining Mario Lemieux (1,723 w/ PIT), Joe Thornton (1,043 w/ SJS), Mike Modano (1,359 w/ DAL), Guy Lafleur (1,246 w/ MTL), Gilbert Perreault (1,326 w/ BUF), Alex Ovechkin (1,258 w/ WSH), Sidney Crosby (1,239 w/ PIT) and Denis Potvin (1,052 w/ NYI). 
* Chicago’s leading scorer this season (24-38—62 in 50 GP) has strung together a point streak of at least 10 games for the seventh time in his career and second of 2019-20 (11-13—24 in 15 GP from Nov. 2-30, 2019). His seven such runs are the second-most among active NHL players and trail only Penguins captain Crosby (9).

After David Pastrnak (1-1—2) capped a run of three straight Bruins goals with his 70th point and League-leading 37th goalSidney Crosby (0-2—2) factored on two of four unanswered Penguins goals to lead Pittsburgh to its third three-goal comeback win of 2019-20 (also Nov. 7, 2019 at NYI and Nov. 27, 2019 vs. VAN).

* The 2019-20 campaign marks the second time in Penguins history the franchise has collected three such wins in a single season, joining 2008-09 (Nov. 11, 2008 at DET, Nov. 26, 2008 at NYI and Feb. 4, 2009 vs. TBL).

* Additionally, the Red Wings (1989-90), Oilers (1983-84) and North Stars (1983-84) are the only teams in NHL history to have collected more than three such victories in a single season (all w/ 4).

* The 18 total three-goal comeback wins through this point of the season (758 GP) are the most since 1989-90 (29) – which also stands as the highest such total through the first 758 games of any season in League history.

In his first game back with the Hurricanes after signing a one-year contract with the club on Jan. 7, Justin Williams (13:06 TOI) netted the decisive goal in the eighth round of the shootout to help Carolina (28-18-3, 59 points) leapfrog Philadelphia (26-17-6, 58 points) into the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

* The Hurricanes improved to 10-4-3 in one-goal games this season and stand as one of 18 teams with double-digit victories in such contests in 2019-20. The Flames pace all teams in one-goal game victories this season (16-2-5).

Oliver Bjorkstrand (2-0—2) scored twice including the go-ahead goal with 27 seconds remaining in regulation as the Blue Jackets (26-16-8, 60 points) earned their fifth consecutive win and matched their longest such run of the season (also 5 GP from Dec. 16-23, 2019).

* Bjorkstrand is the NHL’s second player to score a go-ahead in the final 30 seconds of regulation this season – and second in a span of three days (also: Rangers forward Chris Kreider on Jan. 16 at NYI: 59:35).

Matiss Kivlenieks turned aside 31 shots to earn his first NHL win and help Columbus reclaim the Eastern Conference’s first Wild Card spot. The 23-year-old is the second rookie goaltender to backstop the Blue Jackets to a win recently after 25-year-old Elvis Merzlikins (4-0-0 since Jan. 11) burst onto the scene. The 2019-20 campaign is the third in franchise history two feature two rookie netminders each earn at least one win. The others: Steve Mason (33) and Daniel Lacosta (2) in 2008-09 as well as Joonas Korpisalo (16) and Anton Forsberg (1) in 2015-16.

* Columbus, meanwhile, is the third team to feature wins from a pair of rookie goaltenders this season, joining Colorado (Antoine Bibeau: 1 and Adam Werner: 1) and Florida (Chris Driedger: 5 and Sam Montembeault: 4).


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