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PACE SETTERS
* Blues forward Alexander Steen scored his League-leading 13th goal in his 13th game of the season. Steen has found the back of the net in 11 of St. Louis’ first 13 contests, has 9-2—11 during an eight-game point streak and ranks fourth in the NHL with 13-6—19. The 24th overall selection in the 2002 NHL Draft, Steen has never scored more than 24 goals in any of his nine NHL seasons.

* Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin totaled 2-1—3 in his return after missing the last two games due to an upper-body injury. Ovechkin ranks second in the League with 12 goals in 13 games. He also places seventh in the NHL with 12-6—18.

MILLER TIME
Ryan Miller faced a career-high 51 shots, but made 47 saves, plus another two in the shootout, to lead the Sabres to a 5-4 victory over the Sharks. Miller recorded his 45th career shootout win, tied for the most in NHL history with NY Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist. He also improved to 7-1-1 with a 2.17 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and two shutouts in nine career appearances versus the Sharks.

HUNGRIER THAN EVER
Radim Vrbata and Antoine Vermette scored in the shootout to lift the Coyotes to their fifth consecutive victory, the last three of which have come via the tiebreaker. Phoenix improved to 11-3-2 (24 points), the second-best start in franchise history through 16 games (12-2-2, 26 points in 1998-99). The Coyotes also improved to 7-0-1 at home; only two other teams have yet to lose in regulation on home ice this season – the Ducks (5-0-0) and Sharks (5-0-2).

WILD CONTINUE TO ROLL IN MINNESOTA
The Wild recorded a 5-1 victory in the team’s 1,000th NHL game (regular season and playoffs). Zach Parise (2-1—3) posted his 27th career three-point game and 31st multi-goal game. Josh Harding made 24 saves to improve to 8-2-1, with a League-leading 1.09 goals-against average and .951 save percentage. Minnesota is 7-1-2 on home ice; only Phoenix (7-0-1) and Pittsburgh (7-2-0) have as many home-ice victories this season.

RARE FEAT
Stars forward Vernon Fiddler scored the game-tying goal via a penalty shot with 2:34 remaining in regulation. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first game-tying, penalty-shot goal in the final five minutes of the third period of an NHL game since April 12, 2002, when the Thrashers’ Tony Hrkac scored one with 3:37 remaining versus the Blue Jackets (in an eventual 5-4 loss).

LOOSE PUCKS
Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson recorded his sixth career multi-goal game. He leads all blueliners in goals (6) and points (17) this season, and has 4-5—9 during a five-game point streak . . . Blues forward T.J. Oshie scored the winning goal in the shootout. He is 3-for-3 in shootout attempts this season and 21-of-39 (53.8%) for his career, the highest success rate of any active player with at least 20 shootout attempts . . . Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom collected three power-play assists, the third such game of his NHL career . . . Senators forward Kyle Turris recorded an assist to push his point streak to a career-long five games (1-6—7) . . . Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk extended his assist/point streak to six games (0-7—7) . . . Senators captain Jason Spezza posted two assists to surpass 400 for his NHL career . . . Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (700), Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek (600) and Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll (400) each played in milestone games . . .  The Sabres won their fifth consecutive game versus the Sharks . . . The Capitals scored four power-play goals in a game for the first time since Dec. 9, 2011. They lead the NHL in both power-play (27.9%) and penalty-kill (91.5%) efficiency this season  . . . Forward Jason Arnott announced his retirement from the NHL. The seventh overall pick in the 1993 NHL Draft, Arnott totaled 417-521—938 in 1,244 regular-season games with six clubs. He also scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Devils in double-overtime of Game 6 of the 2000 Final.

The information above was supplied by the NHL PR department.

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