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by Paul on 12/20/13 at 11:56 AM ET
The Flyers faced a three-goal deficit to start the third period, but scored three times in the final 4:39 of regulation, including the tying and winning goals from captain Claude Giroux, to complete a five-goal period and securing a 5-4 victory over Columbus. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time Philadelphia scored five-or-more goals in the third period to overcome a deficit in the final 20 minutes was Nov. 29, 1998 against Vancouver (the Flyers trailed 2-1 in that game before winning 6-2). It was also only the third time in franchise history that the Flyers won a game in which they trailed by three-or-more goals after two periods (Mar. 20, 1992 vs. Washington and April 13, 1997 vs. New Jersey).
* Giroux’s winning tally was his 100th career goal and his fourth point of the night (2-2--4). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Giroux’s four points in the third period tied a Flyers franchise record – the last player to record four points in the third period was Eric Lindros who had four assists against Vancouver on Nov. 29, 1998.
* Giroux has 4-6--10 on his five-game point streak and has 9-14--23 in 20 games after beginning the season with 0-7--7 in his first 15 games.
* Philadelphia (16-15-4, 36 points) improved to 3-0-1 in their past four contests, moving into third place in the Metropolitan Division.
* Jakub Voracek scored Philadelphia’s first goal and assisted on both Giroux tallies to extend his point streak to six games (6-4--10).
5 FOR PENS, 50 FOR SID
Sidney Crosby (0-2--2) assisted on both of Chris Kunitz’s (2-0--2) goals to become the first player to eclipse the 50-point mark in the League this season (19-32--51) as the Penguins beat the Wild 5-2. Crosby extended his point streak to a season-high nine games (6-9--15). His 15th multi-point game of 2013-14 extended his home point streak to 13 games (6-12--18), giving him at least one point in 18 of 19 games at CONSOL Energy Center this season.
* Kunitz’s first goal came 49 seconds after the opening faceoff, giving Pittsburgh a goal in the first minute in each of their past three home games.
* The Penguins extended their win streak to a season-high six straight games and hold a record of 11-1-0 in their past 12 contests. Pittsburgh has won nine consecutive home games, marking the longest active streak in the League. Pittsburgh has not trailed at CONSOL Energy Center in 317:19 dating to Nov. 27 versus Toronto.
O OLLI NIGHT
Pittsburgh rookie defenseman Olli Maatta matched a career-high with two points including a shorthanded penalty shot goal in the third period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Maatta is the first rookie defenseman to score a penalty shot goal since the Maple Leafs’ Bob Goldham scored against the Rangers on Mar. 7, 1942. Maatta is the first defenseman to score on a shorthanded penalty shot since Kimmo Timonen did so with Nashville on Nov. 18, 1999 versus Montreal.
* Maatta logged 21:46 minutes of ice-time and was plus-three against the Wild, a day after playing a career-high 28:06 minutes in a 4-3 shootout win against the Rangers on Wednesday.
JONES REIGNS KING
Rookie goalie Martin Jones made 31 saves and Tyler Toffoli scored his fifth game-winning goal of the season, leading Los Angeles to a record of 8-0-1 in their past nine home games versus San Jose. Jones improved to 7-0-0 with a 0.85 goals-against average and a .971 save-percentage, and was 2:10 away from his fourth career shutout. He has yet to allow more than two goals in a game.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Jones is the third goalie in NHL history to win his first seven decisions. Wayne Thomas began his career with seven straight wins for Montreal from Jan. 14 to 27, 1973 while former Flyers goaltender Bob Froese set an NHL record by winning his first eight career starts from Jan. 8 to 27, 1983.
* The Kings hold a record of 15-2-4 in their past 21 games and a 10-2-2 mark in their past 14 home contests.
PANTHERS IN THEIR PRIME
Tom Gilbert scored a power-play goal to break a 2-2 tie at 17:28 of the third period and Tomas Kopecky added a shorthanded tally 51 seconds later as Florida earned its fifth consecutive win, matching their longest streak since a five game stretch from Mar. 11 to 20, 2012. The Panthers improved to 7-1-0 in their past eight games.
* Goalie Scott Clemmensen won his fourth consecutive start, his longest stretch since backstopping seven straight victories for New Jersey from Jan. 13 to 30, 2009. He has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his four games for the first time since 2008-09 (Jan. 17-27, 2009).
* The Panthers improved to 11-8-1 under head coach Peter Horachek after compiling a record of 3-9-4 before his hiring.
St. Louis forward Alexander Steen, who signed a three-year contract extension Thursday, scored his 23rd and 24th goals of the season to match his career high (set in 2009-10). His second tally proved to be his sixth game-winner of 2013-14, the highest single season total of his career. This was Steen’s fifth multi-goal game of the season, ranking second in the League to Alex Ovechkin (six).
* Steen led all Blues forwards with 21:35 of total ice time, including 8:05 of power-play time and 2:35 on the penalty kill. He is the only forward in the League to lead his team in even strength, power-play and shorthanded ice time per game.
* Steen has at least one point in 17 of 19 home games this season (15-12--27). Chris Stewart led the Blues last season with 22 points in the Blues’ 24 home games. At 14-3-2 on home ice, the Blues are one win away from matching their total home wins from 2012-13.
* St. Louis improved to 6-0-1 in their past seven games versus Montreal, including five consecutive wins. Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves, improving to 4-0-0 with a 0.75 goals-against average and .970 save-percentage against his former team.
Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson scored twice, including the winner at 1:03 of overtime, and added his 700th career assist to lift Detroit to a 3-2 win over Calgary. Alfredsson is the third Swedish-born player to reach the 700-assist plateau, joining Nicklas Lidstrom (878) and Mats Sundin (785). He is also one of four active players with at least 700 career helpers.
CAREER ASSISTS, ACTIVE PLAYERS
Jaromir Jagr (NJ): 1,024
Teemu Selanne (ANA): 760
Joe Thornton (SJ): 818
Daniel Alfredsson (DET): 700
1,200 FOR MARLEAU
San Jose’s Patrick Marleau scored his 16th goal of the season in his 1,200th NHL game. Marleau is the franchise leader in games played, goals (420) and points (896) and ranks second in assists (476) behind Joe Thornton (818). The Sharks’ first round pick (second overall) in 1997 is the 11th active player to play in 1,200 or more NHL games and the 16th player in history to do so with one franchise.
James Reimer made 34 saves and stopped two shootout attempts and Toronto got shootout markers from James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul to earn their first victory versus Phoenix since Oct. 23, 2003 (0-5-1 since). . . The Sabres scored three unanswered goals, including third period tallies from Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers, improving to 3-1-1 in their past five games. . . Goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves to win his 100th game in a Stars uniform. . . Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson scored his first career shorthanded goal, giving him 18 points in 35 games this season (10-8--18), matching his career-high set through the same number of games last season (9-9--18). . . Lightning defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote recorded his first career point in his first NHL game since Feb. 4, 2006 with Montreal. . . Avalanche forward Matt Duchene recorded 1-1--2 and now has 7-19--26 in 22 career games versus Edmonton. . . Blues forward Brenden Morrow recorded his 300th NHL assist… Defenseman Drew Doughty played in his 400th NHL game, all with Los Angeles… Colorado improved to 20-0-1 when leading after two periods this season. . . Buffalo acquired forward Linus Omark from Edmonton in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Omark was drafted by the Oilers in 2007 (97th overall) and has 8-22--30 in 66 career NHL games.
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