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by Paul on 01/08/14 at 10:35 AM ET
TAVARES HELPS ISLANDERS PICK UP SECOND WIN IN AS MANY NIGHTS
Later in the day, Tavares recorded three assists to help the Islanders pick up their second victory in as many nights and fifth win in their past six outings.
* Tavares posted 3-2—5 in Monday’s victory, giving him 3-5—8 over the past two days. It marks the second time in his career that Tavares has collected eight points over a two-game span. He last accomplished that feat Oct. 13-15, 2011, when he recorded 2-2—4 followed by 3-1—4 in wins over the Lightning and Rangers, respectively.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tavares’ eight-point total is the highest by any Islander over a two-day span since Jan. 10-11, 1990, when Pat LaFontaine registered 2-1—3 and 1-5—6 in wins over the Maple Leafs and North Stars, respectively.
* Tavares has 7-8—15 during a six-game point streak and now is tied for second in the NHL with 20-34—54 in 44 appearances this season (with Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane: 23-31—54 in 45 GP).
* Thomas Vanek collected an assist to extend his point streak to a career-long 10 games (5-10—15).
* Rookie defenseman Calvin de Haan, the 12th overall selection in the 2009 NHL Draft, scored his first NHL goal in his 20th career game.
CROSBY SPARKS PENGUINS’ COMEBACK
Trailing 4-2 late in the third period, Sidney Crosby earned the secondary assist on Kris Letang’s goal with 1:11 remaining and potted the tying goal 16 seconds later to force overtime. He then scored the lone goal in the shootout to lead the Penguins to their third consecutive victory and fifth win in their last six outings.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Penguins’ two goals in the final 1:11 of regulation marked their latest third-period comeback that resulted in a win since Jan. 22, 1996, when they scored twice in the last 53 seconds of a 7-6 victory over the Bruins.
* Crosby leads the NHL with 24-41—65 in 45 games this season, including 4-7—11 during a six-game point streak.
* Linemate Chris Kunitz assisted on the tying goal to extend his assist/point streak to five games (3-6—9).
* Head coach Dan Bylsma recorded his 233rd win behind the Penguins’ bench, moving past Eddie Johnston for the most in franchise history. Bylsma, who also holds the club record for playoff victories (36), has guided the Penguins to the most wins by any NHL team since his debut Feb. 15, 2009.
DUCKS CONTINUE HOME DOMINATION
Mathieu Perreault (2-0—2) posted his first multi-goal game since Jan. 24, 2012, and Jonas Hiller made 30 saves to help the Ducks improve to 18-0-2 this season at Honda Center.
* The Ducks, who have won four straight and 14 of their past 15 overall, lead the NHL with 69 points. Their 32-8-5 record marks the best 45-game clip in franchise history, besting the previous mark of 29-9-7 (65 points) set in 2006-07.
* The Ducks are the fifth team since 1973-74 to record at least one point in each of their first 20-plus home games of a season:
1979-80 Flyers: 26† (19-0-7)
1978-79 Islanders: 23 (19-0-4)
2008-09 Sharks: 22 (20-0-2)
1973-74 Bruins: 21 (19-0-2)
2013-14 Ducks: 20 (18-0-2)
† NHL record
* The Ducks also have won eight consecutive home games for the second time this season (Oct. 10-Nov. 10). The last team to post two separate home winning streaks of eight or more games in the same season was the 2006-07 Flames (Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 2006: 10-0-0; Jan. 4-Feb. 3, 2007: 8-0-0).
* Hiller earned his 12th consecutive victory, extending his personal and franchise records. According to STATS LLC, the last goaltender to post 12 straight wins in a single season was New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, who won 12 in a row from Oct. 23-Nov. 20, 1997.
SCHENN SUFFERS CUT, SCORES OVERTIME WINNER
Michael Ryder scored the tying goal with 29.6 seconds remaining in regulation, but Brayden Schenn, who suffered a 5-inch laceration along his abdomen after a skate accidentally cut him in the second period, potted the overtime winner to help the Flyers close their six-game holiday road trip with a 5-1-0 record.
* The Flyers (22-17-4, 48 points) have won six of their last seven overall to move into second place in the Metropolitan Division.
* Schenn has 4-3—7 in his past five outings following a 16-game goal drought (0-6—6).
* Scott Hartnell scored his 10th goal of the season to extend his point streak to eight games, a career long (4-5—9).
* Nicklas Grossmann collected two assists for his second career multi-point game. His only other such performance during his 427-game NHL career came Feb. 25, 2012, when he posted two helpers in a 5-4 shootout victory over the Flames.
ELLIOTT, BLUES STAY HOT
Five different players scored and Brian Elliott made 16 saves to guide the Blues to their season-high sixth consecutive victory. The team also has points in 13 of its past 14 outings (11-1-2), including nine straight (8-0-1).
* The Blues improved to 9-2-2 in their last 13 road games, including points in each of their past eight (6-0-2). The team ranks fourth in the NHL with a 13-4-3 record as visitors this season.
* Elliott posted his seventh consecutive victory and improved to 9-0-1 in his past 10. He has appeared in 19 games this season, compiling a 13-1-2 record while ranking third in the League with a 1.86 goals-against average.
ST. LOUIS POWERS LIGHTNING
Martin St. Louis scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and later added an empty-netter to help the Lightning close their four-game Western Canada road trip with a 3-1-0 record.
* The Lightning improved to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games overall and 6-1-0 in their past seven as visitors. At 26-13-4 (56 points), they leapfrogged the idle Canadiens (25-14-5, 55 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division.
* St. Louis now has 27-55—82 in 81 career games versus the Jets/Thrashers franchise. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the most points by any opponent in Jets/Thrashers history, one ahead of Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (40-41—81 in 54 GP).
* Ondrej Palat scored his eighth goal of the season to extend his career-long point streak to seven games (3-5—8).
* Teddy Purcell collected a pair of helpers to stretch his assist/point streak to five games (0-7—7).
Coyotes goaltender Thomas Greiss made 27 saves to record his second career shutout and first of the season . . . The Predators improved to 16-1-4 when scoring first this season and 17-0-3 when tallying three or more goals . . . Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper made a career-high 39 saves, plus another four in the shootout, to secure his first victory of the season . . . Devils forward Jaromir Jagr (694-1,029—1,723) collected an assist to tie former teammate Mario Lemieux (690-1,033—1,723) for seventh in all-time scoring . . . Predators captain Shea Weber posted two helpers and now has 13 assists in his past 13 games . . . Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison scored his fifth goal of the season, marking the 100th point of his NHL career . . . Flames forward Lee Stempniak played in his 600th NHL game, while teammate Ladislav Smid skated in his 500th career contest . . . Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry played in his 200th NHL game . . . Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm scored his first goal in his 32nd career contest . . . Bruins defenseman Zach Trotman made his NHL debut . . . The Avalanche signed defenseman Nate Guenin to a two-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Montreal @ Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, CSN-PH
NY Rangers @ Chicago, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
Ottawa @ Colorado, 9:30 p.m., SNET-E, TVA, ALT
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