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THREE HARD LAPS

Alex Ovechkin found the back of the net on Tuesday and has now scored at least 40 career goals against six different franchises.

Roman Josi recorded his 12th career game with three or more points to help Nashville improve to 10-2-0 since his return to the lineup.

* The top two teams in the Honda West Division set their sights on seasonal benchmarks when the Avalanche and Golden Knights take to the ice against the Blues and Kings, respectively.




SIX GOAL SCORERS DRIVE CAPITALS TO VICTORY
After Washington scored eight times on SundayAlex Ovechkin (1-1—2) was one of six different goal scorers on Tuesday and Anthony Mantha tallied 1-1—2 in his team debut as the MassMutual East Division-leading Capitals (28-11-4, 58 points) combined for 14 goals over their last two games. The last time Washington tallied more over two consecutive contests, excluding shootout-deciding goals, was Jan. 11-13, 2003 (16).
 
* Ovechkin (728), who moved within three of tying Marcel Dionne (731) for fifth place on the NHL’s all-time goals list, improved his career totals against Philadelphia to 40-28—68 (62 GP). The Flyers became the sixth franchise in which the Capitals captain has scored 40 or more goals against (WPG/ATL: 48, TBL: 48, CAR: 43, TOR: 41 & NYI: 40).



* Ovechkin also extended his goal streak against the Flyers to five games dating to Feb. 7, 2021 (6-3—9). He has posted a run of at least that length against one opponent in a single season only two other times in his career: Tampa Bay (6 GP from Nov. 10, 2008 – March 27, 2009) and Atlanta (5 GP from Dec. 22, 2005 – April 17, 2006).
 
John Carlson (0-2—2) collected his 400th career assist on the night he skated in his 800th NHL game. Carlson, who already leads the Capitals in assists by defensemen, became the second in franchise history to skate in 800 contests behind Calle Johansson (983 GP). Only two active defensemen required fewer contests to collect 400 helpers: Erik Karlsson (646 GP) and Kris Letang (785 GP).
 
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES IN THE DISCOVER CENTRAL DIVISION

Roman Josi (1-2—3) and Viktor Arvidsson (2-1—3) each collected three points as the Predators (24-19-1, 49 points) matched a season high with seven goals (also on April 8 and March 25) and strengthened their grip on fourth place in the Discover Central Division. Nashville improved to 10-2-0 since Josi returned to the lineup on March 23, the most wins among all teams over that span.



* Jason Robertson (1-1—2) recorded his seventh multi-point game of the season to help the Stars (15-14-12, 42 points) salvage a point. Dallas’ second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (No. 39) boosted his season totals to 12-17—29 (36 GP) and trails only Minnesota’s Kirill Kaprizov (16-18—34 in 40 GP) for the most points among rookies in 2020-21.



BRUINS, RANGERS KEEP PACE IN MASSMUTUAL EAST DIVISION PLAYOFF RACE
The Bruins (22-12-6, 50 points) and Rangers (20-16-6, 46 points) each earned two points to keep pace with one another in the MassMutual East Division standings:

* Craig Smith (1-1—2) skated in his 700th career game and extended his point streak to five games as Boston maintained the fourth seed in the MassMutual East Division. Tuesday’s victory extended the Bruins' win streak against the Sabres to eight contests dating to Dec. 29, 2018, their second-longest active win streak against a single opponent behind a 16-game run versus Arizona. 



Artemi Panarin scored his 13th goal of the season to boost his totals with the Rangers to 45-93—138 (100 GP) and surpassed Mark Messier (45-92—137) for the most points through his first 100 games with the club. The only active player to record more points through their first 100 games with any franchise is Joe Thornton (31-114—145 w/ SJS).

FLAMES EDGE MAPLE LEAFS IN LUCIC’S 1,000TH CAREER GAME
On the night Milan Lucic (0-1—1) skated in his 1,000th career game, Johnny Gaudreau (1-1—2) beat former teammate David Rittich 36 seconds into the extra frame with his ninth career overtime goal.

* Lucic, the second player in as many days to skate in the milestone contest, is one of four active players to play in at least 1,000 career games and have at least 1,000 penalty minutes (1,166 PIM). The others: Joe Thornton (1,667 GP & 1,254 PIM), Zdeno Chara (1,596 GP & 1,983 PIM) and Corey Perry (1,077 GP & 1,210 PIM).



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COLORADO, VEGAS AIM FOR SEASON BENCHMARKS ON NBCSN DOUBLEHEADER
An NBCSN doubleheader is set to include each of the top two teams in the Honda West Division, with the Avalanche eyeing their 30th win of the season on a trip to St. Louis and the Golden Knights aiming for the 60-point mark in the finale of their season series with Los Angeles.



* Colorado, which set its sights on becoming the first team to collect 30 wins this season, has benefited from the play of Nathan MacKinnon – who enters tonight’s action with the NHL’s longest active point streak (10 GP) and has registered the League’s 10th run of at least 10 contests. The 2020-21 campaign is the sixth consecutive season with at least 10 point streaks of 10-plus games: 2019-20 (21), 2018-19 (21), 2017-18 (17), 2016-17 (13) and 2015-16 (11).

* Vegas has earned wins in each of its last three games and can join Colorado as the second team to reach the 60-point mark in the Honda West Division. Meanwhile, should Marc-Andre Fleury tend the crease for the Golden Knights, he will have the opportunity to collect his 485th career win and pass Ed Belfour (484) for sole possession of fourth place on the NHL’s all-time list.

CANADIENS WELCOME FLAMES ON SPORTSNET
The fourth- and fifth-ranked teams in the Scotia North Division will battle at Bell Centre when the Canadiens (18-12-9, 45 points) and Flames (18-21-3, 39 points) meet for the fifth time this season. The clubs are separated by six points, with five head-to-head games remaining in their 2020-21 season series.

* The Canadiens-Flames regular-season series is one of six in the NHL with five games remaining (also EDM vs. VAN, BOS vs. BUF, NJD vs. PHI, MIN vs. STL and ANA vs. LAK) – none have more.

BROWN EYES NINTH STRAIGHT GAME WITH A GOAL
Senators forward Connor Brown enters tonight’s action with goals in each of his last eight games and can record the NHL’s 11th goal streak of nine-plus contests since 1990-91.

Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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