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* A hat trick from Chris Kreider and a multi-goal outing to help Alex Ovechkin climb another NHL all-time list intensified the 2021-22 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race as Kreider moved into a tie with Ovechkin for the most goals by any player this season. 
 

* The Central Division-leading Avalanche (28-8-3, 59 points) earned their 17th win at Ball Arena in 2021-22 and became the eighth team in NHL history to post a home win streak of 15 or more games. 

* An 11-game slate Saturday featured five teams secure a multi-goal comeback to win – matching the most in a single day in NHL history – while three teams scored seven-plus goals en route to victory.

* Ducks rookie Trevor Zegras announced Saturday that the League has invited him to be part of the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas. Zegras will take part in the Breakaway Challenge on Friday, Feb. 4.



MAURICE “ROCKET” RICHARD TROPHY RACE INTENSIFIES 
Four of the NHL’s top five goal scorers found the back of the net Saturday as Chris Kreider (3-1—4), Alex Ovechkin (2-0—2), Leon Draisaitl (2-2—4) and Alex DeBrincat (1-0—1) intensified the 2021-22 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy race. Kreider moved into a tie with Ovechkin for the most goals by any player this season, before Draisaitl pulled himself within one.
 
* Kreider recorded his fifth career hat trick via a shorthanded, power-play and even-strength goal to help the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers score seven markers in a game for the first time this season. This marked Kreider’s third hat trick over the past two seasons – only two players have more dating to 2020-21: Mika Zibanejad (4) and Connor McDavid (4). 



* Ovechkin scored two third-period goals to help his Capitals (23-10-9, 55 points) overcome a multi-goal deficit and inch closer to the idle Penguins (25-10-5, 55 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals captain scored his 34th and 35th career goals against Ottawa (50 GP), trailing only Jaromir Jagr (44 in 79 GP) for the most against the Senators in NHL history.
 



* Draisaitl helped the Oilers snap a seven-game slide as he recorded his 42nd career multi-goal game to pass Ryan Smyth for the fifth most in Oilers history, trailing Wayne Gretzky (137), Jari Kurri (104), Glenn Anderson (76) and Mark Messier (70). He also recorded his 17th career four-point game – since he entered the NHL in 2014-15, the only player with more is McDavid (21).  
 
AVALANCHE, KUEMPER STREAK ON AT BALL ARENA 
Gabriel Landeskog scored his seventh career overtime goal and Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves as the Central Division-leading Avalanche (28-8-3, 59 points) earned their 17th win at Ball Arena this season and became the eighth team in NHL history to post a home win streak of 15 or more games. 
 
* Kuemper has earned a win in each of his past 10 decisions at Ball Arena, matching Jonathan Bernier for the longest such run in franchise history (10 GP in 2017-18). 
 
* Landeskog tied Joe Sakic (7) for the third-most overtime goals in Avalanche/Nordiques history, trailing Milan Hejduk (9) and Nathan MacKinnon (8).  


 
TRENDS FROM SATURDAY: MULTI-GOAL COMEBACKS AND SEVEN-GOAL OUTINGS
An 11-game slate Saturday featured five teams secure a multi-goal comeback to win  matching the most in a single day in NHL history  while three teams scored seven-plus goals en route to victory. 



* The Devils, Rangers and Lightning each recorded seven tallies Saturday, which matched their highest goals for total in a single game this season for both New Jersey and Tampa Bay.



SKINNER, THOMPSON, KREBS EACH TALLY TWICE AS SABRES SCORE SIX  
Jeff Skinner (2-1—3) scored 89 seconds into the game but the Flyers responded with two goals in a span of 86 seconds before the Sabres tacked on three more tallies during a six-goal first period in Buffalo. Tage Thompson (2-1—3) and rookie Peyton Krebs (2-0—2) also contributed two goals apiece as the Sabres scored six times for the first time this season. 

 

* Krebs, acquired from the Golden Knights earlier this season, became the 10th player in Sabres history to net two or more tallies in the game in which he scored his first NHL goal. 


QUICK CLICKS

 
Saturday’s edition of #NHLStats: Live Updates

Trevor Zegras of Ducks to take part in Breakaway Challenge at All-Star Skills  

Lightning defenseman Cal Foote fined for cross-checking 
Clark Gillies death has Bob Bourne recalling when Islanders teammates became family

Islanders honor Clark Gillies' life, wear No. 9 patch in memory of team legend 



LETANG, PENGUINS LOOK TO KEEP STREAKING DURING SUNDAY’S SLATE 
Kris Letang (2-13—15 in 10 GP) takes a 10-game point streak into Sunday as the Penguins (25-10-5, 55 points) put their six-game home winning streak on the line against the Jets (17-14-6, 40 points). Letang is one of three different defensemen in franchise history to record a double-digit point streak, following Paul Coffey (13 GP and 10 GP, both in 1989-90) and Randy Carlyle (10 GP in 1980-81).  

Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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