THREE HARD LAPS
* After becoming the NHL’s outright regular-season scoring leader this decade with just over two weeks until New Year’s Day, Patrick Kane factored on all four Chicago goals to forge a seven-point edge over Sidney Crosby.
Minnesota (8) and Philadelphia (6) accounted for 14 of the 71 goals scored on Thursday (including five overtime winners and one shootout-deciding goal) – an average of 7.1 per game.
* Andrei Svechnikov scored again – albeit not a highlight-reel lacrosse-style goal – to spark an improbable Carolina comeback in the final minutes of regulation.
KANE PADS LEAD FOR MOST POINTS IN 2010s
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane registered 1-3—4 to boost his regular-season point total since Jan. 1, 2010 to 795 (312-483—795 in 737 GP), the most among all players this decade.
Kane scored a hat trick on Dec. 15 (3-0—3 vs. MIN) to pass Sidney Crosby (296-492—788 in 630 GP)
FLYERS RACE TO 6-0 LEAD EN ROUTE TO SECOND STRAIGHT WIN
The Flyers raced to a 6-0 lead within the opening 35 minutes of the game en route to their second straight win. Philadelphia scored at least six goals in a game for the fifth time this season, one back of Carolina and Pittsburgh (both 6x) for the highest such total among all teams (including shootout-deciding goals).
* Travis Konecny (70-86—156 in 265 GP) collected three assists in his second game since returning to the Flyers lineup and leapfrogged Mel Bridgman (58-97—155 in 226 GP) for sole possession of 11th place on the franchise’s all-time regular-season points list among players age 22 or younger.
* Konecny (11-21—32 in 32 GP; 1.00 P/GP) is on pace to own 190 career regular-season points before celebrating his 23rd birthday on March 11, 2020.
HURRICANES EXTEND POINT STREAK VIA RARE FRANCHISE FEATS
The Hurricanes erased a 1-0 deficit via three goals within the final three minutes of the third period to conclude their five-game road trip without a regulation loss (4-0-1) and extend their overall point streak to seven contests (6-0-1). Carolina completed a road trip of five or more games with points in each contest for the second time in franchise history and first since March 13-20, 2004 (3-0-2).
* The Hurricanes earned a win in regulation where they trailed within the final three minutes of the third period for the third time in franchise history, following Feb. 1, 1987 as the Hartford Whalers (8-6 W at PIT) and Game 7 of the 2009 Conference Quarterfinals (4-3 W at NJD).
DUCLAIR REACHES 20-GOAL MARK WITH OVERTIME WINNER
Senators forward Anthony Duclair (20-8—28 in 36 GP) scored the overtime winner and became the first Senators player to reach the 20-goal mark in 36 or fewer games since 2007-08, when Dany Heatley (20-21—41 in 31 GP) and Daniel Alfredsson (20-25—45 in 32 GP) combined for the feat.
* Duclair matched his career high for goals in a season, a mark set as a 20-year-old rookie with Arizona in 2015-16 (20-24—44 in 81 GP).
GOLDEN KNIGHTS, BRUINS JOIN RARE COMPANY IN LOSSES PAST REGULATION
The Golden Knights and Bruins joined rare company by virtue of an overtime and shootout loss, respectively.
* The Golden Knights fell to 8-0-2 in 10 all-time games against the Canucks (VAN: 2-7-1). This marked the 31st time an NHL franchise has earned points in each of its first 10 or more regular-season games against another club – but Vegas became the fifth new franchise to hold the point streak (i.e. expansion team was on losing side in 26 of the 30 other instances).
* The Atlantic Division-leading Bruins (21-7-8, 50 points) became the third team to reach the 50-point mark this season, joining the idle Capitals (24-6-5, 53 points) and Blues (22-8-6, 50 points). Stanley Cup finalists were among the first three teams to reach the 50-point mark in the ensuing season for the first time since 1996-97, when the Avalanche and Panthers combined for the feat.
* Flyers to honor Oskar Lindblom with #OskarStrong shirts for rest of season
* Nicklas Backstrom hopes he, Alex Ovechkin finish NHL careers together with Capitals
* John Chayka talks Taylor Hall trade, Coyotes progress on NHL @TheRink podcast
* Samuel Girard fined for actions in Avalanche game against Blackhawks
* P.K. Subban meets with, showers teenage fans with gifts
PREVIEW OF TODAY’S ACTION
PITTSBURGH PUTS 18-GAME POINT STREAK VERSUS EDMONTON ON THE LINE
The Penguins visit Rogers Place to take on the Oilers, who they are 14-0-4 against in their last 18 games dating to Dec. 5, 2007 (EDM: 4-11-3). Pittsburgh’s 18-game regular-season point streak versus Edmonton is a franchise record for lengthiest against a single opponent and the longest active run by any team in the NHL.
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