Home Team in Caps
WINNIPEG 6, Arizona 3
Pittsburgh 4, MONTREAL 1
DETROIT 6, Boston 5 (SO)
EDMONTON 4, Florida 3 (OT)
San Jose 3, LOS ANGELES 2
McDAVID NETS LATE OVERTIME GOAL IN OILERS’ FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
The Panthers registered three straight goals to overcome an early 2-0 deficit, but Jordan Eberle tied the game with 2:59 remaining in regulation and Connor McDavid (1-2—3) scored with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Oilers to their fourth straight win (all at home).
* McDavid registered his seventh three-point game of the season to increase his lead atop the NHL scoring race (15-39—54 in 47 GP) and eclipse 100 career points (31-71—102 in 92 GP).
* Elias notes that McDavid (92 GP) became the fourth-fastest active player to record 100 career points, behind Alex Ovechkin (77 GP), SidneyCrosby (80 GP) and Evgeni Malkin (89 GP). Only two players in Oilers history have accomplished the feat in fewer games: Wayne Gretzky (61 GP) and Blair MacDonald (85 GP).
* McDavid, who faced the Panthers for the first time in his career, has collected at least one point against all but two NHL teams he has played (CAR and TBL).
RED WINGS STAGE ANOTHER COMEBACK WIN
Gustav Nyquist tied the game with 3:04 remaining in regulation and Frans Nielsen scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Red Wings rallied from deficits of 3-0, 4-1 and 5-4 for their third straight win (all at home).
* Elias notes that the Red Wings overcame a three-goal deficit to win for the first time in exactly two years (Jan. 18, 2015 vs. BUF). Wednesday, however, marked the second time in the past three games that Detroit won after trailing by multiple goals (also Saturday vs. PIT; trailed 2-0, 6-3 W).
* Tomas Tatar paced Detroit with 1-2—3, while Thomas Vanek (0-1—1) extended his point streak to seven games (5-5—10).
SHARKS WIN FINALE OF SEASON SERIES AGAINST KINGS
Joe Pavelski scored the eventual game-winning goal midway through the second period to help the Sharks win the finale of their season series against the Kings (SJS: 3-1-1; LAK: 2-3-0).
* At 27-16-2 (56 points), the Sharks sit third in the Pacific Division behind the Ducks (25-13-9, 59 points) and Oilers (25-15-7, 57 points). San Jose, however, has two games in hand on each club.
* Brent Burns opened the scoring with his 19th goal of the season, nine more than the next-closest defenseman (Shea Weber: 10). Burns paces blueliners and ranks fifth among all players with 19-27—46 in 45 games this season.
PAVELEC, BALANCED ATTACK GUIDE JETS TO VICTORY
Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves in his first NHL game since April 9, 2016 (4-3 SO W at LAK) to help the Jets improve to 7-0-0 all-time at MTS Centre against the Coyotes.
* Elias notes that the Jets had 15 different players record at least one point in a game for just the second time in franchise history. The other: Oct. 27, 2011 at PHI, when 15 skaters contributed in a 9-8 win.
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING RELEASES MID-SEASON RANKINGS
Forward Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League was named the top North American Skater on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-season rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft.
Click here for the full rankings, which feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 120 skaters and 10 goaltenders internationally.
Eric Fehr scored what stood as the winning goal to lift the Penguins to their seventh victory in their past 10 games. Fehr has six goals this season, including three decisive tallies . . . Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (0-1—1) extended his point streak to five games (5-2—7) to become the third player to reach 50 points this season (21-29—50 in 44 GP) . . . Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck scored to extend his point streak to six games (6-4—10), including a goal in four straight . . . Bruins forward Frank Vatrano (2-0—2) registered his second career multi-goal game (also Dec. 18, 2015 at PIT: 3-0—3) . . . Sharks forward Joe Thornton (380-990—1,370 in 1,412 GP) collected two assists to move past JohnnyBucyk (556-813—1,369 in 1,540 GP) into sole possession of 24th place on the NHL’s all-time points list . . . Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr notched an assist to move within four points of 1,900 in his career (757-1,139—1,896 in 1,676 GP) . . . The Department of Player Safety fined Rangers forward Chris Kreider$5,000 for hitting Stars forward Cody Eakin with his helmet during a fight . . . Joey Kocur, Kris Draper and KirkMaltbydropped the ceremonial puck as the Red Wings celebrated their 1998 Stanley Cup-winning team.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Dallas @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., MSG+, FS-SW+
Ottawa @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, TSN5, RDS
NY Rangers @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN4, MSG
Washington @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., SN, TVAS, FS-MW, CSN-DC
Arizona @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, FS-A PLUS
Nashville @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SNW, FS-TN
Colorado @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., PRIME, ALT2
Tampa Bay @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., SN, SN1, CSN-CA, SUN
The above information was suppled by the NHL PR department.
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