Home Team in Caps
Tampa Bay 3, NY RANGERS 2
Columbus 5, PHILADELPHIA 3
Carolina 8, NY ISLANDERS 4
NASHVILLE 5, Winnipeg 4 (OT)
CALGARY 4, Pittsburgh 3 (SO)
Boston 6, VANCOUVER 3
ARIZONA 1, Colorado 0
St. Louis 3, LOS ANGELES 1
FLAMES MATCH FRANCHISE RECORD WITH 10TH STRAIGHT VICTORY
Kris Versteeg (0-2—2) scored the decisive shootout marker to help the Flames edge the Penguins and extend their win and point streaks to 10 and 12 games (11-0-1), respectively. Calgary equaled the longest single-season win streak in franchise history – a mark set as the Atlanta Flames from Oct. 14 – Nov. 3, 1978 – and moved within one game of equaling the longest point streak in club history, trailing only a 13-game run from Nov. 10 – Dec. 8, 1988.
* At 39-26-4 (82 points), Calgary moved into a tie – in terms of points – with Anaheim (36-23-10, 82 points) for second place in the Pacific Division.
* Calgary became the fourth team to earn a win streak of 10+ games this season, joining Columbus (16-0-0), Minnesota (12-0-0) and Philadelphia (10-0-0). Elias notes that it marks the first season in NHL history in which four teams earned win streaks of 10 games or more – 2015-16 is the only other campaign with three such runs.
* Brian Elliott (32 saves) earned his ninth consecutive win and improved to 13-1-1 in his last 15 decisions dating to Jan. 26 (1.93 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO).
BLUE JACKETS SET FRANCHISE RECORDS WITH WIN
Zach Werenski (1-1—2) scored the first of three unanswered goals by Columbus and Brandon Dubinsky netted the winning goal in the third period to help the Blue Jackets (44-18-6, 94 points) establish franchise records for wins and points in a season.
* Columbus moved within one point of two Metropolitan Division rivals – the Capitals (44-17-7, 95 points) and Penguins (43-16-9, 95 points) – for the top spot in the League.
* Sergei Bobrovsky (23 saves) earned his fifth straight victory and League-leading 37th win of the season, while Cam Atkinson scored his 31st and 32nd goals of 2016-17 to extend career highs for goals and points (32-27—59).
CLUBS EARN KEY WINS IN PLAYOFF PUSH . . .
The Bruins, Lightning, Predators and Blues all earned victories to gain valuable points in their respective playoff races.
* Brad Marchand (3-1—4) recorded a hat trick in the third period – including a highlight-reel game-winner – to lead the Bruins to their 11th win in their past 14 games. At 36-26-6 (80 points), Boston moved within four points of Ottawa (39-22-6, 84 points) for the second spot in the Atlantic Division. Marchand’s second NHL hat trick propelled him into ties with Sidney Crosby for first in the League in goals (35) and second in points (74) behind Connor McDavid (23-52—75).
* Brayden Point (2-0—2) celebrated his 21st birthday by recording the first multi-goal game and game-winning goal of his career as Tampa Bay (33-26-9, 75 points) improved to 6-1-1 in its last eight games. The Lightning moved within a point of the idle Maple Leafs (31-22-14, 76 points) for the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference.
* Five different Predators scored – including James Neal who netted the overtime winner – as Nashville (34-24-11, 79 points) maintained a two-point lead over St. Louis (36-27-5, 77 points) for the third position in the Central Division. Neal (20-17—37) has hit the 20-goal plateau in each of his nine NHL seasons.
* Jake Allen made 38 saves to power the Blues to their fifth straight victory as St. Louis increased their lead for the final Western Conference Wild Card spot to five points over the Kings (33-29-6, 72 points). Allen has won each of his last four starts and tied his career-high of 26, set in 2015-16.
. . . HURRICANES STORM INTO BROOKLYN AS SPOILERS
Jaccob Slavin (3-1—4) recorded his first career hat trick and four-point game as the Hurricanes (28-27-11, 67 points) stalled the Islanders’ (32-25-11, 75 points) playoff push and halted New York’s home point streak at 11 games (9-0-2).
* Per Elias, Slavin – who entered the contest with 4-40—44 in 128 career games – became the first Hurricanes defenseman to record a hat trick since Joe Corvo on March 16, 2008 vs. OTT.
Mike Smith (22 saves) earned his 22nd shutout as a member of the Coyotes to establish a new franchise record . . . Bruins forward David Pastrnak (3-9—12 in 9 GP) and Blue Jackets forward Sam Gagner (4-4—8 in 6 GP) each extended point streaks . . . Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller played in his 700th NHL game . . . Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov tallied two assists to boost his totals to 10-10—20 in his last 10 games . . . The League launched the Greener Rinks initiative as a focal point of its NHL Green Week activities . . . Sharks forward Joe Pavelski, Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 12 . . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris unveiled portraits of Mark Messier and Sidney Crosby as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration.
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