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Blues 3, Canadiens 2 (SO) (STL wins shootout, 1-0)

* T.J. Oshie (STL): scores only goal in shootout

* Alexander Steen (STL): scores NHL-leading 13th goal in 1st period (has scored a goal in all but 2 games this season); extends point streak to 8 games (9G, 2A during streak)

* Blues: conclude 3-game road trip at 2-1-0; 4-1-1 on road this season

* Canadiens: 0-2-1 in last 3 games (were 3-1-0 in previous 4 games)

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: T.J. Oshie was the only player to score in the shootout that enabled the Blues to beat the Canadiens, 3–2, in Montreal. Oshie has scored on all three of his shootout attempts this season and 21 of 39 tries in NHL career. Oshie’s 53.8 percent success rate in shootouts is the highest among active NHL players with 30 or more attempts. The only other active player with at least 30 shootout attempts who’s scored on at least half of his shots is the Islanders’ Frans Nielsen (26 of 49, 53.1%).

Wild 5, Flames 1

* Zach Parise (MIN): 2 goals (8), assist (1st 3-point game of season)

* Wild: 6-1-0 in last 7 games (won last 3)

* Flames: 2-5-0 in last 7 games after starting season 4-2-2

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Zach Parise scored two goals in Minnesota’s 5–1 win over the Calgary Flames. It was the sixth multiple-goal game for Parise in his two seasons with the Wild. The only other player with even half as many multi-goal games for Minnesota in calendar year 2013 as Parise is Jason Pominville with three.

Hurricanes 2, Flyers 1 (OT)

* Manny Malhotra (CAR): game-winning goal at 2:40 of overtime (1st goal since Mar. 26, 2012 while with Canucks - played 16 NHL games without a goal since then)

* Jordan Staal (CAR): game-tying goal (2) with 53 seconds left in regulation

* Hurricanes: snap 5-game losing streak

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Manny Malhotra’s first goal of the season and first goal for the Hurricanes earned Carolina a 2–1 overtime win against the Flyers. It was the second overtime goal of Malhotra’s NHL career and first since April 5, 2001, when he won a game for the Rangers at Tampa Bay with an extra-time marker. He’s the first NHL player to go at least 12 years between regular-season overtime goals since Martin Gelinas had a gap of a little over 13 years between OT goals in January 1990 and March 2003.

Oilers 4, Panthers 3 (OT)

* Mark Arcobello (EDM): 1st 2 NHL goals, including game-winner at 1:55 of overtime

* Scottie Upshall (FLA): 2 goals (2), both in 3rd period (incl. game-tying goal with 58 seconds left)

* Oilers: snap 5-game winless streak

* Panthers: 0-2-4 in last 6 games

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Rookie Mark Arcobello scored the first two goals of his NHL career, including the overtime game-winner that earned the Oilers a 4–3 victory over the Panthers. Arcobello is the first player to score an overtime goal in the game in which he scored the first two goals of his NHL career since Nov. 14, 1995, when Shane Doan did that for the original Winnipeg Jets against the Blackhawks.

Arcobello’s first goal came at the 2:06 mark of the second period and 33 seconds later his teammate, Taylor Fedun, who was making his NHL debut, scored his first goal. It was the fastest two “first NHL goals” by a pair of teammates since Nov. 15, 2009, when Minnesota’s Robbie Earl and John Scott notched their first goals 20 seconds apart. For Scott, it’s the only goal he has scored in his NHL career.

Senators 4, Blue Jackets 1

* Erik Karlsson (OTT): 2 goals (6); extends point streak to 6 games (4G, 5A during streak)

* Senators: snap 5-game winless streak

* Blue Jackets: lost 4 straight games (2nd 4-game losing streak this season - have played 14 games so far this season)

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Erik Karlsson scored a pair of goals in the Senators’ 4–1 win at Columbus. It was the first multiple-goal game by an Ottawa defenseman since March 10, 2012, when Karlsson tallied twice in a game against the Sabres. In Karlsson’s five seasons in the NHL (2009–10 to date) he’s registered six of the eight two-goal games by Ottawa D-men; Chris Phillips has the two other such games.

Capitals 6, Islanders 2

* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 2 goals (12), assist - 1st goals since Oct. 24 (started season with 10 goals in 1st 10 games); 1st game back in lineup after missing previous 2 games with shoulder injury

* Capitals: won 3 straight games (outscored opponents 16-4)

* Islanders: 1st regulation loss in last 4 meetings vs Capitals (2-1-1)

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Nicklas Backstrom assisted on three of the Capitals’ four power play goals in their 6–2 win over the Islanders. It was the second time this season that an NHL player recorded three power play assists in one game; Daniel Alfredsson did so in the Red Wings’ 5–2 win over the Flyers on October 12. This was the third time that Backstrom racked up three power play assists in one game in his NHL career. The only other NHL player with three such games since Backstrom entered the league in October 2007 is defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

Stars 3, Bruins 2 (SO) (DAL wins shootout, 2-1)

* Rich Peverley (DAL): scores deciding goal in shootout (played for Bruins from 2011-13)

* Vernon Fiddler (DAL): scores game-tying goal (2) on penalty shot with 2:34 left in regulation

* Stars: 1st win at Bruins since Jan. 14, 2006 (had only played at BOS twice since that win prior to tonight)

* Bruins: 1-3-1 in last 5 games after starting season 7-2-0

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Dallas forward Vernon Fiddler scored a penalty-shot goal that tied the score at 2–2 with 2:34 remaining in the third period in the Stars’ game at Boston and Dallas went on beat the Bruins, 3–2, in a shootout. It was the first tying penalty-shot goal in the last five minutes of the third period in an NHL game since April 12, 2002, when Atlanta’s Tony Hrkac scored one at Columbus.