Kings 1, Rangers 0
FROM ELIAS: The Rangers accomplished a truly rare feat over the weekend, posting a 1–0 victory at Montreal and losing by the same score to the Kings at Madison Square Garden. Only one other team in NHL history won and lost (or lost and won) by a 1–0 score on consecutive days. The Sabres won at home against Ottawa and lost at Boston on Jan. 28–29, 2000.
FROM ELIAS: Ben Scrivens, who posted a 2–0 win at New Jersey on Friday, registered his second straight shutout with a 1–0 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Scrivens is the first goaltender in Kings history to record consecutive shutouts in one season, both on the road. This isn't the first time that Scrivens has posted back-to-back shutouts in the NHL; he notched consecutive shutouts for the Maple Leafs last season (Feb. 16 vs. Ottawa, Feb. 18 at Florida).
Capitals 4, Blues 1
FROM ELIAS: Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in the Capitals’ 4–1 win against the Blues. It was Ovechkin’s fourth two-goal game this season and the 80th multiple-goal game of his NHL career. In the last 20 years the only other NHL player to reach 80 multi-goal games as quickly as Ovechkin (620 games) was his fellow Russian, Pavel Bure, who did so in March 2001 in his 586th career game.
Blackhawks 5, Sharks 1
FROM ELIAS: Patrick Sharp scored two goals (including the first penalty-shot goal of his NHL career) and assisted on a third goal to lead the Blackhawks to a 5–1 win over the Sharks. Sharp got off to a slow start this season, with only five points in his first 11 games (one goal, four assists), but he’s tallied 15 points in 10 games since then (six goals, nine assists). The Blackhawks have won eight of their last ten games and the only two games they didn’t win were the two games in which Sharp failed to register a point.
Blue Jackets 4, Senators 1
FROM ELIAS: Ryan Johansen and Fedor Tyutin both tallied a goal and an assist on power plays in the Blue Jackets’ 4–1 win at Ottawa. Over the last two seasons, only one other Columbus player recorded two power play points in a game. Rookie Boone Jenner did that earlier this season when he scored two power play goals in a 5–3 loss at Montreal.
Wild 2, Jets 1
FROM ELIAS: Mikko Koivu scored both goals for Minnesota in its 2–1 victory against the Jets. It was the first time that a Wild player scored two or more goals in a regulation or overtime win in which he scored all of the team’s goals since Owen Nolan did that in a 2–0 victory at Colorado on Jan. 4, 2009.
Stars 2, Canucks 1
FROM ELIAS: Kari Lehtonen stopped 42 of 43 shots on goal in the Stars’ 2–1 win at Vancouver on Sunday. Lehtonen’s 42 saves were his highest total in a win since March 8, 2012, when he saved 45 of 48 shots in a victory against San Jose in Dallas. Lehtonen has a 26–13–6 career record in the 45 games in which he’s faced 40 or more shots on goal, with the wins evenly divided between his two NHL teams (Atlanta 13, Dallas 13).