Red Wings 3, Sabres 1
* Red Wings: 9-1-0 in last 10 meetings vs Sabres
* Johan Franzen (DET): PP goal (6); 4 of 6 goals this season have come in last 6 gams
* Sabres: lost 4 straight games
FROM ELIAS: Henrik Zetterberg reached the 700-point mark for his NHL career when he assisted on Johan Franzen's game-winning goal in Buffalo on Sunday. Zetterberg, who has played his entire career with the Red Wings, hit the 700-point plateau in his 739th game. The only players who needed fewer games to rack up 700 points for the Red Wings than Zetterberg are Steve Yzerman (519), Sergei Fedorov (638), Gordie Howe (673), and Pavel Datsyuk (706).
Hurricanes 4, Senators 1
* Eric Staal (CAR): goal (6-EN), 2 assists (1st 3-point game of season)
* Hurricanes: snap 4-game winless streak
* Senators; 2-5-0 in last 7 games
FROM ELIAS: Eric Staal extended his point streak to a season-long six games by recording one goal and two assists in the Hurricanes’ 4–1 win over the Senators. It was only the second time in his 24 games this season that Staal registered more than one point. (He tallied two assists against the Islanders on Oct. 19.) Staal had nine multiple-point games through his first 24 games last season, at which juncture he ranked fifth in the NHL scoring race with 30 points.
Blues 6, Stars 1
* Six different Blues score goals
* Only multi-point players for Blues: T.J. Oshie (goal & assist) and Alex Pietrangelo (2 assists)
* Blues: on 3-game winning streak overall; 6-0-1 in last 7 home games (won last 3)
* Stars: lost 2 straight games following a 3-game winning streak
Ducks 4, Coyotes 2
* Dustin Penner (ANA): 2 goals (6); 4th multi-point game of season
* Jonas Hiller (ANA): 40 saves
* Ducks: won last 2 games (were 0-3-2 in previous 5 games)
* Coyotes: 1st regulation loss in last 6 games (3-1-2)
FROM ELIAS: Dustin Penner scored two goals in a game for the first time this season to help lead the Ducks to a 4–2 win over the Coyotes. Penner is the sixth different player to record a multiple-goal game for Anaheim this season; the others are Corey Perry (3), Jakob Silfverberg, Kyle Palmieri, Emerson Etem and Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks are tied with the Oilers, Coyotes and Jets for the NHL high in players with multi-goal games this season.
Rangers 2, Predators 0
* Cam Talbot (NYR): 17 saves - 2nd career shutout (6th career NHL start)
* Rangers: won 2 straight games (were 1-3-0 in previous 4 games)
* Predators: 3-game winning streak ends
FROM ELIAS: Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot recorded his second straight shutout with a 2–0 win at Nashville on Saturday. Talbot, who blanked the Canadiens 1–0 in Montreal seven days earlier, is only the second goaltender in the last 40 years to post consecutive shutouts in one season for the Rangers, both on the road. Steve Valiquette did that with a pair of wins at Philadelphia in the 2007–08 season (Jan. 31 and Feb. 9).
Senators 4, Red Wings 2
* Bobby Ryan (OTT): scores go-ahead PPG (11) 3:51 into 3rd period
* Clarke MacArthur (OTT): 2 goals (6) (1st multi-goal game since Jan. 24, 2012)
* Senators: snap 3-game losing streak
* Red Wings: 1-3-5 in last 9 games
FROM ELIAS: Clarke MacArthur scored the first and last goals for the Senators in their 4–2 win at Detroit. It was the ninth two-goal game of MacArthur’s NHL career and his first since he signed with Ottawa as a free agent last summer. MacArthur’s first two-goal game in the NHL was for the Sabres on home ice in November 2007, but his eight multiple-goal games since then have all come on the road (seven for the Maple Leafs and one for the Senators).
Maple Leafs 2, Capitals 1 (SO) (TOR wins shootout, 2-1)
* James Reimer (TOR): 49 saves (matches single-game career-high)
* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): game-tying goal (20) with 4:10 left in 3rd period (7 goals in last 6 games)
* Maple Leafs: 3-1-0 in last 4 games
* Capitals: 0-2-1 in last 3 games following a 3-game winning streak
FROM ELIAS: Alex Ovechkin became the first NHL player to reach the 20-goal plateau this season when he scored the Capitals’ goal in their 2–1 shootout loss at Toronto. Ovechkin has scored 391 regular-season goals in his nine-seasons in the NHL, at least 82 more than than any other player has scored over that span, and he’s won the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league’s leading goal-scorer three times, yet this is the first season in which he’s been the first NHL player to hit the 20- goal mark! Steven Stamkos was “first to 20” in the NHL in each of the past three seasons.
FROM ELIAS: James Reimer stopped 49 of the Capitals’ 50 shots on goal in his shootout win on Saturday night in Toronto. It’s the third time this month that an NHL goaltender has recorded a shootout victory after facing 50 or more shots on goal during the “real hockey” part of the game. The other netminders to do that were the Coyotes’ Mike Smith (Nov. 2) and the Sabres’ Ryan Miller (Nov. 5), both in games at San Jose. Before this month no NHL goaltender had pulled off that feat since the Oilers’ Devan Dubnyk on April 10, 2010 at Los Angeles.
Canadiens 3, Penguins 2
* Max Pacioretty (MTL): 2 goals (7); 2 multi-goal game in last 3 games
* James Neal (PIT): 2 goals (4) - both in 3rd period
* Canadiens: 5-1-1 in last 7 games (won last 3)
* Penguins: 3-game winning streak ends
FROM ELIAS: Max Pacioretty scored two goals for the Canadiens in their 3–2 win against the Penguins at Bell Centre, after scoring three times in Montreal’s previous home game, a 6–2 win over Minnesota on Tuesday. He’s the first Montreal player to score two or more goals in each of two consecutive Canadiens home games in one season since Alex Kovalev did that in 2007 (March 24–27).
Flyers 5, Islanders 2
* Matt Read (PHI): 2 goals (8); has 4 goals in last 2 games
* Wayne Simmonds & Claude Giroux (PHI): goal & assist each
* Flyers: 6-0-1 in last 7 games (won last 3)
* Islanders: lost 3 straight games; 2-8-0 in last 10 games
FROM ELIAS: Claude Giroux scored the game-winning goal and also recorded an assist in the Flyers’ win over the Islanders on Saturday. Giroux has registered 31 points against the Islanders over the last five seasons (7 goals and 24 assists), second-most of any NHL player, behind the man who scored the game-winning goal in the Islanders’ loss at Pittsburgh on Thursday, Sidney Crosby (34 points). Giroux has tallied two or more points in 12 of his 24 games versus the Islanders since the start of the 2009–10 season.
Wild 3, Jets 2 (SO) (MIN wins shootout, 2-1)
* Charlie Coyle (MIN): scores deciding goal in 4th round of shootout (1st career shootout goal)
* Zach Parise (MIN): game-tying SHG (11) with 4:55 left in 3rd period (also had assist)
* Wild: 9-1-1 in last 11 games (won last 2)
* Jets: 0-2-2 in last 4 games following a 4-game winning streak
Bruins 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)
* David Krejci (BOS): GW goal (4) at 1:28 of overtime (1st point in last 6 games)
* Bruins: 3-0-1 in last 4 games overall; 6-0-2 in last 8 home games
* Hurricanes: 0-3-1 in last 4 games (were 4-0-1 in previous 5 games)
FROM ELIAS: David Krejci’s goal 1:28 into overtime gave the Bruins a 3–2 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon. Krejci has scored only 14 goals over the last two seasons but eight of them have been game-winning goals (5 of 10 in 2012–13, 3 of 4 this season). He scored 53 goals over the previous three seasons (2009–10 through 2011–12) but only seven of those goals were game-winners.
Avalanche 1, Kings 0 (F/OT)
* Avalanche: 1st shutout vs Kings since March 20, 2006
* Jamie McGinn (COL): OT goal (4); 1st goal since Oct. 12
* Semyon Varlamov (COL): Shutout (19 saves); 1st shutout since March 30 of last season
* Kings: back-to-back overtime losses following 4-game win streak