Devils 2, Kings 1 (OT)
Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winning goal in OT for the Devils as he tied a couple of Hall of Famers in the process. Jagr now has 121 game-winning goals (ties Gordie Howe for most in NHL history) and 690 career goals (ties Mario Lemieux for 9th-most in NHL history).
* Devils: 4-0-1 in last 5 road games
* Kings: loss snaps 4-game win streak
Most Game-Winning Goals, NHL History
Jaromir Jagr 121<<
Gordie Howe 121
Phil Esposito 118
Brett Hull 110
Brendan Shanahan 109
>>Includes Thursday vs Kings
Most Career Goals, NHL History
6. Mike Gartner 708
7. Mark Messier 694
8. Steve Yzerman 692
9. Jaromir Jagr 690<<
Mario Lemieux 690
>>Includes OT-goal Thursday
Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 3
* Gustav Nyquist (DET): 1st 2 goals of season (just recalled from Grand Rapids of AHL)
* Henrik Zetterberg (DET): 2nd 3-assist game this season (other was Nov. 7 vs Stars)
* Red Wings: 1st win in last 8 games (1-2-5)
* Hurricanes: on 3-game losing streak
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Gustav Nyquist, playing in his first NHL game this season after being called up from the AHL earlier in the day, scored two goals to help the Red Wings end their eight-game home winless streak with a 4–3 victory over the Hurricanes at Joe Louis Arena. It was only the third time in the last ten years that a Red Wings player scored two goals in his first game of a season. The other Detroit players to do that since 2003 were Tomas Holmstrom (2008–09) and Todd Bertuzzi (2012–13).
Sharks 5, Lightning 1
* Tommy Wingels (SJ): 2 goals (1st career multi-goal game)
* Logan Couture (SJ): 3 assists (1st career 3-assist game)
* Sharks: won 5 straight home games vs Lightning (outscored TB 27-7)
* Lightning: lost 3 straight games
Blackhawks 6, Jets 3
* Jonathan Toews (CHI): goal (11), 3 assists; 2nd 4-point game this season (other was Oct. 29 vs Senators)
* Blackhawks: 6-2-0 in last 8 games overall; 1-1-0 on 7-game road trip (next game on trip: Saturday at Canucks)
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Jonathan Toews scored four points in one game for the second time this season when he tallied one goal and three assists in the Blackhawks’ 6–3 victory at Winnipeg. Toews, who registered three goals and one assist in Chicago’s 6–5 win against Ottawa on October 29, had scored four or more points in only two of the 408 regular-season NHL games he played before this season. He’s the first Blackhawks player with two four-point games in one season since Jeff Hamilton in 2006–07 (one five-point and one four-point game in Hamilton’s only season with Chicago).
Rangers 3, Stars 2
* Rangers: won 5 straight road games (this was first game of 5-game road trip)
* Stars: have 3-game win streak snapped, 0-2-2 in last 4 home games
* Rick Nash (NYR): 1st regular-season goal since last April 27 vs Devils (this was his 2nd game back from a concussion injury, his 5th game of the season)
* Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) season-high 41 saves
* Jets: 0-2-1 in last 3 games following a 4-game winning streak
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves and also recorded his first assist of the season in his 3–2 win at Dallas. It was the first time that a Rangers goaltender won a game in which he made at least 40 saves and also registered an assist since Feb. 1, 1992, when John Vanbiesbrouck did that in a 2–1 victory against the North Stars in Minnesota (also 41 saves and one assist). The only NHL goaltender besides Lundqvist to manage that feat over the last two seasons is the Flyers’ Steve Mason on April 27 last season at Ottawa (43 saves, one assist).
Blues 3, Bruins 2 (F/SO)
* David Backes (STL): Goal (9); 10 points in 9 road games this season (13 points in 24 road games last season)
* Blues: 7-1-1 in last 9 games, 22/25 on penalty kills in those games
* Bruins: snapped 4-game home win streak
Predators 4, Maple Leafs 2
* Matt Cullen (NSH): goal (4), 3 assists; 3rd career 4-point game (1st since Dec. 15, 2002)
* Predators: won last 3 games following a 4-game losing streak
* Maple Leafs: 2-4-0 in last 6 games
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Matt Cullen recorded one goal and three assists in the Predators’ 4–2 win at Toronto. Cullen, who entered play on Thursday with just two points over his last 12 games, had scored four points in a game only twice before in his NHL career and not since December 2002 for Anaheim. At age 37, he’s the oldest player to score four or more points in an NHL game this season and the oldest player in Predators history to do so, breaking the mark set by 36-year-old Cliff Ronning in December 2001.
Flyers 4, Sabres 1
* Matt Read (PHI): 2 goals (6); 4th career multi-goal game
* Flyers: 5-0-1 in last 6 games
* Sabres: lost 3 straight following season-high 2-game winning streak
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Matt Read scored a pair of goals in the Flyers’ 4–1 win over the Sabres at Wells Fargo Center. Read is the first Flyers player to score two goals in a Philadelphia home-ice victory since Brayden Schenn did so in a 5–3 win against Winnipeg on February 23 last season. The three two-goal games by Flyers players on home ice in the interim (by Jakub Voracek, Scott Hartnell and Tye McGinn) all came in regulation or shootout losses by Philadelphia.
Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)
* Avalanche: 2nd straight win after 3-game losing streak
* Coyotes: 8-1-2 in last 11 games (8 games decided by 1 goal)
* Ryan O'Reilly (COL) 3rd career overtime goal; has scored a goal in 3 of his last 4 games
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov has won all three games this season in which he faced at least 40 shots on goal, including his 4–3 OT victory at Phoenix on Thursday. The only other NHL goaltender with three such wins this season is Buffalo’s Ryan Miller.
FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Phoenix defenseman Michael Stone extended his goal-scoring streak to three games in the Coyotes’ 4–3 overtime loss to Colorado. Stone is only the second defenseman in the last 20 years to score goals in each of three consecutive team games in one season for the Jets/Coyotes franchise. Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a three-game streak for Phoenix in March 2012.