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BRUINS SCORE SIX-PLUS GOALS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT GAME
From Elias: The Bruins beat the Sabres, 6-2, on Saturday despite not scoring their first goal until nearly eight minutes had elapsed in the second period. Following 7-0, 6-2 and 6-3 wins in their previous three games, the Bruins have now scored six goals or more in each of four consecutive games for the first time since March 12-19, 1978. They're only the third NHL team in the last 17 seasons to register four straight games with at least six goals. The Red Wings did that in March 2000 and the Sabres in March 2006.
ERIC STAAL'S GAME-WINNING GOAL WAS A DROUGHT-BREAKER
From Elias: Eric Staal snapped two lengthy droughts when he scored the tiebreaking goal for the Hurricanes with 4:34 remaining in the third period of their game against the Penguins, after Carolina had blown a 3-0 lead. Staal was goalless in his last ten games and pointless over his last seven games entering play on Saturday. It was only the second time in the last seven seasons that Staal had a double-digit goal drought (12 games in 2009-10), while his seven-game pointless streak equaled the second-longest dry spell of his NHL career (11 games as a rookie in 2003-04, 7 games in 2007-08).
TWO GOALS AND EIGHT HITS FOR FOLIGNO
From Elias: Nick Foligno scored two goals and was credited with a game-high eight hits in the Senators' 5-2 win at Toronto. Foligno was the first NHL player to record at least two goals and eight hits in one game since Nov. 21, 2009, when defenseman Stephane Robidas scored twice and dished out eight hits for the Stars against the Devils. The last player before Foligno to do that in a road game was Carolina's Jeff O'Neill at Ottawa on April 2, 2002.
RYAN JOHANSEN'S FIRST TWO-GOAL GAME
From Elias: Rookie Ryan Johansen scored both goals by the Blue Jackets in their 2-1 win against the Jets. The 19-year-old Johansen was the first teenager to record a multiple-goal game for Columbus since Jan. 10, 2009, when Nikita Filatov, then 18 years old, scored three goals versus Minnesota.
The Blue Jackets have won only three games this season and in all of their victories the game-winning goal was scored by Ryan Johansen. He's the second rookie in NHL history to score the game-winning goal in each of his team's first three wins of a season, joining Don Murdoch, who did that for the Rangers in 1976-77.
3-D GOAL NIGHT FOR THE RED WINGS
From Elias: Defensemen Niklas Kronwall, Ian White and Brad Stuart each scored a goal for the Red Wings in their 5-2 win against the Stars on Saturday. It was the first time that three different Detroit defensemen scored goals in the same game since March 30, 2010, when Kronwall, Stuart and Andreas Lilja tallied in a 5-4 Red Wings victory over the Oilers.
BRIAN ELLIOTT GROUNDS THE LIGHTNING
From Elias: Brian Elliott recorded his second shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over the Lightning on Saturday. Elliott, who signed with the Blues as a free agent last summer, has not allowed more than two goals in any of his seven starts for St. Louis. Elliott played for Ottawa and Colorado last season and over his final 33 starts he held the opposition to two or fewer goals only seven times.
PACIORETTY WINS GAME IN OT FOR MONTREAL
From Elias: Max Pacioretty's overtime goal earned the Canadiens a 2-1 win at Nashville on Saturday. Pacioretty, who leads Montreal with seven goals in 16 games this season, has picked up where he left off when his 2010-11 season was cut short after being checked into a stanchion by the Bruins' Zdeno Chara on March 8. At the time Pacioretty had scored a team-high eight goals over the Canadiens' last 13 games. He's scored 15 goals in 29 games dating back to February 9, after scoring only 12 goals in 110 NHL games up to that point.
FOURTH SHOOTOUT WIN FOR DEVILS AND JOHAN HEDBERG
From Elias: The Devils overcame a 2-0 deficit to post a 3-2 shootout win against the Capitals in Washington on Saturday. New Jersey has won eight games this season and four of their wins have come in shootouts, all with Johan Hedberg in goal. Hedberg leads all NHL goaltenders in shootout wins this season and he has a 22-7 career record in tiebreakers (4-0 with Dallas, 12-5 for Atlanta, 6-2 with New Jersey).