Balanced scoring leads Caps to win
Five Capitals players - Evgeny Kuznetsov (2 goals), Nicklas Backstrom (1 goal, 1 assist), T.J. Oshie (1 G, 1 A), Alex Ovechkin (2 A), and Justin Williams (2 A) - registered two points in Washington’s 4–1 win at Philadelphia. It was the seventh time this season that at least five Caps players recorded multiple points in a game. No other NHL team has more than five such contests in 2016–17.
Russell ends drought with late game-winning goal
Kris Russell ended a 60-game goal drought, the second-longest streak of his career, at an opportune time. Russell broke a 3–3 tie by scoring with just under eight minutes remaining in the Oilers’ 4–3 win at Florida. The last NHL player to snap a goal-free streak of at least 60 games with a game-winner after the halfway point of the third period was the Predators’ Mattias Ekholm, who ended a 63-game drought with an overtime tally at Minnesota on Dec. 20, 2014.
Oilers win again in Sunrise
The Oilers’ win on Wednesday was their eighth straight road victory over the Panthers. Seven of those wins have come since the NHL instituted the shootout in 2005–06 (and four have needed the post-overtime tiebreaker.) The only other teams with perfect road records against a particular opponent over the last 12 seasons are the Avalanche at Boston (7–0–0), the Sharks at Toronto (7–0–0), and the Capitals at Anaheim (6–0–0.)
Rakell’s second goal gives Ducks the win
Richard Rakell’s second goal of the game snapped a 3–3 tie with 2:34 remaining in the Ducks’ 5–3 win over the visiting Bruins. Rakell is the first Anaheim player to score multiple goals, including one which gave his team the lead in the final three minutes of the third period, since Ryan Getzlaf, in a 3–2 victory at Detroit on Oct. 11, 2014.