Blues' Steen rapidly hits horn of 20

Blues 4, Avalanche 1

* Alexander Steen (STL): 20th goal this season (tied with Alex Ovechkin for NHL lead)

* Jaroslav Halak (STL): won 4 straight starts allowing 4 total goals

* Blues: won 5 straight games (allowed 5 total goals)

* Avalanche: 5-5-0 in last 10 games after starting season 12-1-0

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Alexander Steen became the second NHL player to reach the 20-goal mark this season when he scored a power play goal in the first period of the Blues’ win at Colorado. (Alex Ovechkin scored his 20th goal of the season on Saturday.) Steen reached the 20-goal plateau in the Blues’ 24th game of the season, second-fastest in franchise history, behind Brett Hull’s team record of 20 games set in 1990–91. Steen has scored 20 goals in a season twice before (24 in 2009–10, 20 in 2010–11) and both times it took him far longer to reach that mark than it did this season (his 55th game in 2009–10 and 72nd game in 2010–11).

Penguins 6, Maple Leafs 5 (SO)

* Penguins: 4-1-1 in last 6 games

* Maple Leafs: 0-3-2 in last 5 road games

* Evgeni Malkin (PIT): 2 goals, scored in shootout as well; entered with 1 goal in previous 18 games

* Sidney Crosby (PIT): 2 assists, scored in shootout; has scored at least 1 point in 5 of his last 6 games

* James Neal (PIT) goal, assist; has 5 goals in last 3 games

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Evgeni Malkin recorded two goals and one assist, all after the Penguins fell behind the Maple Leafs, 4–1, to lead Pittsburgh to a 6–5 shootout win over Toronto. Malkin leads the NHL in both assists (17) and points (20) in November. The 17 assists match his career high for a calendar month (set in February 2008), and 20 points are the most he’s registered in one month since March 2012 (23).

Blackhawks 3, Flames 2

* Patrick Kane (CHI): 2 goals (1st multi-goal game this season); 8 goals, 9 assists during 12-game point streak

* Blackhawks: won 4 straight games (all on the road)

* Blackhawks: scored all 3 goals in 3rd period (trailed 2-0 in 3rd)

* Flames: fall to 1-5-2 in last 8 home games

Sharks 3, Kings 2 (F/SO)

* Joe Thornton (SJ): goal in 2nd period, 1,143 career points breaking a tie for 50th all-time with Nicklas Lidstrom

* Antti Niemi (SJ): won 3 straight starts allowing 4 total goals

* Sharks: won 9 straight home games vs Kings over last 3 seasons (including playoffs)

* Sharks: won 3 straight games that went to OT/SO (lost previous 4)

Lightning 4, Flyers 2

* Lightning: won 7 straight at home overall and 5 straight at home vs Flyers

* Victor Hedman (TB): 2 goals (6); 2nd career multi-goal game and first since Feb. 12 of last season

* Flyers: first regulation road loss since Oct. 12

* Vincent Lecavalier (PHI): PP goal (9); 2 G, 2 A in last 5 games (played for Lightning from 1998-99 to 2012-13)

Red Wings 6, Bruins 1

* Red Wings: won 3 of 4 overall

* The 6 goals scored by Red Wings, allowed by Bruins, were season highs for each team; 6 different players scored for Red Wings

* Bruins: 1st regulation loss in last 6 games

* Johan Franzen (DET): 3 assists; 11 points in last 8 games

* Henrik Zetterberg (DET) goal, assist; has 30 points in 26 games this season; scored at least 1 point in 4 straight games

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: The Red Wings’ 6–1 win over the Bruins at Joe Louis Arena matched the largest margin of victory by either side in a game between those two “Original Six” teams over the last 20 years. Detroit posted a win by the same score in Boston on Feb. 11, 2011. The Bruins haven’t won a game against the Red Wings by as many as five goals since a 6–1 victory at Boston Garden in January 1991.

Rangers 5, Panthers 2

* Rangers: 3-1 on 5-game road trip (play at Bruins on Friday)

* Rangers: 2-0 vs Panthers this season

* Brad Richards (NYR): team-leading 7th goal of season

* Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): 31 saves; won 2 of 3 starts following a 3-game losing streak

FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: The Rangers jumped out to a 3–0 lead in their game at Florida and went on to record a 5–2 win over the Panthers. It was the 16th consecutive Rangers game in which the team that scored the first goal won the game. This 16-game streak, which began on October 28, has seen ten Rangers wins and six by their opponents with every game decided in regulation time. It’s the longest single-season streak of its kind (i.e., team that scores first wins and no OT or shootout) by an NHL team since the Dallas Stars had one of an identical length in November/December 1997.

Senators 6, Capitals 4

* Senators: won 5 straight games vs Capitals

* Capitals: 1st regulation loss in last 14 home games vs Senators; lost 3 straight home games, 0-3-1 in last 4 games overall

* Zack Smith (OTT)h: 2nd game-winning goal this season (had 3 in 200 games prior to this season)

* Bobby Ryan (OTT): 2nd multi-goal game this season (had one vs Red Wings on October 23)

* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 1 assist; scored point in 3 straight games