Blackhawks 2, Stars 1 (F/SO)
* Ben Smith (CHI): scored game-winning goal in 11th round of shootout; 1st career shootout attempt
* Blackhawks: won 5 straight games (all on road); allowed 8 goals in those 5 games
* Blackhawks: 6th straight win vs Stars (5 road wins in span)
FROM ELIAS: Corey Crawford allowed only one goal in an 11-round shootout that earned him and the Blackhawks a 2–1 win at Dallas. It was the longest shootout in an NHL game since Dec. 23, 2010, when the Lightning prevailed over the Rangers in the 11th round. Crawford has not registered a shutout this season but he’s allowed only one goal in a total of 10 games and won them all. That ties him with the Bruins’ Tuukka Rask for the most wins with no more than one goal allowed this season by an NHL goaltender.
Avalanche 3, Wild 1
* Gabriel Landeskog (COL): 1 G, 2 A; team-high 6th multi-point game this season
* Avalanche: Won 4 of last 5 games after losing 3 straight
* Wild: lost 3 straight games (combined 0-7 on power play); had won 6 of previous 7
FROM ELIAS: Gabriel Landeskog assisted on each of Colorado’s first two goals and then scored the empty-net goal which clinched the Avalanche’s 3–1 win at Minnesota. It was the second three-point game and 20th multiple-point game of Landeskog’s three-season NHL career. (He scored one goal and two assists against Calgary on February 28 last season.) Landeskog has recorded more multi-point games versus the Wild (three) than he has against any other team.
Capitals 3, Canadiens 2 (WSH wins shootout 3-2)
* Capitals: lead NHL with 6 shootout wins this season
* Mikhail Grabovski: Goal (8), assist (4th multi-point game this season); scored deciding goal in shootout
* Canadiens: loss ends 4-game win streak; 1-3 in shootouts this season
FROM ELIAS: Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby earned a first-star selection by making 35 saves in his shootout win against the Canadiens. Holtby has won four of his five shootouts this season, after winning all three of tiebreakers last season. Holtby’s 7–1 (.875) shootout record over the last two seasons is the best among NHL netminders who’ve had at least six shootout decisions since the beginning of the 2012–13 season. Ben Bishop is a close second with a 6–1 (.857) shootout record.
Sharks 6, Blues 3
* Sharks: Won 4 straight and 7 of last 8
* Brent Burns: 1st career hat trick (had 1 multi-goal game in previous 575 career games)
* Logan Couture: matches career-high with 3 assists (also had 3 assists on Nov. 21)
FROM ELIAS: San Jose’s Brent Burns notched the first three-goal game of his NHL career when he scored on each of his three shots on goal in the Sharks’ 6–3 win over the Blues. It was the second hat trick in the NHL this season in which the player had a perfect shooting percentage; the first one was by the Kings’ Dwight King against Phoenix on October 24. Burns was the first Sharks player with three goals in a game in which he had only three shots on goal since Joe Thornton on March 25, 2008 at Phoenix.
Penguins 3, Lightning 0
* Sidney Crosby (PIT) 3 assists (Penguins are 17-3-1 when he has a point this season; 0-6-0 when he fails to record a point)
* Chris Kunitz (PIT): 2 goals (Penguins are 10-1-0 when he scores a goal this season)
* Marc Andre-Fleury (PIT): 21 saves, 3rd shutout this season (had allowed 10 goals in previous 3 games combined)
* Penguins: won 8 straight games vs Lightning
FROM ELIAS: Sidney Crosby reached the 700-point mark in his NHL career when he recorded the second of his three assists in the Penguins’ 3–0 win over the Lightning. Crosby hit that milestone in his 497th game, making him the sixth player in NHL history to do so in fewer than 500 games, after Wayne Gretzky (317), Mario Lemieux (363), Peter Stastny (457), Mike Bossy (469) and Jari Kurri (483). Only three active players besides Crosby got to the 700-point plateau in fewer than 600 games: Teemu Selanne (541), Jaromir Jagr (557) and Alex Ovechkin (579).
Bruins 3, Rangers 2
* Zdeno Chara (BOS): go-ahead goal (6) with 8:55 left in 3rd period; recorded "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" (a goal, an assist & a fight - 5th of career, 2nd vs Rangers)
* Brad Marchand (BOS): goal (4), assist
* Bruins: 3-1-0 in last 4 games overall; 8-0-2 in last 10 home games
* Rangers: only 2nd loss in last 9 road games (7-2-0)
FROM ELIAS: Zdeno Chara’s goal with 8:55 remaining in the third period broke a 2–2 tie and provided the winning margin for the Bruins in their 3–2 victory over the Rangers in Boston. Chara has scored six goals this season and they’ve all come on home ice, including one in each of the Bruins’ last three home games. He’s the first Boston defenseman to score goals in each of three consecutive team home games in one season since Bryan Berard in November 2002. The last to do it before Berard was Ray Bourque in March 1999.
Flyers 2, Jets 1
* Flyers: won last 5 home games (last home loss: Nov. 7 vs Devils)
* Jets: now 2-1-0 on current 6-game road trip (next game on trip: Monday at Rangers)
FROM ELIAS: The Flyers edged the Jets, 2–1, in game that started before noon on Friday and the Philadelphia goals, by Scott Hartnell and Sean Couturier, were both unassisted. It was the first time in Flyers history that they won a regular-season game in which every goal they scored was unassisted. Excluding games decided by a shootout, the last NHL team before the Flyers to win a game in which it scored at least two goals, all unassisted, was the Rangers in their 3–1 win at Anaheim on Dec. 16, 2008. New York’s solo scorers in that game were Chris Drury, Nigel Dawes and Nikolay Zherdev.
Red Wings 5, Islanders 0
FROM ELIAS: Daniel Alfredsson, in the 1200th game of his NHL career, scored two goals for the Red Wings as they beat the Islanders, 5–0. It was the 62nd multiple-goal game of his NHL career and first for a team other than the Ottawa Senators. Alfredsson, who will turn 41 years old in less than two weeks (December 11), is the sixth player in Red Wings franchise history to score two or more goals in a regular-season game at age 40 or older. The other 40-something Detroit players with multiple-goal games were Gordie Howe (16 times), Nicklas Lidstrom (twice), Alex Delvecchio, Steve Thomas and Steve Yzerman.
Ducks 5, Flames 2
FROM ELIAS: Dustin Penner scored a pair of goals for the Ducks in their 5–2 win against the Flames, after scoring twice at Phoenix on Saturday and once at Dallas on Tuesday. This is the first time that Penner has tallied five goals over a three-game span in his NHL career, and in each of those games he scored a power play goal. Over the last five seasons the only other Ducks player to score power play goals in each of three consecutive team games was defenseman Cam Fowler in January/February 2011.
Devils 5, Hurricanes 2
FROM ELIAS: The Devils outscored the Hurricanes, 4–0, in the third period to turn a 2–1 deficit into a 5–2 victory at Carolina. It was only the second time in the last 16 seasons that New Jersey won a game by a three-goal or bigger margin after trailing entering the third period. The Devils’ other such win since 1997 was a 6–3 home-ice victory against the Lightning on Jan. 9, 2011. Before Friday’s win, the last time New Jersey had a comeback victory of that kind in a road game was at Pittsburgh on January 7, 1984 (7–4).
Blue Jackets 4, Oilers 2
FROM ELIAS: Ryan Johansen scored one goal and assisted on another as the Blue Jackets jumped out to a 4–0 lead over the Oilers and then held off a third-period Edmonton rally to post a 4–2 win. It was the team-high sixth time this season that Johansen registered both goals and assists in the same game. The only other Columbus player with more than two such games this season is Brandon Dubinsky with four.
Sabres 3, Maple Leafs 2 (F/OT)
FROM ELIAS: The Sabres ended their season-worst five-game losing streak with a 3–2 overtime victory against the Maple Leafs, after trailing by scores of 1–0 and 2–1 in regulation time. The losing streak is over but another Buffalo streak was extended on Friday: The Sabres have trailed for at least some part of the playing time in each of their last 23 games. That’s a Buffalo franchise record and the longest single-season streak of its kind by an NHL team since 2003–04, when Pittsburgh trailed in 23 consecutive games.