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EARLY AND LATE POWER PLAY GOALS FOR THE SHARKS
The Sharks beat the Islanders, 3-2 in overtime, on Saturday, with early and late power play goals the key to San Jose's victory. Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks a quick 1-0 lead with a PPG at the 17-second mark of the first period and Brent Burns' overtime winner was also scored with San Jose on a power play. Since the NHL introduced the 5:00 OT format in 1983 the only other team to score power play goals in the opening minute of the first period and in overtime in the same game was the Minnesota North Stars in their 6-5 win against the Blues on March 17, 1986. In that game Dino Ciccarelli scored both the first-minute PPG and the overtime power play goal.
OTTAWA'S THREE-GOAL THIRD-PERIOD COMEBACK
From Elias: The Senators extended their winning streak to five games by overcoming a 4-1 third-period deficit to beat the Rangers, 5-4, in a shootout at Madison Square Garden. It was only the second time in the Senators' 19 seasons in the NHL that they won a game in which they trailed by three goals in the third period. Ottawa's other such comeback victory was by a 7-6 score in overtime against the original Jets at Winnipeg on Nov. 5, 1993. Saturday's game marked only the second time in the last 29 seasons that the Rangers failed to win a home game in which they led by three goals or more in the third period. On Dec. 23, 2008, the Blueshirts squandered a 4-1 third-period lead against the Capitals and Washington won in overtime, 5-4.
ROLOSON'S SHUTOUT AT AGE 42 PUTS HIM IN GOOD COMPANY
From Elias: Dwayne Roloson recorded his first shutout of the season with a 1-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night. Roloson, who turned 42 years old on October 12, is only the second NHL goaltender in the last 38 seasons to post a shutout after his 42nd birthday. Dominik Hasek had five shutouts at age 42 and two at age 43 for the Red Wings in 2007 and 2008.
ANOTHER FOUR-POINT GAME BY A FLYERS PLAYER
From Elias: Claude Giroux matched his career high for points in one game (four) when he tallied one goal and three assists in the Flyers' 5-1 win against the Hurricanes. Giroux is the fourth Philadelphia player to record four points in one game this season, joining rookie Matt Read, who did so at Ottawa on October 18, and Danny Briere and Kimmo Timonen, who each had four points in the Flyers' 9-8 loss to the Jets on Thursday. The first Philadelphia player to register four points in one game last season did not do it until December 30 (Mike Richards at Los Angeles).
LEAFS TAKE THE LEAD FOUR TIMES
From Elias: The Maple Leafs took the lead four separate times in their 4-3 win over the Penguins on Saturday (1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3). It was the third time in the last three seasons that Toronto has had four go-ahead goals in one game and all three of those games have been against Pittsburgh. The others were a 4-3 Leafs win at Pittsburgh on Dec. 27, 2009 and a 6-5 shootout loss in Toronto on February 26 last season.
TEN GOALS IN TEN GAMES FOR KESSEL
From Elias: Phil Kessel's 10th goal of the season was the game-winner for the Maple Leafs on Saturday. Kessel is only the second player in the last 65 years to score 10 or more goals in the Leafs' first 10 games of a season. Rick Vaive scored 11 goals in Toronto's first 10 games in 1983-84.
FIRST TWO-PPG GAME OF THE SEASON FOR MONTREAL
From Elias: The Canadiens scored two power play goals in their 4-2 win over the Bruins. It was the first multiple-PPG game of the season for the Canadiens, who entered play on Saturday with the fourth-lowest power play percentage in the NHL (4 for 39, 10.3%). Montreal scored two or more power play goals in a game 17 times last season, the most of any Eastern Conference team.
PANTHERS' COMEBACK WIN AGAINST BUFFALO
From Elias: Tomas Fleischmann and Jason Garrison each scored a goal in the final four minutes of the third period to enable the Panthers to overcome a 2-1 deficit and post a 3-2 victory over the Sabres in Buffalo. Before Saturday the Panthers had not won a game in regulation time after trailing so late in the third period since Oct. 6, 1999, when Viktor Kozlov, Mark Parrish and Pavel Bure scored unanswered goals in the final two minutes of a 4-2 win against the Kings.
LEHTONEN SETS STARS OCTOBER WINS RECORD
From Elias: The Stars wrapped up their October schedule with a 3-1 win against the Devils. Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves to earn the victory for Dallas and improve his record to 8-1-0 this season. Lehtonen is the first goaltender in Stars franchise history to win eight games in October in one season, though he needed two shootout victories to reach that total. The old franchise record of seven October wins was shared by Gilles Meloche (1981 and 1982), Andy Moog (1996) and Marty Turco (2006).
THREE TWO-GOAL SCORERS FOR VANCOUVER
From Elias: Alexander Edler, Christopher Higgins and Maxim Lapierre each scored two goals for the Canucks in their 7-4 win against the Capitals. It was the first time that Vancouver had three different multiple-goal scorers in one game since Feb. 25, 2003, when Todd Bertuzzi, Trevor Linden and Brendan Morrison each scored twice in an 8-0 rout of the Thrashers.
RINNE GETS HIS 100TH CAREER WIN
From Elias: Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne notched the 100th regular-season win of his NHL career with a 3-0 shutout against the Ducks. Six other active goaltenders recorded a shutout for their 100th NHL win: Martin Biron, Roberto Luongo, Miikka Kiprusoff, Tim Thomas, Brian Boucher and Jonathan Quick.
FIVE POINTS OVER TWO GAMES FOR VRBATA
From Elias: Radim Vrbata scored the Coyotes' two goals in regulation time against the Kings on Saturday and he assisted on Daymond Langkow's goal in overtime. Vrbata has scored five points in his last two games, including the pair of assists he registered in the Coyotes' win over the Devils on Thursday. It's Vrbata's highest point total over any two-game span since Jan. 24-29, 2008, when he had a four-point game versus Nashville followed by a two-point game at Columbus.
A PAIR OF 1-0 GAMES ON SATURDAY
From Elias: There were two 1-0 shutouts in the NHL on Saturday: by Tampa Bay's Dwayne Roloson against Winnipeg and Minnesota's Josh Harding versus Detroit. It was the first time since October 23 last season that there were two 1-0 games in the NHL on the same day. The 1-0 winners that night were the Blues' Jaroslav Halak (vs. Pittsburgh) and Nashville's Pekka Rinne (at Dallas).
TWO GOALS IN THIRD PERIOD FOR STALBERG
From Elias: The Blackhawks and Blue Jackets were tied 2-2 until Viktor Stalberg broke the game open with a pair of goals 1:58 apart in the third period that put Chicago on track for a 5-2 win over Columbus. Entering play on Saturday Stalberg had scored only three third-period goals in his 123 career games in the NHL and just two third-period goals in 83 games with the Blackhawks.