Brock Nelson, playing in his 500th career game, scored with 43.5 seconds left in overtime Thursday night as the red-hot New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and set a franchise record for points in consecutive games at 16.
The Islanders have gone 15-0-1 in a span that began Oct. 12 to break the previous franchise-best points streak set in 1978-79 and matched in 1980-81 and 1981-82, the last of which featured 15 straight wins. New York’s only blemish in its current streak was an overtime loss to the Penguins on Nov. 7, also in Brooklyn, in which it blew a three-goal, third-period lead.
The Islanders’ point streak is the longest in the NHL since the Tampa Bay Lightning also went 15-0-1 in 16 straight games from Nov. 29, 2018 through Jan. 3, 2019. The last team to record points in at least 17 straight games was the Boston Bruins with 19 games last season.
Nelson also gave Islanders the lead with 4:52 left in the third, but Patric Hornqvist scored with 29.9 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Panthers 5, Ducks 4 (OT)
Defenseman Aaron Ekblad scored 22 seconds into overtime for his second goal of the game as Florida rallied from a four-score deficit to defeat Anaheim at Sunrise, Fla.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves to earn the win. Panthers winger Brett Connolly scored two goals in a span of 27 seconds in the second period, starting Florida’s comeback. Ekblad scored with 8:05 left in the third, and Dominic Toninato tied it 4-4 with 4:23 remaining.
Max Jones, Nick Ritchie, Rickard Rakell and Ondrej Kase scored for the Ducks, who led 4-0 late in the second period. John Gibson made 23 saves for Anaheim, but he couldn’t stop the Panthers in the final 22 minutes.
Blues 5, Flames 0
Jordan Binnington stopped 40 shots for his first shutout of the season and the sixth of his career as host St. Louis blanked Calgary.
Zach Sanford had a career-high four points with a goal and three assists. Oskar Sundqvist scored twice for the Blues, and David Perron and Vince Dunn also scored. David Rittich made 26 saves for the Flames.
The Blues are 9-1-2 in their last 12 games. They have suffered just four regulation losses in 23 games. The Flames’ winless streak reached six games (0-5-1). They are 4-9-1 on the road this season.
Stars 5, Jets 3
Jamie Benn scored for the third consecutive game, breaking a tie with 4:21 remaining, as host Dallas defeated Winnipeg. Benn’s goal came 25 seconds after Winnipeg’s Luca Sbisa scored to tie it at 3-3 as the Jets overcame a three-goal deficit.
Tyler Seguin added an empty-netter to cap the scoring with 34.8 seconds left. Mattias Janmark, Jason Dickinson and Radek Faksa also scored for Dallas, which won its season-high fifth consecutive game and extended its points streak to 10 games (9-0-1). Corey Perry had three assists, and goaltender Ben Bishop made 23 saves.
Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine also scored for the Jets, who were trying to sweep their four-game trip. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 of 35 shots for the Jets, who were 7-1-1 in their previous nine games.
Bruins 3, Sabres 2
Brad Marchand tallied twice, David Pastrnak scored his 20th goal and Boston edged visiting Buffalo.
Tuukka Rask stopped a season-high 36 shots, including a highlight-reel save in the third period, as the Bruins won for the third time in their last four games. Patrice Bergeron also earned a helper in his return to the lineup after missing two games with a lower-body injury.
Rasmus Ristolainen and Brandon Montour scored for the Sabres, who have lost nine of their last 10 (1-7-2). Linus Ullmark stopped 24 shots.
Lightning 4, Blackhawks 2
Anthony Cirelli, Brayden Point and Cedric Paquette scored third-period goals, and Tampa Bay held on for a win over host Chicago.
Mikhail Sergachev also scored for Tampa Bay, which snapped a two-game skid.
Brent Seabrook and Dylan Strome scored for the Blackhawks. Chicago has lost back-to-back games after winning the previous four in a row.
Kings 5, Oilers 1
Los Angeles defused powerful Edmonton with a scoring flurry of its own and turned a fast start into a victory, extending its home winning streak to five games.
First-period goals from Tyler Toffoli, Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, along with three assists for the game from Drew Doughty, helped keep the Kings undefeated at home in the month of November. Despite all of the local success, the Kings are still in last place in the Western Conference.
Connor McDavid added a goal early in the second period, extending his point streak to nine games, and Edmonton pulled goalie Mike Smith after one period. The Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl saw his 13-game point streak come to an end. It was tied for longest in the NHL.
Blue Jackets 5, Red Wings 4
Boone Jenner scored the go-ahead goal and host Columbus scored three third-period goals to get past Detroit.
Alexandre Texier, Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Eric Robinson tallied the other goals for the Blue Jackets. Joonas Korpisalo had 22 saves.
Tyler Bertuzzi scored twice and Filip Hronek and Luke Glendening collected the other goals for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard made 32 saves.
Sharks 2, Golden Knights 1 (OT)
Logan Couture scored the overtime game-winner, and goaltender Aaron Dell provided a scintillating performance to backstop San Jose to a win in Las Vegas.
Dell, the Sharks’ backup goalie, made 37 saves — including four in overtime — to earn his squad its seventh win in eight games. Timo Meier scored for San Jose in the second period.
Brayden McNabb tied the game for Vegas just before the midway point of the third. Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves for the Golden Knights, who had won two straight.
Flyers 5, Hurricanes 3
Claude Giroux scored his second goal of the game with 8:44 remaining to break a tie and lift Philadelphia over Carolina in Raleigh, N.C.
Giroux was left unattended and had a tap-in goal for his game-winner. He has seven goals this season, and he added two assists for the Flyers, who ended a four-game losing streak (0-2-2). Philadelphia’s Travis Konecny picked up three assists.
Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Lucas Wallmark scored for the Hurricanes, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Wild 3, Avalanche 2
Jason Zucker scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period, Mats Zuccarello and Jordan Greenway also scored, and Minnesota beat Colorado in Saint Paul, Minn.
Alex Stalock stopped 25 shots, and Ryan Suter had two assists for the Wild.
Cale Makar had two goals, Andre Burakovsky had two assists, and Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves for the Avalanche.
Canucks 6, Predators 3
Elias Pettersson had a goal with two assists, and Vancouver scored a season-high five power-play goals in beating host Nashville to end a three-game losing streak (0-2-1). The Predators have lost six in a row (0-5-1).
Jacob Markstrom made 45 saves, Quinn Hughes recorded three assists, and Brock Boeser, J.T. Miller and Bo Horvat each had a goal with an assist. The Canucks are 8-for-9 with the man-advantage against the Predators in 2019-20 after converting all but one chance.
Calle Jarnkrok had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who outshot the visitors 48-23 but went 1-for-6 on the power play. Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne entered with a 6.72 goals-against average during a three-game losing streak, and he was pulled after allowing five goals on 17 shots through two periods.
Maple Leafs 3, Coyotes 1
Tyson Barrie, Pierre Engvall and Auston Matthews scored goals as Toronto, playing its first game under coach Sheldon Keefe, defeated Arizona in Glendale, Ariz., to end a six-game losing streak.
It was the first game as an NHL coach for Keefe, who was promoted from the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies Wednesday after Mike Babcock was fired. Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen made 30 saves and did not allow a goal until Vinnie Hinostroza scored his third of the season at 19:43 of the third period. Ilya Mikheyev added two assists for Toronto.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 shots for the Coyotes, who had won their two previous games by shutout. The Coyotes had not allowed a goal in just over 147 minutes.
–Field Level Media