* The Blackhawks won their seventh consecutive home game against the Canadiens dating to Oct. 18, 2006 (MTL: 0-6-1) and improved to 8-1-2 at United Center in 2016-17, with their lone regulation loss coming in their home opener.
* Corey Crawford (21 saves) improved to 7-0-2 in his last nine appearances and 8-3-2 overall this season (2.01 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO). Crawford, a native of Montreal, also boosted his record to 6-0-2 in eight career appearances against his hometown team.
RASK MATCHES BEST 11-GAME START BY A GOALIE IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
Tuukka Rask turned aside all 21 shots he faced to record his NHL-leading third shutout of 2016-17 (tied w/ Sergei Bobrovsky and Devan Dubnyk) and backstop the Bruins to their seventh victory in the past nine games.
Rask picked up his fourth straight win and improved to 10-1-0 overall this season (1.54 GAA, .945 SV%, 3 SO).
Elias notes that Rask became just the second goaltender in the Bruins’ 92-year history to win 10 of his first 11 appearances in a season (Gerry Cheevers: 10-1-0 in 1976-77).
GRABNER, RANGERS CONTINUE HOT STREAK
Michael Grabner scored twice to lead the Rangers to their seventh win in their past eight outings and to a 12-4-0 record overall (24 points), tied with the Blackhawks (11-3-2, 24 points) for second in the NHL behind the Canadiens (13-2-1, 27 points).
This marks just the second time in New York’s 90-year history that they have won 12 of their first 16 games to start a season; the other instance came in 2015-16 when they began 12-2-2.
Grabner, who shares second in the NHL in goals, has 10-3—13 through 16 games this season, eclipsing his goal total from 2015-16 (9-9—18 in 80 GP w/ TOR).
JETS, WILD AND CANUCKS PICK UP WINS IN EXTRA TIME
The Jets, Wild and Canucks required extra time to secure victories on Sunday:
* Patrik Laine scored a nifty goal in the second round of the shootout and Mark Scheifele notched the decisive marker as the Jets extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1).
* Matt Dumba scored his second career overtime goal (also March 17, 2015 at NSH) to become the third defensemen in Wild history to notch multiple overtime goals, joining Brent Burns (5) and Marco Scandella (2).
* Troy Stecher tied the game with his first career NHL goal (7 GP) with 1:40 remaining in regulation and Markus Granlund (1-1—2) scored in overtime to help the Canucks rally from third-period deficits of 3-1 and 4-3.
Elias notes that Vancouver has won four games this season after trailing in the third period, tops in the NHL.
The Canucks earned their first win vs. DAL since Feb. 21, 2013 (4-3 W), snapping a 10-game slide (0-7-3) . . . Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling scored his first NHL goal (14 GP) . . . Stars forward Antoine Roussel (1-1—2) extended his career-high point streak to six games (3-5—8) . . . Tyler Seguin (2-6—8), Daniel Sedin (3-2—5), Andrei Markov (2-5—7), Alex Galchenyuk (3-4—7) and Alexander Radulov (0-6—6) each extended point streaks to five games . . . Blackhawks Marian Hossa (4-2—6) has scored in four consecutive games . . . Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla skated in the 1,488th game of his NHL career, surpassing Wayne Gretzky (1,487) for 18th place on the all-time list . . . Kings forward Dustin Brown (900) and Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot (500) each skated in milestone games . . . The Canucks and Blackhawks honored Dan Hamhuis and Andrew Shaw in their respective returns to Vancouver and Chicago . . . Former Capitals star Peter Bondra is growing the game in the United Arab Emirates . . . MUST SEE: A linesman and a member of the TV crew chipped in to make the day of two young Wild fans in Ottawa.
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