NHL BRIEF – NOV 24, 2016: Canucks Crush Coyotes 4-1, Ovechkin Nets Hat Trick, Penguins Score Six Conseutive Goals To Bury Rangers

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 23: Michael Chaput #45 of the Vancouver Canucks and Jordan Martinook #48 of the Arizona Coyotes battle for a faceoff during the third period at Gila River Arena on November 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 23: Michael Chaput #45 of the Vancouver Canucks and Jordan Martinook #48 of the Arizona Coyotes battle for a faceoff during the third period at Gila River Arena on November 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
MINNESOTA 3, Winnipeg 1
Detroit 2, BUFFALO 1 (SO)
NEW JERSEY 5, Toronto 4 (SO)
Pittsburgh 6, NY RANGERS 1
WASHINGTON 4, St. Louis 3
Calgary 2, COLUMBUS 0
TAMPA BAY 4, Philadelphia 2
NASHVILLE 5, Dallas 2
SAN JOSE 2, Chicago 1
Edmonton 6, COLORADO 3
Vancouver 4, ARIZONA 1
LOS ANGELES 4, NY Islanders 2

OVECHKIN HAT TRICK POWERS CAPITALS WIN

The Capitals owned a 4-1 lead in the third period backed by a hat trick from Alex Ovechkin (3-0—3) before holding off a late Blues rally – including two goals in the final 1:15 of play – to improve to 7-3-0 at home this season and halt St. Louis’ win streak at four games.

* Ovechkin’s hat trick marked the 16th time in his NHL career he has registered three or more goals in a game.

Per Elias, the six-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner broke a tie with Jaromir Jagr (15) for most career hat tricks among active players.

* Ovechkin recorded his fourth game-winning goal of the season and the 92nd of his career, tied with Mike Modano, Mark Messier and Jeremy Roenick for 16th all-time.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period during a NHL game at Verizon Center on November 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 23: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period during a NHL game at Verizon Center on November 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

CROSBY, PENGUINS EXPLODE FOR SIX STRAIGHT GOALS

The Penguins scored six consecutive goals, including five in the second period, to even their home-and-home series against the Rangers with a win.

* Per Elias, the Penguins scored five or more goals in one period for the first time since tallying five times in the third period of an 8-3 W vs. CAR on April 27, 2013.

* Penguins captain Sidney Crosby ignited the offense with 2-1—3 and leads the League with 14 goals this season (14-5—19 in 14 GP).

McDAVID, POINTS LEADERS STAY HOT

Each of the NHL’s top five points leaders were in action on Wednesday with Connor McDavid (1-2—3), Vladimir Tarasenko (2-0—2) and Nikita Kucherov (1-0—1) adding to their respective totals. McDavid has registered multiple points in three consecutive games (4-4—8).

Season Leaders, Points
1. Connor McDavid (EDM): 9-18—27
2. Nikita Kucherov (TBL): 10-14—24
3. Mark Scheifele (WPG): 11-12—23
t-4. Vladimir Tarasenko (STL): 9-13—22
t-4. Tyler Seguin (DAL): 7-15—22

DEVILS, PREDATORS AND KINGS ENJOY HOME COOKIN’

The Devils, Predators and Kings earned victories on Wednesday night to build on their respective home winning streaks:

* The Devils overcame deficits of 3-0 and 4-3 to improve to 7-0-1 at home this season, including four straight wins.

Elias notes that New Jersey earned points in their first eight or more home games of a season for the third time in franchise history (also 1987-88: 8-0-1 and 1990-91: 7-0-1).

Elias adds the Devils overcame a three-goal deficit to win for the first time since Dec. 8, 2011 vs. OTT (5-4 SO W).

* Filip Forsberg (1-1—2), Ryan Johansen (1-1—2) and James Neal (1-1—2) each recorded multi-point efforts to help the Predators improve to 6-0-1 in their last seven games at Bridgestone Arena, including five consecutive victories. Pekka Rinne (33 SV) improved to 7-1-2 in his last 10 appearances following a 1-4-1 start to the season.

* Tied 1-1 late in the third period, the Kings scored three times in 44 seconds to secure their fifth consecutive home victory and improve their overall winning streak to four games. Dwight King scored back-to-back goals 25 seconds apart to eclipse 100 career points (48-53—101).

LOOSE PUCKS

The Lightning improved to 5-1-0 in their last six contests . . . Flames goaltender Chad Johnson (34 SV) recorded his second shutout of the season . . . Devils forward Michael Cammalleri (1-3—4) registered his first four-point game since Feb. 13, 2013 vs. DAL (3-1—4 w/ CGY) . . . Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov scored his first career NHL goal (21 GP) . . . Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (2-1—3) snapped a 13-game goalless drought . . . Oilers forward Milan Lucic (1-3—4) registered four points to equal his career high from Oct. 25, 2008 vs. ATL (3-1—4 w/ BOS) and forward Leon Draisaitl (1-1—2) extended his point streak to five games (4-4—8) . . . Canucks forward Sven Baertschi (1-2—3) registered a career-high three points while teammate Bo Horvat (1-2—3) matched his career high for points in a game from Nov. 23, 2014 vs. CHI (0-3—3).

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Carolina @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SN360, NHLN-US, RDS, FS-CR
Boston @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., RDS2, TSN5, NESN

NHL FLOAT RETURNS FOR THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE

The Discover NHL “Frozen Fall Fun” float returns to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.

The 36-foot long by 20-foot wide float features a synthetic ice rink with children skating, a 12-foot tall turkey that serves as a goal and an assortment of colorful fall décor.

Riding aboard the float will be former Flyers forward and 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Eric Lindros, former Rangers great Adam Graves and singer Daya.

The float promotes the 2016 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown, which will take place on Friday between the Rangers and Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (1 p.m., NBC).

Source: NHL Public Relations

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