KINGS WIN IN OT
Kings defensemen Alec Martinez scored an overtime goal at home to give Los Angeles a 3-2 win over Columbus.
Martinez (343 GP) scored his third career regular-season overtime goal – and second in his past three games (also Oct. 20 at DAL) – to lift the Kings to their third consecutive victory on the heels of a 0-3-0 start. Overtime heroics are not new to the Rochester Hills, Mich., native – he tallied the series-clinching overtime goal in both the 2014 Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final.
THIRD-PERIOD RALLY POWERS FLYERS TO VICTORY
With Philadelphia facing a 3-0 deficit in the third period, 19-year-old Travis Konecny (first NHL goal) and 38-year-old Mark Streit (1-2—3) each scored to help spur the Flyers to an eventual shootout victory.
The Flyers won after trailing by at least three goals in the third period for the first time since Dec. 19, 2013 vs. CBJ (trailed 3-0; 5-4 W). It also marked the third such comeback of the 2016-17 season, with Winnipeg claiming the others on Oct. 13 vs. CAR and Oct. 19 vs. TOR.
The Flyers, who also overcame a multi-goal deficit to win Saturday vs. CAR (trailed 2-0; 6-3 W), have at least evened the score in a game after trailing by multiple goals four times this season. The other instances: Oct. 15 at ARI (trailed 3-1; 4-3 OT L) and Oct. 18 at CHI (trailed 4-0; 7-4 L).
CROSBY RETURNS TO SPARK PENGUINS’ COMEBACK
Making his 2016-17 NHL season debut, captain Sidney Crosby scored the first of three unanswered goals by the Penguins to help his club overcome a 2-0 deficit and improve to 4-0-1 on home ice.
Crosby – who in the past four months has claimed the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy, World Cup of Hockey and World Cup of Hockey MVP – has collected 59 points in 45 regular-season games in the 2016 calendar year (28-31—59). Only one player has more points in that span: Sharks forward Joe Thornton (12-49—61 in 53 GP).
The Penguins, who also climbed from a 2-0 hole to win on Thursday vs. SJS (3-2 W), have trailed in three of their four victories this season (also Oct. 13 vs. WSH: trailed 1-0; 3-2 SO W). Elias notes that Pittsburgh overcame a multi-goal deficit to win seven times in 2015-16.
TRIUMPHANT RETURN FOR ELLIOTT
Flames goaltender Brian Elliott made 23 saves, including 12 in the third period, to record his second win in as many nights while making his return to St. Louis, where he spent the past six seasons and is the all-time shutouts leader. The Blues thanked Elliott and Troy Brouwer, who last season helped St. Louis reach the Conference Finals for the first time since 2001.
Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk (0-1—1) skated in his first NHL game in St. Louis, where he grew up playing hockey while his father, Keith, played with the Blues.
TUESDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)
PITTSBURGH 3, Florida 2
Minnesota 5, BOSTON 0
NEW JERSEY 5, Arizona 3
PHILADELPHIA 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)
DETROIT 4, Carolina 2
Tampa Bay 7, TORONTO 3
Calgary 4, ST. LOUIS 1
DALLAS 3, Winnipeg 2
Ottawa 3, VANCOUVER 0
SAN JOSE 2, Anaheim 1 (OT)
LOS ANGELES 3, Columbus 2 (OT)
WEDNESDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
Montreal @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., SN1, MSG+, RDS
Boston @ NY Rangers, 8 p.m., TVAS, NBCSN
Washington @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., SN360, SN1, SNO, SNW, CSN-DC
Nashville @ Anaheim, 10:30 p.m., PRIME, FS-TN
ORIGINAL SIX FOES MEET ON RIVALRY NIGHT
For the second straight week, a pair of Original Six members meet on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry when the Bruins head to Madison Square Garden to take on the Rangers for the first time in 2016-17. New York owns a 3-1-0 record on home ice this season and is coming off a pair of wins over the weekend (4-2 W at WSH and 3-2 W vs. ARI), while Boston aims to rebound from back-to-back losses.
PREDATORS VISIT DUCKS IN 2016 FIRST ROUND REMATCH
The Predators begin a five-game road trip at Honda Center in Anaheim, where they will face off against the Ducks for the first time since ousting them in seven games in the opening round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Nashville won three road games in that series (a first for the franchise), capped by a 2-1 victory in the club’s first-ever Game 7.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services