KINGS FALL TO SABRES, 6-3
The Sabres scored four straight goals – including tallies 12 seconds apart by Jack Eichel (2-1—3) and Brian Gionta – to erase a 2-0 deficit in the second period and improve to 14-1-1 in their past 16 home games against the Kings (dating to Dec. 17, 1993; LAK: 1-12-3).
Eichel has collected 5-3—8 in seven games since returning to action on Nov. 29 and has 6-8—14 in his past 12 contests dating to last season.
In other NHL news . . .
NHL TO LAUNCH YEAR-LONG CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
With less than three weeks until the official start of the NHL’s Centennial celebration, the League announced the details surrounding the special events that will honor a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments.
The NHL’s Centennial celebration will commence on Jan. 1 in Toronto with the Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs at Exhibition Stadium. This marquee event will also feature the first phase in the announcement of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, as well as the launch of the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, a traveling fan experience that will visit all NHL markets across North America in 2017.
SIX-GOAL THIRD PERIOD POWERS HURRICANES TO COMEBACK WIN
Down 5-2 after two periods, the Hurricanes scored six times in the final frame – including five straight goals and three within a span of 1:42 – to rally past the Canucks for their seventh consecutive home win.
The Hurricanes scored at least six goals in a period for just the eighth time in franchise history. It marked just the third such instance since the club moved to Carolina in 1997-98; the others: Jan. 11, 2007 vs. FLA (six in third period) and March 7, 2009 at TBL (six in second period).
Jeff Skinner (2-1—3), Justin Faulk (1-2—3), Victor Rask (1-2—3) and Derek Ryan (0-3—3) powered the Carolina offense, which scored eight goals in a game for the first time since April 6, 2010 at TBL (8-5 W). Elias notes that the Canucks/Hurricanes contest was the highest-scoring NHL game since Oct. 27, 2011 (WPG 9, PHI 8).
The Hurricanes overcame a three-goal, third-period deficit to win for just the second time in the past 10 seasons (also Dec. 12, 2013 vs. MTL: trailed 3-0, 5-4 OT W).
STARS DEFEAT DUCKS, 6-2
Jamie Benn posted his second career four-assist game (also Nov. 14, 2013 at CGY: 1-5—6) as the Stars scored five unanswered goals en route to victory.
Ducks forward Corey Perry (3-5—8) extended his point streak to six games.
TOP VOTE-GETTERS REVEALED AFTER WEEK 2 OF FAN VOTE
Predators defenseman P.K. Subban is the top vote-getter in the Central Division after two weeks of voting in the 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote, joining Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and forwards Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Oilers, who led their respective divisions after week one.
TUESDAY’S RESULTS (Home Team in Caps)
BUFFALO 6, Los Angeles 3
Washington 4, NY ISLANDERS 2
Chicago 2, NY RANGERS 1
CAROLINA 8, Vancouver 6
San Jose 3, TORONTO 2 (SO)
Arizona 4, DETROIT 1
NASHVILLE 6, St. Louis 3
MINNESOTA 5, Florida 1
DALLAS 6, Anaheim 2
Columbus 3, EDMONTON 1
WEDNESDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
San Jose @ Ottawa, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, CSN-CA
Boston @ Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN
Tampa Bay @ Calgary, 9:30 p.m., SN, SN360, SUN
Philadelphia @ Colorado, 10 p.m., NBCSN, TCN-PH
STREAKING PENNSYLVANIA TEAMS FEATURED ON NBCSN DOUBLE BILL
Two of the hottest teams in the League, the Flyers and Penguins, will be featured as part of a Wednesday night double bill on NBCSN:
The Penguins (19-7-3, 41 points) look to push their winning streak to seven games when they host the Bruins (16-12-2, 34 points) on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry. The Penguins come into the contest on a season-long six game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 35-14 over that span. The Bruins, who are coming off an overtime win over the Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens, are powered offensively by David Pastrnak’s career-high 18 goals, three back of Penguins forward Sidney Crosby (21) for the League lead.
The Flyers (18-10-3, 39 points) will put their nine-game winning streak on the line when they travel to Colorado to face the Avalanche (11-15-1, 23 points). The Flyers' win streak is their longest such run since April 2-22, 1995, when they also put together a 9-0-0 stretch. The Avalanche are coming off a 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Sunday, backed by a 51-save performance by goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services