Rickard Rakell (2-0—2) scored twice – including the eventual game-winning goal just 16 seconds after Jakob Silfverberg (1-0—1) tied the game – to help the Ducks pick up their third straight home win.
Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves to earn the victory against his former club, as the Ducks leapfrogged the idle Oilers (34-22-8, 76 points) into second place in the Pacific Division, where seeds No. 2-4 are separated by only two points.
In other NHL news . . .
MALKIN POWERS PENGUINS IN MILESTONE GAME
Evgeni Malkin notched 2-1—3 while playing in his 700th NHL game (all w/ PIT) and Mark Streit (1-1—2), who was acquired from Tampa Bay on Wednesday, scored the game-winning goal in his team debut as Pittsburgh improved to 19-2-2 in its past 23 home games.
At 39-16-8 (86 points), the Penguins moved into a tie – in terms of points – with the Blue Jackets (40-16-6, 86 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Malkin – who also has reached milestones for career goals, assists and points this season (323-502—825) – recorded his fifth three-point effort of 2016-17 and the 74th such performance of his 11-season NHL career.
Malkin ranks second on the team with 28 goals this season, matching his highest total since 2011-12 when he scored a career-high 50 goals en route to winning his second Art Ross Trophy as the League’s top point-getter (50-59—109 in 75 GP).
CAPITALS LOOK TO EXTEND STREAKS AT VERIZON CENTER
After establishing new franchise records for home win (14) and point streaks (15-0-1) in their last contest, the League-leading Capitals (43-13-7, 93 points) continue their pursuit of a second straight Presidents’ Trophy when they welcome the Flyers (30-26-7, 67 points) to town. Philadelphia, meanwhile, sits four points back of the Islanders (30-22-11, 71 points) for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
DIVISIONAL RACES SPOTLIGHT HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA SCHEDULE
Five of 10 games contested tonight will be part of the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, highlighted by two key matchups in the Eastern Conference playoff picture: the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens (36-21-8, 80 points) aim for a fifth straight win when they visit the Rangers (41-21-2, 84 points), who hold the first Wild Card spot but sit only two points out of second place in the Metropolitan Division; the Blue Jackets (40-16-6, 86 points), who occupy the No. 2 seed with two games in hand on New York, travel to Ottawa to battle the Senators (34-22-6, 74 points), who sit six points back of Montreal with three games in hand. In the other three contests, the Avalanche (17-42-3, 37 points) visit the Jets; the Canucks (26-30-7, 59 points) face off with the Kings (31-27-6, 68 points); and the Red Wings (25-26-11, 61 points) pay a visit to the Oilers (34-22-8, 76 points).
PITTSBURGH 5, Tampa Bay 2
Arizona 4, CAROLINA 2
WINNIPEG 3, St. Louis 0
CHICAGO 2, NY Islanders 1 (SO)
CALGARY 3, Detroit 2 (OT)
ANAHEIM 5, Toronto 2
SATURDAY’S ACTION (All Times Eastern)
Colorado @ Winnipeg, 7 p.m., SN, ALT2
New Jersey @ Boston, 7 p.m., NESN, MSG+
Montreal @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., NHLN-US, CBC, TVAS, MSG
Tampa Bay @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, SUN
Dallas @ Florida, 7 p.m., FS-F, FS-SW
Columbus @ Ottawa, 7 p.m., CITY, FS-O
Philadelphia @ Washington, 7:30 p.m., CSN-DC, CSN-PH
Chicago @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, CSN-CH
Vancouver @ Los Angeles, 10 p.m., SN, FS-W
Detroit @ Edmonton, 10 p.m., CBC, FS-D
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services