The Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins each will try to extend lengthy point streaks when they face off at TD Garden on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NESN, ALT, NHL.TV) in one of 11 games on the NHL schedule.
The Avalanche (18-8-2) have won five in a row and have a 13-game point streak (11-0-1, one tie) in Boston since their last loss at TD Garden, 4-1 on March 30, 1998. It’s the longest road point streak against any opponent in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history, and the longest by any team in Boston since the Bruins entered the NHL in 1924.
A victory would give Colorado its first six-game winning streak since it won six in a row from Nov. 18-28, 2018.
The Bruins are 12-0-5 in their first 17 games at TD Garden this season; they’re the only team that has yet to lose in regulation at home. It’s the second-longest season-opening home point streak in Bruins history behind a 21-game run in 1973-74 (19-0, two ties). The Bruins (20-3-6) also own the longest active point streak in the NHL at 13 games (9-0-4).
Jarry, Penguins extend streaks in win against Coyotes
Tristan Jarry made 33 saves for his second straight shutout and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Arizona Coyotes 2-0 at PPG Paints Arena on Friday to extend their home point streak to 10 games (8-0-2).
Jarry’s shutout streak reached 144:51 dating to Nov. 29. It’s the longest in the regular season by a Pittsburgh goalie since Marc-Andre Fleury (165:06) from Feb. 1-11, 2015.
Evgeni Malkin scored the 70th game-winning goal of his NHL career early in the third period, becoming the third player in Penguins history to reach that milestone behind Jaromir Jagr (78) and Mario Lemieux (74).
Thompson makes history for Canadiens against Rangers
Nate Thompson scored the go-ahead goal with 1:07 remaining in the third period to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Thompson is the first Montreal player to score a game-winning goal in the final 90 seconds against the Rangers since the 1967 expansion, and the fifth overall.
Montreal improved to 13-11-6 and moved into second place in the Atlantic Division. It was the 174th regular-season win for Canadiens coach Claude Julien, tying him with Pat Burns for sixth place in team history.
Power play keeps Oilers rolling
The Edmonton Oilers scored twice on the power play and defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 at Rogers Place to regain first place in the Pacific Division. The Oilers (18-10-3) lead the Arizona Coyotes (17-10-4) by one point.
Edmonton went 2-for-3 with the extra man, boosting its NHL-best power play to 32.2 percent. The Oilers have 29 power-play goals, second in the League to the Vancouver Canucks, who’ve scored 30.
The Oilers’ best full-season power-play percentage is 29.3 percent (86-for-294) in 1982-83, when they made their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.