The Tampa Bay Lightning became the 12th team in NHL history with at least 55 wins in a single season after defeating the Washington Capitals 6-3 at Amalie Arena on Saturday.
The Lightning (55-13-4) are also the fourth team in the past 22 years (Capitals, 55 in 2016-17; Capitals, 56 in 2015-16; Detroit Red Wings, 58 in 2005-06) to achieve the feat. They have 10 games remaining and could be the third NHL team with 60 wins (Red Wings, 62-13-7 in 1995-96; Montreal Canadiens, 60-8 with 12 ties in 1976-77).
Alex Killorn had a hat trick, Nikita Kucherov had two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves to help the Lightning break their records for wins and points (114) in one season set in 2017-18 (54-23-5, 113 points). Tampa Bay leads the Boston Bruins (43-20-9) by 19 points for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Kucherov, Ovechkin chasing history
Kucherov leads the NHL with 117 points (35 goals, 82 assists). Two Russia-born NHL players have had more: Sergei Fedorov (120 points; 56 goals, 64 assists in 1993-94) and Alexander Mogilny (127 points; 76 goals, 51 assists in 1992-93).
Ovechkin scored two goals for the Capitals and is two from scoring 50 for the eighth time in his NHL career, one behind Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy (nine each) for most all-time.
Washington (42-23-7) is 8-2-0 in its past 10 games and leads the New York Islanders (41-23-7) by two points for first in the Metropolitan Division.
McDavid continues multipoint streak for Oilers
Connor McDavid had three points (two goals, one assist) including his third overtime goal of the season to help the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena.
The Oilers captain has multiple points in seven straight games since March 2 (16 points; three goals, 13 assists) to match the longest run of the season set by Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (16 points; 10 goals, six assists from Oct. 3-15) and Kucherov (21 points; six goals, 15 assists from Dec. 18-Jan. 3). Two players in Oilers history have had multiple points in at least seven consecutive games: Gretzky (15 times) and Mark Messier (once). Gretzky holds the longest streak in NHL history with 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists) in 16 games from Dec. 20, 1985 to Jan. 25, 1986.
The victory moved Edmonton (32-32-7) seven points behind the Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Arizona (36-30-6) trails the Dallas Stars (37-29-5) by one point for the first wild card.
Blackhawks push winning streak to five games
The Chicago Blackhawks also remain in contention for a playoff berth thanks to a five-game winning streak extended with a 2-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Chicago (32-30-9) is four points behind the Coyotes and has won five consecutive regular-season games at Montreal for the first time in its history.
Corey Crawford made 48 saves to match Dave Dryden’s Blackhawks record for most in a shutout. He also joined Hockey Hall of Fame member Tony Esposito as the second Blackhawks goalie with two road shutouts at the Canadiens.
Montreal (37-28-7) is three points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets (40-28-4) for the second wild card from the Eastern Conference.