Talk about going the extra mile. This fan traveled from Japan to see a game pitting the Edmonton Oilers against the Pacific Division-rival Vancouver Canucks and Alex Biega (No. 55) on Saturday. The fan sure got his money's worth as Jannik Hansen netted his second goal of the contest at 4:01 of overtime to lift Vancouver to a 2-1 victory.
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Islanders' Tavares gets upper hand versus Ducks
Captain John Tavares, left, showed signs of picking up his struggling offense by recording two assists in the New York Islanders' 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Tavares also demonstrated a bit of a feistier side by getting his stick up on Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg.
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VandeVelde crashes crease for Flyers' go-ahead goal
While defenseman Evgeny Medvedev received credit for the go-ahead goal, teammate Chris VandeVelde, left, certainly played a role by crashing the crease in the Philadelphia Flyers' 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday. Philadelphia overcame a three-goal deficit to improve to 8-2-2 entering the break.
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Allen, Tarasenko have Blues singing high note
Jake Allen, left, moved into a tie with Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford by registering his league-high fifth shutout of the season in the St. Louis Blues' 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Allen turned aside all 32 shots he faced and Vladimir Tarasenko continued his blistering pace by scoring his sixth goal in seven games.
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Sharks' Pavelski rides hot hand to crown Kings
San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski skated into the Christmas break with a flourish on Tuesday, collecting two goals and an assist in a 5-3 triumph over the Pacific Division-rival Los Angeles Kings. The 31-year-old scored twice on the power play in the third period.
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Military man surprises daughters for happy homecoming
United States Navy Chief Petty Officer Paul Fahrenbach surprised his daughters after they participated in a "Family Feud" contest during the intermission of Saturday's game between the host Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Although they failed to convert in the "shoot-the-puck" contest, the daughters truly felt like winners as they hugged their dad in his return from a year-long deployment in Bahrain.
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Jagr loses four teeth but Panthers win game
Florida Panthers veteran forward Jaromir Jagr kept his humor despite losing four teeth following a high stick from Alex Chiasson of the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. The 43-year-old, who notched an assist in Florida's 2-1 victory, remained in the Christmas spirit following the contest and said he didn't wish any ill will toward Chiasson.
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Sabres' Eichel experiences happy homecoming
Rookie forward Jack Eichel had quite the homecoming on Saturday, recording two goals and two assists in the Buffalo Sabres' 6-3 win over the host Boston Bruins. The Boston University star, who was the second overall pick of the 2015 draft, returned to TD Garden for the first time since the Terriers fell to Providence in the NCAA title game last season.
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'Johnny Hockey' does it again
Johnny Gaudreau, center, posted his second hat trick of the season to send the Calgary Flames to their franchise record-tying 10th straight home win with a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. Gaudreau, who also scored three goals versus Boston on Dec. 4, capped his third career hat trick with an empty-net goal in the third period.
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Santa Claus celebrates a goal at NHL game
Santa Claus opted to give himself an early Christmas present by attending the Tampa Bay Lightning's game against the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Jolly Ol' Saint Nick apparently rooted for the home team as he celebrated a goal from Jonathan Marchessault, but the Canucks skated away with a 2-1 victory.