Jets 3, Rangers 0
Patrik Laine went more than a year between hat tricks, and still the 19-year-old Finnish star is on a remarkable pace.
Laine got his fourth hat trick and set a career high with his 38th goal, lifting Winnipeg over New York on Tuesday night.
The 19-year-old star had been the youngest ever with three hat tricks - getting there at 18 years, 302 days - but it had been over a year since his last three-goal game. He joins Jimmy Carson and Dale Hawerchuk as the only players with four hat tricks before turning 20.
Laine has at least a point in nine straight games (13 goals, six assists) and has scored multiple goals in four of his past five contests. He's two goals behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead this season.
Laine has taken off since being put on a line with Nikolaj Ehlers and Paul Stastny.
"Our line is playing pretty good hockey," Laine said.
Laine is the first visiting teenager with a hat trick at Madison Square Garden since Toronto's Ted Kennedy on Dec. 27, 1944, according to Sportsnet Stats.
Steve Mason made 31 saves as the Jets extended their winning streak to three. Winnipeg has earned points in seven straight road games (6-0-1) and improved to 14-6-5 against the Eastern Conference.
"He didn't get overworked," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "He had a couple of tough ones early, a couple of squeezers right around the net that he made a good save on, and then a lot of what came to him, he saw clean, so it was a good start for sure."
Henrik Lundqvist made his 798th career appearance and stopped 31 shots as the Rangers lost for the first time in four games. Lundqvist made 50 saves in each of his previous two games.
"At the end of the night, we tried hard and tried battling back in the third," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "That's a real good team we played tonight and they were able to get their best shooter to get a few good looks."
Laine opened the scoring by putting a wrist shot past Lundqvist at 19:05 of the first period. He added on midway through the second period when he snapped off another wrist shot, then scored into an empty net with 34 seconds left.
Laine, the third overall pick of the 2016 draft, scored 36 goals in his rookie season. He leads the NHL in goals since entering the league with 74. Ovechkin and Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov each have 73.
Mason made his first appearance since Jan. 9th, when he was sidelined with a concussion. The veteran will play important minutes down the stretch as Winnipeg looks to lighten Connor Hellebuyck's workload before the playoffs. The franchise hopes to win a playoff series for the first time in its history.
Winnipeg teammates Mark Schiefele and Blake Wheeler collided in the first period. Schiefele initially returned to action but was later ruled out for the game with an upper-body injury. His last shift ended with 3:58 remaining in the second period.
Rangers forward Vladislav Namestnikov skated in his first game at MSG since being acquired at the trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Devils 6, Canadiens 4
There's no stopping Taylor Hall, unquestionably New Jersey's most valuable player in its quest to end a five-year playoff drought.
Hall extended his point-scoring streak to 19 games, Travis Zajac scored two power-play goals and the Devils snapped a three-game skid with a win over Montreal.
Hall's consecutive-points streak is the longest in the NHL this season. Hall, who had two assists, has recorded points in his last 26 appearances dating to Jan. 2. He missed three games before the All-Star break with a thumb injury during that span.
"It's cool. It seems like everything is kind of bouncing the right way when I'm out there, especially on the power play lately," Hall said. "So it's great to chip in, great to contribute, and I'm out there to get points, score goals and play well that way, so I want to keep it going. At the end of the day, I just want to be on a team that gets into the playoffs."
Stefan Noesen, Blake Coleman, Patrick Maroon and Brian Boyle also scored for the Devils. Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves as New Jersey solidified its grip on the first wild-card slot in the Eastern Conference.
Jacob de la Rose scored twice for the Canadiens, who had picked up at least one point in their previous seven games (3-0-4). Brendan Gallagher and Byron Froese had the other goals.
The Devils dominated the opening period, taking a 4-0 lead while outshooting the Canadiens 17-5.
Noesen got the Devils rolling, deflecting Will Butcher's point shot past Charlie Lindgren at 8:25. New Jersey then broke it open with three goals in a span of 3:15 late in the period.
Butcher, back on ice after a brief locker-room visit for medical attention after suffering a facial cut, played a hand in New Jersey's second tally with 3:27 remaining in the period.
Lindgren stopped Butcher's initial shot, only to have Coleman steer home the rebound.
Zajac polished off the first period with his tallies. Kyle Palmieri fired a shot from the left circle that Zajac tipped in with 1:52 left. Hall got the point that extended the streak with 12 seconds remaining when Zajac slammed home his rebound.
"He's been on a mission and he's been our best player all year," Zajac said of Hall. "He's brought momentum over these last 26 games for us, and he's grown as a leader. It's great to see."
Gallagher cut the Devils' lead to 4-1 midway through the second period.
Maroon scored his first goal as a Devil about a minute later. He has points in all four games since coming to New Jersey in a trade with Edmonton. It was New Jersey's third power-play goal of the game with Hall assisting.
"In the four games I've played here, he's been by far one of our best players, and that's exciting to see, especially in meaningful games like this," Maroon said of Hall. "Big time players step up."
Boyle made it 6-1 later in the period with his first goal in 24 games.
Montreal scored the final three goals of the contest to make the final outcome more respectable.
"The thing that I'll take out of this game in a positive way is the fact that we got better as the game went on," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. "We're a young team and the guys showed character by trying to get themselves back into it. That's a character check. It would have been easy to say, 'This is not our night.'"
Montreal got a goal from de la Rose with 13.8 seconds remaining to close out the second period with a four-goal deficit.
De la Rose tallied again in the third, trimming New Jersey's lead to 6-3 with 5:20 remaining. Froese closed out the scoring in the final minute.
Predators 2, Stars 0
Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots, Ryan Hartman scored at 5:33 of the third period and Nashville beat Dallas for a franchise-record ninth straight victory.
The Predators extended the NHL's longest active winning streak. The defending Western Conference champs also padded their lead atop both the conference and the Central Division.
Rinne recorded his seventh shutout this season, tying Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy for most in the NHL. Rinne now is 17-1-1 over his last 19 games.
Nick Bonino scored an empty-netter with 13.6 seconds left after Stars defenseman John Klingberg caught a skate on his own net, causing him to trip and lose the puck.
Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves for Dallas.
Blue Jackets 4, Golden Knights 1
Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots, Artemi Panarin and Pierre Luc-Dubois each had a goal and two assists, and Columbus beat Vegas.
Zach Werenski and Ian Cole also scored for the Blue Jackets, winners of two straight and four of their last six. The victory over the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights helped Columbus hold onto the second wild card in the Eastern Division with 15 games remaining.
Marc-Andre Fleury - a Blue Jacket-killer in the playoffs last year for Pittsburgh - had 17 saves for the Golden Knights, who have lost four of five. Erik Haula scored for Vegas.
Ducks 4, Capitals 0
John Gibson made 36 saves for his 14th career shutout, Rickard Rakell scored for the fourth straight game and Anaheim extended its home point streak to nine games with a win over Washington.
Adam Henrique, Hampus Lindholm and Nick Ritchie also scored for the Ducks, who passed San Jose for second in the Pacific Division. Ritchie scored an empty-net goal, and Ryan Getzlaf and Josh Manson each had two assists.
Braden Holtby was pulled early in the second period after giving up three goals on nine shots. Philipp Grubauer made eight saves in relief for the Capitals, who have lost three straight road games.
Wild 6, Hurricanes 2
Eric Staal's second goal of the night capped a franchise-record flurry to start the second period, and Minnesota cruised past Carolina.
Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for his fifth win in his last six starts, and the Wild raised their home record to an NHL-leading 24-5-6.
Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Daniel Winnik and Staal scored in a span of 3:28, the fastest four-goal stretch in Wild history that gave the home team a huge lead less than four minutes after the first intermission ended while fans were still filing back into their seats.
Staal, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft by the Hurricanes who spent 13 years with the club until a late-season trade, has 64 goals in 149 games with the Wild.
Phillip Di Giuseppe and Derek Ryan scored for Carolina in the third period.
Lightning 5, Panthers 4 (OT)
Brayden Point scored 2:49 into overtime to give Tampa Bay the victory over Florida.
Point scored his third overtime goal of the season.
Yanni Gourde scored twice and finished with three points for the Lightning, who reached overtime for the sixth consecutive game. J.T. Miller added his 15th of the season, second with the Lightning.
Nick Bjugstad recorded his first career hat trick and Aleksander Barkov finished with three assists for the Panthers.
Blackhawks 2, Avalanche 1 (OT)
Jonathan Toews scored nine seconds into overtime and had an assist in regulation to lead Chicago past Colorado.
The game-winner was generated directly from the faceoff at center ice. Toews pulled the draw to Duncan Keith, who fed Patrick Kane on the right side. Kane fed Toews on a 2-on-1 and the Chicago captain chipped his 18th goal past Semyon Varlamov from the low edge the right circle.
Chicago's Jean-Francois Berube stopped 33 shots and Erik Gustafsson connected in the first, as the fading Blackhawks won for the second time in five games.
Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon extended his points streak to six games with his team-leading 32nd goal in the second period.
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