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It seems like every time Alex Ovechkin records a point, especially if it is a goal, it has a major historical significance. The 36-year-old winger scored a hat trick in Friday’s 4-3 win over Florida.
Ovechkin’s 28th career hat trick ties him with Marcel Dionne and Bobby Hull for sixth overall in NHL history. His 153rd career multi-goal game puts him within one Mario Lemieux for the third-most in NHL history.
His 117th game-winning goal puts him within one of tying Phil Esposito for the third-most in NHL history. Finally, Ovechkin’s 273rd career power-play marker is one away from tying Dave Andreychuk for the most in NHL history.
Ovechkin has firmly entrenched himself in the consideration for the way-too-early Hart Trophy race this season.
NY RANGERS 5 BOSTON 2
The Rangers have a three-game win streak following a second straight road victory.
Artemi Panarin snapped a 2-2 tie at the 11:35 mark of the third period with his fifth goal of the season and it held up as the game winner. He also added an assist in the contest.
Igor Shesterkin blocked 34 shots for his third straight win and his 11th of the year.
Jeremy Swayman stopped 26 of 30 shots in the loss.
ST. LOUIS 2 CHICAGO 3 (OT)
The Blackhawks bounced back from Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to Calgary with a comeback win over the Blues in overtime.
Alex DeBrincat tallied his 12th goal of the season 1:27 into the extra period to give Chicago the win.
Pavel Buchnevich generated one goal and one assist in the first frame.
Ivan Barbashev put the Blues up 2-0 with a power-play goal.
Kevin Lankinen shielded 23 shots for his second win of the season.
Jordan Binnington made 24 saves in the defeat.
WINNIPEG 1 MINNESOTA 7
The Wild have two wins a row following a blowout victory over the Jets on Friday.
Kirill Kaprizov was the star of the show with a four-point performance. He registered one goal and three assists.
Kevin Fiala collected two assists in the contest, while Nate Schmidt, Nico Sturm, Rem Pitlick, Marcus Foligno, Brandon Duhaime, Frederick Gaudreau, Jonas Brodin and Dmitry Kulikov had one helper each.
Pierre-Luc Dubois had the lone goal for Winnipeg. He scored on a third-period power play in his 300th career game.
Cam Talbot blocked 30 shots for his 11th win in 16 starts.
CAROLINA 6 PHILADELPHIA 3
The Hurricanes rebounded from two straight 2-1 losses with a decisive win over the Flyers.
Sebastian Aho scored a pair of goals to give him 10 on the 2021-22 campaign.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi accounted for one goal and one assist in the second period.
Tony DeAngelo recorded two helpers, while Jordan Staal, Seth Jarvis, Nino Niederreiter, Teuvo Teravainen, Martin Necas, Brett Pesce, Ian Cole, Brady Skjei, Claude Giroux, Morgan Frost and Cam Atkinson had one each.
Antti Raanta stopped 20 shots for his third win in four starts.
Carter Hart allowed six goals on 36 shots in the loss.
OTTAWA 0 ANAHEIM 4
The Ducks halted a three-game winless skid with a shutout victory over the Senators.
Anthony Stolarz turned aside all 34 shots he faced for his first shutout and his second win in five starts this year.
Isac Lundestrom opened the scoring at 16:43 of the first period and it held up as the game winner.
Rickard Rakell assisted on Lundestrom’s fourth of the year and rounded out the scoring in the third period.
Anton Forsberg made 29 saves on 33 shots in the loss
FLORIDA 3 WASHINGTON 4
The Capitals won for a second straight time after holding on against the Panthers.
Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick in the match. He scored twice in the second period, including a power-play strike. Ovechkin is up to 18 goals in 21 outings.
Tom Wilson had a big performance as well with one goal and two assists. He scored shorthanded and assisted on Ovechkin’s goal on the man advantage.
Ilya Samsonov blocked 19 shots for his fifth straight victory and his eighth on the season.
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NEW JERSEY 2 NASHVILLE 4
The Predators bounced back from Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to Vegas with a victory over the Devils.
Andreas Johnsson notched one goal and one helper for New Jersey in the losing effort.
Juuse Saros blocked 23 shots for his ninth win in 17 starts.
Jonathan Bernier made 27 saves on 30 shots in the loss.
MONTREAL 1 BUFFALO 4
The Sabres ended a four-game losing streak with a win over the Canadiens.
Tage Thompson netted a pair of goals in the game to give him 10 on the year.
Kyle Okposo scored a shorthanded tally in the second period for Buffalo’s other goal.
Josh Anderson had the only goal of the game for Montreal.
Vinnie Hinostroza picked up an assist in the win.
Dustin Tokarski shielded 25 shots to record his fourth win of 2021-22.
Sam Montembeault stopped 35 shots in the loss. He is stuck on one win this season.
SEATTLE 0 TAMPA BAY 3
The Lightning have three consecutive wins and two straight shutout triumphs after blanking the Kraken.
Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside all 17 shots he faced for his second goose egg of the year. He made 34 stops in his first shutout on Tuesday against Philadelphia. His victory on Friday was the 200th of his NHL career.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s first goal as a member of Tampa Bay held up as the game winner. He scored just 2:52 into the contest.
Ross Colton added to the Lightning lead in the second period when he scored 31 seconds into the period.
Steven Stamkos rounded out the scoring in the third with his 11th goal of the year.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 of 26 shots in the loss, which ended his modest two-game win streak.
VANCOUVER 2 COLUMBUS 4
The Blue Jackets have a three-game win spree following a victory over the Canucks.
Jack Roslovic snapped a 2-2 tie in the third period and ended up with the game winner.
Adam Boqvist had the other goal in the game for Columbus.
Elvis Merzlikins was the star of the game with 39 saves. He has nine wins in 12 starts this campaign.
Thatcher Demko stopped 17 of 20 shots in the loss. He has dropped three games in a row.
COLORADO 1 DALLAS 3
The Stars have three straight wins and have surrendered just three goals against during that span
Jake Oettinger has played in each of those matches. He blocked 32 of 33 shots on Friday and left the game temporarily. Braden Holtby, who returned from a lower-body injury, made four saves during his brief appearance.
Joe Pavelski scored twice during the first frame in the win for Dallas.
Denis Gurianov had a power-play goal in the second period.
Cale Makar extended his point streak to five games with a goal in the third period.
Darcy Kuemper surrendered three goals on 22 shots in the loss.
PITTSBURGH 1 NY ISLANDERS 0
The Penguins have won five consecutive contests, including three via shutouts.
Tristan Jarry has been outstanding during that stretch. He has allowed just two goals, while blocking 141 of 143 shots.
Kaperi Kapanen scored the lone goal of the game at the 16:41 mark of the second period.
Ilya Sorokin shielded 29 shots in his fourth straight loss.
TORONTO 4 SAN JOSE 1
The Maple Leafs won for a third straight game and have six consecutive victories on the road.
William Nylander and John Tavares accounted for one goal and one assist apiece. Nylander opened the scoring just 32 seconds into the first period, while Tavares got his 10th goal of the year during a power play in the second stanza.
Nick Bonino had the only goal of the game for San Jose.
Joseph Woll turned aside 34 shots for his third win in three starts.