* Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Zuccarello -- a native of Oslo, Norway -- became the second Norwegian-born player in NHL history to score a hat trick in the Rangers' 3-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The other: Espen Knutsen (CBJ) on Jan. 24, 2002 vs. SJS (3-1—4).
* Derick Brassard (0-3—3) and Rick Nash (0-3—3) assisted on all three of Zuccarello's goals. Brassard has 2-3—5 in his past three games, while Nash has 6-12—18 in 18 games vs. TOR.
* The Rangers extended their point streak to six games (4-0-2) and are 8-3-1 in their past 12 games vs. TOR dating to Jan. 14, 2012.
There will be no "rash changes" to the Anaheim Ducks despite a poor start to the season, general manager Bob Murray said Friday, and he expects a move up the standings.
The Ducks are 1-7-2, last in the NHL.
"We were one game away from the [Stanley Cup] Final just five months ago," Murray told the Ducks website. "So while this has been a terrible start, I'm not inclined to make rash changes. I'm going to be patient. That said, we are severely underperforming as a group. I can't recall a time where a vast majority of our players have underachieved simultaneously, and I fully expect a turnaround."
The Pittsburgh Penguins turned a fun night at Consol Energy Center into something a lot more memorable for one young fan Thursday.
Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma, in his first game against the Penguins, the team he coached for parts of six seasons, caught a puck that flew into the Sabres bench during the first period. Bylsma noticed a young boy standing in the aisle a few rows behind the bench and tried to toss him the puck, but another fan intercepted it.
Penguins TV broadcaster Bob Errey mentioned it during the telecast, and fans let the Penguins know what happened via social media.
"For everyone tweeting us about the little kid who just got the puck snatched away, we're on it -- don't you worry," the Penguins posted on their Twitter account.
Introducing the new official NHL App, available for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets. A host of new features and improved functionality are available across all platforms, including a redesigned league-wide scoreboard, expanded news coverage, searchable video highlights, individual team experiences* and more. The new NHL App on your tablet also introduces new offerings such as 60fps video, Multitasking** and Picture-in-Picture.
*Available only for smartphones
** Available only for suported iPads