Home Team in Caps
Boston 4, BUFFALO 1
Chicago 4, TORONTO 1
Vancouver 3, CAROLINA 2 (OT)
TAMPA BAY 5, Pittsburgh 4 (OT)
Winnipeg 1, MINNESOTA 0
ANAHEIM 4, Dallas 2
KANE'S FIRST CAREER HAT TRICK LIFTS BLACKHAWKS TO 10TH STRAIGHT WIN
Patrick Kane (3-1—4) had the first regular-season hat trick of his NHL career (623 GP) to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 for their 10th consecutive victory, their longest such run since Feb. 15–March 6, 2013 (11-0-0).
* At 30-13-4 (64 points), the Blackhawks passed the Dallas Stars (29-12-4, 62 points), who lost in regulation, for sole possession of first place in the Central Division and Western Conference.
* Kane had his third multigoal game of the season and took sole possession of first in the NHL with 28 goals. Kane had an assist for his second four-point game of 2015-16 (also Nov. 8 vs. EDM: 1-3—4) and leads the NHL in assists (39) and points (67).
* Kane's second goal was his League-leading 14th power-play goal of the season, eclipsing his single-season career high of 13 in 2008-09 (80 GP). Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Kane is the first Blackhawks player to score 14 or more power-play goals in a season since 1998-99, when Tony Amonte had 14 (82 GP).
* Kane has two hat tricks in the postseason; June 8, 2013, vs. the Los Angeles Kings (3-0—3) and May 11, 2009, vs. the Vancouver Canucks (3-0—3). He has 9-8—17 in 10 games vs. Toronto.
* Artemi Panarin (1-2—3) had his fifth three-point game of the season (47 GP) and leads all rookies in goals (16), assists (26) and points (42).
NAMESTNIKOV ALSO POSTS FIRST HAT TRICK OF HIS NHL CAREER
Vladislav Namestnikov (3-0—3) completed a hat trick at 2:11 of overtime to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to their fourth straight win, 5-4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
* At 23-17-4 (50 points), the Lightning leapfrogged the idle Montreal Canadiens (23-18-3, 49 points) and have sole possession of third place in the Atlantic Division.
* Namestnikov had the first hat trick of his NHL career (91 GP) and has three consecutive multipoint games (3-4—7).
HORVAT'S FIRST CAREER OT GOAL LEADS CANUCKS PAST HURRICANES
Bo Horvat (2-0—2) scored his second goal of the game at 3:25 of overtime to help the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes, improving the Canucks to 7-3-2 in their past 12 games. The Hurricanes had tied the game with 2:10 left in regulation.
* At 18-17-10 (46 points), the Canucks pulled even with the idle San Jose Sharks (22-18-2, 46 points) for third place in the Pacific Division; however, San Jose has played three fewer games. Vancouver also moved within a point of the idle Colorado Avalanche (22-20-3, 47 points), who hold the second wild card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
* Horvat scored the first overtime goal of his career (113 GP). Per Elias, at 20 years, 256 days old, Horvat became the second-youngest player in Canucks history to score a regular-season overtime goal. The youngest: Tony Tanti (20 years, 198 days) at the Winnipeg Jets on March 23, 1984 (4-3 OT W).
* Horvat extended his point streak to a career-high six games (6-3—9), a stretch that includes his two career multigoal performances (also Jan. 6 vs. Carolina: 2-0—2). Prior to this run, Horvat had 2-8—10 in his first 39 games this season.
AROUND THE RINKS
* Ryan Spooner (1-2—3) had his second three-point game of the season (also Dec. 18 at Pittsburgh, 0-4—4) to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 and snap a three-game losing streak (0-2-1). Jonas Gustavsson (34 saves) improved to 8-3-1 (2.33 goals-against average, .915 save percentage). At 22-16-5 (49 points), the Bruins hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
* Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves, Blake Wheeler scored the only goal of the game at 3:07 of the first period and the Winnipeg Jets (21-21-3, 45 points) defeated the Minnesota Wild 1-0 to earn their second win in as many days after a three-game skid (0-2-1). Hellebuyck earned his second shutout of the season (also Dec. 27 vs. Pittsburgh) to improve to 11-6-1 (2.00 GAA, .931 save percentage, two shutouts). Wheeler has scored the game-winning goal in back-to-back games and leads the Jets with 13-31—44 (45 GP).
* The Anaheim Ducks scored four goals in the first period en route to their 4-2 win against the Dallas Stars, improving to 7-2-1 in their past 10 games. At 19-17-4 (45 points), the Ducks moved within one point of the idle Sharks (22-18-2, 46 points) for third place in the Pacific Division and within two points of the idle Avalanche (22-20-3, 47 points) for the final wild card spot in the West.
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey (800) and Stars defenseman Jason Demers (400) each skated in milestone games.
ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR COLORADO ALUMNI GAME
The NHL, Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings released the current rosters for the 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game that will be played on Friday, Feb. 26 at Coors Field in Denver. (7 p.m. ET/5 p.m. MT).
Approximately 50 former players and coaches are scheduled to participate in the highly anticipated game in this unique outdoor setting.
Click here to view the rosters.
Bruins forward Matt Beleskey (1-1—2) had his fourth multipoint game of the season (41 GP). … The Bruins improved to 6-1-2 in their past nine games vs. Buffalo dating to Dec. 21, 2013 (BUF: 3-4-2). … Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner (27 saves) made his first appearance since Oct. 8, 2015 vs. the Ottawa Senators. … Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling (28 saves) picked up his third straight win and improved to 5-3-2 (2.45 GAA, .915 save percentage). … The Blackhawks are 10-2-0 in their past 12 games vs. Toronto, dating to Feb. 3, 2004 (TOR: 2-9-1). … Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (38 saves) extended his personal point streak to four games (3-0-1) and is 7-5-4 overall (2.40 GAA, .922 save percentage). … The Canucks have won six consecutive games vs. Carolina dating to Dec. 1, 2013 (CAR: 0-5-1). … Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula (1-2—3) had his first three-point game of the season (44 GP). … Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (0-2—2) has back-to-back multipoint games (2-2—4) and shares the Tampa lead with 20-15—35 (w/ Nikita Kucherov: 16-19—35). … Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made a season-high 36 saves. He has a career-high four-game winning streak and is 6-4-0 overall (2.80 GAA, .910 save percentage). … Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist (1-2—3) had his second three-point game of the season (43 GP). … Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (1-1—2) has scored five times in his past seven games (5-7—12). Prior to this run, Letang had scored once in his first 27 games (1-15—16). … Forward Evgeni Malkin (0-2—2) leads the Penguins in assists (22) and points (43) this season (43 GP). He also has 19-23—42 in 31 games vs. Tampa Bay. … The Jets improved to 5-1-0 in their past six games vs. Minnesota dating to Feb. 10, 2015 (MIN: 1-4-1). … Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg (1-1—2) had his third multipoint game of the season (43 GP), all of which have come in his past four games (2-4—6). … Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen (22 saves) improved to 7-8-5 (2.40 GAA, .915 save percentage). … Stars forward Jamie Benn scored his 26th goal of the season and is tied for second among League leaders (w/ Alex Ovechkin). … Stars forward Mattias Janmark became the first rookie to score a shorthanded goal this season. … The Arizona Coyotes acquired defenseman Jarred Tinordi from the Montreal Canadiens in a three-team trade also involving the Nashville Predators. The Predators traded defenseman Victor Bartley to the Coyotes for defenseman Stefan Elliott, and the Coyotes packaged Bartley and forward John Scott to acquire Tinordi and forward Stefan Fournier from the Canadiens. … New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano, New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes and Penguins coach Mike Sullivan were among five assistants named to the staff of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. … The NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. ET on NHL.com. … J.J. Watt of the NFL's Houston Texans dropped by the Philadelphia Flyers practice and was greeted by general manager Ron Hextall. … ICYMI: Minnesota North Stars and Wild alumni participated in a Skate with the Stars outdoor event in downtown St. Paul, Minn.