PANARIN'S HAT TRICK GUIDES BLACKHAWKS IN STADIUM SERIES TUNE-UP
The Chicago Blackhawks had a 2-0 lead erased by three straight New York Rangers goals, but responded with three unanswered goals, two by Artemi Panarin (3-0-3) in the final 10:07 of the third period to win their final game before the 2016 NHL Stadium Series and halt the Rangers' overall and home point streaks at six and 10 games, respectively (5-0-1 and 8-0-2).
* At 38-18-5 (81 points), the Blackhawks leapfrogged the idle Dallas Stars (37-15-6, 80 points) for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference. Chicago owns the ROW tiebreaker (CHI: 37, DAL: 35), but Dallas has three games in hand.
* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, Panarin became the first Blackhawks rookie to record a hat trick since Tyler Arnason on Dec. 28, 2002 at the San Jose Sharks (3-0-3).
* Panarin leads all rookies and shares fifth in the NHL with 22-35-57 (59 GP). That includes six game-winning goals, two behind teammate Jonathan Toews and Sharks forward Joe Pavelski for the League lead.
* Via Elias, Panarin is the first Blackhawks player to become the first rookie to reach the 20-goal milestone in a season since Eric Daze in 1995-96.
Video: CHI@NYR: Panarin nets three goals against Rangers
DID YOU KNOW?
Artemi Panarin became the seventh NHL rookie to have a hat trick this season. The others: Arizona Coyotes forward Anthony Duclair (Oct. 14 at the Anaheim Ducks), Boston Bruins forward Frank Vatrano (Dec. 18 at the Pittsburgh Penguins), Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart (Jan. 10 at the Winnipeg Jets), Coyotes forward Max Domi (Jan. 12 vs. the Edmonton Oilers), Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett (Jan. 13 vs. the Florida Panthers; 4 G) and Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers (Jan. 26 vs. Arizona).
IGINLA CLIMBS RECORD BOOKS, PROPELS AVALANCHE IN WILD-CARD RACE . . .
Jarome Iginla (2-0-2) scored the tying goal late in the second period and got the game-winner with 2:03 remaining in the third period to lift the Colorado Avalanche to their third win in four games.
* At 30-26-4 (64 points), the Avalanche leapfrogged the idle Nashville Predators (26-21-10, 62 points) into the first wild card spot in the Western Conference. Nashville has three games in hand, but Colorado owns the ROW tiebreaker (COL: 28, NSH: 24).
* Iginla had his 108th career multiple-goal game (third this season); he's second among active players behind Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, who has 125. With his 605th and 606th career goals, Iginla moved within two of tying Dino Ciccarelli (608) for 17th place in NHL history.
Video: MON@COL: Iginla taps in late go-ahead goal
* Iginla also had the 97th game-winning goal of his career, surpassing Mats Sundin (96) and tying Guy Lafleur (97) for eighth place in NHL history. Only Jagr (132) has more game-winners among active players.
* Iginla also played in his 1,452nd career game to move past Teemu Selanne (1,451) into sole possession of 22nd place on the NHL's all-time list.
. . . WILD KEEP PACE WITH SECOND STRAIGHT WIN
Mikko Koivu , Jason Pominville and Erik Haula all collected 1-1-2 to power the Minnesota Wild to their second straight win under interim coach John Torchetti, on the heels of an eight-game skid (0-6-2) before his arrival.
* At 25-22-10 (60 points), the Wild moved within two points of the idle Predators (26-21-10, 62 points) for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. Minnesota leads 25-24 in ROW, but Nashville won the season series 3-1-0 (MIN: 1-3-0).
* Devan Dubnyk , who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Calgary, made 25 saves to improve to 10-5-3 in 19 career appearances vs. the Flames (2.27 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 SO). He's 4-0-0 since joining the Wild (1.74 GAA, .942 SV%, 1 SO).
Video: MIN@VAN: Parise fires a slap shot to open the scoring
* Zach Parise had two assists to eclipse 600 career points (292-309-601 in 739 GP).
* Nino Niederreiter also had two assists, the third multiple-assist game of his career. The others: Nov. 3, 2013, vs. the New Jersey Devils (0-3-3) and Jan. 9, 2014, at the Phoenix Coyotes (0-2-2).
Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson scored his second shorthanded goal of the season (51 GP; also Nov. 3 vs. Calgary), one more than he had in his first 456 career games. Via Elias, the last Avalanche defenseman to score multiple shorthanded goals in a season was Karlis Skrastins in 2005-06 (2). … Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane had an assist to increase his lead to 19 points in the Art Ross Trophy race (34-49-83 in 61 GP). He is five points shy of matching his career high, established in 2009-10 (30-58-88 in 82 GP). … Rangers forward Derick Brassard (1-0-1) established a career high with his 20th goal of the season (56 GP), one more than he had in 2014-15 (80 GP). … Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw (1-0-1) has 2-4-6 in his past four games to bring his total to 11-20-31 this season (61 GP). … Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 31 saves to earn his 32nd win of the season, second in the League and one shy of his career high, established in 2010-11 (33-18-6 in 57 GP). … Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves to improve to 5-0-1 in six career appearances vs. Montreal (2.09 GAA, .934 SV%, 1 SO). … Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (0-1-1) has 7-31-38 this season (57 GP) to equal his point total from 2014-15 (2-36-38 in 77 GP). … The NHL announced Commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the 20-game suspension that was assessed to Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for conduct violative of Rule 40 (Physical Abuse of Officials).