Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 2, Columbus 1
PHILADELPHIA 5, Calgary 3
PITTSBURGH 6, Arizona 0
Tampa Bay 2, TORONTO 1
Detroit 3, DALLAS 2 (OT)
SAN JOSE 6, Montreal 2
HAT TRICKS POWER CLUBS TO VICTORY
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist (3-1-4) and Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn (3-0-3) each had hat tricks to lead their respective teams to wins Monday.
* Hornqvist factored on four of the Penguins' six unanswered goals to lead them to a 6-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes and an 11-2-2 record in their past 15 home games dating to Dec. 21.
* At 32-21-8 (72 points), the Penguins maintained a three-point edge over the Flyers (29-22-11, 69 points) for the final wild card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They also climbed within a point of the idle New York Islanders (33-20-7, 73 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
* Hornqvist had the first hat trick of his NHL career and added an assist to record a career-high four points.
* Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves to improve to 5-1-1 in his past seven outings and 26-14-6 overall (2.34 goals-against average, .922 save percentage, five shutouts).
* Fleury registered his fifth shutout of the season and the 43rd of his NHL career. He ranks third among active goaltenders in shutouts, trailing only FLA's Roberto Luongo (72) and NYR's Henrik Lundqvist (59).
* Sidney Crosby (0-3-3) assisted on all three of Hornqvist's goals to pick up his fifth three-point game of the season. He ranks seventh in the NHL with 25-34-59.
* Chris Kunitz (1-1-2) and Kris Letang (1-1-2) each registered a goal and an assist. With 11 goals this season (51 GP), Letang matched his career highs from 2013-14 (37 GP) and 2014-15 (69 GP). He ranks tied for fourth among all defensemen with 11-37-48 this season.
Video: ARI@PIT: Hornqvist tallies first career hat trick
* Schenn registered the first hat trick of his NHL career to lift the Flyers to a 5-3 win against the Calgary Flames, their third straight win, and give them a 5-1-1 record in their past seven games.
* At 29-22-11 (69 points), the Flyers remained three points back of the Penguins (32-21-8, 72 points) for the final wild card in the East.
* With 21 goals this season (60 GP), Schenn eclipsed his career high of 20 of 2013-14 (82 GP).
* Claude Giroux (0-4-4) had his first four-point game of the season. He leads the Flyers with 17-37-54 this season.
* Wayne Simmonds (2-0-2) had his sixth multigoal game of the season and leads the Flyers with 23 goals.
* Michal Neuvirth (29 saves) picked up his third straight win, improving to 6-1-2 in his past nine appearances and 16-7-4 overall (2.22 GAA, .927 save percentage, three shutouts).
DID YOU KNOW?
There have been seven hat tricks in the NHL over the past seven days:
Brayden Schenn (PHI) on Feb. 29 vs. CGY
Patric Hornqvist (PIT) on Feb. 29 vs. ARI
Corey Perry (ANA) on Feb. 28 vs. LAK
Mika Zibanejad (OTT) on Feb. 27 at CGY
Filip Forsberg (NSH) on Feb. 27 vs. STL
Nick Foligno (CBJ) on Feb. 25 vs. NJD
Filip Forsberg (NSH) on Feb. 23 at TOR
LIGHTNING EARN SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN, CLIMB ATLANTIC
Tyler Johnson (2-0-2) had his first multigoal game of the season to power the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, their seventh consecutive victory, matching a season high (also Jan. 8-21: 7-0-0).
* At 37-22-4 (78 points), the Lightning moved into a tie with the idle Florida Panthers (35-19-8, 78 points) in terms of points for first place in the Atlantic Division. Florida, however, holds a game in hand. Tampa Bay owns the ROW tiebreaker (TBL: 34, FLA: 29).
* The Lightning's seven-game win streak is one shy of matching the longest in franchise history (Feb. 23 - March 6, 2004: 8-0-0).
Video: TBL@TOR: Vasilevskiy robs Holland on the power play
* Johnson had his sixth game-winning goal of the season (50 GP), equaling his career high from 2014-15 (77 GP).
* Andrei Vasilevskiy (31 saves) improved to 9-1-0 in his past 10 decisions following a 2-4-0 start to the season.
DATSYUK, RED WINGS KEEP PACE
Pavel Datsyuk scored on a power-play at 2:33 of overtime to guide the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars, their third straight win on the heels of a four-game slide (0-2-2).
* At 32-20-11 (75 points), the Red Wings passed the idle Boston Bruins (34-23-6, 74 points) for third place in the Atlantic Division. They also moved within three points of the Lightning (37-22-4, 78 points) and idle Panthers (35-19-8, 78 points) for first.
* Datsyuk scored his first overtime goal of the season and the eighth of his NHL career (all w/ DET). Per Elias, he moved within one of tying Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan for the second-most regular-season overtime goals in franchise history:
Most Regular-Season Overtime Goals, Red Wings History
12 - Sergei Fedorov
9 - Steve Yzerman
9 - Brendan Shanahan
8 - Pavel Datsyuk
* Andreas Athanasiou (2-0-2) had the first multigoal game of his NHL career.
* Jimmy Howard made a season-high 39 saves to halt a personal nine-game skid (0-5-4) and improve to 8-9-5 overall (2.78 GAA, .909 save percentage, one shutout).
SHARKS INCH CLOSER TO DUCKS IN PACIFIC
Joe Pavelski (2-1-3), Joe Thornton (1-2-3) and Brent Burns (1-2-3) all collected three points to propel the San Jose Sharks to a 6-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens and a 7-2-2 record in their past 11 games.
* At 34-22-6, (74 points), the Sharks increased their lead to 14 points over the Coyotes (27-30-6, 60 points) and idle Vancouver Canucks (24-25-12, 60 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. They also climbed within two points of the idle Anaheim Ducks (34-19-8, 76 points) for second.
* Pavelski had his fifth multigoal and sixth three-point game of the season. He leads the Sharks in goals (29) and points (61).
* Thornton recorded his fourth three-point game of the season and paces the Sharks with 45 assists.
* Burns posted his third three-point game of the season, which included scoring the game-winning goal at 3:11 of the second period. He leads all defensemen with 21 goals and ranks second with 21-33-54 this season, trailing only OTT's Erik Karlsson (11-56-67). Burns (135-267-402) also eclipsed the 400-point milestone.
* Martin Jones (21 saves) improved 7-2-1 in his past 10 outings and 31-17-4 overall (2.32 GAA, .917 save percentage, five shutouts). His 31 victories this season rank tied for third in the NHL.
STEPAN LIFTS RANGERS OVER BLUE JACKETS
Derek Stepan scored the go-ahead goal while shorthanded with 2:48 left in regulation to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win against the Blue Jackets, a 10-2-1 record in their past 13 games overall and a 10-1-2 clip in their past 13 at Madison Square Garden.
* At 37-20-6 (80 points), the Rangers increased their lead to seven points over the idle Islanders (33-20-7, 73 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Video: CBJ@NYR: Stepan scores shorthanded to take the lead
* Stepan scored his second shorthanded goal of the season (also Jan. 5 vs. DAL) and the fifth of his NHL career.
* Antti Raanta (26 saves) improved to 6-4-2 this season (2.39 GAA, .912 save percentage, one shutout) and 18-2-4 in 27 career home games.
* ICYMI: Forward Eric Staal made his Rangers debut, playing alongside his brother Marc. Per Elias, the last time two brothers played with the Rangers in the same game was March 7, 1997 at ANA (Chris and Peter Ferraro).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Stars forward Vernon Fiddler (1-1-2) had a goal and an assist while skating in the 800th game of his NHL career. Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno skated in his 600th game of his NHL career.
* Flames forward Garnet Hathaway (12:51 TOI) made his NHL debut. Maple Leafs forwards Zach Hyman (15:58 TOI), Kasperi Kapanen (16:48 TOI), William Nylander (18:41 TOI) and Nikita Soshnikov (14:12 TOI) also made their NHL debuts.
The Rangers have won six consecutive games vs. CBJ dating to Jan. 16, 2015 (CBJ: 0-4-2). … Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson (20-19-39) scored to reach the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season. … Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (0-1-1) leads rookie defensemen with 12-23-35 this season. … Flames forward Sean Monahan (20-24-44) scored and has reached the 20-goal mark in each of his first three NHL seasons (all w/ CGY). Per the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the fourth player in franchise history to reach the 20-goal mark in each of his first three NHL seasons, joining Kent Nilsson (1979-1982), Hakan Loob (1983-1986) and Sergei Makarov (1989-1992). … Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau (3-9-12) had an assist to extend his career-high point streak to eight games. … The Red Wings have won seven consecutive road games vs. DAL dating to Dec. 29, 2010 (DAL: 0-4-3). … The Sharks have won nine consecutive home games vs. MTL dating to March 12, 2001 (MTL: 0-7-2). … The Blue Jackets signed forward Boone Jenner to a two-year contract. … The Oilers signed defenseman Brandon Davidson and goaltender Laurent Brossoit to two-year contracts. … Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday for an incident with Lightning forward Cedric Paquette during a game on Feb. 28. … Predators left wing Filip Forsberg, Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan and Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb.28. … The Rangers held a moment of silence prior to puck drop in honor of Hall of Fame forward Andy Bathgate, who passed away on Friday at age 83. … Former defenseman Jim Watson was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame during in a pregame ceremony at Wells Fargo Center.