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Trio of hat tricks highlight eventful evening in NHL

Kings inch closer to first place in Western Conference

by NHL Public Relations @NHL / NHL.com

Silfverberg tallies thrice

NJD@ANA: Silfverberg records his first NHL hat trick

3/14/16: Jakob Silfverberg scores three goals against the Devils, giving him his first-career NHL hat trick

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HAT TRICKS POWER CLUBS TO VICTORY
Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg (3-1-4), Nashville Predators forward James Neal (3-0-3) and Calgary Flames forward Michael Frolik (3-0-3) each had hat tricks to guide their respective teams to wins Monday.

* Silfverberg had the first hat trick of his NHL career and added an assist to earn a career-high four points when the Ducks extended their home point streak to 10 games (9-0-1). Frederik Andersen (24 saves) improved to 14-1-1 in his past 16 decisions since Jan. 13. At 38-21-9 (85 points), the Ducks remained two points back of the Los Angeles Kings, who also won on Monday, for first place in the Pacific Division.

* Neal scored all three goals when the Predators improved to 11-1-2 in their past 14 road games. Neal earned his sixth career hat trick and first since Oct. 23, 2014 against the Chicago Blackhawks (3-0-3). At 35-22-13 (83 points), the Predators increased their lead to nine points over the idle Minnesota Wild (32-27-10, 74 points) and Colorado Avalanche (35-31-4, 74 points) for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

* Frolik scored three times, including two shorthanded goals, to help the Flames end the St. Louis Blues' win streak at six games. Frolik earned the second hat trick of his NHL career (also Oct. 31, 2015 at EDM: 3-0-3). Prior to 2015-16, Frolik had never had a hat trick in 512 career games. Per Elias, he became the fourth player in Flames history to score multiple shorthanded goals in a game and first since Cory Stillman (2) on Jan. 9, 1998 against the Florida Panthers.

DID YOU KNOW?
Per Elias, the Flames moved with into a tie with the idle Arizona Coyotes for the most hat tricks in 2015-16, while the Predators rank third:

Most hat tricks, 2015-16
5 - Arizona Coyotes
5 - Calgary Flames
4 - Nashville Predators

QUICK POSTS MILESTONE SHUTOUT, KINGS INCH CLOSER TO WESTERN CONFERENCE-LEADING STARS
Jonathan Quick stopped all 32 shots he faced and the Kings extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1).

* At 41-22-5 (87 points), the Kings remained two points ahead of the Ducks (38-21-9, 85 points) for first place in the Pacific Division. They also climbed within four points of the idle Dallas Stars (41-20-9, 91 points) for the best record in the Western Conference. The Kings and Stars play twice more this season on March 15 and April 2.

* Quick (Milford, Conn.) earned his 41st career shutout (fourth this season). In doing so, he passed John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich.) and Frank Brimsek (Eveleth, Minn.), who each had 40 shutouts, for the most by a U.S.-born goaltender in NHL history.

Video: LAK@VAN: Quick sets American-born shutout record

MONDAY'S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps

NY ISLANDERS 3, Florida 2
Los Angeles 5, CHICAGO 0
CALGARY 7, St. Louis 4
Nashville 3, EDMONTON 2
Winnipeg 5, VANCOUVER 2
ANAHEIM 7, New Jersey 1

AROUND THE RINKS
* The New York Islanders scored three unanswered goals in the final 7:10 of the third period, including two in a span of 1:21, to overcome a 2-0 deficit and stretch their home point streak to seven games (6-0-1). Per Elias, the Islanders overcame a multi-goal deficit in the final 7:10 of the third and won in regulation for the first time since scoring three unanswered goals in the final 5:40 on Jan. 13, 1991 at the Quebec Nordiques (4-3 W). At 38-21-8 (84 points), the Islanders climbed within a point of the idle New York Rangers (39-23-7, 85 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

* Marko Dano (2-1-3), Tyler Myers (1-1-2), Alexander Burmistrov (1-1-2) and Mathieu Perreault (0-2-2) each had multiple points to guide the Winnipeg Jets to their second straight win on the heels of a three-game skid (0-3-0). Dano matched his career highs of two goals and three points from March 19, 2015, also at the Vancouver Canucks (2-1-3 w/ CBJ). 

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr played in his 1,616th career game and passed Larry Murphy (1,615 GP) for eighth place in NHL history.

* Bruce Boudreau became the second coach in Ducks history to win 200 games, joining Randy Carlyle (273). Elias adds that Boudreau, who had 201 victories with the Washington Capitals, became the seventh coach in NHL history to win 200 games with multiple teams.

* Coach Darryl Sutter recorded his 179th win with the Kings to pass Bob Pulford (178) for second place in franchise history.

* Kings forward Anze Kopitar (21-39-60) had an assist and reached the 60-point milestone for the ninth time in his 10 NHL seasons (all with the Kings). Per Elias, he became the fourth player in Kings history to have as many 60-point seasons.

* Forward Kris Versteeg (1-1-2) earned his first points in a Kings uniform (6 GP), doing so against the team he helped win two Stanley Cup championships with in 2010 and 2015.

* Jets defenseman Julian Melchiori, a third-round selection (No. 87) by the Thrashers in the 2010 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut (16:30 TOI).

* Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler skated in the 400th game of his NHL career.

* Ducks forward Nick Ritchie, a first-round selection (No. 10) in the 2014 NHL Draft, scored the first goal of his NHL career (25 GP).

Video: NJD@ANA: Ritchie scores first goal of NHL career

LOOSE PUCKS
Flames teammates Sean Monahan (2-1-3), Johnny Gaudreau (0-3-3) and Dougie Hamilton (0-3-3) each had three points... Blues forward Paul Stastny (2-0-2) scored twice... The Predators have won six consecutive games against the Edmonton Oilers since Oct. 29, 2014 (EDM: 0-5-1)... Ducks forwards Andrew Cogliano (1-2-3) and Ryan Kesler (1-2-3) each had three points... The Ducks have won five consecutive games against the New Jersey Devils since Dec. 20, 2013 (NJD: 0-4-1)... Jets forward Mark Scheifele scored to extend his career-high point streak to eight games (8-4-12)... Islanders captain John Tavares (3-2-5), Kings forward Milan Lucic (3-5-8) and Blues rookie Robby Fabbri (1-5-6) stretched their point streaks to five games... The NHL will introduce two cameras located at each blue line in the 16 buildings hosting games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs... Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday for an incident with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov during a game Sunday at Nationwide Arena... Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, Panthers center Vincent Trocheck and Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 13... The Islanders donned green St. Patrick's Day jerseys in pregame warmups at Barclays Center.

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