PERRY (HAT TRICK) LIFTS DUCKS TO EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
Corey Perry (3-1-4) factored on all four of his team's goals, including the game-winner at 1:27 of the third period, to guide the Anaheim Ducks to their eighth consecutive win and a 15-1-1 record in their past 17 games. Anaheim's eight-game winning streak is two shy of the franchise record from Dec. 6-28, 2013 (10-0-0).
* At 34-19-8 (76 points), the Ducks maintained a four-point edge over the San Jose Sharks (33-22-6, 72 points) - who also won on Sunday - for second place in the Pacific Division. They climbed within two points of the Los Angeles Kings (37-21-4, 78 points) for first.
* The Ducks concluded the month of February with a 12-1-1 record, the most victories (12) and standings points (25) earned in one calendar month in franchise history.
* Perry registered the ninth hat trick of his NHL career and first since Jan. 14, 2015 vs. TOR (3-0-3). In addition to his fifth multi-goal game of the season, Perry had an assist for his first four-point outing of the season. He leads the Ducks with 26 goals.
* Per Elias, Perry surpassed Paul Kariya (8) for the second-most regular-season hat tricks in Ducks history:
Most Regular-Season Hat Tricks, Ducks History
13 - Teemu Selanne
9 - Corey Perry
8 - Paul Kariya
* Ryan Getzlaf (0-1-1) extended his point streak to 11 games (5-12-17), the longest by a Ducks player since his own 14-game streak from Nov. 5 - Dec. 15, 2014 (10-13-23). He leads Anaheim in assists (42) and points (51) this season.
* John Gibson (27 saves) picked up his third straight win and is 15-8-2 overall (2.10 GAA, .918 SV%, 4 SO).
CALLAHAN LEADS LIGHTNING TO SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN
Ryan Callahan (2-1-3) factored on three of four goals, including the game-winner at 14:39 of the first period, to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to their sixth consecutive victory.
* At 36-22-4 (76 points), the Lightning moved two points ahead of the Boston Bruins (34-23-6, 74 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division. They moved within two points of the Florida Panthers (35-19-8, 78 points) - who lost in regulation on Sunday - for first.
* Callahan posted his first three-point and second multi-goal game of the season (also Feb. 21 at CAR: 2-0-2). He has at least one point in six of his past seven games (5-6-11).
* Steven Stamkos (1-1-2) converted on a penalty shot to extend his goal streak to six games (6-3-9), one shy of his career high from Feb. 13 - March 11, 2010 (9-5-14 in 7 GP). Stamkos had an assist for his 14th multi-point game of the season and leads the Lightning in goals (28) and points (51)
* With 245 career assists (all w/ TBL), Stamkos passed Vaclav Prospal (244) for sole possession of fourth in Lightning history.
* Ben Bishop (32 saves) picked up his fourth straight win and is 26-17-3 overall (2.06 GAA, .925 SV%, 3 SO).
* Alex Killorn (1-1-2) and Anton Stralman (0-2-2) had two points apiece.
BLACKHAWKS DEFEAT LEAGUE-LEADING CAPITALS
Corey Crawford made 28 saves and Dennis Rasmussen scored his first career game-winning goal with 7:13 left to defeat the NHL-leading Capitals.
* At 39-20-5 (83 points), the Blackhawks leapfrogged the idle Dallas Stars (38-19-6, 82 points) to claim sole possession of first place in the Central Division.
* Crawford is 33-16-3 (2.25 GAA, .928 SV%, 7 SO), equaling his career high for wins in a season from 2010-11 (33-18-6). His 33 victories rank second in the NHL, behind Braden Holtby (39).
* Patrick Kane (1-0-1) has at least one point in six of his past seven games (4-5-9) and continues to pace the NHL with 36-49-85 this season, 15 more than the next-closest player (Jamie Benn : 32-38-70). With 85 points (64 GP), Kane climbed within three of his career high from 2009-10 (30-58-88 in 82 GP).
* Andrew Ladd had an assist in his first game since being re-acquired by the Blackhawks. Ladd collected 37-62-99 in 184 regular-season games w/ CHI from 2008 to 2010.
JONES, SHARKS REMAIN HOT ON THE ROAD
Martin Jones turned aside 23 of 24 shots to help the Sharks to a 6-2-2 record in their past 10 games.
* At 33-22-6 (72 points), the Sharks increased their lead to 12 points over the Vancouver Canucks (24-25-12, 60 points) and idle Arizona Coyotes (27-29-6, 60 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. They remained four points back of the Ducks (34-19-8, 76 points) for second.
* The Sharks are 22-9-3 (47 points) in 34 road games. They lead the NHL in road wins (22) and road points (47) this season.
* Jones is 6-2-1 in his past nine games and 30-17-4 overall (2.33 GAA, .917 SV%, 5 SO). He reached the 30-win mark for this first time in his three NHL seasons.
* Jones is 20-6-3 on the road (2.26 GAA, .922 SV%, 3 SO). He leads the NHL with 20 road victories this season.
* Tomas Hertl scored the game-winner, his 15th goal of the season (60 GP), and matched his career high from 2013-14 (37 GP).
* Joe Pavelski (1-1-2) had his 14th multi-point game of the season and leads the Sharks in goals (27) and points (58).
* Defensemen Justin Braun (1-1-2) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (0-2-2) each had two points. With 8-29-37 this season (58 GP), Vlasic eclipsed his career high of 6-30-36 from 2008-09 (82 GP).
AROUND THE RINKS
* Up 3-2 through 40 minutes, Robby Fabbri (1-1-2) and Alex Pietrangelo (1-1-2) each scored in a span of 37 seconds to guide the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes, their fifth win in their past six road games (5-1-0). Jake Allen (32 saves) ended a personal six-game slide (0-5-1) and is 19-13-3 overall (2.25 GAA, .921 SV%, 5 SO). At 36-20-9 (81 points), the Blues increased their lead to eight points over the idle Nashville Predators (31-21-11, 73 points) for third place in the Central Division. They moved within a point of the idle Stars (38-19-6, 82 points) for second.
* Tied 1-1 entering the third period, Erik Haula (1-1-2) and Jason Pominville each scored to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3-0 record under interim coach John Torchetti on the heels of an eight-game skid (0-6-2). Devan Dubnyk (17 saves) is 4-2-0 in his past six games and 22-21-5 overall (2.36 GAA, .918 SV%, 4 SO). Dubnyk has a career record of 5-1-0 in six games vs. FLA (1.48 GAA, .940 SV%). At 28-25-10 (66 points), the Wild moved within two points of the idle Colorado Avalanche (32-28-4, 68 points) for the second wild card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
* Down 1-0 through 40 minutes, the Edmonton Oilers scored three unanswered goals to earn their sixth consecutive home win vs. NYI dating to Jan. 7, 2008 (NYI: 0-5-1). Brandon Davidson (1-1-2) posted the first multi-point game of his NHL career. Cam Talbot (36 saves) ended a personal six-game slide (0-5-1) and is 13-22-4 overall (2.65 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO).
MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (1-1-2) had his eighth multi-point outing of the season while skating in his 400th career game. He leads Carolina with 22 goals this season.
* Wild captain Mikko Koivu skated in his 744th career game (all w/ MIN) and passed Nick Schultz (743 GP) for the most in franchise history.
* Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock made his NHL debut (14:46 TOI).
The Blackhawks are 4-1-1 in their past six home games vs. WSH dating to March 19, 2008 (WSH: 2-4-0). ... Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov (1-0-1) ranks fifth in the NHL with 19-45-64 this season. ... Blues forward Kyle Brodziak (1-1-2) scored his first shorthanded goal of the season and the seventh of his career, which stood as the game-winner. ... The Wild are 13-3-3 in 19 all-time games vs. FLA dating to Oct. 22, 2000 (FLA: 5-11-3), including 7-0-2 in nine home games. ... Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad scored his 12th goal of the season (58 GP), matching the total from his 2014-15 rookie season (81 GP). ... The Sharks have won six consecutive regular-season road games vs. VAN dating to March 5, 2013 (VAN: 0-4-2). ...The Ducks are 10-1-1 in their past 12 regular-season games vs. LAK dating to Jan. 23, 2014 (LAK: 2-6-4). ... The Oilers ended a seven-game overall losing streak (0-5-2). ... Oilers forward Connor McDavid (0-1-1) has 5-12-17 in 14 games since returning from injury. ... Panthers coach Gerard Gallant was named an assistant coach for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey 2016. ... The Hurricanes traded forward Eric Staal to the New York Rangers for forward Aleksi Saarela and the Rangers' second-round selection in each of the next two drafts. ... The Capitals traded forward Brooks Laich , defenseman Connor Carrick and a second-round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Daniel Winnik and a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. ... Former Oilers captain and current Islanders assistant coach Doug Weight was honored with a video tribute at Rexall Place during a second-period stoppage of play. ... The Canucks honored former defensemen Sami Salo and Ed Jovanovksi in a pre-game ceremony at Rogers Arena. ... The Hurricanes donned camouflage jerseys in pre-game warmup as part of their Military Appreciation Night at PNC Arena. Sgt. Cody Smith, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader in the U.S. Army, also participated in a ceremonial puck drop.