Sebastian Aho showed off his scoring versatility in the Carolina Hurricanes' 6-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild at PNC Arena on Saturday.
The Hurricanes forward had his third NHL hat trick, and for the second time he scored once each at even strength, on the power play and shorthanded. Aho is the only active player to have two such hat tricks; the first came against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 13, 2019.
Mario Lemieux achieved the feat a League-high seven times during the regular season, highlighted by a five-goal performance against the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 31, 1988, when he became the only player in NHL history to score five goals five different ways (even strength, power play, shorthanded, penalty shot, empty net) in the same game.
Aho also assisted on two goals to become the sixth player this season to have a five-point game. He joins Connor McDavid (twice) and Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers, Brad Marchand (twice) and David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins, and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It's the first five-point game of Aho's NHL career.
The eight five-point performances through the first 462 games of 2019-20 are the most at this point of a season since 2007-08, when there were nine.
Lightning roll another seven in win against Sharks
The Tampa Bay Lightning scored at least seven goals in a game for the fourth time this season when they defeated the San Jose Sharks 7-1 at Amalie Arena. Only the Penguins (five) have more.
Tampa Bay was one of seven teams to score at least five goals on Saturday, joining the Vancouver Canucks, Hurricanes and Predators (six), and the Buffalo Sabres, Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs (five). It's the fourth time this season that seven teams each scored at least five goals on the same night. The other times were Oct. 5, Oct. 27 and Nov. 21.
Avalanche hand Bruins first home loss in regulation
The Colorado Avalanche extended their winning streak to six games and ended the Bruins' season-opening home point streak at 17 with a 4-1 win at TD Garden.
Colorado is 12-0-1 with one tie in its past 14 visits to Boston; the Avalanche are the 24th team in NHL history to have a road point streak of at least 14 games against one opponent. The record for the longest such run is 21 games, shared by three teams: The Montreal Canadiens against the Vancouver Canucks from Dec. 18, 1970 through Jan. 16, 1979 (15 wins, six ties); the Philadelphia Flyers against the Los Angeles Kings from Nov. 14, 1973 through Dec. 30, 1984 (17 wins, four ties) and the Detroit Red Wings against the St. Louis Blues from April 9, 1999 through Jan. 26, 2007 (13-0-3, five ties).
The Bruins were 12-0-5 in their first 17 home games this season before the loss to the Avalanche, which also ended Boston's 13-game point streak in all games.
Canucks, Flyers survive three game-tying goals to win
The Canucks (15-11-4) and Philadelphia Flyers (17-8-5) each won at home after their opponents rallied to tie the game on three separate occasions.
Vancouver couldn't hold leads of 2-0, 3-2 and 5-3 against the Buffalo Sabres, but J.T. Miller's overtime goal gave the Canucks a 6-5 victory at Rogers Arena, their fourth win in five games. It's the 13th time in 30 games this season that the Canucks have scored at least five goals in a game. Miller had a goal and an assist, extending his point streak to eight games.
The Flyers allowed the Ottawa Senators to tie the game three times, the last when Anthony Duclair scored his second goal of the game with 5:00 remaining in the third period. But Scott Laughton responded 11 seconds after Duclair's goal, and the Flyers won 4-3 at Wells Fargo Center to improve to 7-1-1 in their past nine games. The 17 wins through 30 games by the Flyers are the most they've had this far into the season since 2011-12, when they were 20-7-3.
Philadelphia responded within two minutes of an opponent's goal for the fifth time since Nov. 1 and the second time in three games. Montreal leads all NHL teams this season with 15 such instances.
Eichel extends point streak to 12 games in Sabres' loss
Jack Eichel assisted on two of Buffalo's three game-tying goals against Vancouver to extend his point streak to an NHL career-high 12 games, the longest by a Sabres player since Tim Connolly's 16-game run in 2009-10. The second assist gave Eichel 300 points (119 goals, 181 assists) in 318 NHL games.
Buffalo's captain has five multipoint games during the streak.
Eichel and McDavid, who got his 300th point in his 240th NHL game on Dec. 13, 2018, are the fifth pair of top-two picks from the same draft to each reach 300 points in fewer than 320 games. McDavid was taken No. 1 and Eichel went No. 2 in the 2015 NHL Draft.
They face each other for the seventh time when the Oilers host the Sabres at Rogers Place on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, MSG-B, NHL.TV). Eichel (four goals, four assists) and McDavid (three goals, five assists) each have eight points in the first six games, with each team going 3-2-1.