Frank Vatrano helped the Florida Panthers enter the NHL All-Star break with the longest active winning streak in the League.
Vatrano scored three goals for his second NHL hat trick, and the Panthers won their sixth straight game, 4-3 against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday. Vatrano scored all three of his goals during the second period. The last one, at 19:23, proved to be the game-winner.
It was the Panthers' fourth hat trick this season, tying them with the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals for the most in the NHL this season. Florida (28-16-5) enters the break with an NHL-leading 180 goals and is third in the Atlantic Division.
Mike Hoffman assisted on two of Vatrano's goals to extend his point streak to 10 games (13 points; six goals, eight assists), the second-longest active run in the NHL behind Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (11). It's the second time in as many seasons that Hoffman has had a point streak of at least 10 games; he had a Panthers-record 17-game run from Oct. 13 through Nov. 21, 2018. He's also the third active NHL player with point streaks of at least 10 games in each of his first two seasons with a team, joining Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (10 games in 2005-06 and 2006-07, 19 games in 2007-08) and Washington's Alex Ovechkin (11 games in 2005-06, 13 games in 2006-07).
Greiss helps Islanders hold off Rangers
Thomas Greiss helped the New York Islanders head into the All-Star break on a positive note by making 40 saves in a 4-2 victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Greiss is 5-0-1 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in eight games against the Rangers, who defeated the Islanders twice last week. The Islanders were outshot 42-18 but are 20-8-2 when they are outshot.
Josh Bailey, playing his 50th game for the Islanders against their archrival, had a goal and two assists for the second multipoint game of his career against the Rangers; he had a goal and an assist in a 6-4 win at Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 11, 2010.
Hurricanes stay hot at home
The Carolina Hurricanes head to the All-Star break on a 4-0-1 run on home ice after defeating the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 at PNC Arena. Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and two assists for his fourth three-point game of the season, and Justin Williams scored two goals in his second game since returning to the Hurricanes.
Teravainen was one of three Finland-born players to have at least one point in the game. Teammate Sebastian Aho had an assist, and Patrik Laine scored for the Jets. Teravainen, Laine and Aho are second, third and fourth in scoring among Finland-born players this season behind Florida's Aleksander Barkov (54 points; 16 goals, 34 assists).