Jonathan Huberdeau had a night full of milestones for the Florida Panthers in their 6-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center on Monday.
Huberdeau, playing in his 500th NHL game, had an NHL career-high four assists, including two on goals by Noel Acciari, who had his first NHL hat trick. His final assist was the 400th point of his NHL career and ended a five-goal second period, the 10th time the Panthers have scored five times in one period since entering the NHL in 1993.
The No. 3 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft became the 10th member of his draft class to play 500 NHL games and the 13th different member of the Panthers to have at least four assists in one game.
With 41 points (11 goals, 30 assists in 33 games), Huberdeau is the 10th player in the NHL to reach the 40-point mark this season, requiring the second-fewest games in his career to hit 40 points after doing it in 32 games last season. The only player in Panthers history to reach 40 points in a season faster than Huberdeau was Pavel Bure, who did it in 29 games in 1999-00.
Blues earn another comeback win
The St. Louis Blues earned their NHL-best 13th comeback win this season by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 at Enterprise Center. David Perron scored three goals for his fifth NHL hat trick and Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for Central Division-leading St. Louis (21-8-6), which has won three in a row.
Binnington, who was 24-5-1 last season, is 16-6-4 and the sixth goalie in NHL history to earn his 40th NHL win prior to his 60th game.
Monday was the third consecutive night the NHL has featured at least one hat trick. Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks scored three goals against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday after Anthony Duclair of the Senators did it against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. The NHL last featured three consecutive days with a hat trick from March 25-28, 2019.
The hat tricks by Perron and Acciari were the 29th and 30th three-goal performances this season. The Blues became the 20th different team to have at least one hat trick this season. The Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers share the lead with three apiece.
Panarin extends goal streak for Rangers
Artemi Panarin scored his 20th goal of the season for the New York Rangers in their 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden, extending his goal streak to five games. That's one shy of the longest streak in the NHL this season. Kane had goals in six consecutive games for Chicago from Nov. 7-17.
Panarin's 20th goal came in his 33rd game with the Rangers, who signed him to a seven-year contract July 1. The only players skating in their first season with the Rangers who required fewer games to reach 20 goals are Marian Gaborik (25 games in 2009-10), Don Murdoch (26 in 1976-77), Brendan Shanahan (27 in 2006-07) and Bill Cook (32 in 1926-27, New York's first season in the NHL.
The 28-year-old forward became the third Rangers player in the past 15 years to have a goal streak of at least five games during his first season in New York, joining Rick Nash (five games in 2012-13) and Petr Prucha (six games in 2005-06). The Rangers record is held by Mike Gartner, who scored in seven straight games in 1989-90.
Islanders GM Lamoriello to reach 2,500-game milestone
Lou Lamoriello is set to work his 2,500th regular-season game as an NHL general manager when the New York Islanders face the Predators at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-TN, NHL.TV). Two general managers in NHL history held that position for at least 2,500 games: David Poile of the Predators (2,818 entering Tuesday) and Glen Sather (2,700).
Lamoriello, who was GM of the New Jersey Devils (Sept. 10, 1987 through May 4, 2015) and Toronto Maple Leafs (July 23, 2015 through April 30, 2018) before beginning his tenure as Islanders GM on June 5, 2018, owns the third-most regular-season wins among general managers in NHL history (1,281), trailing Poile (1,395) and Sather (1,319). His 1,093 wins with the Devils are the second-most for one team behind Harry Sinden (1,170 with the Bruins).