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Rookies Keller, Boeser have big nights

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How hot has Clayton Keller been this season? The Arizona Coyotes rookie is being mentioned in the same sentence as Teemu Selanne.

Keller scored his NHL-leading 10th goal and 16th point in the Coyotes' 2-1 shootout victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, giving Arizona (2-12-1) its first home win of the season.

Keller became the second rookie in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets history to reach the 10-goal mark within the first 15 games of the season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Selanne did it in his first 11 games in 1992-93, the season when he scored a rookie-record 76 goals in 84 games.

Keller wasn't the only rookie to have a big night. Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser scored his first NHL hat trick in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

At 20 years, 252 days, Boeser became the third-youngest player in Canucks history to score three goals in a game, and the first rookie to have a four-point game, since Peter Schaefer on March 24, 2000 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

There have been 16 hat tricks this season, the most through 212 games in a season since 1996-97 (18).

Video: PIT@VAN: Boeser buries wrister to complete hat trick

 

The Bolts are back in town

The Tampa Bay Lightning had their old coach back in the building when John Tortorella brought his Columbus Blue Jackets in for a game, so what better time to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup champions?

Video: CBJ@TBL: Lightning honor 2003-04 Cup-winning team

The Lightning won 5-4 because Steven Stamkos' skill level is just unfair.

 

From way, way downtown

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Christian Folin scored a slick goal from center ice when he fooled Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros into leaving the net to play the dump-in, only to slip it past him. The Predators won 4-3 in overtime.

Video: NSH@LAK: Folin scores on a shot from the red line

 

One time, Ovi

Alex Ovechkin shoots hockey pucks very, very hard. Here is some evidence in the Washington Capitals' 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins

Video: WSH@BOS: Ovechkin tallies on one-timer from circle

 

To the Max

In a 5-4 thriller, it was Max Pacioretty's overtime goal that won it for the Montreal Canadiens against the Winnipeg Jets.

 

What a Golden Knight

If you think goalie Maxime Lagace enjoyed his first NHL win, you haven't met his mother.

 

Coyotes hire special coach

As part of Hockey Fights Cancer night in Arizona, the Coyotes added a member to their staff, an incredible 7-year-old boy who is getting treatment for leukemia. In what was no surprise, he was an incredibly popular addition to the team.

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