Tony DeAngelo and Pekka Rinne each made history Thursday.
DeAngelo matched the New York Rangers' single-game record for points by a defenseman by scoring three goals and assisting on two others for a five-point night in a 6-3 win against the New Jersey Devils.
He joined Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, who had two five-point games for the Rangers, on Feb. 17, 1989 (one goal, four assists) and April 18, 1995 (five assists). DeAngelo is the seventh defenseman in Rangers history to have a regular-season hat trick and the first since Reijo Ruotsalainen on March 17, 1982.
DeAngelo joined Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets (Dec. 31) as the only defensemen to score three goals in a game this season. He leads Rangers defensemen in goals (11) and points (36) and is a key reason the Rangers lead the NHL in points by defensemen with 124 (34 goals, 90 assists); the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals are tied for second with 116.
Forward Artemi Panarin, who signed a seven-year contract with the Rangers on July 1, had a goal and two assists, giving him 61 points (24 goals, 37 assists). He's the sixth player to reach the 60-point mark this season and the first member of the Rangers to do so in his first 43 games with the team, besting Wayne Gretzky, who had 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) in 43 games in 1996-97.
Panarin is the second player in as many seasons to have at least three points in at least three consecutive home games; Tyler Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings did it from March 29-April 2, 2019. The last player with a longer such streak was Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had a five-game run from Jan. 21-Feb. 10, 2008.
Rinne scores goal to cap Predators' first win under new coach
Nashville's Pekka Rinne became the 12th goalie in NHL history to score a goal when his length-of-the-ice shot went into an empty net to cap the Predators' 5-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.
Rinne made 29 saves before shooting the puck from behind his own goal line into the net for the first goal scored by a goalie since Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes did it on Oct. 19, 2013.
Defenseman Roman Josi extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist on the first of Nashville's three first-period goals, helping the Predators give coach John Hynes his first victory since taking over Tuesday, one day after Peter Laviolette was fired.
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Hat trick of hat tricks for Pastrnak
With his mom in attendance at TD Garden, David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins scored three goals for his NHL-leading third hat trick of the season in a 5-4 win against the Winnipeg Jets.
Pastrnak, who also had three hat tricks last season, registered the 32nd instance in NHL history of a player having at last three such games in consecutive seasons. Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is the only other active player to do so; he had three hat tricks each in 2007-08 and 2008-09, and again in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
The 23-year-old has eight hat tricks in his six NHL seasons (including the Stanley Cup Playoffs), the most by any player in Bruins history prior to his 24th birthday.
Pastrnak also extended his points streak to 12 games, one shy of his 13-game run earlier this season (Oct. 8-Nov. 5). He's the first Boston player with multiple point streaks of at least 12 games in one season since Phil Esposito (15, 13 and 13 games) and Bobby Orr (15 and 12 games) in 1973-74.
McDavid first to 70 points, leads Oilers rally
Connor McDavid's third-period assist made him the first player to reach 70 points this season and helped the Edmonton Oilers rally from two goals down to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 at Bell Centre.
McDavid (24 goals, 46 assists) reached the 70-point mark in 46 games or fewer for the second time in as many seasons; he got his 70th point in his 46th game last season. He's the first player since the Pittsburgh Penguins' Jaromir Jagr in 1998-99 (46 games) and 1999-2000 (38) to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons.
t was the second multigoal comeback win of the season for the Oilers (24-17-5), who moved within one point of the Coyotes (25-17-4) and Vegas Golden Knights (24-17-6) for the Pacific Division lead.
Stamkos reaches milestone in Lightning's ninth straight win
Steven Stamkos had two assists to help the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 at Amalie Arena for their ninth consecutive win. The Lightning are one shy of the longest winning streak in the NHL this season, a 10-0-0 run by the New York Islanders from Oct. 12 through Nov. 5.
The two assists gave Stamkos 400 for his career and came less than two months after he scored his 400th goal, Nov. 16 against the Winnipeg Jets. He's the third player in Lightning history to have 400 assists and one of eight active players with 400 goals and 400 assists.