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Patrick Kane's hat trick powers surging Blackhawks

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

Patrick Kane (3-0-3) scored three goals for the third regular-season hat trick of his NHL career, helping the Chicago Blackhawks (38-18-5, 81 points) improve to 8-1-0 in their past nine games and move within three points of the Minnesota Wild (39-14-6, 84 points) for the top spot in the Western Conference.

* After Jonathan Toews recorded 3-2-5 on Tuesday at Minnesota, Kane's three-goal performance marked the first time Chicago players have posted hat tricks in consecutive games since Alexei Zhamnov and Eric Daze did so on April 11 and April 13, 1997.

* Kane (23-40-63), the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner, moved into a tie with Nicklas Backstrom (18-45-63) for fourth place in the NHL scoring race, five points back of leader Connor McDavid (20-48-68).

* Toews (4-7-11) and Richard Panik (4-4-8) each extended their point streaks to a season-high five games.

Video: Kane's hat trick leads Blackhawks past Coyotes



Home Team in Caps

NY Islanders 3, MONTREAL 0
NY Rangers 2, TORONTO 1 (SO)
Calgary 3, TAMPA BAY 2
NASHVILLE 4, Colorado 2
CHICAGO 6, Arizona 3
Boston 4, LOS ANGELES 1



Filip Forsberg (3-0-3) recorded his second hat trick in as many games as the Predators (29-22-9, 67 points) improved to 3-1-1 in their past five contests to maintain their lead over the Calgary Flames (31-26-4, 66 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. Nashville also tied the St. Louis Blues (31-24-5, 67 points) - in terms of points - for third place in the Central Division.

* The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Forsberg, who had 3-0-3 vs. the Flames on Tuesday, became the first player in franchise history to have a hat trick in consecutive games. He's the first NHL player to achieve the feat since Alexandre Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks did it on Jan. 5-7, 2010.

* Forsberg (242 GP), who has spent his entire career with Nashville, had his fourth regular-season hat trick to tie Steve Sullivan (317 GP w/ Nashville) for the most in franchise history.

Video: Forsberg's hat trick powers Preds to 4-2 win



The New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames each picked up victories to gain valuable points in their respective playoff races.

* Rangers forward J.T. Miller tied the game in the third period and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves - including two game-savers in the final minute of overtime - as New York improved to 8-1-1 in its past 10 games. The Rangers (39-19-2, 80 points) earned their League-leading 20th road win of the season to leapfrog the idle Columbus Blue Jackets (37-16-5, 79 points) and move into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

* Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier , a native of nearby Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, brought his father to tears after scoring what stood as his first career game-winning goal while playing an NHL game in Montreal for the first time. Thomas Greiss (24 saves) earned his career-high third shutout of the season as the Islanders (29-21-10, 68 points) retained the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

* David Pastrnak scored his sixth game-winning goal of the season to help the Bruins (31-24-6, 68 points) win for the fifth time in six games. The Bruins remained in a tie (in terms of points) with the Islanders for the second Eastern Conference Wild Card spot, but New York has a game in hand.

* Sean Monahan scored the 100th goal of his NHL career, and the Flames improved to 7-2-1 in their past 10 contests and 5-1-1 in their past seven road games. Calgary (31-26-4, 66 points) kept pace with Nashville (29-22-9, 67 points) as the teams hold the two Western Conference Wild Card spots.

Video: Lundqvist makes 32 saves in Rangers' comeback win



Lundqvist earned his 402nd career win to surpass Chris Osgood (401) for sole possession of 11th place on the NHL's all-time wins list; he also moved within one of tying Grant Fuhr (403) for 10th place. … Arizona Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata scored to extend his point streak to seven games (2-5-7). … Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel scored the first goal of his NHL career (45 GP). … Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman skated in his 600th NHL game. … Montreal's Claude Julien became the 27th man in NHL history to coach 1,000 games … The NHL and PPG announced a multiyear corporate marketing agreement making the company's paint brands the official paint of the NHL in the United States and Canada. … The Florid Panthers hosted a screening of "Soul On Ice,' and the Lightning and Predators each hosted Pride Night as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month.



All Times Eastern

Edmonton @ Washington, 7 p.m., NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, CSN-DC
Ottawa @ Carolina, 7:30 p.m., FS-CR, TSN5, RDS
Calgary @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, SNW
Arizona @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-SW+, FS-A+



The League-leading Washington Capitals (40-12-7, 87 points) will try to equal a franchise record with a 13th consecutive home win when they host the Edmonton Oilers (33-20-8, 74 points) at Verizon Center. Washington, which has scored at least five goals in 11 straight home games, is three points ahead of Minnesota (39-14-6, 84 points) atop the League standings. Edmonton is 4-1-0 in its past five games and is three points behind the San Jose Sharks (35-18-7, 77 points) for the top spot in the Pacific Division.

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