The 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick continued his torrid pace after his return from a fractured clavicle in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. MacDavid scored two goals and added three assists for a career-high five points. McDavid has 12 points in six games since coming back after the All-Star break. He is the first rookie to notch five points in a game since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Nov. 19, 2011.
No. 2 Star: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals' captain fired his first hat trick since Dec. 13, 2013 in a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. All three goals came in the second period. With the performance Ovechkin took over the league’s goal scoring lead with 34 scores. The Caps became the first team to pick up 40 wins on the year with the victory.
Eaves scored three first period goals to help his team to a 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. It was Eaves’ second hat trick of his NHL career. The trio of goals gave Eaves seven on the season. With the win, the Stars moved within one point of the Blackhawks for first place in the Central Division standings. The Stars have 75 points and also have three games in hand on Chicago.
Honorable Mention: Edmonton forward Jordan Eberle notched his first career NHL hat trick and also picked up an assist … Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot notched four assists … Stars defenseman John Klingberg scored one goal and added an assist. Teammate Tyler Seguin notched two assists … Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews notched two assists … Chicago forward Patrick Kane scored a goal … Boston Bruins forward Brett Connolly notched three assists in a 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets … Boston forward Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and teammate Brad Marchand scored one goal and added two assists … Washington center Nicklas Backstrom notched three assists … Washington defenseman John Carlson notched an assist … Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter scored one goal and added an assist in 34:43 of action … Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators … Colorado forward Blake Comeau scored one goal and added an assist … Avs defenseman Tyson Barrie and forward Carl Soderberg both notched two assists … Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf picked up two assists – his first points with his new team … Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson picked up his 50th and 51st assists of the season. It’s the third time in his career he’s picked up at 50-or-more assists in a season … Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg notched an assist and fired a goal in the shootout in a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks … Columbus forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Brandon Saad both scored for Columbus … Ducks forward David Perron scored a goal and added an assist … Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf notched two assists … Philadelphia Flyers forward R.J. Umberger scored his first goal since Jan. 27, 2015 in Philly’s 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres … Flyers forward Michael Raffl scored a goal, added an assist and was a plus-3 … Philly defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere extended his point streak to 10 games with an assist. He has 13 points in that stretch. It's the longest point streak by a rookie defenseman since Barry Beck in 1977-78 … New York Islanders captain John Tavares scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Teammate Casey Cizikas scored one goal and added an assist in the win … Defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic also scored for New York … Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller stopped all eight San Jose Sharks shots on goal in relief of an injured Karri Ramo in a 6-5 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks. Hiller played just eight minutes … Flames forward Sam Bennett scored one goal and added two assists … Sharks forward Logan Couture scored one goal and added three assists … Jiri Hudler fired the shootout winner for the Flames
Did You Know?The Maple Leafs haven’t been in last place in the NHL standings this late in a season since 1996-97. That year they finished 23rd out of 26 teams.
Dishonorable Mention: Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly was a minus-3 … Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was pulled after allowing four goals on 18 shots on goal … Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers was a minus-three as was teammate Mathieu Perreault … Buffalo goaltender Robin Lehner stopped 23 of 28 Flyers shots on goal … Kings back goaltender Jhonas Enroth allowed four goals on 29 Islanders shots on goal … Alex Stalock picked up the loss for San Jose, allowing five goals on 22 shots on goal … The Ducks blew leads of 2-0 and 3-1 to lose to Columbus.
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