No. 1 Star: Mika Zibanjejad, Ottawa Senators
Scored three goals to lead his team to a 6-4 comeback win over the Calgary Flames. The Senators were behind 4-2 before the young sniper fired three straight goals for the natural hat trick. Zibanejad scored three goals in 2:38, which are the fastest three goals in Senators history. The last Senator to notch a natural hat trick was Jason Spezza on Oct. 15, 2013.
No. 2 Star: Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
The young Swede notched his second natural hat trick in the same week. This one came in a 5-0 drubbing of the St. Louis Blues. He is the first Predators player in team history to register multiple hat tricks in a single season. Forsberg has 26 goals on the year to lead the team. Nashville has 73 points, nine clear of the Minnesota Wild – the last team out of the Wild Card in the Western Conference.
No. 3 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
The Predators goaltender picked up his second straight shutout to continue his hot play. In his last five games, Rinne is 4-0-1 with a 0.79 goal-against average and .974 save percentage. With the victory, Rinne improved to 24-18-9 on the year.
Honorable Mention: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson notched two assists. He leads the NHL with 56 helpers … Ottawa forward Mark Stone notched three assists … Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau scored two goals and added an assist. Teammate Sean Monahan scored a goal and added an assist … Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie notched three assists … Red Wings forwards Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar each scored a goal and added an assist in their 5-3 Stadium Series win over the Colorado Avalanche … Brad Richards scored the winner for the Wings … Gustav Nyquist also scored a goal … Avs forward Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and added an assist … Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog notched two assists … Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty scored two goals in a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs … Habs goaltender Mike Condon stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal in the win … New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars … New York captain Ryan McDonagh scored his eighth goal of the year … Stars forward Colton Sceviour scored a goal and added an assist in the loss. Teammate Tyler Seguin notched an assist … Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky notched an assist and scored the shootout winner in a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. Teammate Scott Hartnell scored a goal and added an assist … Blue Jackets forward Alex Wennberg notched two assists … Florida forward Aleksander Barkov scored his 19th goal of the season … With an assist, Jaromir Jagr has 1,847 NHL points, three behind Gordie Howe for third-most in NHL history … Pittsburgh Penguins forward Carl Hagelin scored two goals in a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Hagelin has 10 points in 17 games with the Penguins after notching 12 in 43 with the Anaheim Ducks this season … Pens defenseman Kris Letang fired his 10th goal of the season … Jets forward Blake Wheeler scored his 18th goal of the season … Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith scored a goal and added two assists in the win over the Blues … Forward Colin Wilson also scored a goal for Nashville … Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn notched two assists in a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes … Philly captain Claude Giroux scored a goal, which proved his 500th NHL point … Flyers defenseman Mark Streit notched three assists … Coyotes forward Max Domi picked up an assist for his 42nd point of the season … Los Angeles Kings forward Tanner Pearson scored two goals in a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres … Kings goaltender Jhonas Enroth picked up a shutout against his former team with 23 saves … Los Angeles forward Vincent Lecavalier picked up his eighth point (an assist) in 21 games since being acquired by the Kings.
Did You Know? With their victory over Toronto, the Canadiens have won 10 straight against the Maple Leafs for the first time since 1958.
Dishonorable Mention: Flames forward Josh Jooris was a minus-3 … Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie was a minus-3 … Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov was a minus-3 … Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot was a minus-3 … Blues forward Robby Fabri and Paul Stastny were each a minus-3 … St. Louis defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Kevin Shattenkirk were each a minus-3 … Blues goaltender Jake Allen was pulled after allowing four goals in 23 shots on goal … Calgary goaltender Joni Ortio allowed five goals on 25 shots on goal.
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