The Isles second year man notched his second career hat trick scoring three times as part of a four-goal second period as New York beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2. Matt Moulson(notes) assisted on each of Tavares' natural hat trick goals and Rick DiPietro(notes) made 40 saves for his fourth win in a row.
In the second game of a home-and-home series with Columbus, the Red Wings again found themselves down 2-0 in the first period, but tonight fought their way back to a 6-5 overtime win. Miller scored and setup two other Detroit goals and finished a plus-4 on the night. Joey MacDonald(notes) made 25 saves for his first win since Dec. 3rd, 2009 and Johan Franzen(notes) was the hero with this overtime snipe:
Down 3-2 early in the second period, Staal helped started the Hurricanes' comeback setting up Jamie McBain's(notes) goal as Carolina scored three times in a 6:32 span to take a two-goal lead. The Carolina captain capped off the three-goal second period with a shorthanded goal that would eventually stand as the game-winning goal as the Hurricanes beat Tampa Bay 6-4. Jussi Jokinen(notes) (three points) and Jeff Skinner(notes) (two points) each extended their point streaks to five games.
Honorable mention: Montreal's three-goal first period was enough to hold off the New York Rangers 3-2. The Canadiens were 2-for-4 on the power play and Carey Price(notes) made 31 saves for his 22nd win of the year. Tempers boiled over late in the second period when Henrik Lundqvist(notes) took exception to being run into: