Who says scoring is down in the NHL?
In a night when all but two teams were active - the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks watched from the sidelines - fans were treated to goals aplenty. In all, 98 goals were scored on the night, most coming in one-sided contests.
In Carolina, the Hurricanes pasted the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1. Hurricanes rookie forward Sebastian Aho scored the first hat trick of his career, the first Carolina freshman to do so since 2001. The Flyers had a stronger showing in the third period but managed just six shots through the first two frames.
In Montreal, the Canadiens captured their 30th win of the season, dropping the divisional rival Buffalo Sabres 5-2. Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty scored his second hat trick of the campaign, with linemate Alexander Radulov grabbing assists on two of the tallies.
South in Texas, the Dallas Stars were quick to chase Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen after the Stars netted three goals through the first 11:18 and five goals in the first period all together. Dallas scored the victory on the evening in a 6-3 final, with 12 Dallas skaters picking up at least one point in the win.
In all, 10 players finished with multi-goal efforts on the evening:
|Seth Jones||Rangers||2 goals|
|Patric Hornqvist||Predators||2 goals|
|Sebastian Aho||Flyers||3 goals|
|Max Pacioretty||Sabres||3 goals|
|Kyle Palmieri||Red Wings||2 goals|
|Alex Killorn||Bruins||2 goals|
|Ryan Dzingel||Panthers||2 goals|
|Michael Matheson||Senators||2 goals|
|Tyler Graovac||Oilers||2 goals|
|Jakob Silfverberg||Avalanche||2 goals|
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