Ryan Nugent-Hopkins posted a first-period hat trick, and Leon Draisaitl collected three goals in a four-point night as the host Edmonton Oilers scored five times in the opening frame en route to an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Mikko Koskinen made 34 saves for Edmonton, which is five points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference with six games remaining. The Arizona Coyotes have the same point total as the Avalanche but have played one more game than Colorado.
Time - Oilers - Tricks - Game - Dec
It’s the first time two Oilers collected hat tricks in a game since Dec. 20, 1985, when Jari Kurri and Paul Coffey accomplished that feat.
Edmonton’s Connor McDavid finished with four points, which has him at a new personal standard of 112.
Nick - Cousins - Game - Lone - Goal
Nick Cousins scored the game’s lone goal 5:40 into the third period, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 31 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as Arizona blanked visiting Chicago.
The Coyotes snapped a five-game winless streak (0-3-2).
Corey - Crawford - Shots - Blackhawks - Colorado
Corey Crawford stopped 28 of 29 shots for the Blackhawks, who trail Colorado and Arizona by five points. Chicago, which had gained points in seven of its previous nine outings (6-2-1), has six games remaining.
Alex Ovechkin scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and Washington went on to defeat visiting Carolina in the first end of a home-and-home.
First-place - Washington - Lead - Metropolitan - Division
First-place Washington expanded its lead in the Metropolitan Division to three points. The New York Islanders remain on 95 points after losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Tuesday, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were idle, also have 95 points.
Ovechkin (one goal, one assist) now has an NHL-best 49 goals. His goal started a three-goal third period that gave the Capitals control. Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists.
Sergei - Bobrovsky - Saves - Shutout
Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves in his second consecutive shutout for...
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