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Hat Trick Friday Night

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

It was a hat trick night as both Patrick Kane and Vladislav Namestnikov scored their first career regular season three goal nights Friday.

 

Kane had previously scored a couple in the playoffs but this was his first during the regular season.

 

If you read my The Week Ahead column, I stated that you should pick up Namestnikov (and Connor Hellebuyck).  Hopefully you did.

 

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CHICAGO 4 TORONTO 1

It was a huge nigh for Patrick Kane as the NHL's leading scoring just added big time to his lead with a hat trick and an assist as the Blackhawks dumped the Leafs 4-1.

 

It was the Blackhawks 10th straight win while Toronto is now going in the opposite direction with their fourth loss in a row.

 

Kane now has 28 goals and 67 points. He had a real tough time in the off-season with legal woes but has flourished this season.

 

Linemate and rookie winger Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists as he continues to lead the Calder race. Panarin has 16 goals and 42 points.

 

Scott Darling stopped 28 shots to go to 5-3-2.

 

Morgan Rielly scored his fifth of the season to break up Darling's shutout bid. All he needs is some more power play time from coach Mike Babcock and that will come shortly.

 

James Reimer kept the Leafs in the game but Blackhawks were just too strong. He made 25 saves in allowing three goals to drop to 7-7-1.

 

BOSTON 4 BUFFALO 1

Jonas Gustavsson stopped 33 shots to lead the Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

 

Gustavsson is now 8-3-1 this season as he has proved to be more than a capable backup to Tuukka Rask.

 

Ryan Spooner led the way offensively with a goal and two assists while linemates Matt Beleskey and Loui Eriksson chipped in with a goal and an assist and two assists respectively.

 

Zdeno Chara and Brett Connolly into the empty net each scored their sixth of the season.

 

David Legwand scored a rare goal (for him) with his third of the season to open the scoring.

 

Robin Lehner made his return to the net as he played in his first game since injuring his ankle on opening night. He stopped 27 of 30 shots for his first loss of the season as he is 0-1-0.

 

Zemgus Girgensons was injured in the first period and did not return. He is doubtful for Saturday's game with Washington although that should not affect fantasy owners as he really shouldn't be in your lineup.

 

VANCOUVER  3 CAROLINA 2 (Overtime)

Bo Horvat scored twice including the overtime winner to lead the Canucks to a 3-2 road win over Carolina.

 

Horvat now has eight goals this season.  Linden Vey with his first, opened the scoring for Vancouver.

 

Kris Versteeg with his eighth, scored on the power play for Carolina while John-Michael Liles potted his fourth of the season.

 

Jacob Markstrom was sensational in goal for Vancouver as he stopped 38 shots for his seventh win of the season. He had a couple of tough seasons as he was highly touted as the best goalie not in the NHL and finally this season his potential is coming to fruition.

 

Cam Ward managed to stop only 19 shots as he is now 14-11-5.

 

TAMPA BAY 5 PITTSBURGH 4 (Overtime)

Vladislav Namestnikov picked up his first career hat trick as he led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-4 overtime win over the Penguins.

 

Namestnikov scored once in the first and the second before picking up the winner 2:11 into overtime.

 

Valtteri Filppula and Anton Stralman also found the back of the net for the Lightning.

 

Kris Letang, Patric Hornqvist, Trevor Daley and Chris Kunitz replied for the Penguins. It was Daley's second goal as a Penguin after he was dealt from Chicago last month.

 

Hornqvist also chipped in with two assists as did Evgeni Malkin.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury could only stop 20 of 25 shots on the night as he is now 15-11-5.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy got a rare start and actually played quite well despite giving up four goals as he turned aside 36 shots to push his record to 6-4.

 

WINNIPEG 1 MINNESOTA 0

Connor Hellebuyck continued his outstanding rookie season with a 24 save performance to lead the Jets to a 1-0 win over Minnesota.

 

It was Hellebuyck's second career shutout as he is now 11-6-1 this season with a 2.00 GAA and a .931 save percentage. He is definitely in Calder Trophy consideration and is now the Jets number one goalie as Ondrej Pavelec is going to have a tough time regaining the net once he returns to action.

 

Blake Wheeler scored his 13th of the season 3:07 into the first for the only goal of the game.

 

Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots but it was not enough as he is now 18-13-4.

 

Drew Stafford sat out the game with an abdominal injury. Consider him day-to-day.

 

ANAHEIM 4 DALLAS 2

The Anaheim Ducks exploded for four goals in the first period and then held on to defeat the high-flying Dallas Stars 4-2.

 

Jakob Silfverberg, Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm on the power play and Corey Perry scored for the Ducks.

 

The Stars scored shorthanded in the second and on the power play in the third to make it a game. Mattias Janmark with his 10th and Jamie Benn with his 26th replied for Dallas.

 

Frederik Andersen got the start and the win for Anaheim as he turned aside 22 shots to go to 7-8-5. He started the season as the undisputed number one goalie in Anaheim but an illness gave John Gibson a chance and Gibson ran with the job to push Andersen down the depth chart. Andersen is a restricted free agent at the end of the season so do not be surprised if the Ducks dealt him to pick up some much needed scoring.

 

Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots but it was not enough as he is now 13-4 this season.

Patrick Sharp had his 12 game scoring streak end on Friday.

 

NIGHTLY LEADERS

 

GOALS

Patrick Kane 3

Vladislav Namestnikov 3

 

ASSISTS

Artemi Panarin 2

Ryan Spooner 2

Valtteri Filppula 2

Evgeni Malkin 2

Patric Hornqvist 2

 

SHOTS

Patric Hornqvist 7

Kris Versteeg 6

Ryan Suter 6

Justin Faulk 5

Evander Kane 5

Vladislav Namestnikov 5

Tyler Seguin 5

Blake Wheeler 5

Kevin Bieksa 5

Jakob Silfverberg 5

 

PENALTY MINUTES

Maxime Talbot 7

Johan Larsson 5

 

PLUS /MINUS

Zach Bogosian -3

Ryan O'Reilly -3

Eric Fehr -3

 

HITS

Leo Komarov 7

Marcus Foligno 6

 

BLOCKS

Victor Hedman 6

 

PLUS/MINUS

Matt Beleskey +3

Ryan Spooner +3

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.