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Top-5: Auston Matthews hat trick in under 8 minutes
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Last night, the Habs went down to the wire once again. Martin St-Louis’ men fell flat on their face against the Rangers, allowing no less than seven goals in the game…

But hey. It wasn’t just the Habs who were in action last night in the NHL. Let’s take a tour to see what caught the eye around the league:

1: Auston Matthews is unstoppable

Where’s the magic bullet to stop Auston Matthews?

That’s the question National League teams have been asking ever since the American made his big league debut.

And clearly, many teams don’t understand just how dangerous he is.

The Leafs’ star player took advantage of the Flyers’ visit to score not one, not two… but three goals in the space of just under eight minutes in the second period.

He scored his 43rd, 44th and 45th of the season in style:

However, the Flyers never gave up in the game, so overtime was necessary to determine a winner between the two clubs…

And in the overtime period, it was William Nylander who played the hero to give his club a 4-3 win :

2: A tough night at work for Nathan MacKinnon

Nathan MacKinnon can do it all on the ice.

He scores spectacular goals…

He uses his speed to create offense…

He’s good defensively because he’s involved from start to finish…

He hits opponents…

But in life, there are days when things don’t go so well. And that was the case for the Avalanche player yesterday, who registered an assist in a 6-3 loss to the Lightning.

That said, it wasn’t the Colorado team’s result that caught the eye in the game.

In the second period, MacKinnon was hit in the face with a puck and had to leave the game to receive medical attention…

But MacKinnon is a warrior and was back at his team’s bench after less than seven minutes!

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3: Sidney Crosby spoils Connor Bedard’s return to action

Prior to last night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Connor Bedard had missed his team’s previous 14 games due to injury.

This was his big comeback…

But the party was spoiled by Sidney Crosby, who wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard.

The Pens captain scored after just 15 seconds of play:

The Hawks’ young sensation still managed to get his name on the scoresheet.

He served up an entire pass to Philipp Kurashev, who only had to deposit the puck in a virtually abandoned cage to score the Hawks’ only goal of the game :

In the third period, Sidney Crosby scored his 30th goal of the season and Bryan Rust completed the scoring (4-1) in an empty net.

Crosby, who turns 37 next summer, is still going strong:

4: Jack Hughes drops a notch

Oh, how unhappy Jack Hughes was.

There was a lot of frustration on the Devils’ side against the Kings, as the New Jersey team was never able to find its way into the game…

And that’s why Jack Hughes was so angry.

The Devils’ player, during a quarrel with Viktor Arvidsson, pulled out the perfect insult, telling the Kings’ player that people pay to see him play, unlike him.

But the Kings, who eventually won the game 2-1, hit back on Instagram under a post saying that people pay Jack Hughes “to see him lose”, after the Devils lost :

5: A first for Corey Perry with the Oilers

Corey Perry played his 6th game in an Oilers uniform last night.

Granted, it’s not a huge plateau…

But the veteran still took the opportunity to score his first goal with his new team.

But his goal was not enough for the Oilers, who lost 6-3 to the St. Louis Blues…

Connor McDavid also picked up three assists in the loss:


– A real laser!

– Wow.

– Too hard.

– Another big night for Kucherov.

– Small four-point game for Filip Zadina.

– A first goal for Kuzmenko in front of his new fans.

– 700 career points for Jonathan Huberdeau.

– Elias Lindholm likes it in Vancouver.

– What a game!

– He’s had quite a season.

– 20 players collected at least three points last night.


– Only one game today in the NHL.

Hurricanes vs Coyotes, at 9pm.

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