NHL top team Carolina Hurricanes stretched their points to 11 games, knocking Chicago home 5-2.
There was no ambiguity about the biggest star of the match.
Carolina's number one center Sebastian Aho rotten a hat trick in the fight.
Aho's first goal of the evening was finished by his chain mate Andrei Svetshnikov from a great prep at the beginning of the second set and took Carolina to the 3-0 lead.
In the middle of the second set, Aho guided the goalkeeper in a gestureless style with a 4-0 hit superiority.
At the end, Aho sealed his hat trick to an empty goal.
It was the fourth three-goal night of the Oulu NHL career and the first since December 2019.
Scorching in the scoring streak of eight matches, Aho has raised his rounds on the eve of the playoffs.
In the 52 matches of the season, he has rotten the top powers 24 + 31 = 54.
On the goal exchange, Aho rose to share ninth place with Aleksandr Ovetshkin and Max Pacioretty.
In Finnish, Maalipörssi is a handsome read, as Mikko Rantanen (28) is third and Aleksander Barkov (26) is sixth.
Barkov overtime hero
With a 1 + 1 power, Barkov shone as a Florida hero, deciding an extra 5 to 4 victory in a colorful match against Dallas.
Immediately after the opening round, five goals were scored;
Florida three, Dallas two.
Roope Hintz was involved in both hits in the opening round of Dallas.
First, he cheated on Joe Pavelski’s superiority goal.
At the end of the set, Hintz got a 2-3 scoring goal in his name, even though he didn’t score.
Florida defender MacKenzie Weegar unlucky from the corner of the puck’s defensive area into his own goal, and the hit was marked as the last player in Dallas to hit Hintz on the puck.
In the second set, Florida already escaped to a 4-2 lead, but Dallas, who was practically facing a forced victory, rose to third levels.
Joel Kiviranta was the third goal of the guests.
The finish was the first for almost two months for Kiviranta, who had been on the sidelines for a long time due to an injury.
Tyler Seguin, who only played his first game of the season after the autumn hip surgery, was responsible for the 4-4 draw.
However, Dallas ’run didn’t get his crown, as Barkov overwhelmed directly from the pass with a 5-4 winning streak in extra time.
Despite the point, the Dallas playoff battle is getting tough.
Meanwhile, Nashville managed to beat Columbus and stretch the gap to Dallas to four points already.
Nashville has three games left and Dallas has four games.
Puljujärvi in goal
Jesse Puljujärvi got to enjoy serving superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in a match against Vancouver.
Puljujärvi loaded a handsome 1-0 goal in the next minutes from the work of his chain friends.
The finish was for Puljujärvi in the 13th of the season.
This is Puljujärvi's new one-season goal record in the NHL.
The match between Edmonton and Vancouver is still ongoing.
Carolina Hurricanes – Chicago Blackhawks 5–2 (2–0, 2–1, 0–1) Ca: Sebastian Aho 3 + 0
Florida Panthers – Dallas Stars 5–4 and.
(3–2, 1–0, 0–2, 1–0) F: Aleksander Barkov 1 + 1, D: Roope Hintz 1 + 1, Joel Kiviranta 1 + 0
New Jersey Devils – Boston Bruins 0–3 (0–0, 0–2, 0–1) B: Tuukka Rask 20/20 rep.
Buffalo Sabers – NY Islanders 4–2 (0–1, 1–1, 3–0) B: Rasmus Ristolainen 0 + 2
New York Rangers – Washington Capitals 3–6 (1–2, 2–1, 0–3) N: Kaapo Kakko 1 + 0
Ottawa Senators – Winnipeg Jets 2–1 (1–0, 0–0, 1–1)
Columbus Blue Jackets – Nashville Predators 3-4 and.
(0–0, 0–3, 3–0, 0–1) N: Eeli Tolvanen 0 + 1, Erik Haula 0 + 1, Juuse Saros 29/32 ref.
Montreal Canadiens – Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2 and.
(0-1, 1-1, 1-0, 1-0)
Philadelphia Flyers – Pittsburgh Penguins 7–2 (3–0, 1–0, 3–2) Pi: Kasperi Kapanen 0 + 1
St. Louis Blues – Anaheim Ducks 3–1 (0–0, 1–1, 2–0)
Minnesota Wild – Vegas Golden Knights x – x (2-3, 1-2, x – x)
Arizona Coyotes – Los Angeles Kings x – x (x – x, x – x, x – x)
Vancouver Canucks – Edmonton Oilers x – x (0–1, x – x, x – x) E: Jesse Puljujärvi 1 + 0, Mikko Koskinen xx / xx
San Jose Sharks – Colorado Avalanche x – x (x – x, x – x, x – x)