• Erik Cole single-handedly gave the Canadiens a 3-0 lead in the first 5:41 of their game against the Senators. It was the fastest hat trick from the start of an NHL game since Jan. 14, 1990, when Calgary’s Brian MacLellan had three goals by the 5:21 mark of the first period in a game at Chicago Stadium.
Cole’s three goals gave him a total of 30 for the season and tied him with fellow American Max Pacioretty for the Canadiens’ team lead. Montreal is the first NHL team to have two U.S.-born players each score 30 or more goals in the same season since 2005-06, when Brian Gionta (48) and Scott Gomez (33) did so for the Devils.
• The Jets overcame a 3-0 deficit to record a 4-3 overtime victory against the Capitals in Washington. It was the fifth time in Thrashers/Jets franchise history that they won a road game in which they trailed by three goals. The four previous instances came when the team was located in Atlanta, with the most recent of those comeback wins coming against the Flyers in Philadelphia on March 12, 2011.
• Drew Stafford scored two goals in the Sabres’ 4-1 win over the Rangers in New York. Stafford has only two multiple-goal games this season and they’ve both come at Madison Square Garden. He scored both Buffalo goals in the Sabres’ 3-2 loss at MSG on Feb. 25. Stafford is only the second player in Sabres history with two multi-goal games in one season at the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” Rick Martin had a pair of two-goal games at the Garden for Buffalo in 1974-75.
• The Maple Leafs scored on all three of their shootout attempts against Martin Brodeur, enabling them to leave Newark with a 4-3 win over the Devils after blowing a 3-1 lead in the third period. Brodeur has participated in 62 shootouts during the seven seasons that the NHL has used the tiebreaker. Friday’s game marked only the fourth time that Brodeur allowed three or more goals in one shootout and it was the first time that a team scored on its first three attempts against him.
• R.J. Umberger scored three goals to lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-1 win over the Hurricanes. It was the third hat trick of Umberger’s NHL career and his second for Columbus. (His first three-goal game was for the Flyers in 2007.) Umberger is one of only five players in Blue Jackets history with more than one hat trick. The others are Rick Nash (5), Tyler Wright (3), Geoff Sanderson (2) and Jeff Carter (2).
• Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk was unscored upon in a four-round shootout that earned him a 2-1 win against the Panthers. Dubnyk is 11-6-1 in 18 games since the All-Star break, after posting a 7-11-1 mark in 23 games this season before the break.