Morning jam: Hot stats from Thursday's games

Sabres 7, Bruins 4

* Thomas Vanek (BUF): 8th career hat trick, 2 assists (5 points ties career high)

* Sabres: win ends 4-game winless streak

* Bruins: first loss of season (5-1-1) win would have equaled best start in franchise history

* Bruins: allowed 4 third period goals (had not allowed a goal in the 3rd period this season)

The Bruins led 3-1 against the Sabres before falling 7-4. FROM ELIAS: Entering tonight's game and dating back to the start of last season, the Bruins were 41-0-0 in games where they had a two-goal lead at any point in the game.

FROM ELIAS: Thomas Vanek is the first NHL player to score five or more points in a game twice in his team’s first seven games of a season since Mario Lemieux did so in 1992–93. (Mario scored five points in the Penguins’ second and fourth games that season.) Vanek is also the first Buffalo player with two games of at least five points in one season since 1992–93, when Pat LaFontaine had six such games and Alexander Mogilny had three.

Penguins 3, Rangers 0

* Penguins: have won 6 straight vs Rangers; 4-1 on the road this season

* Evgeni Malkin (Penguins): goal and an assist; has 5 points in the 2 games between the teams

* James Neal (Penguins): 3rd goal in 2 games vs Rangers this season

* Tomas Vokoun (Penguins): 49th career shutout (3rd vs Rangers); 1 more shutout would make him 4th active goalie with 50

FROM ELIAS: Tomas Vokoun recorded his first shutout for the Penguins and the 49th shutout of his NHL career with a 3–0 win over the Rangers in New York. Vokoun has three career shutouts against the Rangers and they’ve all been for different teams. Before Thursday’s clean sheet for Pittsburgh he blanked the Rangers with Nashville (October 2006) and Florida (January 2011). Vokoun is the sixth goaltender with shutouts against the Rangers for three different NHL teams. The others are Lorne Chabot, Harry Lumley, Terry Sawchuk, Rogie Vachon and Sean Burke.

Sharks 3, Oilers 2 (SO)

* Sharks: NHL-best 7-0-0; best start in franchise history

* Antti Niemi (SJ): 6-0-0 this season

* 2nd straight win in shootout (0 shootout goals allowed in either)

* Oilers: 2-1-1 on road this season (all 4 games decided by 1 goal)

* Taylor Hall & Sam Gagner (EDM): goal each; both players on 7-game point streaks

Avalanche 6, Flames 3

* Flames penalty with 2:48 remaining resulted in go-ahead goal by Paul Stastny (STAS-nee) on ensuing power play

* John Mitchell, P.A. Parenteau, Paul Stastny (COL): 2 goals each

* Avalanche: 3 game losing streak snapped

FROM ELIAS: John Mitchell, Paul Stastny and P.A. Parenteau each scored two goals for the Avalanche in its 6–3 win at Calgary. It was only the third time since the Quebec Nordiques relocated to Denver in 1995 that three Colorado players each scored at least two goals in the same game.

Panthers 6, Jets 3

* Panthers: season high 6 goals (1 more than previous 5 games combined)

* Panthers: win snaps 5-game losing streak

* Alex Kovalev (FLA): 430th career goal (breaks tie with Bill Guerin for 66th in NHL history)

* Tomas Fleischmann (FLA): career high 3 assists

Predators 2, Kings 1 (SO)

* Predators: 0-3 on power play (0-12 last 4 games)

* Predators: win snaps 3-game losing streak

* Kings: only 3 wins in last 10 home games vs Predators

Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 2

* Matt Frattin (TOR): 4th goal in 4 games this season (8 goals in 57 career games entering this season)

* Maple Leafs: won back-to-back games for 1st time this season

* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): Goal (2); snaps 4-game goalless streak vs Maple Leafs

* Capitals: 1 of 2 teams with just 1 win this season (Flames the other)

Islanders 5, Devils 4 (F/OT)

* Islanders: 3-1-1 on 5-game road trip

* John Tavares (NYI): 2 goals, assist; 7 points in last 3 games

* Devils: winless in last 3 games

* These two teams play again on Super Bowl Sunday

Blues 4, Blue Jackets 1

* Blues: 6-1 matches best 7-game start since 1997-98 (started 7-1)

* Brian Elliott (STL): 24 saves

* Teams combined for 15 penalties in 2nd period (8 players received fighting penalties)

* 2nd period: Blues (44 penalty minutes) and Blue Jackets (34) received the most penalty minutes of ANY teams in ANY period this season