Need to know: Weekend highlights

1. John Tavares is good: Tavares and the New York Islanders showed no fear when facing last season's Eastern Conference champion New Jersey on Saturday. Tavares recorded his fourth career hat trick and added an assist for good measure. He now has 20 points in 14 games. The Islanders still sit outside of the playoff window, but Tavares is doing his best to get them in the dance. Meanwhile, the Devils fell out of first place in the Eastern Conference, but are still surprising a lot of people by continuing to win after losing Zach Parise in the offseason.

2. Remember Viktor Fasth's name: Are we still calling Fasth the Ducks' backup goaltender? Fasth is 8-0-0 on the season with four of those wins coming in shootouts. He has a .933 save percentage and 1.78 goals-against average. And the Ducks are flying -- pardon the pun -- this season, winning four straight and eight of their past nine to lead the Pacific Division.

3. Can't stop the Blackhawks: Chicago remains perfect in regulation with a 12-0-3 record, while every other team in the league has at least two losses in regulation. With points in 15 consecutive games to start the season, the Blackhawks are one win away from tying the league record set by the Anaheim Ducks in 2006-07 -- and the Ducks went on to win the Cup that spring. Chicago has already showed it won't go down without a fight. Captain Jonathan Toews initiated a fight with Sharks captain Joe Thornton on Friday night. Toews didn't win the battle, but the Blackhawks won on the scoreboard.

4. Kesler is back: The Canucks saw Ryan Kesler return to the lineup on Friday night. Playing in his first game since the playoffs, the center recorded an assist but missed on a few good chances as the Canucks lost to the Stars. Kesler got a goal on Sunday against the Blues, but was stopped in the shootout. St. Louis went on to win, ending its three-game road trip with three wins.

5. Fall of the Flyers: Philadelphia has lost three of its past four and sits in 11th place in the East. Claude Giroux said he was frustrated with the team on Saturday night after the team fell to the Montreal Canadiens. "There's no compete," he said. "We're not winning battles. We're just going through the motions."