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Morning jam: Carter pulls rare trick for L.A.

Kings 5, Predators 1

* Kings: Won last 5 home games

* Jeff Carter: 3 Goals (5th career hat trick)

* Predators: Lost last 3 road games

* FROM ELIAS: Jeff Carter scored the first three goals in the Kings’ win over Nashville on Monday. Over the last 20 years, the only other Kings player to score the first three goals of a game was Dustin Brown, against Chicago last season.

Coyotes 5, Ducks 4 (SO)

* Coyotes: 2-0-0 vs Ducks this season (both wins in shootouts)

* Coyotes: 3-1-0 in last 4 games

* Corey Perry (ANA): Goal, assist; 14 pts in last 9 games

Penguins 4, Lightning 3

* Penguins: have won 6 straight at Home vs Lightning

* Sidney Crosby (PIT): 4G, 7A during a 5 game PT streak

* Evgeni Malkin (PIT): 1 Goal (5), 1 Assist (18), in first game back from concussion

* Lightning: Have lost 5 straight games

* FROM ELIAS: The Penguins came from behind to beat the Lightning, 4–3, on Monday night. The turning point in the game was goals by Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby 1:51 apart in the third period, which turned a 2–1 deficit into a 3–2 lead for Pittsburgh. They’re the fastest two goals that Malkin and Crosby have recorded back-to-back, in either order, in a regular-season game. The Penguins’ dynamic duo scored consecutive goals 31 seconds apart in a playoff game against Carolina on May 23, 2009.

Maple Leafs 4, Devils 2

* Maple Leafs: 4-1-0 in last 5 home games

* Marek Zidlicky (NJ): 2 goals (1st multi-goal game since Jan. 19, 2009)

* Devils: snap 3-game win streak at Maple Leafs

* Devils: 0-4-1 since Brodeur injured, allowing 19 goals

* Devils: 0/17 on PP in last 5 games

* FROM ELIAS: Phil Kessel scored his first goal on home ice this season in the Maple Leafs’ 4–2 win over the Devils. Kessel, who was goalless in nine games at Air Canada Centre this season entering play on Monday, scored 26 goals in home games last season, third-most in the NHL, behind Steven Stamkos (36) and Evgeni Malkin (28). Kessel’s longest goal drought in Toronto last season was three games.

* FROM ELIAS: Defenseman Marek Zidlicky scored two goals for the Devils in their 4–2 loss at Toronto and they came less than six minutes apart in the second period. It was only the second in the last three seasons that a New Jersey defenseman scored two goals in one game. Kurtis Foster did that on Feb. 4, 2012 at Philadelphia and 20 days later the Devils traded him to Minnesota for none other than Marek Zidlicky. Zidlicky’s two-goal period was only the third by a Devils defenseman in the last ten seasons. The other New Jersey D-men to score twice in one period since 2002–03 were Brian Rafalski (Feb. 14, 2007) and Johnny Oduya (March 28, 2008).