Islanders' Okposo gets second career hat trick
NEW YORK – Former Gopher Kyle Okposo had his second career hat trick in the New York Islanders' 8-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.
Okposo completed his hat trick at 7:27 of the third, when he whipped a shot on the power play past Cam Talbot for his 15th goal of the season.
"Kyle has been playing awesome," said defenseman Nick Leddy, who had three assists. "His contributions have been felt all year. He has been one of the best players on the ice game in and game out."
• OVECHKIN IN RARE TERRITORY: Behind a highlight-reel goal from Matt Niskanen and Alex Ovechkin's 30th of the season, Washington came back to beat visiting Philadelphia 3-2 in their traditional Super Bowl Sunday matchup. Ovechkin joined Wayne Gretzky and Mike Gartner as the only players in NHL history to score 30 or more goals in their first 11 seasons. Five minutes into the third period, Niskanen went end to end, carving through Flyers defenders Michael Del Zotto and Shayne Gostisbehere before beating goalie Steve Mason short side. "It's like back to the '70s, you know?" Ovechkin said with a big grin. "Bobby Orr, all those guys."
• BACK-TO-BACK WINS: A day after Montreal topped Edmonton 5-1, the Canadiens defeated visiting Carolina 2-1 in a shootout for their first back-to-back victories since Nov. 25 and 27.
• NO WORD ON MCDONAGH: The New York Rangers did not update the condition of defenseman Ryan McDonagh on Sunday. The team captain and Minnesota native was knocked to the ice when struck in the jaw with a sucker punch by Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds on Saturday. If McDonagh, who has played every game this season, is gone for a significant length of time, it would be a huge blow. In his sixth season, he led the team in average ice time before Saturday. Simmonds, who was assessed a match penalty and game misconduct, avoided any further discipline and played against the Capitals on Sunday.