NHL scores: Ovechkin gets a hat trick, Sabres continue losing

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Ovi scored a hat trick for the first time in two years.

After a quiet Friday night, Saturday around the NHL was packed with hard hits, close finishes and some impressive performances. Missed it, did you? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

All The NHL Scores

Get caught up on last night's NHL scores with recaps from our network of SB Nation team blogs. Here's a quick glance at the full night of action:

Capitals 5, Devils 1

Flyers 5, Jets 3

Oilers 3, Coyotes 2 (SO)

Kings 4, Avalanche 1

Islanders 4, Sabres 0

Canadiens 3, Rangers 0

Senators 3, Maple Leafs 2

Lightning 5, Hurricanes 2

Red Wings 4, Predators 0

Blues 2, Blue Jackets 1

Stars 3, Sharks 1

Flames 3, Wild 1

Five Answers

Prior to last night's games, we presented five burning questions regarding the night's action. Here are your cool, soothing answers.

1. How will the San Jose Sharks fare without Ryan Clowe in the lineup?

Not well. The Marleau-Pavelski line registered 10 shots with the addition of Scott Gomez but didn't manage a single point. Without Ryane Clowe, it was up to Joe Thornton to take on the physical role the Sharks were missing.

2. Can the Buffalo Sabres finally get some momentum going?

The Sabres were shutout 3-0. So, no. Not at all. The only bit of momentum came when eternally frustrated goalie Ryan Miller tried to take out his anger at the end of the game.


(h/t YouTuber quin8722 for the video)

3. Will Montreal show the Rangers that they aren't boring?

The Canadiens won, but after Max Pacioretty's hit on Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers probably just think Montreal is dirty.

4. Can Detroit break their losing streak?

They certainly did, pulling off a 4-0 win against the Predators. Jimmy Howard was fantastic, stopping all 33 shots he faced.

5. Can Dallas play a solid defensive game for once?

Considering the Stars were playing with with just four defensemen and a one-goal lead for the latter half of the third period and still managed to win, I'd say so. They also finally got some solid goaltending from someone not named Kari Lehtonen. Christopher Nihlstorp earned his first NHL victory by stopping 31 of 32 shots.

Impact Moment

What moment from last night's games will be making headlines in the coming days?

Remember this guy?


Unfortunately for Ovi, his big night will be overshadowed by NHL realignment talk over the next few days.

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More in the NHL:

Are these the Winter Classic jerseys?

The end of an era in Buffalo

How reliable is NHL.com's shot tracker?

Solving the Sharks' goal-scoring woes

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