Guy Lafleur's three hat tricks in 1972 were an NHL rookie record for nearly 20 years.
The New York islanders dropped a tough one at home to the Canadiens but must focus on Saturday versus Los Angeles when they honor Kenny Jonsson.
The Montreal Canadiens outlasted the New York Isalnders' late surge, riding Scott Gomez's first goal in a year, Cary Price's saves and a Max Pacioretty hat trick to win on Long Island, 4-2.
The New York Islanders host the Montreal Canadiens in the first of three consecutive home games that will influence their positioning as the NHL trade deadline approaches.
|- 1, Montreal Goal - Max Pacioretty (20), from Erik Cole at 1:23. Penalties - David Desharnais, Montreal (Tripping), 19:54.|
|- 2, Montreal Goal - Max Pacioretty (21), from David Desharnais at 9:30.|
|- 3, Montreal Power-Play Goal - Scott Gomez, from Raphael Diaz and Chris Campoli at 9:50. 4, NY Islanders Power-Play Goal - Matt Moulson (24), from John Tavares and P.A. Parenteau at 17:19. 5, NY Islanders Goal - Mark Streit (4), from Kyle Okposo at 18:07. 6, Montreal Empty Net Goal - Max Pacioretty (22), from Tomas Plekanec at 19:59. Penalties - John Tavares, NY Islanders (Interference), 8:43; Lars Eller, Montreal (Hi-sticking), 16:22.|