ST. PAUL, Minn. - Marian Gaborik posted the NHL's first five-goal game in a decade, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers last night.
Gaborik had a goal in the first period, two goals on power plays in the second, and two more in the third to set the team record for a game.
Gaborik's outburst was the biggest in the league since Sergei Fedorov scored five times for Detroit on Dec. 26, 1996, in an overtime game against Washington.
Thrashers 3, Senators 2
ATLANTA - Todd White's power-play goal 47 seconds into the third period helped Atlanta snap Ottawa's winning streak at six games.
White broke a 2-2 tie by converting from close range, beating goalie Martin Gerber, who had 42 saves.
Penguins 5, Bruins 4
BOSTON - Sidney Crosby punched his way to his first NHL Gordie Howe hat trick.
Crosby scored a goal, assisted on two goals by Evgeni Malkin, and dropped the gloves for the first time in the NHL to spur Pittsburgh to a shoot-out victory over Boston.
Crosby fought Andrew Ference to at least a draw in the second period.
The Penguins took a 4-0 lead they could not hold, with the Bruins' Dennis Wideman tying the game at 17 minutes, 5 seconds of the third period with a power-play goal.
Erik Christensen and rookie Chris Letang scored for Pittsburgh in the shoot-out.
Panthers 5, Hurricanes 4
SUNRISE, Fla. - Brett McLean broke a 4-4 tie midway in the third period, and Florida moved above .500 for the first time this season by edging Carolina.
Canadiens 5, Capitals 2
WASHINGTON - Guillaume Latendresse scored two goals in his return from a benching, propelling Montreal past Washington.
Latendresse was scratched by coach Guy Carbonneau for a 3-2 loss to Florida on Tuesday.
Lightning 2, Maple Leafs 1
TAMPA, Fla. - Vincent Lecavalier scored with 41.6 seconds left in the third period and rookie Karri Ramo made 31 saves to lead Tampa Bay past Toronto.
Blues 3, Red Wings 2
ST. LOUIS - Keith Tkachuk and Lee Stempniak scored power-play goals in the third period, and Manny Legace made 34 saves to help St. Louis end a four-game losing streak.
Canucks 3, Stars 2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Daniel Sedin scored two third-period goals as Vancouver edged Dallas.
The great outdoors.
NBC pestered the league to let it air a game, which might seem strange considering the Stanley Cup Finals drew record-low ratings on the network.
The appeal of this particular game is that it could attract fans who didn't tune in last summer.
On New Year's Day, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres will skate in the first outdoor NHL game ever played in the United States. It will be shown on the network.