Brad Marchand had his first career hat trick and a career-high five points to help the Boston Bruins overwhelm the visiting Florida Panthers, 8-0, Friday night.
Marchand scored a shorthanded goal to start things off, then added two more and a pair of assists to lead Boston to its 20th win in 23 games.
After his third goal, fans showered the ice with all kinds of headwear, including a fair number of Santa hats.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias scored in the shootout, and Martin Brodeur made an outstanding glove save on Alex Ovechkin as the New Jersey Devils, after blowing a three-goal lead in the third period, beat the visiting Washington Capitals, 4-3. The win was the Devils' fifth in six games.
Elsewhere: The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three goals in the final 20 minutes to beat their hosts, the Winnipeg Jets, 4-1.
Former Boston Bruins coach and player Mike Milbury will not face charges in connection with a confrontation he had with a 12-year-old boy after a youth hockey game on Dec. 9. A Brookline, Mass., clerk magistrate ruled Friday that there was not enough evidence to pursue a case.
Police had said Milbury, 59, grabbed, shook, and threatened a boy who was fighting with his 12-year-old son.